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PAUL CHOINIERE - RECENT COLUMNS

More state budget winners than losers as session ends

Published: June 13, 2021 | Paul Choiniere

Right now Lamont heads toward a 2022 re-election bid with a strong tailwind.

Can Assembly get health care deal done?

Published: June 6, 2021 | Paul Choiniere

Everyone agrees on the need to do something — progressive Democrats, the minority Republican caucus, centrist Democrats, and Gov. Ned Lamont. But, as of the last full week of the session, they had failed to agree on what.

Facing the emotions of mask repeal

“I don’t get it,” I said, once back in the car. “Why do people want to keep wearing masks? They can’t all be unvaccinated.”

New London Police staffing vote could backfire on petitioners

If critics of the repeal prevail, they will have gained little. The 80-officer figure will return but remain largely symbolic.

Write-in campaigns and May elections

At least a mayoral race in the City of Groton generated a decent turnout. In two other municipal elections on Monday, less than 100 people voted.

It's still easier to vote in Georgia than here. Change that.

Even after the recent changes in law, voting in Georgia can still begin up to 19 days before Election Day. In Connecticut there are no provisions for early voting.

Lamont looking hard to beat in 2022 for office GOP once controlled

Republicans blew their chance in 2018. It will likely be a while before they get another one as good.

A 'delicious' mayoral contest in City of Groton

Unusual campaign ingredients have produced an absolutely delicious political dish, spiced up with all sorts of political subplots.

Offshore wind energy plans brighten State Pier's future

New London stands to be a major player in the Biden administration's drive towards a cleaner energy future, but some critics still see that as a bad thing. It's not.

2017 deal pushed by GOP leaders a fiscal success, political bust

While a highly successful fiscal policy, a 2017 budget deal did nothing for the Republicans politically.

Osten shows displeasure in vote against Lamont pick

When the roll was called there was one vote in opposition, Osten, co-chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

Reader asked how come we're tough on guns, easy on voting. Here's why.

There is a reason our editorial position is to make it easier but hard to obtain firearms.

Democracy, silly style in the City of Groton

So, is the purpose to discourage voter participation? If so, the recent City of Groton primary was a smashing success.

State public option would boost prospects of small businesses

In testimony to the legislature, Comptroller Kevin Lembo has been insistent that plans offered under a public option would be self-sustaining and affordable, with no recurring cost to taxpayers.

Passero makes a deal, and uses all his skills doing it

The New London mayor held out for increased funding to the city, but was wise not to push matters too far. He now calls himself a cheerleader for the wind-power project.

Praise from the right, criticism from the left for Gov. Lamont

Making life and death decisions for a year probably thickens the skin. After staring down a pandemic, Lamont should be able to deal with the angry progressives within the party ranks.

Constitutional protections prevail over good intentions

In trying to save young defendants from the stigma of public proceedings, the legislature sacrificed the protections open proceedings provide, both for the defendant and the public.

Is Waterford's nuclear waste dump status permanent?

The situation is causing no fiscal pain for Dominion and other nuclear energy companies. The DOE is picking up the tab to steadily increase nuclear waste storage at plants across the country.

Lost education of COVID generation of students

The consequences are most severe for low-income and minority children, who were less likely to have the necessary computer technology when remote learning began.

Dealmaker Lamont? The evidence, and Mayor Passero, suggest not.

What should have been easy is getting New London that seat on the port authority. Fulfilling that pledge to New London and Passero should have been a layup.

A tale of two images and the time of Trump

It is a scene of absolute chaos and disorder, of total disdain for rules and process, fueled by devotion not to a principle but to a man, Trump.

Tolls' bell has rung, so prepare to pay up, Connecticut taxpayers

Both the governor and Senate leader have now said a push to impose tolls in the state won't be revived, but they are open to raising revenue elsewhere.