Politics

Coming Home Project
10:59 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Legislative Committee Considers Bill to Help Keep Veterans Out of Jail

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

The General Assembly's Veterans Committee is considering a bill that could strengthen programs to keep veterans out of jail. Veterans who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars face a variety of challenges when they return home including physical and mental health issues. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Election Double Header: Connecticut's Strange Political Machine

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Connecticut is a strange political state. We’ve been home to (and given comfort to) mavericks and outsiders of all kinds (long before John McCain and Sarah Palin changed the way we think of mavericks). Jerry Brown was our idea of a Democratic presidential candidate in 1992. And Joe Lieberman has somehow gently landed his career on the tarmac after being reviled by both major parties.

Are there rules and mores that apply here that don’t apply elsewhere? Is our reputation for valuing party-jumping mavericks really deserved? And is it evaporating here in 2012?

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Immigration
5:36 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

New Haven Rejects Immigration Crackdown Program

Uma Ramiah

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, announced it will roll out a program called Secure Communities in the state this week. In New Haven, community leaders are calling on Governor Dannel Malloy to reject the initiative.

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Immigration
5:38 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Support Grows for West Hartford Man Detained By Immigration Officials

ICE officer in the field, courtesy of ICE.gov

***UPDATE: Sujito Sajuti was released Friday, February 17. Immigration attorney, Rafael Pichardo says Sajuti was granted a stay of deportation meaning he can stay as long as he checks in with ICE on a regular basis. He was also granted a work authorization so he can be lawfully employed in Connecticut. Pichardo says Sajuti is looking forward to seeing his wife again. They've been apart for two months. LN

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Immigration
4:21 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

ICE Will Pay Hefty Sum for 2007 Fair Haven Raids

The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit by 11 illegal immigrants in Fair Haven who sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement for violating their civil rights. 

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Civil Rights
4:57 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

East Haven Police Officer Files to Dismiss Charges

The intense publicity surrounding the recent indictment of the East Haven Police Department has prompted a police officer to ask that charges against him be dismissed.

Late last month, the federal government arrested four East Haven Police officers for engaging in systematic discrimination of Latino residents in the city. All of them have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The arrests came in the aftermath of a much-publicized investigation by the Justice Department of the East Haven Police department beginning back in 2009.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:55 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Gov. Malloy's State Of The State Address - 2012

Chion Wolf

A year ago, Dannel Malloy's job fell into the general categories of triage and emergency medicine. The state's finances were broken. He had to get the patient stabilized so the process of care could begin. This year, to extend the analogy, the patient is out of intensive care but not out of the woods.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:39 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Should Religion Be Politicized?

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Sooner or later in every American political cycle, religion rears its head. The debate over Barack Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright is still fresh in our minds. In the presidency of George W. Bush, there were many questions about the degree to which his faith shaped his policies and his rhetoric.

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Blue Laws
12:57 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Connecticut Considers Allowing Sunday Liquor Sales

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now to lawmaking at the state level. In Connecticut, residents will have to do some advance planning for their Super Bowl parties. The state is one of only two that still bans the sale of all alcohol at stores on Sundays. But Jeff Cohen of member station WNPR reports, that could change.

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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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Police
2:39 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

East Haven Police Probe May Swing Toward the Chief

Thomas McMillan Photo

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?

Flickr Creative Commons, Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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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News
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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Elections
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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Corruption
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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Districts
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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Districts
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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Immigration
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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