Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates
If you told someone the people of Connecticut would support a “Right-to-Work” law, they’d probably think you were crazy. This blue state would never support a law that is so completely a red state phenomenon, right?
Continue reading Opinion: Poll shows state supports philosophy behind ‘right-to-work’
Lori Pelletier is Secretary-Treasurer of the CT AFL-CIO.
One doesn’t have to look any further than Fairfield County to understand why Connecticut has one of the greatest income disparities in the country. A few miles from the estates of Wall Street brokers and bankers, Bridgeport’s residents are struggling to get by in the new economy. Good manufacturing jobs have been replaced by minimum wage shifts at McDonalds. A third of children in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.”
Continue reading Opinion: On Wall Street, ‘right-to-work’ means a wider gap between rich & poor
Former CIGNA executive-turned-whistleblower Wendell Potter is writing about the health care industry and the ongoing battle for health reform for the Center for Public Integrity.
Among the many predictions of Obamacare-related catastrophe was that the law, by enabling millions to join the ranks of the insured, would force us all to wait longer to see a doctor and very possibly lead to a code blue for U.S. health care.
Continue reading Opinion: Dire predictions of endless waits for a doctor have proven unfounded
Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.
The headline last week in The New Canaan Advertiser caught my eye. With a mixture of bemusement and bravado, the paper declared, “Red Canaan: Last Connecticut town with GOP majority.” And at 51 percent, it’s a bare majority, at that.
Continue reading Opinion: GOP not the only thing dying in Connecticut
Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
The primary is over, and the main event has begun at last! Unfortunately, it’s a rerun from 2010: Tom Foley will be facing Dan Malloy during a year where the economy is lousy and everyone’s miserable.
Continue reading Opinion: What we learned from Primary 2014
We hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer. The weather has been outstanding – not too hot, not too wet, not too cool.
We also hope you enjoyed and found helpful our election coverage. Elections – the choice of who is to lead our city, who is to represent us in Hartford, what issues are most important to us – are why we exist. The ability for citizens to choose their leaders, to choose the direction their government will take, is fundamental to our way of life, as is a free and independent media that keeps you informed in a way to help you make those choices.
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State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) and State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) hug in celebration after vote totals showed that Perone handily beat Councilman David Watts.
NORWALK, Conn. – By definition, with every election there are winners and there are losers. After Tuesday’s primary, three of the four winners get to gear up for the big prize in November, while the other, Republican Registrar of Voters Karen Doyle Lyons, gets to settle back into the office she’s held for 14 years, barring a last-minute petition or write-in challenge.
Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons, center, celebrates with friends Tuesday.
Continue reading Primary in pictures: Norwalk goes to the polls
NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Department of Police Service will be offering the Citizens’ Police Academy starting Sept. 10. The goal is for participants to gain a better understanding of the role of the police department in the community.
The academy can accommodate up to 40 Norwalk residents who will participate in classes designed to take them through the different aspects of law enforcement with experienced Norwalk Police Officers.
Continue reading Once Around the City: Police Academy, hoops happening, help wanted and band banter
Ian Soltes is a 25-year-old Norwalk resident and former Norwalk Community College student. He is write game reviews for an online review site, Darkstation, and has written more than 50 reviews for Gamefaqs.
NORWALK, Conn. – “Planes: Fire and Rescue” is the sequel to the prior “Planes” movie and the fourth movie in Pixar’s “Cars” line of movies. The prior two movies in the line, “Planes” and “Cars 2,” have both received negative attention, so does this new movie finally turn the series around? Does it finally produce a good and interesting movie?
Continue reading Opinion: New ‘Planes’ movie never quite takes off
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The recent public claim by 3 BOE Democratic members that they suffer discrimination by the BOE together with their demands for the resignation of the current and former BOE Chairmen (both Republicans) is Norwalk’s most bizzare “public event” by elected officials in recent decades. To date no evidence has been offered for these assertions. So far these bold assertions have generally been ignored by Norwalk’s elected officials and citizens, save Mayor Rilling.
Continue reading Letter: Claims against BOE leadership are ‘bizarre’
Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson (Hugh McQuaid photo)
HARTFORD, Conn. – When the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission releases its final report in about six weeks, it’s unlikely to include an analysis of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man who murdered 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown.
Continue reading Sandy Hook report unlikely to include analysis of gunman
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy promised the owners of Mickey Finn’s on Friday that he would be back with his son this weekend to purchase a pair of T.K. Axel Brand jeans.
That’s because this Sunday is the start of Connecticut’s sales tax free week where clothing, footwear, and some accessories under $300 will be exempt from the state’s 6.35 percent sales tax. The annual sales tax free week, which will cost the state between $7 and $9 million, runs through Aug. 23.
Continue reading Malloy promotes sales tax free week, touts employment gains