Monthly Archives: July 2011

Rethinking, And Rebranding, Hartford

Hartford’s “New England’s Rising Star” campaign is a decade old.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, city boosters say it’s time to rebrand.

Here’s the story.

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Jepsen Says Facebook Addresses His Privacy Concerns

State Attorney General George Jepsen says his office has reached an agreement with Facebook that satisfies his concerns about user privacy. WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports.

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Malloy Wants Quick Revote

Late last week, negotiators for state employee unions and Governor Dannel Malloy reached another agreement that would save money, scale back benefits, and avoid layoffs.
Now, as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, it’s up to the unions to again cast their ballots.

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In Hartford, Brookman Says He’ll Primary…On A Slate With rJo Winch

Made you click, didn’t it?

That’s right. City blogger Kevin Brookman has made a cottage industry of beating up on Council President rJo Winch for the past few years.  But neither of them got the Democratic endorsement for city council last night, and now Brookman says he and Winch will likely form a slate together to run in the primary.  Together, they’d run with mayoral candidate Edwin Vargas.

Kevin — ever heard of the whole politics and strange bedfellows thing?

“To say the least,” Brookman said.  “But, and i don’t mean to sound corny, but it’s about what’s best for Hartford. And what they did last night is not best for Hartford.  No matter how they want to justify it…they did not pick the best of the best.  I think rJo, as much as I’ve pointed out her deficiences…she’s somebody that I’ll be able to work with.”

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Segarra Wins Democratic Nomination

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra easily won the nomination of the city’s Democrats Thursday night, as they gathered for a party ritual of horse trading and power brokering.  But as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, people inside the party say that this year, the nominating convention has a different feel.

Here’s the story.

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Malloy Says Some Unions May Sue, But The Law Is On His Side

Some state union members are upset that they may revote on a contract they’ve already rejected.  And as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, Governor Dannel Malloy says those workers could sue – but he doesn’t think they’d win.

Here’s the story.

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Union Leaders Call For Do-Over; Others Call Foul

Brief pause from regular reporting while I was hosting our afternoon All Things Considered.  Back at it now.

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Leaders of the state’s unions say they’re listening to their members as they push for a re-vote on the governor’s plan to balance the budget by scaling back benefits for state workers.

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