2014 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 Where We Vote 2014: Jonathan Pelto http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-jonathan-pelto <p>Former state legislator Jonathan Pelto has been a vocal critic of Governor Dannel Malloy since day one. His frustration with the current administration may push him to run for governor as a liberal third-party candidate. Pelto joins us in-studio to talk about why he’s considering a challenge from the left.</p><p>What questions do you have for Pelto? Would you support his candidacy?</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 22121 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Jonathan Pelto Jonathan Pelto to Set Up Exploratory Committee For Governor's Race http://wnpr.org/post/jonathan-pelto-set-exploratory-committee-governors-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former state legislator Jonathan </span>Pelto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been criticizing Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy for years. Recently he said he'd consider shaking up this year's race for Connecticut governor by running from the left.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 12:47:22 +0000 Heather Brandon 22161 at http://wnpr.org Jonathan Pelto to Set Up Exploratory Committee For Governor's Race 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