It seems that money and power always get in the way of democracy. Compromise can water down idealism, but no compromise results in gridlock. So, a lot of people ask, what’s government good for?
Professor Douglas Amy, author of a book called Government is Good: An Unapologetic Defense of a Vit... read more
This weekend -- and maybe sooner -- a lot of us will buckle on bike helmets which, we hope, will protect if we topple. One the show today, we'll look a little closer at that plastic and polystryrene bubble on your noggin. The truth about it may be more complicated that you dreamed.
But that'... read more
Fair housing advocates are celebrating a victory. They recently won a settlement from a Hartford-area landlord who allegedly denied apartments to people using public assistance to pay their rent. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.
The Connecticut Fair Housing Center claimed the landlord, Paul... read more
Hartford's outdoor concert season is about to start. And while that's fun for a lot of people, some call it a scheduled mass casualty event. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, binge drinking is a serious concern for law enforcement and public health officials.
Dr. Steven Wolf doesn'... read more
State officials are dealing with a new wave of paperwork as they work to implement new gun laws. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, residents who want permits and background checks may have a longer wait than usual.
Before the December Newtown shootings, the state would typically have... read more
Advocates for the poor the state is so understaffed that it isn't processing Medicaid paperwork fast enough. The result, they say, is that the state misses federal deadlines and leaves thousands of poor patients without medical care. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, these arguments are now p... read more
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has made headlines recently for questionable city spending -- like dining on caviar at taxpayer expense. Now, it looks as though the city council is taking concrete action to push back. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, it's likely the council will reject Segarra's appo... read more
Last December, the Capitol Region Gun BuyBack coalition traded more than $10,000 in gift cards for over 180 working guns -- an effort to get those firearms off the streets. In a couple of weeks, they're hosting another gun buyback -- and officials say it's not just about public safety...bu... read more
The legislature is considering a bill that would allow students to opt out of dissecting a dead animal at school. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.
State Representative Diana Urban supports the bill.
"There are students who actually avoid going to biology class because they ob... read more
A bill that would allow towns and cities to publish full public notices online and not in newspapers is making its way through the legislature. Municipal advocates say it could save them money and is more efficient. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the state's newspapers say it could threaten d... read more
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra says city employees will no longer be able to use their credit cards for business entertainment. WNPR's Jeff Cohen has more.
When someone issues a controversial audit at 5:02 p.m. on a Friday, it's kind of sign that they don't want you to read it.
That'... read more