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May 5, 2017

OP-ED | Ganim 2018: Why Would Anyone Vote For Him?

by Terry Cowgill | May 5, 2017 4:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | Ethics | Opinion | Bridgeport

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Few things in life are as interesting and delicious to watch as the rehabilitation of a corrupt politician. When the mighty fall, they do one of two things: they either crawl under a rock and you hear from them only sporadically if at all (Richard Nixon, Philip Giordano); or they emerge from jail proclaiming their reformation and try mightily to regain the approval of the public, only to get in trouble again (John Rowland, Ernie Newton).

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April 27, 2017

Boughton Makes An Offer to Mattei

by Christine Stuart | Apr 27, 2017 10:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Ethics

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Earlier this week, Chris Mattei, the former federal prosecutor exploring a run for governor announced he wouldn’t accept lobbyist donations and invited other candidates to join him.

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February 24, 2017

OP-ED | Stand Against Trump’s Deportation Plans

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 24, 2017 10:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Equality | Ethics | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Opinion | White House

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The Trump era is a time of cruelty and fear. The president’s administration has gutted Obamacare, removed vital environmental protections, and rescinded federal protections for transgender children. The biggest targets so far, though, have been immigrants, especially undocumented persons and refugees.

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February 22, 2017

Solitary Confinement Cell Makes Its Way To The State Capitol

by Christine Stuart | Feb 22, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Ethics | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie He was just one of many Tuesday left by themselves under a fluorescent light in a small cell with a bunk, but unlike the estimated 80,000 inmates nationwide in solitary confinement, Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, was able to leave after two hours.

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February 16, 2017

Senator Intercepts Valentine’s Day Message

by Christine Stuart | Feb 16, 2017 10:29am
Posted to: Equality | Ethics | Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Housing | Jobs | Labor | Public Health | Public Safety | State Budget | Taxes | Wethersfield

ctnewsjunkie WETHERSFIELD, CT—Good jobs, universal access to public education, and ethnic, racial and gender justice are just a few of the things a handful of advocates were asking Sen. Paul Doyle to support Wednesday.

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September 23, 2016

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

by Terry Cowgill | Sep 23, 2016 4:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Ethics | FOIA | Insurance | Media Matters | Opinion

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 | Sep 15, 2016 2:32pm
Posted to: Ethics

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 | Sep 13, 2016 4:30am
Posted to: Ethics | Health Care | Insurance

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 | Aug 19, 2016 4:31pm
Posted to: Election Policy | Ethics | FOIA | State Budget

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 | Aug 18, 2016 4:18pm
Posted to: Business | Congress | Election 2016 | Ethics | Transparency | White House

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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