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February 26, 2015

UConn Defends Herbst Salary, Objects to Foundation Transparency

by Hugh McQuaid | February 26, 2015 1:44pm

Hugh McQuaid Photo University of Connecticut officials on Thursday defended a decision to use UConn Foundation funds to raise President Susan Herbst’s salary, during a hearing on a proposal that would require more transparency from the nonprofit foundation.

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February 12, 2015

Legislature Considers Rolling Back Court Decision on Police Disclosure

by Hugh McQuaid | February 12, 2015 11:38am

U.S. Dept. of Justice Lawmakers will hear public testimony Friday on a bill to reverse a 2014 state Supreme Court ruling, which limited the information police must release to the public before a criminal case is resolved.

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February 6, 2015

OP-ED | Too Few Sign FOI Pledge

by James Smith | February 6, 2015 2:04pm

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Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and state Comptroller Kevin Lembo – a card carrying FOI advocate – have signed the Freedom of Information Pledge proffered by the non-profit advocacy group Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information. It took several weeks for Malloy to decide to sign on. Lembo asked immediately, “where do I sign?”

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January 20, 2015

More Elected Officials Sign FOI Pledge

by Christine Stuart | January 20, 2015 8:00am

U.S. Dept. of Justice Only about 10 percent of 360 candidates took the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information’s pledge prior to the 2014 election, but at least 10 more have signed the pledge since November.

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January 14, 2015

Supreme Court Considers Disclosing Records of Arsenic Murderess

by Hugh McQuaid | January 14, 2015 1:02pm

Wikipedia The public notoriety of a multiple murderer justifies the release of her medical records more than 50 years after her death, a lawyer for the Freedom of Information Commission argued Wednesday before the state Supreme Court.

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January 13, 2015

Election Regulators: Democratic Mailing Was ‘Distasteful’ But Legal

by Christine Stuart | January 13, 2015 3:00pm

The reaction to a mailing from the Democratic State Central Committee letting voters know they were watching who voted in the 2014 election was met with disgust by most voters.

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January 5, 2015

Bill to Make UConn Foundation More Transparent Has Bipartisan Support

by Christine Stuart | January 5, 2015 5:29am

Courtesy of the Republican caucus It wasn’t the recent boost in salary for the University of Connecticut’s president that prompted state Rep. Gail Lavielle to propose legislation to require more transparency from the University of Connecticut Foundation.

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December 24, 2014

Lawmakers Plan To Tackle Election Reform

by Hugh McQuaid | December 24, 2014 5:30am

CTNJ file photo With the 2014 election in the rearview mirror, the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee in the coming session will look to address some of the issues raised during this year’s campaigns and at the polls.

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December 5, 2014

OP-ED | Judge Crossed Line On Prior Restraint

by Terry Cowgill | December 5, 2014 5:30am

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Every now and then something happens that makes me say to myself, “Thank goodness I live in America.” No, we’re not talking about a particularly uplifting story, but one of attempted censorship, before the fact, right here in Connecticut.

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November 7, 2014

OP-ED | Put The Screws To Politicians Who Don’t Care About FOI

by Terry Cowgill | November 7, 2014 5:30am

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Aside from the fact that the state woke up and decided not to put in the governor’s mansion an erratic financier who wouldn’t tell us what he’d do if elected, voters who rose Wednesday morning had something else to be grateful for: Comptroller Kevin Lembo was re-elected.

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