Caitlin Thompson

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Watch | First Presidential Debate, Read Live Chat

Monday, October 01, 2012

The first presidential debate happened last night, and we watched (and chatted) it live with Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, our swing state colleagues and the politically diverse It's A Free Country bloggers. Check out what we talked about here!

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DNC Dispatch: Obama Apologizes to Volunteers Displaced by Rain

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Democratic National Convention Committee and President Barack Obama have faced harsh criticism this week after deciding to keep the final night of the DNC at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, NC in from the significantly larger Bank of America Stadium. DNC officials cited concerns about the weather in ...

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DNC Day 3: Did Barack Obama Bring it Home? Watch and Chat Transcript

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Watch the live convention stream as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. John Kerry, Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria close out the Democratic National convention tonight in Charlotte. See the complete day three schedule below and watch and chat live with us at 7pm!

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DNC Dispatch: Ledbetter, Dem Speakers Soar Past GOP on Social Media

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

At the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, we saw a new phase in the maturation of social media - with organizations such as Twitter and Facebook starting to shift from hosting to participating in the political conversation. With their release of the The Twitter Political Index, the company is tracking the amount and sentiment of tweets sent about each of the candidates.


DNC Day 2: Did Bill Clinton Take Command? Chat Transcript

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Watch the live convention stream as President Bill Clinton, Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, women's activist and attorney Sandra Fluke and more. See the complete day two schedule below and join us for a live chat starting at 7pm!

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DNC Day 1: Michelle's Big Moment - Chat Transcript

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Watch the live convention stream as First Lady Michelle Obama, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. See the complete day one schedule below and read the chat transcript!


10 Things We Learned at the RNC

Friday, August 31, 2012

It's been a long week, so we'll keep it brief.

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RNC Dispatch: Condi Burnishes GOP and Her Own Brand

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rice made an electrifying re-entry into the political scene on Wednesday, giving a statesman's speech that married a fully articulated worldview with her accomplished biography.

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RNC Day 3: Can Paul Ryan Deliver? Chat Transcript

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Watch the live convention stream with us tonight as Rep. Paul Ryan, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. John McCain, and Rep. Rand Paul are scheduled to address day three of the GOP convention from Tampa, Florida. See the complete schedule below, and join us at 7pm right here to chat live!

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RNC Dispatch: Social Media Grows Up at Conventions

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The social networks are out in force here at the Republican National Convention, indicating a shift from reflecting to trying to direct the political conversation.

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Chat: Republican National Convention Starts, Sorta

Monday, August 27, 2012

Join us tonight from 7-8 as we chat with Baratunde Thurston, Anna Sale and the It's A Free Country posse as we talk about the start(ish) of the Republican National Convention, Chris Christie, Ron Paul's party, the weather that wasn't, and the RNC's religious twist.

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Watch: Romney Announces Paul Ryan as Veep Pick

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan for his Vice Presidential pick. Ryan accepted the nomination aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin at Saturday morning at the Nauticus Museum in Virginia.

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Watch: President Obama on Tax Cut Extension

Monday, July 09, 2012

President Barack Obama delivered a statement from the White House on Monday where he called on Congress to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to families making less than $250,000 a year. 

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Chat Transcript: Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court’s decision today affirms the constitutionality of Barack Obama's signature health care law and the individual mandate that was at the heart of the case.

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Giuliani Endorses Turner in Senate Race

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is endorsing Rep. Bob Turner, the surprise victor in the special election to replace disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner, in his candidacy for the Senate.

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Cuomo touts infrastructure bank in budget deal

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

As he previewed in his January State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo got his infrastructure bank this week after finalizing the state budget earlier this week.

The "New York Works" plan would use $232 million in capital funds and $917 million in new federal funds for a total of $1.2 billion in new spending. That funding would, in turn, leverage private resources to inject $15 billion into infrastructure spending.

According to Transporation Nation's Andrea Bernstein:

In the past year, infrastructure spending has gone out of of favor, particularly among Republicans. Governors Chris Christie in New Jersey, Scott Walker in Wisconsin, and Rick Scott in Florida all killed big rail projects, and Republicans in Congress have balked at passing a surface transportation bill, which runs out at the end of this month.

So it’s notable that Governor Cuomo sees infrastructure spending as part of his ticket to electoral success. His email describes New York Works “as a new and smarter strategy for putting New Yorkers back to work by rebuilding our aging infrastructure and helping put our state’s economy back on track.”

Read the whole story here.

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Chat Recap: Supreme Court on Healthcare

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This afternoon at 2, Anna Sale and Brian Lehrer hosted a live chat on the Supreme Court hearings. They were joined by The Takeaway host Celeste Headlee, health care reporter Fred Mogul and others to parse out what’s at stake. Read a recap of the live chat below.

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Senate, Assembly Adopt One House Budgets

Monday, March 12, 2012

By Karen DeWitt, New York State Public Radio Capital Bureau Chief

The state Assembly and Senate have released one house versions of a state budget that do not include Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for a new benefit tier to limit the pensions of future public workers.

The budgets plans are designed to stake out the positions of Assembly Democrats and Senate Republicans - and are often changed in the final deal with the governor.

Neither house has included Cuomo’s plan to offer a new Tier 6 benefit package with smaller pensions for new workers. Senate Finance Committee Chair John DeFrancisco, debating on the Senate floor, said the pension changes are still under discussion with the governor. He added Cuomo has offered a new option, and Senators are deciding if it’s “is something that we should support.”

Governor Cuomo has said he won’t accept any spending plan from the legislature that does not include a new pension tier for future state workers. The governor said if there’s no agreement, he’ll try to force lawmakers to adopt his plan by presenting it in the first budget extender, then daring the legislature to accept it or shut down the government.

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Governor Andrew Cuomo at 11:06
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb discusses his contribution to the debate over the elusive Congressional maps.
Rochester Senator Joseph Robach & Aaron Hilger President of the Builders Exchange of Rochester discuss "AIM for Fairness", a campaign seeking parity in state aid between Rochester and other upstate cities.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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Cuomo Ready to Step in With Teacher Evaluation Plan

Monday, February 13, 2012

By WNYC's Yasmeen Khan

Courtesy of the Governor's office

Governor Cuomo says he's working on his own version of an evaluation system for teachers and principals in the event that the state and its largest teachers’ union cannot work out a deal by Thursday, the deadline for submitting amendments to his budget proposal. He said he would impose his own evaluation plan in an amendment to the budget, which ties state aid to schools to the "implementation of an enhanced teacher evaluation process."

Cuomo spoke about the idea to Susan Arbetter on WCNY's program, "The Capitol Pressroom." He did not give specifics about what his plan would look like, but he did say it would include ideas outlined in a letter to the Board of Regents in May 2011.

The governor also said he would make an effort to streamline the existing law outlining teacher evaluations.

"It's a very complicated law right now--what's done by the local districts, what's done by the state education department, how many different criteria are there for evaluation," he said.

The governor does support tying student performance on standardized tests to teacher evaluations. That issue has been a sticking point in negotiations between the New York State United Teachers union and the education department.

More than 1,300 principals across New York have also signed a letter objecting to the use of student test scores in the new evaluation system, saying regulations developed by the state give undue weight to student performance on those tests.

New York state also agreed to implement a new teacher evaluation system in order to receive $700 million in federal Race to the Top funds.

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