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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

It's not the strongest rebuke ever written and it doesn't mention state Rep. Anne Dauphinais, the Killingly [Connecticut] Republican who compared Gov. Ned Lamont to Adolf Hitler, then amplified her comments. But the four top leaders in the General Assembly, two Republicans and two Democrats, issued a joint statement Tuesday condemning the rise of Holocaust, Nazi and Hitler comparisons in political life, "including current mask/vaccine mandates."



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...The joint statement follows by one day two forceful condemnations of Dauphinais' remarks by Rep. Vin Candelora, R-North Branford, leader of the House Republicans, and Ben Proto, the GOP state chairman.

The four leaders, the statement said, "condemn the recent rise and use of Holocaust imagery and analogies, along with references to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime in community and political discussions, including current mask/vaccine mandates. Such linkage trivializes the extent of crimes against humanity, diminishes the suffering of survivors, and offends those who understand the profound evil Hitler and the Nazis represented."

The question now is what, if anything, the two House leaders " Candelora and House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford " will do now that Dauphinais not only called the governor "aka Hitler" for his executive powers set to last until mid-February and his broad COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but repeated the offensive utterance, flouting common decency.

Dauphinais elaborated on the Hitler statement in a long Facebook post and a radio interview in which she said she wears her refusal to apologize "as a badge of honor."...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-13 11:04 AM | Reply


Why does Connecticut have the lowest rate of COVID-19 in the country? It starts with vaccination.

... Connecticut has recorded fewer COVID-19 cases per capita than any other U.S. state over recent weeks, and experts say there's one simple explanation above all others: vaccination.

"If you look at the relationship between vaccination coverage and new cases, they seem to be strongly related," said Dr. David Banach, an epidemiologist at UConn Health. "I think that offers a good part of the explanation."

As of Saturday, 69.4% of Connecticut residents were fully vaccinated, behind only Vermont. That total included 79.7% of residents 12 and older, most of any state. Although geography, weather and human behavior may also help explain why Connecticut's recent delta variant spike was not as intense as surges elsewhere, experts say vaccination is clearly playing a key role....

Though Lamont declined to impose a statewide mask mandate this summer as the delta variant surged, local officials in most of Connecticut's largest towns and cities chose to do so. According to a recent survey from the nonprofit DataHaven, 51% of adults in the state report wearing a mask "very often" when leaving their homes, and 84% say they do so at least sometimes.

To Dr. Ajay Kumar, chief clinical officer at Hartford HealthCare, this is key.

"One thing I like to believe is that Connecticut has generally been a bit more compliant with masks and social distancing than most of the states in our country," Kumar said. "I'm really proud of our state in how we have managed the pandemic at this time."

Of course, Connecticut's status as the model of COVID-19 containment could change quickly....

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-13 11:06 AM | Reply

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