In just a few hours the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an Arizona case that may affect Connecticut's public campaign finance system. We talk to Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror about her recent article.
Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian Human Rights attorney, who in 2003 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of democracy and human rights - especially for women and children. She’s speaking on the “Role of the West in Iran’s Struggle for Freedom,” this Saturday, March 26th at 6:30 at Hartford Seminary. She’s also the headline speaker for the 2011 PeaceJam Northeast Youth Conference at Watkinson School in Hartford this weekend.
Rich Hanley, Faith, and YOU talk Japan, the danger of the radioactive plume, and the pros and cons of nuclear power in this new context. Plus, the US Senate's OTHER Independent, Bernie Sanders of the great state of Vermont, joins the conversation.
As the world watches the nuclear crisis unfolding in Japan, Federal lawmakers, including Connecticut's Washington delegation are rethinking nuclear power. We talk to the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen. So what are Connecticut lawmakers saying?
Yesterday at the State Capitol, the General Assembly's Judiciary heard testimony on a number of marijuana related bills being considered by the state legislature this year, including the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of Marijuana, and the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Joining us to talk about this is Stamford state representative Gerald Fox, the house chair of the Judiciary committee.
Bottle deposit laws are facing challenges in two Northeast states. These laws require consumers to pay a deposit on a beverage bottle or can. The idea is to motivate people to return their empties, keeping the containers out of landfills and reducing litter.
But members of the beverage industry say the laws are costly, especially for them. And now they're backing efforts to weaken laws that have been in place for decades. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations Josie Huang of Maine Public Radio reports.
It's wall-to-wall Connecticut politics for the full hour. We'll talk Governor Malloy's proposed budget, new poll numbers out of Quinnipiac University, conflicting constituencies, the tug of war of spending cuts and raising taxes… and more.
The New Haven Independent's Paul Bass and Capitol Report's Tom Dudchik join Rich Hanley, Faith, and YOU on this fresh edition of Politics, Burgers & Beer.
Democrats in this state who want to repeal the law allowing executions feel this is their year - with a Governor who says he’ll sign a “prospective” law. But many people from both parties want to keep the punishment as a tool for prosecutors.
The Bridgeport Mayor's Election Advisory Panel released a report today (Thursday) detailing dozens of recommendations to change how Connecticut runs its elections. The proposal is meant to restore trust in the system after Bridgeport's infamous failure to order enough ballots during last November's elections.
One recommendation allows Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to recommend how many ballots a town should order. And, after review, it could allow her to force the town to order enough ballots for all of the town's registered voters.
In 1961, Estelle Griswold, president of Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, opened a birth control clinic to dispense contraceptives -- a bold act of civil disobedience that changed the course of the history of family planning legislation.
It resulted in the 1965 case of Griswold v. Connecticut, where the US Supreme Court removed one of the last serious barriers to family planning.
Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told MSNBC that he’ll be waiting at the border for Connecticut’s jobs after Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed tax hike drives business out of Connecticut. Malloy responded to his claims again Thursday.
Malloy drew a line between him and Christie by wanting to slightly raise taxes to help balance his state’s budget.
Looks like if you have overdue -- the wrong kind of "outstanding" -- parking tickets in Hartford, this could be your chance. From the press release it sounds like you’ll be able to pay the ticket but not the related fees. Release is below.
HARTFORD ANNOUNCES PARKING TICKETAMNESTY PROGRAM —NEWS ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25— 4:00 p.m. — Mayor Segarra and the Hartford Parking Authority will announce a Parking Ticket Amnesty Program for the month of March.
It's a fresh edition of Politics, Burgers and Beer. We'll talk budgets, the state of the economy, how we got here, and how we'll fix it. Faith and Quinnipiac's Rich Hanley will be joined by Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Chairman Phil Angelides, New York Times Wealth Matters columnist Paul Sullivan, and YOU! Join the conversation on Twitter, on Facebook, or on air at 203 776-WNPR.
One day after Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra upended the search for a school superintendent at the last minute possible, the chairman of the city's board of education sat down with WNPR and expressed his displeasure.
David MacDonald became chairman of the Hartford board of education just last week. He said he was disappointed in Segarra's call on Tuesday for a national search. MacDonald says that Segarra's concerns about the transparency of the search for a new superintendent showed great disrespect.
In his state budget address, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed changes to how Connecticut deals with drug offenders. WNPR’s Jason Cunningham reports on one of four new proposed bills that tackle marijuana reform.
“There are too, there are simply too many people also, who have been arrested for and jailed for minor, non-violent or drug offenses.”
While Governor Malloy didn’t directly address the issue of marijuana reform in his budget proposal, he did talk about "alternative forms of punishment" for those convicted of some minor crimes.
The Hartford board of education is scheduled to meet Tuesday to pick a successor to Superintendent Steven Adamowski, who is leaving after this year. But there's some concern in the community that the process was flawed. The district’s spokesman has been advocating for one of the two candidates to take Adamowski’s place.
You might know the name Elizabeth Horton Sheff. She's the Sheff in Sheff vs. O'Neill, the landmark school desegregation case in Hartford.
It’s a fresh edition of Politics, Burgers and Beer with Rich Hanley! PB&B regular, New York magazine’s John Heilemann, joins us to talk about President Obama’s response to the upheaval in Egypt, the proposed federal budget, and Governor Malloy's proposed state budget—plus conversation on all the newest news and developing developments in the world of politics.