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June 27, 2016

CTNewsJunkie Turns 11: Watchdog Journalists Need Community Backing

by Matt DeRienzo | June 27, 2016 11:23pm

As CTNewsJunkie celebrates 11 years in business this summer, it’s a good time to emphasize two things: Its reporting on state government and politics is needed more than ever, and its community of readers will need to rally behind it if CTNewsJunkie is going to survive in a rapidly changing media world.

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June 24, 2016

OP-ED | Looking for the Turning Point on Guns

by Susan Bigelow | June 24, 2016 10:00am

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After the heartbreak and agony of Newtown, I had just the faintest stirring of hope that we’d reached a turning point on guns. Maybe, just maybe, we could put aside the intractable cultural battle over guns for just a few moments to put into place a few very basic, common sense controls like universal background checks.

I was wrong.

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OP-ED | For Katharine Wade, A Moment of Introspection Is In Order

by Terry Cowgill | June 24, 2016 5:29am

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In all the years I’ve been writing about government, I’ve never been able to answer one question: why are otherwise smart people so blind to their own conflicts of interest?

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June 21, 2016

OP-ED | Will Hillary Clinton Turn Her Back on Public Education if Elected President?

by Joseph Ricciotti | June 21, 2016 4:58pm

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It would appear more than likely that Hillary Clinton will be elected as the next president of the United States come next fall.

She can be thankful in no small part to the major role that the teacher organizations in the nation such as the National Educational Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) played in their early endorsement of her presidency. Public school teachers and parents are fighting the battle of their lives in attempting to hold off the forces of privatization along with the onslaught of charter schools in the nation.

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June 17, 2016

OP-ED | Gun Control: The ‘Silence’ Is Deafening

by Terry Cowgill | June 17, 2016 5:30am

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After a savage attack last week in a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed more people than any mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Connecticut and America are waking up with a gun hangover. They only question is whether it’ll wear off and allow the nation to return to business as usual, or whether the headache and shame are so severe as to effect a real change in lifestyle. I’m hoping for the latter.

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June 16, 2016

OP-ED | After Orlando: Pain, Fear, and Resilience

by Susan Bigelow | June 16, 2016 6:00pm

I wish I knew how to feel after Orlando. I’ve felt so many things, from shock to horror to anger to grief to a deep, worried sadness that refuses to fade, days later. I’ve seen the people around me react with fury, with political slogans, with hate, and with resignation.

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June 14, 2016

OP-ED | Welcome to the Era of Incendiary Rhetoric and Unsubstantiated Finger-pointing

by Barth Keck | June 14, 2016 8:00pm

It took less than 12 hours from the time the first shots were fired at the Orlando nightclub for Donald Trump to tweet the following:

“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”

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OP-ED | Sound, Unfunded Reform

by Abby Anderson | June 14, 2016 10:08am

This session, the legislature passed landmark legislation to improve our juvenile justice system. Yet the state budget starves that very system for funding. So the question is: What happens to our kids when a groundbreaking law runs up against an austerity budget?

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June 10, 2016

OP-ED | Don’t Let Ballpark Blues Get You Down

by Susan Bigelow | June 10, 2016 10:00am

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It’s sunny and in the 70s as I write this; it would have been a beautiful day for baseball in Hartford. But sadly, thanks to contractor bungling, it looks like we may not get to hear the crack of the bat at the tantalizingly-close-to-done Dunkin’ Donuts Park until 2017.

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OP-ED | Dear Hillary: Ditch the ‘Lack of Transparency’ Governor

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 10, 2016 9:00am

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What a difference a decade makes. Back in 2004, when then-Mayor Dan Malloy was launching his first exploratory committee for governor, he called for “a fundamental change in our approach to government.” As the first official investigation into corruption charges against Gov. John Rowland continued, that Malloy said, “When government becomes a closed insider game this kind of stuff can play itself out.”

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