Politics

Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

The Wheelhouse: It's Not Just Ferguson

Protests in Ferguson, MO after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
Credit Lovesofbread / Wikimedia Commons

With all eyes on Ferguson, MO, many people are also taking a step back to look at their own communities. What many of us see is a problem not restricted to Ferguson. Earlier this week, we had a conversation about urban policing and the militarization of police forces. 

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Rhode Island
10:24 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Public, Private Unions Form Coalition to Back Taveras for Governor

Paul Reed (center) with Taveras last year.

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 4:29 pm

A new coalition of public and private unions, banding together under the name Working Families for Angel, on Monday announced their support for Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign.

Working Families for Angel says it plans to communicate with more than 16,000 union households through door-knocking, electronic communications and other means.

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Election 2014
10:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Joe Visconti Looks for Traction in Connecticut Governor's Race

Joe Visconti.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Republican Joe Visconti, a petitioning candidate for Connecticut governor, said he's an insider with the ability to get traction this season, and that he has enough signatures to get onto the November ballot.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Where We Vote 2014: Joe Visconti

Joe Visconti
Credit Chion Wolf

We continue our Where We Vote series with third party candidate for governor, Joe Visconti. He’s confident that he collected enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot - and many of those signatures came from a key demographic for him: gun owners. We’ll be joined in-studio by Visconti to talk about his candidacy and where he stands on the issues.

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Election 2014
8:01 am
Tue August 19, 2014

One in Five Republicans Voted in Connecticut Primary

Only 21 percent of registered Republicans voted in last week's primary.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said that just one in five registered Republicans voted in the party's recent primary that nominated Tom Foley for governor.

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Education
12:14 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Connecticut Education Commissioner Will Step Down

Stefan Pryor in a file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy's office announced on Monday that Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor will not serve a second term. "I have decided to conclude my tenure by the end of this Administration's term," Pryor said in a statement.

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Election 2014
9:42 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Mass. Governor Hopefuls Launch TV Barrage, Despite Audience Dip

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 8:32 am

If you’ve turned on the TV recently, you might have noticed it’s that season again — campaign season.

Ratings show fewer folks are watching traditional television these days, but super PACs and Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates are still investing thousands of dollars in TV ads.

Perhaps that’s because, if you’re running for the corner office and you’re not on TV, political analysts suggest there’s a risk you won’t be a seen as a serious, viable candidate.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri: A Case Study in Urban Policing

A police officer in Ferguson, MO.
Loavesofbread Creative Commons

The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sent hundreds of angry protesters into the streets of Ferguson, Missouri last week. There, chaos erupted as police and demonstrators clashed amid smoke bombs and stun grenades. 

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Playing Ball
4:41 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

New Britain Says Rock Cats Could Face Eviction

Credit Doug Kerr / Creative Commons

The New Britain Rock Cats want to move to Hartford, and that deal is still in the works. For now, their home is in New Britain, and they're on the road to eviction. 

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WAMC News
2:46 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

City Councilor Warns Crime Battle Is Being Lost

Springfield City Councilor Tim Rooke

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:26 pm

In a city where public safety consistently ranks as the top issue in public opinion polls, a veteran Springfield city councilor caused a buzz this week when he suggested people had become complacent about violence.

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New Hampshire
11:57 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Analysts Say Scott Brown Must Galvanize GOP Base In N.H. Senate Race

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks after getting the endorsement from former New Hampshire governors, Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, not seen, in May. (Jim Cole/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 10:50 am

For some, he is Mr. Charisma — smooth on the campaign hustings. But former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire hasn’t exactly been the smoothest of rides.

A series of uncharacteristic missteps have hampered Brown. They started before he jumped into the race this spring, making him appear unfocused. Bumbles like this in December, when he was asked what New Hampshire Republicans were telling him about running.

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White House
2:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Obama Urges Healing, Peace In Ferguson, Mo.

President Obama speaks to reporters Thursday about the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 7:35 pm

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET:

President Obama is calling the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where violence has broken out in the aftermath of a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, "heartbreaking and tragic."

Speaking in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard where he is vacationing, Obama said he received a briefing this morning from Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Middle East
8:46 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gaza Quiet After Israel, Hamas Reach Cease-Fire Extension

Part of a tunnel exposed by the Israeli military is seen on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border on Thursday, as a five-day extension of a cease-fire deal goes into effect.
Amir Cohen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 9:27 am

So far, a five-day extension to a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding, NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Jerusalem.

She says, "There were a few tense hours before the ... extension was announced — rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel, and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes. But it's been quiet since, as both sides prepare to return to Egyptian-brokered negotiations aimed at creating a long-term truce."

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Primary-Palooza 2014

Turnout for the 2014 primary is expected to be low.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Maybe "Primary-Palooza" is an exaggeration, since voter turnout is abysmal, at best, in some towns. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse recaps the results of votes cast. 

Were you one of the few, the proud, the voters? Did you join the masses of non-voters? We'd love to hear your Primary Day stories on The Wheelhouse.

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Iraq
7:41 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Iraq Update: France Will Arm Kurds; More Refugees Leave Mountain

Iraqi children from the Yazidi community wave to Kurdish peshmerga forces near Dohuk, the Kurdish region of autonomous Kurdistan in Iraq. The children fled with their families from their hometown, which was attacked by Sunni militants from the Islamic State.
Ahmad Al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 7:50 pm

Citing the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, France says it will deliver weapons to Kurds fighting the extremists of the Islamic State. The news comes as thousands of Yazidi refugees have escaped their plight on Mount Sinjar, crossing into a Kurdish-controlled portion of Syria.

Here are the developments we're seeing today out of Iraq:

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Wooden Loses
11:46 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

With a Baseball Stadium in Play, Coleman Wins Senate Primary

Sen. Eric Coleman (D) celebrating his primary victory Tuesday night.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR News

Democratic state Sen. Eric Coleman won the Tuesday primary for his seat despite a spirited challenge.  And the question of whether to build a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford figured prominently the race.

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Election 2014
9:46 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Tom Foley Wins GOP Nod for Connecticut Governor

Tom Foley in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

Connecticut Republicans have given Greenwich businessman Tom Foley a second chance to run against Governor Dannel Malloy. The former U.S. ambassador to Ireland defeated state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney by over ten percentage points Tuesday night.

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Election 2014
12:54 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Plainfield Democratic Candidate's Husband Is a White Supremacist

Attorney Anna Zubkova and her husband, Robert Freeman.
Credit Facebook

A Democratic primary race for a probate judge seat in Plainfield is getting national attention after it was revealed that the husband of one of the candidates is a white supremacist.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

John Dean: "Master Manipulator" of Watergate?

Former White House counsel John Dean (center), on-stage with WNPR's John Dankosky and the Hartford Courant's Kevin Rennie. We're listening back to this conversation about Watergate, hosted by the Hartford County Bar Association.
Credit Tucker Ives / WNPR

As the country looks back on the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, we’ll revisit a conversation with former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean. He was credited with cooperating with investigators, and linking President Nixon to the Watergate scandal. He was also called, by the FBI, the “master manipulator of the cover up.”

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Election 2014
6:20 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Connecticut Legislative Races Show "Real Action" on Primary Day

Shawn Wooden, Sen. Eric Coleman, and Len Walker at a recent debate.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

Tuesday is primary day across the state. All eyes will be on the Republican race for governor between businessman Tom Foley and state Senator John McKinney, but a series of legislative races have also gotten some attention. 

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Iraq Crisis
4:27 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

President Obama Speaks About Developments in Iraq

President Barack Obama talks with National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice following foreign leader phone calls, from Chilmark, Mass.
Credit Pete Souza / White House

President Barack Obama congratulated Iraq's prime minster-designate in a statement on Martha's Vineyard during his vacation.

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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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Politics
12:26 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

How To Botch Latino Outreach

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks with reporters following a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting in October 2013.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 2:20 pm

Even as Republican leaders wrap up a summer meeting in Chicago where they're preparing for 2016, the party's fate in that election may be getting shaped in other places.

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WAMC News
11:35 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Attorney General Sues Ex-Westfield State President

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 3:46 pm

The Massachusetts Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against the former president of Westfield State University Evan Dobelle

A complaint filed in state court in Boston Thursday by Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley accuses Dobelle of spending up to $100,000 in school funds on personals purchases, trips, and meals at high end restaurants. 

The suit alleges he violated state laws and university policies by knowingly submitting false claims to Westfield State for personal expenses totaling $59,000.  

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Race for Governor
10:47 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Petitions Signed, Now Pelto Waits

Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Wednesday was the deadline for people who want to petition their way onto the November gubernatorial ballot to submit their petition signatures to the state. Jonathan Pelto was one of them. 

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WAMC News
11:22 am
Thu August 7, 2014

New York's Sole Participant In Public Campaign Finance Admits It's A Challenge

Republican candidate for Comptroller Bob Antonacci speaks to reporters at the State Capitol Wednesday August 6

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 4:40 pm

The only statewide candidate who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program in New York says it’s been slow going, but Republican candidate for comptroller Bob Antonacci expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds.

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Batter Up
9:36 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Two Developers Want to Build Hartford's Baseball Stadium

Credit LennyBaker/flickr creative commons

The city of Hartford announced Wednesday that it will consider three of the four stadium-related proposals it received last week. 

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White House
9:21 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Obama: 'I Have No Green Light' To Act Without Congress

At a news conference Wednesday, President Obama spoke mostly about foreign policy but also answered questions about his actions in the U.S.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 8:16 pm

In a news conference Wednesday that was largely about international relations and trade, President Obama also addressed the limits of his own authority at home.

"I never have a green light," Obama said. "I'm bound by the Constitution; I'm bound by the separation of powers."

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Election 2014
2:36 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Petitions Due Wednesday for Connecticut's Third-Party Candidates

Third-party candidates for governor Joe Visconti and Jonathan Pelto signed each other's petitions at the state capitol.
Arielle Levin Becker The Connecticut Mirror

Wednesday is the deadline for two candidates hoping to petition their way on to the November gubernatorial ballot to submit voters’ signatures.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:04 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Memories of Watergate

Richard Nixon as he leaves the White House for the last time, August 8, 1974
Credit Tonynetone / Creative Commons

It's been 40 years since former President Richard Nixon resigned the presidency over Watergate. But, the story of Watergate is almost impossible to tell. It's too big and too murky. It's full of files that were burned and a tape that was erased. It's full of characters named McCord and Magruder and Mitchell, who are hard to keep track of. With each passing year, it becomes more of an inert thing and less of a breathing, wriggling, writhing creature.  

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