Politics

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Governor Malloy & Erika Franklin Fowler Deconstruct Election 2012

Chion Wolf

Elections are the last remaining true mass market. 

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Where We Live
11:59 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Connecticut Remains Blue

Chion Wolf

Big turnout, long lines, and an enthusiasm for voting that had not been predicted were the stories of yesterday’s election day in Connecticut and across the nation.

When it was over, Democrats kept control of the Presidency and the Senate - with the addition of a new face, Chris Murphy.

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Elections
4:45 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

McMahon Campaign Workers Wear Shirts That Back Obama

Mark Pazniokas/CTMirror.org

Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon hasn't been bashful about her efforts to attract independent voters. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, that strategy took a new turn today. McMahon clothed some of her campaign workers in purple shirts with a message: I support Obama and McMahon November 6.

A few weeks ago, McMahon released an ad encouraging people to vote both for her and for Democratic President Barack Obama. It irked even some people in her own party. Then, last week, she released her final ad that made reference to Democratic President John F. Kennedy.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Day: Colin's Citizen Observers Report From Around Connecticut

Chion Wolf

Can it be? Is West Hartford the new Bridgeport?

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Day!

The power’s on at the polling places. The coffee is flowing and the donuts are warm, which is good, because this morning at my polling place, it was 21 degrees.  One poll-standing candidate was wrapped head to toe in a sleeping bag.  Yes, it’s election day in Connecticut...finally.

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Elections
4:37 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Senate Candidates Make One Last Push

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

With less than a day before the polls open, candidates for US Senate made their way to events across the state. WNPR's Jeff Cohen caught up with them. He says he's a congressman with experience, she says she's a businesswoman and a job creator. She says his record stinks, he says she's trying to buy a senate seat.

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Where We Live
10:36 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Ralph Nader On The Election

Chion Wolf

Maybe no American has had as much impact on - or as much to say about - our Presidential elections in recent years as Ralph Nader. The longtime consumer advocate and Winsted Native ran third-party races for President in 2000, 2004 and 2008, but decided not to run this year.  Instead, he’s been intensely critical of both major parties, the media’s coverage of the race, and the series of debates which regularly leaves out third-party candidates.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Nose: "Dear Lydia Callis, I Want To Sign A Baby With You"

It was not a typical week -- if there even is such a thing. The storm changed nearly every equation it blew through.  All of the political campaigns got a lot more tricky.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:46 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Electoral Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Jason A. Howie

Bridgeport. Why is it always Bridgeport?

The city is rapidly becoming famous for Election Day problems, and this year will be no exception. Power outages could cramp voting and so could the fact that ordinary polling places have now been converted to storm shelters.

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Presidential Magazine

HarshLight, Creative Commons

First - highlights of a “mock” presidential debate between two prominent Connecticut politicians at Central Connecticut State University last week. Ned Lamont has Obama’s back. Tom Foley is in Romney’s corner. It’s ON!

This week is also the 50th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis - we’ll look at how secret recordings JFK made help us understand the aftermath of this complicated time.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:53 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Nose: Presidential Debates, Death Of Print, & Puppies!

Chion Wolf

Here are a few things that happened this week in the presidential campaign.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:10 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Weicker On McMahon, Murphy And The 2012 Presidential Race

Chion Wolf

The Watergate burglary was 40 years ago. Thirty-nine years ago, a freshman senator from Connecticut wound up on the investigative committee. Lowell Weicker was the first from his party to begin openly questioning the involvement of President Nixon, not only in the burglary but in a thicket of clandestine operations that became the meat of the scandal.

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Latinos Indifferent to Senate Candidates
12:51 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy Unknown to Many Latino Voters

Chion Wolf

The first ever poll of registered Latino voters in Connecticut shows strong support for President Obama. According to Latino polling and market research group Pulso, 81 percent of Latino voters prefer the President compared to 6 percent for Mitt Romney.

But when asked about the contentious U.S. Senate race in Connecticut, 56 percent of those polled couldn't name either candidate. And when prompted with the names of Republican Linda McMahon, and Democrat Chris Murphy, 50 percent say they were undecided.

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Where We Live
10:30 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Raving, Ranting & Riding on Railroads

Anders Illum (Flickr Creative Commons)

Like other government programs, there is a debate over funding for Amtrak. It’s a complicated business model for the rail operator because it’s owned by the government but operates in many ways like a private company.

Today,  we’ll talk about the current state of rail in the United States. With all of this talk about high speed rail...including here in the northeast, how did we get to where we are today?

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Where We Live
11:23 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Jim Himes On The Fiscal Cliff, Campaign Financing, and Syria

Catie Talarski

With violence in Syria starting to spill over into neighboring Turkey, Representative Jim Himes wants to start considering a no-fly zone over the wartorn country.

Speaking on WNPR's Where We Live, Himes continued to oppose supplying the rebels with weapons, but Himes is looking at other options. "I'm getting to the point where I think that we should consider, now that a NATO ally has been attacked, we should consider working with NATO and the Arab League as we did in Libya to begin the roll-out of a no-fly zone over Syria."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:41 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Reading Political Polls

Flickr Creative Commons, blprnt_van

A poll conducted in 1997 showed Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly leading incumbent John Rowland by four points. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

The Nose: Who Won The VP Debate?

Where We Live
11:16 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Where We Vote: Steve Obsitnik

Tucker Ives

A political newcomer is challenging two-term incumbent Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional district. Republican candidate Steve Obsitnik is a Navy veteran and businessman from Stamford. Speaking on WNPR's "Where We Live," Obsitnik says if elected, he wouldn't cater to special interests.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

The Politics Of Hair: Part 2

Bob Jagendorf, Flickr Creative Commons

Recently, we did a show about the politics of hair, and we talked about African hair, blondes, and gray hair - We didn't have nearly enough time to cover all hair types, especially redheads. So we decided to devote two segments of today's show to talk about the stereotypes redheads face, and hear from some listeners who had something to say about our first show.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:18 am
Wed October 10, 2012

'Ella Grasso: Connecticut's Pioneering Governor'

File Photo

I dug up an old photo of me and Gov. Ella Grasso, both wearing Army helmets.

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Natural Gas
10:47 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Governor Malloy and Dan Esty Lay Out Their New Energy Strategy

Chion Wolf

With his new energy plan unveiled last week, Governor Dannel Malloy is trying to explode an old stereotype.

"It used to be that you could only be pro-business or pro-environment. Let me say clearly that I reject that as a false choice," said Malloy during the unveiling.

Malloy’s plan is ambitious and wants to increase the state's natural gas usage by more than 250,000 households. It also aims to lower energy bills and increase efficiency.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:56 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Hair is Political!

thepeachpeddler

I can honestly say I never gave any thought to Michele Obama's hair or how it gets that way until we started preparing for today's show, which is about hair.

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Where We Live
11:47 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Recapping the Crazy Week In Politics

Chion Wolf

It’s been a strange week in politics...just ask President Barack Obama.

Speaking to a Colorado crowd the day after the first presidential debate he said, "When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney."

Yeah, the guy he met in Denver seemed different somehow...well prepped, energetic and ready to steamroll the helpless moderator, Jim Lehrer.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:42 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Dissecting The First 2012 Presidential Debate

Official US Navy Imagery, Flickr Creative Commons

We're all about last night's debate. The nation's go-to site on this topic, Presidential Debate Blog, is sort of based here in Connecticut, and we'll have its contributing editor, Mark Samburg, on the show.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:32 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Can Game Theory Predict The Next President?

Flickr Creative Commons, Jorge Franganillo

For years I have been ignorantly fascinated by Game Theory. By that I mean I know there's this whole interesting study of strategy and decision making that would inform my understanding of a lot of things -- politics, business, psychology -- if I only knew more about it.  

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Where We Live
10:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Andrew Roraback Takes Heat From The Left and Right

Chion Wolf

Andrew Roraback is the Republican nominee for the open Congressional seat in the 5th District...and he’s a bit stuck.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Connecticut's Checkered Past In Politics, Suffrage, And War

Flickr Creative Commons, cliff1066

There's an oft-cited quote from John Adams writing in 1808, after his presidency. "Connecticut has always been governed by an aristocracy, more decisively than the empire of Great Britain. Half a dozen, or at most, a dozen families have controlled that country when a colony, as well as since it has been a state." 

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Where We Live
11:17 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Esty Says Roraback Is Not A Tea Party Republican

Chion Wolf WNPR

Although national Democrats are running ads in Connecticut connecting Republican Andrew Roraback to the tea party, his opponent Elizabeth Esty distanced herself from the attacks. "I don't say that and I've said I don't say that," said Esty. She added that if a Republican is elected from Connecticut's 5th District, "What you've done is added another vote, added more support at the national level for the national (Tea Party) agenda."

Esty pointed to a larger problem with the Citizens United ruling and campaign finance.

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Coming Home Project
4:37 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Battle Continues Over Yellow Ribbons on Litchfield Green

Yellow ribbons are back on the town green in Litchfield after being taken down recently by a group that oversees the historic district. The ribbons, which show support of the military, were removed in late summer by the borough warden and burgesses. The members voted to take four of them down without telling town residents who have maintained the ribbons, specifically the families of servicemembers. No reason was given.

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Local Taxes
3:34 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

CCM Highlights the Property Tax

An advocacy organization that represents towns and cities across the state is calling on the state to give more money to municipalities.   The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities issued a campaign bulletin intended for candidates this fall.  It makes one clear, if not new, point: Connecticut relies too heavily on the property tax. Jim Finley is CCM's executive director. "It's the most regressive tax in our state/local tax system.  It's income blind.  It doesn't matter whether you have a job or not, your property tax is due.

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