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March 18, 2019

Hartford, New Haven Schools Slow To Respond To FOI Test

by Christine Stuart | Mar 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Education | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Town News | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Transparency

HARTFORD, CT — Two of Connecticut’s largest school districts have so far failed to comply with requests for public information as part of a statewide test conducted by news organizations to mark Sunshine Week 2019.

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February 19, 2019

Healthcare Forum: Would A Public Option Help Connecticut?

by CTNewsJunkie | Feb 19, 2019 12:31am
Posted to: Analysis | Events | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Public Health | State Capitol | Hartford

This is the second CTNewsJunkie policy forum to bring together policymakers and experts to explore potential policy benefits and risks.

Join us Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the state Capitol. We have reserved Room 310 in the state Capitol building, and while CTNewsJunkie members will have the option to reserve seats up front, all are welcome.

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February 15, 2019

Independent Living Centers Pitch Bysiewicz On Funding

by Christine Stuart | Feb 15, 2019 2:11pm
Posted to: The Economy | Equality | Health Care | Jobs | Nonprofits | Public Health | Disability Care | State Budget | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Days before Gov. Ned Lamont’s first budget is unveiled a small group of advocates who help individuals with disabilities live independently met with his number two.

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February 4, 2019

Professor: New Strain Of Fascism Filters Into U.S. Politics

by Kevin Flood | Feb 4, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Equality | Immigration | National Security | Public Safety | White House | Hartford

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HARTFORD — Get used to the term “identitarianism.”

Christopher Vials, associate professor of English and director of American Studies at the University of Connecticut, told an audience at the Charter Oak Cultural Center Thursday night that the identitarian movement, a 21st century variation of fascism, needs scrutiny because it has spread from Europe to American alt-right groups — and from there into the Trump administration.

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January 31, 2019

McCrory Withdraws Brewery Bill

by Christine Stuart | Jan 31, 2019 10:51pm
Posted to: State Capitol | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut craft beer lovers were swift in their condemnation of two bills that would force breweries to choose between their tap rooms and off-site distribution.

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Hartford Lawmakers Pick Fight With Craft Brewers

by Christine Stuart | Jan 31, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Business | Innovation | The Economy | Jobs | Hartford | Milford

Courtesy of the Hanging Hills Twitter feed

HARTFORD, CT — Joe Ploof, chief revenue officer and founder of Hanging Hills Brewing Company, said if the legislation proposed by Rep. Brandon McGee and Sen. Doug McCrory passes, he will have to lay off five of his six employees.

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January 30, 2019

OP-ED | Keeping an Eye on Regionalization, Charter Schools, and Other Education Issues

by Barth Keck | Jan 30, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Campaign Finance | Education | Election 2016 | Election 2017 | Election 2018 | Opinion | State Capitol | Danbury | Hartford | New Haven | Norwalk

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Another year, another wave of proposed laws. As a teacher, I’m always interested in how new laws might affect schools. Two specific proposals caught my eye.

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January 19, 2019

Women’s March Smaller In Numbers, But Loud With Its Message

by Jack Kramer | Jan 19, 2019 4:58pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Election 2018 | Equality | Health Care | Housing | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | State Capitol | White House | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Whether the newness had worn off or concerns about frigid temperatures and the impending snowstorm — or perhaps it was the controversy over the movement’s national organizers — Saturday’s Women’s March didn’t have quite the look or feel of the first one in 2017.

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January 5, 2019

Let’s Talk: CTNewsJunkie Launches Policy Forum Series

by CTNewsJunkie | Jan 5, 2019 3:35pm
Posted to: Analysis | Events | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Hartford

Connecticut faces a variety of complex and growing challenges. We are struggling with economic development, jobs that don’t meet the cost of living in Connecticut, diversity and equity barriers, an aging transportation system, high healthcare costs, and educational challenges among others.

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January 4, 2019

Biz Panel: Moving Traffic, Tackling Teacher Pensions, Stopping Population Loss

by Jack Kramer | Jan 4, 2019 2:29pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | State Budget | Pensions | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT —Stemming population loss, fixing the state’s deteriorating highways and tackling the multi-billion dollar issue of the teacher’s retirement system were the top issues a panel of experts listed Friday as ways to right Connecticut’s fiscal ship.

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