Where We Live
10:21 am
Wed February 1, 2012

East Haven Roundtable

Diane Orson

The police commission in East Haven has voted unanimously - chief Len Gallo must go.

Chief Gallo had already said he was stepping down in the wake of an FBI investigation which resulted in four officers in the town being arrested for allegedly systematically terrorizing Latinos in the community.  

Mayor Joseph Maturo fanned the flames of this ugly chapter in East Haven history with his remarks about tacos...and now the national and international news has been focused on this shoreline community.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:16 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

The Nose: How To Know When To Stop Talking

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I was appalled by the now famous taco comment by East Haven mayor Joe Maturo. The mayor had two jobs to do when the story broke last Tuesday about the arrests of four policemen. He had to assure the world that he was taking it seriously and that East Haven was not a hotbed of both casual and systematic prejudice against Latinos. He did not merely fail to do either.  He accomplished the polar opposite of each. The impact was worsened by the moment itself. A Latino reporter was asking a serious question about Latino issues.

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2:39 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

East Haven Police Probe May Swing Toward the Chief

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First Lennie Gallo, an aspiring New Haven police chief, was exiled to the animal shelter—because his boss said he couldn’t be trusted with humans. He reemerged as chief of next-door East Haven—where he’s now the center of a federal probe into alleged evidence-tampering that goes far beyond harassing Latinos.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Are Corporations Buying Elections?

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The lead story in today's New York Times is the second donation, by one married couple, to a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich. Miriam Adelson gave $5 million. Her husband Sheldon had already given he same amount.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

SOPA & PIPA: A Guide To Internet Censorship

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It's hard to keep an even keel about the debate over the two Internet anti-piracy laws known as SOPA and PIPA.

Yesterday's spectacle, if it revealed nothing else, showed what a flimsy connection there is between a congressmen "co-sponsoring" a bill and that same congressmen knowing what's in the bill.

After yesterday's show of force,  a number of congressmen withdrew their support for their co-sponsorship because ... wait for it ... they didn't agree with the content of the bills.

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Where We Live
11:08 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Redistricting Update

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Political Endorsements, Ambition And Portraits

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Today's show was sort of a political grab bag. We drilled down -- that might be the first time I've ever used that expression -- on the subject of political endorsements, which are flying around fast and furious right now.  We'll also alighted briefly on the issue of reapportionment, which is winging its way to the State Supreme Court.

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Where We Live
10:22 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Taxing Inequality

Income inequality stands to be the biggest issue - not just of the next election cycle - but of the next decade. Why? Well, the rich just keep getting richer - a new study released by Connecticut Voices for Children shows that over a four year period, the highest wage earners in the state have seen their income sharply increase - even through a recession - while middle-class workers struggle by, making about the same.

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3:40 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Hartford Police Chief Search Could Take Longer Than Planned

Hartford officials say they will likely miss their February deadline for picking a new person to run the police department.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the current police chief's tenure ends December 31st. Daryl Roberts is leaving after 30 years on the force and more than five years as the city's chief. He announced his retirement in September -- just before Mayor Pedro Segarra released the results of an outside investigation that said the police department had serious management issues.

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Party Politics
11:24 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Working Families Party Celebrates 2011, Looks To 2012

It's been a good year for Connecticut's Working Families Party.  In Hartford, the party won all three of the city council's minority seats and sidelined Republicans.  And at the state capitol, it won a major victory with the passage of paid sick leave. But  the party is now looking to the future. The Working Families Party tries to match its name -- and advocate for issues that matter to the state's working families.  One of those issues was paid sick leave for service workers.  Last session, with Democratic support and over the objection of state Republicans, it won that battle.  Now... "There have been people in the state legislature who've are coming to us now and are saying, well, that was cool, what do we do next? "

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State Capitol
3:21 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Malloy Names New Chief of Staff

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy has announced a new chief of staff.  Mark Ojakian will start the job in January. Ojakian will take the place of Tim Bannon, who Malloy says is leaving as planned after a year on the job.  Ojakian was the governor's point person in labor negotiations. "His work negotiating with the state employees union was critical to our plans to reinvent Connecticut state government and even more critical to our budget plans. And while it was a bruising and often frustrating endeavor, in the end, we got what we needed. And in large part we got what we needed because of his superior skills." Malloy says one of those skills proved especially useful.  "Well, he's got a lot more patience than I do -- probably is the best way to put it."

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City Council
4:11 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Still No Consensus On Hartford Council President

In Hartford, the goal of city Democrats was to have a new council president by Thanksgiving.  But that time has come and gone and there still is no consensus on who will lead. Most of the time, it doesn't really matter who the president of the Hartford city council is.  Except, of course, when it does -- like last year, when Pedro Segarra went from council president to mayor.  He was filling the seat left vacant by convicted former Mayor Eddie Perez.

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4:19 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Senate 2012: Bysiewicz Talks Politics, Policies

A day after a leading national Democrat endorsed her opponent, Susan Bysiewicz says she's happy to play the role of the Washington outsider in her run for U-S Senate.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Bysiewicz held a conference call to talk about her policy priorities and some political strategy.

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Occupy Movement
4:24 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Segarra Clears Occupy Hartford Site

In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra ordered an end to the Occupy Hartford encampment just off I-84.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Segarra says that reports of violence and drug abuse made the site a threat to public safety.

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11:02 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Perez Wins Money From City While His Appeal Continues

In Hartford, it's been over a year since former Mayor Eddie Perez was convicted on public corruption charges.  He was sentenced to three years in jail but is free pending his lengthy appeal.  Meanwhile, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the disgraced mayor has just won a payout from the city. Perez had argued through his attorneys that he was owed money for back sick and vacation time.  He also made the case that he was officially working as mayor while he defended himself in court.  

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4:42 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Redistricting Means Change For Hartford

On Wednesday, lawmakers redrew the district lines for the state house and senate. That means some change for the city of Hartford. House Speaker Chris Donovan said Wednesday that, for the first time in 30 years, Windsor will have a house district in which its residents are the majority. That was the good news. The bad news for Hartford, though, is this. The same number of people will be representing the capital city -- but, in all likelihood, one of those representatives won't be from Hartford anymore. Matt Ritter represents the city's West End. He said the census is to blame.

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3:31 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

CT Mirror: Lawmakers To Ask Supreme Court For More Time For Redistricting

State lawmakers are meeting this hour to try and finalize boundaries for state legislative districts and federal congressional elections. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, there's a midnight deadline, and the question of how to draw the lines for the US House of Representatives is still unresolved. New district lines for state representatives and senators have apparently been agreed upon.  But according to Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror, it now appears that the bi-partisan redistricting commission will ask the state Supreme Court for more time to figure out how to draw the state's five congressional districts.

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12:46 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

New Deportation Guidelines for ICE, USCIS

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The head of US Citizenship and Immigration Services visited the Hartford Public Library late last week. The library was recently awarded another federal grant for its immigrant outreach program. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, Director Alejandro Mayorkas also took time to address new deportation guidelines.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:32 am
Fri November 18, 2011

The Nose: Fall Guys, Women Comics & How Yoga Clothes Can't Shrug 'Atlas'

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What will big business head honchos learn from the fall of CL&P's Jeff Butler? Maybe they'll learn not to be the face of the company during a big disaster.

Somebody talked Butler into handling CL&P's press briefings personally, even though the company has a whole staff of mouthpieces on call to do just that.

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Where We Live
10:56 am
Fri November 18, 2011

#Occupy's Day Of Action

Chion Wolf

Yesterday’s national “day of action” for Occupy Wall Street was meant to mark the movement’s two-month anniversary...but it also came just after a forceful eviction from the park in lower Manhattan where the protests started.

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Poverty in the Suburbs

Chion Wolf

By the end of  2010, over 15 percent of the nation’s population lived below the federal poverty line— that's just over $22 thousand dollars for a family of four.

Over a ten-year span, the US saw the poor population grow by 12.3 million, driving the total number of Americans in poverty to a historic high of 46.2 million.

...and the number of those poor people living in the suburbs increased by 25%. New research from the Brookings Institute explores how poverty is shifting from inner cities to the suburbs.

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Returning Home

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Last month, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. will withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. 100,000 troops have already been removed and the latest withdrawal will bring the last 40,000 home. Today, where we live, as we celebrate Veterans Day a conversation about the transition from military life to civilian life for the thousands of Veterans who have and will return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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3:43 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Hartford Searches For New Police Chief

In September, Hartford's police chief announced he'd be retiring at the end of the year.  Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, city officials say a new chief won't be selected by the time the old one leaves. Daryl Roberts is retiring after 30 years on the force and more than five years as the city's chief. His contract expires on December 31.  Roberts announced his retirement just before Mayor Pedro Segarra released the results of an outside investigation that said the police department had serious management issues.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Stories From Connecticut Mayors

Chion Wolf

During the Arborgeddon storm, mayors became unusually important and unusually petulant. To an unprecedented degree, the towns seemed cut loose from their moorings. The state couldn't deliver much help and the utility -- well, why even go there.

Toward the end of the cycle, there were, of all things, elections -- which seemed especially critical, given the new significance of the mayors, and strangely beside the point, given the way people's energies and attentions went elsewhere.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

The Nose: What Do Presidential Debates Accomplish?

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The question is bubbling up right now because Texas governor Rick Perry wants to stop participating in debates. In fact, he told Bill O'Reilly, “These debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates. So, you know, if there was a mistake made, it was probably ever doing" a debate.

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Special Session Roundtable

Chion Wolf

The state legislature is calling a special session tomorrow. It’s a tale of two bills: Jobs and Jackson Labs.

Governor Malloy has unveiled a jobs plan.  It’s focused on small business growth, startup investments for innovative firms, and streamlining the process for business to get things done.  
These are all ideas that the governor and legislative leaders expect to get some level of bi-partisan support.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:26 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

The Rise (And Possible Fall) Of Political Lawn Signs

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Lawn signs stir the blood during election season, and when you think about it, it's understandable.

There aren't that many measurable forms of political activity before an election. But two campaigns can compete about who can get the most signage up.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:03 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

The Vanishing Urban Republican Candidate

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There ARE city Repiblicans, but in New Haven, there's an 18-1 registration ratio, and there are no Republican candidates running for Alderman or Mayor. In Hartford, the Republicans have crossed-endorsed Mayor Segarra. Hear from Hartford Republicans about why it is that the Republican party is not representing in urban areas.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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