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June 23, 2017

OP-ED | Middle Class, Middle Aged, and Mad

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 23, 2017 8:00am

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I’m a hard-working, middle-aged, middle-class American, and I’m tired and angry.

I’m self-employed, and have several pre-existing health conditions, one of which involves mental health. I choose to be open about that in order to help the young people I write for, by showing them that you can have a diagnosed condition and still lead a productive and successful life with the right medication and treatment — if, and this is becoming an increasingly big if — you have insurance and can afford the co-pays.

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June 22, 2017

$25 Million And Counting

by Christine Stuart | June 22, 2017 5:30am

shutterstock Lobbyists spent $25 million this year trying to push their issues over the legislative finish line, according to reports filed with the Office of State Ethics.

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May 25, 2017

Divided House Forwards Campaign Bill To Senate

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2017 7:01pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The House passed a bill Thursday on a 79-70, party line vote that would change campaign laws and could set the state up for a constitutional challenge.

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May 12, 2017

OP-ED | Is the Citizens Election Program Worth Saving?

by Susan Bigelow | May 12, 2017 10:00am

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The republic feels like it’s imploding this week, but I’m writing about a minor campaign finance reform passed in 2005 here in Connecticut. Bear with me. It matters.

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May 9, 2017

Democratic Lawmakers Defend Citizens Election Program

by Christine Stuart | May 9, 2017 1:31pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s current budget crisis should not be used as an excuse to gut the Citizens Election Program, a group of Democratic lawmakers and good government advocates said Tuesday.

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April 7, 2017

Ganim Contemplates Statewide Office, Asks For Access To Public Funds

by Christine Stuart | April 7, 2017 2:22pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Convicted by a federal grand jury in 2003 on racketeering, extortion, bribery and mail fraud charges, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim— who made a successful political comeback in 2015 when he won re-election—is contemplating higher office.

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March 27, 2017

House Dems Continue Push To Change Campaign Laws

by Christine Stuart | March 27, 2017 6:30pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 8 p.m.) House Democratic leadership Monday vowed to continue its mission to increase disclosure and limit outside money being spent on Connecticut elections.

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March 7, 2017

SEEC Makes Pitch To Strengthen Campaign Laws

by Jack Kramer | March 7, 2017 6:30am

Courtesy of CT-N HARTFORD, CT — Two proposed bills that are designed to strengthen election reporting laws received the backing of the executive director of the State Elections Commission at a public hearing on Monday.

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February 15, 2017

Election Regulators Look to Clean Up Connecticut’s Clean Election Laws

by Christine Stuart | February 15, 2017 6:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT—The federal investigation ended with no charges being brought, but Connecticut’s election regulators are trying to quickly close a loophole that allows banned state contractors to give money to publicly financed candidates.

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February 2, 2017

Democrats Say Federal Inquiry Into 2014 Fundraising Is Over

by Christine Stuart | February 2, 2017 2:33pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo The Connecticut Democratic Party says the U.S. Attorney’s office has ended its investigation into whether the party illegally spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2014 re-election bid. Turns out It didn’t and no charges were brought.

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