PAUL CHOINIERE - RECENT COLUMNS

Connecticut's accidental governor needs to find his voice

Published: October 13, 2019 | Paul Choiniere

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

Published: September 29, 2019 | Paul Choiniere

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.”

A big election. No, not that one.

Local elections have always been the overlooked stepchild to the even-year elections that feature races for state and national offices. But the 2019 election will be operating in a particularly long shadow.

Community bears nuclear risk, should be heard on easing regulations

The government should not base its regulations on the assumption nuclear plants will be run by good actors. And reducing inspections and other requirements now seems like a particularly bad idea.

Toll calculus: Lamont can't figure it out

The governor is trying to convince reluctant Democratic lawmakers as to why tolls are the practical way to raise necessary transportation revenues. Good luck with that.

Some good news: Things aren’t so bad

Human nature being what it is, folks tend to think things have never been this bad when, in many ways, they have never been this good, at least globally speaking.

A workshop on surviving in the workplace, literally

In an active shooting event there are three options, we were told — run, hide or fight.

Needed outside review of New London schools has arrived

Having an outside, objective and credible agency conduct a thorough review is critically important if the public is going to have faith in the findings.

Economic expansion has been squandered

An expansion this long should have been an opportunity to grow the middle class, for families to build up financial cushions, and for the nation to begin cutting into the debt. None of that has happened.

Goat vs. Rat, the Great Early Voting Debate

Trying to make up your mind whether this early voting movement is a good thing? I turned to some comic strip characters.

Former New London superintendent explains why he hired Gaskin and others with criminal pasts

If you expect people to get back into civilian life there has to be a chance for them to redeem themselves, that they can get a job and earn a living.

New London Mayor Passero: Campaign money has to come from somewhere

New London's mayor says an overabudance of caution about accepting campaign donations could make it difficult to run for a political office. The thing is, he doesn't even need the money.

Eminent domain debate rejoined

It may take a compromise between an absolute ban on the use of eminent domain for economic development and instead restricting, but not prohibiting its use, to get a bill approved.

A big problem; a questionable solution

There are reasons Congress could not get the votes for a public option and why no other state has adopted the approach, though others are debating it as well.