Tuesday, June 21, 2022

As GOP Office Seekers Tiptoe Through Minefields, Talk of ‘Moral Turpitude’ in Torrington

My latest column for CTNewsJunkie.com:

Is it fair to either food truck operators or law enforcement itself to allow police to pull the licenses of food truck vendors who are lacking in "good moral character?" That's still the law in Torrington.

Also, in the Trump (or even post-Trump) era, how difficult is it in Connecticut to run for state or regional office as a Republican? Ask Bob Stefanowski, who is negotiating hazardous waters in his quest to become Connecticut's first Republican governor since Jodi Rell left the building in 2009.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

State and Federal Government Fact Checkers Doomed To Fail


My latest column for CTNewsJunkie.com:

CT's government fact-checkers could suffer the same fate as the Biden administration's Disinformation Governance Board. It will either be "paused" or few people will believe it.

To wit:

As my colleague Hugh McQuaid reported last week, the new post is “part of a broader, $2 million campaign to root out bad voting information ahead of the 2022 statewide elections.” Merrill’s chief of staff, Gabe Rosenberg, says the new hire’s charge “will be limited to election administration.” The analyst will not referee political disputes or personal attacks among candidates for office. Sounds harmless enough, right? ...

Moreover, those who cheered the creation of the disinformation board and the EISA might want to think twice about it. You might think those truth tellers are fine if they are guided by elected officials that you like, but imagine for a moment what a ministry of truth would look like in the Trump administration.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Lobster Or 'Porcupine?' Malloy In Hot Water In Maine


My latest column for CTNewsJunkie.com:

Should we be surprised that former Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy is alienating the good people of Maine with his arrogance and sharp elbows? In his post-gubernatorial gig as chancellor of the University of Maine system, Malloy stated making enemies right out of the starting blocks.

To wit:

Faculty at two of the system’s universities have passed resolutions of no-confidence in Malloy, while students at a third staged a 24-hour sit-in. These actions, which amount to a tsunami of bad news for Malloy, all happened within the span of three days this month but have been brewing almost from the start of Malloy’s tenure. The reasons for his troubles might seem rather simple but, as with all things Malloy, the reality is complicated.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Apropos of Nothing: 2022 Session Ends; Lawmakers Raise Their Pay; and Reax To SCOTUS Leak

My latest column for CTNewsJunkie.com:

There were lots of juicy morsels worthy of note in the 2020 legislative session but few were more upsetting than the structure of the raises lawmakers gave themselves.

To wit:

The problem I have is that the legislation, which would boost base pay of members from $28,000 to $40,000 next year, ties future pay increases to the Employment Cost Index to be adjusted every two years. 

That means future raises will, for all practical purposes, be automatic. That’s not exactly a profile in courage, dear lawmakers. If you feel you need a raise, then have the guts to vote for it.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Musk Deletes Every Twitter Account but His

Monday, April 25, 2022

Unemployment Benefits For Striking Workers? No, It’s Not The Onion

My latest column for CTNewsJunkie.com:

Sometimes life imitates art or, in this case, it imitates some imaginary parody. To wit, the knuckle-headed idea of progressives in the state Senate to make striking workers eligible for unemployment benefits:

Is it possible to pull a muscle from shaking your head in disbelief? I’m about to find out because the state Senate has pulled a move that defies gravity, logic, and all good common sense ...

You could probably count on one hand the number of issues on which I agree with right-wing Republican Rep. Eric Berthel, but he correctly pointed out the cognitive dissonance of the bill’s misguided supporters.

"That is one of the tenets of being able to collect unemployment – you have to be ready to go back to work and they’re not because they’re on strike," Berthel told CTNewsJunkie's Hugh McQuaid.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Amid Bad News About Connecticut's Media Landscape, There Is Hope

My latest column for CTNewsJunkie.com:

The news about the news is mostly terrible. To wit:

The main culprit appears to be the loss of classified advertising to cheap online sites such as CraigsList, which Forbes prophetically dubbed the "Newspaper Killer" more than 15 years ago ...

Since 2005, roughly 2,200 local print newspapers in the U.S. have shuttered – over one in five. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit us hard two years ago, 100 more closed as advertising revenues plummeted along with the business climate. Still hundreds more have become "ghost newspapers" – papers that appear to be functioning but in reality have tiny staffs, thin local coverage, no newsroom, and carry mostly shared regional news from outside the immediate area. The phenomenon has given rise to yet another depressing term: "news deserts."

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