Politics

Where We Live
10:04 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Increases in the Income Tax

Chion Wolf WNPR

Income tax increases are being felt in some paychecks while tax breaks are going out to some big companies.

Those tax increases are being felt mostly by Connecticut’s wealthiest residents...and are showing up in paychecks now.  It’s an issue of “fairness” according to some - but another look at the numbers shows the state’s revenue stream is more “volatile” because of a dependence on the rich.

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Governor's Mansion
5:22 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

West End, Park-Like Setting, Needs Work

State of Connecticut

As tempers flare over the contentious vote and revote on a labor concession deal, one of the questions that occasionally pops up on comment boards is this: Is the Malloy Administration really spending money to redecorate the governor's mansion as it is demanding labor givebacks?

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Immigration
3:41 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Elm City ID Card Helping Former Inmates

Photo by WNPR's Chion Wolf

Four summers ago, New Haven began issuing the Elm City Resident Card.  The program was controversial at the time because the city encouraged illegal immigrants to get the IDs. And many did because they had no U.S identification As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the city has found another over-looked population to connect to the ID card.

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National Debt
1:02 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Republicans, Democrats Agree Changes In Debt Policies Needed

There’s not much that Republicans and Democrats agree on in the current debt-ceiling standoff. But one thing that all sides accept is that the nation's legal borrowing cap has failed in its primary goal: limiting the nation's red ink. From Washington Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror reports.

No one can anyone argue that the debt ceiling has served to rein in federal borrowing. The cap has been lifted at least 80 times and the U.S. government’s total debt stands at about $14.3 trillion.

Himes:

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Roundtable on the Looming Debt Crisis

Mike Poresky

Yesterday, Republicans who control the house finally addressed the issue that's been gripping the nation: Naming Post Offices.

Yes, when it became clear that House Speaker John Boehner's two-stage solution to avert the debt crisis was not going to get enough votes from within his caucus, the House quickly turned to the important task of naming the Post Offices in Peoria and Pasadena.   

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Journalism
11:46 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

New Haven Journalist Testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee

Christine Mai-Duc, Tribune Washington Bureau

New Haven native and journalist Clare Gillis spent 44 days in captivity in Libya before she was released in May. Gillis appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to share her story.

Gillis spoke out in favor of the bill in question --  the Consular Notification Compliance Act of 2011.

"If the U.S. continues to ignore its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, that makes it easier for foreign governments to ignore their obligations to imprisoned American citizens abroad," she said.

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Internet Privacy
2:38 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Jepsen Says Facebook Addresses His Privacy Concerns

Where We Live
10:27 am
Tue July 26, 2011

William Tong

Chion Wolf

What do you get when a little-known candidate raises more than a half-million dollars in the first months of a run for Senate?  Could it be “tong fever"?

Well, at least that’s what Colin McEnroe called it.  The condition is named after William Tong, who in 2006, became the first Asian American elected to a state office in Connecticut.  

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Union Contracts
4:26 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Malloy Wants Quick Revote

Where We Live
10:58 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Jim Himes on the Budget Crisis

Chion Wolf

With a 12-year career on Wall Street before coming to Congress, Jim Himes has become a “go-to” guy on questions about the debt ceiling.

The 4th district congressman has been making the rounds of cable talk shows, warning about the coming crisis if Congress doesn’t act to raise the debt ceiling.

He told the Connecticut Mirror that he’s trying to “debunk the baloney” that he says he hears coming from the likes of Tea Party Presidential Candidate Michele Bachman.

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Elections
9:47 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Segarra Wins Democratic Nomination

Public Defenders
12:37 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Budget Cuts Threaten Public Defenders

WNPR

In the wake of the failed labor concessions agreement between Governor Dannel Malloy and state labor unions, state agencies are feeling the crunch. The Office of the Chief public defender has to cut about 7.5 percent of their overall budget, which some believe will hinder the states poorest from getting proper legal counsel, and will make it difficult for public defenders to honor their constitutional obligations.

We are joined by Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice planning.

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DOMA
8:07 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony On Repeal Of DOMA

Chion Wolf

The Senate waded into the emotionally and politically-charged issue of gay marriage Wednesday, with the first-ever hearing on the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. There was testimony from gay and lesbian witnesses, including a widower from Connecticut.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room was packed with gay rights advocates and same-sex couples, as the committee engaged in a divisive debate over the merits of DOMA and a corresponding push to repeal of that law.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

The Uncertain Fate Of Connecticut's Ferries

Chion Wolf

Before we get started on ferries, let me make a few things clear.

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Where We Live
11:18 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Where We Vote: Susan Bysiewicz

Chion Wolf

Susan Bysiewicz is hoping to turn her name recognition and long political career in Connecticut into a spot in the US Senate. 

Bysiewicz was Connecticut’s popular Secretary of the State, when she decided to give up that job to run for Governor.  Then, in the first round of the bizarre political shakeup of 2010, she left that race while in the lead to run for the Attorney General’s job, being vacated by now Senator Richard Blumenthal.

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Congress
7:59 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Cautious Support for McConnell Plan

Federal lawmakers spent the weekend working on ways to break the standstill in budget talks. While there is still hope that lawmakers can come up with a package of spending cuts and taxes, including President Obama's $4 trillion so called grand bargain, with an August 2 deadline quickly approaching, a simple raise of the debt limit, as proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be the more likely outcome.

Here to talk about reaction from Connecticut's congressional delegation is the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:34 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

The Nose: Obama's Stressed, Bachmann's Praying & Dobbin's Ombudsmaning!

hpebley3, Flickr Creative Commons

Here are links to a few of the topics discussed on today's episode of The Nose:

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Coming Home Project
6:15 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Wounded Warrior Program Hires Iraq Veteran to Help Servicemembers

The U.S Department of Labor says nearly 12 percent of veterans who've served since 9-11 were unemployed last year. Twenty-five percent of them have service-related disabilities. The number of unemployed is expected to grow now that more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are returning to a country trying to recover from the recession.  A small program by Congress aims to help veterans get back into the workforce. 

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Congress
7:57 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Debt Negotiations Impasse Continues

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Deficit cutting negotiations with President Obama and Congressional leaders continued yesterday with no apparent progress.  Time is running short to raise the government's debt limit.  We talk to Congressman John Larson about the impasse.

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Congress
3:39 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Congressman Himes on Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Photo by WNPR's Chion Wolf

A deadline looms large for Congress to reach a budget deal that includes  raising the U.S borrowing limit. If leadership fails to do so by August 2, the country could default on its debt for the first time ever.  WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports on the perspective of 4th district Congressman Jim Himes.

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Housing
9:04 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Dallas Tests Where Section 8 Recipients May Live

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

In this country we could see some changes in a government housing program known as Section 8. Critics have complained that this subsidized rent program gives recipients enough money to live in poor, minority neighborhoods, but not enough money to live anywhere else. Now the Department of Housing and Urban Development is rethinking the way it calculates rent payments.

The city of Dallas has been testing these changes and Jeff Cohen from member station WNPR has this report.

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Labor
2:48 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

As the Clock Ticks, Malloy, Unions Inch Closer Together

via WikiMedia Commons

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took a small step Wednesday toward renewed talks about concessions with unionized state employees when he said he likely would send an aide to inquire how labor leaders hope to revise their contract amendment ratification rules.

But the governor also warned that without clear direction first from labor about how a difficult ratification process might be reformed, there is little for the two sides to talk about. Nearly 60 percent of participating union members voted in favor of concessions last month, but ratification still failed.

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State Budget
1:41 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Layoffs Loom After Conn. Workers' 'No' Vote

Transcript

JEFF COHEN: And I'm Jeff Cohen in Hartford, where the budget season began with what seemed like a safe bet. Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy said he and labor leaders would find a way to save $2 billion over two years, and the Democratic legislature said okay. Eventually, the governor and the state's unions came to an agreement that scaled back some benefits and included a four-year pledge of no layoffs.

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Connecticut Legislature
3:42 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Malloy Picks Up Powers, and the Pressure on the Unions Builds

Chion Wolf

At the end of a slightly confusing night, the state legislature gave Gov. Dannel P. Malloy some of the added emergency budget-cutting authority he wanted but made him unhappy by spurning his request to cut aid to cities and towns. 

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Where We Live
10:18 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Where We Live: Roundtable On Shared Sacrifice

Chion Wolf

Connecticut’s special legislative session ended last night with a budget deal.  But, believe it or not - this still might not be over.

Governor Dannel Malloy and state lawmakers agreed on a package to plug the last $1.6 billion dollar hole in the state budget with up to 6500 layoffs in the state workforce.  

It’s something neither Malloy, nor the Democratically controlled legislature...nor union leadership wanted to see happen.  But the union vote to reject a concessions package has seemingly sealed the deal.

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Elections
6:03 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Wooden Once Criticized Segarra, Now Supports Him

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