Politics

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.
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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 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 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

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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

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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!
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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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News
11:20 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Lawmakers Tap Energy Funds To Balance Budget

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Environmentalists are giving state legislators a mixed report card for the session that's just ended. They're happy with parts of the state's new energy policy. But a raid on clean energy funds is causing major concern.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Keno: The Conversation That Never Happened

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Mary Drexler is executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.  When Connecticut considers a big move like adding keno to the gambling menu, it's her job to attend all the public hearings and committee meetings at which the change is discussed.  It's her job to offer testimony on the bill and to recruit other experts who can offer opinion on the impact of increased gaming.  This time, she didn't do any of that.  She couldn't, because there were no public hearings or committee meetings. State-sponsored Keno was legalized in Connecticut by, essentially, a back room deal.

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Where We Live
10:17 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Connecticut's Complicated Housing Market

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June is Homeownership Month and part of peak real estate season. The housing market across the nation is finally showing signs of improvement with signs up across the nation. But it is not the market it was before the 2008 crash.

Some real estate experts say the market hit bottom at 2011 and has been slowly climbing back. This means jobs in construction and other parts of the housing sector.

Still, some 40,000 people are delinquent on their mortgages across the state. And others simply cannot afford any of the options.

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Connecticut Legislature
8:24 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Sen. Beth Bye "Discouraged" By The Blocking Of Early Childhood Legislation

Chion Wolf

Senator Beth Bye may be leaving this legislative session more disheartened than any other lawmaker.

Despite being funded in the state budget, the Office of Early Childhood was never actually created.

One of the bills biggest supporters is Bye, who was honored earlier this month as a 'Child Champion' by the CT Early Childhood Alliance.

"This is probably the most discouraging situation I've run into since I've been in elected office," said Bye.

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News
7:42 am
Tue June 11, 2013

History Repeating Itself? New Haven Neighbors Fight To Keep Their Homes

Back in the early 2000s, a group of mostly low-income African- American families took the city of New Haven to court. They were fighting to stay in their homes which were slated for demolition in order to build a new school complex. A documentary film airing tonight on CPTV tells their story.

"My house is paid for. I’ll never have to pay another mortgage no more in life. It's not much, but its mine."

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:05 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Politics, Burgers & Beer: June 10, 2013

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Rich Hanley joins Faith for Politics, Burgers & Beer. They’ll talk issues, arguments, budgets, controversies, news, Obama, Malloy, Washington, Hartford, and other people and places with names… and you should join the conversation! Call in: 203 776-WNPR.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:05 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Politics, Burgers and Beer: June 10, 2013

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Rich Hanley joins Faith for Politics, Burgers & Beer. They’ll talk issues, arguments, budgets, controversies, news, Obama, Malloy, Washington, Hartford, and other people and places with names… and you should join the conversation! Call in: 203 776-WNPR.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Keno Is Coming To Town

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News
5:40 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Legislature agrees on Whitehead, state polka, and second state song

State lawmakers passed a bill this week recognizing German immigrant Gustave Whitehead as the first to fly in rather than the celebrated Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk. It was one of just a few bills passed with bi-partisan support.

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News
5:27 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The truth behind Connecticut's gas prices: Part 3

This week we’ve been exploring why gas prices are so high in Connecticut. One culprit is a little-known state tax on the wholesale price of gas. On July 1 that’ll go up in the largest gas tax increase in state history. But the money won’t go to helping Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure. 

Last week I paid $3.79 cents for a gallon of gas. 46 cents of it went straight to the state of Connecticut. And I was frustrated. So was my fellow gas-guzzler Tracy Fusco.

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News
5:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The truth behind Connecticut's gas prices: Part 2

If you’ve ever wondered why gas prices in Connecticut are so high, WNPR’s Neena Satija is finding out this week. Yesterday she explained that a little-known wholesale fuel tax has a lot to do with it. Today she digs into the history of this tax, which will add around 4 cents to the price of a gallon of gas in July.  

No one was ever really supposed to notice that we had a wholesale tax on the price of gasoline in Connecticut. First of all, the oil companies were supposed to pay it – although they passed it on to drivers instead. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:22 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The Nose: The NSA Is Logging Your Outraged Tweets About Game Of Thrones

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Ordinarily on The Nose, we don't dive right into hard news, but it's hard to ignore the disclosures from the last few days about FISA, phones, PRISM and government access to Internet servers.

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News
11:16 am
Fri June 7, 2013

The truth behind Connecticut's gas prices: Part 1

Ever wonder why gas prices are so high in Connecticut? A lot of it has to do with state gas taxes very few people know about – taxes that are about to undergo a steep increase. 

So, last week I paid $3.79 per gallon of gas at a North Haven gas station. This made me angry. And I asked my fellow gas-guzzlers – who’s to blame?

“I can’t determine what’s going on or what’s causing it," said one customer.

“People are making money off it," said another. Other culprits were "oil from the Middle East" and "Saudi Arabia." 

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Connecticut Legislature
9:06 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How Was Keno Legalized In Connecticut?

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This was not the first year that Keno was discussed in the state of Connecticut. But its inclusion in the 2013 budget surprised many - including those who thought they were following it closely.

Earlier this week,  executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling Mary Drexler said she's been in contact with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman about Keno for the last two years.

"I did not get any word on this until Friday of last week," said Drexler about the deal that passed the legislature.

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Where We Live
11:18 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Connecticut's Legislature Wraps Up The Session

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The state legislative session is wrapping up with a budget deal that many observers say is full of “promises and gimmicks.” Ned Lamont, the former gubernatorial candidate agreed in a recent op-ed and he joins us with his own budget prescriptions.

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Hartford
4:26 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Kupiec, Segarra's Chief of Staff, Resigns

Hartford City Hall.
Credit Heather Brandon / WNPR

There is shakeup in the administration of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. Jared Kupiec, Segarra's chief of staff, is resigning. Kupiec's resignation comes after a series of political missteps -- including one in which he used his city credit card to pay for a New Year's Eve dinner for Segarra, the mayor's spouse, and others. The dinner was at a high-end downtown restaurant and included champagne and caviar.

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