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The New York State GOP Victims' Justice Agenda

5/20/2019
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Republican lawmakers in New York say criminal justice changes proposed by Democrats forget about the victims, so Republicans have introduced their own Victims’ Justice Agenda . Meanwhile, Connecticut moves forward with its own criminal justice reform bills. Our guests: Elizabeth Nevins, clinical professor of law and attorney-in-charge, Criminal Justice Clinic, Hofstra University John Flanagan, minority leader, New York State Senate, R-Smithtown David McGuire, executive director, and Gus...

Duration:00:48:55

Things To Do On Staycation; Getting Enough Sleep During The Holidays

5/17/2019
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We are just about at the holiday break. Many of us won't be getting on an airplance but still need ideas about what to do and where to go with friends and family. Today on The Full Story we'll first get tips from the directors of Connecticut and Long Island's Tourism Commissions. Then, we'll talk about that one gift we all desperately want this holiday season...sleep. Our guests: Kristen Jarnagin, president and CEO of Discover Long Island Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Office of...

Duration:00:45:29

Reviving The Republican Party In Connecticut And New York

5/17/2019
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Republicans in our region were not happy with the results of the midterm elections. Democrats will have firm control in Hartford and Albany in the new year. Where does this leave the Republican Party? Today on The Full Story : Rosa Correa, longtime Bridgeport resident and activist who says she remains a loyal Republican but that the party must repudiate President Trump J.R. Romano, head of the Connecticut Republican Party John Jay LaValle, chairman of the Suffolk County Republican Committee

Duration:00:49:19

Week In News: May 17, 2019

5/17/2019
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Bills to improve safety on roads and school buses in New York move forward in the State Senate, while regulators say no to a natural gas pipeline. In Connecticut a whole bunch of bills move slowly through the legislature. And a reporter gets detained by police in Bridgeport. Our guests: Karen DeWitt, capitol bureau chief, New York State Public Radio Mark Harrington, reporter, Newsday Emilie Munson, state capitol reporter, Hearst Connecticut Media Ebong Udoma, senior political reporter, WSHU

Duration:00:48:59

Election Preview: Connecticut And New York

5/17/2019
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Voters in Connecticut and New York are poised to transform politics in their states. On today's show Ron goes deep into tomorrow's midterm elections with guests: Connecticut gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Ned Lamont, and Oz Griebel, running unaffiliated; along with clips from Republican Bob Stefanowski Larry Levy, executive dean at Hofstra University, and Joe Shaw, executive editor of the Press News Group Reporters Ebong Udoma and Karen Dewitt, who are following races in each state for...

Duration:00:12:00

The Day After...

5/17/2019
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It's the day after one of the most contentious midterm elections in recent memory. On The Full Story Ron talks about how Connecticut and New York voted and how their choices will reshape politics in each state. Today's guests include: Michael Vigeant of GreatBlue Research; Scott McLean , professor of political science at Quinnipiac University; and Ken Dixon , state capitol reporter for Hearst CT Media Craig Burnett , assistant professor of political science at Hofstra University, and WSHU...

Duration:00:12:00

Connecticut And New York...Going To Pot?

5/17/2019
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Should Connecticut and New York legalize recreational marijuana? Supporters say it could bring in robust revenue that would help to resolve the state’s deficit. But opponents warn against jumping on the marijuana bandwagon. They say there are health implications...safety concerns...insurance costs...and that it just sends the wrong message to young people. Ron gets to both sides of the argument with today’s guests: Sam Tracy and Matt Simon, directors of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate...

Duration:00:11:59

Tackling Connecticut's Financial Crisis

5/17/2019
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Of the three men vying for the governor's seat in Connecticut, Oz Griebel , the independent candidate, was the only one who offered a detailed plan to resolve the state's deficit. Today on The Full Story , Ron speaks with Griebel about his campaign, the need for unaffiliated candidates, and what Governor-elect Ned Lamont needs to do to get the state's economy back on track. Ron will also speak with Fred Carstensen , professor of finance and director of the Connecticut Center for Economic...

Duration:00:11:59

Freedom Of The Press And Remembering Armistice Day, 100 Years Later

5/17/2019
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Did you watch President Trump’s press conference on Wednesday? It was a wild one. Once again he got into it with members of the media. Is that combative atmosphere creeping up in Connecticut, New York and elsewhere? Ron talks about First Amendment rights and freedom of the press with former president of the ACLU Nadine Strossen , Hearst Connecticut Media reporter Kaitlyn Krasselt and WSHU’s Senior Political Reporter Ebong Udoma . One hundred years ago this Sunday, World War I ended. Barely...

Duration:00:11:58

Election Day Ballot Initiatives

5/17/2019
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It’s Election Day! We’re heading to the polls to choose our representatives in government. In Connecticut there are also two proposed amendments to the state constitution that many people haven’t heard about. Learn about a lockbox for money dedicated to fixing the transportation infrastructure…and why state-owned land may need more protection. On today's show: Joe McGee, vice president of policy and programs, Business Council of Fairfield County Eric Hammerling, executive director,...

Duration:00:48:42

The Changing Political Landscape

5/17/2019
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Take a look at the midterm election results in our area and one thing is certain: the landscape has changed. More women, more minorities, legislators who are younger. They will all be advocating issues important to them. What will that mean over the next few years in Hartford and Albany? Today's guests on The Full Story : Will Haskell , Connecticut state senator-elect who unseated Republican Toni Boucher to represent the 26th District Alex Bergstein , new Democratic state senator...

Duration:00:59:04

Going Gray In The Suburbs

5/17/2019
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The suburbs are getting old. Young people are leaving Connecticut and Long Island for more vibrant cities. What does that mean for our area? What are the economic implications? How can we meet the real needs of our seniors? Find out today on The Full Story. Our guests: Steven Hernandez, executive director of Connecticut’s Commission on Women, Children and Seniors Christy Kovel, director of public policy for the Alzheimer’s Association , Connecticut chapter Doug McCrory , Connecticut state...

Duration:00:59:04

Will We Ever See The Big Bridgeport Comeback?

5/17/2019
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Back in the day, Bridgeport, Connecticut’s largest city, was one of the most vibrant cities in the country. From manufacturing to the arts, Bridgeport was magnificent. But after World War II, the city faltered. Can Bridgeport restore its former glory? Ron sits down with Mayor Joe Ganim to talk about what the future may hold for Bridgeport.

Duration:00:59:04

The Commuter Life: Can Anything Ease The Pain?

5/17/2019
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Gridlocked roads, delayed trains and rising fares make being a commuter in Connecticut and Long Island a challenge, to say the least. What's being done to help ease the life of the commuter? Today on The Full Story, Ron speaks with: Joe Sculley, president of the Motor Transportation Association of Connecticut Toni Boucher , outgoing Connecticut state senator and co-chair of the Transportation Committee Jim Cameron, founder of the Commuter Action Group Joe McGee, vice president of policy and...

Duration:00:59:04

A Conversation With U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

5/17/2019
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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes has represented Connecticut’s 4 th Congressional District since January 2009. He just won his re-election bid, and now that the Democrats are in the majority, he is expected to have a larger role on the national stage.

Duration:00:46:01

Fixing Connecticut's Broken Economy

5/17/2019
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Ernest Hemingway wrote: “How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” Some say Connecticut – financially – has been gradually mismanaged for many years. And now – quickly – it’s time to pay the piper. So how do we jumpstart the economy? Today’s guests on The Full Story : Co-chairs of Connecticut's Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth : Jim Smith , chairman and former chief executive officer of Webster Bank; and Robert Patricelli , a healthcare entrepreneur and...

Duration:00:12:00

Should Connecticut Raise The Minimum Wage?

5/17/2019
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Forty percent of Connecticut residents can't afford the basics. But can the state afford to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour? Ron talks with business leaders and working family advocates about what it means to lock businesses into raising the minimum wage, while the state struggles to resolve its economic challenges. Today's guests: Carlos Moreno, state director of Connecticut Working Families Dave Krechevsky, director of public policy and economic development for the Waterbury Chamber...

Duration:00:47:06

LI Sound, The Changing Climate's Impact On Our Area, And Meeting The Migrant Caravan

5/17/2019
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It's a three-part Full Story today. Ron speaks with Bill Lucey, the Long Island Soundkeeper about the health of the Sound and the shoreline. Then he talks to climate change experts about the Fourth National Climate Assessment , which was released by the Trump Administration over the Thanksgiving holiday. And finally Ron speaks with a Long Island bishop who is heading to the U.S.-Mexico border to meet the migrant caravan. Today's guests: Bill Lucey, the Long Island Soundkeeper Jennifer...

Duration:00:11:59

A Conversation With Sen. Chris Murphy

5/17/2019
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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy has been one of the most vocal opponents of President Donald Trump and his policies. Now that the midterm elections over, what issues will the Senator push in the upcoming legislative session? Ron will ask Senator Murphy about that and many other issues. Then, WSHU’s Ebong Udoma , Tom Dudchik , host of the Capitol Report, and Hearst CT Media reporter Ken Dixon will look at what’s going on with Governor-elect Ned Lamont’s efforts to put his administration together.

Duration:00:21:33

The 30th Anniversary Of World AIDS Day And The State Of The Epidemic In Our Region

5/17/2019
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World AIDS Day is this Saturday, December 1, and this year marks its 30 th anniversary. World AIDS Day is a chance for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV, to support those living with it, and to remember those who have died. Today on The Full Story , Ron finds out about the current state of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Connecticut and on Long Island and looks back at the history of the disease in our area. Our guests: John Haigney, CEO, and Jane Wells, grant coordinator, at...

Duration:00:47:45