Dialogue: 169 Dr. Theodore Andreadis

July 1st Dialogue Show

 Dr. Theodore Andreadis, director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.

Dr. Theodore Andreadis, director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.

This week on Dialogue reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Dr. Theodore Andreadis, director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.  In the program, Andreadis talks about the higher rate of Lyme disease infection being found in Connecticut’s deer tick population which is peaking right now.  Andreadis also discusses the annual mosquito testing program, now underway, that searches for the incidence of West Nile virus and other potentially-dangerous mosquito-borne diseases.

Dialogue: 168 Michael Lawlor

June 24th Dialogue Show

 

 Michael Lawlor, criminal justice advisor to Gov. Malloy.

Michael Lawlor, criminal justice advisor to Gov. Malloy.

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Michael Lawlor, criminal justice advisor to Gov. Malloy.  In the program, Lawlor discusses the immigration enforcement controversy nationwide and in Connecticut.  He also talks about the Malloy administration’s continuing effort to lower the state’s prison population and a new law protecting female inmates from abuse.

Dialogue: 167 Kevin Lembo

June 17th, Dialogue Show

 State Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D).

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D).

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Democratic State Comptroller Kevin Lembo.  In the program, Lembo explains his decision to seek reelection to his current post rather than run for governor.  On the issues, Lembo discusses his continuing effort in Connecticut and nationwide to crack down on price gouging on prescription drugs.  He also talks about the status of Connecticut’s economy and state budget.

Dialogue: 166 Nelson “Oz” Griebel

June 10th, Dialogue Show

 

 Independent candidate for governor Nelson “Oz” Griebel.

Independent candidate for governor Nelson “Oz” Griebel.

This week on Dialogue reporter Steve Kotchko interviews independent gubernatorial candidate “Oz” Griebel.  In the program, Griebel explains how he is handling the challenges of an independent run for governor including getting enough voter signatures to gain a place on the ballot, and raising money to finance a viable campaign.  Griebel also discusses his views on key issues including taxes, transportation funding and job growth.

Dialogue: 165 Amy Parmenter

June 3rd, Dialogue Show

 Amy Parmenter, manager of public and government affairs for the AAA of Greater Hartford.

Amy Parmenter, manager of public and government affairs for the AAA of Greater Hartford.

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews AAA official Amy Parmenter.  In the program Parmenter discusses the so-called “100 deadliest days”—a reference to the summer spate of fatal motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers.  She also explains the recent significant spike in gasoline prices and how long the upward trend will last in Connecticut.

Dialogue: 164 Paul Formica

May 27th Dialogue Show

 

 State Sen. Paul Formica (R-East Lyme).

State Sen. Paul Formica (R-East Lyme).

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Republican State Sen. Paul Formica, co-chair of the legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee.  In the program, Formica describes key elements of the recently-approved bipartisan state budget plan.  He also discusses issues that may separate Republicans from Democrats as the two parties make their case to the electorate in advance of the November state elections.

Dialogue: 163 Martin Looney

May 20th Dialogue Show

 

 This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews the top Democratic leader in the State Senate, Sen. Martin Looney of New Haven. 

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews the top Democratic leader in the State Senate, Sen. Martin Looney of New Haven. 

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews the top Democratic leader in the State Senate, Sen. Martin Looney of New Haven.  In the program, Looney reviews the just-completed 2018 legislative session.  He discusses what’s inside the bipartisan state budget package.  Looney also talks about several key measures that failed to pass, including highway tolls, legalization of marijuana, and a bill to combat sexual harassment.

Dialogue: 162 Brenda Watson

May 13th Dialogue Show

 Brenda Watson, executive director of Operation Fuel.

Brenda Watson, executive director of Operation Fuel.

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Brenda Watson, executive director of Connecticut’s Operation Fuel.  In the program, Watson discusses the “add-a-dollar” program on utility bills that allows consumers to help their neighbors who may have difficulties paying their electric, gas, or water bills. Watson explained that May is the end that the utilities winter “no shut off” protection ends, putting many families at risk unless they can pay their bills.

Dialogue: 161 Robert Klee

May 6th Dialogue Show

 Robert Klee, Commissioner of the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Robert Klee, Commissioner of the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews State DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee.  In the program, Klee discusses the recent Air Quality Awareness Week, and offers tips on how consumers can change their driving, air conditioning, and appliance-use habits to help curb air pollution.  Klee also describes how the state is dealing with Trump administration environmental officials whose agenda seeks to deregulate air quality programs instead of increasing protections.

Dialogue: 160 Melissa Ziobron

April 29th Dialogue Show

 

 State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-East Haddam)

State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-East Haddam)

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-East Haddam).  In the program, Ziobron, a top ranking Republican on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee, discusses the struggle, now underway, to find a bipartisan solution to this year’s state budget challenges.  Ziobron describes the differences she sees between Republican and Democratic proposals that must be resolved to achieve that goal.

Dialogue: 159 Shawn Lang

April 22nd Dialogue Show

 

 Shawn Lang, deputy director of AIDS Connecticut

Shawn Lang, deputy director of AIDS Connecticut

This week on Dialogue reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Shawn Lang deputy director of AIDS Connecticut.  In the program, Lang describes the status of AIDS treatment today and discusses the struggle to maintain public awareness about the HIV/AIDS challenge in an era when other illnesses command the spotlight.  Lang also talks about the important of getting tested for HIV so patients can get assistance before HIV exposure turns into AIDS.

Dialogue: 158 Brian Flaherty

April 15th Dialogue Show

 Brian Flaherty, vice president for public policy at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA).

Brian Flaherty, vice president for public policy at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA).

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Brian Flaherty, vice president for public policy at CBIA—the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.  In the program, Flaherty explains why businesses in Connecticut have some problems with proposed legislation to protect workers from sexual harassment and legislation to regulate how employers talk to their employees.  He also offers CBIA’s views on this year’s state budget struggle.

Dialogue: 157 Mae Flexer

April 8th Dialogue Show

 State Sen. Mae Flexer (D-Danielson)

State Sen. Mae Flexer (D-Danielson)

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Democratic State Sen. Mae Flexer, one of the legislature’s most vocal supporters of women’s rights legislation.  In the program, Flexer explains why she was one of several officials calling for the resignation of Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.  Esty faces claims that she improperly protected a key male staffer against allegations of sexual harassment and assault.  Flexer also discusses a proposed legislative measure dubbed the “Time’s Up” bill to help women who’ve faced sexual harassment.

Dialogue: 156 Ned Lamont

April 1st Dialogue Show

 

 Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont.

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont.  In this program, Lamont, who has run before for governor and U.S. Senate, explains why he wants to be elected governor this November, despite Connecticut’s continuing deficit crisis.  Lamont discusses his strategy for attacking the deficit problem, improving the state’s transportation system, and creating more jobs.  He also discusses his views on legalizing pot, installing highway tolls, and improving the education system.

Dialogue: 155 Josh Elliot

March 25th Dialogue Show

 

 State Rep. Josh Elliott (D-Hamden).

State Rep. Josh Elliott (D-Hamden).

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Democratic State Rep. Josh Elliott, an advocate of legalization of marijuana in Connecticut.  In the program, Elliott addresses a variety of topics tied to the marijuana issue including how much tax revenue pot sales could bring in, how marijuana would be regulated in the state, and the likelihood of passage of a marijuana bill this year. He responds to critics who claim legalizing pot would be detrimental to health and safety in Connecticut.

Dialogue: 154 James Smith

March 18th Dialogue Show

 

 James Smith, co-chair of the State Commission on Fiscal Stability & Economic Growth.

James Smith, co-chair of the State Commission on Fiscal Stability & Economic Growth.

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews James Smith, co-chair of the State Commission on Fiscal Stability & Economic Growth.  In the program, Smith explains and defends many controversial recommendations in the Commission’s new report including recommendations for tax hikes, spending cuts, and labor negotiation changes.  He says systemic reforms are needed to get Connecticut out of its continuing deficit crisis.

Dialogue: 153 Eric Hammerling

March 11th Dialogue Show

 

 Eric Hammerling, executive director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.

Eric Hammerling, executive director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.

This week on Dialogue 2018, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Eric Hammerling of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.  In the program, Hammerling explains the new “passport to the parks” program that will allow Connecticut residents free access to all state parks.  Hammerling describes the benefits of the program, how it will be financed, and potential political trouble for the program if state lawmakers must grapple with deficits again this year.

Dialogue: 152 Joe Markley

March 4th Dialogue Show

 

 State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington).

State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington).

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Republican State Sen. Joe Markley, a strong opponent of restoring tolls to Connecticut highways.  In the program, Markley disputes various claims made by those who support tolls.  He also warns that if tolls come back, the public will be upset with the sheer number of toll locations, the cost of tolls on a yearly basis, and possible fines and penalties if toll bills are not paid on time.

Dialogue: 151 Brenda Kupchick

February 25th Dialogue Show

 State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield).

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield).

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews State Rep. Brenda Kupchick, a leading member of a bipartisan coalition to pass new animal welfare laws.  In the program, Kupchick describes the various pieces of legislation, and discusses why preventing animal cruelty and neglect is directly linked to the overall moral obligations of society.

Dialogue: 150 Vincent Candelora

Feburary 18th Dialogue Show

 Deputy House Republican leader Rep. Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford).

Deputy House Republican leader Rep. Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford).

This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Deputy House Republican leader Vincent Candelora.  In the show, Candelora explains how Republican lawmakers feel about Gov. Malloy’s recently-released state budget adjustment proposal.  Candelora weighs in on Malloy’s call for highway tolls, certain tax hikes, and municipal funding changes.  He also discusses alternatives GOP lawmakers may propose.