January 16, 2018
January 12, 2018
A column about fundraising totals appeals to political nerds like me, but to virtually no one else. Many people see a focus on fundraising as pointless distraction from the real issues, and as a symptom of the problems of big money in politics.
That said, there are a few things we can learn about where the 2018 election may be heading, and about the candidates themselves. So here’s a quick look at where things stand.
When it comes to leaving Connecticut, there’s data and then there’s data. Since we live in a place that is obviously in some stage of decline, we’ve all suspected that people are moving out of the state in droves, even as census numbers suggested we were pretty much holding our own until a few years ago.
But now we have a different set of numbers that, while unscientific, nonetheless show what many of us have suspected for years: there aren’t many people who want to move here.
January 10, 2018
Connecticut’s state budget is out of balance, reflecting the weakness in our state economy. Policymakers have been forced into compromising support for critical priorities, in healthcare and beyond.
January 5, 2018
Each new year offers the potential for a fresh start, but progress in 2018 will be challenging in Connecticut.
At year’s end, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators were still tussling over budget issues, the state continued to lose jobs, and none of the preliminary gubernatorial candidates offered honest solutions to the state’s fiscal quagmire.
January 4, 2018
It’s going to be another wild one, what with an open-seat governor’s race, the ongoing scary-clown circus of Washington, a sure-to-be contentious legislative session, even more financial free-fall, and and the midterm elections all coming up. You’re ready, right?
Well, I’m ready. And to prove it, here are some of the ways I think it’s all going to turn out.
December 29, 2017
The world is full of dreamers. And that’s a good thing. Dreamers make the impossible possible. In the words of Robert F. Kennedy, non-dreamers say “why,” but “I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
December 28, 2017
Has it only been a year? It feels like a decade has passed, or a lifetime. How can so much have changed in so short a time? But it has. If we look behind us, we can see the crack in the ground where one era of our history shook free from another.
December 22, 2017
Republicans in Connecticut have long perfected the art of holding two contradictory thoughts in their minds at once: they are Republicans, but they are also not Republicans, if you know what I mean.
It’s a convenient way of thinking, and it serves them well. Maybe it serves all of us well. Here are all these folks, these friends and neighbors, these decent and kind people, whose political party both is and isn’t the monster down in D.C. enabling a dangerous loose cannon of a president as he — and they — gleefully undermine small-d democratic norms.
These are the “words of year,” each reflecting the “ethos, mood, or preoccupations” of 2017. At this time last year, I predicted post-accountability would take the title. So I was wrong. But go ahead — tell me we didn’t live in world where a truth was a lie, a lie was truth, and people didn’t care either way. In short, post-accountability.