by Jennifer Swift
Jul 23, 2014
10:22 AMConnecticut Politics
New Website Covers Connecticut Governor's Race Via Most Pressing Issues
DividedConnecticut.com has launched.
Divided Connecticut, an election project and standalone website produced by the New Haven Register, Register Citizen, Middletown Press and Connecticut Magazine, will examine the governor’s race through the lens of the most pressing issues facing the state.
Over the coming weeks, Divided Connecticut will provide deep analysis of education, jobs, poverty, housing, crime, immigration and health care, and how the candidates for governor plan to tackle these challenges. Many of the stories will focus on the state’s largest cities, a place where policies are tested and gubernatorial elections can be won or lost.
The coverage will make use of data analysis, multimedia presentations, old-fashioned reporting and writing.
Why the title?
Data shows a Connecticut sharply divided by income, education and quality of life.
Coverage kicks off with the topic of education. If ranked as a country, Connecticut’s students would stand ninth in the world in reading, 18th in math and 17th in science, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment scores released in 2013. The achievement gap between its white and minority students, however, is the widest in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
From there, Divided Connecticut will move on to the topic of jobs and the economy.
Connecticut ranked 43rd in job growth in 2013, according to an analysis done by Arizona State University. Between 1989 and 2009, the state ranked dead last in job creation, with total payroll employment down 3.5 percent over that period, according to the state Department of Labor.
Visit DividedConnecticut.com throughout the campaign to explore these issues and more.
Here are some of the stories you’ll find now on the site, with more to come: