The Wheelhouse http://wnpr.org en 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 12:21:52 +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 Awaits a Presidential Visit http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-awaits-presidential-visit <p>President Barack Obama visits Connecticut on Wednesday, and&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> host John Dankosky is in Washington! Colin McEnroe is guest-hosting a conversation on the presidential push for a minimum wage increase, and the new Quinnipiac University poll on Connecticut's gubernatorial race.</p><p>Why do you think Obama is visiting Connecticut, when the state already has a minimum wage higher than the national rate? Have you already made up your mind about who you're supporting for governor this year?</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:03:48 +0000 Tucker Ives, Colin McEnroe, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17913 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Awaits a Presidential Visit 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 12:50:22 +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 23:10:13 +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 14:08:33 +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 12:39:37 +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 12:17:03 +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 12:55:45 +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 12:35:38 +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 Corruption, Concessions, and Campaign Contributions http://wnpr.org/post/corruption-concessions-and-campaign-contributions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state court threw out the convictions on corruption charges that would have sent former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez to prison; Connecticut withdrew its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving state unions and former Governor John Rowland; state Democrats are raking in campaign contributions from Northeast Utility executives; and former state officials reflect on meeting Nelson Mandela.</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:05:47 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 13766 at http://wnpr.org Corruption, Concessions, and Campaign Contributions Sen. Chris Murphy Steps in The Wheelhouse http://wnpr.org/post/sen-chris-murphy-steps-wheelhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Chris Murphy just got back from Europe, talking to allies about U.S. spying abroad and counter-terrorism efforts. He’s also been outspoken about the role of the media in covering the </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rollout. In fact, he’s got so much to talk about, we’re bringing him into our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Join us for a free-wheeling conversation and ask your questions of Senator Murphy.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 13331 at http://wnpr.org Sen. Chris Murphy Steps in The Wheelhouse The Newtown Report: Privacy, Public Information and Mental Health Policy http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-report-privacy-public-information-and-mental-health-policy <p>This week, <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/newtown-report-released">the long-awaited report</a> was released on last year’s shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. On our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse, we discuss the report and <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/judge-orders-release-newtown-911-tapes">other evidence that may soon be released to the public.</a> Also on the day the report came out, we had yet another campus scare, this time at Yale University.</p><p><strong>Note:</strong> During the show, Colin mentioned this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/two-gunshots/" target="_blank">New York Times story about a death in St. Augustine, FL</a>. That story presents what we see as a compelling reason for the public release of crime scene documents and 911 calls. This story was also the subject of a <a href="http://www.cpbn.org/program/frontline-program-page/episode/frontline-death-st-augustine" target="_blank">PBS Frontline documentary</a>, which you can <a href="http://video.cptv.org/video/2365128108/" target="_blank">watch here via CPTV</a>. - jd</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:19 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 13044 at http://wnpr.org The Newtown Report: Privacy, Public Information and Mental Health Policy Political Scandals, MA Foxwoods Vote, and Obamacare Delay http://wnpr.org/post/political-scandals-ma-foxwoods-vote-and-obamacare-delay <p>Another chapter in the political scandal that derailed former House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign has come to a close as one of the key figures in the case was sentenced earlier this week. Our weekly political news roundtable The Wheelhouse will discuss this and what the Obamacare delay means for Connecticut. And will Foxwoods get a casino in Massachusetts?</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:25:55 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 12690 at http://wnpr.org Political Scandals, MA Foxwoods Vote, and Obamacare Delay The Wheelhouse Analyzes the Election Results http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-analyzes-election-results <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a municipal election year, and voters throughout the state hit the polls to vote for their town officials and usually they hit those polls in pretty small numbers. Our weekly news roundtable </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wheelhouse</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discusses the results from around the state plus a casino referendum in Massachusetts. How'd you vote? And how busy were the polls?</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:37:45 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 10751 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Analyzes the Election Results The Wheelhouse: FOI, Fundraising, and the New Archbishop http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-foi-fundraising-and-new-archbishop <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse has a lot on the table, including a Hartford scandal that has turned into yet another dispute over freedom of information. Also, there were hearings earlier this week on the Metro-North outages. So who's to blame, and who's going to pay? We'll also check in with someone who writes about Catholicism. When the new Archbishop in Hartford was announced, he said it was "not a happy day" in the city.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:01:10 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 10388 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: FOI, Fundraising, and the New Archbishop The Wheelhouse Takes On the Elm City http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-takes-elm-city <p>We hit the road and took The Wheelhouse to New Haven. We’re joined by local reporters and news watchers to weigh in on this week's news, including analysis of the latest New Haven mayoral debate, the conviction of two East Haven police officers, sexual assault complaints at UConn, and the question: could New Haven make some of their roads run in both directions?</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:31:53 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 9966 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Takes On the Elm City The Day Before the Debt Ceiling Deadline http://wnpr.org/post/day-debt-ceiling-deadline <div>This shutdown is getting old. Federal workers aren&rsquo;t getting paid, and that means lots of people right here in Connecticut are affected directly - and a lot more are having problems, too.</div><div> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:50:54 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Betsy Kaplan 9627 at http://wnpr.org The Day Before the Debt Ceiling Deadline How Much Longer Will the Shutdown Last? http://wnpr.org/post/how-much-longer-will-shutdown-last <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesdays are usually reserved for our weekly news roundtable&nbsp;The Wheelhouse. Just like last week, the big story is the federal government shutdown. From outside Washington, it doesn&#39;t look like Congress and President Obama is any closer to reaching a deal. We&nbsp;talk with political observers about the shutdown and what needs to be done (or will be done) to resolve this.</span></p><p>Who do you think needs to budge to reach a deal? House Republicans? Or President Obama and Senate Democrats?</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:10:53 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 8365 at http://wnpr.org How Much Longer Will the Shutdown Last? The Wheelhouse Won't Shut Down http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-wont-shut-down <p>The federal government shutdown does not (directly) affect our weekly news roundtable&nbsp;The Wheelhouse. But it sure does give us something to talk about tomorrow. We&#39;ll be joined by&nbsp;Wheelhouse regulars to talk about this shutdown -- or, as Rep. David Schweikert called it on NPR&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Morning Edition</em>, a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/01/228074814/house-gop-didnt-blink-focused-on-defunding-obamacare">&quot;government slowdown.&quot;</a></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:47:56 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 5913 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Won't Shut Down The Wheelhouse Goes Downtown http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-goes-downtown <p>We took our weekly political roundtable, <em>The Wheelhouse&nbsp;</em>on the road!&nbsp;We broadcast from a vacant storefront on Trumbull Street in downtown Hartford as part of the city’s iConnect project. The conversation started off with Mayor Pedro&nbsp;Segarra and reporters from the <em>Hartford Courant</em> and <em>Hartford Business Journal</em> joined in with their own questions for the mayor.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:19:43 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 5468 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Goes Downtown The Messy World of Politics http://wnpr.org/post/messy-world-politics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The race for governor is already heating up, more than a year before the 2014 election. Who’s providing the heat? It’s Republican Tom Foley, who’s kicking off his campaign for Governor Malloy’s job </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/foley-accuses-malloy-improper-behavior" style="line-height: 1.5;">by throwing out some accusations</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and getting some accusations thrown </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">his</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> way. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:42:13 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 5070 at http://wnpr.org The Messy World of Politics Twists and Turns of Syria http://wnpr.org/post/twists-and-turns-syria <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been an amazing few days in the life of the Syrian crisis.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday morning, we heard </span>Bashar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>al-Assad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>address<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> his country’s chemical weapons in an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_hhpGSZi84" target="_blank">interview</a> with Charlie Rose.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We don't discuss this issue in public because we never said that we have it," said Assad. "And we never said that we don't have it.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a Syrian issue. It's a military issue. We never discussed it in public with anyone."&nbsp;</span></p><p>Last night, during a speech to the nation, President Barack Obama laid out his case for military intervention in Syria:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"If we fail to act," he said, "the </span>Assad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them."</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:09:09 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 3782 at http://wnpr.org Twists and Turns of Syria