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The Wheelhouse: Adjusting To Life On A 'Debt Diet,' And The Politics Of Personal Space

Apr 3, 2019

There are those who hope Joe Biden, as he weighs a 2020 presidential run, hasn't lost his touch for personal connections. There are others who wish he would.

A Connecticut resident is among the two women who came forward this week with complaints that the former Democratic vice president violated their personal space when greeting them at campaign events. Amy Lappos, a former staffer for U.S. Rep Jim Himes, says Biden pulled her toward him to rub noses. As it was happening, Lappos thought Biden intended to kiss her, she says.

This week, we judge the appropriateness of the 76-year-old's ways of expressing affection on the campaign trail, and that of his response to the women's criticisms. Does he really get the message of the #MeToo movement?

It's also the dawn of a new day for Connecticut. Gov. Ned Lamont is calling for an end to the era of unguarded spending on the state's credit card. This week, the State Bond Commission gave us a taste of what a "debt diet" will mean

Campaigning in Connecticut also may change if lawmakers pass legislation targeting candidate advertisements that use altered images of their opponents to cast them in a negative light.

We address that, as well as a bid to allow candidates to use campaign funds to cover their childcare costs.

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