Politics

North Korea
10:18 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Kim Jong Un Makes First Public Appearance In More Than A Month

A photo released Monday by the Rodong Sinmun, newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walking with a cane as he visits a residential area in Pyongyang.
Rodong Sinmun EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 10:31 am

After 40 days of seclusion, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made a public appearance, an outing that could help quell rumors about his health and status. Kim visited a new housing complex, according to state media that released photos of the event — but without attaching a specific date to it.

North Korea has confirmed only that Kim has been in "discomfort." The newly released photos show Kim using a cane, possibly confirming theories that he underwent ankle surgery. More than a month ago, he was seen limping as he walked.

Read more
World
9:15 am
Tue October 14, 2014

British Lawmakers Vote To Recognize Palestinian State

A man wears a Palestinian and Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Monday to show his support for the symbolic vote.
Luke MacGregor Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:26 pm

Britain's Parliament has voted to support the recognition of a Palestinian state in a symbolic vote that follows a similar move by Sweden.

The BBC says the 274-to-12 vote in the House of Commons is being described by the chamber " 'as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution' — although less than half of MPs took part in the vote."

Read more
Election 2014
10:09 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Bill Clinton Returns to Connecticut to Stump for Malloy

Former President Bill Clinton Speaks to Malloy Rally in Hartford
Jeff Cohen WNPR

With recent polling showing Democratic incumbent Dannel Malloy in a close race with Republican challenger Tom Foley, each candidate is bringing in high-powered political talent to try and rally the vote. On Monday night, it was former president Bill Clinton's turn.

Read more
Hartford
5:46 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Unions Will Build Hartford Baseball Stadium, and Could Increase Its Cost

Mayor Pedro Segarra (r) and Rock Cats owner Josh Solomon (center) at a recent public hearing.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Hartford's city council will likely approve a deal to build a new minor league baseball stadium on Tuesday, and there’s one new change to the deal: union laborers will do the work. The developer has said that tweak could easily add ten percent to the stadium's cost. 

Read more
Election 2014
9:13 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Greenwich Democrat Quits Race for State House Seat

Marc Abrams at a political event in September.
Facebook

A Democratic candidate fending off sexual harassment allegations has abandoned his campaign for a seat in the General Assembly. 

Read more
Election 2014
8:52 am
Mon October 13, 2014

President Obama To Attend Rally For Conn. Gov. Malloy

President Obama speaking at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in May.

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 1:46 pm

President Barack Obama will participate in a campaign rally for Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, who is in a close re-election race in a state that Obama won handily in 2012.

Read more
Civic Science
3:19 am
Mon October 13, 2014

What's In A Name? It Could Matter If You're Writing To Your Lawmaker

And so continues Code Switch's battle with illustrating studies about the subtle biases that inflict our email outboxes.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 9:42 am

In recent years, social scientists have tried to find out whether important decisions are shaped by subtle biases. They've studied recruiters as they decide whom to hire. They've studied teachers, deciding which students to help at school. And they've studied doctors, figuring out what treatments to give patients. Now, researchers have trained their attention on a new group of influential people — state legislators.

Read more
former hartford mayor
6:41 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Eddie Perez Case Continues at State Supreme Court

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez.
Chion Wolf WNPR

State prosecutors have filed a brief to the Connecticut's highest court, asking it to affirm a trial court's convictions of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez. 

Read more
Rhode Island
1:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Cianci Walks Back Earlier Vow to Reject City Employees' Contributions

Cianci and Elorza during the Laurelmead debate on September 17.

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 8:17 am

Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci is walking back an earlier assertion that he won’t take campaign contributions from city employees. Rival candidate Jorge Elorza is calling on Cianci to return about $18,000 in donations from city employees.

This is Cianci speaking during a September 17debate, sounding unequivocal. While criticizing the amount of openness at City Hall, he rejected the idea of accepting city employees’ campaign contributions.

"There’s been no transparency and by the way, I haven’t taken a dime from any city worker nor do I intend to."

Read more
WAMC News
1:47 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stepping Down

Mass. Transportation Sec. Richard Davey announcing a grant for a bridge replacement project in Westhampton in Aug 2012. Davey is stepping down at the end of October.

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 10:38 am

Massachusetts' Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, who oversees the state's highways and public transit as well as other agencies, is stepping down after three years on the job.

Read more
Election 2014
11:19 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Surprise Agreement on Gun Control During Fifth Congressional District Debate

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, left, and Mark Greenberg.
Credit File Photo

Views by candidates vying for the Fifth Congressional District seat differed on a range of issues at Thursday night’s debate, including social security, government spending, and foreign policy. But it was on gun control where – surprisingly – they agreed.

Read more
Election 2014
5:55 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Gov. Malloy, Tom Foley Debate at Broadcasters Conference

Tom Foley, left, and Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley debated on Thursday before a panel moderated by WNPR's Colin McEnroe. A third candidate for governor on the ballot, Joe Visconti, was not invited to this debate. 

Read more
Politics of Parking
4:40 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

State Cautions Hartford About Parking Operation for Stadium Development

iStock Thinkstock

The city of Hartford says it won't "control" the parking in its new $350 million baseball stadium development, but it wants to have "input" and make "recommendations" as to who will operate that parking. And that's gotten the attention of a state development official who has cautioned otherwise. 

Read more
The Colin McEnroe Show
10:44 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Deliberating Political Debates

Tonight's debate moderator, Colin McEnroe!
Chion Wolf WNPR

The notion of a political debate embedded in a campaign for office is a younger idea than you might think. It became codified as a result of a 1960 debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Prior to that, debates were rare. Okay, now you're thinking about the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Those were really unusual for their day, and it's worth noting that in 1858, senators were elected by state legislators. So those debates - conducted before huge crowds - weren't really held for the same reasons that they're done today. The history of debates is really the history of television.

Read more
Development
4:49 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Union Issues Complicate Hartford Stadium Negotiations

People gather at Hartford City Hall for a public hearing on a proposed minor league stadium.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Negotiations are continuing to close the deal that would bring a $350 million development -- and a minor league baseball stadium for the New Britain Rock Cats -- to Hartford. One sticking point is whether union labor will build the project. 

Read more
Election 2014
2:42 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Against All Odds, Self-Funded Independents Hope for Massachusetts "Miracle"

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively, and Jeff McCormick at a debate in Springfield.
Dave Roback The Republican

Massachusetts voters will see five names on the ballot for governor in November. That includes three independents. For them, it’s been difficult to make a mark on the race. Two of those candidates have spent over a million dollars of their own money.

Read more
Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Plans, Polls, and Debates!

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley debated at UConn last week.
Credit Peter Morenus / UConn Photo

On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, our panel will discuss the rapid-fire of polls coming our way. One of them actually contained good news for Gov. Dannel Malloy. It also included information on Connecticut's underticket races, which are rarely polled for. Plus, we'll recap last week's debate where the gloves came off, and both President Obama and Chris Christie visited the state this week (but not together).

Read more
Election 2014
8:47 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Malloy, Foley Tied at 43 Points in Latest Poll

Tom Foley, left, and Dannel Malloy are tied in the latest Q Poll.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday finds incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican businessman Tom Foley in a 43 – 43 percent dead heat in the race for Connecticut governor.

Read more
Politics
3:14 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Millennial Voters Are Paying Attention — So Why Don't More Vote?

Rapper Lil Jon appears in a new ad for Rock the Vote's 2014 campaign. The organization was founded to get Generation X engaged in politics, and is adapting its tactics to reach millennials.
Courtesy of Rock the Vote

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 12:22 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Read more
Foreign Policy
1:01 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Panetta: Fight Against Terrorism Will Be A Long, Sustained War

Leon Panetta says he and other top national security advisers to the president argued to keep some U.S. forces on the ground in Iraq after 2011.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 12:04 pm

As a member of the Obama administration, Leon Panetta was involved in many of the major foreign policy decisions of the past six years. He stepped down as secretary of defense last year.

As director of the CIA, Panetta carried out President Obama's decision to end enhanced interrogation of terror suspects, and he oversaw the operation to kill Osama bin Laden.

Read more
East Haven
9:07 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Lawyers' Fees Debated in Action Against East Haven Mayor

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr.

A former East Haven official said the town should not pay for the defense of Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. accused of sexual harassment by a former Town Hall secretary. 

Read more
Baseball
11:02 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

For Hartford's Proposed Stadium, Both Sides Say Future Is in the Balance

Residents, supporters, and opponents come to speak about the proposed baseball stadium development in Hartford.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Whether or not Hartford's city council decides to move ahead with a $350 million development project just north of its downtown is about a lot of things.  It's about entertainment and amenities and opportunity and jobs. It's also about the future, and everybody sees the future differently.

Read more
SCOTUS
6:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Did The Supreme Court Just Legalize Gay Marriage?

People wait to enter the Supreme Court in Washington Monday as it begins its new term. The justices cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 8:29 pm

Technically, the Supreme Court Monday did not establish a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry. It merely declined an opportunity to rule definitely one way or the other on the question.

But in the not-too-long run, the consequences may well be the same. Because the situation the court created — or acknowledged — will almost surely continue trending in favor of same-sex couples who want to marry.

Conversely, the legal ground is eroding for states that want to stop such marriages or deny them legal recognition.

Read more
Election 2014
5:42 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Gov. Christie Returns to Connecticut, Stumping for Tom Foley

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a political event in Arizona on October 3.
Credit Republican Governors Association

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was back in Connecticut on Monday to campaign for Republican businessman Tom Foley in his close race against incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy.

Read more
China
8:40 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Hong Kong Protest Sites Quieter After Weekend Of Arrests

A protester sits along the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong.
Carlos Barria Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 12:47 pm

The number of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong has dwindled today after a weekend that saw dozens of arrests and an angry backlash from business owners whose shops were shut down amid the demonstrations.

The South China Morning Post says: "Protest sites are quiet on Monday as some demonstrators leave for work, others remain and authorities keep their distance."

Read more
Election 2014
8:23 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Malloy Makes Foley's Personal Wealth an Issue in Race

Republican candidate for Connecticut governor Tom Foley, left, meets Shelton residents with Mayor Mark Lauretti at Shelton Day.
Facebook

Governor Dannel Malloy has frequently made references to his opponent's personal wealth, painting Tom Foley as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary taxpayers. 

Read more
Urban Development
10:22 am
Sat October 4, 2014

A Developer Talks About Bringing More Than Baseball to Hartford

Yves Joseph, left, and Bob Landino of Centerplan Development stand along what they want to turn into minor league baseball stadium's third base line. Behind them is downtown Hartford.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

People who have something to say about the baseball stadium proposal in Hartford have another chance to say it. There's another public hearing Monday night. WNPR recently toured the site with developers from Centerplan to talk about their $350 million vision for Hartford.

Read more
Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

"Ag-Gag" Laws; Preserving and Celebrating Connecticut's Farmland

Lindsay Wilson Creative Commons

To date, seven of America's major agricultural states have successfully passed what are known as agricultural gag laws -- laws that restrict the investigation of animal abuse on major industrial farms. 

Read more
Election 2014
8:50 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Gloves Come Off as Malloy and Foley Debate

Dannel Malloy, left, and Tom Foley debate at UConn in Storrs.
Mark Pazniokas The Connecticut Mirror

The gloves came off during Thursday night’s debate between Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and incumbent Democratic governor Dannel Malloy. The event took place at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Read more
Massachusetts
10:06 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Poll Finds Majority Oppose Casino Repeal

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 6:16 pm

A new poll finds a majority of likely voters in Massachusetts say they’ll vote against repealing the state’s casino gambling law.

The latest survey by the Western New England University Polling Institute found 52  percent of likely voters said they will vote no on Question 3, the casino law repeal initiative on next month’s Massachusetts election ballot.

Polling institute director Tim Vercellotti said the survey of 416 likely voters found 41 percent said they would vote to ban casinos with just 6 percent undecided and 1 percent declining to answer.

Read more

Pages