The Wheelhouse is back with a special New Year’s Eve edition of our weekly news roundtable. We’ll look back at the year from the rough and tumble race for governor, to the conviction of a former governor. What do you think was the biggest story of 2014?
Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse has finally had a chance to breath after last week’s election that leaves the next four years looking a lot like the last four years in Connecticut. Our panel of reporters and analysts will close the books on the 2014 election and preview what’s to come in Governor Malloy's second term in office.
Southeastern Connecticut saw some notable races in the state legislature, with one state senate seat changing hands, and another staying with the incumbent, despite the fact he's currently hospitalized.
Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 12:58 pm
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, won another four years in office, but the Republicans also recaptured the State Senate. That could lead to Washington-style gridlock on a number of issues that Cuomo pushed in the campaign.
Governor Dannel Malloy claimed victory in the race for governor early Wednesday morning, but only by a razor-thin margin. Without final results, the best call he could make was, "We're going to win this thing."
Republican challenger Tom Foley, reluctant to concede, gave a speech announcing that yeah, he probably lost. Also still unclear: results of the races for secretary of the state, comptroller, and treasurer.
Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 3:19 am
It appears Republican Charlie Baker will be the next governor of Massachusetts, beating Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley. Baker gave what was short of a victory speech in the early morning hours Wednesday.
Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 7:44 am
With a loss by Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Democratic incumbent fell in the 2014 midterms, setting off a chain of events that brought the Republicans a new Senate majority. The man who would lead them in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, coasted to a win in Kentucky.
McConnell was projected to defeat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by a 15-point margin, 56 percent to 41 percent, with almost a third of the vote tallied.
In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor lost to Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, a first-term member of Congress. Pryor has served in the Senate since 2003.
Democrat George Jepsen has been elected to a second four-year term as Connecticut's attorney general, beating a Republican who accused him of taking too many companies to court and fostering an anti-business atmosphere.
A Connecticut judge ordered two Hartford polling places to stay open a half hour late until 8:30 pm on Tuesday because of Election Day problems, which Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's campaign said deprived people of their right to vote.
Now that election day is finally here, we'd like to hear how things are going at the polls for you. This year's race, one of the nastiest in recent memory, is coming to an end -- and your vote counts. Did you vote yet? Did you get a sticker? Check below for reporting from WNPR and around Connecticut as election day marches on.
It's finally here. It is Election Day 2014! For the last year and a half, the field of candidates for governor has been whittled down to Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley (again). Petitioning candidates Jon Pelto and Joe Visconti have come and gone (kind of). And this year's race will go down as one of the nastiest in recent memory. But it's almost over.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy was among early-risers who faced delays voting at Hartford polls. A spokesman for the governor's campaign said Malloy voted at about 7:45 am, 35 minutes after he intended.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said her office is "more prepared than they ever have been" for election day.
At her annual press briefing before election day, Merrill said her office has learned a lot since the 2010 election, when Bridgeport officials didn't order enough ballots.
"We now have an emergency plan in every town for elections," Merrill said, "and that's something we didn't have four years ago. That's another result of the 2010 election. Every town has an emergency plan that tells you what to do if the electricity goes off, who's in charge, where's the copy room if you need to copy some ballots -- which is, by the way, protocol."