Politics

Election 2014
9:56 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Connecticut's Esty Calls On Republican Opponent To Apologize For Email

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.)

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 2:01 pm

A Connecticut Congresswoman is calling on her Republican opponent to apologize for including the beheading of an American journalist in an email to supporters.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Middle East Conflict's Roots in Geography

The map of the modern Middle East.
Cathy Stanley-Erickson Creative Commons

Last week, President Barack Obama made his case for increased U.S. intervention in Iraq and Syria. His plan to continue air strikes, and increase the arming of those opposed to the so-called Islamic State, commonly referred to as ISIS or ISIL, has been met with some resistance from a war-weary public and Congress. But national security expert Scott Bates thinks that working with Iraqi Kurdish forces could be the key to defeating this extremist organization.

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Politics
7:46 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Hillary Clinton Keeps Iowa Crowd Guessing About Her Presidential Plans

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin work the grill during Harkin's annual fundraising steak fry in Indianola, Iowa, on Sunday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 5:10 pm

Hillary Clinton, who has a huge lead in many early presidential polls, returned to Iowa on Sunday. The woman who says she has not yet decided on a 2016 presidential run appeared along with former President Bill Clinton in a state she has not visited since she lost the 2008 Iowa caucuses to Barack Obama.

Her speech at the annual steak fry hosted by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a must-attend event for state Democratic activists, revealed little about her intentions — but also did nothing to dampen the widespread belief that she will indeed run.

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World
6:57 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Leaders Meet In Paris To Forge Fight Against Islamic State Militants

French President Francois Hollande (right) and Iraqi President Fuad Masum attend the Conference for Peace and Security in Iraq at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris on Monday. The two leaders were among those urging quick action against Islamic State militants.
David Silpa UPI/Landov

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:44 pm

World leaders and diplomats from more than 20 countries have gathered in Paris to discuss strategies for defeating the Islamic State insurgency, with France's president urging that there's "no time to lose" and Iraq's new president insisting that extremists must be pursued to their sanctuaries in neighboring Syria.

"The Iraqis' fight against terrorists is also ours," French President Francois Hollande said. "There is no time to lose."

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Politics
9:34 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

President Obama's plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic state poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.
Saul Loeb AP

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 3:47 pm

President Obama arguably won the Democratic primary in 2008 because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war. Now he's arguing he doesn't need congressional approval to ramp up a bombing campaign in Iraq and expand air strikes into Syria.

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Sandy Hook
11:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Newtown Selectwoman Wants Study of Town Response

Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra in a file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Newtown's first selectman is recommending the state conduct a full after-action study to find out what worked and what didn't in her town's response to the December 2012 school shooting. 

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Details
5:40 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Hartford City Council Awaits Final Ballpark Numbers

City of Hartford

The challenge with negotiating a $350 million development deal in a hurry is negotiating a $350 million development deal in a hurry. That's what's happening with the effort to bring the New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford -- a plan that includes building not just a stadium, but a lot of other buildings, too.

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National Security
5:04 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Susan Rice: Islamic State Fight Will Not Be 'Iraq War Redux'

National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 1:06 pm

In an interview with NPR, President Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice says the United States will not be drawn into a ground war in Iraq and Syria, even if local forces are ineffective at holding gains made against the group calling itself the Islamic State.

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Congress
1:01 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Boehner: House GOP 'Ready To Work With The President'

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Boehner says Congress stands ready to work with the president on the threat from Islamic State militants.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 3:31 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, commenting on President Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State militants, says Congress has received a request for authorization to train Syrian rebels and "we ought to give the president what he's asking for."

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WAMC News
12:35 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Fight Against Biomass Plant To Continue

Dozens of opponents of the biomass plant proposed by Palmer Renewable Energy in Springfield, MA urged the city council during a special meeting Wednesday night to appeal a court ruling reinstating the project's building permit.

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:41 am

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has green-lighted an appeal to try to block construction of a wood-burning power plant. 

   The council authorized the filing of a notice of appeal of last month’s Massachusetts Land Court ruling that reinstated the building permit for the biomass project.  Dozens of project opponents urged the council to act prior to a September 15th deadline.   City Councilor Tim Allen said a lawyer advised the council the appeal has a 25 percent chance of success.

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WAMC News
11:57 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Bill Concerning Lyme Disease Research Passes U.S. House

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 7:46 pm

The House of Representatives has passed a bill authored by a New York Congressman for tick-borne disease research.

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Domestic Violence
8:28 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Gov. Malloy Calls for Removal of Firearms When Restraining Orders Issued

Governor Dannel Malloy speaking at a campaign event in Meriden.
Credit CT-N

Advocates for victims of domestic violence are applauding Governor Dannel Malloy's call for the immediate removal of firearms at the time a judge issues a temporary restraining order.

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Middle East
9:17 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Transcript: President Obama On How U.S. Will Address Islamic State

President Obama delivers a prime-time address from the White House on Wednesday about his plan for fighting the Islamic State.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 10:32 pm

The prepared text of President Obama's speech, as released by the White House:

My fellow Americans — tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

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White House
9:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Obama Says U.S. Will 'Take Out' Islamic State 'Wherever They Exist'

In this image made through a window of the Oval Office, President Obama speaks on the phone to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Wednesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 10:51 pm

In a prime-time speech on Wednesday, President Obama said the United States plans to "take out" the Islamic State "wherever they exist."

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Connecticut Legislature
1:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Family Outlines Extent of State Sen. Maynard's Recovery

State Sen. Andrew Maynard in March, as he called for a ban on the use of genetically engineered grass seeds in Connecticut.
Connecticut State Democrats Creative Commons

State Senator Andrew Maynard "suffered a serious trauma to the brain" in the fall he suffered at his home in July, according to a new statement released by his family.

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Election 2014
1:10 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Q-Poll: Foley Leads Malloy By Six Points

A new Quinnipiac Poll is released less than two months before the 2014 election for governor.
Credit Connecticut State Capitol / Wikimedia Commons

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Tom Foley, the Republican challenger in the governor’s race, a six-point lead over incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. This news comes less than eight weeks before Election Day.

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Europe
11:39 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Britain's Cameron Pleads With Scots To Stay In U.K.

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a visit to Scottish Widows offices in Edinburgh, where he made an impassioned plea to keep Scotland part of the union.
Andrew Milligan PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 3:49 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he'd be "heartbroken" if Scotland voted to separate from the United Kingdom in an upcoming referendum, calling on independence-minded Scots to look at the future consequences of separation.

"I would be heartbroken ... if this family of nations is torn apart," Cameron told an invited audience at the Edinburgh headquarters of the Scottish Widows insurance firm.

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Election 2014
10:58 am
Wed September 10, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Fends Off Democratic Primary Challenge

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs in to cast his vote during the primary election Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Craig Ruttle AP

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:53 pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the Democratic primary for governor, but not without an unexpectedly strong challenge from law school professor Zephyr Teachout, who spent virtually no money and had a bare-bones campaign operation.

Cuomo barely cleared 60 percent of the vote Tuesday, and though he won his home county of Westchester, the governor lost nearly the entire Hudson Valley.

Even before returns were in, Cuomo downplayed expectations, saying that primaries were unpredictable and that he would be happy with anything "over 50 percent."

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Islamic State
10:48 am
Wed September 10, 2014

How Far Will President Obama Go?

President Obama has been wary of open-ended military commitments in the Middle East. But the president, shown speaking in Estonia on Sept. 3, now appears likely to expand the current bombing campaign against the Islamic State.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 1:43 pm

President Obama previewed his plan for dealing with the Islamic State by comparing it to counterterrorism operations in recent years and said it would not be an invasion akin to the ground war in Iraq.

As he prepares to lay out the details in a speech to the nation Wednesday night, several key factors are likely to determine the success or failure of any military mission.

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Election 2014
9:20 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Coakley Will Face Baker In Massachusetts Governor's Race

Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley celebrates with supporters as she claims victory in the primary election Tuesday in Boston.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 2:23 pm

Massachusetts Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will face off in November after winning the nominations of their respective parties for governor on Tuesday.

While Coakley won the Democratic primary by a smaller majority than expected, Baker trounced his opponent with more than 74 percent of the votes.

After defeating Steven Grossman and Don Berwick in the primary, Coakley wasted no time pouncing on her new opponent.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Polls, Trials, and (Scottish) Independence

General attitude of voters these days.
Credit Screenshot from "Frankenstein"

While the rest of the Northeast was having a September primary day that pointed to voter dissatisfaction with some incumbent Democrats, Connecticut was waiting for a little bit of news about its biggest political race to drop this morning. The new Quinnipiac poll on the Governor’s race is finally out today...and look, it shows voter dissatisfaction with an incumbent Democrat.

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Election 2014
5:48 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Massachusetts Rounds Out Statewide Candidates

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:34 pm

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will face Charlie Baker in November's election for Massachusetts governor. Both candidates faced primary challenges Tuesday. Democratic Governor Deval Patrick is not seeking a third term.

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WAMC News
5:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Coakley And Baker Win Primaries For Mass. Gov.

Attorney General Martha Coakley

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:34 pm

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will face off in November's election for Massachusetts governor. Both candidates beat out challengers in Tuesday's primaries.

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WAMC News
5:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Turns Back Teachout's Primary Challenge

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:22 pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated liberal challenger Zephyr Teachout in the state's Democratic primary, turning back an energetic longshot bid by liberals who have criticized his pragmatic, centrist approach.

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Election 2014
12:35 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Rhode Island Sets November Matchup For Governor

Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo waves as she takes the stage to address supporters during a primary election night watch party Tuesday in Pawtucket.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 7:09 am

Powered by the top-spending campaign, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo scored a decisive Democratic gubernatorial victory over her two main rivals Tuesday, in a campaign dominated by debate about Rhode Island's long-suffering economy and the pension overhaul spearheaded by Raimondo in 2011.

Unofficial returns showed Raimondo with 42 percent of the vote, compared with 29 percent for Angel Taveras, and 27 percent for Clay Pell.

Raimondo, 43, used her victory speech at the Met, a music club in Pawtucket, to vow to put Rhode Islanders back to work.

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Congress
5:13 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

In An Era Of Gridlock, Does Controlling The Senate Really Matter?

Senate Minority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell has reportedly been talking privately about what he'd do as majority leader.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:41 pm

Republicans are increasingly confident that when this year's midterm elections are over, they will control both houses of Congress. But in this period of polarization and gridlock, what difference would it make?

This midterm election doesn't seem to be about anything in particular other than whether you like President Obama or not. There's no overarching issue, no clashing national agendas. Instead, it's just a series of very expensive, brutally negative races for Congress.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Obama Wants Congress' Support On ISIS, But He May Not Need It

President Obama will address the nation Wednesday to present his strategy against the Islamic State.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 2:57 pm

The top four congressional leaders will be at the White House today to talk to President Obama about U.S. military action against the group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. This comes just one day before Obama will address the nation and lay out his strategy for dealing with the extremist group.

The president says he wants congressional buy in, but "buy in" can mean a lot of things.

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Congress
12:24 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

5 Questions About The 2 Weeks Congress Plans To Work This Fall

Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives return to work at the Capitol this week after a five-week vacation. They must get to work on a continuing resolution to extend funding for government agencies to prevent a government shutdown.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 7:45 am

Tanned and rested after a five-week summer vacation, Congress has returned for a brief session before returning home to campaign for re-election. This autumn session is expected to last a couple of weeks, give or take a couple of days.

What can be accomplished in so short a time? A great deal, if House and Senate choose to work together. Or nothing, if they don't. If you are wondering which will happen, you haven't been watching the 113th Congress up to now.

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WAMC News
10:27 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Gambling Regulators Weigh Greater Boston Casino Proposals

The design of Mohegan Sun's proposed casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere, MA received a favorable evaluation from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 4:07 pm

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Monday began a final review of the two competing proposals for a resort casino in greater Boston.

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Conspiracy Trial
6:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Brian Foley Testifies He Hid Campaign Work By Rowland

Brian Foley outside the federal courthouse in New Haven.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

Brian Foley, the husband of a 2012 Republican congressional candidate, told jurors that he wanted to hire former Connecticut Governor John Rowland for campaign services, but the risk of hiring a convicted felon posed a big political hurdle.

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