Dan Donovan, 53, the Republican candidate for New York attorney general, may have an Irish last name, but according to his 84-year-old mother he looks Polish and his gray eyes and pale complexion are a proof of his ancestry. Mrs. Donovan’s maiden name is ‘Bolewicz’ and she is the third generation in a Polish-American family that settled on Staten Island. Today there is a growing Polish-American community in the borough and Donovan hopes for its support in November.
Richard Blumenthal aggressively argued Tuesday night in the third and final U.S. Senate debate that Linda McMahon's two decades of selling professional wrestling is no match for his career in public service.
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As our political landscape grows ever more polarized-and ordinary Americans feel increasingly alienated from the political process-the
conventional wisdom seems to be that when it comes to elected officials, a good man is hard to find. The Good Men Project Magazine wanted to believe that there are a few good men in politics, so it spent the last few months looking for them.
All this week on It's A Free Country, Brian Lehrer brings your questions hooked to Mayor Bloomberg’s request to the federal government to exclude sugary drinks from being purchased with food stamps. Test your knowledge of the issue below, and maybe learn a little in the process. But first, watch this video from the NYC Health Department.
Mr. Paladino is campaigning for Governor and is expressing his view. This view is one of the things that the electorate will consider on election day. This country, lest we forget, was built in part on free speech. Let Mr. Paladino say what he wants to say. He is entitled to his opinion on this and every other issue. Isn't this exactly what we want to know. how the candidates feel about the issues of the day? Doesn't this help us to decide which candidate is worthy of our vote and which one is not? Why do we cherish the right of free speech and then demonize someone when he exercises his right to speak freely?
-- John from Westchester on Republican candidate Carl Paladino's stance on gay marriage. »» Join the conversation
I initially felt the media was really ganging up on this guy a little unfairly until I read this! This comment is especially hard to digest, given the string of gay teenage suicides surfacing in the news over the past few weeks. This guy is a loose cannon and a gay pride parade is no more disgusting than grown adults binge drinking and causing mayhem on the streets of new york during St. Patrick's day parade. At least drag queens are entertaining.
-- Dan from NY. »» Join the conversation
I agree with Bob's comments that this is not a NJ issue. I think Federal DOT should have had the lead on this project all along. In addition, New York City Metro region needs a comprehensive transportation overhaul. Commuter trains should not terminate at Penn Station, they should run through. This will expand track capacity and make it possible for NJ riders to easily access Long Island and vice versa. Three commuter rails are not efficient. Using some of those redundancies would also free up rail yard capacity.
-- Martin from Brooklyn on Bob Hennelly's post, Stucknation: Tunneling Through Muck and Mire »» Join the conversation
I really like the idea of referendums; however, I am also skeptical of the idea because of how the system appears not to work in California... Obviously, with referendums, you need to have a well informed public; not to mention, the ballot measures need to have a well written, well explained, non-partisan write-ups... This way even if someone is not well versed on a subject, they can still make an informed vote.
-- Norton from Nutely, NJ on Reshma Saujani's post, Having Your Governmental Cake And Eating It Too»» Join the conversation
It's A Free Country and The Brian Lehrer Show bring you the fall election series 30 Issues in 30 Days. We will explore one issue every day until election day - issues of relevance to the NY, NJ and CT elections and the national midterm congressional races. This week, we'll be looking into whether there is a Democratic and a Republican way to be state comptroller.
When it comes to education policy, do we really know what works? The film "Waiting for Superman" puts forth some clear ideas to improve the U.S. school system, including these strategies from Dr. Roland Fryer, an economist who started the Educational Innovation Laboratory at Harvard:
What do you think? Does any amount of academic research really help us know what will work in our schools? Brian Lehrer will host this live chat.
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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.
Art has the power to change the world. As part of the "Get DiNapoli and Wilson to Say 'Take Comptroll'" movement, we want you to submit your "Comptroll" posters. We'll provide you with links to official pictures of the candidates, and some ideas for how to make them spiffy. All you have to do is use the phrase "take comptroll" somewhere in your image. Once you've created your work of art, upload it below, or post a link to it in the comments page. We'll feature our favorites here and on facebook.
Maybe it's a fake DiNapoli motivational poster.....or a Wilson play on the popular "I'm With Coco" meme...
And while you're at it, take a listen to our very own Azi Paybarah's remix of the recent comptroller debate. Who makes a remix of a comptroller debate in his spare time? Azi does.
Please adhere to the spirit of the Take Comptroll project in making your images. We will not post any images that are offensive or disparaging of either candidate. Duh.
If Barack Obama and the Democrats really wanted to re-arouse the coalition of voters that gave Obama the White House two years ago, all it would take is a single issue we aren’t hearing about amidst the earnest back-and-forths over health care, TARP and taxing small business.
Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi is in New York City Criminal Court this morning and has plead guilty to a felony corruption charge. Hevesi stated "I gave preferential treatment, in violation of my fiduciary [responsibility]" as sole trustee of the New York State pension fund.
What do you think? What's this say about how New York works? How do you think this changes the election debate?