Politics

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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Where We Live
10:34 am
Wed March 9, 2011

On the Repeal of Capital Punishment

Casey Serin

On the day Illinois is expected to abolish the death  penalty, Connecticut lawmakers are grappling with the same question.

Democrats in this state who want to repeal the law allowing executions feel this is their year - with a Governor who says he’ll sign a “prospective” law.  But many people from both parties want to keep the punishment as a tool for prosecutors.

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Elections
9:56 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Bridgeport Mayor's Advisory Panel Releases Recommendations

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The Bridgeport Mayor's Election  Advisory Panel released a report today (Thursday) detailing dozens of recommendations to change how Connecticut runs its elections. The proposal is meant to restore trust in the system after Bridgeport's infamous failure to order enough ballots during last November's elections.

One recommendation allows Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to recommend how many ballots a town should order.  And, after review, it could allow her to force the town to order enough ballots for all of the town's registered voters.  

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MPAA
8:10 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Dodd Takes Hollywood

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Earlier this week, retired US Senator, Chris Dodd, came out of his 8 week retirement.  We talk to the Connecticut Mirror's Deirdre Shesgreen about Dodd's new gig.

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Where We Live
10:21 am
Wed March 2, 2011

The Uncertain Future of Planned Parenthood

Chion Wolf, WNPR

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. 

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MPAA
2:13 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Dodd Takes the Red Carpet Job

Xurble photo via Flickr Creative Commons

Ending months of speculation, the Motion Picture Association of America announced Tuesday that retired U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd would be the movie industry's man in Washington D.C., effective St. Patrick's Day (March 17). 

The job comes with an estimated $1.2 million salary and the "duty" of handing out much-sought-after inivtations to movie screenings in the MPAA's 70-seat D.C. theater. 

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Governors
11:25 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Malloy is the Anti-Christie

Chion Wolf

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.

“I suppose I’m the anti-Christie.”

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Hartford City Hall
4:17 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Hartford Parking Semi-Amnesty

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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.

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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.

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State Treasurer
4:03 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Denise Nappier Hospitalized

Chion Wolf Photo

Treasurer Denise L. Nappier remains hospitalized today after seeking help Friday for what her staff described only as "a hyper-tension-related illness."

The treasurer's office issued a brief statement today saying that Nappier sought treatment Friday afternoon at Hartford Hospital.

"She is resting comfortably and handling work-related matters as necessary," the statement said. "Treasurer Nappier asks for privacy as she recovers fully."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:25 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Do Supreme Court Judges Need A Code Of Ethics?

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A recent round of questions about conflicts of interest in the U.S. Supreme Court may place all three branches of government on a collision course.

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Hartford Schools
6:10 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Hartford Superintendent Process Continues to Stir Debate

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra's decision earlier this week to intervene in the board of education's search for a superintendent continues to reverberate.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:28 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Politics, Burgers & Beer: FCIC Conclusions and Recommendations

FCIC

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.

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Hartford
3:57 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Board of Ed Chairman Disappointed in Segarra, Says He’s Considering Next Steps

Chion Wolf Photo

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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:28 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Should Connecticut Change How It Selects Juries?

Flickr Creative Commons, Sam Howzit

Until recently, I didn't understand the degree to which Connecticut jury selection process -- called the voir dire -- differs from those of other states.

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Legalization
1:54 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

State Senator Proposes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

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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.

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Hartford Schools
8:51 pm
Sun February 20, 2011

Questions Arise About the Filling of the Hartford School Superintendent Job

Chion Wolf WNPR

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.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:02 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Politics, Burgers & Beer: Budgets, Budgets

Photos: The White House/Chion Wolf

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.

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Governor's Proposal
4:14 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Budget: Shared Sacrifice, Fair Sacrifice

Governor's Budget
8:33 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Malloy Recaps His Budget Address

Chion Wolf, WNPR

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.  

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Governor's Budget
2:31 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Malloy Presents His Budget

Chion Wolf/WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy presented his plan to close the state’s $3.2 billion budget gap to a joint session of the state legislature today. 

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Where We Live
10:30 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Budget Day

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Budget day at the Connecticut capitol used to be like Christmas morning…you were never sure what you’d be getting.

Sure, like with Santa Claus you had a pretty good idea.  I mean you’d been dropping hints for months.  But, the final budget presented by the governor always included a hint of surprise.

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Elections
2:25 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Merrill Wants More Elections Authority

Hartford City Hall
2:50 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Segarra Says He's Under Attack From Perez Allies

Chion Wolf/WNPR

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.

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Where We Live
10:08 am
Thu February 10, 2011

The Mayor of Hartford

Chion Wolf

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.

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host's diary
3:00 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Blumenthal's Staff Magnifies His Slip With Threat to Mirror

Abeeeer photo via Flickr Creative Commons

It started with a flub by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.  It wasn't a big deal. As one of his spokespeple suggested, even the substitution of the word "era" for "days" would have helped his cause quite a bit. Most other politicians would not have been called on this, but, for Blumenthal, it fits kind of a narrative some people have about him.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:47 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Should We Reform the Electoral College?

The 2000 election illustrated the weirdness of our presidential voting system in several different dimensions. 

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