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Posted inPolitics

Ned Lamont wins CT AFL-CIO straw poll

Ned Lamont, the wealthy Greenwich businessman who electrified progressives with an antiwar challenge to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman a dozen years ago, easily won a straw vote for governor Friday at the Connecticut AFL-CIO’s political convention, an unusually early effort by labor to shape the crowded race for the Democratic nomination in a pivotal election year.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Why we are bailing out women and girls from jail for Mother’s Day

On Sunday, May 13, approximately 1,000 women and girls will spend their Mother’s Day in York Correctional Institute, Connecticut’s prison for women. Of these people, over 300 will have no criminal conviction. They will spend Mother’s Day in jail just because they cannot afford to pay bail. Disproportionately, these women are black, brown, poor, and disabled. Many are first criminalized for acts of survival and self-defense. Most of them are mothers and caretakers, whose children endure the costs of their hardship.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

The human side of healthcare: When treatment is at risk because profit takes priority

For the New Haven parents of one young boy who needed a tonsillectomy, the news was grim. Not because his diagnosis was risky or complicated, but because the family’s hospital rejected their health insurance and demanded $9,000 up front for the procedure. By the time their son would be eating ice chips and Jell-O post-surgery, a minimum of $10,000 more would be due. This inflexible posture taken by a reputable Connecticut provider in the face of a healthcare consumer in need is disturbing.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Connecticut’s gun laws work

March 24th our students here in Guilford joined students across Connecticut and the nation to address their safety and the menace of irresponsible gun ownership with intelligence and passion. Perhaps it’s time we examine the progress we have made in Connecticut. We have one of the toughest sets of gun safety regulations of any state in the nation.

Posted inJustice

A more diverse judiciary, including a leader’s brother-in-law

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has embraced a more inclusive approach to judicial nominations, he has not turned away the well-connected: His latest nominees include two former Democratic lawmakers, Eric D. Coleman and James F. Spallone, and the 35-year-old brother-in-law of House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, and the 39-year-old daughter of John F. Droney Jr., the former Democratic state chairman.