This is a work around.
It’s never good to alter the core templates but when adding a new entry, to change the default “unlisted” publishing type to “public” I altered the file in connections/includes/class.form.php line 787. Change “unlisted” to “public”.
I still would really like to remove the default “uncategorized” option entirely and have only my created category as the default category so that people don’t have to select a category at all. But his may involve too much editing of core files. Can someone from Connections please advise.