Connecticut legislature

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.

GUESTS:

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

Gov. Malloy: Expanded Gaming Up to Connecticut Legislature

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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

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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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Electricity Law
3:37 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

New Regulations Aim for More Transparency for Connecticut's Electric Consumers

Brian Cassidy Creative Commons

Consumer advocates say that new laws passed this year will help electric consumers dealing with higher-than-expected rates from so-called "third-party" electric providers. Many of these companies offer lower initial rates than the major utilities -- Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating -- but the rates can later spike, often without warning. 

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State Senate
10:27 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

For Some Political Incumbents, the Races Are Real

Democrats Shawn Wooden, Sen. Eric Coleman, and Len Walker at a candidate forum in Hartford Thursday night.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Good government advocates sometimes lament how easy it is for incumbent politicians return to office, often uncontested. That's not always the case, though. One long-time, Democratic state senator is facing two challengers from within his party. 

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18th District
8:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Stonington State Sen. Andrew Maynard in Serious Condition After Injury

On May 17, State Sen. Andrew Maynard, left, stood with Congressman Joe Courtney at the Charles W. Morgan, boarding the ship for its first voyage in nearly 100 years. Maynard secured state bonding for a signficant share of the ship's restoration.
Connecticut Senate Democrats

A state senator from Stonington is in serious condition at a Rhode Island hospital after falling from an outside staircase at his home. 

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For-Profit Hospitals
1:58 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

St. Mary's Hospital Opts for Tenet Healthcare Deal

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A fifth hospital in Connecticut has announced plans to give up its not-for-profit status, and join the for-profit Tenet Healthcare group.

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New Month, New Fiscal Year
10:20 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Laws Take Effect in Connecticut

Governor Dannel Malloy signed several bills into law on May 12, 2014.
Governor Dannel Malloy

Connecticut's revised state budget and a host of new laws take effect Tuesday after being passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Dannel Malloy.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Boughton Bails, Party Money, and Political Alliances

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse recaps the week's political news.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Where We Live host John Dankosky recently had lunch with Luis Suárez 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 threw his (lukewarm) support behind Tom Foley for the Republican nomination.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Juvenile Sentencing; Women in Politics; Guitarist Yovianna García

Madeline Sachs.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Each year, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center honors people whose writing advances social justice and inspires action. This year, the two winners of the Student Stowe Prize crafted essays on two issues that are very important in 2014.

Madeline Sachs, a high school student from Chicago, spoke on the inequity of juvenile sentencing standards, an issue that’s important as Connecticut lawmakers grapple with -- and still fail to implement -- a new law to come into compliance with a Supreme Court ruling on the issue. We hear some of her presentation and talk with a civil rights lawyer.

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Playing Ball
9:53 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Hartford State Senator Opposes New Rock Cats Stadium

A rendering of a proposed Rock Cats stadium in Hartford.
Credit City of Hartford

Earlier this week, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra called the plan to move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city a "done deal." 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The Present and Future of Gun Control In America

Sen. Chris Murphy
Chion Wolf WNPR

The latest mass shooting in California has left many questioning America’s gun control policies, and left a grieving father pleading for action from lawmakers -- not sympathy.

This hour, we look at the present and future of gun control in America. We also consider how to celebrate the 200th birthday of Samuel Colt, the man who revolutionized and popularized the gun.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Wheelhouse Drinks Chocolate Milk To Recover From Convention Hangover

Tom Foley and Dan Malloy are endorsed for a rematch of the close 2010 race.
Chion Wolf WNPR

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. Jonathan Pelto is a liberal critic of Malloy and he's considering a run for governor.

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Tasers
2:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Connecticut Could Be First In U.S. to Have a Law Tracking Taser Use

One of the Tasers made by Taser International.
Sarah Caufield Creative Commons

The use of Tasers by police has been controversial in communities nationwide after isolated deaths and reports of misuse. In Connecticut, lawmakers have approved a bill that would make it the first state in the country to require police to report how the weapons are being used.

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Cafeteria Staple
1:21 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Tweeting Over Spilled (Chocolate) Milk

Gov. Malloy wins over the elementary school student demographic.
Credit United States Department of Agriculture

Governor Dannel Malloy's office released a statement today with an eye-catching title:

STATEMENT FROM GOV. MALLOY'S COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR ANDREW DOBA ON CHOCOLATE MILK 

In case you missed it, a provision was put into a bill with "minor revisions" that would ban chocolate milk in schools.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

The Wheelhouse Puts On Convention Hats

Are you ready for election season?
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

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.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Free Speech in the Public Workplace; Employment Law; an Exit Interview with Teresa Younger

U.S. Supreme Court
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Sometimes the rulings of the narrowly-divided Supreme Court actually reflect the very divided views of the public and the delicate nature of the law.

But the 2006 decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos made a lot of people scratch their heads. In it, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that work-related statements made by public employees are not protected by the First Amendment.  

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Connecticut First
5:23 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Malloy Addresses General Assembly as Session Ends; Juvenile Sentencing Bill Dies Again

Addressing the House and Senate as the legislative ended, Gov. Dannels made. Malloy is running for a second term as governor.

Bill Would Address Lengthy Sentences for Juvenile Offenders

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The Session That Was
4:38 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Governor Malloy Reflects on the Session

Governor Dannel Malloy addresses reporters the day after the legislative session ends.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

With the state's legislative session now over, Governor Dannel Malloy met with reporters to discuss which bills were passed, and which weren't. Malloy told reporters that he got most of what he asked for in this short session. 

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