July 22, 2016
by Terry Cowgill | July 22, 2016 5:30am
Rhode Island is at it again. It’s only been a little more than three months since the Providence Journal published a scathing editorial that took aim at Connecticut’s unfunded state employee pension liability and the abject failure on the part of elected officials here to adequately confront it.
July 21, 2016
by Susan Bigelow | July 21, 2016 10:15am
Recently, a young man I was speaking with discovered I wrote about politics. “Which side?” he immediately asked. I hemmed and hawed, mumbling something about fairness. “Yeah, but which side?” he pressed. I admitted to favoring the left most of the time, and this satisfied him.
Tags: election 2016, radicalism, extremism, polarization, Susan Bigelow, dh
July 19, 2016
by Barth Keck | July 19, 2016 9:51pm
I’ve been thinking lately about a certain encounter I had with a student early in my teaching career.
July 15, 2016
by Susan Bigelow | July 15, 2016 10:00am
Every four years, delegates gather to draft platforms for their respective parties, creating documents that will eventually be approved by their conventions and then ignored by everybody. So why does this year’s Democratic platform matter?
by Terry Cowgill | July 15, 2016 5:30am
Why do smart people do dumb things? I ask myself that very question every time I do something stupid, which fortunately isn’t that often. But UConn President Susan Herbst, a successful college administrator who holds a Ph.D. in communication theory and research from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, has really taken the concept to new level.
July 11, 2016
by Barth Keck | July 11, 2016 5:30am
Connecticut radio personality Gary Craig of WTIC-FM (96.5) made news recently after posting a video of Hartford’s Latino Festival. Just over a minute in length, the video features Craig feigning ignorance about the event as he offers first-person “commentary.”
July 8, 2016
by Susan Bigelow | July 8, 2016 10:00am
I bet you didn’t know primary season is sneaking up on us. Sure, we had a presidential primary season back in April, but that had passionate public interest, media attention, and huge turnout. The upcoming primaries, scheduled for the hot and drowsy depths of August, will be the opposite of that.
by Terry Cowgill | July 8, 2016 5:30am
For observers of government like yours truly, there are few things in life more amusing than one government entity trying to divorce itself from its parent. And no, I’m not talking about last week’s Brexit vote, which, since it has such profound consequences for a large swath of the world, is hardly amusing.
Tags: Black Rock, Bridgeport, secession, David Walker, revaluation, mill rate, grand list, Joe Ganim, terry cowgill, dh
July 5, 2016
by Paul McConnell | July 5, 2016 9:03am
Truth is stranger than fiction. As a country we appear to be on a path of destruction on the one hand and winding the clock backwards on the other. Alas, there is another way — a third route — a dignified path to prosperity and possibility. If Gov. Mitt Romney, the former Republican nominee chooses to run as an Independent candidate he can — and will win.
July 1, 2016
by Doug Hardy | July 1, 2016 11:59am