<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Political News, NY and CT Politics, and More]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 08 Dec 2016 03:05:45 -0500Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:05:45 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Watch: Senators Pay Tribute to Joe Biden With Speeches]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:20:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NA54W_1200x675_827720259868.jpg Vice President Joe Biden was honored with an emotional bi-partisan tribute today on the Senate chamber floor. Senators on both sides of the aisle were on the same page as they stepped up to express their admiration and gratitude to the outgoing vice president. An emotional Biden sat in the presiding chair during the moving tribute, which latest for more than two hours as lawmakers celebrated their colleague.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Tweets Attacks on Carrier Union Boss]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:54:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump3GettyImages-6218707941.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump pledged to be "so presidential you will be bored" during the election, but he continues to keep Americans on their toes after again taking to Twitter to battle his most recent critic.

Chuck Jones, the president of United Steelworkers 1999, has not been shy to tell publications that Trump broke his promise to save the jobs at the Carrier plant, a pledge on which the president-elect campaigned.

Trump recently proudly proclaimed that he saved 1,000 jobs at the plant, which is untrue. Instead the deal saves 800 positions and in return Carrier's parent company receives $7 million in tax cuts and incentives over 10 years.

Three hundred Carrier jobs are still slated to be sent to Mexico, NBC News reported.

Trump did not address the reasons for the feud directly, but instead — with no evidence or reason — stated via a tweet that Jones had done a terrible job and suggested the union president was the reason companies were leaving the country. A claim that is hyperbolic and baseless.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama on Election Night: 'I Went to Bed']]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:36:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/michellevogue.jpg

Michelle Obama did not stay out of bed long enough on election night to see Donald Trump pass 270 electoral votes, she said in a recent interview with People magazine. 

“I went to bed. I don’t like to watch the political discourse; I never have,” Obama told People in the joint interview with her husband. “I barely did with him,” she added, referring to her husband. 

“Once you do what you can do, then you rest easy. It was in the hands of the American people,” she said.

Obama stood by her passionate support of Hillary Clinton during the election, telling the magazine, "anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by.”

But she reinforced her commitment to help a smooth transition to the new administration so they could be "as successful as they can be."

“This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she said. 

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<![CDATA[Trump: Alec Baldwin 'SNL' Imitation Doesn't Get Me at All]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:53:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/NUP_175509_0055_opt.jpg

For weeks, "Saturday Night Live" has been lampooning Donald Trump, and for weeks Trump has been reacting with bad reviews. 

"Unwatchable!" he tweeted after this week's episode, which had just mocked his habit of tweeting. The president-elect saved particular ire for Alec Baldwin's Trump impression, which "just can't get any worse."

But the newly minted the Time Person of the Year wouldn't answer Matt Lauer's questions on whether it would probably be better for him to just stop watching. 

Trump avoided the question a couple of times in a "Today" show interview early Wednesday, instead bashing the satirical sketch show and Baldwin, who's taken the mantle as late-night TV's impersonator-in-chief. 

"I mean Alec, I like Alec, but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good," Trump said. "I don't think that his imitation of me gets me at all, and it's meant to be very mean-spirited which is very biased and I don't like it so I can tweet that out."

Trump has been tweeting his feelings about "SNL" since Baldwin started playing the real estate magnate this season, aping the way he walks, talks and holds himself in re-enactments of presidential debates and more. While Trump called an episode that made fun of his appearance in an October debate a boring "hit job," Baldwin has helped the show to its best ratings in nearly a decade.

Trump hosted the show just a year ago — prompting protests outside Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, where it's filmed — and Trump told Lauer the show was good back then.

Not so much anymore. "There's nothing funny about it, the skits are terrible," he said.

Trump didn't answer when Lauer asked, "So why do you keep watching it?"

Baldwin hasn't responded to the interview yet, but he has suggested a way for Trump to get the impressions to stop. He just has to release his tax returns, Baldwin tweeted in reply to Trump's "SNL" criticism Sunday morning.

"Saturday Night Live" and this station are both owned by NBCUniversal.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Transition to the Presidency]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:52:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-624646258.jpg

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<![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:34:15 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg

A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden, NBC News reported. 

The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the measure, one of the last for the president and the 114th Congress, whose leaders hope to adjourn by week's end after a two-year session that has seen them clash frequently with the president. 

The bill envisions providing $6.3 billion over the next decade, including $1.8 billion for cancer research. Obama had placed Biden in charge of a "moonshot" to find ways to cure and treat the disease, which killed his son Beau, 46, last year. 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sought approval for renaming a portion of the bill after Beau Biden. The Senate agreed, and lawmakers of both parties applauded and lined up to share quiet words and pats on the shoulder with the vice president, who sat teary-eyed in the presiding officer's chair of the chamber where he served as senator for 36 years. A clerk handed Biden a tissue.

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<![CDATA[Al Gore Has 'Extremely Interesting Conversation' With Trump]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:57:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16340594702500.jpg

Former Vice President Al Gore met Monday with president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Gore described the interaction as “an extremely interesting conversation,” NBC News reports.

Gore didn’t say exactly what he and Trump discussed during the meeting. He also met with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who reportedly wants to make climate change a priority. The former vice president has an influential voice in the fight against human-caused climate change.

Before his electoral victory, Donald Trump called climate change a hoax “created by and for the Chinese.” Since then, he’s said he has an “open mind” about humans' effect on the climate.

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<![CDATA[Sarah Palin Warns of ‘Crony Capitalism’ After Trump Deal ]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:22:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/el-factor-palin.jpg

An unexpected dissenting voice came out Friday against a Trump administration brokered deal to keep a Carrier plant in Indiana and save around 1,000 jobs, NBC News reported.

Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in an op-ed for the Young Conservatives website called the deal, which was reportedly negotiated by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, an example of government intervention that could lead to "crony capitalism."

"Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember?" Palin wrote. "Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail."

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<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:18:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpg
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<![CDATA[Trump Names Panel of Executives to Advise on Private Sector]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:22:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-cancela-reunion-con-The-New-York-Times.jpg

The CEOs of General Motors, Disney and Wal-Mart are among those who will have Donald Trump's ear during his presidency.

They are all part of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of CEOs, business executives and thinkers announced Friday who are to regularly meet with Trump to discuss the best ways to create jobs.

The group will be led by the chairman and CEO of investment group Blackstone, Stephen A. Schwarzman. The Trump transition team said in a statement that it believes the forum will help the president-elect better understand how government policy affects the private sector.

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” Trump said in a statement. “My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America.”

President-elect Trump is not the first to create a team of this sort. President Obama created a similar group in his first term, the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which provided non-partisan advice on job creation and the economy. Unlike Trump's group, it included union leaders.

Other members of Trump's forum include:
Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors
Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Chase & Co
Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company 
Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group 
Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing
Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit

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<![CDATA[State Rep. Betty Boukus Passes Away at 73]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:42:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/State+Rep.+Betty+Boukus.jpg

State Rep. Betty Boukus, who represented Plainville and New Britain, has died, the Connecticut House Democrats announced Friday. Gov. Dannel Malloy's office said she died this morning and he's issued a directive for state flags to fly at half-staff in her honor.

No cause of death was given. Sources close to Boukus told NBC Connecticut that she had been fighting illness for some time. 

“My heart and prayers go out to Betty’s family, and they should know that Representative Boukus was one of the most beloved members of the General Assembly,” Rep. Brendan Sharkey, the outgoing Speaker of the House, said. 

Boukus had represented Plainville and New Britain in the 22nd House District for the past 22 years and she was a key member of the State Bond Commission, which approves school construction, capital investment, and transportation projects statewide. 

Boukus lost her reelection bid to Dr. William Petit in the Nov. 8 election. 

“She brought an unrivalled level of passion to the issues that she and her constituents cared about and worked hard to fight for what her district needed,” Speaker-Elect Joe Aresimowicz said. “There will never be another Betty Boukus.” 

Boukus was known simply as “Betty” around the halls of the State Capitol and the Legislative Office Building and she was a beloved member of the Plainville community that she called home. She was known for being a regular at local charity events with churches, firefighters, police, and civic clubs. 

“Betty Boukus was one of the most passionate and most energetic legislators in the history of the Connecticut General Assembly," Malloy said in a statement. "She loved being an elected official, specifically the opportunity to serve the people of her towns Plainville and New Britain in order to advocate for their best interests –  and she made sure everybody knew it."

The governor is asking that state flags be lowered immediately until sunset of the day of interment.

It’s been said in Plainville, “an event didn’t happen unless Betty was there.”

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal issued a statement about her death. 

“Betty Boukus was a dedicated public servant and a dear friend whose passing deprives Connecticut of her incomparable common sense, good humor, and boundless caring. She eschewed the partisan conflict so endemic today, and espoused a bipartisan fight for public good,” he said. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Starts Victory Tour At Indiana Factory ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:05:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_trump161201_1500x845.jpg President-elect Donald Trump starts his victory tour at a Carrier plant in Indiana on Dec. 1, 2016, celebrating Carrier's decision to keep a thousand jobs slated for Mexico within the United States. ]]> <![CDATA[Commissioner of Department of Developmental Services to Leave]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:59:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Connecticut+State+Capitol+edited.jpg

The commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services is leaving. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy released a statement on Thursday, saying Morna Murray plans to leave early next year to pursue other professional opportunities. 

Murray joined the Malloy administration in February 2015 will continue to serve in her current capacity and oversee a transition period prior to her departure, according to the governor. 

“Commissioner Murray is a diligent public servant whose skills and experience have been a tremendous asset to DDS and to the State of Connecticut,” Malloy said in a statement. “DDS has seen transformative change under her leadership, including expanding work opportunities, increasing the number of individuals who direct their own care, and implementing a long-term transition of a significant number of state-run residential and day services to high-quality community providers. Her staunch advocacy for the comprehensive needs of children and adults with disabilities will have a lasting effect. I wish Morna the best in her next endeavor, and I have no doubt that we will continue to build upon the real progress she has brought to DDS.” 

Murray said it’s been an honor to serve in her role as commissioner. 

“I am proud of the progress we have made in the last two years, and the bridges that DDS – in collaboration with individuals, families, and providers – have built to a more sustainable future for service delivery in our state in multiple areas,” Murray said. 

Malloy is conducting a search for a successor to serve as Developmental Services Commissioner. 

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<![CDATA[Sarah Palin Interested in Trump Administration Job: Sources]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:51:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SarahPalin-AP_322537202252.jpg

Sarah Palin has been in touch with Trump transition officials about a role with the incoming administration, according to sources close to the former Alaska governor. While there is no confirmation what specific position she might be interested in, her son-in-law has dropped a hint, NBC News reported.

Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient married to Palin's daughter Bristol, posted his appeal on Facebook, including a video that makes a glossy pitch for Palin as an advocate for America's veterans. 

"Governor Palin has relayed to the Trump transition team her offer to continue helping the next President either in the public or private sector," a Palin adviser said.

However, Trump transition officials declined to comment on what position, if any, for which Palin might be considered.

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<![CDATA[Linda McMahon Meets With President-Elect Donald Trump ]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:51:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Linda+McMahon+722.jpg

Linda McMahon, the one-time executive of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, and two-time Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Connecticut met with President-Elect Donald Trump Wednesday in New York at Trump Tower. 

On her way out of the building, McMahon said she was honored to be asked to meet with Trump and discussed business, entrepreneurship, creating jobs and more.

Since winning the general election on Nov. 8, Trump and his transition team have been meeting in Manhattan with possible cabinet members and others considered for appointments in his administration. 

McMahon was on a list that included former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, former U.S. Senator Dan Coats, of Indiana, and retired Marine General John Kelly. 

McMahon was a critic of Trump’s comments about women during the campaign, but she eventually threw her financial muscle behind the Republican, donating $6 million in support of his presidential bid. 

McMahon was also in attendance at Trump’s campaign rally at Sacred Heart University in August. 

Multiple sources close to McMahon told NBC Connecticut that they expect her to serve some kind of role within the administration. 

When asked Wednesday if Trump offered her a position, McMahon said, "stay tuned." 

One top state Republican who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly told NBC Connecticut, “I think an announcement will come soon with her role, but I’m not sure she will lead an entire agency.” 

Another elected Connecticut Republican acknowledged to NBC Connecticut that the Trump campaign sent out “feelers” to major names around the country since they were unprepared with potential cabinet picks or other appointees on election night. 

Both officials said McMahon is a favorite of Trump because of her financial backing during the campaign.

<![CDATA[Analysis: Why Trump's Reliance on Debunked Theories Raises Concern]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:08:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump50.jpg

During his run for the White House, Donald Trump stirred up controversy with frequent, unsubstantiated attacks directed toward various groups and individuals, from his political rivals to foreign governments to news outlets.

Now, as NBC News reports, some are raising concerns about Trump's information sources and whether the president-elect will act on false or flawed reports. 

For instance, Trump's recent claim that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with "millions" of illegal voters was a baseless theory popularized primarily by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars. 

Many argue that being able to discern credibility in news reports is a crucial skill for a president, and they argue that a seeming inability, or disinclination, to separate fact from fiction could pose serious threats to national security.

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