Politics

Invention Dispute
4:34 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Did the "First Flight" Happen in North Carolina or Connecticut?

North Carolina and the famous Wright brothers are known for being “first in flight.” But Connecticut has been in an ongoing battle for that status. Some historians argue that German immigrant Gustave Whitehead made the first flight in 1901 in Bridgeport. New research this week provides more evidence in favor of Whitehead.

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Governor Malloy and Catherine Smith Discuss Economic Incentives

Chion Wolf WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy’s popularity is at an all-time high, jumping five points in a new poll to 48 percent. What do people like about the job the governor’s doing? Well, they say he’s good in a crisis...and he’s had plenty of those to deal with.

They’re less pleased with his handling of the state budget and tax policy.

A big part of his time in office has been spent trying to overhaul the state’s economy - investing millions in programs like “First Five” - which promises incentives to certain companies that create new jobs.

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Gun Control
4:05 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Gun Makers, Owners Rally At State Capitol

Legislative leaders are meeting this week to try and cobble together new laws in response to the Newtown shootings. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, gun makers and owners showed up to the state capitol in force today to weigh in. Manufacturers of guns and gun parts say it's simple: some of the proposed gun laws will cost the state jobs.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Epidemic of Mass Incarceration

James Cridland, Creative Commons

For the first time in a long time, observers of the phenomenon of mass incarceration in America have seen some good news. The rate of African Americans in prison has dropped sharply over a decade - a trend that pushes back against a historical disproportionality of blacks in our prison system.  These numbers come from The Sentencing Project.

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Gun Control
4:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Bipartisan Gun Committee Releases Partisan Gun Recommendations

A bipartisan group of lawmakers reviewing possible new gun laws after the Newtown shootings has decided to issue two lists of recommendations -- one from Democrats, another from Republicans. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, that wasn't exactly the plan.

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Where We Live
10:18 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Obama Picks McCarthy To Head EPA

WNPR

President Obama has announced his next round of administration officials...including one who might have the toughest job in Washington.

“The New EPA Administrator will have a tall task to perform here. This is a big deal. The new administrator will be one of the most powerful directors in the next decade”

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Immigration
7:45 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Thousands Attend Hearing On Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Residents

Diane Orson

A huge crowd turned out last night for a transportation committee public hearing in New Haven. People testified in support of proposals to allow undocumented residents in Connecticut to obtain driver’s licenses. 

Close to 2,000 people crowded into Wilbur Cross High School. Angela Munoz of Bridgeport says she’s been driving for ten years without a license.  

"I want my driver’s license. Because I need it for pick up my children. And I need my car for my job, too."

She says her children live in fear that she’ll be arrested.

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Taxes
4:35 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Small Towns Speak Out Against Malloy's Car Tax Plan

Small town leaders from across the state were at the state capitol today. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, they were there to push back against one of Governor Dannel Malloy's budget proposals -- the elimination of some car taxes.

Malloy wants to eliminate the property tax for cars worth less than $28,000. He says it will provide middle class tax relief and that it will curtail the "most hated and regressive tax in the state." John Elsesser doesn't like the tax, either. He's the town manager for Coventry.

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Where We Live
12:03 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Decoding Sequestration

Borman 818, creative commons

So, let’s say Where We Live was like the federal budget, and because of some self-imposed deadline, our show was subject to a “sequester” -  A cut of 2.3%. 

Well, you’d lose about 1 and a quarter minutes off the show. Doesn’t seem too bad, right?  But what if it was completely arbitrary - cutting the first minute that explains what we’re talking about, or the precise moment our guest Bill Curry says something that might change your world.  Doesn’t sound the the best way to trim things, huh?

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Where We Live
11:07 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The Rights and Dangers of Bearing Arms

Michael Saechang Creative Commons

Today - we’re talking about guns. It seems like that’s all we’ve been talking about since the mass shooting in Newtown that left 20 children and 6 educators dead.

While that crime left people stunned because of the horrific circumstances, Newtown is only part of a much bigger problem. 

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Newtown
3:40 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

A Lighter Moment, With Malloy, Biden, and a Bet

Vice President Joe Biden was in Connecticut to talk about gun control measures at a conference with Governor Dannel Malloy. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, an otherwise somber governor did a little bit to try and make the crowd laugh. Without the vice president in the room, Malloy gave his remarks and said that anytime you get to spend part of your day with Joe Biden is a good day.

And then he said this: "I'm going to bet that he's going to mention either his grandmother or his grandfather at some point in his talk with us." Enter the vice president.

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Eddie Perez Appeals
4:49 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez Appeals His Conviction

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez was back in court today, appealing his 2010 convictions on corruption-related charges. Perez was sentenced to three years in prison but has been free while his appeal is pending. Perez was convicted for two separate incidents.

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Where We Live
12:02 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Immigration Reform

Chion Wolf

President Obama has called on both parties in Congress to send him an immigration reform package - saying in his State of the Union address that “now is the time to get it done.” He’s vowed to let Congress do its work...but in the last few days, we learned that the President has crafted his own proposal. Many in Congress see it as a priority, too.

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Where We Live
8:56 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Connecticut's Mayors Rebuke Governor Malloy's Budget

Chion Wolf

A group of mayors and other municipal leaders are upset that Governor Malloy’s budget proposal cuts needed aid - even as the governor says they’re being “held harmless” in his proposal.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano says other states like New York, are having a different conversation with their towns.

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Where We Live
10:50 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Governor Malloy on the Blizzard, UConn and the State Budget

Chion Wolf

The New York Times had the best description of the first term of Governor Dannel Malloy, “a wearying tape loop of natural chaos.”

The state is still digging out from yet another blizzard and he’s probably sick of the seeing the inside of the Emergency Operations Center and many students are probably sick of being stuck at home.

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Where We Live
10:10 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Governor Malloy's Budget

Chion Wolf

Governor Dannel Malloy’s new budget includes some tax relief, and a promise of no new taxes.  But it’s also a document that even some in his party are calling “confusing.”  Today, where we live, we’ll try to pull apart fiction from reality in the new two-year state budget.

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Where We Live
11:10 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mayor DeStefano Not Seeking Reelection

Chion Wolf

Today we’ll talk about the legacy of John DeStefano, the long-serving New Haven Mayor who’s said he’ll step aside. We talk to Paul Bass from the New Haven Independent. 

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New Haven
11:38 am
Wed January 30, 2013

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Will Not Seek Re-election

Diane Orson

Its official.  New Haven’s longest serving mayor, John DeStefano, will not seek re-election.  

As she introduced the mayor, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said she couldn’t imagine the city of New Haven as vibrant a place today were it not for John DeStefano.  "He takes big gambles. He takes risks. And those risks have paid off for people."

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Coming Home Project
4:47 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Veterans Commissioner Reflects on End of Combat Ban for Women

Photo by Chion Wolf

The state's Commissioner of Veterans Affairs is applauding news that the military is ending its ban on women serving in the infantry and other ground combat. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil has more from Vietnam veteran Linda Schwartz.

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Politics
10:14 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Inauguration and Income Inequality

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Gun Control
2:37 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

State Politicians React To President's Gun Proposals

Connecticut officials are welcoming President Barack Obama's sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence following the deadly shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Gov. Dannel Malloy credited the president with taking "the critical first step" in making sure such a tragedy doesn't happen again. Malloy said the president has offered "common sense measures" that "we should all be able to agree on."

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Gun Control
4:32 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Legislators Create Bipartisan Task Force After Newtown

Connecticut legislators are establishing a bipartisan task force to recommend possible legislation to prevent gun violence, provide mental health care and improve school safety. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, this comes a month after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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Gun Control
2:55 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

State's Democrats Continue Gun Control Push

As Vice President Biden prepares to issue his gun safety recommendations to the president early next week, Connecticut Democrats are keeping the pressure on. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say they've sent a letter to Biden, urging measures that would expand assault weapons bans, institute universal background checks for gun and ammunition purchase, and improve federal tracking of firearms.

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Gun Policy
3:04 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Conn., N.Y. Governors Want Tighter Gun Control

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

As we've been hearing, following the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, politicians have taken a renewed interest in gun control. The governors of Connecticut and New York have been leading the effort. Jeff Cohen of member station WNPR in Hartford reports on the proposals that are emerging.

JEFF COHEN, BYLINE: In his State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York could be a model for the nation.

(SOUNDBITE OF STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS)

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Where We Live
5:04 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

WNPR Special Coverage: Gov. Malloy's State Of The State Address

Chion Wolf

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging lawmakers to work with him to prevent future tragedies like the mass shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Malloy became emotional Wednesday as he spoke about the teachers and a therapist who sacrificed their lives to protect students, apologizing after he paused during his State of the State address to gain his composure.

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Where We Live
10:24 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Pre-gaming the State Legislative Session

Chion Wolf

A new legislative session begins in Hartford today - and lawmakers will have a lot on their plates as usual.

But the standard-issue partisan fights over spending, revenues may well be eased - at least early in the session - by the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Governor Dannel Malloy’s State of the State address, the traditional kickoff of the session, will likely focus on the state’s attempt to come back emotionally from the tragedy.

But, it means we’ll also hear a lot about gun control and school safety over the next few months.

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Where We Live
11:46 am
Fri January 4, 2013

On Partisan Politics, Fiscal Cliff, Sandy Recovery

Chion Wolf

Sometime today, the US House of Representatives may vote on an aid package to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.  That 9 billion dollar aid package is only about $51 billion smaller than the Senate bill that House speaker John Boehner walked away from without taking a vote.

Meanwhile, the congress has put a band aid on the tax issue that was taking us over the fiscal cliff.  The deal will keep taxes from going up for most Americans - but kicks down the road spending cuts.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:37 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Nose: NRA Weighs In On Newtown Massacre

Flickr Creative Commons, Generaal Gibson

One of the verbal melodies that sustained me during the past year was the notion that people can be divided into two camps: those who think they're living in a comedy and those who think they dwell in a drama.

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Connecticut
9:49 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Malloy on Transportation: No Guarantees

As Governor Dannel Malloy attempts to fill a $400 million budget hole, most state agencies will have to take a budget cut. Those agencies will likely include the Department of Transportation, and some of those cuts may be passed on to commuters.

Connecticut’s Department of Transportation oversees a budget of about $1.2 billion each year. That includes maintaining and renovating highways, bridges and rail infrastructure throughout the state. Speaking on WNPR’s “Where We Live”, Governor Malloy said he thinks transportation is a priority. But the money isn’t there.

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Monthly Malloy: DCF, Transportation, and the State Budget

Chion Wolf

Governor Dannel Malloy is heading into the new year with a series of questions surrounding this budget year - and the next couple. He’s put a plan in place to cope with the state’s current budget shortfall...but the next three years show the state budget billions in deficit.

He’s said that everything - except tax increases - are on the table, and he’s working with legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle to find a solution before next week’s special session.

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