Our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse keeps cranking tomorrow. Our guests for the hour are Bill Curry and the Hartford Courant’s Dan Haar – some chemistry we haven’t experimented with yet.
Among the topics for discussion…
Surprise! Your phone and email communications are being logged.
How do we balance national security, with our right to privacy? And when you log online or make a call from your iPhone, how private do you think your activities really are? In addition to Dan and Bill, we’ll be joined by law professor Glenn Sulmasy who argues in favor of government surveillance.
This 21st century war is different and requires new ways and methods of gathering information. As technology has increased, so has our ability to gather valuable, often actionable, intelligence. However, the move toward “home-grown” terror will necessarily require, by accident or purposefully, collections of U.S. citizens’ conversations with potential overseas persons of interest.
Tying up loose ends from the session.
Despite approving funding for the Office of Early Childhood, the legislature did not pass the bill that would actually create the office. The legislation’s failure is being linked to a bill that would’ve allowed Sunday bow hunting of deer. One of the strongest supporters of the early childhood bill is Senator Beth Bye, who said on WNPR’s Morning Edition ”This is probably the most discouraging situation I’ve run into since I’ve been in elected office.”
The CT Mirror’s Jacqueline Rabe Thomas will join us for this segment to help us understand what happened and what the future of the Office of Early Childhood could be.
Also, there was a lot of talk about the state spending cap during the budget discussions. Bill Curry wrote in a Hartford Courant op-ed that the implementation of the spending cap was a failure from the get-go.
It was written hurriedly and under great pressure by people — income tax supporters, mostly — who didn’t really want a cap. It was meant to contain the political damage of adopting the tax as much as it was meant to contain spending.
First they took George W. Bush…
Rick Perry is coming to the state later this week in an attempt to lure Connecticut businesses and workers down south. And even if you don’t see Gov. Perry when he’s here, you may see this ad on TV:
We’ll talk to Dan Haar about Perry’s visit, which he calls the “Yankee Come On Down” tour.
Perry, like his sometime political enemy and stylistic mentor, George W. Bush, is smarter than his yeeeeee-haw manner would make us believe. The campaign is short on gun totin’ cowboys and long on showing bioscience research and advanced manufacturing.
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