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Azi Paybarah

author of The Empire blog

Azi Paybarah appears in the following:

Free Country

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

WNYC reporters Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah introduce the new politics website, It's a Free Country, and talk politics a week before the New York primary.  David Webb, co-founder of TeaParty365, joins in.

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I'm a Paper Ballot

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

When voters go to the primary polls on Tuesday, they will use New York's new paper ballots for the first time. WNYC's Brian Lehrer and Azi Paybarah recently took the new ballot for a test drive.

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Cuomo: No AG Endorsement Yet

Monday, September 06, 2010

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who's running for governor, says he's still deciding whether to endorse any of the five Democratic candidates looking to replace him.

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Talking Politics: County Leaders

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New York Observer reporter David Freedlander and WNYC political reporter Azi Paybarah discuss the role of district leaders, the effort to oust the Kings County Democratic Party boss, Vito Lopez, and why you should care.

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Digesting Politics: Politicizing Cordoba's Park51, Primary Battles, Republican Voter Turnout

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How Cordoba Initiative's planned Islamic center and mosque in Downtown Manhattan is influencing the race for New York governor, the juggling for identity in the crowded field of Democratic candidates for New York attorney general, plus the latest on various local and national political stories as WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah talk politics over lunch.

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Schumer’s GOP Rivals: Conservative vs. Tea Party

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jay Townsend smiled at the end of nearly every sentence. Gary Berntsen measured each syllable coming out of his mouth like a man trying not to lose his temper.

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Talking Politics: Campaign News

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Azi Paybarah, WNYC reporter, talks about the latest campaign fund-raising and endorsements.

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Digesting Politics: Rangel’s Birthday Bash, Race for New York’s Attorney General, “The Professional Left” and More

Friday, August 13, 2010

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss the latest on various local and national political stories.

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Rangel: 'What Happens on the House Floor...'

Friday, August 13, 2010

WNYC

At a campaign kick-off rally yesterday, Rangel declined to elaborate on the speech he gave in Congress Tuesday because, "What happens on the House floor, stays on the House floor."

Click here to watch the video.

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The Lede: Schumer's Senate, Cuomo's Editorials

Friday, August 13, 2010

WNYC

Dinkins: "I turned, gave him the finger, and continued on my way."

Dinkins makes news on ActiveSenior.com.

Rangel's mood, via AP photography.

Rangel tries focusing on his campaign.

DJ surrenders.

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Roundup: Rangel and the Press, Cuomo and the Teachers

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

A topic Schumer won’t discuss: Rangel.

A topic Rangel doesn’t discuss: Tasini.

A candidate beats on POLITICO in order to raise money.

Catsimatidis, Morgenthau and old people at Rangel’s event.

Bill Thompson is not going into Cuomo's employ.

Cuomo, avoiding the press? (That may be hard to argue, with this hitting newsstands).

Teachers aren’t endorsing Cuomo.

Democrats ask, Who is Harry Wilson?

Rangel says other campaigns should return the money to him, if they want to get rid of it.

And Rangel responds to Obama's 'dignity' remark.

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Rangel: What Happens on the House Floor Stays on the House Floor!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

From a longer story on Rangel's presser today:

[I tried] asking Rangel to explain part of his speech on the House floor Tuesday, when he reminded colleagues that he had given many of them campaign contributions over the years.

Rangel though, did not want to discuss it.

“What happens on the House floor stays on the House floor as a part of the congressional record. What happens to me in Harlem, Washington Heights, El Barrio, the West Side, I’m yours,” he said.

That part of the speech inspired a New York Times editorial, saying Rangel unintentionally bolstered the case for stronger campaign finance regulations.

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Bad Things Come in Twos'

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

GOP Senate candidate David Malpas is the first person to use video from Rangel’s party last night to hit his opponent.

The video shows Senator Kirsten Gillibrand saying “Thank you Charlie” while a rock song is heard in the background, with a male vocalist singing, “Bad things come in twos.”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.

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Rangel, The Campaigner

Thursday, August 12, 2010

David Dinkins' middle-finger to hecklers sums up how Rep. Charles Rangel feels about the ethics probe, the 80-year-old congressman said at a press conference this morning, where he sought to put the investigation behind him as he focuses on winning a twenty-first term in Washington.

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After Rangel Party, Cuomo Touts Ethics Plan

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

One day after appearing at a fundraiser for Rep. Charlie Ranel -- who is facing 13 allegations of breaking congressional ethics rules -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is out with a new ad.

The topic: Ethics.

"New Yorkers agree, Albany is a mess. It's overrun by lobbyists and special interests. But Andrew Cumo has a tough 20-point plan to clean up Albany, including restricting lobbyist contributions, ending pay to play for powerful for powerful corporations who buy access."

A Cuomo campaign source said there was no connection between the timing of their ethics ad and Rangel's birthday party.

The issue of taking money from lobbyists is, actually, something Cuomo has been criticized for. Also, Cuomo agreed in 2007 to limit campaign contributions to $10,000 -- far below the state's limit. He no longer is abiding by that limit.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.

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Dinkins' Finger

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

CNN reruns their footage of David Dinkins giving the middle finger to anti-Rangel hecklers.

Peter Vallone Sr., the former City Council Speaker, was standing next to Dinkins, saw the gesture, and smiled.

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The Lede: Rangel Parties, Cuomo Advertises, Stone Works

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

Rangel celebrates his birthday, with lots of supporters.

One day after attending Rangel's birthday party, Cuomo unleashes ads about ethics and corruption, in Albany.

Notable absences from Rangel's party: House Democrats.

Haberman: "the officials who didn't attend stood out more than those who did go."

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Rangel's Birthday Bash: "Ain't No Funeral"

Thursday, August 12, 2010

He got Dionne Warwick instead of Aretha Franklin. But in the end, the birthday party fundraiser for embattled Rep. Charles Rangel seemed more like the mandatory roll call for New York politicians, and less like the dance floor on the Titanic.

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Roundup: Cuomo, Genting, Saujani

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

Liz and I think the most interesting part of the NYT Sunday magazine story on Cuomo is the last line. Referring to the legislature, Cuomo said, “I think I can be their best friend.” 

Emily Miller waits for the NYT Sunday magazine story on Lazio.

Haberman says Rangel is playing to the district, not Congress.

The Epoch Times throws AGNY candidate Sean Coffey a question about protecting Falun Gong members.

Employees of a real estate development company raise money for Christine Quinn.

Kevin Powell claims a court victory against Rep. Towns.

The Assembly may return next week.

Silver backs Genting.

Donovan says he has the same stance as Obama on same-sex marriage.

And Reshma Saujani tells John Harwood, “I’m not pro-Wall Street, I’m not anti-Wall Street. I’m pro-New York.” The background image: Wall Street bull statue.

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Candidate Says Albany Needs More Active Oversight Committee

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

Anna Lewis is out with a statement explaining how she'd fix the state's budget if she were elected to the state senate -- she'd adjust the taxes levied against co-ops with cheaper taxes levied against condos. There's the obligatory call to reinstate the commuter tax -- which hardly seems like it'll garner support outside the five boroughs.

Lewis said the State Senate needs a more active investigate body to audit the legislature and public programs. Lewis, it should be noted, once worked as the lead attorney to the Assembly's Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee.

"The problem that exists in the Senate is that while it has an investigative committee, it isn’t active enough in oversight, and must be strengthened," Lewis said. "It is essential that we more acutely scrutinize how the Senate spends our money, and I have the will to do so."

Lewis is one of six five Democrats running for the State Senate seat in Northern Manhattan being vacated by Eric Schneiderman, who is running for attorney general.

Other candidates include Adriano Espaillat, the local Assemblyman whom Schneiderman has endorsed; Mark Levine, a district leader, teacher and founder of the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan.

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