Politics

Occupy Movement
4:24 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Segarra Clears Occupy Hartford Site

In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra ordered an end to the Occupy Hartford encampment just off I-84.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Segarra says that reports of violence and drug abuse made the site a threat to public safety.

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Corruption
11:02 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Perez Wins Money From City While His Appeal Continues

In Hartford, it's been over a year since former Mayor Eddie Perez was convicted on public corruption charges.  He was sentenced to three years in jail but is free pending his lengthy appeal.  Meanwhile, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the disgraced mayor has just won a payout from the city. Perez had argued through his attorneys that he was owed money for back sick and vacation time.  He also made the case that he was officially working as mayor while he defended himself in court.  

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Districts
4:42 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Redistricting Means Change For Hartford

On Wednesday, lawmakers redrew the district lines for the state house and senate. That means some change for the city of Hartford. House Speaker Chris Donovan said Wednesday that, for the first time in 30 years, Windsor will have a house district in which its residents are the majority. That was the good news. The bad news for Hartford, though, is this. The same number of people will be representing the capital city -- but, in all likelihood, one of those representatives won't be from Hartford anymore. Matt Ritter represents the city's West End. He said the census is to blame.

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Districts
3:31 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

CT Mirror: Lawmakers To Ask Supreme Court For More Time For Redistricting

State lawmakers are meeting this hour to try and finalize boundaries for state legislative districts and federal congressional elections. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, there's a midnight deadline, and the question of how to draw the lines for the US House of Representatives is still unresolved. New district lines for state representatives and senators have apparently been agreed upon.  But according to Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror, it now appears that the bi-partisan redistricting commission will ask the state Supreme Court for more time to figure out how to draw the state's five congressional districts.

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Immigration
12:46 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

New Deportation Guidelines for ICE, USCIS

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The head of US Citizenship and Immigration Services visited the Hartford Public Library late last week. The library was recently awarded another federal grant for its immigrant outreach program. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, Director Alejandro Mayorkas also took time to address new deportation guidelines.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:32 am
Fri November 18, 2011

The Nose: Fall Guys, Women Comics & How Yoga Clothes Can't Shrug 'Atlas'

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What will big business head honchos learn from the fall of CL&P's Jeff Butler? Maybe they'll learn not to be the face of the company during a big disaster.

Somebody talked Butler into handling CL&P's press briefings personally, even though the company has a whole staff of mouthpieces on call to do just that.

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Where We Live
10:56 am
Fri November 18, 2011

#Occupy's Day Of Action

Chion Wolf

Yesterday’s national “day of action” for Occupy Wall Street was meant to mark the movement’s two-month anniversary...but it also came just after a forceful eviction from the park in lower Manhattan where the protests started.

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Poverty in the Suburbs

Chion Wolf

By the end of  2010, over 15 percent of the nation’s population lived below the federal poverty line— that's just over $22 thousand dollars for a family of four.

Over a ten-year span, the US saw the poor population grow by 12.3 million, driving the total number of Americans in poverty to a historic high of 46.2 million.

...and the number of those poor people living in the suburbs increased by 25%. New research from the Brookings Institute explores how poverty is shifting from inner cities to the suburbs.

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Returning Home

HarshLight Creative Commons

Last month, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. will withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. 100,000 troops have already been removed and the latest withdrawal will bring the last 40,000 home. Today, where we live, as we celebrate Veterans Day a conversation about the transition from military life to civilian life for the thousands of Veterans who have and will return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Jobs
3:43 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Hartford Searches For New Police Chief

In September, Hartford's police chief announced he'd be retiring at the end of the year.  Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, city officials say a new chief won't be selected by the time the old one leaves. Daryl Roberts is retiring after 30 years on the force and more than five years as the city's chief. His contract expires on December 31.  Roberts announced his retirement just before Mayor Pedro Segarra released the results of an outside investigation that said the police department had serious management issues.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Stories From Connecticut Mayors

Chion Wolf

During the Arborgeddon storm, mayors became unusually important and unusually petulant. To an unprecedented degree, the towns seemed cut loose from their moorings. The state couldn't deliver much help and the utility -- well, why even go there.

Toward the end of the cycle, there were, of all things, elections -- which seemed especially critical, given the new significance of the mayors, and strangely beside the point, given the way people's energies and attentions went elsewhere.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

The Nose: What Do Presidential Debates Accomplish?

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The question is bubbling up right now because Texas governor Rick Perry wants to stop participating in debates. In fact, he told Bill O'Reilly, “These debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates. So, you know, if there was a mistake made, it was probably ever doing" a debate.

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Where We Live
10:06 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Bill Curry is Back

Chion Wolf

In 2008, it was hope and change.  Barack Obama promised not just a new kind of president...but a new kind of politics.  

But it seems that political transformation will have to wait.  Despite his attempts at bi-partisanship, Republicans have repeatedly rebuffed President Obama in his attempts to pass domestic legislation - including his jobs bill.  Now, Washington’s more gridlocked than ever.

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Special Session Roundtable

Chion Wolf

The state legislature is calling a special session tomorrow. It’s a tale of two bills: Jobs and Jackson Labs.

Governor Malloy has unveiled a jobs plan.  It’s focused on small business growth, startup investments for innovative firms, and streamlining the process for business to get things done.  
These are all ideas that the governor and legislative leaders expect to get some level of bi-partisan support.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:26 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

The Rise (And Possible Fall) Of Political Lawn Signs

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Lawn signs stir the blood during election season, and when you think about it, it's understandable.

There aren't that many measurable forms of political activity before an election. But two campaigns can compete about who can get the most signage up.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:03 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

The Vanishing Urban Republican Candidate

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There ARE city Repiblicans, but in New Haven, there's an 18-1 registration ratio, and there are no Republican candidates running for Alderman or Mayor. In Hartford, the Republicans have crossed-endorsed Mayor Segarra. Hear from Hartford Republicans about why it is that the Republican party is not representing in urban areas.

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

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Joe Courtney
12:18 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Morning Edition: Update From Afghanistan

Chion Wolf

Connecticut's 2nd District Congressman Joe Courtney returned from a visit to Afghanistan earlier this week. Courtney is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and he joins us by phone.

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Jobs
2:43 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Malloy Releases Bipartisan Agenda On Jobs

Governor Dannel Malloy has unveiled the agenda for next week's special legislative session on jobs.  And as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, he says the plan has bipartisan support. Malloy called for the session over the summer, in part because he wanted the state to present a unified front on economic development.

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Jobs
3:48 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Malloy Talks Jobs In North Hartford

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy is getting ready for a special session next week focused on jobs.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Malloy spoke with religious leaders in Hartford Monday about how to bring more of those jobs to the state's cities. Malloy sat at the head of a table of leaders of the greater Hartford faith community, and he came to reiterate what he says is his commitment to job creation in the state's urban centers. But people like Rev. Josh Pawelek wanted more.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:22 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Esty Admits Mistakes, Outlines Future Policies

Chion Wolf

What a bumpy ride it has been for Connecticut new environment and energy commissioner Dan Esty.

Esty blew into office looking like a natural fit with the administration of Jed Bartlett on West Wing. He was exactly the kind of quick-witted, telegenic, academically certified office-holder that Aaron Sorkin tended to craft for "the West Wing."

Nine months later, Esty is struggling to beat back headlines about a couple of controversial interventions and his failure to intervene in an equally controversial land swap.

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Hartford
4:16 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

City Treasurer, Mayor Reach Agreement On Personnel Issue

Photo: City of Hartford

In Hartford, city officials have been wrestling with a possible ethical issue for months.  The question was whether the city treasurer should be allowed to supervise his wife.  Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, city officials say an agreement is near.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:32 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Was Connecticut First in Flight?

Dick Howell, Wikipedia

Contrary to what you've been told, the first flying machine may have flown in Bridgeport.

Gustave Whitehead is a mostly unsung pioneer in American aviation, and there's some evidence supporting the claim that he flew before Wilbur and Orville did.

Whitehead's story stayed buried a long time, and some believers say this was because of anti-Teutonic attitudes at the outbreak of World War I.

We'll check in with the New England Air Museum about Gustave's flight and the storm of controversy his story ignited among aviation historians.

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Coming Home Project
3:24 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Changes to Post 9-11 GI Bill Will Pay for Vocational Training

Veterans who have served in the last decade are eligible for benefits under the Post 9-11 GI bill. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, recent changes to the bill will help veterans pay for vocational training.

Under the current GI bill, veterans can get all or part of their college tuition paid for depending on years of military service. But not all veterans chose four-year schools.

There are several thousand veterans in the community college system in Connecticut. David Welsh is a Veterans Advisor at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.

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Politicians
4:16 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

The Bully Pulpit Of Public Office

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

The Politics Of Personality, The Personality Of Politics

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Where We Live
9:34 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Tom Ridge

Carissa GoodNCrazy, Creative Commons

Tom Ridge was the first Homeland Security Secretary under George W. Bush.  He’s in town this past weekend to speak on the Connecticut Forum panel called “Global Affairs: A World of Revolution” with host Michel Martin from NPR, former policy director for the state department, Anne Marie Slaughter, and foreign affairs journalist Robin Wright.  

We talked to Ridge about whether American fighting abroad is making us safer at home, and where this former Republican insider stands on the current crop of Presidential candidates.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:31 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

The Nose: Intolerable Jargon Is Trending

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Today on the Nose we'll run through a grab-bag of topics, starting with the the search for meaning in Red Sox Nation following the collapse of the crimson hose.

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Where We Live
11:28 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Reinventing Connecticut's Economy?

Chion Wolf

Jobs plans and jobs “agendas” proposed by “proven job creators” who’ve taken “job tours.” At least someone has a job.

With persistent 9 percent unemployment - and weak job growth nationally, politicians are themselves working hard to prove that they’ve got the best ideas for creating new jobs.

President Obama’s jobs plan got high marks from a survey of economists by Bloomberg, who say it could stop another recession next year.

House Republicans have a very different plan - aimed at reducing regulations on business.

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