by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Ethics | FOIA | Nonprofits | State Budget
HARTFORD, CT — The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, which was formed to come up with recommendations on how to improve Connecticut’s stagnant economy, released information Tuesday about the $300,000 in donations that made its research possible.
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by Terry Cowgill | Feb 9, 2018 1:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Ethics | Law Enforcement | Media Matters | Opinion | White House
In recent years, Connecticut has had some loudmouths among its congressional delegation. After all, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his predecessor in the seat, Joe Lieberman, honed their skills as state attorneys general, an office that functioned as a PR factory for both of them.
Both men loved media attention. Indeed, the space between Blumenthal and a TV camera has long been labeled the most dangerous piece of real estate in Connecticut — that is, unless Chuck Schumer is visiting.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 26, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Equality | Ethics | FOIA | State Capitol
HARTFORD, CT — The Connecticut General Assembly will reflect this year on its sexual harassment policy for lawmakers and employees at the state Capitol complex.
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by Peter Urban | Dec 11, 2017 1:30pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2017 | Ethics | Federal Budget | White House
House and Senate Republican leaders are looking to quickly reach consensus on an overhaul of tax policy this week in hopes of sending a final bill to President Donald Trump before year’s end.
Both chambers have approved separate tax measures and must now negotiate a final bill that would be brought before the House and Senate — without amendment — for a final up-or-down vote.
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by Peter Urban | Nov 17, 2017 6:02pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Ethics
Senator Richard Blumenthal told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Minnesota Senator Al Franken had engaged in “repugnant” behavior during a 2006 USO tour when he is accused of forcibly kissing and groping a fellow female performer.
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by Christine Stuart | Sep 5, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Ethics | Sports
HARTFORD, CT — The University of Connecticut, the school’s head football coach, Randy Edsall, and Edsall’s son, Corey, are appealing a decision by the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, which concluded that Edsall violated state ethics laws by negotiating a deal to allow his son to be hired as an assistant coach.
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by Christine Stuart | Jun 22, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Campaign Finance | Ethics | State Capitol
Lobbyists spent $25 million this year trying to push their issues over the legislative finish line, according to reports filed with the Office of State Ethics.
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by Barth Keck | May 26, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Ethics | Media Matters | Opinion | Poll
If Facebook has taught me anything, it’s that thoughtful political debate is an endangered species. People now just dig in their heels, broadcast their opinions, and don’t budge an inch.
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by Barth Keck | May 12, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Ethics | Opinion | Sports | Hartford
The first news bomb hit on May 3 when the Hartford Courant reported “10 cases of student-athletes who were admitted” to Hartford’s Capital Preparatory Magnet School “outside the blind lottery system.”
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by Sarah Darer Littman | May 6, 2017 8:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Ethics | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion
I say this as a person of faith myself — it’s no wonder that a lot of highly moral people look skeptically at religion these days. Why wouldn’t they?
We’ve just seen House Speaker Paul Ryan ask Republicans to “pray” for the passage of a bill that will take away health insurance from 24 million Americans (possibly more), remove strong protections for pre-existing conditions, cut Medicaid, take us back to the awful days of expensive state-run, high-risk pools, and put a per capita cap on support for Special Education students.
Oh, and surprise, there’s also a tax cut in there for the wealthiest Americans.
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