elections

Haiti
11:55 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Haiti's Prime Minister To Step Down

Anti-government protesters carry the body of a demonstrator who was shot to death during clashes with the National Police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe says he will step down in response to protesters' demands.
Dieu Nalio Chery AP

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:11 pm

Haiti's Prime Minster Laurent Lamothe has bowed to pressure from anti-government protesters pushing for long-delayed elections and calling for his ouster, saying he will step down.

"I am leaving the post of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment," Lamothe announced in Port-au-Prince, the capital of the impoverished Caribbean nation.

The prime minister said he leaves office after accomplishing the "remarkable work" of the government.

"We put this country on a dynamic of deep and real change for the benefit of the population," he said.

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China
6:42 am
Thu December 11, 2014

In Hong Kong, Police Clear Final 'Occupy' Protest Site

Hong Kong police arrest lawmaker and pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-Hung during a sit-in Thursday as police clear the main protest site in the Admiralty district.
Alex Ogle AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:02 am

After months of acts of civil disobedience that at some points paralyzed Hong Kong, police cleared the final encampment of what's come to be known as the Umbrella Revolution.

Demonstrators had gathered on the streets of Hong Kong for two months. The protest site at Admiralty was, symbolically, the most important because it was closest to the government offices. In the end, it was also the last one standing.

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China
6:49 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Officials Set To Dismantle Final 'Occupy' Camp In Hong Kong

Pro-democracy activists tents are seen Tuesday on the road outside Hong Kong's Government Complex.
Chris McGrath Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 12:24 pm

After two-months' worth of pro-democracy demonstrations that at times paralyzed Hong Kong, authorities are warning that they will clear protesters from a campsite blocking a main road near government headquarters on Thursday.

The Admiralty protest site is the last bastion of a protest movement that has come to be known as the Umbrella Revolution.

Reuters reports:

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

The Wheelhouse Has Election Withdrawal

Governor Dannel Malloy celebrates, and Republican challenger Tom Foley on Election Night last Tuesday.
Chion Wolf/Mara Lavitt WNPR

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.

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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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Voting Problems
4:02 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Hartford Voter Registrars Under Fire

The Hartford Registrars of Voters office in City Hall.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Following a disastrous day in which voters across the city of Hartford were turned away from the early morning polls, there's a lot of talk about how to avoid this kind of mess in the future. 

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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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Close Race
1:46 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Tom Foley Concedes in Connecticut Governor's Race

Tom Foley admits that he probably lost, but did not concede, at the Hyatt in Greenwich. With him at left is his wife Leslie Fahrenkopf Foley, at right his running mate Heather Somers.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

Republican Tom Foley conceded the Connecticut governor's race on Wednesday afternoon to incumbent Governor Dannel Malloy.

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Massachusetts Results
12:10 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Baker Elected Massachusetts Governor In Tight Race

Voters elected Republican Charlie Baker to be the next governor of Massachusetts.

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 12:13 pm

Republican Charlie Baker will be the next governor of Massachusetts. He beat Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley. It was a close race down to the end.

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New York Results
11:41 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Cuomo Faces Potential Gridlock With State Senate Over Next Four Years

The once and future governors celebrate Andrew Cuomo's victory.

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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:12 am
Wed November 5, 2014

What's Next for Republicans?

Senator Mitch McConnell
Credit Donkey Hotey / Creative Commons

There are so many plots and subplots emanating from yesterday.

Republicans had a good night around the country. They extended their control in the U.S. House of Representatives and took control of the U.S. Senate. It was one of the worst blows dealt to a mid-term administration since World War II,  putting President Obama in the company of Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1994.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Who's the Next Governor of Connecticut?

If you haven't done so already, now you can throw out all those political mailers you probably received.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

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. 

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Massachusetts Results
8:04 am
Wed November 5, 2014

How Massachusetts Statewide Races And Ballot Questions Went On Election Day

Charlie Baker

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.

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Massachusetts Casinos
7:44 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Massachusetts Voters Clear Path for Springfield Resort Casino

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno , speaks to supporters gathered at the Basketball Hall of Fame on November 4, 2014.
Mark M. Murray The Springfield Republican

Massachusetts ballot Question 3, which would have repealed the state’s casino law, was soundly defeated by voters Tuesday.

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Election 2014
3:02 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Gov. Dannel Malloy Says He'll Likely Win Connecticut Governor's Seat

Gov. Dannel Malloy announces a "likely" victory at his campaign headquarters in Hartford.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy hasn’t officially won re-election, but he told supporters in Hartford early on Wednesday morning that, when all of the votes are counted, he’ll be on top. 

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Congress
1:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Fight For The Senate: Republicans Take Control, Adding 7 Seats

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell arrives at his midterm election night rally with his wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, in Louisville. McConnell, who won re-election, stands to become the next Senate majority leader.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

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.

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Election Day 2014
10:42 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election 2014 Live From Real Art Ways

The Funky Dawgz from UConn perform at Real Art Ways.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Polls are closed across Connecticut. Results were estimated to take a little while as many races were tight.

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Second Congressional District
10:37 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney Sails to Re-election

Rep. Joe Courtney.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney has won re-election to another term in Congress representing eastern Connecticut. 

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Attorney General
9:45 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

George Jepsen Re-elected Connecticut Attorney General

George Jepsen in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

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. 

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Third Congressional District
9:13 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro Wins 13th Term in Congress

Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
Credit Creative Commons

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has easily won a 13th term representing a heavily Democratic swath of southern Connecticut. 

DeLauro defeated Republican James Brown, a high school teacher from Stratford. 

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Election 2014
8:46 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Ponder Questions Over Sen. Maynard

Madeline Lewis and Katie Gross campaign Tuesday for Sen. Andrew Maynard.
Harriet Jones WNPR

Voters in Southeastern Connecticut faced a difficult dilemma in the state senate race, where the injured Andrew Maynard remained on the ballot.

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Voting Problems
7:51 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Denise Merrill: "The Vote Should Go On" in Connecticut

Denise Merrill in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Secretary of State Denise Merrill said she will be filing a complaint on Tuesday evening due to what she called "gross dereliction of duties" by Hartford registrars. 

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Election Day 2014
6:45 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Two Hartford Polling Places to Stay Open Until 8:30 pm

Gov. Dannel Malloy's lawyer, Bill Bloss, outside court on Tuesday.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

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. 

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Election Day 2014
6:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Sounding Off On Massachusetts’ Casino Ballot Question

A voter arrives at Springfield's Forest Park Library on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
Greg Saulmon Springfield Republican

With the latest polls showing more voters favor supporting Massachusetts’ casino law than repealing it, New England Public Radio asked people in downtown Springfield how they will vote. 

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Election Day 2014
4:53 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Ted Kennedy, Jr. Makes His First Bid For Political Office

State Senate Democratic candidate Ted Kennedy Jr., left, visited the Madison Senior Center, one of the town's polling places with his brother Patrick, a former member of Congress from Rhode Island.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, is making his first bid for political office in Connecticut. But the campaign has not been without some controversy.

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Election Day 2014
4:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Did You Vote Today in Connecticut?

Essex Town Hall was the sole site for voting in a town that includes three villages: Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

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.

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Student Work
3:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Talk in Hartford's Bushnell Park About Their Concerns This Election Season

Justin Williams of Hamden said he thinks job creation is important in Connecticut.
CPBN

CPBN's Media Lab students stopped by Hartford's Bushnell Park last week to ask voters which issues matter most to them this election season.

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Election Day 2014
1:43 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

President Obama on Colin McEnroe Show: "Don't Be Discouraged, Hartford"

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Democrats are working hard to get out the vote across the country, and that now includes a call-in from President Barack Obama to WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show

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Election Day 2014
12:56 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Connecticut Polls Busy, Some Problems Reported

Signage outside The Orchard House in Branford.
Lori Mack WNPR

Connecticut officials say polling places are busy and some problems have been reported as voters chose candidates for governor, Congress, the state legislature, and other offices. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:50 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Is Social Studies to Blame for Voter Apathy?

Walter Woodward is a professor of History at the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Historian
Chion Wolf

Ever since 1778 when Thomas Jefferson, revising the laws of Virginia, wrote something called a Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, there's been an ongoing debate about how to make sure people know what they need to know to participate fully as citizens of this democracy.

As is so often the case with Jefferson, his ideas and words seem visionary and eternal until you poke around in them a little bit and then it gets more complicated especially vis-a-vis who he thought was really fit to lead the American people.

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