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May 27, 2015

Healthcare Advocate Raises Red Flag

by Christine Stuart | May 27, 2015 5:30am

A key healthcare advocate is raising concerns about possible conflicts of interest in the Healthcare Innovation Steering Committee, whose members oversee the $45 million State Innovation Model grant and were appointed by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

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May 20, 2015

OP-ED | Show Me The (Charter Management Fee) Money!

by Robert Cotto Jr. | May 20, 2015 7:59am

When traditional schools pay their bills to educate kids, they usually don’t have much money, if any, remaining. When charter schools pay their bills, they often have money left over to spend. How much? It depends on the school. For a number of charter schools, roughly 10 percent of all of public dollars meant for educating children in these schools go to pay fees for private companies called “charter management organizations.” That’s a problem.

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May 5, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Bill Would Increase Oversight of Spy Agencies

by Jordan Fenster | May 5, 2015 5:30am


Intelligence agencies in the United States should have a few more eyes on their operations, according to U.S. Rep. James Himes, D-4th District.

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May 1, 2015

Amendment to Arrest Records Bill Catches Transparency Advocates Off Guard

by Elizabeth Regan | May 1, 2015 10:30am

Courtesy of CT.gov The head of the state’s Freedom of Information Commission was among those surprised to learn that a bill that would make arrest information available to the public was amended Monday by the Judiciary Committee.

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April 14, 2015

House Votes to Block Closure of Meriden Campus; Bill Heads to Malloy’s Desk

by Christine Stuart | April 14, 2015 7:34pm

Christine Stuart photo The House followed the state Senate’s lead Tuesday and passed legislation to block the state Board of Regents from closing a satellite community college campus in Meriden. The measure now heads to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

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April 13, 2015

‘Dark Money’ Group Causes Confusion Over Tribal Lending Complaint

by Christine Stuart | April 13, 2015 2:58pm

Christine Stuart photo A conservative group that is not required to disclose its donors is ramping up its campaign against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state Banking Department for action it’s taken regarding two tribal lending organizations.

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April 11, 2015

Judiciary Committee Gives Chief Justice A Thumbs Up

by Elizabeth Regan | April 11, 2015 1:29am

Screengrab CT-N Members of the Judiciary Committee gave Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers a thumbs up Saturday morning after roughly six hours of public testimony both for and against the state’s top judge. 

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April 10, 2015

OP-ED | On Access to Police Records, the People Have Compromised Too Much Already

by James H. Smith | April 10, 2015 3:15pm

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Our state Supreme Court ruled last summer that all anyone needs to know is the name of someone arrested, the date, and where the arrest took place. That’s it. 911 tapes? No way. Crime scene photos? Absolutely not. Race of the person arrested? Nope. Criminal record of the person arrested? No way. Nada. Nothing.

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April 3, 2015

OP-ED | OMG! The OGA Was Such a Horrible Idea

by Terry Cowgill | April 3, 2015 5:30am

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When Gov. Dan Malloy and the Democratic-controlled General Assembly decided in 2011 to consolidate several agencies, including three of the largest autonomous watchdog units, and essentially put them under his control, he was met with cries of well-earned protest from open-government advocates.

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March 31, 2015

Bills Seeking More Transparency From UConn Foundation Die in Committee

by Elizabeth Regan | March 31, 2015 4:16pm

Christine Stuart file photo The University of Connecticut Foundation and its supporters appear to have successfully dodged another round of bills to require more financial transparency from the school’s nonprofit fundraising arm that yielded $81.1 million in 2014.

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