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September 20, 2018

OP-ED | Connecticut’s Weirdly Quiet Referendums

by Susan Bigelow | Sep 20, 2018 10:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Election 2018 | Environment | Opinion | Transportation

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This November, we’ll be voting on whether to add two amendments to the state constitution of 1965 — the transportation “lockbox” and protections for state-owned land. If you haven’t heard of this before now, you’re not alone.

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September 19, 2018

OP-ED | Banned Books? Not So Much in Connecticut

by Barth Keck | Sep 19, 2018 7:59pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Education | FOIA | Media Matters | Opinion | Education Opinion | White House | Brookfield | Manchester | Stonington

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What’s a public library to do when a patron offers to donate a copy of Bob Woodward’s recent bestseller Fear, an account of dysfunction in the Trump White House? Why, it politely declines the offer, of course.

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September 18, 2018

OP-ED | For UConn And Coach Ollie, Now’s The Time To Settle, Save Face, And Move On

by Ken Krayeske | Sep 18, 2018 2:13pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Legal | Opinion | Sports | State Budget


A fairy-tale ending in the feud between UConn and former men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie would pay Ollie between half of the $10 million contract he is owed and use the remaining $5 million to seed the Kevin Ollie Academy, a new elementary school in Hartford.

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September 17, 2018

ANALYSIS | Stefanowski Channels JFK to Lamont’s Nixon

by Paul Bass | Sep 17, 2018 11:25pm
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, CT — The Shubert theater staged a revival Monday night of the historic 1960 Kennedy-Nixon campaign debate. Bob Stefanowski played the role of John F. Kennedy.

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September 14, 2018

Calling All Candidates!

by Christine Stuart | Sep 14, 2018 6:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Election 2018 | Town News | Media Matters | State Capitol

November 6 is fast approaching and Vote.CTNewsJunkie.com, our Voter Guide & Candidate Questionnaire, is back for a third time to help you navigate what is shaping up to be one of the hardest fought elections of our lifetimes.

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September 13, 2018

OP-ED | In Search Of The Perfect Tax - And A Realistic Strategy

by Terry Cowgill | Sep 13, 2018 4:21pm
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes

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No matter who wins the governor’s race, the elusive search for revenue to close a projected $4.6 billion two-year deficit will commence the next day, or as soon as the victor recovers from his hangover.

Pay no attention to the Stefanowski behind the curtain. Yes, that must have been where Bob Stefanowski was hiding during the first gubernatorial debate last Wednesday. Maybe he had a good reason.

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OP-ED | Bob and Ned Went Toe to Toe. So?

by Susan Bigelow | Sep 13, 2018 3:59am
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | Opinion

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Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski met for their first debate on Wednesday night, and both men dug in like blue crabs in wet sand. But how much does it really matter?

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September 7, 2018

OP-ED | Oh, It Can Still Get Much Worse

by Susan Bigelow | Sep 7, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Congress | Courts | Opinion | White House

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This is one of those weeks in which I’m amazed we’re not all out in the streets, shouting our heads off for the preservation of democracy and the republic. I guess we really do get the government we deserve.

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OP-ED | Schools Need Support and Compassion, Not DeVos’ Guns

by Barth Keck | Sep 7, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Congress | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | Burlington | Newtown | West Hartford | Windsor

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U.S Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos decided late this summer to allow schools to use taxpayer dollars to buy guns for teachers. Senator Chris Murphy responded with an amendment to the 2019 appropriations bill to halt DeVos’ idea.

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September 3, 2018

OP-ED | Who Will Celebrate Labor Day In 2034?

by Leo Canty and James Hughes | Sep 3, 2018 11:36am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | The Economy | Technology sector | Jobs | Labor | Opinion

EDITOR’S NOTE: This op-ed was originally posted Aug 29, 2014.

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For more than 100 years workers and their unions have designated a day to parade and celebrate labor, working people, the jobs they do and advances they have made. Over that time, the nature of that work has transformed dramatically from farms and factories to offices and cubicles.

Those changes were hard on many as they fell by the wayside in the struggle to keep up with the need to improve skills and fit into the next level. But as hard as it was for some, the transition we will all soon face will be much faster and wilder and more difficult to keep up with than most will ever imagine.

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