Election 2014 http://wnpr.org en Connecticut Law: Failure to Register Weapons a Misdemeanor, Not a Felony http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-law-failure-register-weapons-misdemeanor-not-felony <p>Connecticut's new gun control law says gun owners who failed to register their now-banned assault weapons by a January deadline face a misdemeanor charge, not a felony as described by Republican governor candidate Tom Foley in Wednesday night's debate.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:14:39 +0000 Associated Press 27723 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Law: Failure to Register Weapons a Misdemeanor, Not a Felony Malloy, Foley Spar in First Debate of 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-foley-spar-first-debate-2014 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The first debate between Connecticut’s two major party candidates for governor produced few surprises, as Tom Foley and Dannel Malloy tackled recurring issues, including gun control and economic development.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:56:32 +0000 Harriet Jones & Heather Brandon 27644 at http://wnpr.org Malloy, Foley Spar in First Debate of 2014 Jonathan Pelto Doesn't Expect to Make Ballot http://wnpr.org/post/jonathan-pelto-doesnt-expect-make-ballot <p>Since he launched his campaign for governor, Jonathan Pelto&nbsp;was criticized by Democrats for being a "spoiler" to Governor&nbsp;Dannel Malloy this November.&nbsp;Pelto admits, though, that it's "increasingly likely that we will fall short" of the 7,500 signatures needed to make the ballot.</p><p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:25:38 +0000 Tucker Ives 27494 at http://wnpr.org Jonathan Pelto Doesn't Expect to Make Ballot Smiley Ends Mayoral Campaign and Puts Support Behind Elorza http://wnpr.org/post/smiley-ends-mayoral-campaign-and-puts-support-behind-elorza <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Smiley, right, offering his endorsement to Elorza at Prospect Park." data-attribution="Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrni/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/Jorge_Elorza_%2B_Smiley_08-22-14.jpg" alt="" /><p>Brett Smiley ended his Providence mayoral campaign Friday and threw his support behind fellow Democrat Jorge Elorza. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:49:42 +0000 Ian Donnis 27388 at http://wnpr.org Smiley Ends Mayoral Campaign and Puts Support Behind Elorza Biden, in East Hartford, Says Manufacturing Jobs Are Coming Back http://wnpr.org/post/biden-east-hartford-says-manufacturing-jobs-are-coming-back <p>Vice President Joe Biden said manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S., but workers need the right training to fill those positions.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:20:46 +0000 Heather Brandon 27260 at http://wnpr.org Biden, in East Hartford, Says Manufacturing Jobs Are Coming Back Public, Private Unions Form Coalition to Back Taveras for Governor http://wnpr.org/post/public-private-unions-form-coalition-back-taveras-governor <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Paul Reed (center) with Taveras last year." data-attribution="Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrni/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/Angel_Taveras_FF_10-30-13.jpg" alt="" /><p>A new coalition of public and private unions, banding together under the name Working Families for Angel, on Monday announced their support for Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign.<p>Working Families for Angel says it plans to communicate with more than 16,000 union households through door Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:24:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 27197 at http://wnpr.org Public, Private Unions Form Coalition to Back Taveras for Governor Joe Visconti Looks for Traction in Connecticut Governor's Race http://wnpr.org/post/joe-visconti-looks-traction-connecticut-governors-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Joe </span>Visconti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a petitioning candidate for Connecticut governor, said he's an insider with the ability to get traction this season,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and that he has enough signatures to get onto the November ballot.</span></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:16:43 +0000 Heather Brandon 27193 at http://wnpr.org Joe Visconti Looks for Traction in Connecticut Governor's Race Where We Vote 2014: Joe Visconti http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-joe-visconti <p>We continue our Where We Vote series with third party candidate for governor, Joe Visconti. He’s confident that he collected enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot - and many of those signatures came from a key demographic for him: gun owners. We’ll be joined in-studio by Visconti to talk about his candidacy and where he stands on the issues.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 27153 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Joe Visconti One in Five Republicans Voted in Connecticut Primary http://wnpr.org/post/one-five-republicans-voted-connecticut-primary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ecretary of the State Denise Merrill said that just one in five registered Republicans voted in the party's recent primary that nominated Tom Foley for governor.</span></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:01:03 +0000 Tucker Ives 27189 at http://wnpr.org One in Five Republicans Voted in Connecticut Primary Connecticut Education Commissioner Will Step Down http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-education-commissioner-will-step-down <p>Governor Dannel Malloy's office announced on Monday that Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor will not serve a second term. "I have decided to conclude my tenure by the end of this Administration's term," Pryor said in a statement.</p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:14:05 +0000 Heather Brandon 27145 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Education Commissioner Will Step Down Mass. Governor Hopefuls Launch TV Barrage, Despite Audience Dip http://wnpr.org/post/mass-governor-hopefuls-launch-tv-barrage-despite-audience-dip If you&#8217;ve turned on the TV recently, you might have noticed it&#8217;s that season again &#8212; campaign season.<p>Ratings show fewer folks are watching traditional television these days, but super PACs and Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates are still investing thousands of dollars in TV ads.<p>Perhaps that’s because, if you’re running for the corner office and you’re not on TV, political analysts suggest there’s a risk you won’t be a seen as a serious, viable candidate.<p>And, to that end, the big spender this primary season is Democrat Steve Grossman. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:42:08 +0000 editor 27131 at http://wnpr.org Analysts Say Scott Brown Must Galvanize GOP Base In N.H. Senate Race http://wnpr.org/post/analysts-say-scott-brown-must-galvanize-gop-base-nh-senate-race For some, he is Mr. Charisma &#8212; smooth on the campaign hustings. But former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire hasn’t exactly been the smoothest of rides.<p>A series of uncharacteristic missteps have hampered Brown. They started before he jumped into the race this spring, making him appear unfocused. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:57:00 +0000 Shannon Dooling 27025 at http://wnpr.org Analysts Say Scott Brown Must Galvanize GOP Base In N.H. Senate Race The Wheelhouse: Primary-Palooza 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-primary-palooza-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maybe "</span>Primary-Palooza<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" is an exaggeration, since voter turnout is abysmal, at best, in some towns. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse recaps the results of votes cast.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Were you one of the few, the proud, the voters? Did you join the masses of non-voters? We'd love to hear your Primary Day stories on The Wheelhouse.</p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 26842 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Primary-Palooza 2014 Tom Foley Wins GOP Nod for Connecticut Governor http://wnpr.org/post/tom-foley-wins-gop-nod-connecticut-governor <p>Connecticut Republicans have given Greenwich businessman Tom Foley a second chance to run against Governor&nbsp;Dannel Malloy.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The former U.S. ambassador to Ireland defeated state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney by over ten percentage points Tuesday night.</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:46:29 +0000 Patrick Skahill & Heather Brandon 26874 at http://wnpr.org Tom Foley Wins GOP Nod for Connecticut Governor Plainfield Democratic Candidate's Husband Is a White Supremacist http://wnpr.org/post/plainfield-democratic-candidates-husband-white-supremacist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Democratic primary race for a probate judge seat in </span>Plainfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is getting national attention after it was revealed that the husband of one of the candidates is a white supremacist.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:54:24 +0000 Ray Hardman 26831 at http://wnpr.org Plainfield Democratic Candidate's Husband Is a White Supremacist Connecticut Legislative Races Show "Real Action" on Primary Day http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-legislative-races-show-real-action-primary-day <p>Tuesday is primary day across the state. All eyes will be on the Republican race for governor between businessman Tom Foley and state Senator John McKinney, but a series of legislative races have also gotten some attention.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:20:40 +0000 Jeff Cohen 26808 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Legislative Races Show "Real Action" on Primary Day Petitions Signed, Now Pelto Waits http://wnpr.org/post/petitions-signed-now-pelto-waits <p>Wednesday&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">was the deadline for people who want to petition their way onto the November gubernatorial ballot to submit their petition signatures to the state. Jonathan </span>Pelto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was one of them.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:47:59 +0000 Jeff Cohen 26622 at http://wnpr.org Petitions Signed, Now Pelto Waits New York's Sole Participant In Public Campaign Finance Admits It's A Challenge http://wnpr.org/post/new-yorks-sole-participant-public-campaign-finance-admits-its-challenge <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/08/dewitt8-6.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Republican candidate for Comptroller Bob Antonacci speaks to reporters at the State Capitol Wednesday August 6" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/8-6antonacciAEdit.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The only statewide candidate who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program in New York says it’s been slow going, but Republican candidate for comptroller Bob </span>Antonacci<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds.</span><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:22:25 +0000 Karen Dewitt 26584 at http://wnpr.org New York's Sole Participant In Public Campaign Finance Admits It's A Challenge Petitions Due Wednesday for Connecticut's Third-Party Candidates http://wnpr.org/post/petitions-due-wednesday-connecticuts-third-party-candidates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday is the deadline for two candidates hoping to petition their way on to the November gubernatorial ballot to submit voters’ signatures.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:36:03 +0000 Tucker Ives & Diane Orson 26528 at http://wnpr.org Petitions Due Wednesday for Connecticut's Third-Party Candidates Race For Mass. Attorney General Splits Democrats http://wnpr.org/post/race-mass-attorney-general-splits-democrats Primary day is a little more than a month away, and while the gubernatorial election may be getting most of the attention, there’s actually a more<em> </em>competitive battle further down the ballot that’s bringing out Democratic devotees and dollars: the race for attorney general.<p>When Maura Healey, a rookie politician running for the post, took the stage at the <a href="http://www.wbur.org/2014/06/14/tolman-healey-attorney-general-primary" target="_blank">Democratic convention</a> in June, the weary crowd went wild. The applause that echoed around the arena sounded louder for her than it d Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:31:04 +0000 Asma Khalid 26406 at http://wnpr.org How Polls Are Evolving Online http://wnpr.org/post/how-polls-are-evolving-online <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent online poll showed Republican Tom Foley leading Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy by nine percentage points in the race for the state's top office. The nature of the poll itself, though, is stirring discussion. Here's why.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:02:39 +0000 Jeff Cohen 26155 at http://wnpr.org How Polls Are Evolving Online Foley Loses Control of The Message at Sprague Paper Mill http://wnpr.org/post/foley-loses-control-message-sprague-paper-mill <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley wants the Malloy administration to answer questions about the loans it gives out to businesses across the state. His attempt to raise the issue Tuesday left Foley himself in the hot seat.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:05:51 +0000 Harriet Jones 26154 at http://wnpr.org Foley Loses Control of The Message at Sprague Paper Mill Malloy, Wyman Backed By Working Families Party http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-wyman-backed-working-families-party <p>Democratic Governor&nbsp;Dannel&nbsp;Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will appear twice on the November ballot. The Working Families Party on Tuesday announced it endorsed the pair for re-election.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:19:38 +0000 Associated Press 26140 at http://wnpr.org Malloy, Wyman Backed By Working Families Party The Wheelhouse: Political Souls, Polls, and Jabs http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-political-souls-polls-and-jabs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut is generally a “blue” state, but the latest New York Times/CBS poll </span><a href="http://ctmirror.org/internet-poll-shows-foley-up-9-points-over-malloy/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">paints it a different color</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the race for governor. But </span><a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/28/qa-what-the-new-york-times-polling-decision-means/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the poll itself was a different color</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> too. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we’ll discuss the divided state of Connecticut with our team of reporters and analysts, including </span><a href="http://www.salon.com/2014/07/27/my_party_has_lost_its_soul_bill_clinton_barack_obama_and_the_victory_of_wall_street_democrats/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Bill Curry who says his Democratic party has lost its soul.</a></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 26107 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Political Souls, Polls, and Jabs Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-elizabeth-esty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2012 race for Connecticut’s Fifth&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressional&nbsp;District seat was filled with campaign-related shenanigans. The person who came out on top was Elizabeth </span>Esty<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>She’s running for re-election this year in the “Fightin’ Fifth,” and she joins us for our Where We Vote series to talk politics, foreign relations, immigration, and more.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25904 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty Absentee Ballots Available for Summer Connecticut Primary http://wnpr.org/post/absentee-ballots-available-summer-connecticut-primary <p>Absentee ballots are now available for Connecticut's upcoming primary election.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:17:16 +0000 Associated Press 25768 at http://wnpr.org Absentee Ballots Available for Summer Connecticut Primary McKinney Attack Ad Edits and Alters Foley's Interview With WNPR http://wnpr.org/post/mckinney-attack-ad-edits-and-alters-foleys-interview-wnpr <p>State Minority Leader John McKinney's first television spot goes right after his primary opponent for governor, Tom Foley. McKinney uses (and re-uses) Foley's own words where he appears to say, "I'm not going to cut spending."</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:49:18 +0000 Tucker Ives 25442 at http://wnpr.org McKinney Attack Ad Edits and Alters Foley's Interview With WNPR Foley, McKinney Face Off in Republican Primary Debate http://wnpr.org/post/foley-mckinney-face-republican-primary-debate <p>The two Republican candidates for Connecticut governor faced off in a primary debate on Thursday at <em>The Hartford Courant</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:50:54 +0000 Patrick Skahill & Heather Brandon 25446 at http://wnpr.org Foley, McKinney Face Off in Republican Primary Debate The Campaign Commercials Are Here http://wnpr.org/post/campaign-commercials-are-here-0 <p>The general election is more than 100 days away -- 111 at the time of writing this. If you hate the attack ads and campaign commercials that usually flood the airwaves, then this will be a long 100-plus days, because they have already started.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:44:10 +0000 Tucker Ives 25405 at http://wnpr.org The Campaign Commercials Are Here The Wheelhouse Only Watches TV for the Political Ads http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-only-watches-tv-political-ads <p>Connecticut is fully engulfed in campaign ad season and candidates are already spending big money to get the message out to voters. What's the message? "Like me! The other guy, not so much." On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, Colin McEnroe guest hosts a conversation with a panel of reporters and political analysts to catch you up on the week’s news.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25332 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Only Watches TV for the Political Ads