Gary Holder-Winfield: Onward and Upward in Hartford
You haven’t seen the last of Gary Holder-Winfield. A popular fixture in New Haven politics — and not just because of his lively social media presence — Holder-Winfield was sworn in a week ago today as state senator representing Connecticut’s 10th district. He replaces Mayor Toni Harp, who held the post for nearly 21 years before assuming New Haven’s highest office this January. But Holder-Winfield is no stranger to Hartford. He was a state representative for five years, best known for his leadership on the groundbreaking 2012 repeal of Connecticut’s death penalty. Now Holder-Winfield is helping to lead another charge: increasing the minimum wage, an issue sacred for Democrats nationwide. WEEKEND sat down with Holder-Winfield to talk about workers’ issues, his legislative experience and ambitions and his philosophy of lawmaking, which he says differs from Kevin Spacey’s on the hit Netflix series “House of Cards.”
“Someone pays,” Stratton said. “For years it’s been the taxpayers of New Haven. Maybe it’s time someone else pitches in.”
SARAH MIRK: Bitches Get Stuff Done
When Sarah Mirk spotted a headline in Ebony Magazine this week that read, “The Average 27-year-old: Educated and Broke,” she thought, ‘hey, that’s me.’ Mirk, 27, is the online editor for Bitch Media, a nonprofit magazine, website and podcast that seeks to apply feminist perspectives to pop culture. In 2008 she graduated with a degree in history from Grinnell College in Iowa — having taken time off to intern for the alternative news weekly, The Stranger, in Seattle, Washington. Mirk’s first book, Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules, hits the presses this August. WEEKEND sat down with Mirk to talk about the word “bitch,” feminist media, the direction of journalism and her relationship advice.
New Haven’s Ultimate Political Survivor
Gathered around the DeLauro Family Table—a four-piece granite sculpture meant to mirror the arrangement of a kitchen table—the Harp supporters were waiting for a native daughter, U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D), to take the microphone and declare that she too supported their candidate.
If any place in the city could adequately represent the power of the woman now endorsing Harp, it would be that monument. At the unveiling of the DeLauro Family Table in 2011, Mayor John DeStefano, the man Harp hopes to replace, talked up the sculpture as a tribute to the DeLauros’ generations of service to New Haven, citing both Luisa DeLauro’s 34 years as alderwoman and the political rise of her daughter.
Too (s)kool for school
At the Free Skool, you won’t be graded on your work. You don’t have to apply and your classes don’t have prerequisites. You can take one class or all 13. And you won’t pay a dime.
The union strikes back
As the New Haven Board of Aldermen voted this week to approve a new police contract with the city, firefighters continue to languish without an equivalent agreement.
10 remedies for Mitt’s post-election blues
It’s when the campaigning stops that the identity crises start. Mitt Romney has no idea who he is right now. How’s he to occupy his time after spending the last five years doing little more than running for president? What reason does he have anymore for waking up in the morning? I feel for you, »