Politics

Where We Live
11:09 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Longevity

Chion Wolf

Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.” She’s now Adult Education Director for the New Haven Board of Education - and one of many officials and activists throwing their support behind a new attempt at curbing gun crime: Project Longevity.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Why Secession In America Won't Happen Anytime Soon

Flickr Creative Commons, Phil Roeder

The recent stirrings in Texas have prompted us to do a show about secession, but it's important to note that, at any given moment, there are low level secessionist rumblings in many U.S. States.

You may remember that in 2008, one of the many interesting aspects of Sarah Palin was her husband's status as a former member of the Alaska Independence Party. Vermont has a separatist movement, and there's something involving Washington State, Oregon, and British Columbia -- the Cascadia Independence Movement.

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Where We Live
10:53 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Puerto Rico's Political Status

Ethorson (Flickr Creative Commons)

In the November elections, most results were pretty clear cut. But one that seems to have raised more questions than answers was a plebiscite on Puerto Rico’s political status.

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Where We Live
11:03 am
Tue December 4, 2012

A State Budget In The Red

Chion Wolf

Yesterday, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo officially certified a state budget deficit of $415 million. That’s $50 million more than the Governor Malloy's numbers and these come less than a week after a first round of budget cuts.

Those $123 million in cuts span the budget from education to social services. ...and it’s a sign of things to come.

Today, Where We Live, it’s a state budget roundtable with Kevin Lembo and the Connecticut Mirror’s state budget guru Keith Phaneuf.

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Global Affairs
8:48 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tony Blair And Ernesto Zedillo Discuss Global Crises

Diane Orson

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo spoke Monday at Yale University.  They discussed global crises facing world leaders.  

Much of the discussion centered on the Middle East and the Israeli/Palestinean conflict. 

Tony Blair is a peace envoy to the region.  

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Job Search
4:12 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

No Progress In Hartford's Search For Chief Operating Officer

Three months after promising a national search to find a new chief operating officer, the city of Hartford says it hasn't yet started to look for one. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, this comes on the heels of a search for a police chief that got mixed reviews.

Earlier this year, Mayor Pedro Segarra spent $50,000 on a national search for police chief only to pick James Rovella in the end. Rovella was already serving as acting chief. That move rubbed some on the city council the wrong way. And, at the time, even Segarra's chief of staff Jared Kupiec said the process wasn't ideal.

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Clean Burning
5:44 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Malloy Promotes Energy Plan In Woodbridge

As debate continues over Connecticut’s new comprehensive energy plan, Governor Dannel Malloy has been traveling around the state promoting one of its key components: natural gas. On Monday, he visited a high school in Woodbridge which is now heated with natural gas rather than oil. 

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Where We Live
10:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Governor Malloy and Linda Schwartz on Veterans Issues, the Budget, and Energy

Chion Wolf

Today, we’ll officially kick off a monthly visit from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Here at Where We Live, we made a big deal about how the last governor didn’t like to come on the show and answer questions from listeners.

This governor, despite news of a growing budget gap and facing pretty low approval ratings, says “bring on the questions!” So we will and we’ll give you a chance to call in as well to talk about the state budget, about recovery from Sandy, about economic development and the just-completed elections.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

The Nose: Obama Speaks, Bond Returns, & Pot Gets Legalized

Flickr Creative Commons, U.S. Army

On today's show we carried President Obama first address to the nation since his re-election. We had planned a regular episode of The Nose -- a discussion of James Bond, marijuana legalization and a few endorsements. We'll still do all of that, but we'll start of with the president's speech and our own quick reaction to it. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Governor Malloy & Erika Franklin Fowler Deconstruct Election 2012

Chion Wolf

Elections are the last remaining true mass market. 

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Where We Live
11:59 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Connecticut Remains Blue

Chion Wolf

Big turnout, long lines, and an enthusiasm for voting that had not been predicted were the stories of yesterday’s election day in Connecticut and across the nation.

When it was over, Democrats kept control of the Presidency and the Senate - with the addition of a new face, Chris Murphy.

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Elections
4:45 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

McMahon Campaign Workers Wear Shirts That Back Obama

Mark Pazniokas/CTMirror.org

Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon hasn't been bashful about her efforts to attract independent voters. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, that strategy took a new turn today. McMahon clothed some of her campaign workers in purple shirts with a message: I support Obama and McMahon November 6.

A few weeks ago, McMahon released an ad encouraging people to vote both for her and for Democratic President Barack Obama. It irked even some people in her own party. Then, last week, she released her final ad that made reference to Democratic President John F. Kennedy.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Day: Colin's Citizen Observers Report From Around Connecticut

Chion Wolf

Can it be? Is West Hartford the new Bridgeport?

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Day!

The power’s on at the polling places. The coffee is flowing and the donuts are warm, which is good, because this morning at my polling place, it was 21 degrees.  One poll-standing candidate was wrapped head to toe in a sleeping bag.  Yes, it’s election day in Connecticut...finally.

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Elections
4:37 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Senate Candidates Make One Last Push

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

With less than a day before the polls open, candidates for US Senate made their way to events across the state. WNPR's Jeff Cohen caught up with them. He says he's a congressman with experience, she says she's a businesswoman and a job creator. She says his record stinks, he says she's trying to buy a senate seat.

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Where We Live
10:36 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Ralph Nader On The Election

Chion Wolf

Maybe no American has had as much impact on - or as much to say about - our Presidential elections in recent years as Ralph Nader. The longtime consumer advocate and Winsted Native ran third-party races for President in 2000, 2004 and 2008, but decided not to run this year.  Instead, he’s been intensely critical of both major parties, the media’s coverage of the race, and the series of debates which regularly leaves out third-party candidates.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Nose: "Dear Lydia Callis, I Want To Sign A Baby With You"

It was not a typical week -- if there even is such a thing. The storm changed nearly every equation it blew through.  All of the political campaigns got a lot more tricky.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:46 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Electoral Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Jason A. Howie

Bridgeport. Why is it always Bridgeport?

The city is rapidly becoming famous for Election Day problems, and this year will be no exception. Power outages could cramp voting and so could the fact that ordinary polling places have now been converted to storm shelters.

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Presidential Magazine

HarshLight, Creative Commons

First - highlights of a “mock” presidential debate between two prominent Connecticut politicians at Central Connecticut State University last week. Ned Lamont has Obama’s back. Tom Foley is in Romney’s corner. It’s ON!

This week is also the 50th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis - we’ll look at how secret recordings JFK made help us understand the aftermath of this complicated time.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:53 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Nose: Presidential Debates, Death Of Print, & Puppies!

Chion Wolf

Here are a few things that happened this week in the presidential campaign.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:10 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Weicker On McMahon, Murphy And The 2012 Presidential Race

Chion Wolf

The Watergate burglary was 40 years ago. Thirty-nine years ago, a freshman senator from Connecticut wound up on the investigative committee. Lowell Weicker was the first from his party to begin openly questioning the involvement of President Nixon, not only in the burglary but in a thicket of clandestine operations that became the meat of the scandal.

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Where We Live
10:30 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Raving, Ranting & Riding on Railroads

Anders Illum (Flickr Creative Commons)

Like other government programs, there is a debate over funding for Amtrak. It’s a complicated business model for the rail operator because it’s owned by the government but operates in many ways like a private company.

Today,  we’ll talk about the current state of rail in the United States. With all of this talk about high speed rail...including here in the northeast, how did we get to where we are today?

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Where We Live
11:23 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Jim Himes On The Fiscal Cliff, Campaign Financing, and Syria

Catie Talarski

With violence in Syria starting to spill over into neighboring Turkey, Representative Jim Himes wants to start considering a no-fly zone over the wartorn country.

Speaking on WNPR's Where We Live, Himes continued to oppose supplying the rebels with weapons, but Himes is looking at other options. "I'm getting to the point where I think that we should consider, now that a NATO ally has been attacked, we should consider working with NATO and the Arab League as we did in Libya to begin the roll-out of a no-fly zone over Syria."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:41 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Reading Political Polls

Flickr Creative Commons, blprnt_van

A poll conducted in 1997 showed Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly leading incumbent John Rowland by four points. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

The Nose: Who Won The VP Debate?

Where We Live
11:16 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Where We Vote: Steve Obsitnik

Tucker Ives

A political newcomer is challenging two-term incumbent Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional district. Republican candidate Steve Obsitnik is a Navy veteran and businessman from Stamford. Speaking on WNPR's "Where We Live," Obsitnik says if elected, he wouldn't cater to special interests.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

The Politics Of Hair: Part 2

Bob Jagendorf, Flickr Creative Commons

Recently, we did a show about the politics of hair, and we talked about African hair, blondes, and gray hair - We didn't have nearly enough time to cover all hair types, especially redheads. So we decided to devote two segments of today's show to talk about the stereotypes redheads face, and hear from some listeners who had something to say about our first show.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:18 am
Wed October 10, 2012

'Ella Grasso: Connecticut's Pioneering Governor'

File Photo

I dug up an old photo of me and Gov. Ella Grasso, both wearing Army helmets.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:56 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Hair is Political!

thepeachpeddler

I can honestly say I never gave any thought to Michele Obama's hair or how it gets that way until we started preparing for today's show, which is about hair.

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Where We Live
11:47 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Recapping the Crazy Week In Politics

Chion Wolf

It’s been a strange week in politics...just ask President Barack Obama.

Speaking to a Colorado crowd the day after the first presidential debate he said, "When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney."

Yeah, the guy he met in Denver seemed different somehow...well prepped, energetic and ready to steamroll the helpless moderator, Jim Lehrer.

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