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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 28, 2019

Regionalization and Consolidation of School Districts Has Towns on Edge

by Jack Kramer | Jan 28, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Education | Local Politics | Branford | New Haven | North Branford | Norwalk | Wilton

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HARTFORD, CT — The concept of regionalizing and consolidating school districts to save the cash-strapped state is not a new one, but two new bills pushing the initiative have moved the issue front and center this legislative session.

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January 25, 2019

Local Officials Bristling Over Bill That Would Consolidate School Districts

by Heather Borden Herve | Jan 25, 2019 4:59pm
Posted to: Education | Norwalk | Wilton

News of Senate President Martin Looney's bill to consolidate school districts — SB 454 — is making waves in some suburbs. Heather Borden Herve of Good Morning Wilton has the story.


January 10, 2019

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Answers About Rides To Doctors

by Christine Stuart | Jan 10, 2019 12:30pm
Posted to: Health Care | Public Health | Disability Care | Elderly Care | Poverty | Norwalk | Thomaston

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HARTFORD, CT —  Six Medicaid recipients filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against the state Department of Social Services for failing to provide them with timely transportation to their doctor appointments.

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Federal Shutdown Continues With No End in Sight

by Peter Urban | Jan 10, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | White House | Norwalk

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WASHINGTON — Congress made no progress Wednesday in ending a partial government shutdown — now more than two weeks old — that has left some 800,000 federal workers without paychecks and raised concerns over the impact it is having on government programs from small business assistance to air traffic controllers.

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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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September 11, 2018

Griebel’s Former Campaign Manager Charged With Larceny

by Staff Report | Sep 11, 2018 2:55pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | Law Enforcement | Norwalk

Gubernatorial candidate Oz Griebel’s former campaign manager, Kyle Lyddy, was arrested by the Norwalk Police Department and charged with stealing $500,000 over a two-year period from a local marketing company where he was once employed.

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June 22, 2018

Senate Approves Murphy/Himes ‘Innovation Coin Act’

by Peter Urban | Jun 22, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Congress | 4th CD | DC News Junkie | Norwalk

The Senate on Wednesday approved by voice vote legislation that would have the U.S. Treasury mint commemorative coins to recognize innovation across the United States.

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July 21, 2017

Follow Up Study Narrows Racial Profiling In Traffic Stops to 18 Police Officers

by Jack Kramer | Jul 21, 2017 12:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Bloomfield | Meriden | New Milford | Newington | Norwalk | Trumbull | West Hartford | Windsor

ART OLYMPIC VIA SHUTTERSTOCK HARTFORD, CT — Eighteen police officers were identified as being statistically more likely to stop minority motorists in nine municipal police departments and the state police barracks in Hartford, according to a report compiled by the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy.

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December 23, 2016

OP-ED | ‘Derbygate’ A Fine Example Of ‘Quasi-Public’ Arrogance

by Terry Cowgill | Dec 23, 2016 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Griswold | Groton | Norwalk | Norwich

If you’re a public official involved in questionable behavior, the last thing you want to hear is someone in the media attaching a Nixonian suffix to your dubious doings. But that’s exactly what’s happened in Norwich, where ratepayers are outraged at an annual Kentucky Derby junket for board members that has over the last four years cost the local utility more than $1 million.

The resulting scandal has earned the moniker Derbygate.

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