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PAUL CHOINIERE - RECENT COLUMNS

Tolls turned out to be a blip on the political radar

Published: July 5, 2020 | Paul Choiniere

In the wake of a pandemic and the drive to address long-standing racial inequality, all the angst over tolls seems rather trivial.

Courtney's challenger makes a cuckoo national list

Published: June 28, 2020 | Paul Choiniere

This year Republicans nominated a 29-year-old, conspiracy-following candidate who would seem a far better fit for a deep red state than the purplish Second District.

Why so many don't vote. And what if they did?

So many have fought to hard for the opportunity to vote. That makes it all the more troubling that 100 million don't bother.

Governing like a Disney villain

With this latest move, Trump, who apparently has never seen a natural resource he didn’t want to exploit, and seems fixated in undoing anything Obama accomplished, is on shaky legal ground.

Grassroots politics in time of pandemic

The pandemic is inhibiting the ability of challengers to gain the name recognition they need to make a serious run against state legislative incumbents.

Polarized politics pulls Stonington first selectwoman into its orbit

Danielle Chesebrough seemed genuinely flabbergasted that she had become a villain to some in the go-cautious crowd, a hero to the “set us free” tribe.

Gannett hatchet taking out the best at local newspapers

Last month the Pew Research Center reported that the number of newspaper newsroom employees dropped by 51% between 2008 and 2019, from about 71,000 workers to 35,000.

It has been an interesting 13 years

As politics has shifted to the political poles, somehow our centrist approach has become a leftist agenda or a conservative sellout, depending on one’s perspective.

Fasano serving his loyal-opposition role to the end

The Republican leader said he in no way thinks Lamont has abused his authority for any self- or political interest. But no governor, he said, should be above challenge. Who would disagree with that?

How will COVID-19 election play out?

How President Trump handled the crisis and leads the recovery has quickly become the dominant issue in the 2020 presidential election.

How Courtney's little-noted bill became historic

This is not the way the workings of representative democracy and the enacting of legislation was explained in Civics class.

Democrats can make reform a winning issue

Senators and members of the House of Representatives, and often their top aides, know stuff the rest of us don’t, or at least know it sooner.

Our lives interrupted

What is making this so hard to process is that everything appears so ordinary.

Garde film fest was fun, this is not

A week ago I was enjoying the end of this year winter cinema series at the Garde. Now we're all feeling like we are in a movie.

Anti-Trump tidal wave looms over Connecticut GOP

The wave that swept away the hopes of Republicans in 2018 has still not crested. That anti-Trump wave is still building, heading toward the Nov. 3, 2020, election.

Senator says state doing better, but that's a matter of perspective

“I don’t think the progress that we’ve made is being recognized,” said state Sen. Cathy Osten when she sat down with the editorial board.

Legislature should stay out of debates taking place on college campuses

Should the legislature be assuring the free exchange of ideas on college campuses? Don't we have a First Amendment to guarantee that?

Impeachments, acquittals, heroes, villains, votes — what a week!

Wednesday featured the acquittal of President Trump on the impeachment articles of Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. It also brought the integrity of Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.

Murphy emerges as major voice on foreign policy

The Connecticut senator offers a diplomatic vision for the country that is the polar opposite of the current administration. Democrats running for president might do well to listen to him.

Surreal times at a chamber luncheon

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

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