Senator Christopher Dodd (D) Joins Host Steve Kotchko – This Week on CPTV’s On the Record (OTR)

Release Date: 03/19/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – On this week’s On the Record (OTR), airing on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) on Friday, March 20 at 8:30 p.m. (with repeats airing on Sunday, March 22 at 10 p.m. and Monday, March 23 at 11:30 p.m.), host Steve Kotchko is joined by U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D). They will discuss the 2010 senatorial race, which could involve former Republican congressman Rob Simmons; the current fiscal crisis; and the evolving issues around AIG-American International Group, including the government bailout and their now controversial performance bonuses.

Also, in the “Notes From the Capitol” segment, Christine Stuart of CTNews Junkie.com and Paul Hughes of the Waterbury Republican-American will talk about the proposed microstamping gun legislation. Microstamping involves a laser etching on the gun's firing pin, which in turn leaves a microscopic imprint on the discharged cartridge case. This technology has the potential to not only assist investigators at a crime scene, but could also deter gun owners from selling their weapons illegally. The bill which would require microstamping on all new semi automatic weapons sold after January 1st 2010. Currently, four Connecticut gun manufacturers, Colt, Marlin Sturm Ruger and Mossberg, are opposed to the bill, claiming microstamping is ineffective, costly and will result in a loss of jobs.

Now in its 23rd year, On the Record (OTR) is a weekly half-hour public affairs program featuring interviews with Connecticut legislators and policymakers on major topics of importance to state residents. The show is produced by CPTV as part of its mission to deliver a broad array of programming serving the public interest. OTR airs during the legislative session. Show information including newsmaker biographies, airdates, viewer comments and on-demand video are available at www.cptv.org.

CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and/or www.wnpr.org

    
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