CITY COLUMN | Breidbart: March Madness, bailout-style

Chris Dodd vs. Tim Geithner: There’s a match-up that wasn’t anywhere to be seen on Barack Obama’s March Madness bracket last week. But, in truth, it may have been the only one that really mattered in his mind. Dodd, the 6-foot senior senator out of Connecticut, is at the heart of the AIG bonus scandal. […]


Breidbart: Rell’s budget awash with worries

Connecticut state legislators remained divided this week over how Connecticut residents should do their laundry. With close to 150 testimonies submitted to them on the subject, 29 of the legislators have already signed on to a new bill that would prevent communities from banning clotheslines and drying racks. I guess if this really is a […]


Breidbart: Budget touts regionalism

Believe it or not, Sarah Palin could have been governor of Connecticut. She told the Associated Press on Thursday that she had aspirations of moving to the Nutmeg State after college to become a sports reporter for ESPN. In fact, she named her oldest daughter after the Connecticut town where the cable network has its […]


Breidbart: Rell, thank the Academy

“Revolutionary Road,” filmed on location this past summer in Stamford and Trumbull, is expected to be up for several Academy Awards next month. That should bring some well-deserved recognition to the growing film industry here in Connecticut — er, Hollywood East. But as good as they were as the film’s leads, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate […]


Breidbart: Sustain the budget via sustainability

President-elect Barack Obama hosted the nation’s governors in Philadelphia on Tuesday and Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell was amongst those who attended. The group chatted about how the federal government can help the states make it through the ongoing economic crisis and what sort of relief might be feasible. As for the terms proposed: The […]


Breidbart: State Dems need to make health care a priority

Joe Lieberman aside, Connecticut Democrats have to be pleased with where they stand after Election Day. They turned the entire state blue, with Jim Himes taking a congressional seat that had been Republican for 40 years, and they ensured veto-proof majorities in both houses of the General Assembly for the next two years. Not bad. […]


Breidbart: A president who understands

We’ve had a peanut farmer from Georgia and a self-proclaimed cowboy from Texas, but it has been some time since the United States has had a president who called a big city home. With the election of Sen. Barack Obama from Chicago last Tuesday, that streak has finally come to an end. To no one’s […]


Breidbart: City has options beyond layoffs

As the federal government moves to do whatever it can to bail out Wall Street (ah, to be a CEO), cities nationwide are left to fend for themselves and their financial future. New Haven is no exception. On Sept. 19, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. announced the city would lay off 34 workers, a move intended […]


Voter participation high in Elm City

New Haven radiated blue on Tuesday as Sen. Barack Obama claimed 88.5 percent of the vote and Sen. John McCain took 11.5 percent. Throughout New Haven, enthusiasm for the election was high. People gathered at polling places before moderators arrived, and those who were unregistered lined up outside the aldermanic chambers in City Hall to […]


Homework? No, there’s a state to be canvassed

KEENE, N.H. — With just a few days remaining before the 2008 elections, polls from New Hampshire show Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama with a sizable lead among voters. But, taking nothing for granted, 35 members of the Yale College Democrats ventured here on Saturday to canvass. There was a notable sense of urgency among […]


Chris Dudley ’87: From the Ancient Eight to the NBA

There’s a reason he calls himself a “trivia question.” Which Ivy League basketball player had the longest NBA career? The answer: Chris Dudley ’87. Although he has never been an all-star, Dudley has played professionally for 16 seasons, six more than his most famous Ancient Eight predecessor, Princeton’s Bill Bradley. And his career, which ended […]

Shiller sages grim future for real estate

On a night when exit polls for the Pennsylvania presidential primaries showed that many voters already lacked confidence in the economy, Yale economics professor Robert Shiller delivered some less-than-inspiring words about the national housing market. Speaking in New Haven on Tuesday afternoon, Shiller predicted that the current housing crisis, which has resulted in a nationwide […]