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February 9, 2018

OP-ED | Few Risks As Connecticut Delegation Attacks GOP Over Nunes Memo

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 9, 2018 12:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Ethics | Law Enforcement | Media Matters | Opinion | White House


In recent years, Connecticut has had some loudmouths among its congressional delegation. After all, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his predecessor in the seat, Joe Lieberman, honed their skills as state attorneys general, an office that functioned as a PR factory for both of them.

Both men loved media attention. Indeed, the space between Blumenthal and a TV camera has long been labeled the most dangerous piece of real estate in Connecticut — that is, unless Chuck Schumer is visiting.

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February 2, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Himes Blasts GOP Over Intel Memo Release

by Peter Urban | Feb 2, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2016 | Law Enforcement | Media Matters | National Security

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WASHINGTON — Representative Jim Himes, the second-leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, voiced growing anger this week as President Donald Trump appeared ready to release a Republican-drafted memo alleging serious misconduct by the FBI and Justice Department in handling the Russian investigation.

“It is full of falsehoods. It is a shoddy and poorly written memo that will be very rapidly refuted by the facts and by the 10-page memo that the Democrats wrote when we saw it,” Himes said during an interview Thursday on CNN.

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January 19, 2018

OP-ED | Nostalgia for Governor

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2006 | Election 2010 | Election 2018 | Media Matters | Opinion

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Log into Blogger dot com and protest the Iraq War, it’s 2006 again!

Does anyone remember the last time progressives in Connecticut were all genuinely excited about the same candidate? It’s been a long time.

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December 15, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed

by Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 4:11pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Education | Media Matters | White House | Newtown | Technology sector

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The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.

In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.

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December 1, 2017

Malloy Chides Trump Over Anti-Muslim Tweets, Says UConn Handled Incident Appropriately

by Christine Stuart | Dec 1, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Education | Media Matters | State Capitol | White House | Mansfield-Storrs

ctnewsjunkie photo HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy didn’t mince his words Wednesday when asked about President Donald Trump’s retweets of three videos from a fringe group in Great Britain.

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November 15, 2017

It’s Not Magic. It’s Money - CTNewsJunkie Needs Your Support

by Christine Stuart | Nov 15, 2017 11:27pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Social Enterprises | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion


Recently, I had an eerie flashback to 2006. I walked into a press conference to discover I was the only one there. Eventually one other reporter showed up and it got started.

Unfortunately, I’m sometimes still the only reporter who shows up at a press conference. It happens more than anyone realizes.

But it’s always a stark reminder of why CTNewsJunkie exists.

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Danbury Lawmaker Says Restore CT-N or Get Rid of It

by Christine Stuart | Nov 15, 2017 3:30pm
Posted to: Media Matters | Danbury | Hartford

screen grab HARTFORD, CT — After the House adjourned the longest special session in history, Rep. Bob Godfrey, D-Danbury, stood up and called the recent issues with the legislature’s television network “fraudulent.”

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Senator Asks For Hearing On Future of CT-N

by Jack Kramer | Nov 15, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Media Matters | State Budget | State Capitol | Transparency

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, is asking that the legislature hold meetings and a public hearing on the future of the Connecticut Television Network, but the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Tuesday said they have no immediate plans to do so.

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November 14, 2017

There Is No Substitute for Real News - But It Needs Everyone’s Support To Survive And Thrive

by Jack Kramer | Nov 14, 2017 10:17pm
Posted to: Analysis | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion | State Capitol

Javier Brosch via shutterstock As I wrap up my 41st year in the business of writing/editing/reporting news, I can say with all honesty that the last two of those years have been the most fun.

For most of my previous years in the business, I sat behind a desk — mostly in New Haven, but also in New Britain, Bristol, Torrington, Middletown, New Milford, Storrs, Woonsocket, R.I., Fall River, Mass., Trenton, N.J., Saratoga, N.Y. … OK, you get the idea.

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November 13, 2017

The Journalism You Depend On Also Depends On You

by Christine Stuart | Nov 13, 2017 11:29pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Social Enterprises | Media Matters | Member Drive | Opinion

ctnewsjunkie We have been so focused this year on covering the state budget deadlock, and what it means for Connecticut’s taxpayers, that we fell behind a bit and missed a few of our much-needed quarterly fundraisers.

Hear me out.

Being a small, independent news publisher means keeping up with the latest developments in the news cycle in addition to trying to manage your business in a quickly changing economic landscape.

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