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December 9, 2016

To the Good, Maybe There’s A Silver Lining - More People Investing in Independent Journalism

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 1:23am

Disruption and transformation are a bumpy ride. But during these last several months, the transformation of the news industry seems to have been further derailed by a mutation.

The mutants — interloper propaganda sites parading as news — took over the web during the final months of the election and most certainly changed the conditions on the ground for legitimate news organizations. It’s a bigger problem than just trying to figure out a sustainable model to fund good reporting — people are apparently more apt to gravitate to nonsense.

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OP-ED | DeVos Pick Raises Disturbing Pay-to-Play and Accountability Issues

by Sarah Darer Littman | December 9, 2016 11:00am

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Anyone who believes that public education is a fundamental cornerstone of our democracy should be extremely concerned by President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint billionaire charter school advocate Betsy DeVos, of Michigan, to the post of Education Secretary.

DeVos, whose family reportedly has “has a long history of supporting anti-gay causes — including donating hundreds of thousands to ‘Focus on the Family’, a conservative Christian organization that supports so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation,” has been quoted comparing her work in education reform to a biblical battleground where she wants to “advance God’s Kingdom.”

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OP-ED | Gloves Come Off As Connecticut Pols Go After Trump

by Terry Cowgill | December 9, 2016 5:30am

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It didn’t take long. Connecticut is almost as blue as they come. Yet most of us sucked it up after the presidential election and vowed to keep an open mind — or as open as we could keep it after the election of Donald Trump, a man whose views and rhetoric are repugnant to the typical Connecticut voter.

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OP-ED | Media Literacy Is Key to Understanding Today’s World

by Barth Keck | December 9, 2016 5:30am

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By now, you’ve heard the news: The top 20 fake stories received more “shares, reactions, and comments” than the 20 top real news stories in the final months of the presidential campaign.

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December 7, 2016

Coverage That Counts: The CT Legislature Has A Bigger Impact On You Than Trump Ever Will

by Jack Kramer | December 7, 2016 10:00pm

So we’ve just been through the most incredible presidential campaign in our lifetime.

And we’re all still talking about — even those who voted for him — that yes, indeed, come Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be president of the United States.

But here’s the reality:

Something that will have a much bigger impact on the wallets of Connecticut residents is starting a few weeks earlier — the 2017 General Assembly legislative session.

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Waking Up With CTNewsJunkie

by Staff Report | December 7, 2016 1:00am

As with most things we do, we have set an ambitious goal over the next few weeks to raise another $6,000 or so on our way to our annual goal of $24,000. The money will help us cover the upcoming 2017 legislative session. And it’s shaping up to be a busy one, folks.

We believe (and hope) that our coverage on the site and our “Morning Coffee and Politics” email are providing a lot of important information to make your days at the state Capitol easier.

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December 5, 2016

Surviving Disruption

by Christine Stuart | December 5, 2016 11:30pm

file photo When I landed my first job at a newspaper, our stories were typed into a computer and then printed. The columns were cut with scissors, run through a waxer, and then pasted onto “boards” on heavier paper — I think they were called “mechanicals.” This all happened in what was called the “composing room.”

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December 4, 2016

Credible, Professional Journalism Needs Your Support

by Christine Stuart | December 4, 2016 10:35pm

This website was launched in 2005 to fill a void in news coverage at the state Capitol. Our tagline — Because You Need It. Bad. — was true from the start. But it was originally based on the dearth of coverage, the empty desks in the Capitol press room.

Today, it has a new meaning. Because You Need It. Bad. is now more apt as a reality check against the propaganda that has been parading as news. Frankly, propaganda is worse than a lack of coverage.

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December 2, 2016

OP-ED | The One Thing I Agree With Donald Trump On

by Susan Bigelow | December 2, 2016 10:00am

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Let’s get this out of the way: President-elect Donald Trump is a serial liar, a con man, and an egotistical misogynist who rode to the presidency on a national wave of populist self-delusion.

But there is one thing that I think he gets right. Mostly.

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OP-ED | ‘Health’ Of Small Towns Threatened By DPH Proposal

by Terry Cowgill | December 2, 2016 5:30am

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“We didn’t ask for it; there’s no need for it,” Goshen First Selectman Bob Valentine told the Northwest Hills Council of Governments in October. “It’s a solution looking for a problem.”

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