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Paterson: Paladino Unfit for Public Service

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New York Gov. David Paterson lashed out today at the Republican running to replace him. Speaking at a conference sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, Paterson said Carl Paladino is not fit to hold public office. The governor cited graphic and racially offensive e-mails Paladino sent to friends before launching his campaign.

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Election Watchdogs: Humans, Not Machines, Caused Primary Day Problems

Thursday, September 16, 2010

With less than 60 days before the general election, the city must figure out what went so wrong with the new voting system on Primary Day and how to fix those problems. Election watchdogs say most of the voting mishaps were caused by humans, not the new machines.

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Getting Out the Vote Before the Primaries

Monday, September 13, 2010

Candidates running in tomorrow's primary have been appearing around New York City today, hunting for last-minute votes. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani stumped in upper Manhattan with Republican Senate candidate David Malpass. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, campaigned for Democrat Reshma Saujani, who's challenging Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

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Wall Street Backs Republican Candidates

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Wall Street is betting on Republican candidates this election season.  

"Around January, Feburary of this current year, there was a major major shift," said Dave Levinthal, editor of the Open Secrets blog for the Center on Responsive Politics, which analyzes political contributions. "It was a dramatic shift that coincided with financial reform."

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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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Campaign Postcard: AG Candidate Richard Brodsky Makes His Bid to Be the 'People's Protector'

Friday, September 03, 2010

The veteran assemblyman is counting on voters to remember his decades-long Albany record battling special interests and unaccountable public authorities. WNYC's Bob Hennelly spends a day with the Brodsky campaign.

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Campaign Postcard: On the Trail with AG Candidate Kathleen Rice

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Rice must quickly identify potentially motivated voters while she keeps supporters energized -- all while holding down her day job as Nassau County's district attorney.

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Manhattan Assemblyman Faces Challenge from Teacher and the Union

Monday, August 30, 2010

A government studies teacher at Washington Irving High School in Manhattan is making his first run for elective office by taking on an incumbent who angered the teachers' union. Twenty-year veteran teacher Gregg Lundahl says he entered the Democratic primary because East Side Assemblyman Jonathan Bing introduced a bill this year to get rid of the "last hired, first fired" policy in the event of teacher layoffs.

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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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Real Estate Mogul Funds Four of Six AG Candidates Through Multiple LLCs

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One of the city's most successful luxury housing developers, Leonard Litwin, has made significant contributions to four of the six candidates currently running for New York State Attorney General.

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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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Two Terms or Three? Voters Will Get to Decide

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New York City's Charter Revision Commission on Monday night finalized the questions that will go on the general election ballot this November. City voters will get to decide whether to restore a two-term limit for elected officials or keep the current three-term cap put in place in 2008. But there's a catch.

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Charter Commission to Hold Final Meeting Tonight

Monday, August 23, 2010

New York City's Charter Revision Commission will hold its last scheduled meeting tonight to finalize the ballot questions for this year's general election.

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Limited Liability Corporations and the LLC Loophole

Friday, August 20, 2010

WNYC has been reporting on the fundraising efforts of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo. He's raised more than $25 million  -- and more than $3 million of it comes from "limited liability companies," or LLCs. The practice is legal, but government watchdogs say it's a loophole that lets wealthy individuals get around contribution limits by setting up shell companies.

Candidate Cuomo has pledged to close the LLC loophole, but he says in order to win office and reform the campaign law, he first needs to get elected. And to get elected, he says, he needs to keep the loophole open for just a little while longer, because he is not rich enough to finance his own campaign.

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Proposed Bill Would Limit LLC Contributions to $5,000

Friday, August 20, 2010

An investigation by WNYC has found that Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has been accepting large amounts of money from limited liability corporations, a practice that is legal but is widely believed to skirt the intent of campaign law.

Assemblywoman Joan Millman of Brooklyn is sponsoring a bill to close the loophole on LLCs donating huge sums of money to political campaigns in New York. She says she hopes Cuomo will rethink his decision to take so much money from these groups.

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Gun Control Group Endorses Gillibrand

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been endorsed for election by a leading gun control group, two years after earning a top rating from the National Rifle Association.

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Voters Will Get to Decide on Term Limits Come November

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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The city’s Charter Revision Commission, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg after he successfully campaigned for and was elected to a third term, voted Wednesday night to decide on the ballot questions that will be posed to the city’s voters in this year’s general election.

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Hudson Valley Primary Battle Shaping Up as Obama Referendum

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Back in 2006, the upset win by singer John Hall of Orleans fame in the 19th Congressional District, a long-time Republican bastion, was one of the brightest moments for Democrats nationally. But the swing-district seat is not considered safe in a year when Democrats are bracing for significant Congressional losses.

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CT Candidates Beat the Streets Ahead of Tuesday's Primaries

Monday, August 09, 2010

Some 44 primaries will be held across the state of Connecticut on Tuesday. Christopher Keating, the Capitol Bureau Chief for The Hartford Courant, gives WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson a preview of where things stand ahead of Tuesday's primaries.

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Summer on the Campaign Trail with Attorney General Hopeful Sen. Schneiderman

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

This summer, five New York Democrats are spending their days in a high stakes race for the Democratic Party's nomination for state Attorney General. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has been following the campaign and has this profile of State Sen. Eric Schneiderman.

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