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30 Issues: 6 Degrees of Cuomo and Paladino

Monday, November 01, 2010

Social network analyst Valdis Krebs, founder and chief scientist at orgnet.com and author of the blog The Network Thinkers, has created an illustration of each of the major NY gubernatorial candidate's political networks. He discusses what the networks reveal about each candidate.

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30 Issues: The MTA

Friday, October 29, 2010

Gene Russianoff, staff attorney at the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, and Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, talk about what the elections might mean for the MTA.

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30 Issues: Marijuana

Thursday, October 28, 2010

David Evans, special adviser to the Drug Free America Foundation, and Gabriel Sayegh, New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, discuss Proposition 19 in California and whether marijuana should be legal, regulated, and taxed. 

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30 Issues: Attorney General (continued)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eric Schneiderman, NY state senator and candidate for NYS Attorney General, talks about whether or not there is a Democratic way and a Republican way to be Attorney General.

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30 Issues: Hydrofracking

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz discusses the controversy over hydraulic fracturing in areas of upstate New York and elsewhere along the Marcellus Shale, how the issue frames the relationship between New York City and the rest of the state, and where the candidates stand on the issue.

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30 Issues: Arianna Huffington & Cornel West on Obama and His Base

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post.com and the author of Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream, discusses whether or not President Obama has betrayed his base.   Then, later in the show, Dr. Cornel West, University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University; co-host of Smiley & West; and author of Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir, weighs in on the topic.  Jami Floyd, broadcast journalist, legal analyst for cable and network news, and blogger at It's A Free Country, chimes in with her post on whether Obama abandoned his base.

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30 Issues: Social Security

Friday, October 22, 2010

Peter Diamond, 2010 Nobel Prize-winning professor of economics at M.I.T., and the co-author with Nicholas Barr of Pension Reform: A Short Guide, weighs in on the debate over reforming social security.

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30 Issues: Attorney General

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dan Donovan, Republican candidate for New York State Attorney General, talks about whether or not there is a Democratic way and a Republican way to be Attorney General. 

 

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30 Issues: Health Care Reform

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rush Holt, U.S. Congressman (D-NJ 12th), chairman of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, and Scott Sipprelle, Republican candidate for Congress challenging Holt, talk about their views on health care reform and other issues in the campaign.

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30 Issues: Independents

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jon Cowan, president of Third Way, says the Democrats need moderates to win in November.

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30 Issues: Religion and the Right

Friday, October 15, 2010

Jeff Sharlet, journalist and author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, Azi Paybarah, WNYC reporter and blogger, and conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation Matt Towery, talk about religion, the Republican Party, and whether or not some candidates are pandering to religious bigotry.

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30 Issues Wonk Wars: Net Neutrality

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jim Harper, director of Information Policy Studies at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, thinks the Internet doesn’t need government regulation and Josh Silver, president and CEO of Free Press, thinks the Internet needs some kind of government regulation.

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30 Issues: Balancing the Budget in Albany

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Former New York State Senator Seymour P. Lachman and former City Hall reporter for Newsday Robert Polner, are joined by Republican candidate for Governor John Faso to talk about partisanship and balancing the budget in Albany.  Lachman and Polner are co-authors of the book The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975.

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30 Issues: The Deficit

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nan Hayworth, Republican candidate for Congress in NY's 19th district, then Patrick Garofalo, economics researcher and blogger at the Center for American Progress, discuss the importance of the deficit in this year's midterm elections.

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30 Issues: Comptrolling New York's Finances

Monday, October 11, 2010

Thomas DiNapoli, New York State comptroller (D), talks about his reelection campaign. Then Harry Wilson, Republican/Conservative state comptroller candidate and member of President Obama's Auto Task Force, gives his take on the office of Comptroller.

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30 Issues: Afghanistan

Friday, October 08, 2010

Bob Woodward, associate editor at The Washington Post and the author of Obama's Wars, talks about his behind-the-scenes exploration of Obama's policy in Afghanistan.

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30 Issues Wonk Wars: Earmarks

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Tad DeHaven, budget analyst at the Cato Institute; Gabriela Schneider of the open-government group the Sunlight Foundation; and Scott Lilly, senior fellow at American Progress, on why earmarks are what brings important dollars to local needs.

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30 Issues: Rational Redistricting

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

New York Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-The Bronx) and Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizen's Union, a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate for good government, talk about non-partisan redistricting and what, besides numbers, needs to count in the process. And, Brenda Wright, director of the Democracy Program at Demos, talks about the effect of redistricting on prisoners.

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30 Issues: The Economy

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Jim Himes, Congressman for Connecticut's 4th District and candidate for re-election, and Charles Gasparino, senior correspondent for Fox Business NetworkNew York Post columnist and author of Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street discuss who is really to blame for the economic crisis.

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30 Issues: Immigration

Monday, October 04, 2010

Randy Altschuler, Republican and Conservative Party nominee for Congress from New York's 1st District, talks about immigration, the role it plays on Long Island, and his belief in the need to enact strong reforms to stop illegal immigration.  Then, Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, talks about her organization's support of broad legalization and comprehensive immigration reform measures.

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