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September 23, 2016

OP-ED | Striking A Pose For Openness And Efficiency?

by Terry Cowgill | September 23, 2016 5:29am

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Two stories surfaced last week that shed light on the way state government operates and the low regard some officials have for those who act as watchdogs for the people.

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September 15, 2016

Wade Recuses Herself From Merger After Being Pressed for Personal Financial Information

by Christine Stuart | September 15, 2016 3:32pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo After attempts by the Office of State Ethics to get information about unvested stock options held by Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade’s husband fell flat, the commissioner announced Thursday that she would recuse herself from review of the Anthem-Cigna merger.

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September 13, 2016

Ethics Presses Insurance Commissioner For Financial Information

by Christine Stuart | September 13, 2016 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo The U.S. Department of Justice may be seeking to block the merger between Anthem and Cigna, but with no ruling in sight until 2017, the Office of State Ethics continues to pursue financial information from Insurance Department Commissioner Katharine Wade.

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August 19, 2016

Malloy Relents, Restores Funding For Watchdog Agencies

by Christine Stuart | August 19, 2016 5:31pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo After criticism from lawmakers and good government groups, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration relented and restored the $183,000 they had proposed to cut from three watchdog agencies.

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August 18, 2016

Murphy to Trump: Release Your Tax Return

by Christine Stuart | August 18, 2016 5:18pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo There is no law requiring presidential candidates to release their individual tax returns to the public, but Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Chris Murphy of Connecticut think there should be, especially if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn’t going to keep with the tradition.

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August 17, 2016

Dems Decry GOP Use of Same Contractor for Both Senate Republican Sites & Campaign Voter Data

by Christine Stuart | August 17, 2016 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo Middletown Mayor Dan Drew admitted Tuesday at a news conference in Middletown that they have no evidence that the Senate Republican caucus misused state resources when its website contractor did some additional political consulting work for a handful of campaigns.

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August 12, 2016

OP-ED | Rowlandesque: Malloy’s Baffling Watchdog Gambit

by Terry Cowgill | August 12, 2016 5:30am

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If there’s one rule in politics you can take to the bank, it’s never to behave in a way that invites comparisons to high-profile corrupt politicians who resigned in disgrace. For obvious reasons, whether the epithet is fairly or unfairly hurled, elected officials should avoid being labeled “Nixonian” or the equivalent. It’s sort of bad for your career.

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August 9, 2016

Malloy Has Not Received Subpoena From Federal Investigators

by Christine Stuart | August 9, 2016 1:32pm

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has been the focus of a state investigation in the past, seemed to be taking in stride them news of the latest federal grand jury probe into his 2014 fundraising efforts.

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July 19, 2016

OP-ED | Will A Campaign That Refuses to Acknowledge Obvious Plagiarism Be Accountable In Office?

by Barth Keck | July 19, 2016 9:51pm

I’ve been thinking lately about a certain encounter I had with a student early in my teaching career.

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July 18, 2016

Republicans Challenge Insurance Commissioner Over Open Records Law

by Christine Stuart | July 18, 2016 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Senate Republicans say Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade misled them about seeking guidance from the Office of State Ethics and they want the Freedom of Information Commission to penalize her for failing to turn over hundreds of documents related to their FOI request.

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