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July 17, 2015

OP-ED | When Democracy Fails: Why Budget Referendums and Town Meetings Don’t Work

by Susan Bigelow | July 17, 2015 9:00am

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I winced when I saw the headline about Windsor voters rejecting their town’s budget for the fourth time. Turnout for a referendum that will likely cause layoffs and school cuts was an appallingly low 20 percent.

This can’t go on.

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July 16, 2015

Gale Drops Candidacy, Endorses Bronin

by Madeline Stocker | July 16, 2015 3:48pm

Madeline Stocker photo John Gale, a West End lawyer, dropped out of the Hartford mayor’s race Thursday and announced his candidacy for Hartford City Council.

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Less Than One Month to Convention, Hartford Mayoral Challenger Rakes In Donations

by Madeline Stocker | July 16, 2015 5:30am

CTNJ file photo As the second quarter fundraising period rounds out in Hartford’s mayoral contest, one of the challengers is well in the lead.

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July 10, 2015

OP-ED | In Winsted, Leaving Expensive Messes For Others To Clean Up

by Terry Cowgill | July 10, 2015 5:30am

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You know you’ve hit rock bottom when the state of Connecticut has to come in and clean up your municipal mess. Contrary to popular belief, the state hates to pilot the local ship. It’s expensive, it’s a distraction and it evinces the supercilious paternalism of big brother.

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July 2, 2015

Malloy Vetoes Municipal Double-Dipping

by Christine Stuart | July 2, 2015 4:56pm

christine stuart file photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill Thursday that would have allowed municipal employees to double dip, collecting a pension and a salary at the same time.

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June 26, 2015

Florida Governor Makes His Pitch In Norwalk; Organizer Says Event Was Not Political

by Harold Cobin | June 26, 2015 5:06pm

Harold Cobin photo NORWALK — Not shy about his reason for appearing Friday before a group of about 50 Connecticut business owners, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott asked them what he needs to do to get them to move.

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June 23, 2015

Republicans Pick Derby Native Romano for State Party Chairman

by Christine Stuart | June 23, 2015 10:55pm

Courtesy of Facebook The youngest of the three candidates for Republican Party Chairman walked away Tuesday with the endorsement of the 72-member Republican State Central Committee at Nuchie’s in Bristol.

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June 2, 2015

Bill Mandating Accountability For Election Officials Is Headed to Governor’s Desk

by Madeline Stocker | June 2, 2015 3:15pm

CTNJ file photo A bill aimed at establishing stricter standards for registrars of voters received final passage Monday, putting the state one step closer to a more accountable election system.

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June 1, 2015

Bill To Help Local Taxpayers Heads to Malloy’s Desk

by Elizabeth Regan | June 1, 2015 5:30am

Christine Stuart file photo Municipal officials and taxpayers groups will be happy to hear that a bill to give towns more control over their education budgets is on its way to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

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May 15, 2015

House Passes Over Property Tax Bill, For Now

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2015 10:35am

Courtesy of CT-N Early Friday morning the House of Representatives briefly debated — but took no action on —  legislation that would put certain medical facilities and college properties back on the tax rolls.

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