Python PyQt signals are not always working

Hopefully I am following the guidelines correctly here with my first question. I am trying to create a GUI with the MVC structure. I am having difficulty with understanding why my signals are not always being picked up by the controller. I know that there is just something simple that I’m missing. I’m attaching code from a simple calculator which I used as a guide. I removed most of the features to simplify this as much as possible. It is now only 3 of the original buttons and my own button. For debugging, I just have the value on the button printed out when you press it.