campaigns http://wnpr.org en 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 </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;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 Gov. Christie Visits Connecticut Following Gun Bill Veto; a Local Perspective on Ukrainian Conflict http://wnpr.org/post/gov-christie-visits-connecticut-following-gun-bill-veto-local-perspective-ukrainian-conflict <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ed94eae2-6d7c-af77-dd1a-ff3231cd9702"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-chris-christie-vetoes-bill-to-decrease-capacity-of-gun-magazines-20140703-story.html" target="_blank">making headlines once again</a>. </span></span></p><p><span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just a few weeks ago, he vetoed a bill that would have restricted the size of gun magazines from 15 rounds to 10. The decision angered a number of gun control advocates, including some Sandy Hook parents. </span></span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:35:04 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25896 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Christie Visits Connecticut Following Gun Bill Veto; a Local Perspective on Ukrainian Conflict For Some Political Incumbents, the Races Are Real http://wnpr.org/post/some-political-incumbents-races-are-real <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Good government advocates sometimes lament how easy it is for incumbent politicians return to office, often uncontested. That's not always the case, though. One long-time, Democratic state senator is facing two challengers from within his party.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:27:07 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25880 at http://wnpr.org For Some Political Incumbents, the Races Are Real The Wheelhouse: Migrating Children; Rt. 44 Tales; Chubby Checker Check-In http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-migrating-children-rt-44-tales-chubby-checker-check <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dannel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malloy takes a strong stance on housing immigrant children in this state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ll talk about this story and more on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse. Also, the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Courant’s </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dan </span>Haar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been walking and reporting from Connecticut’s </span>Rt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. 44. He’ll take a load off to share some tales from the road. Chubby Checker (yes, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">that</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Chubby Checker) is also coming to town for a political fundraiser.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25759 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Migrating Children; Rt. 44 Tales; Chubby Checker Check-In 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 The Wheelhouse: Cost of Clinton; Political Swiping; FOI Hit Again http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-cost-clinton-political-swiping-foi-hit-again <p>We learned that it cost $250,000 to bring Hillary Clinton to speak at UConn earlier this year. As the cost of higher education continues to soar, there are lots of questions being raised about this speaking fee. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses this story, and we check in on the race for governor as candidates start buying air time for those omnipresent campaign commercials. Also this week, the Connecticut Supreme Court took another swipe at Freedom of Information laws.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24928 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Cost of Clinton; Political Swiping; FOI Hit Again Judge Rejects Rowland's Request to Dismiss Charges http://wnpr.org/post/judge-rejects-rowlands-request-dismiss-charges <p>A judge has denied a request by former Gov. John G. Rowland to dismiss federal charges that accused him of trying to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:36:59 +0000 Associated Press 24929 at http://wnpr.org Judge Rejects Rowland's Request to Dismiss Charges For Pelto, Union Endorsements (and Conversations) Prove Elusive http://wnpr.org/post/pelto-union-endorsements-and-conversations-prove-elusive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut's largest union announced it will support Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy in this fall's upcoming election. The Service Employees International Union represents more than 65,000 workers in the state, but those potential voters didn’t get to hear from another candidate running against Malloy.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:54:28 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24653 at http://wnpr.org For Pelto, Union Endorsements (and Conversations) Prove Elusive Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor http://wnpr.org/post/buddy-cianci-running-again-providence-mayor After claiming not to have his mind made up before taking to the airwaves for his afternoon talk show, 73-year-old Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:47:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 24315 at http://wnpr.org Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor The Wheelhouse: Boughton Bails, Party Money, and Political Alliances http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-boughton-bails-party-money-and-political-alliances <p><em>Where We Live</em> host John Dankosky&nbsp;recently had lunch <a href="http://www.espnfc.us/fifa-world-cup/story/1909019/uruguays-luis-suarez-appears-to-bite-italys-giorgio-chiellini" target="_blank">with&nbsp;Luis Suárez </a>and thought he was joking when he ordered "The Dankosky." Therefore, Colin McEnroe will guest-host our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton dropped out of the race for governor and <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/big-poppa-boughton-seems-lukewarm-about-foley" target="_blank">threw his (lukewarm) support</a> behind Tom Foley for the Republican nomination.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24218 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Boughton Bails, Party Money, and Political Alliances Ballpark Debate Makes For Interesting State Senate Politics http://wnpr.org/post/ballpark-debate-makes-interesting-state-senate-politics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It may be baseball season.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's also political primary season.</span></p><p>When it comes to the ballpark in Hartford, two opposing candidates for state senate have two very different views.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:01:11 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24222 at http://wnpr.org Ballpark Debate Makes For Interesting State Senate Politics Lauretti Primary Petition Falls Short http://wnpr.org/post/lauretti-primary-petition-falls-short <p>Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti has fallen short of submitting enough signatures to petition his way onto the Republican primary ballot for lieutenant governor.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:09:35 +0000 Associated Press 24199 at http://wnpr.org Lauretti Primary Petition Falls Short "Big Poppa" Boughton Seems Lukewarm About Foley http://wnpr.org/post/big-poppa-boughton-seems-lukewarm-about-foley <p><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-proud-june-thomas" target="_blank">On Monday's show,</a> we asked Danbury Mayor and <a href="http://danbury.patch.com/groups/steve-greenbergs-blog/p/bp--new-york-magazinemayor-mark-boughton-aka-big-popp4bc1785bec" target="_blank">old-school hiphop fan</a> Mark Boughton&nbsp;why a voter should choose Tom Foley in the coming election.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:52:44 +0000 Colin McEnroe 24137 at http://wnpr.org "Big Poppa" Boughton Seems Lukewarm About Foley Boughton Drops Out of Race for Governor http://wnpr.org/post/boughton-drops-out-race-governor <p>Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton&nbsp;announced on Wednesday that he is dropping out of the race for Connecticut governor. Instead, he's supporting endorsed Republican candidate Tom Foley.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:39:19 +0000 Heather Brandon 23866 at http://wnpr.org Boughton Drops Out of Race for Governor The Wheelhouse: Endorsements and Debates in Our Two-Party System http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-endorsements-and-debates-our-two-party-system <p>This week, the endorsed Democratic and Republican candidates for governor addressed the AFL-CIO political convention. Not surprisingly, incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel&nbsp;Malloy won the union's endorsement. Notably absent from the convention was new third-party candidate Jonathan Pelto, who said he asked to address the candidates, but was ignored.</p><p>This hour, on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we take a look at the role of labor unions in Connecticut politics.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23832 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Endorsements and Debates in Our Two-Party System Tom Foley Opposes New Gun Control Laws, But Doesn't Offer Specifics http://wnpr.org/post/tom-foley-opposes-new-gun-control-laws-doesnt-offer-specifics <p>Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley said the legislative response to the Newtown school shootings didn't address the underlying problems, but he doesn't think the new gun control laws will be repealed.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:02:46 +0000 Tucker Ives 23575 at http://wnpr.org Tom Foley Opposes New Gun Control Laws, But Doesn't Offer Specifics Foley Reacts to Pelto's Announcement; Agrees on Education and "Corporate Welfare" http://wnpr.org/post/foley-reacts-peltos-announcement-agrees-education-and-corporate-welfare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tom Foley, Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-tom-foley" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">said on WNPR's <em>Where We Live</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that he agrees with third-party candidate Jonathan </span>Pelto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on education policy and his approach to corporate welfare, and doesn't see a threat from him in the upcoming election.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:50:45 +0000 Heather Brandon 23497 at http://wnpr.org Foley Reacts to Pelto's Announcement; Agrees on Education and "Corporate Welfare" Where We Vote 2014: Tom Foley http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-tom-foley <p>Last month at the Republican convention, Tom Foley won his party’s endorsement. <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/q-poll-shows-dead-heat-race-connecticut-governor" target="_blank">Recent Quinnipiac University polls </a>show him neck-and-neck with Governor Dannel Malloy in a rematch of their contest four years ago.</p><p></p><p>This hour, Foley joins us for our Where We Vote series, and we take your questions.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 23298 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Tom Foley He's In: Jonathan Pelto Enters the Race for Governor http://wnpr.org/post/hes-jonathan-pelto-enters-race-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former state legislator </span><a href="http://jonathanpelto.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Jonathan Pelto</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is officially entering the race for governor as a third party candidate. </span>Pelto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is converting his exploratory committee into a candidate committee.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:20:14 +0000 Tucker Ives 23494 at http://wnpr.org He's In: Jonathan Pelto Enters the Race for Governor Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not. http://wnpr.org/post/cantors-loss-va-immigration-issues-death-knell-or-not As the smoke clears from the wreckage of the Republican establishment's monumental loss in the Virginia congressional primary, it appears that hopes of immigration overhaul have been snuffed out.<p>Economic professor <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/06/11/320841955/meet-david-brat-the-giant-killer-who-knocked-off-eric-cantor">Dave Brat</a>, who beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday, made immigration policy a major part of his argument against Cantor.<p>In a <em>Richmond Times-Dispatch</em> <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/their-opinion/columnists-b Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:55:02 +0000 Frank James 23479 at http://wnpr.org Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not. Mark Boughton and Mark Lauretti Face Ballot Signature Deadline http://wnpr.org/post/mark-boughton-and-mark-lauretti-face-ballot-signature-deadline <p>Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti&nbsp;faced a looming deadline Tuesday to submit thousands of signatures from registered Republicans in order to appear as a lieutenant governor candidate on the GOP primary ballot.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:08:01 +0000 Heather Brandon 23358 at http://wnpr.org Mark Boughton and Mark Lauretti Face Ballot Signature Deadline Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World http://wnpr.org/post/hillary-clinton-i-helped-restore-us-leadership-world To hear Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and once and maybe future Democratic presidential candidate tell it, her new book, <em>Hard Choices,</em> isn't the kickoff to a 2016 campaign.<p>She still hasn't made up her mind about another run for the presidency, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/10/320386798/clinton-sought-tougher-deal-but-wont-second-guess-bergdahl-swap">she told Renee Montagne</a>, co-host of NPR's <em>Morning Edition</em>. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Frank James 23345 at http://wnpr.org Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World Ralph Nader Voices Support For Pelto's Third-Party Run For Governor http://wnpr.org/post/ralph-nader-voices-support-peltos-third-party-run-governor <p>When Jonathan Pelto announced he was exploring a third-party run for governor, comparisons were quickly drawn to former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Critics of Pelto&nbsp;say he could be a spoiler for the incumbent Governor Dan&nbsp;Malloy this November.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nader says it's the wrong way to think about third-party candidates.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:19:16 +0000 Tucker Ives 23068 at http://wnpr.org Ralph Nader Voices Support For Pelto's Third-Party Run For Governor Tom Foley Will Apply for Public Financing In Governor's Race http://wnpr.org/post/tom-foley-will-apply-public-financing-governors-race <p>Republican Tom Foley, who self-funded his 2010 campaign for governor, has decided that he'll apply for public financing this time around.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:58:55 +0000 Jeff Cohen 22964 at http://wnpr.org Tom Foley Will Apply for Public Financing In Governor's Race John McKinney Wants to Retain Connecticut's Young Population http://wnpr.org/post/john-mckinney-wants-retain-connecticuts-young-population <p>Why is John McKinney running for governor? "Because I love Connecticut," <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-john-mckinney" target="_blank">he said Tuesday on WNPR's <em>Where We Live</em></a>, adding that he wants his three children to be able to stay in Connecticut, too.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:30:41 +0000 Heather Brandon 22963 at http://wnpr.org John McKinney Wants to Retain Connecticut's Young Population Where We Vote 2014: John McKinney http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-john-mckinney <p>John McKinney is the only Republican running for governor who would be considered a political "insider." The current Senate Minority Leader is leaving his post in hopes of returning Connecticut's governorship to Republican control. But he has a tough primary fight ahead of him this summer <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/rematch-endorsed-malloy-foley-win-party-nods" target="_blank">after narrowly reaching the 15 percent threshold</a> at the Republican convention.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 22667 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: John McKinney Candidates for Governor Have the Cash to Qualify, But Will They Apply For Public Financing? http://wnpr.org/post/candidates-governor-have-cash-qualify-will-they-apply-public-financing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both the Democratic and Republican endorsed candidates for governor have said they've raised enough money to qualify for public campaign funds, but either of them has actually applied.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:05:40 +0000 Jeff Cohen 22747 at http://wnpr.org Candidates for Governor Have the Cash to Qualify, But Will They Apply For Public Financing?