Politics

Governor's Mansion
5:22 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

West End, Park-Like Setting, Needs Work

State of Connecticut

As tempers flare over the contentious vote and revote on a labor concession deal, one of the questions that occasionally pops up on comment boards is this: Is the Malloy Administration really spending money to redecorate the governor's mansion as it is demanding labor givebacks?

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National Debt
1:02 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Republicans, Democrats Agree Changes In Debt Policies Needed

There’s not much that Republicans and Democrats agree on in the current debt-ceiling standoff. But one thing that all sides accept is that the nation's legal borrowing cap has failed in its primary goal: limiting the nation's red ink. From Washington Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror reports.

No one can anyone argue that the debt ceiling has served to rein in federal borrowing. The cap has been lifted at least 80 times and the U.S. government’s total debt stands at about $14.3 trillion.

Himes:

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Roundtable on the Looming Debt Crisis

Mike Poresky

Yesterday, Republicans who control the house finally addressed the issue that's been gripping the nation: Naming Post Offices.

Yes, when it became clear that House Speaker John Boehner's two-stage solution to avert the debt crisis was not going to get enough votes from within his caucus, the House quickly turned to the important task of naming the Post Offices in Peoria and Pasadena.   

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Internet Privacy
2:38 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Jepsen Says Facebook Addresses His Privacy Concerns

Where We Live
10:27 am
Tue July 26, 2011

William Tong

Chion Wolf

What do you get when a little-known candidate raises more than a half-million dollars in the first months of a run for Senate?  Could it be “tong fever"?

Well, at least that’s what Colin McEnroe called it.  The condition is named after William Tong, who in 2006, became the first Asian American elected to a state office in Connecticut.  

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Union Contracts
4:26 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Malloy Wants Quick Revote

Elections
9:47 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Segarra Wins Democratic Nomination

Public Defenders
12:37 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Budget Cuts Threaten Public Defenders

WNPR

In the wake of the failed labor concessions agreement between Governor Dannel Malloy and state labor unions, state agencies are feeling the crunch. The Office of the Chief public defender has to cut about 7.5 percent of their overall budget, which some believe will hinder the states poorest from getting proper legal counsel, and will make it difficult for public defenders to honor their constitutional obligations.

We are joined by Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice planning.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

The Uncertain Fate Of Connecticut's Ferries

Chion Wolf

Before we get started on ferries, let me make a few things clear.

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Where We Live
11:18 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Where We Vote: Susan Bysiewicz

Chion Wolf

Susan Bysiewicz is hoping to turn her name recognition and long political career in Connecticut into a spot in the US Senate. 

Bysiewicz was Connecticut’s popular Secretary of the State, when she decided to give up that job to run for Governor.  Then, in the first round of the bizarre political shakeup of 2010, she left that race while in the lead to run for the Attorney General’s job, being vacated by now Senator Richard Blumenthal.

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Congress
7:59 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Cautious Support for McConnell Plan

Federal lawmakers spent the weekend working on ways to break the standstill in budget talks. While there is still hope that lawmakers can come up with a package of spending cuts and taxes, including President Obama's $4 trillion so called grand bargain, with an August 2 deadline quickly approaching, a simple raise of the debt limit, as proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be the more likely outcome.

Here to talk about reaction from Connecticut's congressional delegation is the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:34 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

The Nose: Obama's Stressed, Bachmann's Praying & Dobbin's Ombudsmaning!

hpebley3, Flickr Creative Commons

Here are links to a few of the topics discussed on today's episode of The Nose:

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Coming Home Project
6:15 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Wounded Warrior Program Hires Iraq Veteran to Help Servicemembers

The U.S Department of Labor says nearly 12 percent of veterans who've served since 9-11 were unemployed last year. Twenty-five percent of them have service-related disabilities. The number of unemployed is expected to grow now that more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are returning to a country trying to recover from the recession.  A small program by Congress aims to help veterans get back into the workforce. 

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Congress
7:57 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Debt Negotiations Impasse Continues

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Deficit cutting negotiations with President Obama and Congressional leaders continued yesterday with no apparent progress.  Time is running short to raise the government's debt limit.  We talk to Congressman John Larson about the impasse.

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Housing
9:04 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Dallas Tests Where Section 8 Recipients May Live

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

In this country we could see some changes in a government housing program known as Section 8. Critics have complained that this subsidized rent program gives recipients enough money to live in poor, minority neighborhoods, but not enough money to live anywhere else. Now the Department of Housing and Urban Development is rethinking the way it calculates rent payments.

The city of Dallas has been testing these changes and Jeff Cohen from member station WNPR has this report.

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State Budget
1:41 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Layoffs Loom After Conn. Workers' 'No' Vote

Transcript

JEFF COHEN: And I'm Jeff Cohen in Hartford, where the budget season began with what seemed like a safe bet. Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy said he and labor leaders would find a way to save $2 billion over two years, and the Democratic legislature said okay. Eventually, the governor and the state's unions came to an agreement that scaled back some benefits and included a four-year pledge of no layoffs.

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Where We Live
10:18 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Where We Live: Roundtable On Shared Sacrifice

Chion Wolf

Connecticut’s special legislative session ended last night with a budget deal.  But, believe it or not - this still might not be over.

Governor Dannel Malloy and state lawmakers agreed on a package to plug the last $1.6 billion dollar hole in the state budget with up to 6500 layoffs in the state workforce.  

It’s something neither Malloy, nor the Democratically controlled legislature...nor union leadership wanted to see happen.  But the union vote to reject a concessions package has seemingly sealed the deal.

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Elections
6:03 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Wooden Once Criticized Segarra, Now Supports Him

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:32 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Gov. Malloy Readies for Budget Armageddon

Chion Wolf

OK, I know this might not be as easy and fun as yesterday's show on comic books, but if the current state budget were a comic book, it would be about a dystopian future. (And present for that matter ...)

The state constitution requires that the budget be balanced by Friday. It isn't. The plan for doing that included significant givebacks by the state employees. They wouldn't do it.

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Where We Live
11:09 am
Wed June 29, 2011

A Conversation with Hartford's State Legislators

Chion Wolf

Hartford is at a time of transition. Recovering from corruption, transforming its education planning for the future.

Today, Where We Live teams up with The Hartford Public Library for “The Year Ahead: A Conversation with Hartford’s State Legislators.” 

We'll be talking with members of the state congressional delegation from the city. They'll share their thoughts about the state of Hartford, and what lawmakers are doing to solve some of the city’s problems - from violence, to education scores, to literacy rates.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:48 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Do 'Trigger Funds' Make Elections More Fair?

Flickr Creative Commons, Jan Seifert

Today, the Supreme Court struck down an Arizona public financing law similar to the one in Connecticut. But campaign finance reform can be a little dry and hard to follow, so first, a little colorful history:

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Elections
3:20 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Labor Leaders Respond

Elections
2:25 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Governor Malloy's Approval Rating Remains Low

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

The Nose: Weiner Won't Go Away, But Will Voters Forgive Him?

Flickr Creative Commons, David Boyle

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Legislature
4:07 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Governor Malloy Wraps Up His First Session

Where We Live
10:40 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Wrapping Up The Session

Chion Wolf

Connecticut’s legislative session has drawn to an end….on time. 

Yeah, really.  Governor Dannel Malloy did a little bit of celebrating, shortly after midnight, then called for a special session on job creation and declared that education reform should be the priority of the next legislative session.

Connecticut Mirror Political reporter Mark Pazniokas has called the governor’s style “hyperkinetic.”  We’ll look at what got done during this first act of his administration.

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