Connecticut legislature

Captured On Camera
1:58 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

State Rep. Brandon McGee: Death Threats Received After Parking in Handicapped Space

A photo of State Rep. Brandon McGee's BMW parked illegally that circulated Facebook over the weekend.
Kevin Brookman wethepeoplehartford.blogspot.com

An anonymous camera phone-wielding watchdog set off a Facebook firestorm against State Rep. Brandon McGee after a photo of his car parked illegally in a handicap spot circulated online. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

The Wheelhouse Looks for a Parking Spot

If you don't have a handicap permit, don't park here!
Credit Mr. Nygren / Creative Commons

There is a simple formula for restoring respect for democracy and other American institutions: just study everything that happens in Bridgeport and do the opposite.

On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, Colin McEnroe guest-hosts with check-ins on Bridgeport, New London County, and Hartford. 

The capital city is part of a different formula: study how Hartford runs elections and do the opposite. Also, don't park in a handicap spot, especially if you're a lawmaker using your official state plates.

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Legislative Session
4:08 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Ted Kennedy, Jr. Hopes to Rely on Bipartisanship and Science as Environment Committee Chair

Ted Kennedy, Jr., pictured on election day, is head of the state senate's environment committee.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

A member of the Kennedy family will now be heading up the state's environment committee. In the upcoming legislative session, Ted Kennedy, Jr., a newly-elected Senator from Branford, said he'll be tackling everything from pesticide use to pollution in Long Island Sound.

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State Legislature
11:47 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Connecticut Black and Latino Caucus Names Leadership

Norwalk State Rep. Bruce Morris.
Connecticut House Democrats

Norwalk State Rep. Bruce Morris will be leading the General Assembly's Black and Latino Caucus in the new session. 

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Hospital Consolidation
4:39 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

State Senate Leaders Raise Hopes for Tenet Deal

The Connecticut State Capitol.
Credit Mamata.mulay / Wikimedia Commons

Leaders in the state senate say there may be hope of reviving the Tenet Healthcare deal to buy five Connecticut hospitals.

The Texas-based hospital company pulled out of the partnerships after the state’s Office of Healthcare Access specified unacceptable conditions for a deal involving Waterbury Hospital. 

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State of the State
5:07 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Transportation Takes Center Stage in Second Term For Gov. Malloy

Gov. Malloy delivers a brief inauguration address at the state armory earlier on Wednesday. He later delivered a state of the state address.
Jessica Hill The Associated Press

Governor Dannel Malloy has confirmed that investment in transportation infrastructure will be the signature issue of his second term. 

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General Assembly
4:05 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Gov. Malloy Takes the Oath of Office, and Other Inauguration Day Events

Gov. Malloy takes the oath of office on Wednesday.
Jessica Hill The Associated Press

Democrat Governor Dannel Malloy took the oath of office for a second term on Wednesday, which also marked the opening day of this year's General Assembly session. 

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Connecticut Legislature
1:52 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

State Sen. Andrew Maynard Receives Standing Ovation as Senate Opens

The Connecticut State Capitol.
David Wilson Creative Commons

Wednesday marked the opening day of the 2015 General Assembly session. The State Senate began its legislative session with State Sen. Andrew Maynard in attendance. 

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Where We Live
10:45 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Wheelhouse: Inauguration Edition

Brian Dowling, Hartford Courant
Chion Wolf

It’s inauguration day in Connecticut! And it’s also Wednesday...and that means The Wheelhouse, our weekly news roundtable. How convenient is that?

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

The Wheelhouse Remembers The Groundhog Year of 2014

Another year is in the books. What's a story you'll remember from this year?
Fireworks by Grucci

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?

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Veterans
9:25 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Study of Connecticut Veterans' Home Finds a Need for Change

A view of a portion of the Connecticut Veterans' Home in Rocky Hill.
Credit State of Connecticut

The Connecticut Veterans' Home in Rocky Hill includes a nursing home and a domiciliary that gives shelter and food to many veterans who were formerly homeless. A recent study of the facility points to a need for dramatic improvements. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Meet the New Leaders of Connecticut’s Senate

Incoming Senate President Martin Looney and Minority Leader Len Fasano.
Official photos

Next month, the state legislature will convene with a lot of familiar names in new top jobs. We sit down with the two new Senate leaders, President Martin Looney and Minority Leader Len Fasano. What are their priorities for the next session? You can join the conversation with your questions and suggestions for the new Senate leadership.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Administration Shakeups, New Haven News, Return of Chris Donovan

Dannel Malloy takes his first gubernatorial oath of office.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses the new look of the Malloy administration as the governor heads into his second term. Meanwhile, former Speaker of the House Chris Donovan finds a new line of work with a state teachers' union. We also check in on the Elm City, where New Haven's police chief is making headlines for a confrontation at the Yale Bowl.

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Connecticut Legislature
7:43 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

State Sen. Looney: Confident in State Sen. Maynard's Return

State Sen. Martin Looney appears on WFSB.
Credit WFSB

Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said he’s visited with his injured colleague Andrew Maynard, and he’s confident he’ll be able to return to his position.

But speaking on WFSB’s "Face the State," Looney couldn’t confirm when that might happen.

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Business of Health Care
12:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Small, Independent Connecticut Hospitals Want Legislative Help

The Griffin Hospital emergency department.
Credit Turner Construction

A group of small, independent hospitals in Connecticut said the increasing cost of providing health care coupled with lower reimbursement rates from insurance providers and the government is making it harder for them to survive, and they’re seeking help from state lawmakers.

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Public Health
1:06 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Connecticut Legislative Hearing Focuses on Ebola Response

State Rep. Susan Johnson, center, co-chairs the state legislature's Public Health Committee. Pictured is a discussion of hospitals and health care discussion last month.
Connecticut House Democrats

Connecticut lawmakers held a hearing on Monday to learn more about the state's protocols for handling any future Ebola cases. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Wheelhouse: After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision, What's Next?

Memorial to Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
Jamelle Bouie Creative Commons

As the nation tries to better understand the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse will discuss what comes next. With widespread calls for change in the judicial system, how does that happen?

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Bond Commission
12:35 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

State Bond Commission Approves $5 Million for New Sandy Hook Elementary

A rendering of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Svigals & Partners

The state bond commission has approved a $5 million grant for the new Sandy Hook Elementary school. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Budget Blues, Young Republicans, and Remembering Judge Downey

The Wheelhouse takes a bird's-eye view of the week's news.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse brings together some of the best and brightest reporters to break down the week's news. As expected, the state budget faces a serious deficit and the Connecticut Mirror's Keith Phaneuf will explain what that means for taxpayers. Also, the Democrats will retain control of the legislature, but there are some intriguing young Republicans to watch - including a 20-year-old legislator! We will also remember Connecticut Judge John T. Downey, who died this week after an extraordinary life.

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Connecticut Business Briefs
9:20 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Gov. Malloy: Expanded Gaming Up to Connecticut Legislature

hareshd5000 Creative Commons

Governor Dannel Malloy said he’s not among those who are calling for expanded gaming in Connecticut to counter new competition from Massachusetts. The governor told reporters that the decision whether to allow more gambling facilities is a legislative matter, and he won’t be playing a lead role.

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State Senate Dilemma
2:39 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Kevin Rennie, Rob Simmons at Odds Over State Sen. Andrew Maynard's Benefits

Columnist Kevin Rennie in a WNPR file photo.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Republican columnist Kevin Rennie took issue with one of his own in his latest Hartford Courant column, scolding former Congressman Rob Simmons for suggesting that the injured Andrew Maynard be awarded a pension and health benefits should he be incapable of serving the term to which he’s just been elected.

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Early Voting Measure
4:54 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Connecticut Voters Reject Ballot Measure to Change Election Laws

Denise Merrill, Connecticut's Secretary of the State, brought up the ballot initiative in 2012 Gov. Malloy's support.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Connecticut voters rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would have opened the door to more early voting options. 

The question on Tuesday's ballot would have given state officials new authority to pursue changes to election laws like having multiple voting days and expanded use of absentee ballots.

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Connecticut Legislature
2:29 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Mixed Fortunes for Democrats in State Senate

Polling in Essex on Tuesday.
Credit Mara Lavitt / WNPR

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. 

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State Senate
10:48 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Ted Kennedy Jr. Wins Seat in Connecticut Senate

Ted Kennedy, Jr. outside the Madison Senior Center on Tuesday.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

Ted Kennedy Jr. has won his first political race and a seat in the Connecticut state Senate. 

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Election 2014
12:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State Sen. Maynard's Family Gives Update on His Condition

Credit Connecticut State Democrats / Creative Commons

Connecticut Democrats have faced pressure for more transparency on State Senator Andrew Maynard's condition as election day approaches. His family released a statement on Tuesday regarding his recovery, clarifying that he is still going to be on the November ballot as an incumbent.

Maynard suffered an injury in July. There was some speculation that he might not stand for re-election in his southeastern Connecticut district. 

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Domestic Violence
8:28 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Gov. Malloy Calls for Removal of Firearms When Restraining Orders Issued

Governor Dannel Malloy speaking at a campaign event in Meriden.
Credit CT-N

Advocates for victims of domestic violence are applauding Governor Dannel Malloy's call for the immediate removal of firearms at the time a judge issues a temporary restraining order.

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Connecticut Legislature
1:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Family Outlines Extent of State Sen. Maynard's Recovery

State Sen. Andrew Maynard in March, as he called for a ban on the use of genetically engineered grass seeds in Connecticut.
Connecticut State Democrats Creative Commons

State Senator Andrew Maynard "suffered a serious trauma to the brain" in the fall he suffered at his home in July, according to a new statement released by his family.

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State Legislature
7:51 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Connecticut Democrats Under Pressure as State Senator's Condition Remains Uncertain

Senator Andrew Maynard
Credit CT Senate Democrats

Pressure is growing on Senate Democrats to release more information about the future of Senator Andrew Maynard. Maynard was seriously injured in a fall two months ago, and questions remain about his ability to stand for election in November.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

How Well Is Connecticut Caring for Its Child Mental Health Patients?

David Fulmer Creative Commons

As the school year gets underway, the number of child psychiatric visits generally increases. But children are facing long wait times in emergency rooms around the state, especially for those coming in with mental health emergencies. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Getting Frank About Political Mail

A collection of mail sent out by state lawmakers to Connecticut residents recently.
Credit Tucker Ives / WNPR

You’ve probably received a “legislative report” from your elected representatives. These mailers tout their accomplishments and some criticize political opponents. But they’re not paid for with campaign money. This “constituent outreach” is paid for with public dollars. We’ll look at the history of this practice called “franking” at the state and federal level.

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