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NY Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Monday, October 18, 2010

Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino did not engage one another during a wide ranging televised debate that included all seven candidates in the race.

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Governor's Debate Live Chat

Monday, October 18, 2010

During tonight's Governor's debate Brian Lehrer, Azi Paybarah, and fellow It's A Free Country readers took part in a live online chat. Read the transcript below.

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Meet the Minor Party Candidates

Monday, October 18, 2010

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They are going to balance the budget on the backs of working families…Anytime you have to balance a budget and you come in and say “No new taxes,” then you know the workers are going to suffer.

- Charles Barron, Freedom Party candidate for governor of New York, speaking about Carl Paladino and Andrew Cuomo on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Pop + Politics: Breaking Through Foreclosure Crisis by Breaking In

Monday, October 18, 2010

As part of its coverage of the stories and characters behind the midterm election debates, WNYC partner Pop+Politics looks at the foreclosure crisis in Florida. In this video, we meet Max Rameau of the group Take Back the Land. He locates vacant, foreclosed homes and "resettles" them with families in need of affordable housing.

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Where They Stand: The Third Party Candidates for Governor

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's A Free Country looks at the positions and priorities of the candidates for New York governor who aren't named Andrew Cuomo or Carl Paladino.

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Governor's Debate Live Chat With Brian Lehrer

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tonight at 7pm, all seven candidates for New York Governor are participating in a debate at Hofstra University. Listen to the debate live on WNYC (listen here), and during and after the debate, join Brian Lehrer and fellow It's A Free Country readers for a live chat. The candidates scheduled to participate are:

  • Charles Barron (Freedom Party)
  • Andrew Cuomo (Democratic Party)
  • Kristin Davis (Anti-Prohibition Party)
  • Howie Hawkins (Green Party)
  • Jimmy McMillan (Rent is too Damn High Party)
  • Carl Paladino (Republican Party)
  • Warren Redlich (Libertarian Party)

Chat goes live around 6:45pm on 10/18/10. Debate begins at 7. WNYC/IAFC producers will moderate the chat, so be patient if you don’t see your question/comment go up right away. If there is a high volume of comments, not all will be able to go live – thanks for understanding. You can sign up for a reminder now in the box below.

Not Like Mike: Michael McMahon and Michael Grimm Campaign on Differences in Staten Island Congressional Race

Monday, October 18, 2010

McMahon is a freshman Democrat, but he projects the aura of an experienced politician. In New York's 13th Congressional district, which includes all of Staten Island and the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Gravesend, he's cast himself as a centrist. But conservative challenger Michael Grimm, a political newcomer, says McMahon's politics and Washington record don't fit with this historically conservative constituency.

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Social Issues in 2010: Are Candidates Preying on Prejudice?

Friday, October 15, 2010

WNYC
I don't think we have a huge social values campaign occurring this year. The Republicans are picking up most of their support, quite frankly, off of the economy and this is just sort of an extra kicker.

- Matt Towery, conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of October 11th

Friday, October 15, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are bold, links to explore.

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The Election Mood in Changeable Ohio

Friday, October 15, 2010

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WNYC's Andrea Bernstein continues her reporting from swing counties this election season with a stop in Canton, Ohio. The Rust Belt community has taken some hard knocks in the recession, and after going for Obama in 2008, voters here are tired, frustrated, and once again, getting barraged with negative political ads. 

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Handicapping the Midterms

Friday, October 15, 2010

WNYC
I think a lot of voters find it very satisfying when the big spender doesn't manage to spend his or her way into office and it does not seem that these ads are finding their mark.

- Melinda Henneberger, editor-in-chief of Politics Daily, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan in His Own Words

Thursday, October 14, 2010

We're a manufacturing city. If we ever cease to be that we will begin to die. And we are ceasing, we're losing jobs. We can get them back, but only as we understand that is the first priority we have. Jobs, that's the first priority, jobs, that's the second priority. The third priority is jobs.

-Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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Odd Men Out: Three Third Party Chairmen on the NY Election

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I think the Democratic party nationwide represents clearly the left, and I think the Republican party nationwide clearly represents the right, both on economic  and social issues. And I think it's important not to be vanilla, you can't just be vanilla in this world and political parties have a responsibility to speak out both on economic and social issues.

-Michael Long, Conservative Party of New York State Chairman, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Deficit The Big Issue In Connecticut's 4th District Debate

Thursday, October 14, 2010

As you'd expect at an event held by the AARP, the hot issues were Social Security and Medicare. But in a year where the struggling economy is everything, Wednesday's 4th District Congressional debate was really all about the deficit.

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Gail Collins on Yet Another Weird Day With Paladino

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We have gotten to so many points in this particular campaign that I thought would never hear in a major election. You don’t say somebody is not a good father unless they’ve been arrested or something. You just don’t do this stuff.

-New York Times columnist Gail Collins on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Don't Ask Don't Tell - Does Constitutionality Matter?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Barack Obama and his administration are now put in the uncomfortable position of defending the constitutional issue of the same policy that they would like to see repealed. So you have the political strategy on the one hand and you have the very real constitutional issues on the other. So the Judge has put them in a very awkward position.

-Jami Floyd, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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