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January 16, 2019

VIDEO: The Squeeze Is On: The Next State Budget

by CTNewsJunkie | Jan 16, 2019 9:51am
Posted to: Opinion | Live Broadcast | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

CTNewsJunkie’s first policy panel discussion of 2019, The Squeeze Is On: The Next State Budget, featured as panelists State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Connecticut School Finance Project Executive Director Katie Roy, and Deputy House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora with CTNewsJunkie’s Christine Stuart as moderator.

This event was made possible through the sponsorship of Dominion Energy and host reSETco.org (the Social Enterprise Trust) — Hartford’s first co-working space.

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January 15, 2019

OP-ED | Public Service is Great, If You Can Afford It

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 15, 2019 5:15am
Posted to: Analysis | Campaign Finance | Civil Liberties | Congress | Election Policy | Opinion | State Capitol | White House

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Amidst the warm afterglow of Ned Lamont’s inauguration as Connecticut’s 89th governor came the news that the optimistic, amicable cable executive from Greenwich had spent $15 million of his own money to get himself here. His opponent, corporate executive Bob Stefanowski, also tried to buy the governorship but could only afford to pony up a measly $2 million.

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OP-ED | Like Sandy Hook Families, We All Must Fight for Truth in a World of Lies

by Barth Keck | Jan 15, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Safety | Newtown

YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

At time when bullying and hate crimes are on the rise, score one for the good guys.

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January 7, 2019

OP-ED | A Wish List for Governor Lamont and the Incoming Legislature

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 7, 2019 6:17pm
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion

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Okay, so it’s a new year with a new governor and a new-ish legislature. What should they focus on? Here’s a few specifics I’d love to see this session.

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OP-ED | Tired Of Waiting? Demand That Lawmakers Take Action On Plastic Bags

by Terry Cowgill | Jan 7, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Environment | Opinion

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When the 2019 legislative session opens this week at the Capitol, Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly will have their work cut out for them, with a list of critical agenda items a mile long.

Among them: straightening out the state’s finances; proclaiming, both in word and deed, that Connecticut is “open for business”; how to implement highway tolls (we know they’re coming in some form); whether to allow sports betting; whether to legalize recreational marijuana; acting on paid family and medical leave legislation; and weighing the need for stricter gun control measures.

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January 3, 2019

ANALYSIS | Public Health Has A Free Rider Problem

by Ellen Andrews | Jan 3, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Data | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health | State Budget | Leisure & Hospital Sector

Public health is the best deal on the planet. It’s how residents of other countries live longer, healthier lives than Americans at half the cost. But Connecticut expects our under-funded public health system to solve this intractable health problem while all the savings go to the inefficient healthcare system that created the problem.

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December 31, 2018

OP-ED | Is It Safe to be Optimistic Yet? Thoughts on the New Year

by Susan Bigelow | Dec 31, 2018 6:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | State Budget | State Capitol

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Well, that year certainly did happen. 2018 feels like it packed a century’s worth of politics and news into a very, very long 12 months. Remember the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? Yeah. That was this year. Our sense of time, like our sense of reality, has been warped.

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OP-ED | Jahana Hayes: The Ideal Representative for Today’s Changing Times

by Barth Keck | Dec 31, 2018 6:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | 5th CD | Education | Election 2018 | Opinion | Waterbury

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Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

—Bob Dylan (1964)

If Robert Allen Zimmerman — aka Bob Dylan — thought the times were changing in 1964, he must be looking at today’s times as an absolute transfiguration.

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December 23, 2018

OP-ED | Dan Malloy: The Rodney Dangerfield of Connecticut Politics

by Terry Cowgill | Dec 23, 2018 4:23pm
Posted to: Opinion | State Capitol

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When they go out on their own terms, noted politicians love to conduct farewell tours. Richard Nixon didn’t hit the lecture circuit before bidding adieu and boarding Marine One on the House lawn. Nor did John Rowland as he exited 990 Prospect Avenue before becoming Inmate 15623-014. There was no time and besides, the long arm of the Justice Department was poised to grab them right where it hurts.

Perhaps the most annoying example of a farewell tour locally was that of former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, which I dubbed “Joe-verload.” In his last year in office (mercifully, he spared us a try at a fifth term), Lieberman went before the cameras at any television station that would have him. The Hartford Courant published a panegyric of an editorial. Then Joe disappeared to a New York law firm and largely spared us from his pious pronouncements.

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December 19, 2018

OP-ED | The 2018 Word of the Year: ‘Delusional’

by Barth Keck | Dec 19, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | International Trade | Election 2018 | Opinion | Poll | State Budget | Taxes | White House

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It’s that time of year when the major dictionaries announce their “word of the year.”

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