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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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