Politics

Where We Live
10:22 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Tax Day

Chion Wolf

When critics say the state shouldn’t increase taxes on the wealthy, they often say that it’ll force the rich to leave Connecticut.  So, is it true?

Two new studies show - well, that’s it’s not true at all.  That other factors, beyond the tax rate, are what drives people to make decisions about where to live.  

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Where We Live
4:47 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Immigration Day

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Today mark’s the state’s 14th Annual Immigrant Day

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Corruption
8:53 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Roldan Campaign Hires Perez Confidants, Including Former Chief of Staff

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Over the weekend, questions were raised about Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s ethics disclosures to the city and whether or not he may be in violation of federal housing requirements.  Now, as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, it appears the people behind those questions were paid consultants to Segarra’s political opponent and former advisors of convicted Mayor Eddie Perez.

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Budget
3:24 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Mayors and Selectmen Lobby for State Aid as Labor Negotiations Continue

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Mayors and first selectmen from around the state  will gather at the Capitol Wednesday to urge legislators to not slash state aid to municipalities.

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the lobby day coincidentally comes just after Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled a contingency plan that would target municipal aid if concessions from labor groups aren't met.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Poetry, Politics & (Bully) Pulpits

Where We Live
10:16 am
Fri April 8, 2011

The Government Shutdown

There’s a midnight deadline.  If a deal between lawmakers and the White House can’t be struck, the federal government shuts down.

And the next question is…does it matter?  We’re being assured that even in shut-down mode, our mail still gets delivered, entitlement benefits will still be paid, the military will keep fighting on three fronts. 

But other services you count on from the government are still kind of up in the air.  That expedited passport for the surprise Caribbean cruise?  The big tax refund you were planning on to pay for said cruise?

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Politics
7:45 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Government Shutdown Looming, Again

With a Midnight deadline looming, President Obama and congressional leaders are scrambling to finish a budget for the rest of the year, and avoid a government shutdown. Connecticut's congressional delegation is scrambling as well, in case the government goes into shut down mode. The Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen has been checking in with Connecticut lawmakers and joins us.

Read Deirdre Shesgreen's Article in the CT Mirror

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Contracts
3:24 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Nonprofits Take To The Capitol

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Connecticut's nonprofit service providers are trying to figure out how to improve their working relationship with the state in order to save money and enhance services.  Advocates for the state's non-profits gathered today/yesterday at the state capitol to talk about a recently released report that looks to answer this question: "How can we as a government smooth the path so that the non-profits can actually provide the services without having to worry so much about the bureaucracy and the red tape." That's Deb Heinrich.

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Where We Live
11:34 am
Tue April 5, 2011

No Peace in the Middle East

John Ryan Recabar

Today we talk with Palestinian physician Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. In 2009 during Israel’s invasion and bombardment of Gaza, a rocket hit his house killing three of his daughters and his niece. Author of “I Shall Not Hate,” Abuelaish has devoted his life to reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:33 pm
Sat April 2, 2011

Politics, Burgers & Beer… Town Hall Style!

The White House

Today, it's Politics, Burgers & Beer with Rich Hanley—town hall style! We take your calls for the full hour. What's on your mind? What're you worried about? What're you hopeful for? Call us—203 776-WNPR—live at 3pm!

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Where We Live
11:44 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Malloy, Cuomo, LePage

So, these three Governors walk into a town hall meeting.  One’s a member of the tea party, one is Mario Cuomo’s kid, and the third guy’s wearing a green tie.

I think I’m telling this wrong. The joke’s also supposed to include something about a labor department mural in Maine, and the terms “shared sacrifice” and “transformational.” 

The new Governors across our region are all facing big budgetary challenges, and they’re handling them in very different ways.

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Public Notice
3:20 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

State May Allow for Online Public Notices

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Connecticut towns and cities are mandated by law to publish public notices in local newspapers.  But that could soon change.

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Connecticut Legislature
10:40 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Rep. Mae Flexer on Domestic Violence

Yesterday, the general Assembly's Judiciary Committee heard public testimony on a host of bills aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence. Joining us by phone is State Representative Mae Flexer - she is a member of the legislature's Judiciary committee and chairwoman of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.

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Corruption
5:13 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

State's Case For Perez's Pension Continues

In Hartford, a state court judge has allowed a civil case over whether former Mayor Eddie Perez can collect his city pension…to continue. Attorney General George Jepsen said he's pleased with the decision. He says a judge could eventually consider whether Perez is entitled to a portion of his pension. "At some point, if the issue goes to trial, the issue of how much of Mayor Perez's pension should be revoked will be something the judge will consider." Perez was found guilty last year on corruption charges.

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Obituary
5:18 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Colleagues Remember Abraham Giles; Dead At 84

Courtesy Rick Hartford/Hartford Courant

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Mayor
5:15 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Perez Gone From Hartford City Hall, But Not Gone From City Politics

Chion Wolf/WNPR

In Hartford, convicted former Mayor Eddie Perez is gone from city hall.  But he’s not gone from city politics.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, former Perez allies are questioning the judgment of current Mayor Pedro Segarra. Segarra says it’s kind of strange to be criticized by allies of the man who's going to prison. “To blame me for transactions that were done by the previous administration by members of the previous administration are a little bit incoherent.” Perez was found guilty of taking a bribe from a city contractor last year.

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Courts
8:33 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Campaign Finance

In just a few hours the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an Arizona case that may affect Connecticut's public campaign finance system.  We talk to Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror about her recent article.

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Where We Live
10:32 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Governor Dannel Malloy

Chion Wolf

Dannel Malloy said he’d be more open to the press – more “communicative” than the previous governor.  I guess he wasn’t kidding…

Since his budget speech, Malloy has embarked on a voyage through Connecticut towns and cities that would seem ambitious by the standards of a touring rock band. 

And like those bands, grinding it out on the road – it must be getting a bit old by now. 

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Where We Live
10:42 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Shirin Ebadi

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Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian Human Rights attorney, who in 2003 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of democracy and human rights - especially for women and children.  She’s speaking on the “Role of the West in Iran’s Struggle for Freedom,” this Saturday, March 26th at 6:30 at Hartford Seminary.  She’s also the headline speaker for the 2011 PeaceJam Northeast Youth Conference at Watkinson School in Hartford this weekend. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:14 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Politics, Burgers & Beer: Going Nuclear

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Rich Hanley, Faith, and YOU talk Japan, the danger of the radioactive plume, and the pros and cons of nuclear power in this new context. Plus, the US Senate's OTHER Independent, Bernie Sanders of the great state of Vermont, joins the conversation.

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Where We Live
11:01 am
Thu March 17, 2011

Dan Esty Goes DEEP

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Dan Esty is the new head of the Department of Environmental Protection – and if Governor Dannel Malloy gets his way, that job will grow to include “Energy” in the title. 

Esty’s a Yale professor who’s advised President Obama on energy policy, and several corporations on how to “go green.” 

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Connecticut Lawmakers
8:04 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Nuclear Plants, Lieberman, And Blumenthal's Maiden Speech

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As the world watches the nuclear crisis unfolding in Japan, Federal lawmakers, including Connecticut's Washington delegation are rethinking nuclear power.  We talk to the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.  So what are Connecticut lawmakers saying?

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Connecticut Legislature
11:49 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Marijuana Bills Get Hearing at Capitol

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Yesterday at the State Capitol, the General Assembly's Judiciary heard testimony on a number of marijuana related bills being considered by the state legislature this year, including the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of Marijuana, and the use of marijuana for medical purposes.  Joining us to talk about this is Stamford state representative Gerald Fox, the house chair of the Judiciary committee.

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Speech
7:43 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Hartford Mayor Segarra Gives State Of The City

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra gave his state of the city speech Monday night.

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Reducing Waste
1:09 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Bottle Bills Face Challenges

Josie Huang

Bottle deposit laws are facing challenges in two Northeast states. These laws require consumers to pay a deposit on a beverage bottle or can. The idea is to motivate people to return their empties, keeping the containers out of landfills and reducing litter.

But members of the beverage industry say the laws are costly, especially for them. And now they're backing efforts to weaken laws that have been in place for decades.  As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations Josie Huang of Maine Public Radio reports.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:17 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Politics, Burgers & Beer: Wall-to-Wall Connecticut Politics Edition

Chion Wolf

It's wall-to-wall Connecticut politics for the full hour. We'll talk Governor Malloy's proposed budget, new poll numbers out of Quinnipiac University, conflicting constituencies, the tug of war of spending cuts and raising taxes… and more.

The New Haven Independent's Paul Bass and Capitol Report's Tom Dudchik join Rich Hanley, Faith, and YOU on this fresh edition of Politics, Burgers & Beer.

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Where We Live
10:55 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Tri-State Area Budget Edition

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Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey are all talking about taxes and public sector unions.

It’s a different kind of conversation in the Northeast than they’re having in say, Wisconsin - but the rhetoric is still kind of hot.

Dannel Malloy dubbed himself the “Anti-Christie” (take that New Jersey!) and then got a nice write-up in the New York Times for what they called a “Better Budget” proposal without bombast.

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DEEP
5:46 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Committee Recommends Esty to Head Environmental Agency

Nancy Eve Cohen

Connecticut lawmakers have voted to recommend that Daniel Esty become the new commissioner of the state's environmental agency. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports.

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