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More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd; we report on what's behind the current tensions.

2020Talks - May 29, 2020 


Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend $10 million on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - CT: Civic Engagement

It would take a constitutional amendment to make no-excuse absentee ballots or permanent absentee status possible for voters in Connecticut. (Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Voting rights groups are calling on state legislators to officially allow Connecticut voters to claim fear of coronavirus as a permissible reason to request an absentee ballot for the November election. Gov. Ned Lamont just signed a "safe voting" executive order making it possibl

Connecticut lost a congressional seat after the 2020 census, something that could happen again if there is a significant undercount this time. (Greater New Haven Counts)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A parade of cars will roam New Haven Friday, blasting out tunes -- part of an event to draw attention to the census. The 2020 census is under way, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, outreach workers have had to think outside the box in order to get people excited about fi

Connecticut's voting rules are some of the most restrictive in the country. (svanblar/iStockphoto)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The COVID-19 crisis has brought the issue of absentee-voting rules back to the forefront - and now Gov. Ned Lamont is facing calls to make the process easier. Right now you have to have an excuse to vote by mail - be in the military, be ill or out of town. John Erlingheuser, advo

Michael Atkinson, former inspector general for the intelligence community,  was placed on administrative leave to force him out ahead of his firing, which takes effect in 30 days. (Office of National Intelligence)

HARTFORD, Ct. -- Good-government groups are expressing outrage at President Donald Trump's decision to fire the inspector general who passed on to Congress the whistleblower's complaint that led to the president's impeachment. The president said he fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for

According to the Reflective Democracy Campaign's report,

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Many voters are supporting former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders - I-Vt. - because they think they are more "electable" against President Donald Trump - they are also white men. But according to a New Haven-based researcher, the electability of white male candida

States have seen increases in voter participation after enacting early voting. (Lisa F. Young/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. - A resolution to let Connecticut voters weigh in on allowing early voting failed to get enough votes in the Senate to be on next year's ballot, but it can come back. Connecticut is one of only 11 states that doesn't allow early voting. To change that requires amending the state Con

AARP Community Challenge grants can help create public spaces, enhance mobility options and more. (pxhere)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Small projects to help create more livable communities across Connecticut could get a boost from a new grant program. AARP Connecticut has expanded on a national Community Challenge program by launching an initiative to help local leaders complete creative ideas to improve their c

Other New England states are ahead of Connecticut in restoring voting rights to people in the criminal justice system. (landrachuk/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A bill to restore the vote to thousands of Connecticut residents is getting a hearing Thursday in the General Assembly. The Government Administration and Elections Committee is hearing testimony on HB 5418. If passed the bill would give some 4,000 people who are in custody

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