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July 27, 2018

OP-ED | Dan Malloy Doesn’t Care What You Think of Him

by Susan Bigelow | Jul 27, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation

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Here’s a sentence nobody in Connecticut believes: we’re going to miss Gov. Dannel P. Malloy when he’s gone.

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July 23, 2018

DOMINIC A. RAPINI OP-ED | Immigration - The Walmart Solution

by Dominic A. Rapini | Jul 23, 2018 9:54pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | Immigration | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion


It is not complicated — solve the immigration problem on conservative terms or it will be solved for us — Republicans won’t like the other solution.

With one piece of legislation, we can craft a solution that will save the United States hundreds of billions of dollars in deportation costs, end the civil war created by sanctuary cities, and develop programs based on merit and the economic needs of our country. How? Walmart can save the day.

Let’s be clear: no solution is possible until we build the wall, eject the criminal illegals, end the visa lottery, and limit chain migration to immediate family. With these goals obtained — then we can begin to develop a solution for the 10M to 30M immigrants here illegally in the US. Illegals that came here against US Law but were allowed to stay because of our lack of courage and conviction to follow through on our laws. At an estimated deportation cost of $10,000 each it would cost up to $300 billion dollars to deport everyone. Why would we even do that? They are baked into our economy, they are our friends and neighbors, here because we allowed them to stay.

Instead of spending $300 billion to deport people, rip apart families and disrupt our economy, let’s send everyone to Walmart. Ninety percent of all illegal immigrants live within 10 miles of Walmart. Walmart is where families shop for clothing, household needs, and food. Imagine a private-public partnership with Walmart that establishes Freedom Centers within each of their stores. Small stores-within-a-store much like the H&R Block pop-up stores found within Walmarts each tax season.

Staffed with trained government employees, Freedom Centers would be the location where Illegal Immigrants come to register with the United States to gain legal status in our country. They must fulfill minimum requirements. They cannot have felonies or a DUI conviction. Applicants must be able to speak English, show documentation from their country of origin, be off social welfare programs, and pay a fee. Once registered they can legally get jobs, pay taxes, get a legal drivers license. They cannot vote nor have a path to citizenship. To become citizens, they must follow current US Law, leave the country and re-enter as legal immigrants.

Does it have to be Walmart? No, it can be any retailer that has a national footprint and an interest in being part of the immigration solution. What retailer doesn’t want to be the hero in this story? Plus, they get to sell a lot of ‘bread and milk’ to these families. In other words, it’s good business. In the end, we have a solution that involves the US Government and a business partner. It is self-funding with fees and savings from not deporting people. This is a solution that will unify our country and give us the freedom we need to conquer other pressing issues. Let’s get it done and eliminate one of the greatest wedge issues of our time.

Dominic A. Rapini is a Republican candidate for United States Senate.

DISCLAIMER: Paid for by Dominic for U.S. Senate, Michele Berardo, Treasurer. The views, opinions, positions, or strategies expressed by the author are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of CTNewsJunkie.com.

July 22, 2018

ANALYSIS | Pension Shortfalls Loom Large; 2 Experts Talked Solutions With CCM At June Meeting

by Connecticut Conference of Municipalities | Jul 22, 2018 1:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | Member Opinion | State Budget | Pensions


Jean-Pierre Aubry, an expert from Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, and W. Gordon Hamlin, Jr., president of Pro Bono Public Pensions and a 2016 Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, gave separate presentations on what was affectionately dubbed the 800 pound gorilla in the room: Public Pensions.

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July 20, 2018

OP-ED | Joe Ganim and the Second Chance Society

by Susan Bigelow | Jul 20, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Opinion

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I don’t know what to make of Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim or his persistent, energetic, probably quixotic campaign for governor. Do you? Does Ned Lamont? Does anyone?

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OP-ED | In Year of Outsider, Treasurer’s Race Will Reward Pair of Newcomers

by Terry Cowgill | Jul 20, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Opinion

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In some states, elections in non-presidential years can be a snooze fest. But not in Connecticut. Not only do we have state legislative elections in all the even years — as most states do — but in the even years between presidential elections, we have races for the statewide constitutional offices.

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July 13, 2018

OP-ED | ‘Most Republicans Won’t Believe This’ and Other Media-Literacy Challenges

by Barth Keck | Jul 13, 2018 4:15am
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Education | Immigration | Media Matters | Opinion | White House

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If you’re a Republican, you probably think this op-ed is “fake news.” Indeed, a full 92 percent of Republicans believe that news sources “report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading” either “a lot or sometimes,” according to a recent Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.

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OP-ED | Should We Abolish ICE?

by Susan Bigelow | Jul 13, 2018 3:59am
Posted to: Opinion

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SUSAN BIGELOW What do you do with a government agency that seems to have forgotten the basic humanity of the people it’s been assigned to chase down and deport? Can it be changed? Reformed? Or does it need to be burned to the ground instead?

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July 10, 2018

OP-ED | Facts and Data Are Stubborn Things

by Ellen Andrews | Jul 10, 2018 11:46pm
Posted to: Opinion | Health Care Opinion

Big data is revolutionizing healthcare. The ability to collect reams of detailed information about how care is provided, how much it costs, and then to link that back to effectiveness and outcomes is powerful.

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June 29, 2018

OP-ED | Inept to the Bitter End

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 29, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Ethics | Jobs | Opinion | Sports | State Capitol | Transparency

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled worrying about the decline of American democracy to remind you that the Connecticut legislature is still completely hopeless.

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June 22, 2018

OP-ED | Animals, and Those Who Care About Them, Deserve Real Humane Reform

by Debora M. Bresch | Jun 22, 2018 10:54pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Ethics | Law Enforcement | Legal | Opinion | Criminal Justice

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Last Thursday, Gov. Dannel Malloy wisely vetoed legislation that purported to crack down on animal cruelty by requiring anyone convicted of abusing an animal to register on a public statewide database.

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