2005 CFOG Essay Contest

Fill In NHPD’s [Redacted] Drug Policy – New Haven Independent

03/23/18 – By Christopher Peak Prompted by city lawyers, the New Haven Police Department turned over a copy of its new two-page hiring guidelines — with almost every line about drug use whited out. [Read More]

Blue Hills Fire Commissioners Appear Before FOI Commission – Hartford Courant

03/23/18 – By Steven Goode Two Blue Hills Fire District commissioners appeared before the state Freedom of Information Commission Friday to respond to a complaint filed against them last October. [Read More]

Meriden considers updating Code of Ethics – Meriden Record-Journal

03/21/18 – By Leigh Tauss MERIDEN — The Board of Ethics is asking the City Council to create a bi-partisan ad hoc committee to consider revising the city’s Code of Ethics. [Read More]

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on the First Amendment – The Connecticut Forum, “An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer”

Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer responds to audience questions about the First Amendment posed by moderator Norah O’Donnell. Breyer was a featured panelist at The Connecticut Forum, “An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer,” on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Trump administration unfurls a veil of secrecy – USA Today

03/09/18 – By Editorial Board The whole world is privy to President Trump’s innermost thoughts almost any time of the day or night via his frequently erupting Twitter account. [Read More]

Public Access to State Government Data Would be Strengthened by Proposed Law – Connecticut by the Numbers

03/11/18 – Release “If we want better government, we need better data.” That succinct observation by Michelle Riordan-Nold, Executive Director of the Connecticut Data Collaborative, summed up the push for legislation that would codify in state law an “expectation of increased access to state government public data.” [Read More]

US sets new record for censoring, withholding gov’t files – The Washington Post

03/12/18 – By Ted Bridis WASHINGTON — The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn’t find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data. [Read More]

Five Ways To Find The ‘Real News’ Media – Hartford Courant

03/11/18 – By David Fink I fear — as I read so many ignorant, obstinate comments about news and the reporters who gather it — that our democracy is at risk because too many Americans don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to the “news media.” The First Amendment’s sacred power of free […]

What College Students Really Think About Free Speech – The New York Times

03/12/18 – By Niraj Chokshi To some, free speech on college campuses appears to be under attack, but what do the students themselves think? A study released on Monday offers some answers based on a survey of more than 3,000 of them. [Read More]