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November 10, 2017

OP-ED | Are All Politics National, Now?

by Susan Bigelow | November 10, 2017 9:00am

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It happens every municipal election cycle. Everyone drags out the mystic runes and Ouija boards to try and divine what it all means for the next state and federal elections. This is usually a futile task. But in the upside-down world of 2017, it may not be.

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November 7, 2017

Connecticut Voters Produce Some Surprises As Election 2017 Comes to a Close

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | November 7, 2017 10:46pm

Special to CTNewsJunkie / Brian Koonz for the Valley Independent Sentinel Change was in the air for many districts in Connecticut Tuesday and both major parties were celebrating some local victories as results started coming in. But as the evening wore on, it became clear that Democrats were picking up seats and gaining control of councils and school boards in a lot of Republican towns, mirroring similar gains being reported in other states.

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November 3, 2017

OP-ED | Economic Fears, State Budget Woes on the Minds of Municipal Election Candidates

by Susan Bigelow | November 3, 2017 9:00am

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I’ve been looking through candidate profiles on CTNewsJunkie’s local election site, Vote.CTNewsJunkie.com, and it’s been a window into the hopes, fears, worries, and priorities of the people in our towns.

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October 11, 2017

Election Season Has Arrived! Vote.CTNewsJunkie.com Is Here For You

by Doug Hardy | October 11, 2017 1:00pm

shutterstock November 7 is approaching fast and Vote.CTNewsJunkie.com, our Voter Guide & Candidate Questionnaire site, is back for a second time to help you navigate your local elections.

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October 10, 2017

OP-ED | Better Government Begins At Home

by Marshall R. Collins | October 10, 2017 9:00am

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With municipal elections less than one month away, the timing for a discussion on how citizens can make a difference in their communities couldn’t come at a better time than that chosen by the Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service and the University of Hartford.

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September 28, 2017

Local Elected Officials Urge Veto Override

by Christine Stuart | September 28, 2017 4:20pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Local elected officials from small towns across Connecticut are urging the General Assembly to override Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget veto because they say the executive order will have dire consequences for their communities.

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August 18, 2017

Malloy Adjusts His Executive Order, Cancels PILOT Payment & Zeroes Out ECS for 85 Towns

by Christine Stuart | August 18, 2017 12:15pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 2:30 p.m.) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would zero out education funding for 85 communities, reduce education funding for 54 communities, and the state’s 30 neediest communities would receive the same amount of education funding they did last year. That’s if the General Assembly is unable to pass a budget before October.

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June 2, 2017

Senate Votes To Study Arming Police With Drones

by Jack Kramer | June 2, 2017 4:30am

SKATZENBERGER VIA SHUTTERSTOCK HARTFORD, CT — The Senate voted Thursday to study the use of weaponized drones by law enforcement, weeks after an attempt to allow Connecticut police to be the first in the nation to use drones failed.

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May 30, 2017

Aresimowicz: No More Free Rides For Municipalities

by Jack Kramer | May 30, 2017 6:49pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Whatever two-year budget is finally approved by the General Assembly, it’s almost certain that a lot less state money will be going to the vast majority of the 169 towns and cities in the state.

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May 10, 2017

Fracking Ban, Hate Crime Penalties Pass House

by Christine Stuart | May 10, 2017 4:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It took about two hours Tuesday for the House to debate a ban on fracking waste and less than 15 minutes for members to approve a bill to increase the penalties for hate crimes.

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