PAUL CHOINIERE - RECENT COLUMNS

Surreal times at a chamber luncheon

Published: January 26, 2020 | Paul Choiniere

It was made clear, once again, that Rep. Courtney did not relish the opportunity to impeach President Donald Trump. He had to do it, he not so effectively explained.

Ranked voting: You don't have to settle for lesser of 2 evils

Published: January 19, 2020 | Paul Choiniere

A ranked voting system gives voters greater freedom to consider third-party and independent candidates and discourages candidates from attacking one another.

In Norwich, Nystrom sets agenda for a new reality

In Norwich the mayor is not a strong position, with only one vote on the council and no veto power. Mayor Nystrom recognizes he must lead by persuasion.

2020 could prove critical for Somers' future ambitions

Somers needs to retain her 18th District Senate seat next November to demonstrate vote-getting ability and from which to launch an attempt to become governor.

On impeachment, this time Courtney could not turn away

It is apparent Rep. Courtney came to support the articles of impeachment reluctantly, but saw it as his duty to draw a line against the abuse of presidential power.

Impeachments, reports, witnesses: Don't they know folks are busy?

After not doing much for the first 11 months of the year, Congress is jamming all sorts ot sensational sessions into December, just when everyone is already flat out dealing with the holidays.

New London's diversity was on display at swearing-in

Democrats have long been dominant in New London, but the Republican lamp is burning dimmer than I can ever remember it.

Student loan forgiveness; a promise broken

Twelve years ago, as part of a bill to make a college education more accessible and affordable, promises of student loan relief were made. Now that promise is being broken.

Finally, money in Connecticut's piggy bank. Don't break until needed

Nonprofits providing social services want a slice of the surplus, while Senate Republicans suggest using it in a scheme to pay for transportation. How about letting it build up?

Congdon's big gamble 10 years on

A decade ago the retiring first selectman asked his small town to take a big leap. It is still uncertain if it will fully pay off.

Tuesday's defeat could spell trouble for Osten in 2020

Republicans knew Osten was in trouble. Sprague has fiscal problems. It had backed Trump in 2016. The party's concerted effort to defeat her worked.

Great debate road show wraps up

After watching the zero-sum politics in Washington, where lobbyists exert tremendous influence and both parties confuse compromise with surrender, it is good for the soul to observe representative government in its purist form.

Send the right message, New London, vote Catala out

This young woman did the right thing. She held Jason Catala responsible for his actions. Like her, voters need to do the right thing and withhold their votes.

Why Is Rivera so upset by benign letter on New London scandal?

School board president suggests mayor is playing politics with scandal. That's interesting, given he was superintendent when the scandal was unfolding.

Connecticut's accidental governor needs to find his voice

Nearly one year into his term, Ned Lamont has yet to find an inspirational message.

Still feisty, Passero fights for a second term as mayor of New London

The mayor points to a housing boom as evidence his administration is getting the job done and expresses confidence that a rebirth of the downtown will follow.

Berrigan should fight for ballot spot in New London

History suggests that if the Greens and Berrigan push this, she will get her name on the ballot. State judges don’t like disqualifying candidates on technicalities.

The shrewd politics and dubious goals of climate-change order

Gov. Ned Lamont’s signing, on Sept. 3, of an executive order strengthening Connecticut’s efforts to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change has both political and practical applications, as fanciful as its goals may be.

Now it's Lamont's challenge to save Seaside history

The governor sent a scout team to have a look at the Seaside property as he tries to fix the mess left to him by his predecessor.

Will Olsen get New London miracle to beat odds, Trump factor?

His long-shot bet is that in a local election, voters will look past the deep national divisions and give serious consideration to “Marty,” a New London guy with a long record of service.

Connecticut GOP doomed by embracing all things Trump

When new green card rules were announced, Connecticut Republicans, with their silence, appeared to acquiesce with the Trumpian approach, as they have consistently done during his administration.

What's Blumenthal so worked up about? Sunscreen.

Common sunscreen components showed up in the blood after users were tested. But don't freak out just yet.

House Democrats are passing bills, blame Grim Reaper McConnell for gridlock

Some of the stuff Mitch McConnell has blocked is ridiculous, such as the “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act.”