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House Republicans Announce Leadership and Ranking Member Appointments

Posted on December 4, 2020


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader-elect Vincent Candelora today announced Republican minority leadership appointments and committee ranking member assignments for the 2021 legislative session.

“Our state faces considerable challenges that have been made more potent and complex by the pandemic, and through daily conversations with constituents, our caucus members understand the immediate need to tackle these varied issues head-on,” said Candelora (R-North Branford.) “I’m fortunate to have a group of

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House Republicans Urge Immediate Action to Assist Businesses

Posted on December 3, 2020


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader-elect Vincent Candelora on Thursday said Connecticut’s elected officials must intensify the state’s efforts to help job creators of all sizes, joining members of his caucus in urging action on items they say will ease burdens faced by pandemic-squeezed businesses.

“By many accounts, we’re at the precipice of a second wave—yet we’re miles away from any sort of cohesive, forward-looking effort to build an environment where businesses can recover. It’s still a day-by-day

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Connecticut COVID-19 Holiday Guidelines

Posted on November 23, 2020


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Questions you might have about Holiday Gatherings

General Questions and Considerations

Posted at portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Holiday-Guidance on 11/1/20

Why is it important to be cautious over the holidays? I’ll only be around my family members who I trust.

Connecticut has been a national leader in our COVID-19 response efforts. However, as the country heads into winter, flu season, and into holiday gatherings – the risk of spreading COVID-19 has become higher, and even Connecticut

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Republicans Again Seek Evidence, Numbers on New Paid Family Medical Leave Fund Solvency

Posted on November 20, 2020


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader-elect Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford), Senate Republican Leader-elect Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Senate Republican Leader-elect Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) are questioning whether the state’s new Paid Family Medical Leave payroll tax program can deliver on its promises to Connecticut workers. The GOP leaders wrote to Governor Ned Lamont to again request evidence that the program, set to start taxing workers on January 1, can achieve solvency

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As Democrats Call for More Borrowing, House & Senate Republican Leaders Call for Immediate Bipartisan Budget Talks

Posted on November 10, 2020


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HARTFORD – Today Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), incoming House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) wrote to Governor Ned Lamont to ask that the Governor immediately call a meeting of all state legislative leaders to begin addressing state budget issues.

[Read the letter here]

Their letter comes on the same day new state consensus revenue projections were released and House Democrat leaders

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House Republicans Choose Candelora as Next Caucus Leader

Posted on November 6, 2020


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HARTFORD — Members of the legislature’s House Republican caucus on Thursday evening were unanimous in choosing state Rep. Vincent Candelora as the next House Republican Leader.

Candelora, 50, of North Branford, assumes the leadership position in early January when members of the General Assembly begin their new two-year terms.

“To be selected for this role by my peers is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to leading our collective effort to get Connecticut pointed in the right direction—to stabilize

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House Republicans Say Secretary of the State Failed on Absentee Ballot Initiative

Posted on October 29, 2020


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HARTFORD – The Secretary of the State’s office failed to clarify how absentee ballots should be tabulated under a recently approved statute, prompting the governor to issue a last-minute executive order today that will pave the way for towns and cities to begin the certification process for absentee ballots tomorrow, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said today.

Klarides said she welcomed any effort by the state to ensure the validation of Connecticut’s elections and instill confidence in the

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House Republicans Challenge Governor on Executive Powers

Posted on September 3, 2020


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HARTOFRD – House Republicans, at a Capitol press conference today, challenged Gov. Lamont’s authority to singlehandedly determine how Connecticut emerges from the pandemic, saying a legislative committee should vote on his efforts to extend his sweeping executive orders beyond their Sept. 9 expiration date.

Republicans said the state Constitutional safeguards that guarantee separate but equal branches of government are at stake. The orders would affect virtually all aspects of public life. Republicans

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House & Senate Republican Leaders Issue Letter to Top Democrats Over Executive Powers

Posted on September 1, 2020


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano on Tuesday called on leading Democrats to reject the full extension of Governor Lamont’s emergency powers that come without checks and balances. The legislature’s leading Republicans wrote to their majority party counterparts as well as Democrats who lead the legislature’s Public Health Committee. Read the letter here or below.

 

Dear Senator Looney, Speaker Aresimowicz, Senator Duff, Representative Ritter,

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides’ Statement on Gov. Lamont’s Executive Orders

Posted on September 1, 2020


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s issuance of the continuance of Executive Orders until Feb. 9:

“The legislature agreed on the onset of the COVID-19 virus last March to grant the governor executive authority over the day-to-day, and emergency operations of the state of Connecticut that he would not otherwise have had under our Constitution and General Statutes, given that the Capitol had to be effectively shut down. We

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