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January 17, 2018

Supreme Court: Connecticut’s Education System Is Flawed, But Not Unconstitutional

by Christine Stuart | January 17, 2018 11:00pm

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HARTFORD, CT — The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Connecticut’s education system is imperfect, but not unconstitutional.

The decision may signal the end of 12 years of litigation over whether the state has been providing enough funding for its poorest school districts.

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December 20, 2017

Connecticut Officials Propose Steps To Maintain Net Neutrality

by Christine Stuart | December 20, 2017 5:30am

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The Federal Communications Commission may have voted to eliminate rules about net neutrality, but Connecticut lawmakers and Attorney General George Jepsen said they will do what they can to preserve the Internet.

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December 15, 2017

Sentencing Commission Forwards Two Recommendations, Hit Pause On More Bail Changes

by Jack Kramer | December 15, 2017 5:30am

Courtesy of CT-N HARTFORD, CT — A proposal that would allow some on the sex offender registry to petition to shorten their registration period or apply for removal from the registry was unanimously approved Thursday by the Sentencing Commission.

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OP-ED | State’s Congressional Delegation Got It Right on #NetNeutrality

by Terry Cowgill | December 15, 2017 5:29am

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Well, yesterday the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission gave us all an early stocking-stuffer. Connecticut residents and Internet users across the country are the recipients of an unwanted gift: new rules that will lift restrictions on the ability of Internet service providers to execute a pay-to-play model for content creators.

The end of the so-called net neutrality rules that have been the order of the day since 2015 when the administration of President Barack Obama put them in place would likely mean, as aptly described by the tech site Inverse, that “service providers like Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon could give huge tech company customers like Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu access to priority ‘fast lanes,’ which would leave smaller companies at a disadvantage if they can’t afford to pay ISPs for that access.”

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December 13, 2017

Energy Affordability Gap Widens

by Christine Stuart | December 13, 2017 12:21pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Energy prices have crept back up over the past year and widened the energy affordability gap in Connecticut.

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December 8, 2017

Sex Harassment Rocks Congress; Gov’t Shutdown Averted For Now; Gun Safety Fight to Continue

by Peter Urban | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

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In a week that saw the #MeToo “Silence Breakers” recognized as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, three members of Congress announced their resignations after each had been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past.

Most notably was Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who announced his decision to resign Thursday on the Senate floor.

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December 5, 2017

Connecticut Senators Seek Transparency In Sexual Harassment Settlements

by Jack Kramer | December 5, 2017 2:47pm

Orhan Cam via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said that any sexual harassment complaints involving senators and House members in which taxpayer money was secretly paid out should be disclosed as long as the “victim wants them to be made public.”

Blumenthal addressed the issue Monday at a press conference at the Legislative Office Building.

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Progressive Nonprofit Forms To Support Female Candidates Who Share Their Values

by Christine Stuart | December 5, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The “shock of the 2016 election” and what they see as policy failures by the General Assembly inspired a progressive women’s advocacy group to get organized. 

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November 28, 2017

Lawmakers Ponder Regulations For Healthcare Negotiations

by Christine Stuart | November 28, 2017 5:53pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Unable to pinpoint why healthcare providers and insurers couldn’t agree on how much to pay for medical care, legislators debated Tuesday whether the state needs to get involved in future negotiations between providers and insurers.

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November 24, 2017

OP-ED | The Men We Can Take Down, and the Men We Can’t

by Susan Bigelow | November 24, 2017 10:00am

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The President of the United States, who once famously admitted sexually harassing and groping women on a hot mic, is defending a Republican senate candidate who once got banned from a mall for creeping on teen girls. There was a time when that would have been the end of both of them. Here, though, it’s just another day.

The nauseating sexual abuses of powerful men are having a moment in the sun. Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Charlie Rose, and even Al Franken, for God’s sake, are either down, falling, or teetering precariously on the edge thanks to women finally coming forward and revealing the things that these sorts of guys always thought they’d get away with.

In the past year, something changed. It reminds me of the moment in 2015 when the Confederate flag suddenly went, in the eyes of a lot of clueless white people anyway, from being an annoying but harmless symbol of rednecks to being straight up the flag of the KKK and the committed racists. It took the blood of innocent black churchgoers in Charleston for all these so-called decent people to finally have had enough of that flag. Down it came from the statehouse, from the monuments, and from the truck windows of all those white boys in the high school parking lot.

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