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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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June 30, 2016

Lembo Calls On Insurance Commissioner To Recuse Herself From Merger Review

by Christine Stuart | June 30, 2016 6:58pm

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo added his name Thursday to a growing list of advocates and officials asking Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade to recuse herself from reviewing the Anthem-Cigna merger.

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Court’s Slapdown of Virginia Gov’s Corruption Prosecution Unlikely to Impact Connecticut

by Steve Majerus-Collins | June 30, 2016 5:30am

Mavrick / Shutterstock.com Though a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week that overturned the corruption conviction of a former Virginia governor raised questions about whether state efforts to clean up its government could prove vulnerable, it appears the ruling’s focus has little direct bearing on Connecticut’s statutes.

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June 24, 2016

OP-ED | For Katharine Wade, A Moment of Introspection Is In Order

by Terry Cowgill | June 24, 2016 5:29am

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In all the years I’ve been writing about government, I’ve never been able to answer one question: why are otherwise smart people so blind to their own conflicts of interest?

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