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Cuomo Courts Hispanic Leaders

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

After a long silence from Andrew Cuomo regarding immigration in general and Latinos in particular, the Democratic candidate for governor is finally voicing his thoughts.

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CT Gubernatorial Debate Gets Scrappy, Personal

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

One of them is going to be elected governor, but neither Dan Malloy nor Tom Foley is likely to score a dinner invite from Tuesday's televised hour of caustic asides, withering ripostes and cross-talk.

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True/False: Rational Redistricting Is Possible

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

There's icing on the cake this year for the political party that takes control over the state legislature: the power to redraw districts for the State Senate, State Assembly and U.S. Congress that will last for the next decade. At the end of this year, the U.S. Census Bureau will have counted the total number of residents--and since New York's population has slightly decreased, it's expected the state will lose two seats in the House.

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True/False: The Republicans Drive The Economy Into A Ditch

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

It is absolutely fair to say that both parties bear some blame for being seduced by the notion that Wall Street and banks could effectively regulate themselves. 700 years of financial history disproves that, and people on both sides got too comfortable with that notion.'

-Jim Himes, U.S. Congressman for Connecticut's 4th District, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Financial 411: New York's Gubernatorial Candidates Outline Economic Plans

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

GOVERNMENT BAILOUT WILL COST LESS THAN EXPECTED

The Treasury Department says the $700 billion financial bailout -- also known as TARP -- will cost taxpayers only $50 billion. The report comes two years and two days after Congress approved the bailout fund that provided billions to hundreds of banks. Critics say that while the program stabilized the financial sector, it did not do enough to prevent foreclosures and keep homeowners in their homes.

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CT Senate: Blumenthal and McMahon Jab And Retreat In Opening Debate

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican Linda McMahon left their inaugural debate Monday night satisfied that neither had suffered a gaffe likely to haunt the remaining 28 days of their U.S. Senate campaign.

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NY Comptroller Candidates Debate

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The race for New York State Comptroller is coming down to one question: which place do voters distrust more -- Wall Street or Albany? Both are derided as hotbeds of bad behavior, poor decision making and nomadic territories with no effective sheriff. But which one caused New York’s economy to tank?

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Board of Elections, City Council Tussle Over Primary Day Voting Problems

Monday, October 04, 2010

The New York City Board of Elections felt the heat from City Council at a hearing Monday over primary day voting problems. A representative of the  board said it would use what it learned to improve the voting experience for the November 2 election.

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Government Reform Groups Have Hope for Redistricting Changes

Monday, October 04, 2010

Government reform groups say the next election cycle presents the best chance yet for redistricting reform that they say would put an end to gerrymandered state legislative districts.

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Walter Mondale Can't Abide Intolerance — or Secrets

Monday, October 04, 2010

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I can't really abide the kind of intolerance and rigidity and kind of shouting. I just wasn't raised that way. The only way to get anywhere is to talk. Judge Learned Hand, the famous judge once said, 'The spirit of liberty begins with the notion that you might be wrong.'

-Walter Mondale, former Vice President of the United States, on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Debating Immigration in the New York Election

Monday, October 04, 2010

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There is no such things as too many immigrants. This is a country of immigrants. the question is illegal immigration. That's what we oppose. Not immigration. Of course not.

-Randy Altschuler, Republican and Conservative Party nominee for Congress from New York's 1st District, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Contest for Congress: In Staten Island, GOP Seek to Reclaim Seat It Held for 28 Years

Monday, October 04, 2010

In 2008, Democrats were ecstatic when they elected Mike McMahon, their first Congressman from Staten Island in 28 years. But Republicans in 2010 think that former FBI agent Michael Grimm can win back the seat in New York's 13th Congressional district, which includes all of Staten Island and Brooklyn's Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Gravesend neighborhoods. 

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Stucknation: Advance Notes For Your New Jersey Trip, Mr. President

Monday, October 04, 2010

Dear Mr. President,

I heard that Wednesday evening you are coming to a fundraiser in Cresskill, New Jersey. I know you have been working overtime to get our economy unstuck, but I just wanted to outline some local conditions for you about how jammed up we are in these parts.

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of September 27th

Friday, October 01, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are bold, links to explore.

The clip of the week has got to be the heated confrontation caught on tape between Carl Paladino and Post reporter Fred Dicker. It sent the New York political community into overdrive, with Governor David Paterson weighing in the next morning. The Dicker vs. Paladino event took place on Wednesday night, eclipsing the week's earlier big news - Rick Lazio officially declined the nomination of the Conservative Party and dropped out of the gubernatorial contest. Andrew Cuomo tried to sieze the moment and pick up Lazio supporters in the general election, drawing a "stark comparison" between him and Paladino. On the Brian Lehrer Show, Newt Gingrich tried to draw a stark comparison between his ideas and those of Paul Krugman, part of a larger tax debate that pitted traditional liberals and conservatives against one another. Another hot button debate that drew a more unexpected pairing was immigration, with both Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch testifying in favor of a more streamlined path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, something considered a core Democratic agenda item. And, because it's likely to be the best audio of the election season, we end with a repeat of the Dicker/Paladino confrontation.

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Bullhorn: Tea and No Sympathy

Friday, October 01, 2010

I love a good tea party as much as the next girl. And I have far more respect for misguided citizen activists than I do for disengaged citizen do-nothings. I find the Tea Party, however passionately engaged, to be dangerously misinformed, misguided and misled.

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Cuomo: Paladino Infidelity Accusations 'Hurtful'

Friday, October 01, 2010

Andrew Cuomo called the allegations of infidelity made against him by his Republican rival "hurtful" and said it is the sort of thing that is turning people off of politics.

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White House Chief of staff: Emanuel out, Rouse in

Friday, October 01, 2010

President Barack Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. The job Emanuel wants now is mayor of Chicago, where his next fierce political fight awaits.

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Ravitch: Obama Ignoring States' Budget Troubles

Thursday, September 30, 2010

New York's Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch accused the Obama Administration of ignoring a growing fiscal crisis that is being felt in state capitals across the country.

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Bloomberg, Murdoch Advocate for Immigration Reform

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch testified on Capitol Hill today in support of immigration reform, urging lawmakers to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

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