Politics

Coming Home Project
11:51 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Afghan Surge: "The Untold Story"

US Navy photo by (SCW) F. Julian Carroll

A briefing with a three star Army General was the first order of business Tuesday at the journalists conference at Ft Leavenworth. Lieutenant General William B Caldwell was all set to appear before us via video teleconference from Afghanistan but technology got in the way. The link up didn't work properly so he spoke with reporters using the old fashioned telephone conference.

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Hartford
5:15 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Segarra, Cloud: Working To Avoid Appearance Of Conflict Of Interest

In Hartford, the mayor and the city treasurer are working to resolve a staffing issue that both say could look like a conflict of interest. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

The concern is the treasurer's office, where Adam Cloud was appointed treasurer earlier this year. But also in that department is his wife, Nicole Plessy-Cloud. She works as a supervisor.

In an outside legal opinion sought on the matter in January, attorneys said that the situation didn't violate the city's ethics code -- but that it could should Cloud make any decisions about his wife's pay or advancement.

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Where We Live
10:21 am
Tue September 27, 2011

The Redistricting of Connecticut

NationalAtlas.gov

Every ten years, the U.S. Census is taken and every ten years, the legislative map is redrawn. In states like Connecticut - that process is handled by a legislative committee - an arrangement that leads many to wonder about whether politics plays too large a role in who we get to vote for.

As ProPublica reporters have been uncovering, corporations, unions and other special interests have gotten heavily involved in redrawing district lines.

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Coming Home Project
12:09 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Drinking From the Fire Hose

Lucy Nalpathanchil

It's Military 101 on the first official day of the journalists conference at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Inside Lewis and Clark Hall, men and some women stream through wearing the Army combat uniforms: tan, grey and green camouflage that blends well in the desert. Occasionally, you see officers from other countries like Brazil, Botswana, and Singapore, who are also here to study at the Command and General Staff College.

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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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Where We Live
11:13 am
Wed September 7, 2011

New State Republicans

Donna Brown (Flickr Creative Commons)

The new Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party, Jerry Labriola joins us to discuss state politics, Democrats and Connecticut's role in the 2012 Republican presidential primary.

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Where We Live
11:03 am
Wed September 7, 2011

On the Campaign Trail 2012

Chion Wolf WNPR

A speech by the president of the United State about creating jobs for millions of Americans has been preempted by a debate between republicans vying for his job.

Yes, that’s where we are in America right now. But thank God...at least President Obama was nice enough to schedule his important announcement at a time that wouldn’t upset football fans.

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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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Where We Live
10:46 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Observing the Sabbath With Joe Lieberman

Chion Wolf

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman might be the most well-known observer of the Sabbath in American life.

Lieberman has written a new memoir called “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath.” He takes you through a magical place he visits each Friday night at sundown called “Shabbatland.” But it’s not just a place with no work, no car, no TV. It provides for him a place of peace, conversation and family.

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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
10:41 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Two Different Democrats

Photos by Chion Wolf

They’re both Democrats, but Jonathan Pelto and Patrick Scully don’t exactly see eye-to-eye.

Their differences largely stem from the recently ratified labor concessions deal.

Pelto - a progressive former state lawmaker - was disappointed in Governor Malloy’s handling of the deal and said he wanted his 2010 vote back.

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Where We Live
10:32 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Bates on Libya

Chion Wolf

People around the world are watching the ongoing battle for control of Libya.  Yesterday, President Obama - like most observers - seemed ready to say that rebel forces had taken control of the country, displacing Muammar Gadhafi.

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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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Where We Live
11:16 am
Thu August 11, 2011

New Haven Mayoral Debate

Photos by Thomas MacMillan (New Haven Independent)

In 1994, John DeStefano took over as mayor of New Haven and has held the position ever since.

Tonight, with the primary just over a month away, DeStefano squares off in a debate with four Democratic opponents.

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New Haven
3:29 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

A Budget Watchdog Gets His Signatures

Uma Ramiah

Four challengers have entered the race against New Haven's nine term Mayor John DeStefano. And one of the candidates is a self-proclaimed budget watchdog Democrat.

Jeffrey Kerekes is at his home -- or rather his headquarters -- in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven. This is the last day of a two week struggle to find the 2100 signatures necessary to get him on the primary ballot. Now, he's telling a volunteer that the team has managed to get over 3500.

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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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