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Elections and holiday over, now it’s time to get re-organized.

With the elections over, (with one notable exception) Connecticut began getting re-organized last week. And it took some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, too. Early in the week, Gov.-elect Ned Lamont returned from an orientation for new governors promising to assemble a top-notch group of departmental appointees. He and Lt. Gov.-elect Susan Bysiewicz have scheduled a policy summit for Tuesday where the plan is to “bring together some of Connecticut’s sharpest minds to help Susan and me make our vision for the state a reality,” Lamont said. One element of his plan will involve making what he calls “structural changes” needed to bring the state’s deficit spending habit under control. Continue Reading →

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In politics and state budgeting, the numbers count

It was all about the numbers in Connecticut last week – counted in votes and dollars. Fates were sealed for candidates of previously undecided elections. The resolution of the state’s budget deficit, on the other hand, will be Gov.-elect Ned Lamont’s (and the new legislature’s) ongoing challenge even though the numbers appear to be improving. Continue Reading →

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Life — and politics in Connecticut — is not necessarily fair

Is all of politics, at their most fundamental, a struggle to make society more fair? Certainly in Connecticut there has been plenty of social inequity to talk about. As the Nov. 6 election approaches, of course, the candidates for governor, U.S. Congress and the state legislature identify all sorts of social and economic disparities that, one way or the other, need to be addressed. Continue Reading →

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Truth or myth, fact or fiction: What is political reality?

At the height of election season, separating truth from lies, fact from fiction, and myth from reality is a challenge.  It’s true in both Connecticut and Washington, D.C., as the November balloting nears. In Washington, the nomination and ultimate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court revealed polar differences in perception of – and portrayal of — the relevant facts. Continue Reading →

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Any way the wind blows, it’s still Connecticut politics

While the residents of the Carolinas struggled against devastating tides, torrential rain and winds from Hurricane Florence, the political wind blew in Connecticut. A lot of it, some would say, was hot air. Florence’s impact here was more political than meteorological as the state’s Puerto Rican community reacted to President Donald Trump’s denial that nearly 3,000 people died as the result of Hurricane Maria last year. The big issue was around the gubernatorial election: What to do about the $4.6 billion in state budget deficits looming over the next two years for whomever is elected in 2018. It may seem counterintuitive that three of the candidates running this season see cutting taxes as the answer to getting Connecticut out from under its enormous debt, but that’s what they were promising last week. Continue Reading →

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A bruising week of rhetoric, confirming nothing

It was a bruising week in national and Connecticut politics, even by recent standards. Most of the bruising, of course, took place in Washington, D.C., where Democrats – Connecticut’s own Sen. Richard Blumenthal in particular – went to considerable efforts to show that the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh would inflict shift the court hard to the right, imperiling  everything from women’s right to an abortion to state gun-control legislation. Continue Reading →

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