Politics

Newtown
3:40 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

A Lighter Moment, With Malloy, Biden, and a Bet

Vice President Joe Biden was in Connecticut to talk about gun control measures at a conference with Governor Dannel Malloy. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, an otherwise somber governor did a little bit to try and make the crowd laugh. Without the vice president in the room, Malloy gave his remarks and said that anytime you get to spend part of your day with Joe Biden is a good day.

And then he said this: "I'm going to bet that he's going to mention either his grandmother or his grandfather at some point in his talk with us." Enter the vice president.

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Children
8:53 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Caring For Our Children

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It's clear that the Legislative Bi-Partisan Task Force charged with making recommendations in response to the Newtown tragedy will probably miss their February deadline. But one of the subcommittees of the task force, the school safety subcommittee finished their work yesterday. Joining us by phone is State Senator Beth Bye, she is a member of the school safety subcommittee. 

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Eddie Perez Appeals
4:49 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez Appeals His Conviction

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez was back in court today, appealing his 2010 convictions on corruption-related charges. Perez was sentenced to three years in prison but has been free while his appeal is pending. Perez was convicted for two separate incidents.

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Where We Live
12:02 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Immigration Reform

Chion Wolf

President Obama has called on both parties in Congress to send him an immigration reform package - saying in his State of the Union address that “now is the time to get it done.” He’s vowed to let Congress do its work...but in the last few days, we learned that the President has crafted his own proposal. Many in Congress see it as a priority, too.

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Where We Live
8:56 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Connecticut's Mayors Rebuke Governor Malloy's Budget

Chion Wolf

A group of mayors and other municipal leaders are upset that Governor Malloy’s budget proposal cuts needed aid - even as the governor says they’re being “held harmless” in his proposal.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano says other states like New York, are having a different conversation with their towns.

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Where We Live
10:50 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Governor Malloy on the Blizzard, UConn and the State Budget

Chion Wolf

The New York Times had the best description of the first term of Governor Dannel Malloy, “a wearying tape loop of natural chaos.”

The state is still digging out from yet another blizzard and he’s probably sick of the seeing the inside of the Emergency Operations Center and many students are probably sick of being stuck at home.

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Where We Live
10:10 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Governor Malloy's Budget

Chion Wolf

Governor Dannel Malloy’s new budget includes some tax relief, and a promise of no new taxes.  But it’s also a document that even some in his party are calling “confusing.”  Today, where we live, we’ll try to pull apart fiction from reality in the new two-year state budget.

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Where We Live
11:10 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mayor DeStefano Not Seeking Reelection

Chion Wolf

Today we’ll talk about the legacy of John DeStefano, the long-serving New Haven Mayor who’s said he’ll step aside. We talk to Paul Bass from the New Haven Independent. 

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New Haven
11:38 am
Wed January 30, 2013

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Will Not Seek Re-election

Diane Orson

Its official.  New Haven’s longest serving mayor, John DeStefano, will not seek re-election.  

As she introduced the mayor, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said she couldn’t imagine the city of New Haven as vibrant a place today were it not for John DeStefano.  "He takes big gambles. He takes risks. And those risks have paid off for people."

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Coming Home Project
4:47 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Veterans Commissioner Reflects on End of Combat Ban for Women

Photo by Chion Wolf

The state's Commissioner of Veterans Affairs is applauding news that the military is ending its ban on women serving in the infantry and other ground combat. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil has more from Vietnam veteran Linda Schwartz.

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Politics
10:14 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Inauguration and Income Inequality

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Gun Control
2:37 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

State Politicians React To President's Gun Proposals

Connecticut officials are welcoming President Barack Obama's sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence following the deadly shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Gov. Dannel Malloy credited the president with taking "the critical first step" in making sure such a tragedy doesn't happen again. Malloy said the president has offered "common sense measures" that "we should all be able to agree on."

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Gun Control
4:32 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Legislators Create Bipartisan Task Force After Newtown

Connecticut legislators are establishing a bipartisan task force to recommend possible legislation to prevent gun violence, provide mental health care and improve school safety. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, this comes a month after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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Gun Control
2:55 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

State's Democrats Continue Gun Control Push

As Vice President Biden prepares to issue his gun safety recommendations to the president early next week, Connecticut Democrats are keeping the pressure on. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say they've sent a letter to Biden, urging measures that would expand assault weapons bans, institute universal background checks for gun and ammunition purchase, and improve federal tracking of firearms.

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Gun Policy
3:04 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Conn., N.Y. Governors Want Tighter Gun Control

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

As we've been hearing, following the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, politicians have taken a renewed interest in gun control. The governors of Connecticut and New York have been leading the effort. Jeff Cohen of member station WNPR in Hartford reports on the proposals that are emerging.

JEFF COHEN, BYLINE: In his State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York could be a model for the nation.

(SOUNDBITE OF STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS)

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Where We Live
5:04 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

WNPR Special Coverage: Gov. Malloy's State Of The State Address

Chion Wolf

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging lawmakers to work with him to prevent future tragedies like the mass shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Malloy became emotional Wednesday as he spoke about the teachers and a therapist who sacrificed their lives to protect students, apologizing after he paused during his State of the State address to gain his composure.

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Where We Live
10:24 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Pre-gaming the State Legislative Session

Chion Wolf

A new legislative session begins in Hartford today - and lawmakers will have a lot on their plates as usual.

But the standard-issue partisan fights over spending, revenues may well be eased - at least early in the session - by the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Governor Dannel Malloy’s State of the State address, the traditional kickoff of the session, will likely focus on the state’s attempt to come back emotionally from the tragedy.

But, it means we’ll also hear a lot about gun control and school safety over the next few months.

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Where We Live
11:46 am
Fri January 4, 2013

On Partisan Politics, Fiscal Cliff, Sandy Recovery

Chion Wolf

Sometime today, the US House of Representatives may vote on an aid package to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.  That 9 billion dollar aid package is only about $51 billion smaller than the Senate bill that House speaker John Boehner walked away from without taking a vote.

Meanwhile, the congress has put a band aid on the tax issue that was taking us over the fiscal cliff.  The deal will keep taxes from going up for most Americans - but kicks down the road spending cuts.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:37 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Nose: NRA Weighs In On Newtown Massacre

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One of the verbal melodies that sustained me during the past year was the notion that people can be divided into two camps: those who think they're living in a comedy and those who think they dwell in a drama.

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Connecticut
9:49 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Malloy on Transportation: No Guarantees

As Governor Dannel Malloy attempts to fill a $400 million budget hole, most state agencies will have to take a budget cut. Those agencies will likely include the Department of Transportation, and some of those cuts may be passed on to commuters.

Connecticut’s Department of Transportation oversees a budget of about $1.2 billion each year. That includes maintaining and renovating highways, bridges and rail infrastructure throughout the state. Speaking on WNPR’s “Where We Live”, Governor Malloy said he thinks transportation is a priority. But the money isn’t there.

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Monthly Malloy: DCF, Transportation, and the State Budget

Chion Wolf

Governor Dannel Malloy is heading into the new year with a series of questions surrounding this budget year - and the next couple. He’s put a plan in place to cope with the state’s current budget shortfall...but the next three years show the state budget billions in deficit.

He’s said that everything - except tax increases - are on the table, and he’s working with legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle to find a solution before next week’s special session.

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Where We Live
11:09 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Longevity

Chion Wolf

Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.” She’s now Adult Education Director for the New Haven Board of Education - and one of many officials and activists throwing their support behind a new attempt at curbing gun crime: Project Longevity.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Why Secession In America Won't Happen Anytime Soon

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The recent stirrings in Texas have prompted us to do a show about secession, but it's important to note that, at any given moment, there are low level secessionist rumblings in many U.S. States.

You may remember that in 2008, one of the many interesting aspects of Sarah Palin was her husband's status as a former member of the Alaska Independence Party. Vermont has a separatist movement, and there's something involving Washington State, Oregon, and British Columbia -- the Cascadia Independence Movement.

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Where We Live
10:53 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Puerto Rico's Political Status

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In the November elections, most results were pretty clear cut. But one that seems to have raised more questions than answers was a plebiscite on Puerto Rico’s political status.

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Where We Live
11:03 am
Tue December 4, 2012

A State Budget In The Red

Chion Wolf

Yesterday, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo officially certified a state budget deficit of $415 million. That’s $50 million more than the Governor Malloy's numbers and these come less than a week after a first round of budget cuts.

Those $123 million in cuts span the budget from education to social services. ...and it’s a sign of things to come.

Today, Where We Live, it’s a state budget roundtable with Kevin Lembo and the Connecticut Mirror’s state budget guru Keith Phaneuf.

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Global Affairs
8:48 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tony Blair And Ernesto Zedillo Discuss Global Crises

Diane Orson

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo spoke Monday at Yale University.  They discussed global crises facing world leaders.  

Much of the discussion centered on the Middle East and the Israeli/Palestinean conflict. 

Tony Blair is a peace envoy to the region.  

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Job Search
4:12 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

No Progress In Hartford's Search For Chief Operating Officer

Three months after promising a national search to find a new chief operating officer, the city of Hartford says it hasn't yet started to look for one. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, this comes on the heels of a search for a police chief that got mixed reviews.

Earlier this year, Mayor Pedro Segarra spent $50,000 on a national search for police chief only to pick James Rovella in the end. Rovella was already serving as acting chief. That move rubbed some on the city council the wrong way. And, at the time, even Segarra's chief of staff Jared Kupiec said the process wasn't ideal.

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Clean Burning
5:44 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Malloy Promotes Energy Plan In Woodbridge

As debate continues over Connecticut’s new comprehensive energy plan, Governor Dannel Malloy has been traveling around the state promoting one of its key components: natural gas. On Monday, he visited a high school in Woodbridge which is now heated with natural gas rather than oil. 

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Where We Live
10:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Governor Malloy and Linda Schwartz on Veterans Issues, the Budget, and Energy

Chion Wolf

Today, we’ll officially kick off a monthly visit from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Here at Where We Live, we made a big deal about how the last governor didn’t like to come on the show and answer questions from listeners.

This governor, despite news of a growing budget gap and facing pretty low approval ratings, says “bring on the questions!” So we will and we’ll give you a chance to call in as well to talk about the state budget, about recovery from Sandy, about economic development and the just-completed elections.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:59 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Politics, Burgers & Beer: Election Day, 2012

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Rich Hanley joins Faith for a special Election Day edition of Politics, Burgers & Beer.  We’ll take your calls for the full hour: Have you voted yet? How was turnout at your polling place?

Plus, we’ll talk about the effect of Sandy on national politics, Republican Linda McMahon’s Vote for President Obama and for Me! gamble, and much much more.

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