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October 24, 2014

OP-ED | Holding My Nose To Vote For Q1

by Terry D. Cowgill | October 24, 2014 5:30am
When Connecticut voters walk into their polling places on Nov. 4, they’ll experience an uncommon occurrence: they’ll be voting for more than just candidates for office. For reasons that will be explored later in this column, these sorts of ballot questions are unusual in our state. And this one will be notable for its tautological quality: voters will be voting about . . . voting.

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October 15, 2014

OP-ED | End Exemptions To Post-Election Audits

by Luther Weeks | October 15, 2014 10:27am

When auditing town expense accounts, would it make sense to exempt some departments? When inspecting trucks, would it make sense to exempt school buses? When inspecting restaurants, would it make sense to exempt diners? Any exemption is an opening for errors to go undetected and an opportunity for fraud.

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September 25, 2014

Voters Will Have To Answer A Question On Election Day

by Kristi Allen | September 25, 2014 10:56am

Connecticut citizens will have a chance to vote for something other than a politician in the upcoming November election: a constitutional amendment.

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September 19, 2014

OP-ED | Can’t Stop the Campaign Cash Flow

by Susan Bigelow | September 19, 2014 8:00am

About a decade ago, after John Rowland was chased from office, the state’s leaders decided once and for all to reduce the influence of campaign money on politics and government. The legislature passed a sweeping campaign finance reform bill, which, among other things, instituted a public finance system for state campaigns and banned campaign donations from state contractors.

So, how did that turn out?

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August 29, 2014

OP-ED | We Treat Third Parties Like Pariahs, And Our Democracy Suffers For It

by Susan Bigelow | August 29, 2014 1:00pm

It looks like former State Rep. Jonathan Pelto will be left off of the ballot for governor this fall, which will be a relief to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election team. It’s also a sad commentary on the way we treat minor parties in this state, and how the two-party monopoly squeezes out much-needed competition.

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August 15, 2014

OP-ED | GOP Not The Only Thing Dying in Connecticut

by Terry D. Cowgill | August 15, 2014 5:30am

The headline last week in The New Canaan Advertiser caught my eye. With a mixture of bemusement and bravado, the paper declared, “Red Canaan: Last Connecticut town with GOP majority.” And at 51 percent, it’s a bare majority, at that.

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July 9, 2014

Pelto, Visconti Prepare To Turn In Their Petitions

by Hugh McQuaid | July 9, 2014 5:30am

Hugh McQuaid Photo With less than a month left to petition onto the gubernatorial ballot, third party candidates Jonathan Pelto and Joe Visconti both say they’re confident they will collect the requisite 7,500 signatures.

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June 25, 2014

Foley’s Public Financing Grant Delayed Again

by Hugh McQuaid | June 25, 2014 5:12pm

CTNJ file photo State election regulators declined for a second week to approve Tom Foley’s public financing grant, suggesting the Republican candidate has yet to make up all of the $30,000 in donations disqualified by regulators last week.

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OP-ED | It Can Happen Here

by John J. Woodcock III | June 25, 2014 12:54pm

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss is a “political version of the San Francisco earthquake,” in the words of Stuart Rothenberg, publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report.

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June 21, 2014

One Governor, Two Challengers Make Their Election 2014 Pitches to the Working Families Party

by Christine Stuart | June 21, 2014 2:36pm

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 9 p.m.) The members of the Working Families Party were reminded Saturday at a union hall in Wallingford why they endorsed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy four years ago. They also heard from two of his potential opponents about why Malloy doesn’t deserve another four years.

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