2014

Election 2014
1:47 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Odalisques and the Connecticut Gubernatorial Candidates' Plans for Arts and Culture

"Odalisque in red trousers," a 1921 painting by Henri Matisse. Odalisque is the name of Tom Foley's yacht, a word meaning female slave or a concubine in a harem, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
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The arts haven't had a whole lot of exposure on the campaign trail, but during a televised forum on WTNH on Sunday, the two Connecticut gubernatorial candidates traded barbs over Turkish concubines and the old masters. 

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Election 2014
1:42 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Quinnipiac Poll: Malloy Up By Three Points

Tom Foley, left, and Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows that Governor Dannel Malloy has a three-point lead over Republican challenger Tom Foley.

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Election 2014
12:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Malloy, Foley Say No More Taxes; Visconti Says Not Possible

As in many campaigns, tax increases have been called off by both major candidates.
Credit Chris Potter / Creative Commons

Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley have repeatedly said they will not raise taxes. After dropping out of the race as a petitioning candidate, Joe Visconti said it just can't happen.

"I don't know how we can cut enough, even if the legislature agreed with it, and mothball enough programs for us not to have some form of a tax increase unless we grow completely out of it in a miracle situation," Visconti told WNPR.

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Election 2014
10:14 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Education a Telling Microcosm of the Connecticut Gubernatorial Race

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Tuesday is Election Day, and Connecticut’s gubernatorial battle is down to the wire, with the two major candidates locked in a dead heat.

The race between incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger, businessman Tom Foley, has been fierce and negative. They’ve attacked each other’s views on the economy, taxes, jobs, and more. The third candidate in the race, Joe Visconti, has now thrown his support behind Foley.

But education may prove to be the most telling microcosm of the 2014 election.

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Election 2014
8:58 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Joe Visconti Drops Out of Connecticut Governor's Race; Backs Tom Foley

Joe Visconti in a WNPR file photo.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Just three days before the election, petitioning candidate Joe Visconti has dropped out of the race for governor. 

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Election 2014
7:31 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Obama's Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democratic Races

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday. Malloy is in a tough re-election battle with Republican Tom Foley. The president spent the weekend trying to energize the Democratic base to get out and vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 7:59 pm

It's crunch time for campaign workers across the country. With the midterm elections just one day away, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to turn out every possible vote.

President Obama spent the weekend rallying supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year. But whether he wants to or not, Obama is playing an outsized role in shaping the political landscape.

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Election 2014
5:22 am
Sun November 2, 2014

5 Things To Know About The 2014 Midterm Election

Voters participate in early voting this past June at the Oklahoma County Elections Board in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:49 pm

In case you haven't been following this year's election that much (don't worry, we're not judging you), we've rounded up a list of big ideas in play in the 2014 midterms.

Turnout: In a nutshell, it's likely to be lower than in 2012. The Pew Research Center says voter turnout in the midterms has been lower than in presidential election years as far back as the 1840s.

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Election 2014
4:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

State Democrats Use "Social Pressure" to Get Out the Vote

A political mailer from state Democrats.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

Kiernan Majerus-Collins is a Democrat from West Hartford. He's gotten two mailers from state Democrats and one from an outside organization, and they want him to know that they're watching his voting habits. 

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First Lady
11:46 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Supporters Turn Out to Greet Michelle Obama Stumping for Gov. Malloy in New Haven

Rachel Vereen-Bellamy waits for Michelle Obama.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

A recent poll shows Governor Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, doing better among women than men. And he’s doing just fine with Rachel Vereen-Bellamy, who came to the gym at the Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven to see him. If we’re being honest, she really came to see Michelle Obama. 

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Voting
1:40 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ballot in Rhode Island Town Features 40 Questions

Voters in Rhode Island will have to budget in some extra time to vote on all 40 questions.
Credit Christopher Penn / Creative Commons

Voting in one Rhode Island town next Tuesday won't be quick. The Providence Journal reports that voters in Barrington will confront 40 ballot questions proposing changes in how government operates.

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Election 2014
11:32 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Denise Nappier and Tim Herbst Face Off in Contentious Debate

As the broadcast ended, Denise Nappier and Tim Herbst continued to debate.
NBC Connecticut screenshot

Treasurer Denise Nappier met her Republican challenger on Wednesday night for their first and only debate before the November 4 election.

Nappier and Tim Herbst spent most of the 25 minutes attacking each other in the West Hartford studios of NBC Connecticut.

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Election 2014
3:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Gov. Patrick Points To Economic Growth In Western Mass.

Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA) at the Western Mass. Business Expo in Springfield

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:59 pm

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick highlighted his administration’s success over the last eight years in job growth and economic development during an address to a business group in Springfield today.  The speech at a breakfast sponsored by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield comes as voters are less than a week away from picking his successor.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:56 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Third-Party Candidates Get a Say

Mayor Ernest Eldridge is a candidate for State Representative in the 49th District of Windham and Willimantic. He’s running on The Bottom Line Party
Chion Wolf

According to the latest Q-poll, a lot of Connecticut voters don’t like any of the candidates running in the upcoming gubernatorial election. But, they don’t have much choice in that race or any of the other state races that generally have 2 candidates -- maybe three if we’re lucky -- on the menu.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Wheelhouse: It's Almost Over!

Just six days before this can be you!
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We're almost there. Today, it’s the final edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse before next Tuesday’s election. We’ll check-in on the final dash to the finish line, from big-name campaign visitors (two Obamas and a Christie), to a state-wide bus tour for Tom Foley. Our panel of reporters and observers will fill you in on what you need to know in the last six days of the campaign. If you love political commercials, then you have six more days to soak them all in.

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Election 2014
7:29 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Tom Foley Fears Push Towards State Health Insurance; Nancy Wyman Says He's Wrong

Tom Foley.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy has made implementing the Affordable Care Act a priority, something not all governors across the nation have done. With the election just a few days away, we spoke with Republican Tom Foley to get his view on the nation's new health care law. 

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Election 2014
6:53 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Malloy, Foley Remain Tied in New Quinnipiac Poll

Six days before Election Day, the new Quinnipiac Poll shows the race is in a dead heat for Tom Foley, left, and Gov. Dannel Malloy, right.
Chion Wolf WNPR

The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows the race for governor in Connecticut remains deadlocked. The poll released Wednesday shows Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican Tom Foley tied with 43 percent each of likely voters surveyed. That's little changed from a poll released October 22.

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Climate Change
1:20 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

How Should Connecticut's Candidates Talk About Climate Change?

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With the gubernatorial election one week away, lots of issues are on the minds of voters: the economy and jobs, taxes, gun policy, and education -- but what about climate change? 

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Election 2014
8:29 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Gov. Christie Stumps for Tom Foley Once Again

Gov. Chris Christie at The Spot in Groton.
Harriet Jones WNPR

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey was back on the stump in Connecticut on Monday, rallying the troops for Republican candidate Tom Foley. But he also faced a few questions about an Ebola controversy in his own state. 

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Election 2014
1:12 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Pensions, Liability at Center of Connecticut Treasurer's Race

Denise Nappier and Tim Herbst are both campaigning for the position of Connecticut state treasurer.

Pension funds valued at $29 billion and even greater unfunded liabilities are giving Treasurer Denise Nappier and Republican challenger Tim Herbst plenty to fight about. 

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Future of Gaming
12:41 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Campaigning Heats Up on Massachusetts Casino Ballot Question

A rendering of the proposed MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
mgmspringfield.com

Massachusetts voters will get to decide a question on the ballot next week that’s of great interest to Connecticut. Opponents of the state’s law allowing casino gambling have placed a question that asks voters if they want to repeal the measure. 

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Election 2014
9:27 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Where Baker, Coakley Stand On Health Care

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, before a televised debate Tuesday in Boston (Barry Chin/Boston Globe/Pool/AP)

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:08 am

It’s nearly half the state budget, almost 20 percent of the state’s economy and a perennial top concern for voters. The issue is health care, and so far, neither Democrat Martha Coakley nor Republican Charlie Baker has taken the lead on this topic with voters in the gubernatorial race.

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Election 2014
9:26 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Cianci: Providence Students Must Be Better Served

Independent candidate Buddy Cianci rolled out his plans for Providence's public schools this week

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:59 am

Independent mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci released his plan for Providence Public Schools this week.

Noting that Providence students score well below average on standardized state tests, the former mayor, and twice convicted felon, focused on the need to provide quality education to all of the city’s children.

If voters re-elect him, Cianci said he would  give principals more autonomy, echoing a move already afoot in the district towards a policy known as “site-based management.” He proposed giving each school a

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Election 2014
7:54 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rob Simmons Supports Friend Maynard, Despite Party Differences and Injury Doubts

The lone lawn sign outside Rob Simmons' Stonington home is for Democrat Andrew Maynard
Harriet Jones WNPR

Senate Democrats have controversially kept the injured Andrew Maynard on the ballot for next week’s election, despite serious questions about his ability to do the job. Now they’re receiving support from an unexpected source. 

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Election 2014
8:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Gov. Malloy and Joe Visconti Debate Without Tom Foley

Gov. Dannel Malloy and challenger Joe Visconti debate at the studios of NBC Connecticut.
Credit Screenshot / NBC Connecticut

The penultimate televised debate before the gubernatorial election was marked by the absence of one of the main contenders. Republican Tom Foley chose not to attend the debate, although hosts NBC Connecticut said the invitation remained open right up until the debate began.

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Election 2014
1:13 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How Far Apart, Really, Are Connecticut's Candidates for Governor on Economic Issues?

Governor Dannel Malloy breaks ground on Jackson Lab's new Farmington facility.
Jackson Labs

The two major candidates for Connecticut governor have clashed repeatedly in their debates over economic policy and jobs. But how far apart are they really in how they would tackle the pocketbook issues? Maybe not so far.

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Election 2014
12:44 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Tom Foley Won't Join Final Primetime Connecticut Gubernatorial Debate

Joe Visconti, left, and Dannel Malloy debate in New London. Tom Foley was there, but will not attend the debate Thursday.
Credit Tim Cook / The Day

Governor Dannel Malloy and petitioning candidate Joe Visconti will meet Thursday night at 7:00 pm for a live forum hosted by NBC Connecticut. Republican nominee Tom Foley is the only candidate who will not be on stage.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Candidates Attempt to Win Hearts and Minds

Joe Visconti, Dan Malloy, and Tom Foley debate in New London last week.
Tim Cook The Day

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley may not be trying to make people like them, but they're trying to make the other guy look worse. Now, that Connecticut has the "least positive" race in the nation and the candidates remain in a dead heat in the polls. Malloy told WNPR earlier in the week that he isn't the most lovable guy. Meanwhile, reporters keep asking for Foley's state tax returns and he keeps refusing to hand them over.

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Higher Education
11:59 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rally Calls on Yale to Allow Graduate Assistants to Unionize

Sarah Eidelson Yale Unions

Governor Dannel Malloy joined more than 1,000 union workers, local and state officials on the streets of New Haven at Yale University on Tuesday. The support of labor and the city of New Haven are seen as critical for Malloy in the upcoming election.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Where We Vote 2014: Tom Foley

Tom Foley joined us for the final installment of our Where We Vote series.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse is postponed a day as Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley stops by for his final appearance on Where We Live in the 2014 campaign. We’ll catch up with him about the race, his plans, and the issues facing Connecticut.

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