Politics

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

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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"

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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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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:18 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Rick Perry Wants YOU to Move to Texas

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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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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:18 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Rick Perry Wants YOU To Move To Texas

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:06 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Authors of Moral Ground and Morning of Fire

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Where We Live
10:45 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Connecticut's Freedom of Information

creative commons

Connecticut was one of the first states to have its own Freedom of Information Commission, designed to administer and enforce FOIA laws. But things are changing.

A last minute bill passed at the legislature, limiting the release of information about Newtown - but does that set a precedent for future crime scenes?

It’s definitely got people talking about the future of FOI - and spurred the creation of a new task force to see if our current laws are relevant in a new internet age.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Newtown, A Reporter Looks Back

Credit Jeff Cohen/WNPR

My instincts had failed me.

That happens.  It's why we have newsrooms and colleagues and editors and bosses.

But on Dec. 14, when we first heard the reports of a school shooting in Newtown, my first response wasn't to get in my car and go.  

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Grief
2:35 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Newtown, Grief, and Progress -- Six Months Later

Six months after the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, a town is figuring out how to balance mourning and moving forward. Grieving is a process with a clear beginning but no clear path. And Jill Barron says that six months after the Sandy Hook shootings, one thing is clear -- everyone is at a different place. "Some individuals are struggling and some individuals are ready to accept help." 

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Where We Live
1:08 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Newtown Healing: Six Months Later

Catie Talarski

Today, we're broadcasting live from the offices of the Newtown Bee - a small, hometown newspaper that -like the rest of this community - was thrown into the national spotlight six months ago today.

The mass shooting that killed 20 young students and 6 educators launched a national conversation about gun violence and mental health.  But those conversations in Hartford and Washington seem still distant from this community, where the pain is still very fresh, and real and daily.

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Your State Budget
1:38 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

There Will Be Keno. It Will Make Money. That’s About All We Know.

Like to gamble? Like beer? Try Keno!
Credit (Photo Courtesy Flickr, edkohler)

Promises - easy to make and tricky to keep.

In the case of Governor Dannel Malloy, he promised throughout the legislative session that he wouldn't raise taxes.  And, by his account, he didn't.  (Others disagree.)

But here's a riddle.  If you promise not to raise taxes, and you've cut all you say you can cut, and you STILL need money to balance the state's books, what do you do?

Answer: Keno.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Advocates for Trafficked Kids: They're Victims, Not Criminals

DCF Commissioner Joette Katz
Credit Hartford Courant

Sex trafficking isn't a problem in foreign lands.

Child advocates say up to 200,000 kids are trafficked into the sex trade each year.  That number prompted federal lawmakers to look into the problem this week.  Surprisingly, it's the Senate Finance Committee  that has jurisdiction over child welfare programs 

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Immigration
1:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Father's Day Far Away From Dad

As Father’s Day approaches, many kids are making plans to spend special time with their dads. But some Connecticut young people will be far away from their fathers.  A surge in deportations under the Obama administration has affected tens of thousands of American kids. WNPR brings you the story of a Norwalk teenager whose dad was removed to Colombia two years ago.

"It all started when I was in 8th grade. I was 13 years old. We were in New York and my dad got a phone call from a neighbor saying that a police officer was looking for him."

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News
3:50 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

As Newtown Anniversary Approaches, A Bus Tour To Begin

This week marks the six month anniversary of the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, one anti-gun group is planning a national bus drive to commemorate the day. Erica Lafferty lost her mother, Dawn Hochsprung, on December 14.  Hochsprung was the principal at Sandy Hook. "For the past six months, I've been living without my best friend. Without my mom. I've been planning a wedding without her.  And that's happening to 33 additional families every single day.

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