elections http://wnpr.org en Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-elizabeth-esty <p>The 2012 race for Connecticut’s 5th&nbsp;Congressional&nbsp;District seat was filled with campaign-related shenanigans. The person who came out on top was Elizabeth Esty.</p><p>She’s running for re-election this year in the “Fightin’ Fifth” and she’ll join us for our Where We Vote series.</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 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 Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll http://wnpr.org/post/kerry-pushes-audit-disputed-afghan-presidential-poll <strong>This post updated at 3:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Calling it a "critical moment" in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a partial recount in the country's presidential elections amid alleged vote fraud.<p>"We are in a very, very critical moment for Afghanistan," Kerry told reporters. "Legitimacy hangs in the balance. The future potential of the transition hangs in the balance. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:35:54 +0000 Scott Neuman 25130 at http://wnpr.org Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll Roraback's Biggest Rowland Complaint in 2012 Was Lack of Disclosure http://wnpr.org/post/rorabacks-biggest-rowland-complaint-2012-was-lack-disclosure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal prosecutors allege that former Governor John Rowland used his radio show on </span>WTIC-AM<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to prop up Lisa Wilson-Foley's candidacy during the 2012 race in Connecticut's Fifth Congressional District.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:02:12 +0000 Tucker Ives 25058 at http://wnpr.org Roraback's Biggest Rowland Complaint in 2012 Was Lack of Disclosure 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 Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot http://wnpr.org/post/casino-repeal-question-will-be-massachusetts-ballot Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today that a question asking voters to repeal the state’s casino law can go on the November ballot.&#160; It sets up what promises to be a hard-fought campaign to decide the fate of the fledgling gambling industry in Massachusetts.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/nocasinosigns.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/06/casinoballotok.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160;&#160; Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:35:04 +0000 Paul Tuthill 24219 at http://wnpr.org Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot 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 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 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. 'Stunning': Reactions To Eric Cantor's Election Loss In Virginia http://wnpr.org/post/stunning-reactions-brats-historic-upset-cantor-virginia "Dollars don't vote — you do." And with that statement to his supporters, college professor Dave Brat ousted seven-term Rep. Eric Cantor in their primary battle Tuesday night. The loss by the No. 2 House Republican shocked many political analysts and the congressman himself.<p>"It's disappointing, sure," Cantor told supporters after the results came in. "But I believe in this country. I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."<p>Few saw the historic collapse coming, although the final tally shows Brat won handily, with 56 percent of the vote to Cantor's 44 percent. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23425 at http://wnpr.org 'Stunning': Reactions To Eric Cantor's Election Loss In Virginia 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 Looking Back on Ukraine's Election; Interviews with Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka and Olu Oguibe http://wnpr.org/post/looking-back-ukraines-election-interviews-ewa-junczyk-ziomecka-and-olu-oguibe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, we feature three international voices with Connecticut connections.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We begin with a local professor, who recently returned from serving as an elections monitor in Ukraine. He tells us about his experience and talks about what lies ahead for the country and its people.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also talk with a Nigerian-American artist, who has found a way to create beautiful prints using just his fingers and an iPad.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We learn as well the story of a Polish hero, and find out what a top Polish official in America thinks of Ukraine’s chances for success.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 23090 at http://wnpr.org Looking Back on Ukraine's Election; Interviews with Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka and Olu Oguibe 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 The Wheelhouse Drinks Chocolate Milk To Recover From Convention Hangover http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-drinks-chocolate-milk-recover-convention-hangover <p>The conventions are over and the results are...familiar. Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley have been endorsed for a rematch of the 2010 race. But there may be a wild card entering the field.<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/jonathan-pelto-set-exploratory-committee-governors-race" target="_blank"> Jonathan Pelto is a liberal critic of Malloy and he's considering a run for governor.</a></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 22188 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Drinks Chocolate Milk To Recover From Convention Hangover Connecticut Bell Factory Owner Trails McConnell In Kentucky Primary http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-bell-factory-owner-trails-mcconnell-kentucky-primary <p>A Kentucky Tea Party candidate with Connecticut-ties has a tough primary facing him tomorrow.</p><p>Matt Bevin&nbsp;trails Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/elections/kentucky/2014/05/16/bluegrass-poll-mcconnell-pounding-bevin-tied-grimes/2210602/" target="_blank">by 20 points in a new poll</a>. Connecticut residents might remember Bevin as the owner of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/31/154039301/fire-in-belltown-usa-destroys-last-bell-factory" target="_blank">bell factory in East Hampton that burned down in 2012.</a></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:22:41 +0000 Tucker Ives 22110 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Bell Factory Owner Trails McConnell In Kentucky Primary Lowell Weicker: Connecticut Republicans Are "Irrelevant" http://wnpr.org/post/lowell-weicker-connecticut-republicans-are-irrelevant <p>Lowell P. Weicker, former governor and U.S. senator, warned that the Connecticut Republican party can’t compete in its current form.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s irrelevant,” </span>Weicker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said. “That’s a big problem for the state of Connecticut.”</span></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:30:21 +0000 Tucker Ives 21824 at http://wnpr.org Lowell Weicker: Connecticut Republicans Are "Irrelevant" The Wheelhouse Puts On Convention Hats http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-puts-convention-hats <p>Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse gears up for the statewide political conventions, which move the campaign season into full swing. Last week's Quinnipiac poll was good news for Tom Foley, who has been largely quiet recently.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 21814 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Puts On Convention Hats QPoll: Malloy and Foley Tied http://wnpr.org/post/qpoll-malloy-and-foley-tied <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new poll shows Democratic Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy tied with Republican Tom Foley in the race for governor, and Malloy's approval rating is still below 50 percent.</span></p><p> Sat, 10 May 2014 14:55:50 +0000 Jeff Cohen 21578 at http://wnpr.org QPoll: Malloy and Foley Tied 5 Things To Watch In Tuesday's Primaries http://wnpr.org/post/5-things-watch-tuesdays-primaries Get ready for election season.<p>Tuesday's primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio serve as the kickoff for an intense two-month stretch that will go a long way toward outlining the shape of the midterm election landscape.<p>By the end of June, more than half the states will have conducted their primary elections. And the answers to some of the most important questions about the November elections will be clearer.<p>In North Carolina, Republicans will vote for a nominee to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents. Tue, 06 May 2014 12:04:00 +0000 editor 21370 at http://wnpr.org 5 Things To Watch In Tuesday's Primaries The Wheelhouse Takes On the State Budget; Unionizing Grad Students; Blumenthal's Near Miss http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-takes-state-budget-unionizing-grad-students-blumenthals-near-miss <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sometimes, </span><a href="http://time.com/69636/senator-richard-blumenthal-train-safety/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a picture is worth a thousand words</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. A train almost took out Senator Richard&nbsp;</span>Blumenthal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> last week -- a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd yes, that really was a press conference about rail safety.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, it’s The Wheelhouse, our weekly news roundtable.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Wednesday’s bearing down on us like a southbound&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Acela</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Catie Talarski, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & John Dankosky 20632 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Takes On the State Budget; Unionizing Grad Students; Blumenthal's Near Miss The Wheelhouse Talks Debates, Obamacare, and ...Burritos? http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-talks-debates-obamacare-and-burritos <p>In this edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we ask two big questions surrounding the 2014 race for governor. What impact will John Rowland's latest scandal have on Republicans? What impact will President Barack Obama have on Governor Dannel Malloy and the state's Democratic congressional delegation?</p><p>Also: did you join the herds of UConn basketball fans in line for $1.00 burritos?</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 20232 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Talks Debates, Obamacare, and ...Burritos? Ted Kennedy, Jr. Announces Bid for Connecticut State Senate http://wnpr.org/post/ted-kennedy-jr-announces-bid-connecticut-state-senate <p>Appearing camera ready and primed, Ted Kennedy Jr. – son of the late U.S. Senator of the same name, and nephew of President John F. Kennedy – announced on Tuesday night that he’s entering politics. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:33:31 +0000 Lori Mack 19836 at http://wnpr.org Ted Kennedy, Jr. Announces Bid for Connecticut State Senate Connecticut Attorney General Jepsen Announces Re-election Bid http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-attorney-general-jepsen-announces-re-election-bid <p>Connecticut's Attorney General George Jepsen announced that he will run for a second term. He&nbsp;made the announcement Monday morning on WTIC-AM. "I'm thrilled," Jepsen told WTIC's Ray Dunaway. "I've really had a wonderful time, and it's just been such an incredible honor to serve the people of Connecticut."</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:10:37 +0000 Ray Hardman 19737 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Attorney General Jepsen Announces Re-election Bid Malloy Says He's Running Again http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-says-hes-running-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor&nbsp;</span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy has announced he intends to seek reelection in 2014.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:55:43 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19212 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Says He's Running Again A New Haven Kind of Wheelhouse http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-kind-wheelhouse <p>Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse will be in New Haven, where the mayor's race led to special elections that created a political game of musical chairs recently. Our panel of reporters will catch you up on all the week’s news from the Elm City and beyond.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18630 at http://wnpr.org A New Haven Kind of Wheelhouse Crimea Overwhelmingly Supports Split From Ukraine To Join Russia http://wnpr.org/post/crimeans-vote-splitting-ukraine-join-russia <h6>This post will be updated throughout the day Sunday.</h6><p>Russian news services are claiming overwhelming support in Crimea for the region's plan to secede from Ukraine and unite with Russia, citing exit polls from Sunday's referendum. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:02:00 +0000 editor 18501 at http://wnpr.org Crimea Overwhelmingly Supports Split From Ukraine To Join Russia U.S. Attorney General Suggests Police Carry Narcan; Locked Facility for Girls to Open this Month http://wnpr.org/post/us-attorney-general-suggests-police-carry-narcan-locked-facility-girls-open-month <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ol_iaaL6ezc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>U.S Attorney General Eric Holder called an increase in heroin overdoses nationwide an "urgent public health crisis" and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">suggested law enforcement carry&nbsp;</a>Narcan<a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">,</a>&nbsp;a drug that can reverse opiate overdoses.&nbsp; States like Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, already train first responders on Narcan.&nbsp; Currently Connecticut police don't carry it - paramedics and hospital staff administer the drug. &nbsp;A dramatic increase in drug overdose is a growing problem in the region but Hartford Police Department spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley believes Connecticut police officers carrying Narcan&nbsp;is a long way off . &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:17:32 +0000 Sara Conner 18235 at http://wnpr.org How is Connecticut's Fiscal Health? http://wnpr.org/post/how-connecticuts-fiscal-health <p>Connecticut’s state budget faces a series of problems that have been building for some time. It’s why the Office of Fiscal Analysis shows looming budget deficits in the next two fiscal years.</p><p>But we’re not alone. A study of several states shows some of the same trends: Medicaid costs growing faster than states can raise money, which means less funding for education; the federal government cutting aid to states in an effort to cut their own deficits; reliance on volatile tax structures and massive underfunding of public pensions.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17799 at http://wnpr.org How is Connecticut's Fiscal Health?