Politics

Election 2014
1:47 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Odalisques and the Connecticut Gubernatorial Candidates' Plans for Arts and Culture

"Odalisque in red trousers," a 1921 painting by Henri Matisse. Odalisque is the name of Tom Foley's yacht, a word meaning female slave or a concubine in a harem, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
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The arts haven't had a whole lot of exposure on the campaign trail, but during a televised forum on WTNH on Sunday, the two Connecticut gubernatorial candidates traded barbs over Turkish concubines and the old masters. 

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Election 2014
1:42 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Quinnipiac Poll: Malloy Up By Three Points

Tom Foley, left, and Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows that Governor Dannel Malloy has a three-point lead over Republican challenger Tom Foley.

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Election 2014
12:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Malloy, Foley Say No More Taxes; Visconti Says Not Possible

As in many campaigns, tax increases have been called off by both major candidates.
Credit Chris Potter / Creative Commons

Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley have repeatedly said they will not raise taxes. After dropping out of the race as a petitioning candidate, Joe Visconti said it just can't happen.

"I don't know how we can cut enough, even if the legislature agreed with it, and mothball enough programs for us not to have some form of a tax increase unless we grow completely out of it in a miracle situation," Visconti told WNPR.

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Election 2014
10:14 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Education a Telling Microcosm of the Connecticut Gubernatorial Race

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Tuesday is Election Day, and Connecticut’s gubernatorial battle is down to the wire, with the two major candidates locked in a dead heat.

The race between incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger, businessman Tom Foley, has been fierce and negative. They’ve attacked each other’s views on the economy, taxes, jobs, and more. The third candidate in the race, Joe Visconti, has now thrown his support behind Foley.

But education may prove to be the most telling microcosm of the 2014 election.

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Election 2014
8:58 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Joe Visconti Drops Out of Connecticut Governor's Race; Backs Tom Foley

Joe Visconti in a WNPR file photo.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Just three days before the election, petitioning candidate Joe Visconti has dropped out of the race for governor. 

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Where We Live
8:57 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Freedom of Information and Our Eroding Open Government

Khalilah Brown Dean
Chion Wolf

This election cycle, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information asked candidates to sign a pledge - to oppose weakening the state’s public document disclosure law, and to require that any attempts to weaken the law be subjected to public hearings and debate.  Only 10% of those to whom this pledge was sent have actually signed it, though. 

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Congress
8:26 am
Mon November 3, 2014

What If The Senate Isn't Decided On Election Day?

It's a long shot, but there's a scenario where control of the Senate might not be known until Jan. 6 — three days after the start of the next Congress. That's when Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn will face each other in a Georgia runoff if one of them fails to win 50 percent on Tuesday.
David Tulis AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 5:42 pm

If you've enjoyed the battle for control of the Senate over the past many months, here's some good news: The drama could well spill over into next month — or even next year.

While Republicans are increasingly optimistic — and Democrats, pessimistic — about their prospects Tuesday, there are plausible scenarios that could have America waiting well beyond Nov. 4 to know which party will have a Senate majority.

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Election 2014
7:31 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Obama's Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democratic Races

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday. Malloy is in a tough re-election battle with Republican Tom Foley. The president spent the weekend trying to energize the Democratic base to get out and vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 7:59 pm

It's crunch time for campaign workers across the country. With the midterm elections just one day away, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to turn out every possible vote.

President Obama spent the weekend rallying supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year. But whether he wants to or not, Obama is playing an outsized role in shaping the political landscape.

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Election 2014
5:22 am
Sun November 2, 2014

5 Things To Know About The 2014 Midterm Election

Voters participate in early voting this past June at the Oklahoma County Elections Board in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:49 pm

In case you haven't been following this year's election that much (don't worry, we're not judging you), we've rounded up a list of big ideas in play in the 2014 midterms.

Turnout: In a nutshell, it's likely to be lower than in 2012. The Pew Research Center says voter turnout in the midterms has been lower than in presidential election years as far back as the 1840s.

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Election 2014
4:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

State Democrats Use "Social Pressure" to Get Out the Vote

A political mailer from state Democrats.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

Kiernan Majerus-Collins is a Democrat from West Hartford. He's gotten two mailers from state Democrats and one from an outside organization, and they want him to know that they're watching his voting habits. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Election 2014: The Voice of America's Latino Voters

Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR's Latino USA.
santiagostudio.com

Latino voters are overwhelmingly more likely to support Democratic candidates than Republicans, but that has been changing in recent years. The national GOP has talked a lot about being more “inclusive”, even as voter ID laws in places like Texas seem aimed squarely at reducing the number of Latinos able to vote.

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First Lady
11:46 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Supporters Turn Out to Greet Michelle Obama Stumping for Gov. Malloy in New Haven

Rachel Vereen-Bellamy waits for Michelle Obama.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

A recent poll shows Governor Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, doing better among women than men. And he’s doing just fine with Rachel Vereen-Bellamy, who came to the gym at the Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven to see him. If we’re being honest, she really came to see Michelle Obama. 

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Voting
1:40 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ballot in Rhode Island Town Features 40 Questions

Voters in Rhode Island will have to budget in some extra time to vote on all 40 questions.
Credit Christopher Penn / Creative Commons

Voting in one Rhode Island town next Tuesday won't be quick. The Providence Journal reports that voters in Barrington will confront 40 ballot questions proposing changes in how government operates.

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Election 2014
11:32 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Denise Nappier and Tim Herbst Face Off in Contentious Debate

As the broadcast ended, Denise Nappier and Tim Herbst continued to debate.
NBC Connecticut screenshot

Treasurer Denise Nappier met her Republican challenger on Wednesday night for their first and only debate before the November 4 election.

Nappier and Tim Herbst spent most of the 25 minutes attacking each other in the West Hartford studios of NBC Connecticut.

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Election 2014
3:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Gov. Patrick Points To Economic Growth In Western Mass.

Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA) at the Western Mass. Business Expo in Springfield

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:59 pm

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick highlighted his administration’s success over the last eight years in job growth and economic development during an address to a business group in Springfield today.  The speech at a breakfast sponsored by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield comes as voters are less than a week away from picking his successor.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:56 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Third-Party Candidates Get a Say

Mayor Ernest Eldridge is a candidate for State Representative in the 49th District of Windham and Willimantic. He’s running on The Bottom Line Party
Chion Wolf

According to the latest Q-poll, a lot of Connecticut voters don’t like any of the candidates running in the upcoming gubernatorial election. But, they don’t have much choice in that race or any of the other state races that generally have 2 candidates -- maybe three if we’re lucky -- on the menu.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Wheelhouse: It's Almost Over!

Just six days before this can be you!
Credit Columbia City Blog (Flickr Creative Commons)

We're almost there. Today, it’s the final edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse before next Tuesday’s election. We’ll check-in on the final dash to the finish line, from big-name campaign visitors (two Obamas and a Christie), to a state-wide bus tour for Tom Foley. Our panel of reporters and observers will fill you in on what you need to know in the last six days of the campaign. If you love political commercials, then you have six more days to soak them all in.

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Election 2014
6:53 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Malloy, Foley Remain Tied in New Quinnipiac Poll

Six days before Election Day, the new Quinnipiac Poll shows the race is in a dead heat for Tom Foley, left, and Gov. Dannel Malloy, right.
Chion Wolf WNPR

The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows the race for governor in Connecticut remains deadlocked. The poll released Wednesday shows Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican Tom Foley tied with 43 percent each of likely voters surveyed. That's little changed from a poll released October 22.

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Home Care Workers
4:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Home Health Workers Struggle For Better Pay And Health Insurance

Home health care workers Jasmine Almodovar (far right) and Artheta Peters (center) take part in a Cleveland rally for higher pay on Sept. 4.
Sarah Jane Tribble WCPN, Ideastream

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 4:09 pm

Holly Dawson believes her job is a calling.

She is one of about 2 million home care workers in the country. The jobs come with long hours and low pay.

Each workday, Dawson drives through the Cleveland suburbs to help people take their medicines, bathe and do the dishes. She also takes time to lend a sympathetic ear.

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Middle East
9:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

ISIS Rakes In Millions Through Slick Black Market For Oil

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 3:13 pm

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

"The Rise of ISIS" and What to Do About It

Fighters from the Islamic State march in the northern Syrian
Raqqa Media Center

A new PBS FRONTLINE documentary explores "The Rise of ISIS." Producer and reporter Martin Smith joins us to talk about his reporting from Iraq, chronicling the conditions that allowed for the so-called Islamic State to become so powerful. He was also on the ground when U.S. airstrikes began this summer.

We also check in with Senator Chris Murphy, who has been a vocal opponent to U.S. military intervention in the crisis, and with a Syrian peace activist who is a part of the Yale World Fellows program.

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Election 2014
8:29 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Gov. Christie Stumps for Tom Foley Once Again

Gov. Chris Christie at The Spot in Groton.
Harriet Jones WNPR

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey was back on the stump in Connecticut on Monday, rallying the troops for Republican candidate Tom Foley. But he also faced a few questions about an Ebola controversy in his own state. 

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Canada
11:30 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Ford Brothers Lose Toronto Mayor Race, Hold On To Council Seat

John Tory speaks to supporters Monday night after being elected as mayor in Toronto.
Aaron Harris Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 1:39 pm

Unofficial results Monday night showed the next mayor of Toronto would be John Tory, who topped fellow Progressive Conservative Doug Ford in a race that was upended earlier this year when Ford's scandal-ridden brother, incumbent mayor Rob Ford, left the race after being diagnosed with cancer.

After that announcement, Doug Ford stepped up to run for mayor in his brother's place, while Rob Ford ran for his brother's council seat. He kept that council seat on Monday night, winning 59 percent of the vote for the position his family has held since the ward was created in 2000.

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Election 2014
1:12 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Pensions, Liability at Center of Connecticut Treasurer's Race

Denise Nappier and Tim Herbst are both campaigning for the position of Connecticut state treasurer.

Pension funds valued at $29 billion and even greater unfunded liabilities are giving Treasurer Denise Nappier and Republican challenger Tim Herbst plenty to fight about. 

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Ebola Outbreak
12:45 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

U.N. Ambassador Goes To Sierra Leone For Closer Look At Ebola Crisis

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has her temperature taken as she arrives in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Monday. Power is on a visit to West Africa to get a first-hand look at the global response to the epidemic.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 12:23 pm

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations has arrived in Sierra Leone on her multi-nation swing through Ebola-stricken West Africa

Samantha Power, who arrived in the capital Freetown after visiting neighboring Guinea, has said Washington wants to help the region fight the deadly virus.

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New York
9:28 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Local Economies A Factor As NY Mulls Casino Sites

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 7:47 am

  Developers competing to build a casino near Binghamton claim that this Southern Tier city has been listed among the most depressed, obese, pessimistic and fastest-shrinking in the nation. 

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Election 2014
9:27 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Where Baker, Coakley Stand On Health Care

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, before a televised debate Tuesday in Boston (Barry Chin/Boston Globe/Pool/AP)

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:08 am

It’s nearly half the state budget, almost 20 percent of the state’s economy and a perennial top concern for voters. The issue is health care, and so far, neither Democrat Martha Coakley nor Republican Charlie Baker has taken the lead on this topic with voters in the gubernatorial race.

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Election 2014
9:26 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Cianci: Providence Students Must Be Better Served

Independent candidate Buddy Cianci rolled out his plans for Providence's public schools this week

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:59 am

Independent mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci released his plan for Providence Public Schools this week.

Noting that Providence students score well below average on standardized state tests, the former mayor, and twice convicted felon, focused on the need to provide quality education to all of the city’s children.

If voters re-elect him, Cianci said he would  give principals more autonomy, echoing a move already afoot in the district towards a policy known as “site-based management.” He proposed giving each school a

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Election Check-In: Regional Reporter Roundtable

Toronto Public Library

We’re just over a week away from the November 4 elections, and, so far, we’ve spent a lot of time talking politics here in our state. But what about our neighbors to the north, east, and west? 

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Election 2014
7:54 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rob Simmons Supports Friend Maynard, Despite Party Differences and Injury Doubts

The lone lawn sign outside Rob Simmons' Stonington home is for Democrat Andrew Maynard
Harriet Jones WNPR

Senate Democrats have controversially kept the injured Andrew Maynard on the ballot for next week’s election, despite serious questions about his ability to do the job. Now they’re receiving support from an unexpected source. 

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