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December 9, 2016

To the Good, Maybe There’s A Silver Lining - More People Investing in Independent Journalism

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 1:23am

Disruption and transformation are a bumpy ride. But during these last several months, the transformation of the news industry seems to have been further derailed by a mutation.

The mutants — interloper propaganda sites parading as news — took over the web during the final months of the election and most certainly changed the conditions on the ground for legitimate news organizations. It’s a bigger problem than just trying to figure out a sustainable model to fund good reporting — people are apparently more apt to gravitate to nonsense.

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OP-ED | DeVos Pick Raises Disturbing Pay-to-Play and Accountability Issues

by Sarah Darer Littman | December 9, 2016 11:00am

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Anyone who believes that public education is a fundamental cornerstone of our democracy should be extremely concerned by President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint billionaire charter school advocate Betsy DeVos, of Michigan, to the post of Education Secretary.

DeVos, whose family reportedly has “has a long history of supporting anti-gay causes — including donating hundreds of thousands to ‘Focus on the Family’, a conservative Christian organization that supports so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation,” has been quoted comparing her work in education reform to a biblical battleground where she wants to “advance God’s Kingdom.”

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Listen to Today’s Morning Coffee Newscast!

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 9:45am

CTNewsJunkie has also launched an experiment with a new radio news partnership with WDRC AM in Hartford, Meriden, Waterbury, and Torrington. Today, Brian Scott-Smith gives you a rundown on the latest news in Connecticut politics.

The newscast airs at at 6:20 a.m., 7:20 a.m., 8:20 a.m., and 9:20 a.m. on WDRC AM, but is also available here - CLICK TO PLAY!.

You can subscribe to our feed on your mobile device through iTunes here.

OP-ED | Media Literacy Is Key to Understanding Today’s World

by Barth Keck | December 9, 2016 5:30am

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By now, you’ve heard the news: The top 20 fake stories received more “shares, reactions, and comments” than the 20 top real news stories in the final months of the presidential campaign.

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Connecticut Mosque Receives Threatening Mail

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 12:47am

CTNewsJunkie file photo The Connecticut Council on American-Islamic Relations is as asking police to step up patrols of local mosques after the Islamic Center of New Haven received a threatening letter.

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December 5, 2016

Blumenthal Joins Call For Cabinet Nominees To Release Tax Returns

by Christine Stuart | December 5, 2016 1:21pm

Christine Stuart photo U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he’s calling upon all of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees to release their tax returns to the Congressional committees that will oversee their nominations.

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December 2, 2016

Record Number of Voters Cast Their Ballots in Connecticut

by Jack Kramer | December 2, 2016 2:16pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A total of 1,675,955 voters cast ballots in the election Nov. 8, a record high number, although turnout, which was just under 77 percent of registered voters, fell short of a record.

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November 30, 2016

Connecticut Green Party Supports Presidential Recount Efforts In Other States

by Jack Kramer | November 30, 2016 12:13pm

Jack Kramer file photo Connecticut Green Party Chairman Mike DeRosa believes it is “in the public’s interest” to have presidential recounts in the states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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November 29, 2016

OP-ED | Proliferation of Fake News Underscores Woeful Lack Of Critical Thinking

by Barth Keck | November 29, 2016 11:23pm

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“Fake news” is all the rage now. Since Election Day, articles have appeared daily, outlining this latest scourge infecting the nation’s news landscape.

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November 28, 2016

Bye Steps Aside As Co-Chair of Appropriations Committee

by Christine Stuart | November 28, 2016 6:03pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo The West Hartford Senator who lobbied Democratic leadership to chair one of the most powerful committees in the General Assembly told Senate President Martin Looney that she’s stepping down to help her wife battle cancer.

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