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March 11, 2019

OP-ED | A Grab Bag of Gripes: Normalized Lying, Social-Media Shenanigans & Politicized Pensions

by Barth Keck | Mar 11, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Local Politics | Media Matters | Opinion | State Budget | Pensions

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As an avid news consumer and political junkie, I feel increasingly overwhelmed by all the news and all the political “junk.” As a matter of fact, I’m simply tired of it all.

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January 24, 2019

OP-ED | CCSU Report Illustrates Why Connecticut’s FOI Law Is Only As Good As Its Exemptions

by Mike Savino | Jan 24, 2019 4:02pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Labor | Legal | Media Matters | State Capitol | Transparency | New Britain

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A report from outside investigators this week detailing former students’ complaints of sexual misconduct against two Central Connecticut State University professors — and the university’s failure to take corrective action — highlights a blind spot in Connecticut’s Freedom of Information law.

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January 15, 2019

OP-ED | Like Sandy Hook Families, We All Must Fight for Truth in a World of Lies

by Barth Keck | Jan 15, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Safety | Newtown

YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

At time when bullying and hate crimes are on the rise, score one for the good guys.

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January 1, 2019

Happy Holidays!

by CTNewsJunkie | Jan 1, 2019 1:15am
Posted to: Media Matters | Member Drive

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! We had a spectacularly busy year in 2018 and are looking forward to new friends and new challenges in the year ahead.

With a week left in 2018, we are at 97 percent of our membership goal.

UPDATE: Great news! Readers from all over Connecticut became subscribers over these final two weeks of 2018 and we reached our fundraising goal for the second year in a row. This year we set a goal of $30,000 and raised that plus another $1,064.

THANK YOU FOR VALUING THIS NEWS COVERAGE!

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December 10, 2018

OP-ED | Transparency Wins In Battle Over Sandy Hook Evidence

by Terry Cowgill | Dec 10, 2018 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Courts | FOIA | Law Enforcement | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | Transparency | Newtown | Privacy

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From Charles Manson to Richard Speck to Stephen Paddock, America’s fascination with its mass killers is almost boundless. It is clearly a human instinct to learn as much about the most violent among us as we can.

Is it morbid curiosity or a yearning to know as much as possible about the perpetrators so that we can see warning signs and prevent mass killings in the future? Are the media guilty of sensationalizing tragedy when we publish detailed information about gunmen like Adam Lanza?

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November 15, 2018

OP-ED | Try As They Might, Politicians Will Never Silence Journalists

by Barth Keck | Nov 15, 2018 7:50pm
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | Media Matters | Opinion | White House | Norwalk

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It was not all that surprising when staffers for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski prevented reporter Kaitlyn Krasselt and photographer Peter Hvizdak from entering his election-night headquarters, telling the Hearst Media journalists they must leave because of the Stefanowski camp’s “objections to coverage.”

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November 8, 2018

Connecticut Continues To Lag In Election Results Reporting

by Christine Stuart | Nov 8, 2018 7:48am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Election Policy | Town News | Local Politics | Media Matters

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HARTFORD, CT — Early Wednesday morning, both the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial campaigns sent their supporters home without knowing the outcome of the election because several towns, including New Haven, had still not reported their results.

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November 3, 2018

PAC Spending Stirs Up Controversy

by Christine Stuart | Nov 3, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Election 2018 | Election Policy | Media Matters | White House | Data

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HARTFORD, CT — Some Connecticut Realtors aren’t happy that a political action committee both launched and funded by the Connecticut Association of Realtors is backing Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Stefanowski.

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October 23, 2018

In Connecticut, One Party Benefits More From Outside Spending

by Christine Stuart | Oct 23, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Election 2018 | Media Matters | Data

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HARTFORD, CT — Republicans have scored big when it comes to outside political spending on Connecticut’s election this year. According to two watchdog groups, an estimated 80 percent of the roughly $6 million spent so far by outside super PACs is going to Republicans.

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October 12, 2018

Murphy Renews Call for an End to US Military Support to Saudi Arabia

by Peter Urban | Oct 12, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | DC News Junkie | Media Matters | White House

(Updated Saturday) U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Thursday called for an immediate suspension of military support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen as news reports say a missing journalist and Washington Post columnist was killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

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