Primary in August?
11:05 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Rise and Shine! Primary Morning in Connecticut

Chion Wolf

It’s primary day in Connecticut!  The last time Governor Malloy was on The Colin McEnroe Show, he said it doesn't make any sense to have hold primary day in August. Yeah, it’s a little hard to drum up much enthusiasm for a trip to the polls when its 87 degrees and sunny, the Cape is calling, or you are deep in the woods.  

But, at least the candidates have tried to keep things interesting - with high-stakes primary contests in a race for Senate and the 5th district seat.

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Where We Live
11:22 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Mark Greenberg: Islam Is "a Cult in Many Respects."

Mark Greenberg.
Chion Wolf WNPR

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."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:41 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Get To Know Your 2012 Fringe Candidates

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In the audio: Colin talks to three outsider candidates who impressed people. Also, Jill Sobule and the McLovins take a crack at our fringe candidate song. 

Early in this campaign cycle, I realized that I was far more entertained by and interested in some of the fringe candidates showing up at debates. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:57 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

The Nose: Obama Supports Gay Marriage, While Romney Accused Of Bullying

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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.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:05 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Politics, Burgers & Beer: May 3, 2012

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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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:16 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Election Doubleheader: What's It Like To Be A Republican In Connecticut?

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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.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:39 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Politics, Burgers & Beer: April 5, 2012

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In this partisan world, what are the chances of getting anything substantial out of Washington in the midst of a presidential race?

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:06 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Politics, Burgers & Beers: March 29, 2012

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What will be the key issues that decide the outcome of the next presidential election? How will money and super pacs affect the bottom line?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:03 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Election Double Header II: The 5th District As A Prism (Or Petri Dish) For State Politics

Chion Wolf

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.

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Where We Live
10:33 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Election Double Header: Voting In The 21st Century

Chion Wolf WNPR

We now take some things for granted about voting in Connecticut.

1.) It’s gonna happen on a Tuesday.

2.) You’re going to have to register in advance - then go to a polling place and hope you’re on the list.

3.) You’re going to “bubble in” your choice on a piece of paper - yes, “bubble in” is an idiom.

4.) Connecticut is going to be almost irrelevant to the national political discussion.

5.) In some towns, we’re gonna have a hard time conducting an election at all.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Election Double Header: Connecticut's Strange Political Machine

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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?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:53 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

The Nose: Live From New Haven With Emily Bazelon, Jack Hitt And Mark Oppenheimer

Chion Wolf

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.

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City Council
9:36 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Hartford's Segarra Sworn In, Wooden Chosen As Council President

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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. 

Segarra: I do.

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4:19 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Senate 2012: Bysiewicz Talks Politics, Policies

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.

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8:30 am
Mon November 14, 2011

East Haven Mayor Loses Election By 34 Votes

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.  

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Where We Live
10:06 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Bill Curry is Back

Chion Wolf

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.

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5:58 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Linda McMahon Announces Bid For U.S. Senate

Diane Orson

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"

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9:47 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Segarra Wins Democratic Nomination

Mayoral Race
1:38 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Ganim? Seriously? Maybe.

Cloe Poisson photo courtesy of The Hartford Courant

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.

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6:03 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Wooden Once Criticized Segarra, Now Supports Him

3:20 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Labor Leaders Respond

2:25 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Governor Malloy's Approval Rating Remains Low

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

The Nose: Weiner Won't Go Away, But Will Voters Forgive Him?

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9:56 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Bridgeport Mayor's Advisory Panel Releases Recommendations

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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.  

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