George W. Bush successfully made the move from Texas Governor to U.S. president. Can the man who took his place in the Lone Star State follow suit?
—Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Newly released Census data makes it possible for New York's prisoners to be counted at their home address rather than their jail cell. But internal divisions in the state redistricting committee and a lingering lawsuit leave the reapportionment process in doubt.
Public employees in New York and Connecticut have rejected their union contracts — which were expected to be major sources of savings in the budgets presented by governors Andrew Cuomo and Dan Malloy. As each governor threatened layoffs this week, public sector unions urged them to extend negotiations.
— Carrie Budoff Brown, Staff Writer for Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
-Stephen Reader, on Obama's Twitter Town Hall
—Glenn Blain, Albany bureau reporter for the New York Daily News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Yes America, there is more than one Republican presidential candidate who plays rock music. If you miss Mike Huckabee (and the idea of the leader of the free world performing "Cat Scratch Fever"), Thaddeus McCotter could be your man.
—John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of njspotlight.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
New York Democrats are lining up to fill Anthony Weiner's seat in the 9th District special election, which is scheduled to take place later this year. But there's more for party bosses to consider than just who makes the strongest candidate.
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On Friday evening New York became the sixth state to approve same-sex marriage — an historic victory for gay rights advocates and bitter defeat for the bill's opponents that came during an overtime legislative session in Albany.
Representatives Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduced a bill Thursday that would end federal prohibition of marijuana production, distribution and possession.
Military forces are voracious consumers of all kinds of expendables and most of these supplies have to come through Pakistan. The larger the US force, the more leverage Pakistan has.
— Robert Haddick, managing editor of Small Wars Journal, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
New York is on the verge of becoming the sixth state to legalize gay marriage — and the third to do so through legislation rather than litigation. But that's just one battle for pro-gay activists. In every other state to pass same-sex marriage, legalization has put opponents back on offense in courts and statehouses, with mixed results.
It's not over with yet, it's a very fluid situation. But clearly, to effectively implement a tax cap without destroying community college participation, or long term home health care programs, nursing homes, tourism, water, sewer, economic development projects, road patrol, infrastructure—they need to get this mandate relief.
— Stephen Acquario, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
With the Tuesday announcement of a bipartisan compromise on property tax cap legislation, Governor Andrew Cuomo looks to be on the way to securing two out of three of his big-ticket priorities for the legislative session.