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Serena & The Umpire; Who Get To Join Connecticut Debates?

Sep 10, 2018

After Naomi Osaka won the first set against Serena Williams during Saturday's U.S. Open Women's Final, chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a warning for receiving help from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who was sitting in the stands. She asked Ramos to take it back. She told him she doesn't cheat. Ramos didn't take it back. After that, it got ugly.

Was Williams treated unfairly? Was Ramos treating her differently than he treats men? Was Williams frustrated over her inability to stop Osaka, who ultimately won the game? Were they both to blame?

Also this hour: Independent gubernatorial candidate Oz Griebel isn't invited to this Wednesday's debate between Democratic candidate Ned Lamont and Republican candidate Robert Stefanowski. Neither are Libertarian Rod Hanscomb or Mark Stewart Greenstein, who is running under the banner of the Amigo Constitution Party--even though all three of the excluded candidates collected 7,500 signatures to be on the November ballot.

The reason for the exclusion is that they have not hit the 10% popularity threshold in polls. Should they be allowed to participate or not? What is the function of a debate? Are they important or not?

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.