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March 17, 2016

Connecticut Democratic Party Objects To Election Regulator’s Testimony

by Christine Stuart | March 17, 2016 5:30am

The Connecticut Democratic Party wants to make sure Superior Court Judge Antonio Robaina wasn’t prejudiced by what the head of the State Elections Enforcement Committee said about pending legislation.

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March 15, 2016

Even As Political Spending Explodes, Disclosure Remains Hazy

by Mary Spicuzza and Jeremy B. White | March 15, 2016 11:59am

AP File Photo / Andy Manis / http://sunshineweek.rcfp.org The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision effectively wiped out key campaign finance regulations that had been in effect for decades, so requiring more disclosure of campaign donors may be the only way for the public to have some control over political campaigns. Yet Congress and the states have shown little appetite to do so.

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March 8, 2016

Head Election Regulator Warns Support For Bill Could Prove Fatal To Landmark Campaign Law

by Christine Stuart | March 8, 2016 6:30am

Christine Stuart file photo The head of Connecticut’s election enforcement agency warned lawmakers Monday that a piece of legislation they’re considering would change how political parties operate in Connecticut.

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February 21, 2016

OP-ED | Connecting Dots Between the Heroin Epidemic and Campaign Donations

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 21, 2016 12:00pm

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Deaths from heroin and opioids increased again in Connecticut last year, and suddenly everyone’s talking about it. Press releases on the topic went out last week from five of Connecticut’s seven Congressional delegates (Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Reps. John Larson, Rosa DeLauro, and Joe Courtney).

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February 5, 2016

OP-ED | Middle Class Jobs, American Dreams Sold Out to Highest Bidders

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 5, 2016 9:00am

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For Stamford resident Matt Olson, a career in IT was the pathway to the American dream. A New Mexico native, who experienced hard times as a kid when his mother became ill and drowned in medical expenses, he graduated with a computer science degree in 1997 and went to work for Sandia National Labs. There, he was paid to go into an accelerated Masters program. By 2001, on his first consulting project, he was making $150 an hour. As Olson observes, “Now that was a labor shortage.”

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January 27, 2016

Early Bills for 2016 Session Focus on Tax Reform

by Rowan Kane | January 27, 2016 4:00pm

rowan kane / ctnewsjunkie Judging from a trickle of pre-file legislation, lawmakers have tax reform on the brain.

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January 13, 2016

Obama Expresses One Regret

by Christine Stuart | January 13, 2016 12:23am

whitehouse.gov President Barack Obama admitted Tuesday during his final State of the Union address that he was unable to accomplish everything he wanted during his presidency, and that one of his few regrets was that the “rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.”

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December 30, 2015

New Laws to Take Effect Friday

by Christine Stuart | December 30, 2015 6:30am

Mental health parity for insurance policies, a new certification for local Registrars of Voters, new disclosure requirements for generic drugs, police body camera regulations, and various tax changes are just a few of the new laws that will go into effect Friday, Jan. 1.

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December 14, 2015

Malloy Not Ruling Out Third Term

by Christine Stuart | December 14, 2015 3:21pm

Christine Stuart photo He only has a 32 percent approval rating, but that won’t necessarily be a factor in the decision-making process if Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy decides to run for a third term.

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December 2, 2015

Attorney For Election Regulators: Dems Tried To ‘Stonewall and Stymie’ Investigation

by Christine Stuart | December 2, 2015 6:29am

Courtesy of CT-N An attorney for state election regulators told Superior Court Judge Antonio Robaina that the Connecticut Democratic Party was trying to “stonewall and stymie” an investigation, while an attorney for the party told him they were seeking highly confidential party communications protected by the First Amendment. 

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