The Directory

- The 411 on the Movers & Shakers in Politics

210 Capitol Ave Blog

Policy Experts Join Council 4 AFSCME Podcast To Examine Investment In Public Services

With the state’s biennial budget due for a vote in the weeks ahead, Connecticut’s legislators should start investing in public services in order to power economic growth here. That's according to guests on the most recent episode of “Council 4 Unplugged,” a podcast from Council 4 AFSCME. Jennifer Klein, a professor of 20th century US History at Yale University, and Shahrzad Habibi, research and policy director at In the Public Interest, joined the show to discuss their report “Austerity vs....

read more

Lamont Opens New Round of State Grants For School Security, Emergency Communications Systems

The state’s public and private schools have until June to apply for funding under two state grant programs that will help districts pay for security infrastructure improvements and emergency communications systems upgrades, Gov. Ned Lamont’s office announced this week. In addition to K through 12 schools, eligible childcare centers and preschools who can demonstrate they have received threats can apply for these grants. The state is accepting applications now, with the first part due June 15...

read more

Survey Finds Americans Support Measures To Fight Violence Against Asians

A majority of Americans see a rise in anti-Asian violence as a “very serious problem” and want political leaders to focus on the problem, according to a recent survey conducted by Global Strategy Group and The results of the survey, released Tuesday, April 6, also show that nearly 8 in 10 Americans support enforcing universal background checks on every gun purchase and cracking down on the spread of misinformation and hate speech against Asian Americans, according to the...

read more

New Newsletter Features Updates from UConn Tech Park

“Inside UConn Tech Park” is a new newsletter featuring articles about activities at the research facility, located near the university’s main Storrs campus. S. Pamir Alpay, executive director at UConn Tech Park, said he got the idea for the newsletter after seeing what other organizations were doing and thought it might be a good way to let people know what is going on at the tech center.UConn officials say that the facility promotes expansion of industry partnerships, research and development...

read more

3 Awarded For Professionalism and Activism

Three professional women from area firms have been recognized for their work in their respective fields. Stephanie Báez, Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at Global Strategy Group City and State NY, a political journalism group, awarded Báez the 2021 Above & Beyond Award. The recognition goes to 40 women, such as civil rights leaders, political candidates and innovators, who are “working toward a fairer future." In addition to her role with Global Strategy Group, Báez...

read more

Political Staffers Share Their Stories, Including A Familiar One From Connecticut

STAFFER, a podcast hosted by Global Strategy Group partner Jim Papa, recently asked listeners to call in with their stories about working on Capitol Hill and other political jobs, and the calls have been pouring in.STAFFER recently posted a first sampling of some of these stories – which include a chance meeting in a Lyft ride that ends up in a new opportunity, to the aftermath of a speech, adjusted slightly to simplify an issue, that ended up backfiring. Papa, in his introduction to the show,...

read more

Brown Rudnick Attorney Recognized as ‘Power Player’

An attorney from Brown Rudnick was recently featured in Financier Worldwide’s 2020 Power Players: Future Stars list. Lauren Tabaksblat, a litigation and arbitration partner at Brown Rudnick, represents clients from the early stages of litigation all the way through trials and appeals. Her clients are described as high profile, “in high-stakes, complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts and arbitrations throughout the country.” The cases Tabaksblat works on are complex, from real...

read more

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Appoints First Member CEO

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has for the first time appointed a tribal member as president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort and Casino. Jason Guyot, who has been with the casino since 2003, has been the interim CEO since last April, leading the casino through the pandemic. Foxwoods is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. “What Jason has done over the past twelve months has been remarkable, taking the helm of Foxwoods at the onset of the pandemic, building safety guidelines from the...

read more

Connecticut’s Commemorative Suffragist ‘I Voted’ Stickers A Recipient of 2020 Clearinghouse Award

HARTFORD – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission recently recognized Connecticut’s Commemorative Suffragist “I Voted” Stickers as one of the recipients of its 2020 Clearinghouse Awards. The stickers were designed by Wilton resident Pamela Hovland, a graphic designer and faculty member at Yale University, to honor Connecticut women who fought for women’s right to vote. “We started this project to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which ultimately...

read more

Courtney Discusses Challenges Facing Congress On ‘Pod Ipsa Loquitur’ Podcast

U.S. Congressman Joseph D. Courtney, who represents the state’s 2nd District, is the latest guest of the “Pod Ipsa Loquitur” podcast series by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association where he discussed a variety of topics - including what it’s like serving on Capitol Hill following the Jan. 6 insurrection. During the nearly 30-minute discussion, led by hosts John Kennedy and Mike Walsh, Courtney said legislators are still trying to “turn the page” following the violence. “This was a true...

read more