Local Papers Look To Unionize, And Lamont Votes Cost Him $18 Apiece

Nov 16, 2018

Looking back at the news this week, employees of the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Valley Advocate announced they're looking to unionize. The effort was sparked, in part, by perceived gender pay inequities that came to light last year. 

The president of New England Newspapers, Aaron Julien, said adding a union would "erode" the newspaper company and would take away management's ability to connect directly with staff. The move follows similar efforts at larger dalies such as the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune

As Connecticut's governor-elect Ned Lamont prepares to take office in January, it became clear this week just how much each vote he received cost him: about $18. Lamont, a Democrat, and his Republican rival, Bob Stefanowski, each self-funded their campaigns with Lamont pouring in about twice as much money. 

In Maine, ranked-choice voting was used for the first time in a federal election. It became the source of a legal challenge from New England's only Republican member of the U.S. House. Bruce Poliquin got about 2,000 more votes than Democrat Jared Golden, but the second round of tallies went the way of Golden. Poliquin is suing in federal court over the constitutionality of the ranked-choice election process. 

And a lawyer is trying to change the legal status of some elephants who travel to the Big E every year. Steven Wise argues the creatures are treated as "non-human slaves." Wise is mounting a legal case where he wants the elephants taken away from their owner and transfered to a sancutuary in California. 

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