government http://wnpr.org en Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning http://wnpr.org/post/health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-resigning Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.<p>If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.<p>Republicans <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/26/240839038/loyal-soldier-sebelius-vows-to-stay-put-fix-healthcare-gov">openly called for Sebelius' resignation</a>, but she vowed Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 19961 at http://wnpr.org Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning Venezuelan Protests; Cyber Terrorism http://wnpr.org/post/venezuelan-protests-cyber-terrorism <p>Speaking before the U.S. Senate last week, Republican Senator Marco Rubio continued to push for sanctions against Venezuela, where violent protests over inflation, criminal violence, and food shortages have claimed 39 lives since January.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:05:14 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 19360 at http://wnpr.org Venezuelan Protests; Cyber Terrorism Say Goodbye To The Taxpayer-Funded Political Convention http://wnpr.org/post/say-goodbye-taxpayer-funded-political-convention Ever since the Watergate era, taxpayers have been able to check a box on their federal tax returns and designate a little bit of their tax payment to help finance the presidential campaigns and wean politicians away from big donors.<p>The public financing program has had its ups and downs. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Peter Overby 19042 at http://wnpr.org Bill Aims to Strike Obsolete Regulations http://wnpr.org/post/bill-aims-strike-obsolete-regulations <p>Governor Dannel Malloy <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&amp;bill_num=5049&amp;which_year=2014&amp;SUBMIT1.x=0&amp;SUBMIT1.y=0&amp;SUBMIT1=Normal" target="_blank">has submitted a bill</a> that would eliminate about a thousand pages of regulation that's currently on the state's books.&nbsp;</p><p>The regulations dealt with in the bill are pretty obscure. Malloy's office has dubbed them obsolete, duplicative or excessively burdensome.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:39:32 +0000 Harriet Jones 18999 at http://wnpr.org Bill Aims to Strike Obsolete Regulations The Scramble: Intelligence Gathering, the History of Missing Airplanes, and the Book of Mormon http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-intelligence-gathering-history-missing-airplanes-and-book-mormon <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:31:44 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18925 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Intelligence Gathering, the History of Missing Airplanes, and the Book of Mormon Effects of Potential Connecticut Tribal Recognitions in Debate http://wnpr.org/post/effects-potential-connecticut-tribal-recognitions-debate <p>Federal authorities are considering changes to tribal recognition procedures and it could have a unique impact on Connecticut. But it's unclear exactly what rights any newly recognized tribes would have.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:44:34 +0000 Harriet Jones 18619 at http://wnpr.org Effects of Potential Connecticut Tribal Recognitions in Debate Papers Fight Proposals to Alter Publication of Legal Notices http://wnpr.org/post/papers-fight-proposals-alter-publication-legal-notices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As newspaper advertising revenue continues its slump across the country, publishers are trying to hold on to one line of stable cash: the printed legal notice. In Connecticut, municipal leaders are pushing for a change in state law that would allow them to save money and cut back on those notices. And newspapers are pushing back.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:08:06 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18456 at http://wnpr.org Papers Fight Proposals to Alter Publication of Legal Notices State Authorities Besieged With Complaints About Power Suppliers http://wnpr.org/post/state-authorities-besieged-complaints-about-power-suppliers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: medium"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="3">If you buy power from <a href="http://www.energizect.com//compare-energy-suppliers">an independent supplier</a>, rather than the state's two regulated utilities, the Connecticut Light and Power Company and United Illuminating, you could be paying a lot more for your power, rather than saving money.</font></font></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:32:14 +0000 Alan Yu 18434 at http://wnpr.org State Authorities Besieged With Complaints About Power Suppliers Crimean Parliament Passes 'Declaration Of Independence' http://wnpr.org/post/crimean-parliament-passes-declaration-independence "Crimea's regional legislature on Tuesday adopted a 'declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,' " <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ukraine-seeks-national-guard-call-reserves" target="_blank">The Associated Press reports</a>. "The document specified that Crimea will become an independent state if its residents vote on Sunday in favor of joining Russia."<p>That's just one of several developments Tuesday as the crisis in Ukraine continues. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18216 at http://wnpr.org Crimean Parliament Passes 'Declaration Of Independence' Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences http://wnpr.org/post/holder-speaks-out-snowden-drone-policy-softening-sentences Virtually any time a major event ripples across Washington, the Justice Department is positioned near the center of it.<p>From the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner that carried three Americans on board to the fate of voting rights for millions of people, the attorney general has an enormous portfolio. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 18200 at http://wnpr.org Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences Independent Electric Suppliers Hit Back at Critics http://wnpr.org/post/independent-electric-suppliers-hit-back-critics <p>Connecticut's independent electric suppliers have come in for some stiff criticism this winter, after it was revealed that some were charging customers astronomical rates for power. But the suppliers themselves&nbsp;claim there's another side to the story.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:49:54 +0000 Harriet Jones 18163 at http://wnpr.org Independent Electric Suppliers Hit Back at Critics Edward Snowden Tells SXSW He'd Leak Those Secrets Again http://wnpr.org/post/live-edward-snowden-speaks-sxsw <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=Two-Way+%22Edward+Snowden%22" target="_blank">Edward Snowden</a>, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked large amounts of classified information about the agency's electronic surveillance programs, spoke via video to a sympathetic audience at South By Southwest Interactive on Monday.<p>Snowden, who is wanted for prosecution in the U.S., was in Russia, where he's been given temporary asylum. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:39:04 +0000 Mark Memmott 18155 at http://wnpr.org Libertarians Move In To Make A Small N.H. Town Even Smaller http://wnpr.org/post/libertarians-move-make-small-nh-town-even-smaller Maureen O'Reilly beams with pride as she shows a visitor around Grafton, N.H., a town so small it doesn't even have a traffic light.<p>"Have a look at this," O'Reilly says, pointing to a postcard view of hilly rural New England. "How beautiful is this? It's really pretty in the fall, really, really pretty."<p>But behind the beautiful view, locals are dividing into opposing camps. About 50 Libertarians have moved into Grafton from around the country, splitting the town over their push to shrink its government.<p>Grafton has an annual meeting called Deliberative Session. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Jack Rodolico 18110 at http://wnpr.org Libertarians Move In To Make A Small N.H. Town Even Smaller Russian Lawmakers Welcome Separatist Steps By Crimea http://wnpr.org/post/russian-lawmakers-welcome-separatist-steps-crimea One day after President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/06/286847526/obama-condemns-russian-intervention-in-ukraine" target="_blank">condemned steps taken by Crimea's parliament</a> to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, Russian lawmakers are welcoming such a move by Crimean separatists.<p>"Russia's parliament gave its defiant support Friday to Crimean lawmakers who want to see their region split from Ukraine and join Russia," <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/07/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/" target="_blank">CNN reports from Moscow</a>.<p>A delegation fr Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18034 at http://wnpr.org Russian Lawmakers Welcome Separatist Steps By Crimea 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 13:32:31 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17799 at http://wnpr.org How is Connecticut's Fiscal Health? Kerry Will Travel To Kiev Amid Escalating Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-warns-russia-two-sides-brink-disaster <strong>This post was updated at 8:00 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Secretary of State John Kerry, who has described Moscow's military intervention in the Crimea an "incredible act of aggression," will travel to Ukraine's capital on Tuesday to meet with the country's embattled government.<p>U.S. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 17770 at http://wnpr.org Kerry Will Travel To Kiev Amid Escalating Crisis Russia's Parliament Approves Putin's Call For Troops In Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/russias-parliament-approves-putins-call-troops-ukraine <strong>This post was updated at 4:50 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Russia's parliament has unanimously approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to authorize the intervention of Moscow's forces in Ukraine until "the normalization of the political situation" there. In response, Ukraine put its own forces on alert and warned that a Russian invasion would spark war between the two countries.<strong> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:42:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 17748 at http://wnpr.org Russia's Parliament Approves Putin's Call For Troops In Ukraine Concern for the Safety of Venezuelan Opposition Leader With Ties to Yale http://wnpr.org/post/concern-safety-venezuelan-opposition-leader-ties-yale <p>After recent anti-government protests in Venezuela, Amnesty International has<a href="http://worldfellows.yale.edu/opposition-leader-risk" target="_blank"> issued an urgent call for action on behalf of an opposition leader with ties to Yale University</a>.&nbsp;An arrest order has been issued for Carlos Vecchio.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:18:09 +0000 Diane Orson 17652 at http://wnpr.org Concern for the Safety of Venezuelan Opposition Leader With Ties to Yale Senate President Don Williams Retiring This Year http://wnpr.org/post/senate-president-don-williams-retiring-year <p>Ten years after being elected President Pro Tempore of the Connecticut State Senate, Don Williams announced he will not seek re-election this fall. The Brooklyn Democrat has served in the state senate since 1993.</p><p>Williams is the longest-serving president of Connecticut's Senate chamber and took the job during the political shuffle following Governor John Rowland's resignation.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:32:53 +0000 Tucker Ives 17592 at http://wnpr.org Senate President Don Williams Retiring This Year 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 At Least 15 Killed, Dozens Injured As Venezuelan Protests Swell http://wnpr.org/post/least-15-killed-dozens-injured-venezuelan-protests-swell Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>Huge protests have engulfed Venezuela for several weeks now. The protests started with students and expanded to the middle class. Venezuelans angered by an economy in freefall, high inflation, and soaring rates of crime. At least 15 people have been killed and about 150 injured during the demonstrations.<p>I'm joined now by Josh Goodman. He's the Associated Press bureau chief in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 editor 17547 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine's Yanukovych On Run From Mass Murder Charge http://wnpr.org/post/ukraines-yanukovych-run-mass-murder-charge Viktor Yanukovych, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/22/281083380/unkrainian-protesters-uneasy-president-reportedly-leaves-kiev" target="_blank">ousted Saturday</a> from his post as president of Ukraine, is now wanted by authorities in his country on charges of mass murder, the acting interior minister says.<p>Authorities want Yanukovych and some of his aides to be tried for the deaths of scores of protesters in Kiev last week, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/arsen.avakov.1?fref=ts" target="_blank">acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov writes on his Facebook page</a>.<p>Fi Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17443 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine's Yanukovych On Run From Mass Murder Charge Ukrainian President Voted Out; Opposition Leader Freed http://wnpr.org/post/ukrainian-president-voted-out-opposition-leader-freed <strong>This post was updated at 3:10 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Ukraine's parliament has voted to push President Viktor Yanukovych out of office hours after he fled the capital and denounced events in the country as "a coup d'etat" in a television interview.<p>The legislature also voted to release Yanukovych's jailed arch-rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:50:00 +0000 editor 17371 at http://wnpr.org Ukrainian President Voted Out; Opposition Leader Freed Once-Obscure State Job Is Now Attracting Millions Of Campaign Dollars http://wnpr.org/post/once-obscure-state-job-now-attracting-millions-campaign-dollars Iowa was one of the few states that saw voter turnout increase in 2012. Brad Anderson is proud of the role he played in encouraging turnout there as state director of President Obama's campaign.<p>Now he's running for secretary of state, which would put him in charge of overseeing elections.<p>"I have a plan to make Iowa No. 1 in voter turnout," Anderson says.<p>The fact that a former Obama operative wants to run elections makes some people nervous. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:30:00 +0000 editor 17325 at http://wnpr.org Once-Obscure State Job Is Now Attracting Millions Of Campaign Dollars Breakthrough? Ukrainian President, Opposition Leaders Reach Deal http://wnpr.org/post/breakthrough-ukrainian-president-announces-concessions <h6>We're updating this post as the day continues.</h6><p>In what could be a major move toward ending the violence in the streets of his capital, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the anti-government opposition reached agreement Friday on a deal to hold new elections, form a unity government and restore a constitution drafted in 2004.<p>Some details have yet to be spelled out. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17313 at http://wnpr.org Breakthrough? Ukrainian President, Opposition Leaders Reach Deal Is the Era of Keno in Connecticut Over? http://wnpr.org/post/era-keno-connecticut-over <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Keno in Connecticut may be over before it begins.</span></p><p>Less than a year after a Keno bill passed the legislature in the eleventh hour, and was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy, legislative leaders are making a push for its repeal, citing an improving economy.</p><p>Democratic Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey&nbsp;announced his support for a repeal during remarks to the Connecticut Council of Small Towns.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:17:37 +0000 Tucker Ives 17221 at http://wnpr.org Is the Era of Keno in Connecticut Over? 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 Negotiations In Ukraine Under Close Scrutiny After Bloodshed http://wnpr.org/post/negotiations-ukraine-under-close-scrutiny-after-bloodshed <h6><em>This post was updated at 10:15 p.m. ET</em></h6><p>The U.S. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17188 at http://wnpr.org Negotiations In Ukraine Under Close Scrutiny After Bloodshed Anti-Government Protests In Ukraine Turn Deadly http://wnpr.org/post/anti-government-protests-ukraine-turn-deadly This post was updated at 8:52 p.m. ET<p>Riot police stormed the main anti-government camp in central Kiev, the capital of <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/126978660/ukraine" target="_blank">Ukraine</a>, on Tuesday. They fought with demonstrators armed with clubs and wearing helmets fought back. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:12:00 +0000 editor 17155 at http://wnpr.org Anti-Government Protests In Ukraine Turn Deadly 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