<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Political News, NY and CT Politics, and More]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:02:50 -0400 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:02:50 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Segarra Campaign Questions Motives of Bronin's Wife]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:01:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bronins00000000.jpg

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra supported Sara Bronin many times in the past, but now he's questioning her intentions as the race for mayor intensifies between Segarra and Bronin's husband.

Segarra supported Sara Bronin's service on the city's charter revision commission and her service with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

The two discussed several times her interest in being appointed to the Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission, and eventually Segarra appointed her to the board and now she serves as its chair.

"Yes, we actually shared a lot of the same visions for the city in terms of where the city might go and the possibilities," Sara Bronin said during an interview Friday.

Back then, it didn't seem to matter to the mayor who Sara Bronin was married to.

Now, Segarra and his campaign say there are unanswered questions about whether Luke and Sara Bronin were plotting a mayoral run two years ago, and tried to use her appointment to the planning and zoning commission as a way to prepare for the race.

"Was Sara Bronin being transparent? That’s the question that needs to be asked," said Segarra's campaign manager, Michael Bland.

While the campaign and the mayor don't accuse the Bronins of any kind of conspiracy, they do wonder what was discussed behind closed doors. Luke Bronin worked for Gov. Dan Malloy at the time of his wife's appointment.

"This just wasn’t something that Luke or maybe Sara woke up and the morning of and said, 'We’re going to run for mayor.' This is something that was thought out and the fact of the matter is that she knew what she knew," Bland said.

Luke Bronin said any such theory has no merit considering Segarra's record of supporting his wife in the past.

"My wife is a national expert on land-use and zoning. She volunteers an unbelievable amount of time," he said. "She’s deeply passionate about the issue of planning and zoning."

Sara Bronin said she thinks there may be a deeper tone of frustration coming from Segarra.

"For him to insinuate that I as a tenured professor at UConn that specializes in land-use issues, had originally joined the planning and zoning commission just to advance my husband’s political career was really offensive," she said.

Segarra's campaign won't stop questioning Luke or his wife's motives. They say in this case, a family member isn't off limits.

"If Luke were to be elected, would Sara resign from the planning and zoning board? I think that's something voters want to know," Bland asked.

]]>
<![CDATA[Hartford Mayoral Candidates Hit Airwaves]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:43:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/segarra+bronin+hartford.jpg

You don't often see television advertising for local political races in Connecticut. The reason for that is with so many cities and towns, a commercial could end up getting lost on voters with no interest.

Don't tell that to Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and challenger Luke Bronin. Both have purchased time on the air in recent days to try to reach voters on TV.

"I can’t remember the last time there were actually TV spots for the Hartford mayor’s race," said Steve Wolfberg, the creative director of Cronin and Co., Connecticut's largest advertising firm. "I can’t remember seeing them, actually."

Bronin has purchased more time on TV than Segarra at this point. That's to be expected, since his campaign has raised more than $600,000, a very high number for such a race.

Bronin's ad shows him walking around Hartford neighborhoods in casual clothes, meeting with neighbors and hearing their concerns. He mentions his plans to improve education, hire more young people and improve conditions for economic development.

Wolfberg, who has no connection to either campain, said Bronin is sticking to a tried and true script.

"It is right out of the playbook. A couple of graphics. The only thing that’s not in there is showing the other guy in demonic black-and-white stills. Maybe that will come later, but it’s really pretty typical, what you’re seeing so far," he said.

Wolfberg added that the production value of the spot is very high. He said everything has been thought out with a purpose, like lighting and imagery.

"It’s optimism. It’s saying, 'I’m going to take you to a brighter path,' perhaps. It is shot very well. Well lit. Well art directed. So I think the sub-message of that is a fresh new start with a fresh new guy, perhaps," he said.

Segarra's ad includes details from his childhood. The incumbent says he knows the experience of Hartford residents because he was raised by a single mother, his father was a victim of gun violence and he went to home hungry many nights.

"He’s basically saying, 'I am one of you.' Which is basically like saying, 'Bronin is not one of you,' which is the tack he’s taking," Wolfberg explained.

Wolfberg said each ad clearly conveys the position of each candidate in the race.

“I think it’s clear who’s the incumbent and who’s the challenger, and generally when you see the spots up to the election, that’s usually paths they usually take," he said.

]]>
<![CDATA[Clinton Says Biden Has 'Very Difficult' Decision]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:16:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_697432409813.jpg

Hillary Clinton pledged to run her campaign as usual, in spite of speculation about Vice President Joe Biden joining the race.

Clinton said Biden has a "very difficult decision" to make about the 2016 presidential run. She reiterated that she has "a great deal of admiration and affection" for the vice president, but wants him to make the right choice for him and his family following his son Beau Biden's death earlier this year. 

"He has to do what he has to do but I'm just going to continue with my campaign," Clinton said in Iowa Wednesday. 



Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Blumenthal Lone CT Holdout on Iran Nuclear Deal]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:08:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Richard+Blumenthal+December+2012.jpg

Sen. Richard Blumenthal is the only member of Connecticut's Congressional Delegation who has not yet endorsed the Obama Administration's nuclear deal with Iran.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty announced her support for the deal yesterday in a statement saying that the deal was "imperfect" but added she felt its the best way to ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon.

"I will be doing what I think to be right thing based on conscience and conviction, not on poll numbers and not on the last person who spoke to me," Blumenthal said after he met with a group of people who rallied at his office in support of the deal.

The group displayed signs warning of a possible war with Iran if the deal isn't approved by Congress.

"I think it’s a good deal for the world," said Henry Lowendorf, a New Haven resident who delivered several hundred signatures to Blumenthal in support of the nuclear agreement.

"It asks Iran not to develop nuclear weapons which it’s not doing now, in return for ending sanctions. Iran wins it’s free of sanctions and we win because we’re assured there’s no nuclear weapons," Lowendorf said.

The Iran nuclear deal would lift economic sanctions on the country that has crippled its economy. It would also place limits and caps on the amount Enriched Uranium that the country could produce, as well as mandate changes to existing nuclear facilities to ensure they could not be used to produce materials for weapons.

Sen. Blumenthal says those are all factors he has to consider before making any decision.

"I’ve been listening to opponents, nuclear physicists, diplomatic experts. I’m using this time to listen to them and the people of Connecticut and I’ve learned and immense amount."

He says the only deadline he sees is when the vote is actually taken.

"I’ve been listening to opponents, nuclear physicists, diplomatic experts. I’m using this time to listen to them and the people of Connecticut and I’ve learned and immense amount."



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['I'm Not a Bully': Trump Defends Ejecting Anchor]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:57:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_865379311727-ramos-trump-iowa.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wrangled with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over his immigration policies in an extended — and occasionally personal — exchange, leading to the journalist's temporary removal during a news conference in Iowa Tuesday night.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday Trump said Ramos was "totally out of line last night" and that he was "ranting and raving like a madman."

Ramos, the Miami-based anchor and journalist for the prominent Spanish-language network, was ejected from the event after attempting to engage with the GOP front-runner as he recognized another reporter.

“Sit down, you weren’t called,” Trump told him. “Go back to Univision.”

Ramos proceeded to question Trump on his proposal to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. As the two spoke over one another in a testy back-and-forth, Trump's security detail approached the Mexican-American journalist and escorted him out of the room.

"You cannot build a 1,900-mile wall," Ramos continued on his way out.

The exchange prompted several reporters to ask Trump about the incident. The real estate mogul said, “You can’t just stand up and scream,” noting that Ramos spoke out of turn.

On Wednesday, Trump told "Today's," Matt Lauer, "I was asking and being asked a question from another reporter. I would have gotten to (Ramos) very quickly. He stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman."

Lauer asked Trump why he lets people get under his skin, and suggested that his renewed feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly reflects badly on him.

"I'm not a bully," he said about public perceptions. "In fact, I think it's just the opposite way."

Trump said he proved that point when Ramos was eventually allowed to return to the presser. 

Trump called on Ramos to ask a question.

“Good to have you back,” Trump said before Ramos fired a series of questions on the billionaire’s controversial immigration policies.

"Your immigration plan, it is full of empty promises," Ramos began. "You cannot deny citizenship to children born in this country."

"Why do you say that?" Trump replied. "Some of the great legal scholars agree that's not true."

Citizenship for infants born in the United States is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, and changing that would require amending the Constitution.

Ramos later asked Trump about the feasibility of building a wall extending the length of the U.S.-Mexico border. The real estate mogul responded that he’s a “builder,” adding that it is more complicated to build a “building that’s 95 stories tall.”

"We'll have a border, and we'll have a wall. And the wall's going to have a big beautiful door where we can let in people," Trump said.

The National Association for Hispanic Journalists condemned Trump for letting Ramos be ejected for what its president said was simply trying to hold the GOP candidate accountable to his own prior statements.

"Mr. Ramos was doing what journalists have done for decades – asking questions!" said Mekahlo Medina, a KNBC reporter serving as president of the NAHJ, in a statement posted to the organization's website.

Trump is in Iowa to host a 'Make America Great Again' rally at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.
 



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Governor in Talks to Keep GE in Connecticut]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:07:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GEPIC8252015.jpg

Gov. Dannel Malloy revealed this week that his administration has been in close talks with GE to try to keep the company and its 800 employees in Connecticut.

GE has operated its world base of operations in Fairfield for decades and recently threatened to find a new home for its corporate headquarters.

It comes after the General Assembly approved a two-year budget with tax increases for large multi-national corporations like GE that will take effect in 2017.

The company made public its concerns and its plan to potentially leave the state. Now the governor is working to prevent that from happening.

"We’ve indicated in general and in some cases specific terms what we thought we could do," Malloy said during a news conference Monday.

Economic development officials have been discussing some kind of incentive or tax package that would aim to keep GE in Fairfield, but Malloy wouldn't go into specifics.

"We certainly have had those discussions, stand ready to work with them on issues of concern and be competitive with other states," Malloy said.

The fact that Malloy has reached out directly to GE has placated the state's leading business group, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

"It’s a very good thing that the state is talking to the job creators in Connecticut," said Brian Flaherty, the group's vice president of public policy.

He cautioned, however, that it will likely take more than individual negotiating to improve the state's position with other companies.

"If you get the policy right, if you structurally have the answers down, then you don’t need to pull a rabbit out of the hat so often on these special one-time deals," Flaherty explained.

Republicans, who have been critical of all budget talks since February, were also quick to blame the entire situation on Democratic leadership and its failure to stand behind the budget.

"It just speaks to the fact that if our economic policies were as rock solid as they suggested and had a future for the state of Connecticut that was fiscally responsible, why would any company want to leave, and why would you make a package to keep them? Because our policies are awful," said State Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano.

Fasano said he could see the state working with individual employers to try to keep them in Connecticut, which he says is not a good strategy.

"So today it’s GE. Tomorrow it’s UTC. Then after that it’s Electric Boat, and it goes on and on. Anybody with 250 employees or more are going to say they want the same deal they gave GE or we’re out of here," he said.

Flaherty with CBIA said he's confident the governor's administration could work to keep major employers in Connecticut.

"Just like Gov. Malloy convinced members of the legislature to come back and roll back a part of their taxes, it’s key that his administration is talking with all sizes of companies," he said.



Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Fox Chief Defends Kelly, Says Trump Should Apologize]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:49:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump-kelly-AP_511867665203.jpg

Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network's Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that "is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," but Trump isn't backing down.

The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. Trump said Kelly "must have had a terrible vacation" because "she's really off her game." He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo.

"Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise," said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. "I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump's verbal assaults."

Trump, in a statement, said he disagreed with Ailes and that he doesn't think Kelly is a quality journalist. "Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves."

In a news conference later Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump again refused to apologize to Kelly, saying, "She should probably apologize to me, but I just don't care."

Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate, seen by 24 million people on Fox on Aug. 6. A day after the debate, he said Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

That led to a private, clear-the-air conversation between Ailes and Trump two weeks ago, but that clearly hasn't led to peace.

In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox News show and one of the network's biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Fox said her time off had been scheduled long before the debate. Trump also tweeted that Kelly was afraid to confront a guest, Dr. Cornel West, and that she had "no clue" on immigration.

Ailes again backed Kelly for her questioning during the debate, which he said was tough but fair.

"Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should," Ailes said. "We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we're certainly not going to start now."

Some of Kelly's Fox colleagues also came to her defense. Bret Baier, who moderated the debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted that "this needs to stop." Brian Kilmeade said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump's comments bothered him personally.

"We are all friends with Donald Trump, but he is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight," Kilmeade said. "I don't know if he's trying to get ratings out of that or poll numbers, but he's not going to be successful."



Photo Credit: (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Governor Names New Chief of Staff]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:42:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Brian+Durand.JPG

Gov. Dannel Malloy has named a new chief of staff.

Brian Durand, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff, will replace Mark Ojakian as of Monday, Sept. 28.

Ojakian announced in July that he would leave the administration by the end of the year.

Durand has served as the governor’s deputy chief of staff since 2012 and previously worked at the Office of Policy and Management.

“Brian Durand has been a trusted friend and advisor since I first began working with him in 2004,” Malloy said in a statement.

“I have been honored and privileged to work with Governor Malloy for so many years,” Durand said.

Durand, a Connecticut native, was raised in Stamford and now lives in West Hartford with his wife and their two sons.



Photo Credit: Gov. Dannel Malloy's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Doubles Down on Building Border Wall at Ala. Rally]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:01:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484797712-Trump-Alabama-Rally.jpg

Thousands of people showed up to hear Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speak at an Alabama rally Friday, in which the business tycoon vowed, "we're going to make America better than it's ever been." 

The crowd filled about half of the 43,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, NBC News reported. It was a hot night, and humid. Trump looked upwards and joked: "If it rains I'll take off my hat and prove, I'll prove, once and for all, that its mine," while stroking his hair.

Trump repeated his tough stance on immigration, vowing "we're going to build a wall," and saying Congress could end the guarantee of being granted citizenship upon being born within the U.S.



Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Poses With Bald Eagle for Time Magazine]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:20:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/Trump-Time-Cover.jpg

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump posed with a bald eagle at his New York City office for a spread in this week’s issue of Time magazine.

The 27-year-old eagle, named uncle Sam, was flown in from Texas and brought to the 25th floor of the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

Trump appears on the cover of the magazine under the headline "Deal with it.”

In an interview with the publication, Trump sounded off on undocumented immigrants, Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, and taxes.

When pressed on how feasible it would be to remove undocumented immigrants from the U.S., he did not detail specifics but said, "it'll all work out."

“It’s called management,” Trump said. “Politicians can’t manage; all they can do is talk. It’s called management. And we’ll do an expedited system. Because I agree with you, there are some very, very good people here who they are here illegally. But they are illegal.”

He also discussed the controversy around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department.

“She’s going through something that for me, for me is Watergate,” Trump said. “Her only hope is that because the prosecutors are Democrats she doesn’t get prosecuted. That’s the only hope she’s got.”

Trump also said that as president, he may decide to change laws around taxes. 

“Well I’m thinking about it but I have a problem because I may want to switch taxes around,” Trump said. “I want to save the middle class.”

Trump’s Time magazine cover issue hits newsstands Thursday.


This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Senator Calls for Federal Restrictions on Drones]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:18:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dronestill082015.jpg

As with any burgeoning technology, unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, offer exciting possibilities as well as potential dangers.

Today, Sen. Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, demanding that the aviation watchdog implement rules governing drone usage that were due a year ago.

"What we have right now is, essentially, a Wild West in airspace," Blumenthal said while speaking at Bradley International Airport.

The senator points out in his letter that so far this year, pilots have reported more than twice as many close calls with drones as they reported in 2014. Although none of those close calls have occurred at Bradley, that doesn't mean there haven't been sightings.

"From time to time, we will have flight crews on approach to the airport – in some cases, 15 or 20 miles out from the airport – reporting drone sightings," said Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon.

It's not just a concern for commercial pilots and travelers, but also for private aviators such as Dan Hall, who has about 800 hours in his logbook.

"I guess my concern (is) if you did hit one, what it would do to the aircraft," Hall told NBC Connecticut. "I've hit birds before, turkey vultures, seagulls."

But he says drones are a different species altogether.

"You've got to do something, especially around the airports. I don't know how high these drones can get, but I wouldn't want to hit one," Hall said.

It's a comparison echoed by Blumenthal, who recalls the 2009 incident in which a U.S. Airways pilot made an emergency landing in the Hudson River after a 6-pound bird was sucked in to one of the plane's engines.

"A drone weighing 25 to 40 pounds can do even more damage to an airplane," the senator said, also pointing out that current law regards drones identically to model airplanes, which have much less range and speed capability.

In addition to airspace restrictions, the senator wants the FAA to require that drones be traceable to their owners, and that technology be installed that would create an invisible barrier keeping drones a safe distance from airports.

On its website, the Airline Pilots Association says such technology already exists but hasn't been put in place at airports.

It also says, "ALPA recognizes and supports beneficial application of [drone] technology, but only if assurances are in place that the safety of the national airspace system is not jeopardized."



Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Walker Agrees with Trump on Ending Birthright Immigration]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:17:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/scott+walker+new.jpg

Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, said Monday that he agrees with Donald Trump's idea that the United States should end the practice of allowing children of undocumented immigrants who are born in this country to gain citizenship as a birthright, NBC News reported

Asked by msnbc if birthright citizenship should be ended, Walker replied: "Yeah, to me it's about enforcing the laws in this country. And I've been very clear, I think you enforce the laws, and I think it's important to send a message that we're going to enforce the laws, no matter how people come here we're going to enforce the laws."

Walker's comments came hours after front-runner Trump released an immigration plan that calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the construction of a large wall along the border with Mexico, an increase in trade tariffs with Mexico and fees on NAFTA workers visas. 



Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Sanders Draws Big Crowds at Iowa State Fair, Town Hall]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:12:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_331484957977.jpg

Bernie Sanders may not leave Iowa as popular as the pork chop on a stick or fried PBJ — but the Democratic candidate rolled into the Iowa State Fair to a crowd that wrapped around to the back of the soapbox stage to hear him speak on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the morning, the Vermont senator spoke at a town hall in Boone, a town about an hour outside of Des Moines.

Sanders called for expanding Social Security by lifting the cap on taxable income, creating a single-payer healthcare system, and pushed back against the government's use of an unemployment rate figure that does not include those who gave up on looking for work and those who are working part time but would like to work full time.



Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump: Undocumented Immigrants 'Have to Go']]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:17:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_879695016320.jpg

Donald Trump would reverse President Obama's executive orders on immigration and deport all undocumented immigrants from the U.S. as president, he said in an exclusive interview with NBC's Chuck Todd.

"We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," he said in the interview, which will air in full on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday.

Trump said, to begin, "we have to" rescind Obama's executive order offering those brought to the U.S. illegally as children — known as DREAMers — protection from deportation, as well as Obama's unilateral move to delay deportation for their families as well.

The comments are certain to further inflame already fierce opposition from Latino activists and advocacy groups. They've been critical of Trump's candidacy from the start, when he kicked off his campaign with a speech that accused Mexico of sending "criminals" and "rapists" to the U.S.



Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Calls Boston Mayor a 'Clown']]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:57:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-Michigan.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was back in New Hampshire on Friday after a recent poll showed his numbers in the state are slipping.

Trump hosted a packed rally at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton Friday night. He also held an unexpected question and answer session before the event.

While at the rally, Trump didn't cover much in terms of specific policies, but his audience loved it.

"It's the summer of Trump," he said.

Trump described elected officials in Washington as "stupid leadership," then added that foreign leaders are "smarter, and sharper, and more cunning than our leaders."

Trump also turned on the Republican opposition.

"Nobody ever attacked me like Sen. Lindsey Graham. I mean, what he said. And he went from 1 percent to nothing," he said.

In classic Trump fashion, he attacked everyone, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

"He's a clown, Marty Walsh. I don't even know who he is," he said. "This guy Marty Walsh, he spends all of this time and effort and money on an Olympic bid and then he goes out and, and he's talking about Ice Bucket Challenges. Get a real mayor."

He currently leads the GOP field in New Hampshire and nationally.

This is his first visit to the Granite State since last week's GOP debate and his controversial remarks about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly.



Photo Credit: FILE - Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Trump's Video Juxtaposed Obama with 'Jihadi John']]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:44:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_464150734673.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump posted a video on his Instagram account Thursday showing a masked ISIS executioner, accusing Democrats of "having fun" as foreign policy crises erupt around the globe.

The footage of "Jihadi John" — who featured in ISIS propaganda videos featuring the beheadings of Western hostages — and a scene from the deadly September 2012 attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was interspersed with a photo showing a smiling President Obama in a golf cart and video of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton dancing amid confetti with her husband.

The words "politicians are having fun on our dime while the world is burning" conclude the video before Trump's campaign slogan is displayed. 



Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Gore Not Considering 2016 Run, Source Says]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:19:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/al+gore+serious.jpg

Former presidential candidate Al Gore will not seek a presidential run in 2016 despite rumors to the contrary, a top Democratic Party source told NBC News. 

A BuzzFeed report Thursday claimed that Gore's supporters have begun trying to figure out whether there is a path for the former vice president in the race. But the top Democratic source told NBC News there was nothing substantive happening along those lines. 

Gore has faced speculation about a second presidential run since he lost the election to George W. Bush in 2000. 
 



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Joe Biden 'Calling Around' About 2016 Run]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:43:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-451068965.jpg

Joe Biden has been calling close friends to discuss the possibility of becoming a presidential candidate for the 2016 election, a longtime Democratic operative, and a source close to the vice president told NBC News. 

"I think he is doing the analysis and homework," the source who got a call from Biden said.

Aides are also "calling around" to Democratic operatives about a 2016 run.

Biden is not calling to ask "if" he should run, but saying, "I am thinking about it but I'm also thinking about Beau," the source said. Beau Biden, the vice president's oldest son and former Delaware attorney general, died in May after battling brain cancer.

The vice president would need to get through the grief of losing his son before running, however, he is not there yet, the source said.

]]>
<![CDATA[Hartford Mayoral Race Heats Up Amid Ads, Endorsements]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:48:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MayorsRacePic00000000.jpg

From advertisements to endorsements and now a debate, the race for Hartford mayor is heating up.

The first ad of incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra’s re-election campaign hit the airwaves Tuesday. It emphasizes the fact that Segarra has made education his top priority.

On the same day Segarra's ad was released, Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden threw his support to challenger Luke Bronin, who received the Democratic Town Committee endorsement and previously served as a legal adviser to Gov. Dannel Malloy.

"We need someone who can lead the city, move it forward and take the steps we all believe are necessary to get Hartford working again," Wooden said Tuesday.

Segarra addressed Wooden's support for Bronin in the following statement:

"The great thing about American politics is that we get to choose who we support. But no election is ever decided by endorsements. The outcome of this primary will be decided only by Hartford's hard-working Democrats. The victor will be the one who, over the next 35 days, can show their commitment to progressive leadership in our Capital city. It will be the one who will show a vision for improving our neighborhoods and schools and making our streets safer."

Hartford City Councilmember Joel Cruz is also running for mayor.

"I’m stepping out and I'm saying I will give better leadership that the city of Hartford really needs when it comes to really connecting with the people of Hartford," said Cruz.

The candidates will discuss Hartford’s arts, culture, history and tourism at a debate at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The debate will take place at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 155 Wyllys Street in Hartford.



Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Trump on Megyn Kelly: 'What I Said Was Appropriate']]> Sun, 09 Aug 2015 11:35:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_244099086617.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wasn't backing away Sunday morning from his "blood" comment regarding Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, that prompted the host of the conservative gathering RedState to withdraw his invitation to the event over the weekend.

Trump said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he "doesn't mind apologizing" when he is wrong — but insisted he's not wrong. He claimed his controversial statement criticizing Kelly's questioning during Thursday's Fox News primary debate was justified.

Asked to clarify on whether he realized he was making a "demonic or animalistic" comments, or references to hormones, Trump said his statement was taken out of context.

"All I said is there is blood pouring out of her eyes and there was blood. And then I said you know what, I'm going to get on to the next sentence because frankly I don't have to talk about the blood coming out of her ears and her nose. It's a very common statement," Trump said.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA['Bulletproof': Female Trump Staffer Dismisses Critics]]> Sun, 09 Aug 2015 09:18:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_7695882324921.jpg

The female co-chair of Donald Trump's Iowa campaign slammed those who have criticized the real estate mogul's remarks about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as sexist and inappropriate.

Trump sparked outrage when he said Kelly, who moderated Thursday's GOP debate, had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." The remarks also cost him an appearance at the conservative gathering RedState.

Tana Goertz, Trump's Iowa co-chair, said she did not interpret the comment in the same way critics have, and was not offended. "I've always been treated with dignity and respect," she said.

Trump has said the questions at the debate were unfair, and he bristled at Kelly's questions about remarks he has made about women.

Goertz dismissed the critics and said Trump "is bulletproof" and that he is projecting his strength during the campaign.
 



Photo Credit: ap]]>
<![CDATA[Pennsylvania AG Accused of Grand Jury Leak to Turn Herself In]]> Sat, 08 Aug 2015 12:06:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kathleen-Kane-Resized.jpg

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will turn herself in Saturday afternoon on criminal charges linked to a grand jury investigation, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office told NBC10.

Kane, a Democrat, was charged with perjury, obstruction and other crimes for allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to punish two former staffers, who she thought were critical of her.

She is scheduled to go to the Montgomery County Detective Bureau in Norristown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for processing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced the charges against Kane Thursday.

Kane says she is innocent and refuses to step down. 

The 49-year-old lawyer, who won the post 2012, is the first woman and the first Democrat elected to the position.

]]>