Ebong Udoma

Senior reporter

Ebong is WSHU’s award winning Connecticut State Capitol reporter.  He worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR’s diversity initiative and he is a regular contributor of spot news to NPR.   Ebong has covered presidential visits and high profile political races such as former wrestling executive Linda McMahon's two unsuccessful bids for the US Senate. He has also covered several state and municipal corruption trials in Connecticut including one that led to the resignation of former Governor John Rowland. Ebong keenly follows developments with Native American tribes in Connecticut and produced an award-winning feature on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. He also covered political transitions in Nigeria in 1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News. Prior to joining WSHU in 1994, Ebong was an award-winning reporter with the Connecticut Post.

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Electricity rate hike
2:19 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Conn. Electricity Rates Set For January Hike

Most electricity consumers in Connecticut are getting a rate increase on Jan. 1. That’s because state regulators approved higher rates for Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating today.

The reason for the increase is because the cost of getting natural gas to electricity power plants has been rising due to limited pipeline capacity, said Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the Public Utility Regulatory Authority.

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Election 2014
7:54 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Nearly $17 Million In Outside Money Spent On Conn. Governor's Race

A government watchdog group in Connecticut says nearly $17 million was spent by outside groups on the state’s tight gubernatorial race.

Common Cause Connecticut has determined that $16.75 million was spent on the race for governor.

We don’t have all the details about that yet. But it will be important to look at how it is that they were trying to influence our elections,” said the executive director of the group, Cherie Quickmire. Much of the money came from out-of-state entities, she said.

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Conn. General Assembly
8:20 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Conn. Senate Picks New Leadership

State Senator Martin Looney (D- New Haven) has been selected to by the next President of the Conn. Senate.
Credit Conn. Senate Democratic Caucus

New Haven Democrat Martin Looney has been chosen to be the Connecticut Senate President in the new session that begins in January.

Looney is one of several leaders of the upper chamber of the state General Assembly selected by their members on Thursday.

He has served as Connecticut Senate majority leader since 2003. He is expected to be officially elected president by the full Senate in January. Looney will replace Donald Williams of Brooklyn, who did not seek re-election.

Looney said he’s honored to have been selected to lead the body .

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Returns show probably Malloy victory
8:24 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Malloy (Mostly) Declares Victory; Foley Concedes (But Not Entirely)

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, raises his arms over his head with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, left, and his wife Cathy Malloy, right, after speaking to supporters at his party's rally, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

In Connecticut, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy declared victory early Wednesday morning in his tough re-election fight. His Republican opponent, Tom Foley, acknowledged he had "probably" lost their grueling rematch but wasn't ready to officially concede.

Joined by his family, Malloy took the stage at a banquet hall in Hartford soon after midnight. He gave a victory speech to the roomful of supporters that was not quite a victory speech.

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Election 2014
7:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Democrat Malloy Has Slight Lead Over Republican Foley In Election Eve Poll

Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, is greeted by supporters at a campaign stop in Waterbury, on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

A Quinnipiac University Poll released on Monday shows Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy leading his Republican challenger Tom Foley 47 to 44. That’s within the margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. This is similar to where the polls were on election eve four years ago in the first match up between Malloy and Foley.

Malloy won that race by 6,404 votes after a recount in Bridgeport. Just like four years ago, President Obama stumped for Malloy in Bridgeport two days before the election, highlighting the importance of getting out the urban vote for the Democrat.

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