Election 2014

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Rowland, 2014, and Underticket Races

Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The trial of former Connecticut Governor John Rowland starts to wind down. The race for governor is ramping up and the underticket races continue to slip under the radar. The Wheelhouse continues to roll even without our host John Dankosky this week.

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Election 2014
4:59 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Gov. Malloy, Tom Foley Discuss Connecticut's Transportation Challenges

Metro-North passengers wait for a train in Stamford, Connecticut, in September 2013, during a service disruption.
Kevin Ortiz Metropolitan Transportation Authority

At a transportation forum in North Haven, Governor Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley outlined their plans to fix Connecticut's transportation problems.

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Election 2014
9:56 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Connecticut's Esty Calls On Republican Opponent To Apologize For Email

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.)

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 2:01 pm

A Connecticut Congresswoman is calling on her Republican opponent to apologize for including the beheading of an American journalist in an email to supporters.

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Connecticut Legislature
1:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Family Outlines Extent of State Sen. Maynard's Recovery

State Sen. Andrew Maynard in March, as he called for a ban on the use of genetically engineered grass seeds in Connecticut.
Connecticut State Democrats Creative Commons

State Senator Andrew Maynard "suffered a serious trauma to the brain" in the fall he suffered at his home in July, according to a new statement released by his family.

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Election 2014
1:10 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Q-Poll: Foley Leads Malloy By Six Points

A new Quinnipiac Poll is released less than two months before the 2014 election for governor.
Credit Connecticut State Capitol / Wikimedia Commons

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Tom Foley, the Republican challenger in the governor’s race, a six-point lead over incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. This news comes less than eight weeks before Election Day.

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Election 2014
10:58 am
Wed September 10, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Fends Off Democratic Primary Challenge

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs in to cast his vote during the primary election Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Craig Ruttle AP

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:53 pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the Democratic primary for governor, but not without an unexpectedly strong challenge from law school professor Zephyr Teachout, who spent virtually no money and had a bare-bones campaign operation.

Cuomo barely cleared 60 percent of the vote Tuesday, and though he won his home county of Westchester, the governor lost nearly the entire Hudson Valley.

Even before returns were in, Cuomo downplayed expectations, saying that primaries were unpredictable and that he would be happy with anything "over 50 percent."

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Election 2014
9:20 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Coakley Will Face Baker In Massachusetts Governor's Race

Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley celebrates with supporters as she claims victory in the primary election Tuesday in Boston.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 2:23 pm

Massachusetts Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will face off in November after winning the nominations of their respective parties for governor on Tuesday.

While Coakley won the Democratic primary by a smaller majority than expected, Baker trounced his opponent with more than 74 percent of the votes.

After defeating Steven Grossman and Don Berwick in the primary, Coakley wasted no time pouncing on her new opponent.

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Election 2014
5:48 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Massachusetts Rounds Out Statewide Candidates

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:34 pm

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will face Charlie Baker in November's election for Massachusetts governor. Both candidates faced primary challenges Tuesday. Democratic Governor Deval Patrick is not seeking a third term.

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WAMC News
5:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Coakley And Baker Win Primaries For Mass. Gov.

Attorney General Martha Coakley

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:34 pm

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will face off in November's election for Massachusetts governor. Both candidates beat out challengers in Tuesday's primaries.

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WAMC News
5:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Turns Back Teachout's Primary Challenge

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:22 pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated liberal challenger Zephyr Teachout in the state's Democratic primary, turning back an energetic longshot bid by liberals who have criticized his pragmatic, centrist approach.

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Election 2014
12:35 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Rhode Island Sets November Matchup For Governor

Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo waves as she takes the stage to address supporters during a primary election night watch party Tuesday in Pawtucket.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 7:09 am

Powered by the top-spending campaign, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo scored a decisive Democratic gubernatorial victory over her two main rivals Tuesday, in a campaign dominated by debate about Rhode Island's long-suffering economy and the pension overhaul spearheaded by Raimondo in 2011.

Unofficial returns showed Raimondo with 42 percent of the vote, compared with 29 percent for Angel Taveras, and 27 percent for Clay Pell.

Raimondo, 43, used her victory speech at the Met, a music club in Pawtucket, to vow to put Rhode Islanders back to work.

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Congress
12:24 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

5 Questions About The 2 Weeks Congress Plans To Work This Fall

Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives return to work at the Capitol this week after a five-week vacation. They must get to work on a continuing resolution to extend funding for government agencies to prevent a government shutdown.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 7:45 am

Tanned and rested after a five-week summer vacation, Congress has returned for a brief session before returning home to campaign for re-election. This autumn session is expected to last a couple of weeks, give or take a couple of days.

What can be accomplished in so short a time? A great deal, if House and Senate choose to work together. Or nothing, if they don't. If you are wondering which will happen, you haven't been watching the 113th Congress up to now.

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State Legislature
7:51 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Connecticut Democrats Under Pressure as State Senator's Condition Remains Uncertain

Senator Andrew Maynard
Credit CT Senate Democrats

Pressure is growing on Senate Democrats to release more information about the future of Senator Andrew Maynard. Maynard was seriously injured in a fall two months ago, and questions remain about his ability to stand for election in November.

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New York
11:23 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Cuomo Gets More Of An Opponent Than He Bargained For

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout been hammering Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allegedly interfering with the work of his own anti-corruption commission earlier this year.
Mike Groll AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was supposed to cruise past next Tuesday's primary election in New York on his way to a second term.

But the powerful Democratic incumbent may have more trouble than many expected. For one thing, his main opponent, a little-known law professor named Zephyr Teachout, is mounting a respectable challenge from the left. For another, Cuomo could potentially wind up with a running mate he doesn't want.

This week, the local cable news channel NY1 tried to host a debate between Cuomo and Teachout. Teachout was the only one to show up.

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Election 2014
1:49 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Republican Charlie Baker Wants To Run A More Efficient Mass. Government

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, right, chats with Bradford Herrick, of Bridgewater, during a visit at Eagle’s Deli in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 8:23 am

Fifth in a series of profiles of the gubernatorial candidates

BOSTON — The 2014 election is Republican Charlie Baker’s second race for the corner office. Four years ago, he ran and lost to incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick by 6 points.

This time he’s running a different campaign and aiming for better results — focusing on his experience as a problem-solver, visiting urban centers, and meeting with more minority voters who traditionally vote Democrat.

A ‘Second Trip To The Plate’

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Standardized Testing
12:38 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Malloy Looks to Reduce Time Connecticut Students Spend on Standardized Tests

Credit Alberto G. / Creative Commons

Appealing to the U.S. Secretary of Education, Governor Dannel Malloy is taking action to try to reduce the amount of time students in Connecticut spend taking standardized tests.

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Election 2014
7:35 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Malloy Bets on New Haven, Vows to Improve Transportation

Governor Malloy endorsing Toni Harp in the 2013 race for New Haven mayor.
Thomas MacMillan New Haven Independent

In 2010, Dan Malloy beat Tom Foley in the race for governor by just over 6,400 votes statewide. The smattering of polls that have been released in this year’s race show a similarly close rematch.

If Malloy does win a second-term, he’ll need to win the cities -- by a lot. In the city of New Haven alone, Malloy won by a margin of more than 18,600 votes. It’s no surprise that Malloy continues to court the votes in the Elm City.

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Election 2014
8:03 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Republican PAC Airs TV Ad Slamming Malloy Tax Hike

Grow Connecticut released an ad Tuesday criticizing Malloy's tax increases.
YouTube

A Republican political action committee has launched a TV ad attacking Governor Dannel Malloy's tax policies. 

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Election 2014
2:18 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Bill Clinton Appears in New Haven for Fundraiser

Credit Thomas MacMillan / The New Haven Independent

Former President Bill Clinton headlined a rally in New Haven to raise money for Democrats running in elections across the country. 

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Assault Weapons
8:14 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Connecticut Law: Failure to Register Weapons a Misdemeanor, Not a Felony

Credit Brian nairB / Creative Commons

Connecticut's new gun control law says gun owners who failed to register their now-banned assault weapons by a January deadline face a misdemeanor charge, not a felony as described by Republican governor candidate Tom Foley in Wednesday night's debate. 

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Election 2014
11:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Malloy, Foley Spar in First Debate of 2014

Tom Foley, left, and Gov. Dannel Malloy, right, engage in debate moderated by Ray Hackett, opinion page editor of The Norwich Bulletin.
CT-N

The first debate between Connecticut’s two major party candidates for governor produced few surprises, as Tom Foley and Dannel Malloy tackled recurring issues, including gun control and economic development. 

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Election 2014
8:25 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Jonathan Pelto Doesn't Expect to Make Ballot

Jonathan Pelto doesn't expect to make the November ballot.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Since he launched his campaign for governor, Jonathan Pelto was criticized by Democrats for being a "spoiler" to Governor Dannel Malloy this November. Pelto admits, though, that it's "increasingly likely that we will fall short" of the 7,500 signatures needed to make the ballot.

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Rhode Island
1:49 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Smiley Ends Mayoral Campaign and Puts Support Behind Elorza

Smiley, right, offering his endorsement to Elorza at Prospect Park.

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 8:24 am

Brett Smiley ended his Providence mayoral campaign Friday and threw his support behind fellow Democrat Jorge Elorza. The decision basically sets the stage for a head-to-head September 9th primary battle between Elorza and City Council President Michael Solomon, the acknowledged front-runner in the race.

Smiley's announcement came exactly 24 hours after his latest policy proposal, a road-improvement plan touted during a news conference near the Providence train station.

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Vice Presidential Visit
2:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Biden, in East Hartford, Says Manufacturing Jobs Are Coming Back

Vice President Joe Biden during a visit to New Hampshire in 2012.
Marc Nozell Creative Commons

Vice President Joe Biden said manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S., but workers need the right training to fill those positions. 

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Rhode Island
10:24 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Public, Private Unions Form Coalition to Back Taveras for Governor

Paul Reed (center) with Taveras last year.

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 4:29 pm

A new coalition of public and private unions, banding together under the name Working Families for Angel, on Monday announced their support for Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign.

Working Families for Angel says it plans to communicate with more than 16,000 union households through door-knocking, electronic communications and other means.

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Election 2014
10:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Joe Visconti Looks for Traction in Connecticut Governor's Race

Joe Visconti.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Republican Joe Visconti, a petitioning candidate for Connecticut governor, said he's an insider with the ability to get traction this season, and that he has enough signatures to get onto the November ballot.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Where We Vote 2014: Joe Visconti

Joe Visconti
Credit Chion Wolf

We continue our Where We Vote series with third party candidate for governor, Joe Visconti. He’s confident that he collected enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot - and many of those signatures came from a key demographic for him: gun owners. We’ll be joined in-studio by Visconti to talk about his candidacy and where he stands on the issues.

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Election 2014
8:01 am
Tue August 19, 2014

One in Five Republicans Voted in Connecticut Primary

Only 21 percent of registered Republicans voted in last week's primary.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said that just one in five registered Republicans voted in the party's recent primary that nominated Tom Foley for governor.

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Education
12:14 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Connecticut Education Commissioner Will Step Down

Stefan Pryor in a file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy's office announced on Monday that Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor will not serve a second term. "I have decided to conclude my tenure by the end of this Administration's term," Pryor said in a statement.

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Election 2014
9:42 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Mass. Governor Hopefuls Launch TV Barrage, Despite Audience Dip

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 8:32 am

If you’ve turned on the TV recently, you might have noticed it’s that season again — campaign season.

Ratings show fewer folks are watching traditional television these days, but super PACs and Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates are still investing thousands of dollars in TV ads.

Perhaps that’s because, if you’re running for the corner office and you’re not on TV, political analysts suggest there’s a risk you won’t be a seen as a serious, viable candidate.

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