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PAUL CHOINIERE - RECENT COLUMNS

Lamont was right, Connecticut needs tolls

Published: November 29, 2020 | Paul Choiniere

In three years the transportation fund will be broke and all signs point to the situation only getting worse as driving trends change.

I'll take the vaccine, hold the bacon

Published: November 22, 2020 | Paul Choiniere

As you’ve read, developing a vaccine against the new, highly contagious, sometimes deadly and sometimes benign virus has been an unprecedented undertaking. That line is always ominous in a sci-fi flick.

Yeah, I'm talking 2022 already

On an otherwise bad day for Connecticut Republicans, Sen. Heather Somers won easily, which could set her up for a bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2022.

Recalling state GOP glory days

Thirty-six years ago, Connecticut Republicans also had a presidential incumbent at the top of their ticket seeking a second term. That worked out much better for them than this time.

Local races to watch on Tuesday

I expect large turnout driven by Trump fervor — more against than for — will make it a good day for Democrats. Look for the party to expand its 22-14 Senate and 91-60 House majorities.

Voting in Connecticut will get easier, the only question is when and how

Republicans would be making a mistake if they try to get in front of this train.

Unmasking Dubitsky's anti-science nonsense

Rep. Dubitsky faces Democrat Kate Donnelly in his re-election bid. She believes in science. That alone is enough to make her the better choice.

Absentee voting 2020, your questions answered

Republicans, with President Trump being the chief alarmist, have warned of massive fraud. There is no evidence to support the hysteria.

Digital world helps 'people peaceably to assemble'

The boat parade was a reminder that even in blue-state Connecticut, which I suspect Biden will carry easily, Trump has a large group of loyal supporters.

Talking taxes with ideological and political adversaries

The two candidates for state Senate in the 20th District agree the state will need to find more revenues, but disagree on the details of where those revenues should come from.

Public policy and the state legislative races

I see no political path for Republicans to gain control of either chamber, but if they could erode the size of Democratic majorities it could influence some major policy decisions.

Eastern Connecticut's growing importance to the state Republican party

Drive through interior New London and much of Windham counties and you will see plenty of Trump signs. And there are plenty of votes behind them.

Dismiss the speculation, Biden won't be ducking the presidential debates

Finding an excuse not to debate would be a monumental mistake by Joe Biden. It would serve as confirmation that he is seriously slipping mentally. I would be shocked if it happened.

Good to see Dalio back at it

Barbara Dalio was remarkably unassuming. She did not reek of rich. If she had met me for a business lunch at a Chili’s Restaurant, she would not have looked out of place.

Fighting a losing and foolish battle

In dismissing a lawsuit brought by Republican candidates, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Robinson basically said, “What are you doing here?”

Gun reform a 2020 election issue as public attitudes shift

Popular in polls, requiring that everyone undergo an FBI background check before purchasing a firearm would seem low-hanging fruit in the gun-control fight, but the Republican Senate still opposes it.

Tolls turned out to be a blip on the political radar

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

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.