Established in 1965, the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority has earned its title as the oldest quasi-public agency in our state. Now, it’s one of eleven quasi-public entities in Connecticut, agencies like Connecticut Innovations, Inc.; the Connecticut Development Authority; the Connecticut Lottery Corporation; and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority -- to name a few.
With two major holidays falling on Wednesdays, it seems like forever since our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse has gotten together. Well, we’re back with a New Year’s edition - where we start looking ahead to the 2014 campaigns.
The Senate surprised quite a few people in Washington today when it voted to proceed on a bill to temporarily extend emergency unemployment benefits. Six Republicans joined Democrats in voting to get the measure over a key procedural hurdle.
But it was only the first step, and the president is applying pressure to keep it moving.
Elizabeth Esty was sworn into Congress just over a year ago and Republicans have been eyeing her seat ever since. She’s been focusing on gun violence reform, manufacturing, veterans, STEM education, and not always voting along party lines.
Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 7:13 pm
The Senate has voted to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen as the next leader of the U.S. Federal Reserve. With Monday's vote, Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America's banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.
Governor Dannel Malloy announced on Monday that Dr. Dora Schriro is the state's new public safety commissioner. Schriro is the Commissioner of Correction for New York City, and will be the first woman to serve as commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
The Senate gets back to work Monday after a two-week holiday break. Just as Majority Leader Harry Reid promised, the first piece of legislation getting a vote will be a three-month extension of the long-term unemployment benefits that ran out a week ago for 1.3 million jobless Americans.
Though the Senate unemployment measure is bipartisan, it's not clear it has enough votes to beat a GOP filibuster. Regardless, Democrats are banging the drum on the issue as a midterm election year begins.
The Cold War is over – but some political relationships in the former Soviet Union remain tense. On Where We Live, we explain the latest turmoil in Ukraine as Russia and the European Union are pulling Ukraine in opposite directions. We're joined by experts and a member of Connecticut's Ukrainian community about to discuss what's happening and why.
Plus, we follow up on a recent show about distracted driving.
Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 2:34 pm
If anything defined 2013, it was the political misstep. There were so many gaffes, flaps, scandals and ill-advised moves that voters were often left scratching their heads at the political class's uncanny knack for diminishing its profession.
Connecticut is about to raise its minimum wage, just as the debate about low-wage workers heats up in Washington, D.C. Governor Dannel Malloy and his fellow Democrats in the state House and Senate held a press conference Monday to mark an important change this new year. "When the crystal ball falls in New York," Malloy said, "at that moment, people in Connecticut will be getting a raise."
Governor Dannel Malloy's office is searching for a new Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The woman who has held the job, Linda Schwartz, will be heading to Washington D.C. once the Senate votes on her nomination to the federal VA.
Reuben Bradford sent a letter to Governor Malloy earlier this week announcing his retirement on February 1. Bradford was hired three years ago to head up the state department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, after serving as head of security for the National Football League, and before that in various posts for the Connecticut state police.
For gun control advocates hoping to see federal gun laws tighten after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., 2013 was a disheartening year. A narrow provision to expand background checks failed in the Senate.
For gun rights activists, the death of that legislation proved once more their single-issue intensity and decades-long grass-roots organizing were enough to prevail. Those are also valuable lessons for their opponents.
Governor Dannel Malloy stops by our studios for an end-of-the-year check-in. We talk about this year’s legislation, and what did and didn't get done in 2013. We'll also look ahead to what will certainly be a busy 2014 as Republican challengers already step forward.
Ever since news broke that a federal grand jury was looking into dealings between insurance broker Earl O'Garro and the city of Hartford, there's been a question: How well do O'Garro and city Treasurer Adam Cloud know each other? Now we have a few more answers.
Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro warned that the state's economy will suffer because of the decision not to extend unemployment benefits in the federal budget deal reached last week.
DeLauro voted, she said, reluctantly, against the Murray-Ryan budget compromise precisely because it does nothing to help the long term unemployed. On Wednesday, she brought together some of the people who will be affected for a discussion in Middletown.
This is the last edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse for 2013. We're looking back at the year that was (and is) with our team of reporters and analysts.
We'll discuss the performance of the state legislature, which passed gun legislation after Sandy Hook, quietly approved Keno, and loosened campaign finance laws while former House Speaker Chris Donovan's campaign workers went on trial for corruption charges.
Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 7:09 pm
Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET: Moving Ahead:
The Senate voted 67 to 33 on Tuesday to move forward on the two-year, bipartisan budget plan that restores some of the automatic spending cuts of recent years, trims spending in other areas and appears to have put on hold until 2015 the bitter battles that led to this year's partial government shutdown.
Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 3:18 pm
An anti-casino group wants a Massachusetts gaming commissioner to recuse himself from voting on a casino project in Springfield.
The chairman of Springfield’s anti-casino group, Citizens Against Casino Gaming says state gaming commissioner Bruce Stebbins should not vote on whether MGM can proceed with an $800 million casino project in downtown Springfield. Michael Kogut said Stebbins’ previous position with the city makes it impossible for him to be impartial
Since the Newtown shootings last December 14, America has had a long and very heated conversation about guns and violence.
Lost in the aftermath of this, and other mass shootings, are two realities: the gun debate we just had has little to do with the reality of gun violence in America; and handguns are used in suicide and family violence far more than mass murders. In urban areas, there’s a daily drumbeat of gun-related crime that never grabs the headlines.
Join us for a conversation that uses hard numbers and personal stories to talk about guns in America.