The Wheelhouse http://wnpr.org en 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 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 The Wheelhouse: Health Insurance; Charter Schools; Bridgewater Turns The Car Around http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-health-insurance-charter-schools-bridgewater-turns-car-around <p>It looks like the world'’s largest hedge fund won'’t build a new headquarters in Stamford…. What does that say about the state'’s economic development plans? A charter school organization faces investigations of its finances and operations. What does it say about the school reform movement? We’'ll look at those stories, plus the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, and whether the employer-based insurance model makes sense today.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24624 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Health Insurance; Charter Schools; Bridgewater Turns The Car Around 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 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 The Wheelhouse: Public Policy in the Dark; Metro-North Problems; and Resolution in East Haven http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-public-policy-dark-metro-north-problems-and-resolution-east-haven <p>Hartford’s “done deal” on minor league baseball once again has our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse thinking about the process behind government decisions. The plan to bring the New Britain Rock Cats' franchise to town was months in the making behind closed doors.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also check in on East Haven where a racial discrimination settlement was reached, closing another chapter in the painful history of the town. A very old bridge is creating new problems for Metro-North commuters down the shoreline too and officials are pointing fingers.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23372 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Public Policy in the Dark; Metro-North Problems; and Resolution in East Haven Ralph Nader In The Wheelhouse http://wnpr.org/post/ralph-nader-wheelhouse <p>For this special edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we welcome author, political activist, and former presidential candidate <a href="http://nader.org/" target="_blank">Ralph Nader</a>, and talk about his new book,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://nader.org/books/unstoppable">Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance To Dismantle The Corporate State.</a>&nbsp;</em>Nader joins our conversation about the week's news.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 22981 at http://wnpr.org Ralph Nader In The Wheelhouse The Wheelhouse: Death Penalty; Political Musical Chairs; Native American Mascots http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-death-penalty-political-musical-chairs-native-american-mascots <p>Connecticut has a complicated relationship with the death penalty. Over more than 50 years, the state executed just two death row inmates because they asked for it. Two years ago it was repealed for cases moving forward, but <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-inmate-sentenced-death" target="_blank">last week, one more man was sentenced to die</a> for a crime he committed before the repeal. Wed, 28 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 22601 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Death Penalty; Political Musical Chairs; Native American Mascots 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 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 The Wheelhouse: Budgets, Bills, and Freedom of Information http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-budgets-bills-and-freedom-information <p>There are just hours left in the 2014 legislative session, which means it’s time for lawmakers to start cramming in bills.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, we discuss the messy state budget with </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Connecticut Mirror</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s budget guru Keith </span>Phaneuf<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>We also talk about Freedom of Information, something that was changed in the closing minutes of the last session.</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 21436 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Budgets, Bills, and Freedom of Information The Wheelhouse Won't Be $55 Richer After All http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-wont-be-55-richer-after-all <p>If you had big plans for that $55 tax rebate that Governor Dannel Malloy announced in his State of the State address, think again.</p><p>This week, <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/malloys-tax-rebate-plan-dead">Malloy acknowledged this election-year plan was dead.</a></p><p>On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, our team of reporters will discuss the rebate, the 2014 race, Hillary Clinton's visit to UConn, and fracking legislation at the state capitol.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 21015 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Won't Be $55 Richer After All 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? The Wheelhouse Bleeds Blue But Politicians Are Looking for Green http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-bleeds-blue-politicians-are-looking-green <p>It feels a lot like 2004. Both UConn basketball teams are national champions, John Rowland is under investigation, and a Kennedy is in the news! Coming up on our weekly news roundtable&nbsp;The Wheelhouse, our panel of reporters and analysts weighs in on the state's relationship with it's flagship university. Governor Dannel Malloy (<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/please-call-me-danagain" target="_blank">er - Dan Malloy</a>) is trying to cash in on UConn's success as he runs for re-election.</p><p>We also say goodbye to a radio competitor who signed off last week. But we have a feeling that former Governor John Rowland will stay in the news.</p><p>Also, several Connecticut restaurants are in trouble for playing music and not paying royalties.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 19837 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Bleeds Blue But Politicians Are Looking for Green The Wheelhouse Respects the Process http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-respects-process <p>On Tuesday,&nbsp;<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-wont-talk-wants-respect-process">former Governor John G. Rowland took to the airwaves </a>at his usual time on his&nbsp;WTIC AM talk show, despite being named in federal court as an alleged co-conspirator to a campaign finance scheme. He wouldn't comment on the accusations, only to say, "I am not going to be discussing the recent news and legal developments. I am sure that you all understand. And I want to respect the process."</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 19450 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Respects the Process The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-legislative-deadlines-money-politics-and-common-core <p>Key deadlines are coming up for some proposed legislation at the state capitol and some have already passed. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we talk about what bills may or may not make it out of committee.</p><p>We also discuss the role of money in this year’s statewide elections. Common Core remains in the national headlines, with Indiana actually dropping the standards.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 19011 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core 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 The Wheelhouse Talks FOI, Peter Lanza, and Daylight Saving Time http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-talks-foi-peter-lanza-and-daylight-saving-time <p>It's been a busy week in the news. In 2014 campaign news, the number of Republican candidates for governor went from six to five and then right back up to six. At the state capitol, lawmakers held two public hearings at the same time, both of which ironically had to do with Freedom of Information legislation.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18291 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Talks FOI, Peter Lanza, and Daylight Saving Time The Wheelhouse Goes From D.C. to Hartford: Politics, Investigations, and Feuds http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-goes-dc-hartford-politics-investigations-and-feuds <p>For months, reporters have been asking Governor Dannel Malloy if he is running for re-election this year. On Sunday, he shared his future plans: He is not running for president in 2016.</p><p>Oh.</p><p>On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we'll talk about Malloy's trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Governors Association meetings where he got into a well-publicized spat with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.</p><p>Closer to home, another investigation is taking place at the state capitol involving the use of a printer in Florida for campaign materials.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17573 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Goes From D.C. to Hartford: Politics, Investigations, and Feuds The Wheelhouse Remembers a Felonious Governor http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-remembers-felonious-governor <p>Once again, Connecticut’s felonious former governor is making headlines. This time, John Rowland is hiring a criminal defense attorney as officials investigate his role in the 2012 congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley.</p><p>Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses this and all the week’s news from our downtown Hartford location.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17187 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Remembers a Felonious Governor The Wheelhouse Breaks Down the State of the State http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-breaks-down-state-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we recap Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy’s State of the State address and the proposals he laid out surrounding the state budget, education and the minimum wage. We’re joined by a panel of reporters who have spent the last week digesting the governor’s agenda.</span></p><p>Also, a discussion about the Olympics with a Connecticut-native who won a gold medal in women's ice hockey during the 1998 Olympics. The rivalry between the U.S. and Canada is as intense as ever and we talk about it with this Olympian.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 16828 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Breaks Down the State of the State The Wheelhouse Plows Ahead http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-plows-ahead <p>Governor Malloy was supposed to give his State of the State address on Wednesday, but the snow pushed it back to Thursday at noon. Ah, yes… it’s still winter. Storm today, more snow predicted this weekend. We hope you’re home snuggled in.</p><p>As a matter of fact, this hour on The Wheelhouse, our weekly news roundtable, we need your help. Sure, we’ll talk about politics: priorities for the legislative session, education reform, and a new plan to raise the minimum wage. But we also want to hear from you: are you snowed in? Going to work, or not?</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 16503 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Plows Ahead The State of The Wheelhouse http://wnpr.org/post/state-wheelhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama gave a speech that did what it was supposed to: uplift his supporters and enrage his opponents. On </span>WNPR's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;weekly news roundtable, our panel of analysts and reporters react to the State of the Union address both nationally and here in Connecticut.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Also, Republican candidate for governor Mark Boughton&nbsp;surprised longtime political observers with his announcement of a running mate. It wasn't what he did that was a surprise, but when he did it. Finally, we remember folk legend and American icon Pete Seeger who died this week.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Tucker Ives, Colin McEnroe, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 16143 at http://wnpr.org The State of The Wheelhouse No Snow Day for The Wheelhouse http://wnpr.org/post/no-snow-day-wheelhouse <p>If this snowstorm means a snow day, catch up on all the week's political news you may have missed.&nbsp;WNPR's weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse will talk about the smoke-filled rooms of one political party and the mud slinging of another. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it won't hear the appeal involving former governor and current radio talk show host John Rowland. It was a decision that didn't even surprise Rowland.</p><p>What stories are you catching up on during this snowstorm?</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 15751 at http://wnpr.org No Snow Day for The Wheelhouse The Wheelhouse Asks Why Anyone Would Want to Be Lieutenant Governor http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-asks-why-anyone-would-want-be-lieutenant-governor <p>The race for governor has been underway for months now. But the race for lieutenant governor is just heating up. Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker announced he was throwing his hat in the ring for the number two job. But why?<br /><br />Also, Connecticut's former Secretary of the State Miles Rapoport&nbsp;was just named the new president and CEO of Common Cause. He'll join us to talk about the work that lies ahead for him.<br /> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 15475 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Asks Why Anyone Would Want to Be Lieutenant Governor The Wheelhouse Kicks Off 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-kicks-2014 <p>With two major holidays falling on Wednesdays, it seems like forever since our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse has gotten together. Well, we’re back with a New Year’s edition - where we start looking ahead to the 2014 campaigns.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 15127 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Kicks Off 2014 What Was the Top Story of 2013? http://wnpr.org/post/what-was-top-story-2013 <p>What is your top story from 2013? We wrapped up the year on <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-puts-bow-2013">WNPR's news roundtable The Wheelhouse </a>by asking this question. The following are some of your picks for story of the year as well as some other notable events up to this point.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:53:05 +0000 Tucker Ives 14166 at http://wnpr.org What Was the Top Story of 2013? The Wheelhouse Puts a Bow on 2013 http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-puts-bow-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the last edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse for 2013. We're looking back at the year that was (and is) with our team of reporters and analysts.</span></p><p>We'll discuss the performance of the state legislature, which passed gun legislation after Sandy Hook, quietly approved Keno, and loosened campaign finance laws while former House Speaker Chris Donovan's campaign workers went on trial for corruption charges.</p><p>What will you remember about 2013?</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 14144 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Puts a Bow on 2013