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Obama in NYC: Diplomat by Day, Partisan Fighter by Night

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

President Barack Obama started the week in the Rose Garden where he forcefully laid out his case for raising some taxes on the wealthy to help pay for his jobs bill and cut the deficit. But the annual United Nations General Assembly has forced the president to abandon that push during daylight hours. Still once night fell on his first two evenings in New York this week, the president returned to his aggressive pushback against Congressional Republicans at two campaign fundraisers.

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The Process is Political: GOP Congressmen Worry about Pennsylvania Electoral College Plan

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen tell the state's GOP governor that they worry that could be collateral damage if the state abandons its all-or-nothing electoral college math. The state Supreme Court in Montana hears arguments today on the 100 year-old ban on corporate political spending. And as the Justice Department reviews South Carolina's new photo ID law, the state offers free rides to the DMV for voters who don't have the required identification. 

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In Shadow of the UN Debate, Perry's NYC Message Focuses on Israel

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry took time out of his first major fundraising swing in New York City to blame the Obama administration’s “policy of appeasement” for encouraging Palestinians to seek statehood recognition in a United Nations vote this week.

“We would not be here today at the precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naïve, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” Perry said, standing in front of assembled local Jewish leaders and American and Israeli flags.

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Obama's Economic Ideas are Popular, So Why isn't He?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"This is not class warfare. It's math." That was President Obama's blunt assessment of why higher taxes have to be a part of his proposal to Congress to decrease the deficit by $3 trillion over ten years and pay for his $400 billion jobs bill proposal. That kind of straight talk is a surefire hit for on Twitter, but it's not proven too effective at winning the confidence of the American people. 

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The Process is Political: Rick Perry Comes to Wall Street

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes to Wall Street to raise campaign cash. Republicans in Pennsylvania want to divide up the state's electoral votes by Congressional district, while Republicans in Nebraska want to return to the winner-take-all approach. And Maine voters debate a people's veto of a new same-day registration law. 

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The Process is Political: Redistricting Clashes in Texas and New York

Monday, September 19, 2011

Texas legislative leaders look to get around Washington politics with their redistricting map, and New York politics may be forcing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to revisit his veto threat for redrawn districts that aren't created by an independent panel. And Pennsylvania considers abandoning an all-or-nothing approach for its electoral votes, but it may hurt both Democrats and Republicans. 

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The Biggest Spending Corporations Disclose Less about Political Activity

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Twenty-two percent of S&P 100 corporations disclose "little or nothing" according to a new index of corporate political disclosure from Baruch College. And the ones that spend the most disclose less than others. 

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The Process is Political: What Republican Win in NY Special Election Means for Redistricting

Thursday, September 15, 2011

After Democrats and Republicans both scored surprise wins in special Congressional elections, the redistricting politics in New York are in flux. In Michigan, the new education lobby group founded by Michelle Rhee tops lobbying spending, but also disclosed a lot more than other groups. And in Connecticut, a Democratic legislative leader is asked to step down from a redistricting panel, because he plans to run to represent one of those Congressional districts in 2012. 

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The Process is Political: GOP Touts Big August Fundraising Haul

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Republicans tout the best ever fundraising during an August in a nonelection year, while Democratic officials say it wasn't such a hot month for them. Bloomberg says he did not violate campaign finance laws in reelection bid. California Democrats say a consultant's Madoff-like scam have wiped out their campaign coffers. Emails show the White House was very interested in the timing of a pending federal loan approval for a solar panel manufacturer, particularly as a scheduled press appearance with the vice president neared. 

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GOP Candidate Bob Turner Nabs Weiner's Congressional Seat

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yesterday, there was a special election for the New York Congressional seat left vacant by disgraced Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner. The largely Democratic district would logically have gone to Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin, but due to myriad political factors Republican businessman Bob Turner won the race.

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What Turner's NY-9 Win Means for Obama in 2012

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In a district where 74 percent of voters told pollsters that they believe the country’s on the wrong track, voters wanted no more of the status quo. By an 8-point margin, the voters who turned out in the special Congressional election in Queens and Brooklyn opted for Republican newcomer Bob Turner over Democratic Party Assemblyman David Weprin.

Turner was quick to declare himself a harbinger of things to come. “I am telling you. I am the messenger. Heed us,” he declared in a victory speech early Wednesday morning. “This message will resound for a full year. It will resound into 2012.”

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The Process is Political: Early Voting and Turnout in Special Elections

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Special elections in Nevada and New York, but voters can only vote early in one of them. What The Godfather might teach us about redistricting. And Paypal campaign donations come under fire in a local Massachusetts race. 

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The Process is Political: Redistricting Leaves Some Feeling Frustrated and Friendless at Capitol

Monday, September 12, 2011

Independent groups and campaigns aren't supposed to coordinate, but Obama fundraisers cheer on president at campaign headquarters, then are invited to SuperPAC fundraiser that immediately followed. Redistricting is fraying nerves of anxious lawmakers in Washington, causing some intraparty friction. In Wisconsin, a state agency memo is fueling the argument that a new voter ID law is designed to suppress turnout. 

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Obama's Job Speech

Friday, September 09, 2011

Anna Sale, political reporter for It's A Free Country, talks about the response to President Obama's job speech last night and what it will mean for the 2012 elections, and WNYC business and economics editor Charlie Herman discusses the economics of the proposal and how the business world might respond.

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The Process is Political: Chris Christie & the Koch Brothers

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Audio recordings of Chris Christie's keynote at a private Koch Brothers fundraising session is causing political troubles for him back home, Wisconsin continues to wade through recall questions, and in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, Virginia and Maryland keep partisan powerbases intact as they redraw Congressional districts. All this and more in our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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New Rules Proposed for Independent Spending Disclosure in NYC Elections

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The public will know more about how unions, corporations, and other groups spend money independently to influence elections in New York City. The Campaign Finance Board voted out proposed rules today to implement disclosure for the first time of independent expenditures, a requirement approved by voters last November.

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The Process is Political: Texas Redistricting Challenge Ensnares Perry

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Latino voting rights groups and Congressional reps worried about losing their seats have sued Gov. Rick Perry and the state of Texas, challenging new district maps drawn up by the legislature. GOP contenders are coming to California to debate, and raise wads of cash, and NYC is trying to regulate 'independent spending.' All this and more in our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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The Process is Political: Branding 'No Labels' with Starbucks

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Political Junkie Calendar: Wednesday with GOP contenders, Thursday with Obama, Tuesday with Starbucks CEO?: The centrist political group No Labels has joined forces with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who's trying to organize corporate executives to withhold campaign contributions "until Washington reaches a fair, bipartisan deal on our country's long-term economic future." This call to join a conference call was helped by full-page ads in the The New York Times on Sunday and in USA Today on Tuesday. This pitch for bipartisanship, of course, will be followed by Republicans and Democrats making their own pitches. Given all the confusion last week, I'll make those details super-clear. The latest GOP debate at the Reagan library on Wednesday at 8pm and televised on NBC. Obama's jobs speech to Congress on Thursday starts at 7pm and will be over by the NFL season kickoff, the White House promises. (No Labels)

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Targeting Minorities

Monday, September 05, 2011

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, talks about independent voters, and how minority voters feel about the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Endorsementpalooza Rolls On

Friday, September 02, 2011

The 2012 campaign is well under way, and while most politicians in Washington haven't decided which candidate to support, some have joined droves of state legislators, entertainers and activists in endorsing a candidate.

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