Republican 5th congressional district candidate Mark Greenberg questioned whether Islam is a religion of peace.
"I don't believe in all manner, that Islam is a religion of peace and we have to be careful about that," said Greenberg on WNPR's Where We Live. "We got to be honest about it. We have to be able to be real about the fact that some people in that religion are out to kill us."
Maybe we all live in the United States of Cranbrook.
By that, I mean that we're all faced with choices, all the time, about how much we're going to stand up for the people getting the short end of the stick - whether they're poor, of color, gay or elderly.
If that's true, then last week's hero was, for me, Joe Biden.
Join Rich Hanley and Faith for a fresh edition of Politics, Burgers and Beer. We'll look at why this promises to be the most expensive presidential race in history, and whether the issues that matter most to voters will be discussed as much as they should.
It's Primary Day in Connecticut. So everybody's excited about ... actually ... nobody is excited. Connecticut Republicans do seem energized by last night's Ann Romney speech at the party's Prescott Bush Dinner, and we're using the second half of today's political doubleheader to look at the state of the party and the party in the state.
Baseball season puts us in mind of those great baseball names -- Van Lingle Mungo, Prince Fielder, Napoleon Lajoie, Nestor Chylack, Rabbit Maranville and Lancelot Phelps.
Actually ... Lancelot Phelps wasn't a baseball player. He was the first person elected to Congress from Connecticut's Fifth District. And since that time, the frequently redistricted Fifth has elected Connecticut's only African-American member of Congress - Gary Franks - and a fellow named John Rowland.
Connecticut is a strange political state. We’ve been home to (and given comfort to) mavericks and outsiders of all kinds (long before John McCain and Sarah Palin changed the way we think of mavericks). Jerry Brown was our idea of a Democratic presidential candidate in 1992. And Joe Lieberman has somehow gently landed his career on the tarmac after being reviled by both major parties.
Are there rules and mores that apply here that don’t apply elsewhere? Is our reputation for valuing party-jumping mavericks really deserved? And is it evaporating here in 2012?
We're in New Haven today, borrowing the Faith Middleton studio to do the Nose with a stellar Elm City lineup of Emily Bazelon from Slate, Jack Hitt, often heard on This American Life, and Mark Oppenheimer, who is pretty much everywhere.
The topics, however, are not all that different. The Republican nomination drama seems to fuel our conversation every week. They are the new Kardashians, and if it seems like it's dragging on a long time, well not really.
Pedro Segarra was sworn in as the Hartford's mayor yesterday, beginning his first elected term in office. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, a fight over control of the city council dragged on until the bitter end. Segarra was already Hartford's mayor. He took over in the summer of 2010, after the criminal conviction and resignation of former Mayor Eddie Perez. On Tuesday, Segarra took the oath of office in a packed city hall atrium. This time, it's for an office he won. State Attorney General George Jepsen gave the oath.
A day after a leading national Democrat endorsed her opponent, Susan Bysiewicz says she's happy to play the role of the Washington outsider in her run for U-S Senate. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Bysiewicz held a conference call to talk about her policy priorities and some political strategy.
The two-term mayor of East Haven was defeated by the town’s former longtime mayor in a vote recount this weekend. Democrat April Capone lost her seat to Republican Joe Maturo, Jr. by 34 votes.
April Capone and Joe Maturo are familiar rivals. Capone beat the five-term Maturo by a 25-count margin in 2007. This time the roles were reversed, and Maturo beat Capone 4,025 to 3,991 in Saturday’s recount.
In 2008, it was hope and change. Barack Obama promised not just a new kind of president...but a new kind of politics.
But it seems that political transformation will have to wait. Despite his attempts at bi-partisanship, Republicans have repeatedly rebuffed President Obama in his attempts to pass domestic legislation - including his jobs bill. Now, Washington’s more gridlocked than ever.
Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon announced today she’ll run again for the U-S Senate in 2012. McMahon stressed her business background at the top of the professional wrestling world.
Linda McMahon declared her candidacy for US Senate at a small family-run manufacturing company in Southington, CT. "Ladies and gentlemen, I am a proven job creator and today I’m announcing that I’m a candidate for United States Senate"
Former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim has not announced whether he’ll jump into the mayoral race this year, but a poll finds that if he does, it could change the landscape of the election.
Joe Ganim was released from prison one year ago after serving six years for a massive municipal corruption scandal. The former Bridgeport mayor was convicted on 16 counts, including steering city contracts in return for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.
The Bridgeport Mayor's Election Advisory Panel released a report today (Thursday) detailing dozens of recommendations to change how Connecticut runs its elections. The proposal is meant to restore trust in the system after Bridgeport's infamous failure to order enough ballots during last November's elections.
One recommendation allows Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to recommend how many ballots a town should order. And, after review, it could allow her to force the town to order enough ballots for all of the town's registered voters.