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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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October 28, 2014

Which Pols Took The FOI Pledge?

by Hugh McQuaid | October 28, 2014 8:51am

Courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Justice Comptroller Kevin Lembo and petitioning gubernatorial candidate Joe Visconti were among the 10 percent of Connecticut candidates who have signed a pledge to support the Freedom of Information Act, according to an open government advocacy group.

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October 9, 2014

Watchdogs Ask Candidates To Take FOI Pledge

by Hugh McQuaid | October 9, 2014 10:54am

Courtesy of Justice.gov Sick of playing defense against efforts to erode the state Freedom of Information Act, an open government advocacy group has begun asking candidates to sign a pledge to support the public document disclosure law.

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July 11, 2014

OP-ED | Hillary’s UConn Hypocrisyfest A Blessing in Disguise

by Terry Cowgill | July 11, 2014 4:30am

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UConn Foundation Has Become A Slush Fund For Frivolity, Shielded From Public Scrutiny

Why do people hate hypocrisy so much? After all, there are worse sins. Robbing a convenience store or gunning down a bunch of schoolchildren comes to mind, for example. Yet when public officials say one thing and do another, it gets the blood boiling like nothing else.

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