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In Connecticut, a Democratic Pitch for Big Labor Givebacks and Higher Taxes

Friday, March 11, 2011

WNYC

On the morning of the gubernatorial primary in Connecticut last August, Democrat Dannel Malloy stopped by a picket line to campaign, visiting nurses who had been striking for months.

The visit came back to haunt him in the general election, when his Republican opponent Tom Foley seized on the stop to show Malloy was “in the pocket" of unions, and cornered Malloy into insisting to voters that he hadn’t made any promises to public employees.

Malloy eked out a win, the first for a Democrat in Connecticut in twenty years, with a margin of about a half a percentage point.

“I thanked them for their support, but I also pointed out that one of the reasons it was as close as it was was because of their support,” Malloy said this week in his Capitol office. “And they know that.”

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Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy Makes His Case

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

WNYC
Defined benefit plans in and of themselves should not be considered the enemy, they can work but they require sacrifice.

—Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Governor of Connecticut

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Dan Malloy, Governor of Connecticut, discusses his state's budget, the national struggle to balance finances and other news from the Constitution state.

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Transportation Nation

Metro-North's New Haven Line To Restore Full Service on Monday

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

New rail cars debuted today on Metro-North's New Haven line (photo by Jim O'Grady)

(New York, NY -Jim O'Grady, WNYC) Riders on Metro North Railroad's New Haven Line will get their regular service back sooner than expected on Monday.

The NYC MTA abruptly cut the line's schedule by 10 percent in early February after winter storms disabled its old cars faster than repairs could be made. Most of those cuts were made to rush hour trains on the already crowded commuter line from Manhattan to Connecticut. For years, the line has routinely run trains with fewer cars than platforms can handle, leading to standing-room-only crushes during peak times.

The MTA has said the service problems can be traced to a funding gap caused by Connecticut's refusal to pay for new trains for years, beginning in 2000.  (A fuller explanation of the funding problem is here.)

A return to full service wasn't expected until spring, with the arrival of new train cars.

But this morning, Metro-North President Howard Permut said the MTA activated eight new cars that--along with more repairs--will allow the railroad to run more trains.

"Next week, the trains will be crowded," he said. "But they will not be nearly as crowded as they were during January, when they were jammed."

Permut talked to reporters at Grand Central Station this morning, having ridden on the maiden trip of the new train cars from Stamford, Connecticut.

The interior of the new Metro-North rail car (Jim O'Grady)

The new cars arrive two years late. They are the first of 380 cars that will be put into service over the next two years, at a cost of $761 million. Jim Cameron of the Connecticut Metro North Rail Commuter Council also rode the new train into Grand Central this morning. Normally a critic of the railroad, he had nothing but praise for the long-awaited Kawasaki cars.
"The ride was smooth," he said. "The heat worked, the lighting was great, the seats were comfortable. The bathroom was fabulous. It didn't stink--and it was the size of a studio apartment in Manhattan."
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Facing Big Budget Gap, CT Governor Calls for Higher Taxes

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy released his budget proposal for fiscal years 2012-2013 Wednesday morning, and while it shares a lot in common with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's, it departs on one significant, contentious aspect: taxes. Malloy said he wants to raise them; Cuomo promises he won't.

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Features

Snow Day Snapshots

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The snow may have stopped coming down on Thursday morning, but New York City and the surrounding areas, including Connecticut and New Jersey, have been blanketed with powdery show. WNYC's Culture team has hit the streets to bring you the following Snow Day snapshots.

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WNYC News

Lieberman Announces 2012 Retirement

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WNYC

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, elected as an Independent in 2006, has announced he will not run for a fifth term.

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The Takeaway

Sen. Joe Lieberman Retires...With What Legacy?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced that he will retire next year. From his public shaming of President Clinton after the Lewinsky affair in 1998, to his Vice Presidential bid with Al Gore in 2000, to his endorsement of John McCain for President in 2008, Joe Lieberman has had a career full of surprises. What is Lieberman's legacy?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Real Malloy

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Connecticut has a new governor. Dan Malloy will be sworn in as the state's 88th governor this afternoon and John Dankosky, news director at WNPR and host of Where We Live, joins us to review the inauguration plans and to discuss what's ahead for the new governor in 2011.

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The Takeaway

Latinos Allege Police Violence and Intimidation in Connecticut Town

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

All this week, we're reflecting on the major issues of 2010. Immigration remained one of the biggest stories out of southwestern states, like Arizona. But immigration has become a serious issue even in smaller states along the East Coast, like Connecticut. Latino residents of East Haven, Connecticut, have filed a federal lawsuit against their local police department, claiming police have targeted Latinos with violence, harassment and intimidation.

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WNYC News

Connecticut Man Sentenced to Death for Triple-Murder

Monday, November 08, 2010

The Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were murdered in a triple homicide said the death sentence announced Tuesday for Steven Hayes is justice served. Doctor William Pettit said a civilized society had to hold Hayes accountable.

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WNYC News

Tom Foley Concedes CT Governor's Race to Dan Malloy

Monday, November 08, 2010

Republican Tom Foley has announced he's conceding to Democrat Dan Malloy in the race to be Connecticut's next governor. Foley made the decision despite the possibility that there were irregularities in the vote, which Malloy won by a razor-thin margin.

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Foley Concedes, Democrat Malloy Next CT Gov

Monday, November 08, 2010

Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, on Monday conceded to Democrat Dan Malloy, despite calls by the state GOP for investigations into the voting process in the state's largest city.

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Foley Concedes CT Governor's Race to Malloy

Monday, November 08, 2010

Republican Tom Foley has announced he's conceding to Democrat Dan Malloy in the race to be Connecticut's next governor. Foley made the decision despite the possibility that there were irregularities in the vote, which Malloy won by a razor-thin margin.

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Too Close to Call in Connecticut?

Friday, November 05, 2010

It’s kind of Barack Obama’s fault. He turned up in Bridgeport on the Sunday before election and he really jazzed people up…Suddenly it was 2008 again in Bridgeport, so they got a much bigger turnout than anyone expected.

-Colin McEnroe, radio host and political columnist, discussing the close Connecticut governor's race on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Counting Votes in Connecticut

Friday, November 05, 2010

Bridgeport's mayor has announced that Democrat Dan Malloy won his city and in turn is the overall winner in Connecticut's gubernatorial election. But Republican Tom Foley has refused to concede.  Colin McEnroe, host of the The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR and political columnist for the Hartford Courant, talks about the race and the latest news on the vote count.

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WNYC News

Connecticut Governor's Race Still Too Close to Call

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Connecticut governor’s race is still too close to call. As of Wednesday morning, unofficial results show Republican Tom Foley leading Democrat Dan Malloy 50 percent to 49 percent, with 90 percent of precincts reporting. The difference amounts to just over 11,000 votes.

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WNYC News

Democrats Hold Senate and House Seats in Connecticut

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

WNYC

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will be Connecticut's next Senator, keeping the seat in the Democratic column after Senator Christopher Dodd did not seek reelection. Republican Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, spent nearly $50 million in her unsuccessful campaign.

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Obama Administration Announces Big Spending Package on Transportation

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's expected announcement of billions of dollars in federal grants for high speed rail today is beginning on a sour note. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday that he is stopping construction of an $8.4 billion Hudson River rail tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York. Citing billions of dollars of expected cost overruns, Christie says his "decision is final." This comes after LaHood made a personal appeal to Christie, and negotiations between the Obama and Christie administrations.

With Republicans running against President Obama's stimulus, an issue that's resonated with voters, LaHood's announcement comes at a questionable time. There will be events in Iowa, Michigan, California. There's also money for Connecticut and Florida. These are all states with close races. How is this going to affect the midterm elections?

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Transportation Nation

High Speed Rail Money to Florida, New England

Monday, October 25, 2010

UPDATED: (Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation)

The US Department of Transportation announced allocations for high-speed rail today. Florida is getting $800 million more for a plan to connect Tampa and Orlando. That leaves the project $360 million short of the needed $2.6 billion...but almost close enough to get started. The project has already received $1.25 billion in federal stimulus funds.

Up north on the east coast, AP is reporting Connecticut and Massachusetts are getting a combined $121 million from the federal government to launch high-speed rail across southern New England. The plan is intended to bring high-speed passenger rail service to New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield, Mass. within five years.

U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd's office has called this "a major federal investment." The money will go to refurbishing existing tracks, building a second one in parts and to upgrade and construct stations along the way.

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