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New Jersey: National Political Center of Gravity?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Wednesday night, President Obama travels to Bergen County in New Jersey for a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is finally back in the state after spending much of the last two weeks campaigning with Republican candidates in a national barnstorming tour that included a stop in Iowa.

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Judging Judges

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

WNYC
Judges will often engage in behavior to make sure they stay below the radar, that they don't make a controversial decision. And that means for example, often times much harsher sentencing practices in the run-up to a retention election.

-Keith Bybee, professor at Syracuse University College of Law, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Cuomo Courts Hispanic Leaders

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

After a long silence from Andrew Cuomo regarding immigration in general and Latinos in particular, the Democratic candidate for governor is finally voicing his thoughts.

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CT Gubernatorial Debate Gets Scrappy, Personal

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

One of them is going to be elected governor, but neither Dan Malloy nor Tom Foley is likely to score a dinner invite from Tuesday's televised hour of caustic asides, withering ripostes and cross-talk.

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True/False: Rational Redistricting Is Possible

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

There's icing on the cake this year for the political party that takes control over the state legislature: the power to redraw districts for the State Senate, State Assembly and U.S. Congress that will last for the next decade. At the end of this year, the U.S. Census Bureau will have counted the total number of residents--and since New York's population has slightly decreased, it's expected the state will lose two seats in the House.

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True/False: The Republicans Drive The Economy Into A Ditch

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

It is absolutely fair to say that both parties bear some blame for being seduced by the notion that Wall Street and banks could effectively regulate themselves. 700 years of financial history disproves that, and people on both sides got too comfortable with that notion.'

-Jim Himes, U.S. Congressman for Connecticut's 4th District, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Blumenthal, McMahon Spar in First Connecticut Senate Debate

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

WNYC

The candidates for U.S. Senate in Conneticut are butting heads over the economy and character. In a debate last night in Hartford, Repubican Linda McMahon portrayed herself as an entrepreneur who has created more than 600 jobs. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Richard Blumenthal promoted his career in public service working as the state's Attorney General. Colin McEnroe, host of "The Colin McEnroe Show" on WNPR and a columnist for The Hartford Courant, watched the debate.

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Bullhorn: Democrats Need to Fire Up the Fed-Up

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

For many of us who were moved by President Obama’s historic campaign, we are fired up and ready to go – but the question is, where are we headed? Can we now summon the political courage to confront the challenges facing our country?

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Walter Mondale Can't Abide Intolerance — or Secrets

Monday, October 04, 2010

WNYC
I can't really abide the kind of intolerance and rigidity and kind of shouting. I just wasn't raised that way. The only way to get anywhere is to talk. Judge Learned Hand, the famous judge once said, 'The spirit of liberty begins with the notion that you might be wrong.'

-Walter Mondale, former Vice President of the United States, on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Debating Immigration in the New York Election

Monday, October 04, 2010

WNYC
There is no such things as too many immigrants. This is a country of immigrants. the question is illegal immigration. That's what we oppose. Not immigration. Of course not.

-Randy Altschuler, Republican and Conservative Party nominee for Congress from New York's 1st District, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Wonk Wars: What's So Bad About Earmarks?

Monday, October 04, 2010

Welcome to Wonk Wars, a weekly feature from It's A Free Country as part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days. Early each week, we'll post one of those issues in the Wonk Wars sections of the website and invite two or more policy experts to start the discussion online, along with your input. Then, each Thursdays, the conversation continues on-air at the Brian Lehrer Show.

This Week's True/False: Earmarks Are A Good Thing

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Your Voting Stories

Monday, October 04, 2010

The deadline to register to vote in NY, NJ, and CT is coming up, and we here at It's A Free Country are thinking about what it takes to tip someone from a citizen to a voter. We want your stories: why are you a voter? What gets you to the polls? Is it continued Obama energy from 2008, or the rise of the Tea Party in 2010? Are you a new citizen, did you just turn 18? Let us know and post your ode to voting below!

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Bullhorn: The Narrow Debate on Race Distorts Political Labels

Sunday, October 03, 2010

“You’re not as conservative as I thought!” I hear this all the time. I’ve learned that when media outlets seek me out, it is best to let them know early on that I cannot serve as right-wing “balance” in a quest for a “diversity” of black voices, and that my politics are best described as cranky liberal.

But that’s not the reputation that precedes me. Why the confusion? Because I write about race politics, and when you venture into that territory, today’s narrow view of what’s acceptably liberal quickly distorts ideological labels.

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of September 27th

Friday, October 01, 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.

The clip of the week has got to be the heated confrontation caught on tape between Carl Paladino and Post reporter Fred Dicker. It sent the New York political community into overdrive, with Governor David Paterson weighing in the next morning. The Dicker vs. Paladino event took place on Wednesday night, eclipsing the week's earlier big news - Rick Lazio officially declined the nomination of the Conservative Party and dropped out of the gubernatorial contest. Andrew Cuomo tried to sieze the moment and pick up Lazio supporters in the general election, drawing a "stark comparison" between him and Paladino. On the Brian Lehrer Show, Newt Gingrich tried to draw a stark comparison between his ideas and those of Paul Krugman, part of a larger tax debate that pitted traditional liberals and conservatives against one another. Another hot button debate that drew a more unexpected pairing was immigration, with both Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch testifying in favor of a more streamlined path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, something considered a core Democratic agenda item. And, because it's likely to be the best audio of the election season, we end with a repeat of the Dicker/Paladino confrontation.

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Bullhorn: Tea and No Sympathy

Friday, October 01, 2010

I love a good tea party as much as the next girl. And I have far more respect for misguided citizen activists than I do for disengaged citizen do-nothings. I find the Tea Party, however passionately engaged, to be dangerously misinformed, misguided and misled.

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Obama Voters Waiting for Inspiration

Friday, October 01, 2010

WNYC

"So this is incumbent upon us to do our part to get people out, to let them know, yes, maybe the president hasn't lived up to their expectations, but we can point out why. But this is no reason not to participate and not to continue to understand that elections are important."

-H. Carl McCall

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Voter Guide: New York Senate Race

Friday, October 01, 2010

Kirsten Gillibrand (D) vs. Joseph DioGuardi (R)

Democratic incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed by, is running to keep the seat she was appointed to by Governor David Paterson when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State. Republican Joseph DioGuardi, a former Congressman from the late 1980s, is her opponent.

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White House Chief of staff: Emanuel out, Rouse in

Friday, October 01, 2010

President Barack Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. The job Emanuel wants now is mayor of Chicago, where his next fierce political fight awaits.

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