Politics

Massachusetts Casinos
7:44 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Massachusetts Voters Clear Path for Springfield Resort Casino

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno , speaks to supporters gathered at the Basketball Hall of Fame on November 4, 2014.
Mark M. Murray The Springfield Republican

Massachusetts ballot Question 3, which would have repealed the state’s casino law, was soundly defeated by voters Tuesday.

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Election 2014
3:02 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Gov. Dannel Malloy Says He'll Likely Win Connecticut Governor's Seat

Gov. Dannel Malloy announces a "likely" victory at his campaign headquarters in Hartford.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy hasn’t officially won re-election, but he told supporters in Hartford early on Wednesday morning that, when all of the votes are counted, he’ll be on top. 

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Congress
1:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Fight For The Senate: Republicans Take Control, Adding 7 Seats

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell arrives at his midterm election night rally with his wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, in Louisville. McConnell, who won re-election, stands to become the next Senate majority leader.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 7:44 am

With a loss by Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Democratic incumbent fell in the 2014 midterms, setting off a chain of events that brought the Republicans a new Senate majority. The man who would lead them in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, coasted to a win in Kentucky.

McConnell was projected to defeat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by a 15-point margin, 56 percent to 41 percent, with almost a third of the vote tallied.

In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor lost to Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, a first-term member of Congress. Pryor has served in the Senate since 2003.

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First Congressional District
11:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Democrat John Larson Wins Ninth Term in Congress

Rep. John Larson in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

U.S. Rep. John Larson has been re-elected to a ninth term in Congress representing a heavily Democratic district in central Connecticut. 

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State Senate
10:48 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Ted Kennedy Jr. Wins Seat in Connecticut Senate

Ted Kennedy, Jr. outside the Madison Senior Center on Tuesday.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

Ted Kennedy Jr. has won his first political race and a seat in the Connecticut state Senate. 

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Election Day 2014
10:42 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election 2014 Live From Real Art Ways

The Funky Dawgz from UConn perform at Real Art Ways.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Polls are closed across Connecticut. Results were estimated to take a little while as many races were tight.

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Second Congressional District
10:37 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney Sails to Re-election

Rep. Joe Courtney.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney has won re-election to another term in Congress representing eastern Connecticut. 

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Attorney General
9:45 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

George Jepsen Re-elected Connecticut Attorney General

George Jepsen in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Democrat George Jepsen has been elected to a second four-year term as Connecticut's attorney general, beating a Republican who accused him of taking too many companies to court and fostering an anti-business atmosphere. 

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Election Night 2014
9:23 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Photos: What I Want From My Next Governor

What I want from my next governor ...

In a word, what do you want from your next governor? 

We asked people visiting our election night coverage at Real Art Ways that question. Below, see their answers. 

These photos are a collaboration of Chion Wolf and Josh Nilaya.

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Third Congressional District
9:13 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro Wins 13th Term in Congress

Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
Credit Creative Commons

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has easily won a 13th term representing a heavily Democratic swath of southern Connecticut. 

DeLauro defeated Republican James Brown, a high school teacher from Stratford. 

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Election 2014
8:46 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Ponder Questions Over Sen. Maynard

Madeline Lewis and Katie Gross campaign Tuesday for Sen. Andrew Maynard.
Harriet Jones WNPR

Voters in Southeastern Connecticut faced a difficult dilemma in the state senate race, where the injured Andrew Maynard remained on the ballot.

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Voting Problems
7:51 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Denise Merrill: "The Vote Should Go On" in Connecticut

Denise Merrill in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Secretary of State Denise Merrill said she will be filing a complaint on Tuesday evening due to what she called "gross dereliction of duties" by Hartford registrars. 

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Election Day 2014
6:45 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Two Hartford Polling Places to Stay Open Until 8:30 pm

Gov. Dannel Malloy's lawyer, Bill Bloss, outside court on Tuesday.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

A Connecticut judge ordered two Hartford polling places to stay open a half hour late until 8:30 pm on Tuesday because of Election Day problems, which Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's campaign said deprived people of their right to vote. 

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Election Day 2014
6:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Sounding Off On Massachusetts’ Casino Ballot Question

A voter arrives at Springfield's Forest Park Library on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
Greg Saulmon Springfield Republican

With the latest polls showing more voters favor supporting Massachusetts’ casino law than repealing it, New England Public Radio asked people in downtown Springfield how they will vote. 

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Election Day 2014
4:53 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Ted Kennedy, Jr. Makes His First Bid For Political Office

State Senate Democratic candidate Ted Kennedy Jr., left, visited the Madison Senior Center, one of the town's polling places with his brother Patrick, a former member of Congress from Rhode Island.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, is making his first bid for political office in Connecticut. But the campaign has not been without some controversy.

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Election Day 2014
4:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Did You Vote Today in Connecticut?

Essex Town Hall was the sole site for voting in a town that includes three villages: Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

Now that election day is finally here, we'd like to hear how things are going at the polls for you. This year's race, one of the nastiest in recent memory, is coming to an end -- and your vote counts. Did you vote yet? Did you get a sticker? Check below for reporting from WNPR and around Connecticut as election day marches on.

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Election 2014
4:30 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Education Question Draws Voters in New London

Signs outside New London High School
Credit Harriet Jones / WNPR

Education is a key issue for many in this election. In New London, voters had the chance to decide whether the city should bond $168 million towards building new facilities and creating an all-magnet school district. 

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Student Work
3:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Talk in Hartford's Bushnell Park About Their Concerns This Election Season

Justin Williams of Hamden said he thinks job creation is important in Connecticut.
CPBN

CPBN's Media Lab students stopped by Hartford's Bushnell Park last week to ask voters which issues matter most to them this election season.

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Election Day 2014
1:43 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

President Obama on Colin McEnroe Show: "Don't Be Discouraged, Hartford"

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Democrats are working hard to get out the vote across the country, and that now includes a call-in from President Barack Obama to WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:03 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Why Do We Volunteer to Help People in Other Countries?

Credit Horia Varlan/flickr creative commons

As elections are held across the U.S., raising the volume on what needs fixing in America, many Americans choose to work on helping citizens in other countries. Whether paid, or unpaid, we wonder what inspires work that says we are living now in a global village.

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Election Day 2014
12:56 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Connecticut Polls Busy, Some Problems Reported

Signage outside The Orchard House in Branford.
Lori Mack WNPR

Connecticut officials say polling places are busy and some problems have been reported as voters chose candidates for governor, Congress, the state legislature, and other offices. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day Check-Ins From Across Connecticut

Will you vote on Election Day?
Chion Wolf WNPR

It's finally here. It is Election Day 2014! For the last year and a half, the field of candidates for governor has been whittled down to Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley (again). Petitioning candidates Jon Pelto and Joe Visconti have come and gone (kind of). And this year's race will go down as one of the nastiest in recent memory. But it's almost over.

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Election Day 2014
8:46 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Gov. Malloy Among Voters Delayed at Hartford Poll Sites

The Hartford Seminary, Gov. Mallloy's polling place, as well as that of Secretary of State Denise Merrill.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy was among early-risers who faced delays voting at Hartford polls. A spokesman for the governor's campaign said Malloy voted at about 7:45 am, 35 minutes after he intended. 

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Mexico
7:33 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Police Capture Mexican Mayor Accused Of Ordering Student Kidnappings

Dubbed the "imperial couple" by a Mexican newspaper, the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda were wanted for questioning in the case of the missing students and the mass graves found near Iguala. They are shown here in a photo taken in May.
Alejandrino Gonzalez AP

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 12:23 pm

Mexican Federal Police captured the former mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda, near Mexico City this morning, the spokesman for the Federal Police said in a tweet.

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Election 2014
3:26 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Denise Merrill Says Her Office Is More Prepared Than Ever for Election Day

Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said her office is "more prepared than they ever have been" for election day. 

At her annual press briefing before election day, Merrill said her office has learned a lot since the 2010 election, when Bridgeport officials didn't order enough ballots.

"We now have an emergency plan in every town for elections," Merrill said, "and that's something we didn't have four years ago. That's another result of the 2010 election. Every town has an emergency plan that tells you what to do if the electricity goes off, who's in charge, where's the copy room if you need to copy some ballots -- which is, by the way, protocol." 

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Massachusetts
2:45 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Poll Shows Casino Opponents Face Long Odds Election Day

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 10:10 pm

A poll released Friday by Western New England University shows strong voter support for keeping the Massachusetts casino law.

The survey found 59 percent of  likely voters plan to vote against repeal of the law that legalized Las Vegas-style gambling and authorized the licensing of casinos in Massachusetts. Just 35 percent say they’ll vote yes on Question 3 on Tuesday’s election ballot.  Polling institute director Tim Vercellotti said the gap has grown since September, when a casino industry backed campaign launched a blitz of  TV ads.

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New York
2:39 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Working Families Party Urges Reluctant Members To Vote WFP Line For Cuomo

Karen Scharff says the WFP can keep Gov. Cuomo accountable.

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 1:29 pm

If New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wins reelection on Tuesday, he’s likely to continue to have tensions with the left-leaning members of his party.

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Election 2014
1:47 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Odalisques and the Connecticut Gubernatorial Candidates' Plans for Arts and Culture

"Odalisque in red trousers," a 1921 painting by Henri Matisse. Odalisque is the name of Tom Foley's yacht, a word meaning female slave or a concubine in a harem, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Creative Commons

The arts haven't had a whole lot of exposure on the campaign trail, but during a televised forum on WTNH on Sunday, the two Connecticut gubernatorial candidates traded barbs over Turkish concubines and the old masters. 

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Election 2014
1:42 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Quinnipiac Poll: Malloy Up By Three Points

Tom Foley, left, and Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows that Governor Dannel Malloy has a three-point lead over Republican challenger Tom Foley.

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Election 2014
12:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Malloy, Foley Say No More Taxes; Visconti Says Not Possible

As in many campaigns, tax increases have been called off by both major candidates.
Credit Chris Potter / Creative Commons

Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley have repeatedly said they will not raise taxes. After dropping out of the race as a petitioning candidate, Joe Visconti said it just can't happen.

"I don't know how we can cut enough, even if the legislature agreed with it, and mothball enough programs for us not to have some form of a tax increase unless we grow completely out of it in a miracle situation," Visconti told WNPR.

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