Politics

Connecticut Legislature
2:09 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Democrat Governor Brings Bills Closer to Passing

CT House Democrats

After years of failed lobbying, some legislation in the state may be creeping closer to the governor's desk now because a Democrat sits there. Bills on the death penalty and paid sick leave all have a better chance of passing this year.

Bruce Morris, D-Norwalk, is a state representative and also a reverend. And he admits he doesn't always see eye to eye with his fellow faith leaders on theological issues.

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Connecticut Legislature
1:06 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Lawmakers Fight To Keep Death Penalty

CT House Democrats

As a potential repeal of the death penalty looms in Connecticut, opposing lawmakers are drafting legislation that would change the appeals process.

Representative Steve Mikutel is a Democrat from Griswold who supports the death penalty. He says voters shouldn't worry about executing innocent people in Connecticut.

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Labor Concessions
2:50 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

DEAL

Negotiators for state employee unions and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tentatively agreed today on a package of concessions and other labor savings that will help Malloy balance the $40.1 billion biennial budget without 4,700 announced layoffs.

The deal, which is subject to ratification by nearly 45,000 employees in 15 unions, comes after weeks of intensifying negotiations and days after the first 186 of 4,472 layoff notices went out.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:07 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Politics, Burgers and Beer: Torture, Pakistan and Bin Laden's Death

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Today the president was in New York to meet with 911 families and responders. In this hour we look at the renewed debate on torture to extract evidence, and at President Obama's decision not to release the bin Laden death photos. Plus, Pakistan...what do its nuclear bombs have to do with our administration's refusal to abandon that country...even as we wonder, what they knew and when they knew it.

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Where We Live
11:31 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Talking Afghanistan and Pakistan With Chris Murphy

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Last week, while he was in Afghanistan, Congressman Chris Murphy saw a wanted poster for Osama Bin Laden in the special ops command center.

Now, that poster’s down - but Bin Laden’s death doesn’t clean up the messy history of US involvement in Afghanistan, or the rocky relationship between the US and Pakistan.  We’ve heard this week that top officials in that country didn’t know Bin Laden was hiding out so close to the capital...

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Labor
5:42 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Malloy Avoids Black Friday, Delays Layoffs

Library of Congress

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has delayed the issuance of mass layoff notices planned for Friday, but a spokesman said today the change does not necessarily mean the administration is close to a deal for concessions and other labor savings.

"It's not a sign of a huge breakthrough. If it helps bring one, that would be welcome," said Roy Occhiogrosso, senior adviser to the governor.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:42 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Crowbar Governor & The Senator From Central Casting

Chion Wolf

I've been plowing through two biographies of Connecticut political titans -- Morgan Bulkeley who was Hartford mayor, Connecticut governor and a US Senator during the Gilded Age -- and Tom Dodd, Nuremberg prosecutor, Congressman, and a US Senator.

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Public Notice
4:22 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Public Notices Bill Dies in Committee

Towns and cities spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to print public notices in area newspapers. This week, a bill aimed at scaling back that mandate died in the state legislature. Newspaper publishers are happy, and local government advocates aren't.

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Where We Live
10:44 am
Wed April 27, 2011

The Art Of Negotiation

Chion Wolf

The governor negotiated a budget deal with democratic leaders, although he hadn’t finished negotiating labor concessions with state unions.

Meanwhile, negotiations have broken off in conflicts between the Israelis and Palestinians, and between Thailand and Cambodia - and former President Jimmy Carter, who’s negotiated many a deal, is talking to North Korea.

Maybe he needs to step in to the NFL labor dispute, where negotiations broke off a while back, and the future of the league seems to be in the hands of a judge.

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Immigration
7:51 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Malloy Writes Federal Officials on Behalf of Illegal Immigrant

Governor Dannel Malloy has written a letter to federal officials asking them to delay deporting a college student. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the Governor's intervention stems from his support of immigration reform efforts that would allow college students to receive permanent legal status.

Mariano Cardoso is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has lived in the U.S. for most of his life after his parents brought him here when he was a baby.

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Corruption
4:39 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Was Perez Working While He Was On Trial?

Convicted former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is seeking what could amount to tens of thousands of dollars in back vacation and sick time.  But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, there's a question as to whether Perez was at work or on vacation while he was on trial last year for corruption.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Supporting The Military Family

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Just a few days ago, the First Two Ladies on the United States, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced a national initiative called Joining Forces. The idea is to combine as many elements of society as possible -- communities, individuals, nonprofits and businesses -- to make life a little less stressful for military families.

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Taxes
3:12 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Segarra Presents Budget

Where We Live
10:22 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Tax Day

Chion Wolf

When critics say the state shouldn’t increase taxes on the wealthy, they often say that it’ll force the rich to leave Connecticut.  So, is it true?

Two new studies show - well, that’s it’s not true at all.  That other factors, beyond the tax rate, are what drives people to make decisions about where to live.  

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Where We Live
4:47 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Immigration Day

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Today mark’s the state’s 14th Annual Immigrant Day

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Corruption
8:53 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Roldan Campaign Hires Perez Confidants, Including Former Chief of Staff

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Over the weekend, questions were raised about Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s ethics disclosures to the city and whether or not he may be in violation of federal housing requirements.  Now, as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, it appears the people behind those questions were paid consultants to Segarra’s political opponent and former advisors of convicted Mayor Eddie Perez.

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Budget
3:24 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Mayors and Selectmen Lobby for State Aid as Labor Negotiations Continue

Chion Wolf Photo

Mayors and first selectmen from around the state  will gather at the Capitol Wednesday to urge legislators to not slash state aid to municipalities.

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the lobby day coincidentally comes just after Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled a contingency plan that would target municipal aid if concessions from labor groups aren't met.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Poetry, Politics & (Bully) Pulpits

Where We Live
10:16 am
Fri April 8, 2011

The Government Shutdown

There’s a midnight deadline.  If a deal between lawmakers and the White House can’t be struck, the federal government shuts down.

And the next question is…does it matter?  We’re being assured that even in shut-down mode, our mail still gets delivered, entitlement benefits will still be paid, the military will keep fighting on three fronts. 

But other services you count on from the government are still kind of up in the air.  That expedited passport for the surprise Caribbean cruise?  The big tax refund you were planning on to pay for said cruise?

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Politics
7:45 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Government Shutdown Looming, Again

With a Midnight deadline looming, President Obama and congressional leaders are scrambling to finish a budget for the rest of the year, and avoid a government shutdown. Connecticut's congressional delegation is scrambling as well, in case the government goes into shut down mode. The Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen has been checking in with Connecticut lawmakers and joins us.

Read Deirdre Shesgreen's Article in the CT Mirror

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Contracts
3:24 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Nonprofits Take To The Capitol

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Connecticut's nonprofit service providers are trying to figure out how to improve their working relationship with the state in order to save money and enhance services.  Advocates for the state's non-profits gathered today/yesterday at the state capitol to talk about a recently released report that looks to answer this question: "How can we as a government smooth the path so that the non-profits can actually provide the services without having to worry so much about the bureaucracy and the red tape." That's Deb Heinrich.

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Where We Live
11:34 am
Tue April 5, 2011

No Peace in the Middle East

John Ryan Recabar

Today we talk with Palestinian physician Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. In 2009 during Israel’s invasion and bombardment of Gaza, a rocket hit his house killing three of his daughters and his niece. Author of “I Shall Not Hate,” Abuelaish has devoted his life to reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:33 pm
Sat April 2, 2011

Politics, Burgers & Beer… Town Hall Style!

The White House

Today, it's Politics, Burgers & Beer with Rich Hanley—town hall style! We take your calls for the full hour. What's on your mind? What're you worried about? What're you hopeful for? Call us—203 776-WNPR—live at 3pm!

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Where We Live
11:44 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Malloy, Cuomo, LePage

So, these three Governors walk into a town hall meeting.  One’s a member of the tea party, one is Mario Cuomo’s kid, and the third guy’s wearing a green tie.

I think I’m telling this wrong. The joke’s also supposed to include something about a labor department mural in Maine, and the terms “shared sacrifice” and “transformational.” 

The new Governors across our region are all facing big budgetary challenges, and they’re handling them in very different ways.

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Public Notice
3:20 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

State May Allow for Online Public Notices

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Connecticut towns and cities are mandated by law to publish public notices in local newspapers.  But that could soon change.

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