Politics

Coming Home Project
12:40 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Welcome to Fort Leavenworth

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

Bridging the gap between the media and the military: that's the goal of a week-long conference hosted by the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Fort Leavenworth Combined Arms Center. Seventeen journalists including myself were accepted into the program because of our interest and backgrounds covering military issues.

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Jobs
3:29 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Hartford Police Chief To Retire

Chion Wolf/WNPR

Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts has announced he is leaving the department at the end of the year when his contract expires.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Roberts has served as chief since July 2006 and is a 30-year veteran who worked his way up from patrol.  A city native, he was the hometown pick to replace Patrick Harnett -- the New Yorker who served before him.   And he's been known as a chief who speaks his mind about his city -- where young people and guns too often find their way to one another. But he's also had a rough go of it.

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Public Safety
2:55 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

State To Review Two-Plate Policy For Top Elected Officials

Copepodo via Flickr Creative Commons

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Where We Live
10:44 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Peter Boynton Is Moving On

Chion Wolf

After two years with Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Deputy Commissioner Peter Boynton is moving on.

Boynton was first appointed to the post under Republican Governor Jodi Rell. During his tenure, he’s led the department through Presidential disaster declarations for federal aid, earthquakes, blizzards and most recently Tropical Storm Irene.

The department he leaves is very different from the one he entered in 2009. Back in July, his department became part of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

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Elections
5:58 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Linda McMahon Announces Bid For U.S. Senate

Diane Orson

Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon announced today she’ll run again for the U-S Senate in 2012.  McMahon stressed her business background at the top of the professional wrestling world.

Linda McMahon declared her candidacy for US Senate at a small family-run manufacturing company in Southington, CT.  "Ladies and gentlemen, I am a proven job creator and today I’m announcing that I’m a candidate for United States Senate"

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Energy
4:17 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Legislators Hold Hearing On Tropical Storm Irene

Municipal officials are giving Connecticut utility companies mixed reviews for their power restoration efforts following Tropical Storm Irene. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, today/yesterday was the first of two legislative hearings on the storm.  They praised the work of the crews.

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Missed Deadline
8:00 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Morning Edition: The Slow, Complex Process Of Redistricting

Chion Wolf

Every ten years, a bipartisan committee made up of members of Connecticut's General Assembly go through the tedious process of redrawing legislative and congressional maps. Often the Reapportionment committee's work breaks down into partisan politics. Earlier this week, the Reapportionment committee wrote a letter to Governor Dannel Malloy acknowledging that they will miss their September 15th deadline, which is today. Joining us by phone is House Minority leader and co-chair of the Reapportionment committee Lawrence Cafero.

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Politicians
11:13 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Nappier Stopped, But Police and Prosecutors Say She Did Nothing Wrong

Chion Wolf

Hartford's state's attorney said Thursday there was no basis for the motor vehicle charges filed against state State Treasurer Denise Nappier last week that resulted in her car being towed after a traffic stop.

And now, a spokeswoman for the Hartford Police Department is saying the same thing.

"She didn't do anything wrong," said spokeswoman Nancy Mulroy. "The chief began an investigation Friday, the officer has been reassigned pending the results of the investigation, and at this time there's nothing to indicate that State Treasurer Nappier did anything wrong."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:31 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Catching Up With Governor Malloy

Chion Wolf

Yesterday, I asked the outside world to submit questions for Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Facebook and via email. The response reminded me of why I wouldn't want his job.
A lot of people are really mad at him for raising taxes.
A lot of other people are really mad at him for cutting spending.
A lot of other people are really mad at him for extracting concessions from state workers.
A lot of other people are mad at him because the concessions are nowhere near meaty enough to address the state's deficit problems.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:57 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

The Nose: Politicking Post-Irene; Cheney's New Memoir; Obama's Bungle

Mike Licht, Flickr Creative Commons

One pitfall a leader must avoid involves becoming a Charlie Brown or David Copperfield character. A person to whom things happen as opposed to a person who makes things befall others. 

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Energy
2:39 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Malloy: Some Could Get Power Back Sooner, Others Later

[Photo credit: Connecticut National Guard]

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Transportation
3:51 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Malloy Appoints New DOT Commissioner

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy has appointed his interim Department of Transportation commissioner to oversee the agency permanently. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Governor Malloy named James Redeker to run the department, which employs 3,000 people and oversees the state's highways, ports and airports. Redeker was appointed as the interim commissioner in March as the governor conducted a national search to fill the job.  But Malloy said that the national search eventually turned up the local guy. "It turns out that the right person was here in our own backyard.

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Where We Live
10:36 am
Mon August 22, 2011

The Independent Voter

Chion Wolf

A Pew survey from earlier this year shows that a growing number of Americans are choosing not to identify with either party.

These so-called “independent” voters are thought to be key to the President’s re-election, and control of congress.  

But in another Pew poll conducted in late July, only about a third of independent voters said they wanted President Obama to be reelected. And for the first time, a majority of independents disapproved of the job he’s doing.

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State Budget
3:11 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

AFSCME Video Pushes For A "Yes" Vote On Concessions

One state union is working hard to get its members to vote yes on a concessions package to balance the state budget. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

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Where We Live
10:04 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Increases in the Income Tax

Chion Wolf WNPR

Income tax increases are being felt in some paychecks while tax breaks are going out to some big companies.

Those tax increases are being felt mostly by Connecticut’s wealthiest residents...and are showing up in paychecks now.  It’s an issue of “fairness” according to some - but another look at the numbers shows the state’s revenue stream is more “volatile” because of a dependence on the rich.

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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

Where We Live
10:58 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Jim Himes on the Budget Crisis

Chion Wolf

With a 12-year career on Wall Street before coming to Congress, Jim Himes has become a “go-to” guy on questions about the debt ceiling.

The 4th district congressman has been making the rounds of cable talk shows, warning about the coming crisis if Congress doesn’t act to raise the debt ceiling.

He told the Connecticut Mirror that he’s trying to “debunk the baloney” that he says he hears coming from the likes of Tea Party Presidential Candidate Michele Bachman.

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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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