Scott Wilson helped what is now the state’s largest gun group, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, not long after Barack Obama became president in January 2009. A soft-spoken logistics specialist at a trucking company, he has emerged as a leading voice of gun owners in Connecticut, home of some of the toughest gun controls in the U.S.
This year’s state legislative session has almost reached full momentum, propelled and directed by one unavoidable phenomenon: a rising tide of crushing state debt. And on the national front, the appointment of a U.S. Supreme Court justice and an air strike against Syria dominated public officials’ concerns.
Now that the GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is in limbo, is there a way to make it work better? Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much when it comes to the controversial federal health law, but some party leaders from each side of the aisle agree it needs repairs.
A recent report ranks Connecticut as fifth highest among 30 states in the rate of opioid-related emergency department visits and seventh highest among 44 in opioid-related inpatient hospital stays.