The New York political community is buzzing over a confrontation caught on tape between gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker. Dicker confronted Paladino over his insinuation that Andrew Cuomo had an extramarital affair. Updates below: Brian Lehrer's take, Paladino response, and the latest on the allegations at the heart of the confrontation.
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Welcome to what we hope will be a polarization-busting chat - our attempt to find some common ground around some common issues. We're inviting anyone from anywhere on the political spectrum to get out of their silos and chat directly with others about the proposition "True or False: The Tea Party Is Good For America."
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The race to become New York's next Attorney General is a contest between Democrat Eric Schneiderman, a current State Senator, and Republican Dan Donovan, current Staten Island District Attorney
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The Tea Party to me appears to be a successful re-branding of the Libertarian party. It's an expanded libertarian party that now includes social conservatives, conspiracy theorists and gun nut militia types. The Tea Party is good for America because they are pushing forward the debates that need to happen on whether we truly want to eliminate the social safety net or fully fund it, whether we want the Govt to invest in infrastructure and industry (ex. alternative energy) or leave it the to the private sector, and whether Federal regulation on business protects us or hurts us. I think it forces the left to educate the country that Fed regulation and investments benefit the country and it forces the right and left to deal with our underfunded government.
-- Marcus from Greenpoint on whether the Tea Party is good for America. »» Join the conversation
It depends what you mean. Is the Tea Party as a movement pushing the country in a positive direction? No. Is the Tea Party winning elections good? Yes. The quicker we put them under serious scrutiny and put them in positions of power the sooner it will be revealed that they have no coherent platform and no idea how to actually run a government.
-- Terrence from Staten Island »» Join the conversation
What is this "likely" voter stuff ? Are you taking the subject's word for whether s/he will vote? Have you ever studied how true this is? How would you? Sounds like the loudest people have the biggest effect. Polls affect behavior - - sometimes people don't vote for the candidate they favor if they believe the candidate has no chance.
People, remember the only poll that really matters is the one on election day!
-- Henry from Katonah on a conversation with three pollsters about how they could have arrived at such different results in recent NY Governor race polls »» Join the conversation
I think the stimulus (TARP) was just about right in size and scope. Even Keynes argued in his theory that government intervention was only meant to be short term in duration, to "prime the pump" and not a long term solution. It was to be a quick shock absorber meant to keep a crash from becoming fatal, like inflatable crash bags kick in during an automobile to save your life from the full impact.
-- Jgarbuz on whether the Obama stimulus had its intended effect »» Join the conversation
Obama and his party oversold the stimulus and practically nothing the government could do would have more significantly improved the economy by now. The right is manufacturing and manipulating discontent to continue the policies which helped get us into this mess in the first place.
-- Ron on the legacy of the stimulus »» Join the conversation
The race for Representative of New York's 1st Congressional District is a contest between incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop, who was Provost at Southampton College, against Republican Randy Altschuler, a businessman who beat out Richard Nixon's grandson, Christopher Nixon Cox, in the primary.
"When you build a bridge, when you build a canal, when you build a railroad, when you build the Hoover Dam in the 30s, when you look at all the infrastructure that was done, when you build an airport, that tends to pay dividends for years and decades to come in ways that people can't imagine."
The race to represent New Jersey's 12th Congressional District is a contest between Democratic incumbent Rush Holt, a physics expert who is a strong advocate for the environment, and Republican Scott Sipprelle, a venture capitalist making his first run for public office.
The race to represent New York's 19th Congressional District is a contest between Democratic incumbent John Hall, guitarist from the band Orleans, and Republican Nan Hayworth, an ophthamologist running for public office for the first time.
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The race for Governor of New York is a contest between Democrat Andrew Cuomo, District Attorney for New York State and son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and Republican Carl Paladino, a wealthy Buffalo businessman and political newcomer.
The race to represent New York's 13th Congressional District in Staten Island is a contest between incumbent Democratic Representative Michael McMahon, the first Democrat elected to this swing district in 28 years, and Tea Party-backed Michael Grimm, a former undercover FBI agent.
Last week, we got the first good look at New York voters views' on their general election choices for NY governor. But it was a puzzling picture. There were three polls, three different samples, and three totally different results in the match-up between Republican Carl Paladino and Democrat Andrew Cuomo (and sometimes Rick Lazio, who's since dropped out). The race is really close, or really not, depending on whom you believe.
Congress is set to go into recess soon and that means we’re entering the final stretch of the midterm campaign. House Minority Leader John Boehner may have been hitting the press circuit, but he’s also made it clear to the Wall Street Journal he hasn’t been hitting the tanning salon, telling the paper last week that "I have never been in a tanning bed or used a tanning product." Collins picked up there in the Leonard Lopate Show's latest installment of“How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?”
Lot's of interesting comments, on-air and online, today at It's A Free Country. Check out some highlights, then visit the comments page for each conversation to see more and add your voice.
Angry voters have pushed Republican Linda McMahon to within a "statistically insignificant" three percentage points of Democrat Richard Blumenthal in their tightening race for U.S. Senate, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
"I believe the Republican Party has a lot of soul searching to do here. By the way, I think the Democratic Party does too, but maybe for different reasons. I think the Republican Party needs to decide who they are, what they want to be, where they want to take the people of the state or the nation."
-Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio on The Brian Lehrer Show