In 1961, Estelle Griswold, president of Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, opened a birth control clinic to dispense contraceptives -- a bold act of civil disobedience that changed the course of the history of family planning legislation.
It resulted in the 1965 case of Griswold v. Connecticut, where the US Supreme Court removed one of the last serious barriers to family planning.
Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told MSNBC that he’ll be waiting at the border for Connecticut’s jobs after Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed tax hike drives business out of Connecticut. Malloy responded to his claims again Thursday.
Malloy drew a line between him and Christie by wanting to slightly raise taxes to help balance his state’s budget.
Looks like if you have overdue -- the wrong kind of "outstanding" -- parking tickets in Hartford, this could be your chance. From the press release it sounds like you’ll be able to pay the ticket but not the related fees. Release is below.
HARTFORD ANNOUNCES PARKING TICKETAMNESTY PROGRAM —NEWS ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25— 4:00 p.m. — Mayor Segarra and the Hartford Parking Authority will announce a Parking Ticket Amnesty Program for the month of March.
It's a fresh edition of Politics, Burgers and Beer. We'll talk budgets, the state of the economy, how we got here, and how we'll fix it. Faith and Quinnipiac's Rich Hanley will be joined by Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Chairman Phil Angelides, New York Times Wealth Matters columnist Paul Sullivan, and YOU! Join the conversation on Twitter, on Facebook, or on air at 203 776-WNPR.
One day after Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra upended the search for a school superintendent at the last minute possible, the chairman of the city's board of education sat down with WNPR and expressed his displeasure.
David MacDonald became chairman of the Hartford board of education just last week. He said he was disappointed in Segarra's call on Tuesday for a national search. MacDonald says that Segarra's concerns about the transparency of the search for a new superintendent showed great disrespect.
In his state budget address, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed changes to how Connecticut deals with drug offenders. WNPR’s Jason Cunningham reports on one of four new proposed bills that tackle marijuana reform.
“There are too, there are simply too many people also, who have been arrested for and jailed for minor, non-violent or drug offenses.”
While Governor Malloy didn’t directly address the issue of marijuana reform in his budget proposal, he did talk about "alternative forms of punishment" for those convicted of some minor crimes.
The Hartford board of education is scheduled to meet Tuesday to pick a successor to Superintendent Steven Adamowski, who is leaving after this year. But there's some concern in the community that the process was flawed. The district’s spokesman has been advocating for one of the two candidates to take Adamowski’s place.
You might know the name Elizabeth Horton Sheff. She's the Sheff in Sheff vs. O'Neill, the landmark school desegregation case in Hartford.
It’s a fresh edition of Politics, Burgers and Beer with Rich Hanley! PB&B regular, New York magazine’s John Heilemann, joins us to talk about President Obama’s response to the upheaval in Egypt, the proposed federal budget, and Governor Malloy's proposed state budget—plus conversation on all the newest news and developing developments in the world of politics.
Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled his new two year budget yesterday. The $19.7 budget for 2012 seeks to close a $3.2 billion deficit through tax hikes, spending cuts, and 2 billion dollars in union concessions.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra took over last summer after Eddie Perez was found guilty of corruption and resigned his office. Now Segarra is running for mayor, and he says Perez’s political allies are targeting him. Segarra appeared on WNPR’s Where We Live with John Dankosky. He suggested that efforts by at least one of his opponents, State Representative Kelvin Roldan, have the feel of Perez politics.
Hartford’s new mayor is dealing with piles of snow, a hole in the budget, and the everyday problems of running a city.
Pedro Segarra took over when Eddie Perez stepped down amidst corruption charges. At the time, he said he wasn’t planning to run for Mayor again.
But now he is and he’s facing challengers for that job, already.
He’s also looking at a budget deficit of $40 million dollars next year. Yesterday he got some good news from Governor Malloy about education grants from the state. But there’s still a long way to go to fill the budget hole.
The retail development known as Front Street in Hartford is finally built and looking for tenants. But the project took years to materialize, and now it's in court.
Front Street is a publicly-subsidized development that was geared to attract area people to downtown Hartford and the adjacent Connecticut Convention Center. Here’s how George Royster puts it. He's an attorney for the state:
“Because people coming to Hartford with no place to go would not be likely to return to the convention center or the hotel if they had no entertainment or retail or places to eat.”
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra is taking the city's schools superintendent to task for issuing a series of bonuses to district employees. Segarra says he understands the bonuses total about $2.7 million -- a figure that seemed to frustrated the mayor of this cash-strapped city. In a letter to Superintendent Steven Adamowski, Segarra said he wants to know why these bonuses were issued, what criteria was used in a awarding them, and who approved them.