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February 23, 2017

OP-ED | The Ideology of Critical Thinking

by Barth Keck | February 23, 2017 8:00am

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I’ve been teaching high school English in Connecticut for 26 years. It is my job, first and foremost, to help teenagers develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. In addition, I teach Journalism, Media Literacy, and Advanced Placement English, allowing me to share my passion for media and language.

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February 21, 2017

Lembo Again Seeks The Legislature’s Help in Monitoring Economic Incentives

by Christine Stuart | February 21, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo He was able to convince the legislature, but State Comptroller Kevin Lembo was unable to convince Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last year to sign a bill that would allow for the examination of certain business tax credits and economic incentives.

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February 1, 2017

Governor, Republican Leader Exchange Letters On Pension Deal

by Christine Stuart | February 1, 2017 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT—Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told Senate Republican President Len Fasano, R-North Haven, Tuesday that he won’t be withdrawing a proposal to restructure the state employee pension system.

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January 30, 2017

ACLU Report: Cops Make It Tough To Complain About Cops

by Jack Kramer | January 30, 2017 3:00pm

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HARTFORD, CT — Police agencies in Connecticut routinely make it difficult for members of the public to access basic and legally-required information about how to file complaints of police misconduct, according to a new study from the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut.

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January 27, 2017

OP-ED | Is Connecticut’s Bottle Law Beyond ‘Redemption?’

by Terry Cowgill | January 27, 2017 5:30am

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When a government program is broken, most good people in government want to fix it. But what if fixing the program means that the same perennially cash-strapped government will lose money?

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January 19, 2017

Committee Forwards Kane’s Nomination To General Assembly

by Christine Stuart | January 19, 2017 4:23pm

Christine Stuart photo Former Republican Sen. Rob Kane, who was nominated to fill the a $146,000-a-year job as a state auditor by Republican legislative leaders, said he doesn’t believe a misunderstanding over his child support payments should impact his ability to scrutinize state spending.

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January 13, 2017

Teachers Union Critical of Charter School Executive Pay

by Jack Kramer | January 13, 2017 12:35pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - Armed with a new report, the Connecticut Education Association said organizations managing many of the state’s charter schools are lining their own pockets instead of teaching children and it’s calling on legislators to hold them accountable.

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January 10, 2017

State Ends Relationship With Homecare Agency Over Its Refusal To Use New System

by Christine Stuart | January 10, 2017 5:30am

Duke.of.arcH via shutterstock One of Connecticut’s largest home care agencies claims it’s in a David versus Goliath battle with the Department of Social Services regarding its new telephonic and computer-based in-home scheduling, tracking, and billing system.

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January 6, 2017

OP-ED | Murphy’s Effort To Fund Journalism Doomed To Fail

by Terry Cowgill | January 6, 2017 5:30am

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Skilled politicians are great at picking their battles. Sometimes on matters of importance they’re nowhere to be found. But on more obscure or relatively trivial issues, they’re all over it.

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December 19, 2016

Anti-Gay Religious Group May Be Removed As Payroll Deduction Option

by Christine Stuart | December 19, 2016 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo The American Family Association, which has been able to receive payroll deductions from state employees for more than a decade, may be removed from the list after an exchange last week with state Comptroller Kevin Lembo.

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