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March 18, 2016

Amid Push For Transparency, Few Colleges Reveal Investments

by Collin Binkley | March 18, 2016 1:48pm

Steven Senne / AP/ sunshineweek.rcfp.org BOSTON (AP) — Colleges and universities are under growing pressure from Congress and campus activists to reveal financial investments made through their endowments, but most institutions are standing firm against the idea.

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March 16, 2016

Many State Legislatures Exempt Themselves From Record Laws

by David A. Lieb | March 16, 2016 8:00pm

Julie Smith / News Tribune via AP / sunshineweek.rcfp.org State capitols are often referred to as “the people’s house,” but legislatures frequently put up no-trespassing signs by exempting themselves from public-records laws.

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How Open Record Laws Are Applied In State Legislatures

by Associated Press | March 16, 2016 7:59pm

hsunshineweek.rcfp.org Lawmakers in every state have adopted laws requiring most government meetings and records to be open to the public. But in some states, lawmakers have exempted themselves from complying.

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March 15, 2016

Even As Political Spending Explodes, Disclosure Remains Hazy

by Mary Spicuzza and Jeremy B. White | March 15, 2016 10:59am

AP File Photo / Andy Manis / http://sunshineweek.rcfp.org The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision effectively wiped out key campaign finance regulations that had been in effect for decades, so requiring more disclosure of campaign donors may be the only way for the public to have some control over political campaigns. Yet Congress and the states have shown little appetite to do so.

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March 14, 2016

OP-ED | Shine a Light on Connecticut

by Susan Bigelow | March 14, 2016 9:00pm

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There’s no disinfectant like a little sunlight, as the saying goes, and that seems truer than ever in our age where there’s ever more information but also a growing tendency of government to keep information out of public hands. That worrisome trend must be reversed if we’re ever going to get the open, accountable government that we deserve.

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February 23, 2016

Fairfield University: No Evidence That Students Were In Brown Makeup or Blackface

by Christine Stuart | February 23, 2016 12:09pm

stagophile / wikipedia Fairfield University officials said Tuesday that based on their investigation thus far, they don’t believe that any of the students who attended a racially themed party this past weekend were “wearing brown makeup or were in blackface.”

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February 12, 2016

OP-ED | Newly Raised Bills for 2016 Belie Worries About the Economy

by Susan Bigelow | February 12, 2016 9:00am

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At the start of every legislative session, members submit a blizzard of new bills for consideration. Many of them are either merged into other bills or blessedly forgotten, but they’re all still worth looking at to see what’s on lawmakers’ minds. This year, it’s all about taxes and the economy.

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February 1, 2016

OP-ED | Fate of Norwalk School Board and Democracy Is In The FOI Commission’s Hands

by James H. Smith | February 1, 2016 3:00pm

The state Freedom of Information Commission will decide Feb. 10 whether allegations of discrimination and racism among Norwalk school board members should be made public.

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January 15, 2016

Moving CTNewsJunkie Forward

by Doug Hardy | January 15, 2016 10:58pm

Recently, we shut off commenting on the site for a variety of reasons — most of the comments had become repetitive and mean-spirited. A lot of the comments were clearly in violation of our reader comment policy. As such, we deleted quite a few of them each week. We’re a small organization and we just ran out of time and energy to continually moderate hundreds of comments each week, so we called a timeout.

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January 4, 2016

OP-ED | Hartford Incident Highlights Toxic Influence of Social Media on Policy

by Barth Keck | January 4, 2016 5:29am

“New technologies alter the structure of our interests: the things we think about. They alter the character of our symbols: the things we think with. And they alter the nature of community: the arena in which thoughts develop.”
Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology


Neil Postman wrote those words in 1993, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more insightful description of the digital world in 2016.

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