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February 14, 2014

OP-ED | Lawmakers Should Stiff-Arm The Secrecy Crowd

by Terry D. Cowgill | February 14, 2014 6:30am

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The cause of freedom of information in Connecticut went through a bleak period last year. The ghastly school massacre in Newtown had prompted frantic lawmakers to pass laws restricting FOI in the dead of night and without public hearings. And just when open-government advocates thought things had quieted down, along came the “Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public’s Right to Know.”

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December 23, 2013

Jepsen Sides With Watchdog Agencies

by Christine Stuart | December 23, 2013 6:30am

Christine Stuart file photo Attorney General George Jepsen, a longtime friend and political ally of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, dealt his friend some tough love last week when he concluded that the heads of the nine independent watchdog agencies have the power to evaluate a governor-appointed administrator.

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July 22, 2011

CTWatchdog | Right-to-Farm May Be Next CT Ag Battleground

by Kathleen Kiley | July 22, 2011 6:00am

The right to grow food and raise animals in one’s backyard could become the new battleground in Connecticut.

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November 7, 2010

The Connecticut Watchdog News Hour

by George Gombossy | November 7, 2010 8:26pm

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October 21, 2009

OP-ED: Courant Expresses First Amendment Concerns
In Defense of Watchdog Lawsuit

by Staff Report | October 21, 2009 6:29pm

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The Courant has begun its defense in the wrongful termination lawsuit I brought against it last month by claiming that losing this case would have a detrimental effect on all newspapers and other media in Connecticut.

This case, lawyers for The Courant wrote, involves issues “that raise questions…on the freedom of the press and the Defendants’ ability to control the content of their newspaper.”

That claim was contained in The Courant’s request that the suit be transferred to the Complex Litigation Docket.

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October 15, 2009

Towing Companies Seek Higher Fees

by Staff Report | October 15, 2009 10:08am

Connecticut’s 300 towing companies have asked state officials for permission to jack up their minimum rates.

Our good friends who make their living taking away our cars and charging us exorbitant fees (in cash of course) before returning them are asking the Connecticut Motor Vehicle Department for permission to increase the minimum charge for towing and for storing your vehicle.

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August 30, 2009

Hartford Promises To Reform Towing Policies,
Will Make Restitution Payments To Vehicle Owners

by Staff Report | August 30, 2009 11:20am

In a major victory for Connecticut consumers, the city of Hartford has agreed to drastically revise its towing policies: ending its policies that took advantage of those whose cars were stolen or whose cars broke down - bringing huge revenues to towing companies.

The city of Hartford, in a settlement that still must be approved by a federal judge, is agreeing to work with the owners of the vehicles before having their cars towed, which had required the owners or their insurance companies to pay towing and storage charges, it has been learned by Ctwatchdog.com.

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