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.
Democrat Denise Merrill has taken over a tough job – as the new Secretary of the State.
The end of Susan Bysiewicz’ long career in the job was marked by a confusing, close election for Governor – compounded by a ballot controversy in Bridgeport.
It has some people calling for a new law that would mandate one ballot for every registered voter. New Secretary Denise Merrill says she’s not sure that’s the right solution - but she has said she’ll be working with lawmakers, “capitalizing” on the relationships she formed as House Majority leader.
Now, a case of faith and zoning. In Hartford, Connecticut, an Orthodox Jewish group wants to run a religious center for nearby university students. Neighbors don't want it there, and the city wants it shut down.
As Jeff Cohen from member station WNPR reports, the argument could be decided by a relatively new federal law, one that offers some protection for religious groups.
The mood was electric as supporters waited to see the president. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy, and U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal warmed up the crowd, calling on voters to get to the polls and urge everyone they know to do the same on Tuesday.
Republican Linda McMahon called herself the "underdog" on Sunday, even as she disputed recent polls showing her behind Democrat Richard Blumenthal and touted a sophisticated field operation assembled by her $42 million-plus U.S. Senate campaign.
"I like being the underdog," McMahon told a crowd of several hundred well-heeled voters at a Republican rally in Darien. "We are undaunted."
Former President Bill Clinton told a partisan audience of 2,000 at the University of Hartford on Sunday night that Republicans have waged "a fact-free campaign" to convince America they are blameless for the recession.
As his opponent took a no-new-taxes pledge—and pulled even in the polls—Democrat Dan Malloy brought his gubernatorial campaign to the lunch-cart crowd by the hospital, determined to defend two unpopular positions with more than sound bites.
Days away from Tuesday’s election, Malloy at this last stage finds himself confronting the political version of those two verities facing all of mankind: death and taxes.
If you've noticed the political campaigns this year, they haven't exactly been rich with issues and evidence. You're more likely to hear emotions, anger, empathy and fear. This is the world that Drew Westen studies. He is professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, and author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation (2007), an investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation.
Terrorist plots on U.S. soil, and terrorist acts around the world, are blamed on “radical” strains of Islam. But what are the causes of “radicalization,” and how can they be reversed? A conference this month in East Hartford brings together leading thinkers and writers – tackling the topics of violent extremism, the U.S. relationship with Pakistan and Pakistani Americans, and ways in which the Muslim community here is helping to weed out terrorism.