Politics

The Two-Way
8:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Russia May Soon Let Snowden Leave Airport

Edward Snowden, center, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on July 12. At left is WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison.
Courtesy of Human Rights Watch

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:33 am

Nothing about where "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden may go next ever seems to be certain. Remember the flurry of excitement about that Aeroflot flight he was supposedly on (but wasn't)?

So it is with a large grain of salt that we pass along these reports:

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Anthony Weiner Acknowledges More Inappropriate Messages

Anthony Weiner listens to a question from the media after courting voters outside a Harlem subway station in May.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 6:36 pm

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner says he did, indeed, trade lewd messages with a woman after his departure from Congress.

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Here & Now
11:56 am
Tue July 23, 2013

What Detroit Can Learn From Other Cities

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, right, and state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr leave a news conference in Detroit after addressing the city's bankruptcy, July 19, 2013. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:40 pm

As officials in Detroit move forward with the city’s bankruptcy filing, what can they learn from other cities across the country that have gone down this path?

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy in October of 2011. There’s also San Bernadino, California; Jefferson County, Alabama; and Central Falls, Rhode Island, among others.

David Shepardson, Washington bureau chief for The Detroit News, joins us to explain how other cities have handled tough issues such as whether pensions will be paid.

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Where We Live
2:33 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Sexual Assault Allegations at UConn, Corruption in Connecticut, and a New Cheshire Murder Film

Springfield voters have approved the MGM casino plan ...UConn is conducting an investigation into how the university handled allegations of sexual abuse by one of their professors...and last week, the Eastern League All-Star Game was held at New Britain Stadium and Governor Dannel Malloy received a less-than-warm welcome.

Turns out national political observers have their eyes on Malloy, too...he’s on a Washington Post list of “governors likely to lose their seats.”

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Where We Live
11:28 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Newtown, Guns, DCF, Energy, Casinos and ADA Compliance at the XL Center

Tom Baden, Editor of the Danbury News-Times and Mark Pazniokas from The Connecticut Mirror join us in The Wheelhouse.
Chion Wolf

Once again this week, there’s news coming from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings in December.

On Sunday, the Danbury News-Times ran a story where a “source close to the police investigation” suggests that Newtown police delayed before entering the school. It’s the latest in a series of stories trickling out as we await an official report from the state.

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Where We Live
10:08 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Did Newtown Police Respond Quickly Enough?

That's the question being asked after a report from the Danbury News-Times says 10 rounds were fired  before officers entered the school. Their source says there was a delay in how quickly the officers entered the building but, "The question is whether it was significant or justified."

On the latest edition of our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse we talk with the paper's editor, Tom Baden about the report.

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Medicine
4:29 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Making a Tough Marijuana Industry

Connecticut passed a medicinal marijuana law last year, but it could be some time before an industry grows in the state. So far, more than 700 patients are on a registry list. Next month, a committee will review the final nitty gritty in terms of regulations for a Connecticut's medical marijuana industry.

After that, the Department of Consumer Protection will begin to accept licenses for dispensaries and producers. Patients diagnosed with any one of 11 disorders ranging from multiple sclerosis to PTSD can qualify.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Connecticut and the Business of Medical Marijuana

Scott Beale

  

Eighteen states, plus the District of Columbia, have changed their laws over the last few decades to allow for the usage of marijuana for medical purposes. Patients with a variety of chronic conditions say the drug is the only thing that can ease their pain. In California, the pioneering state in this effort, the widespread abuse of this system has prompted a scaling-back of the number of dispensaries.

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News
2:05 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Obama Pushes Healthcare Deadline Back, Businesses Cheer

On Tuesday, President Obama announced that one-year delay for a crucial aspect of his Affordable Care Act.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the delay gives businesses another year to figure out how to comply with the law.   One of the basic premises of Obama's healthcare law was that it would expand health insurance coverage to more people.

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Where We Live
11:11 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Political Turmoil In Egypt, Educational Turmoil In Bridgeport And New Details On Adam Lanza

Chion Wolf

Egyptian military officials have set a deadline of today for President Mohammed Morsi to agree to share power, or face a coup.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous is an Egyptian-American journalist and correspondent for the program Democracy Now!

When he was on Where We Live earlier this year, he spoke about the unrest in the country - a year after democratic elections that brought Morsi to power.

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Where We Live
10:27 am
Mon July 1, 2013

A New Gas Tax, But What's It Paying For?

Lundgren Photography, Creative Commons

You ever notice how gas prices tend to rise, just when we’re all on the road for summer get-aways?

Well, starting today, we’ll see the prices go even higher – as a Connecticut tax goes up.  It’ll give the state some of the highest prices in the country – but at least that extra revenue will pay to repair the roads…or, not.

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Non-Profit Minute
8:26 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

'Much Ado' About Wendy Davis' Abortion Filibuster

Flickr Creative Commons, ejmc

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Elections
3:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

GOP's Cafero Bows Out Of Race For Governor, Says Republicans Should Focus On Economy

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Republican House Minority Leader Larry Cafero has decided against a run for Connecticut's governor. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, a recent poll showed Cafero had less support than at least three others in his party.

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News
8:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Lead Plaintiff in Connecticut's Same-Sex Marriage Case Celebrates SCOTUS Decisions

Chion Wolf

Advocates of same-sex marriage in Connecticut are celebrating the Supreme Court ruling that strikes down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. Both banned gay marriage.

Beth Kerrigan was the lead plaintiff in the Kerrigan v. The State of Connecticut, a case that struck down a Connecticut law banning same-sex marriage,

Kerrigan says she is "overwhelmed" and "ecstatic" about the ruling.

She says with the Supreme Court ruling, her marriage to Jody Mock means a lot more now, than it did earlier this week.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Lead Plaintiff in Connecticut's Same-Sex Marriage Case Celebrates SCOTUS Decisions

Chion Wolf

Advocates of same-sex marriage in Connecticut are celebrating the Supreme Court ruling that strikes down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. Both banned gay marriage.

Beth Kerrigan was the lead plaintiff in the Kerrigan v. The State of Connecticut, a case that struck down a Connecticut law banning same-sex marriage,

Kerrigan says she is "overwhelmed" and "ecstatic" about the ruling.

She says with the Supreme Court ruling, her marriage to Jody Mock means a lot more now, than it did earlier this week.

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Immigration
6:32 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The DOMA Decision and Immigration

Diane Orson

Yesterday’s landmark Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act will allow same-sex couples to access hundreds of federal benefits.  One of those benefits will be to allow a U.S. citizen to help a fiancé or spouse get a green card.

Russ Hanoman is a systems engineer in Stamford. His finance lives in the Netherlands..

"I always had DOMA in the back of mind as an impediment to how this was eventually going to turn out."

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Immigration
6:32 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The DOMA Decision and Immigration

Diane Orson

Yesterday’s landmark Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act will allow same-sex couples to access hundreds of federal benefits.  One of those benefits will be to allow a U.S. citizen to help a fiancé or spouse get a green card.

Russ Hanoman is a systems engineer in Stamford. His finance lives in the Netherlands..

"I always had DOMA in the back of mind as an impediment to how this was eventually going to turn out."

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Politics
4:36 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

CT Gay Marriage Plaintiff Celebrates Supreme Court Decisions

A rainbow flag is hung in the dining room of the Kerrigan/Mock home.
Chion Wolf WNPR

This is an edited clip of reactions as the Supreme Court DOMA/Prop 8 decisions were announced. You’ll hear from friends and family of Jody Mock & Beth Kerrigan, one of the original plaintiff couples in the case in Connecticut that won same-sex marriage (Kerrigan is present wearing the Love Makes A Family t-shirt).
*NOTE - Turn your volume down, as there is a lot of screaming.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court, DOMA, and Mike Lawlor

Michael Lawlor, (r) and husband, David Zakur, outside the Stonewall Inn on Wednesday.
Credit CT Mirror (ctmirror.org)

Mike Lawlor got married over the weekend.

And while the state of Connecticut recognized his marriage to his husband, the federal government did not.  Until today.

I spoke with Lawlor as he sat on a park bench across from the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court rulings were read.  

If you can't catch the whole story, here's what you need to hear:

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News
2:21 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling A Sign That "Times Have Actually Changed"

Flickr Creative Commons, David Jones

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Where We Live
11:32 am
Wed June 26, 2013

The Wheelhouse On Massachusetts' New Senator, SCOTUS, and New Haven Politics

Mark Fischer (Flickr Creative Commons)

Massachusetts elects a new senator, the Supreme Court makes landmark rulings, and the race for New Haven mayor gets smaller.

Today, the political news roundtable “The Wheelhouse” is back on a very busy day in the news.

We’ll start with Ed Markey making history in Massachusetts. The Democrat won a special election there yesterday to fill John Kerry’s seat. And it marks the first time in a long time that the Commonwealth hasn’t elected a big, star name like Kerry, Ted Kennedy or Elizabeth Warren. 

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Where We Live
10:22 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Governor Malloy's New Office of Early Childhood, the State Budget, Keno and 2014

Chion Wolf

Yesterday, Governor Malloy signed an executive order establishing the Office of Early Childhood, an idea that has broad support, and funding from the legislature.

"There was no doubt that this legislation, until it apparently got tied up in some politics, was going to pass," said Malloy.

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News
5:36 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

A CT Family Waits For DOMA Decision

Diane Orson

The US Supreme Court still has to rule on several major cases before the end of the term. Same-sex couples across the country are waiting for a decision on The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.  A report now on how the DOMA ruling may affect one Connecticut family.

Under Connecticut law, same-sex couples can marry and adopt children.  But under DOMA and in the eyes of the federal government same sex marriage is not valid.

"This is my room, the best room in the house because I sleep in it!"

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Where We Live
11:14 am
Wed June 19, 2013

The NSA Story Continues, Malloy's Poll Numbers Are Down, and How Are Our Bridges Holding Up?

Swilsonmc (Wikimedia Commons), Chion Wolf, Dan Saksa (Flickr CC)

Are you surprised that this week we’re talking about Joe Lieberman and Dick Cheney? Are you surprised the former thinks the NSA’s data gathering is a good idea? And that President Obama doesn’t want to be compared to the latter?

Are you surprised that our state has 406 deficient bridges? That’s slightly better than New Jersey...take that Chris Christie.

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News
7:34 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Malloy, Perry in "Civil" Meeting

Tyler Salomon, CPBN Media Lab

Governor Dannel Malloy took the fight to visiting Governor Rick Perry of Texas Monday, crashing a luncheon in Hartford that Perry was giving for business owners. WNPR's Harriet Jones reports.

 

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Meeting of the Governors
7:34 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Malloy, Perry in "Civil" Meeting

Tyler Salomon, CPBN Media Lab

Governor Dannel Malloy took the fight to visiting Governor Rick Perry of Texas Monday, crashing a luncheon in Hartford that Perry was giving for business owners. WNPR's Harriet Jones reports.

 

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Politics
4:20 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Rick Perry Wants YOU To Move To Texas

Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Credit markn3tel, Flickr Creative Commons

Texas Governor Rick Perry is here in Connecticut trying to lure businesses away with promises of low taxes and no regulation.
 

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