2014

2014 Election
2:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

In Connecticut, An Obama Campaign Replay

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy greets President Obama March 5 upon his arrival at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn., before the president traveled to the Hartford area to highlight the importance of raising the minimum wage.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:01 pm

Few places have embraced President Obama — and his policies — with as much gusto as Connecticut.

The state recently became the first to raise the minimum wage to Obama's preferred rate of $10.10 an hour. The state also toughened already strict gun laws following the Newtown school shooting, something the president was unable to persuade Congress to do.

Connecticut's health insurance exchange has been running so smoothly that Maryland decided last month to dump its troubled system and borrow Connecticut's software.

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Election 2014
8:33 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ted Kennedy, Jr. Announces Bid for Connecticut State Senate

Ted Kennedy, Jr. with his family at the Blackstone Library in Branford.
Lori Mack WNPR

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.  

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Election 2014
11:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Malloy Says He's Running Again

Gov. Malloy, just before his announcement.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has announced he intends to seek reelection in 2014. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

The Wheelhouse Talks FOI, Peter Lanza, and Daylight Saving Time

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse brings you news from the capitol and across the state.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

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.

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Foley Leads GOP, Ties Malloy
7:50 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Q Poll Shows Dead Heat in Race for Connecticut Governor

Tom Foley, left, and Dannel Malloy.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy has consistently dodged questions about whether he'll run for re-election in 2014. According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, if he does run, he'll have a race on his hands.

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Where We Live
7:39 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The State of The Wheelhouse

Bill Curry
Chion Wolf WNPR

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama gave a speech that did what it was supposed to: uplift his supporters and enrage his opponents. On WNPR's weekly news roundtable, our panel of analysts and reporters react to the State of the Union address both nationally and here in Connecticut. 

Also, Republican candidate for governor Mark Boughton 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.

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Gubernatorial Race
2:24 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Boughton to Run With Former Groton Mayor Somers

Mark Boughton and Heather Somers announce they're running as a ticket.
Credit Harriet Jones / WNPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton has announced his running mate, former Groton mayor Heather Somers.

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Where We Live
7:17 am
Wed January 22, 2014

No Snow Day for The Wheelhouse

The Wheelhouse airs on Wednesdays, rain, snow or shine.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

If this snowstorm means a snow day, catch up on all the week's political news you may have missed. 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.

What stories are you catching up on during this snowstorm?

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Connecticut First
9:34 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Malloy Makes a New Cabinet Appointment; Boughton Announces Gubernatorial Run

Jonathan Slifka.
Credit WNPR/CPTV

Governor Dannel Malloy announced an appointment Wednesday to a newly-created cabinet level position within his administration advocating on behalf of the state’s disability community.

Jonathan Slifka will be responsible for increasing outreach on behalf of the governor and executive branch agencies to people with disabilities, in order to provide policy and practical recommendations for advocacy and employment programs.

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Where We Live
7:35 am
Wed January 8, 2014

The Wheelhouse Kicks Off 2014

Not even a polar vortex can stop The Wheelhouse in 2014.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

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.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Recapping 2013 With Gov. Dannel Malloy

Governor Dannel Malloy on "Where We Live."
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy stops by our studios for an end-of-the-year check-in. We talk about this year’s legislation, and what did and didn't get done in 2013. We'll also look ahead to what will certainly be a busy 2014 as Republican challengers already step forward.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Wheelhouse Puts a Bow on 2013

Bill Curry, Christine Stuart, Colin McEnroe, and Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean (clockwise from top left)
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

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.

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.

What will you remember about 2013?

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Where We Live
2:44 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Wheelhouse Gears Up for 2014

Screenshot from Tom Foley's ad in New York City.

Now that the 2013 general election is behind us, all eyes are on the 2014 races. Connecticut is gearing up for a heated race in the Republican primary and general election. Governor Dannel Malloy has not yet formally announced his candidacy for re-election but that hasn't stopped his Republican opponents from attacking his record.

On The Wheelhouse, we talk about the 2014 race both here in Connecticut and in Illinois, where Bridgeport, Connecticut Superintendent Paul Vallas is Governor Pat Quinn's running mate. We also check-in with Connecticut's Filipino community. Their home country was utterly devastated by last week's typhoon.

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New Jersey Special Election
7:07 am
Thu October 17, 2013

In Special Election, Cory Booker Wins N.J. Senate Seat

Newark Mayor Cory Booker greets a supporter after casting his vote in a special U.S. Senate election on Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 6:58 am

The Associated Press projects that Newark Mayor Cory Booker will win a special election for the New Jersey Senate seat left vacant after the death of Frank Lautenberg.

With 55 percent of the precincts counted, Booker, a Democrat, has a commanding 11-point lead over Steven Lonegan.

Booker will succeed Gov. Chris Christie's interim appointee, Republican Jeff Chiesa, and will have to run again in 2014 for a full six-year term.

The AP adds:

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Election 2014
7:17 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Driver Involved in 1981 Car Incident With Foley Says It Was "No Accident"

Republican Tom Foley
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The Hartford Courant's Jon Lender has unveiled documents obtained by the paper about prospective gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley's 1981 traffic incident that landed him in a police cell for a night. The charges were dropped.

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Storified Radio
5:02 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Statewide Reaction To Tom Foley's Appearance on "Where We Live"

Tom Foley on WNPR's "Where We Live."
Chion Wolf WNPR

He's not a declared candidate for governor and the election is still more than a year away, but you wouldn't know that based on Tom Foley's recent media appearances. Today, Foley appeared on WNPR's Where We Live and continued to level allegations of improper behavior against Governor Dannel Malloy.

Politicians, reporters and voters reacted to Foley's remarks.

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Where We Live
2:51 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Tom Foley: Swinging Out of the Gate

Tom Foley returns to WNPR's studios for Where We Live.
Chion Wolf WNPR

In this hour of Where We Live, we follow up with Tom Foley, who announced last week that he was exploring another run for governor. He joins us in studio to talk about his decision to possibly run against Governor Dannel Malloy again, and about some recent comments he made about ethics at the state Capitol.

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7:08 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Foley: "I didn't ask for hard evidence."

Lead in text: 
Every day there's a new bit of drama surrounding likely GOP candidate for governor Tom Foley. In an interview with Mark Pazniokas of The Connecticut Mirror, Foley backtracks on allegations of impropriety he leveled at Governor Malloy. Paz and Dennis House of WFSB join Where We Live in The Wheelhouse for more on this story today at 9am.
Republican Tom Foley conceded Tuesday he has no idea what evidence, if any, supports his suspicion that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy accepted money as a candidate from the man he later appointed commissioner of environmental protection, Daniel C. Esty. "It's possible it's not true," Foley said. "I believe it's true."
Race for Governor
2:12 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Foley Accuses Malloy of "Improper Behavior"

Tom Foley announces he is exploring a run for governor in 2014.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Republican Tom Foley is exploring a run for governor and he's already on the offensive against Governor Dannel Malloy.

When he announced on Tuesday that he was exploring a run for governor, Foley accused Malloy of improperly giving state business to friends who did him favors. He declined to give any examples.

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Race for Governor
10:53 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Voter Fraud Or No Voter Fraud In 2010?

Tom Foley concedes the 2010 election for governor.
Credit WNPR

When he conceded the gubernatorial election in 2010, Republican Tom Foley said there was "no credible evidence" of voter fraud

Now, Foley says he's exploring a run in 2014.  And, looking back, the Republican says that while there was no evidence of fraud in 2010, he's convinced the system is full of it.  Fraud, that is.  Without it, he says he would have won. 

That got a rise of out Malloy's former advisor, Roy Occhiogrosso, on Twitter.

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Race for Governor
4:30 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Foley Exploring Run For Governor, Suggests Malloy Is Corrupt

Tom Foley explores a run for governor.
Credit Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Republican Tom Foley is exploring a run for governor.  He's also exploring ways to take shots at Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.

One way he's doing that is by suggesting that Malloy is corrupt -- that he, among other things, gave state business to friends who did favors for him.

But when pressed later by Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror to get specific, Foley wouldn't.

Welcome to the 2014 gubernatorial election.

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Where We Live
1:38 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The Wheelhouse: Fiscal Flaming Bag of Doodie Edition

WNPR's Colin McEnroe
Chion Wolf

 

Listen to the full show.

Today, on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse we have an all-star panel to pull apart the threads of our conversation yesterday with Governor Dannel Malloy about the 2014 race for governor, the state budget, and more.

We also talk about a big change coming at the top for NPR.

On Monday, NPR President Gary Knell announced he was leaving the news organization for the National Geographic Society.

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Wait, The Royal Birth Wasn't The Only News Of The Week?

Thomas Good, Wikimedia Commons; SROPhotos, Flickr Creative Commons

Are you ready for the 2014 gubernatorial election? I don't think we are, but we waded into it anyway after Senate Minority Leader John McKinney announced his bid for the governor's mansion.

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9:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

State Senator John McKinney Will Run for Governor

Lead in text: 
John McKinney is the Senate Republican leader, and is the first to announce formally in the race.
Fairfield - John P. McKinney entered the 2014 race for governor Tuesday as a moderate Republican who hopes to reach beyond Connecticut's limited GOP base and as a convert to the public financing of campaigns. "I am doing the public financing, because it is the right direction for the campaign," said McKinney, who voted against the law creating public financing in 2005.