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December 9, 2016

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

by Sarah Darer Littman | December 9, 2016 12:00pm

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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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Connecticut Mosque Receives Threatening Mail

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2016 1:47am

CTNewsJunkie file photo The Connecticut Council on American-Islamic Relations is as asking police to step up patrols of local mosques after the Islamic Center of New Haven received a threatening letter.

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December 6, 2016

Lembo’s Office Flooded With Calls, Emails Following Inquiry Into Mississippi Group’s Policies

by Christine Stuart | December 6, 2016 5:16pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo After asking a Christian organization that’s against LGBTQ rights for more information about how it conforms with Connecticut’s nondiscrimination clause to qualify for state employee payroll deductions, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo became the group’s newest target.

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December 1, 2016

Lembo Challenges Tax Deductions for Christian Organization That’s Anti-Gay Rights

by Christine Stuart | December 1, 2016 6:30am

Christine Stuart photo HARTFORD, CT—State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who is the Connecticut’s first openly gay constitutional officer, announced that his office is investigating a Christian organization that’s against LGBTQ rights.

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September 16, 2016

Is There Hope for Afghanistan? Afghan Visitor Shares Perspective in Bristol

by Kristi Allen | September 16, 2016 2:36pm

kristi allen / ctnewsjunkie Edrees Kakar has lived a life few people in America can imagine: He has walked through war zones, lived as a refugee for 10 years, and survived a terror attack that killed more than a dozen people.

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September 1, 2016

Graham Careful Not To Pick Sides In Get-Out-The-Vote Message

by Christine Stuart | September 1, 2016 4:53pm

Christine Stuart / CTNewsJunkie Franklin Graham, the son of popular evangelical preacher Billy Graham, came to the state Capitol in Hartford Thursday to urge Christians to vote in November.

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April 7, 2016

Malloy Bans State-Funded Travel To Mississippi

by Christine Stuart | April 7, 2016 5:30am

Christine Stuart file photo Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is banning state-funded travel to Mississippi following passage of legislation in that state allowing businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community.

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November 3, 2015

Thursday Panel Will Tackle Syrian Refugee Crisis

by Christine Stuart | November 3, 2015 2:59pm

David Eric Paradine photo A panel of experts on Syria and international affairs will gather 6 p.m. Thursday at Center Church in Hartford for a robust discussion on how Hartford can assist with the refugee crisis.

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September 24, 2015

Malloy Joins The Masses In Welcoming Pope Francis

by Christine Stuart | September 24, 2015 5:30am

White House photo Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was one of about 11,000 people gathered Wednesday on the south lawn of the White House to hear Pope Francis’ first speech in the United States.

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September 17, 2015

OP-ED | To Understand Civil Disobedience, Kim Davis Ought to Read Thoreau

by Barth Keck | September 17, 2015 5:30am

Civil disobedience has been making news lately, thanks to Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky recently jailed after denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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