Gov. Ned Lamont’s slippage in the polls is not surprising. Former Gov. Dan Malloy, now gainfully employed reforming education in Maine, casts a long shadow, and Lamont’s policy prescriptions — including his budget, approved by the Democrat-dominated General Assembly — do not differ much from…

Year after year most Connecticut high school seniors are graduated and given diplomas without ever mastering high school math and English, and year after year most of those who are admitted to a community college or a regional state university have to take remedial high school courses. The p…

A plan for a third casino in Connecticut that would have made sense for all parties was on the table and apparently had support at the highest levels. Then it all fell apart. It’s as apt a stand-in for state politics in 2019 as is likely to be found.

Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country’s priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, c…

Everybody, including Gov. Ned Lamont, assumes that state government’s latest contract with the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, the infamous work of former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly’s Democratic majority, prevents any changes in state government’s labor expense…

Paying a surprise visit to the House Democratic caucus with news reporters in tow at the state Capitol last week, Gov. Ned Lamont made some observers uneasy by promising to raise campaign money for caucus members who will cast a difficult vote on the highway tolls he has proposed.

Donald J. Trump’s presidential ambition has simmered for decades. He was and is a regular TV watcher and saw the changing political landscape. One by one, previous presidents diminished the integrity of the presidency and violated the rule of law, paving the way for Trump’s candidacy.

Freedom of religion is freedom of belief and expression. It is not the freedom to do anything one pleases, though lately claims of religious freedom are being used to rationalize more craziness in Connecticut — the resurgence of dangerous diseases arising from the failure to vaccinate school…

Conservatives favor consumer choice. Consumer information is vital to make that choice meaningful. Corporatists, masquerading as conservatives, do not care about informed consumer choice. Donald Trump is a corporatist, as are the vast majority of Republicans in his Cabinet and in Congress. C…

In theory, replacing the nine-month school schedule with one that alternates shorter instruction periods with shorter breaks across all four seasons makes sense for all the reasons supporters give, beginning with a bump in student achievement.

For all the rhetoric and all the charities regarding America’s children, the U.S. stands at the very bottom of western nations and some other countries as well, in terms of youth well-being. The U.S.’s exceptionalism is clearest in its cruelty to children. The U.S. has the highest infant mor…

With state government stumbling along with its usual insolvency and tax hunger, establishing a civil rights division in the attorney general’s office does not rank high among Connecticut’s needs, despite Attorney General William Tong’s advocacy of it.

Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word “impeachment” for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the Hous…

Connecticut's city leaders, including New Haven's, are always complaining about the huge amount of tax-exempt property within their borders, particularly regional facilities like government offices, colleges, hospitals, social-service agencies, and such. City leaders complain that these faci…

Obliviousness characterized the last state administration and has started to characterize Gov. Ned Lamont’s as well, since a report the other day that Connecticut was the only New England state to lose population last year passed without official notice.

Citizens challenging the towering threat of climate crisis should never underestimate the consequences of our dependence on fossil fuel corporations. Real engagement with the worsening climate disruption means spending more of our leisure hours on civic action. The fate of future generations…

Are all those Connecticut elected officials who have been joining the picket lines in the strike by the United Food and Commercial Workers union against Stop & Shop experts in the supermarket business? Or are the only numbers that matter to them, the numbers of their constituents on stri…

Few people would say they like the idea of debt. Being in debt means you owe something more than you can pay, which puts a crimp on future spending plans and can last for years after the initial purchase has been forgotten.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has long been a favorite target of the president. The Connecticut Democrat’s past statements wrongly indicating he had served in the Vietnam War — he in fact served stateside — make him something of an easy target, but that’s not his main offense.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent almost two years to produce a $25 million report that is a flat tire. Still unreleased in full to the American people, Trump’s acolyte, Attorney General William Barr, a longtime friend of Republican Mueller, gave us what Trump long craved — by stating tha…

As internal and external pressures mount to hold Boeing responsible for its criminal negligence, the giant company is exerting its immense influence to limit both its past and future accountability. Boeing whistleblowers and outside aviation safety experts are coming forward to reveal the se…

Let’s be honest, if we want Connecticut to grow — to be a place that attracts new jobs, new opportunities, higher home values and talented workers — we need to upgrade our outdated transportation network. We cannot expect to achieve our state’s full potential with aging bridges and highways …

Proposing to consolidate suburban and rural school districts with urban ones — by financial incentive if possible, by state mandate if necessary — Gov. Ned Lamont and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly are threatening to overthrow Connecticut’s social contract.

Citizens challenging the towering threat of climate crisis should never underestimate the consequences of our dependence on fossil fuel corporations. Real engagement with the worsening climate disruption means spending more of our leisure hours on civic action. The fate of future generations…

The most commonly heard counter to a call for diversity in hiring is to say that, instead of bringing in people from a variety of backgrounds, the only choice is to hire the best person for the job. No other criteria should matter.

More than a hundred Connecticut teachers told a hearing of the General Assembly’s Education Committee the other day that they are being assaulted or threatened in school by disturbed students as young as 5 years old. Describing an epidemic of crazed behavior by students, the testimony should…

Connecticut has long been known as having some of the best public schools in the nation, and it’s a legitimate point of pride. People who live in and move to this state know they’ll have a chance to see their children well-prepared for life after graduation, whether in college or in the work…

What exposed the Tobacco industry’s carcinogenic cover-up? The lethal asbestos industry cover-up? The General Motors’ deadly ignition switch defect cover-up? The Catholic Church’s pedophile scandal? All kinds of toxic waste poisonings?