Archive for December, 2012

Can the State Heal after Newtown?
December 21, 2012


This Sunday on Face the State we will talk about the latest from Newtown. Pastor Will Marotti of New Life Church in Meriden and frequent host on WTIC radio will be here to talk about his duties the night of the shootings. He helped one of the families who lost a child deal with the horrible news. We are also joined by two state representatives from the Newtown area, Arthur O’Neill and Dan Carter. Rounding out the roundtable is Jonathan Hardy, of the Connecticut Civil Defense League, a gun rights organization.

Join us this Sunday morning at 11 for Face the State only on Channel 3.

Face the State Looks Back at 2012
December 20, 2012

Ted Kennedy, Jr. made his first Face the State appearance in 2012

“Shame on you.” “I made a mistake.” “I am not an anti-semite.” Those are a few of the quotes made by guests on Face the State in 2012. It was quite a year.


Embattled East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo breathing a sigh of relief after taping Face the State

This Sunday, we took a look back at some of the highlights of the past year on Face the State, that included exclusive interviews, four debates, and a trip to Washington.


In our Face the State Flashback, we were joined by three former moderators of Face the State. Larrye deBear was the first moderator, holding down the desk from 1965 to 1974. Don Noel was the moderator from 1975 to 1985, and Duby McDowell was the moderator from 1993 to 2000, when the broadcast underwent an annual name change; “CT-93,” “CT-94,” et al. For the record, I am the 7th moderator in 47 years. Marla Romash, Jeff Cole, and Al Terzi were 3rd, 5th, and 6th, respectively. We hope to have all seven of us together when Face the State turns 50.


On Sunday, Larrye talked about how Ella Grasso grabbed his arm in anger as soon as the Face the State taping ended. Don revealed the governor who didn’t like his line of questioning, and Duby shared her “oops moment,” during a crucial interview.



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Lieberman Wants Term Limits for Senators, Electoral College Eliminated
December 16, 2012


Retiring U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (I) CT says it is time for sweeping changes in the way the United States chooses its leaders. In an interview on “Face the State,” on WFSB-TV Hartford, Lieberman said he supports the elimination of the electoral college and supports term limits for his colleagues in the senate.

“My position on this has changed. Some say there are term limits for senators every six years and it is up to voters to decide. When I started here (24 years ago) I was 99th in seniority, and now I am 20th, so it does change, but needs to change more often…..I think it would make the senate less partisan and healthier if it turned over more often.”

Lieberman also said he was surprised there wasn’t a movement a decade ago to eliminate the electoral college. Lieberman was the vice-presidential candidate on the 2000 Democratic ticket that won the popular vote, but lost the electoral vote, and therefore, the election.

You can watch the interview right here:

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More on Lieberman’s goodbye :

Face the State in Washington for Lieberman’s Farewell
December 13, 2012


Our plan for Face the State this week was to run an interview with Senator Joe Lieberman as he prepares to leave office in January The man who nearly became vice-president in the historic election in 2000, is retiring after nearly a quarter century of representing Connecticut in the U.S. Senate. Then came the Newtown shootings. WFSB news director Dana Neves and I talked about it several times over the past two days and ultimately decided to stick with our original plan. Eyewitness News and Face the Nation will devote their coverage to the lives lost in Sandy Hook, and we feel that a Face the State on what happened Friday might be repetitive.


This week, Face the State will come to you from Washington, D.C., where we talked with Senator Joe Lieberman in his office near the capitol. The senator talked about his four terms in the senate, including his triumphs, and disappointments. We also chatted about what Lieberman will do next, and how he wants the senate to change.


This Sunday, you’ll see some old video from election night 1988, when then Attorney General Lieberman defeated the powerful Lowell Weicker, Connecticut’s last Republican U.S. senator. As you’ll see in that archival footage fronted by then 11PM anchor Denise D’Ascenzo, you’ll notice Lieberman was surrounded then by nearly every Democrat in the state, a far cry from his farewell speech on Wednesday, when only three members of the Connecticut delegation were in the small audience: Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator-elect Chris Murphy, and Congressman Jim Himes.

We’ll also hear from Senator Blumenthal on Sunday’s Face the State.


You can watch this special edition of Face the State, this Sunday morning at 11, only on Channel 3. We’ll also devote a segment to the life and times of Connecticut broadcasting legend Arnold Dean.

Watch it all right here: You can watch the interview right here:

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Lembo Opposes New Taxes to Erase Deficit
December 7, 2012


It is hardly a holly jolly season at the state capitol these days.    Governor Malloy is prepping for a special legislative session as he mulls over a $365 M deficit.  Down the street Comptroller Kevin Lembo is looking at the same deficit, but says it is bigger, $415M.    How can that be?

Comptroller Lembo is our  guest on Face the State this Sunday to talk about the deficit discrepancy.     During our taping, he talked about he reached that figure and why there is a difference.  

I also asked Lembo what he would do if he were governor.     We also talked about the controversial statement he made last year, that the state could save money by combing the office of comptroller and treasurer.

As many people know,   Democrats, including Lembo,  blamed some of the current budget problems on Governors John Rowland and Jodi Rell, who were in office from 1995 to 2011.     I asked Lembo if other past governors, namely Lowell Weicker and William O’Neill were also to blame.   His answer you see right here:

UPDATE:  Watch the segment right here:

Melissa Francis at WFSB: the Hartford Years
December 7, 2012


Melissa Francis is the answer to a WFSB trivia question:  who anchored the first edition of Eyewitness News of the millenium?      Kevin Hogan was her co-anchor and Scot Haney was doing the weather, and yes, apparently, there was a typo in the scripts.


Melissa worked at Channel 3 for only two years, from 1998 to 2000, but made her mark and is remembered fondly by many of us here.     In fact, she became good friends with our then assignment manager, Dana Luby, who has since added Neves to her name and news director to her title.

After leaving Broadcast House, Melissa worked at CNET on the west coast, then for many years at CNBC, and now she’s at Fox Business Network, where she is the host of “Money, with Melissa Francis.”


In our Face the State Flashback this Sunday, we take a look back at Melissa’s time at the Big 3 to coincide with the launch of her new book, “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter, a Memoir.”    Long before Melissa came to Channel 3, she was an actress on a hit show in the 1970s and ’80s, “Little House on the Prairie,”   and the book focuses on her relationship with her mother during that time.


I went digging through the archives and found that Melissa’s assignments were a far cry from the grilling of hedge fund managers and CEOs she is known for today.     As a Channel 3 rookie, Melissa seemed to have been on the animal beat, covering stories on cats, dogs, even this  snake.


Melissa did move on to covering people as her WFSB career progressed.   I found reports she filed at the concerts of the Spice Girls,  Rod Stewart, and the Rolling Stones, all of whom performed at the Hartford Civic Center and the Meadows Music Theater.


Melissa’s work on serpents and singers led to a promotion to the studio, where she anchored the weekend morning news, and got to report on her true passion:  business.    The Channel 3 archives contain reports on real estate, the economy, even a hedge fund.

You can watch the entire flashback, this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State, and look for Melissa to make a guest appearance on Better Connecticut on December 13th. 

UPDATE:  You can watch the segment right here:

Also watch our flashbacks on these other Channel 3 alumni:

Gayle King:

Bill O’Reilly:

Mika Brzezinski:

Holder-Winfield to Take Big Step in Challenging DeStefano
December 6, 2012


The race for mayor of New Haven in the election of 2013 will begin next week.     During a taping of Face the State set to air Sunday,  State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield announced he will set up an exploratory committee for mayor within the next few days.

Winfield told me he feels current mayor John DeStefano isn’t “hearing people,”  and cited the mayor’s 20 years in office as a reason.    “By February, I will make a decision on whether to run,” Holder-Winfield said.


You can watch the entire interview with Holder-Winfield, this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State on WFSB Channel 3.  UPDATE:  Watch it here:


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