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NY Democrats Look to Women Candidates - and Paladino - to Build Albany Power

Monday, September 20, 2010

With six weeks left before voters go to the polls,  New York candidates are hitting the streets and the airwaves. Democrats are trying to hold onto their control of the state Senate. Last year, their narrow majority temporarily slipped away and gave the Republicans a fleeting new lease on life, for a while anyway. Eventually dissident Democrats came back to the fold, but  the chaos only complicated an already dysfunctional budget process.

Now, Democrats think they can tilt the Albany math in their favor with women challengers in a few key legislative races - and by capturing voters put off by Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino.

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A NY Tea Party Gov Candidate Not Named Paladino

Monday, September 20, 2010

A wave of fiscal conservativism and pent up frustration with the political establishment helped propel first-time candidate Carl Paladino to the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Since that surprise victory over former Rep. Rick Lazio, many have ascribed Paladino’s victory to the Tea Party movement, which also fueled the unexpected victories of underdog candidates in Maryland and Nevada.

But Paladino, technically, isn’t a Tea Party candidate. And Steve Cohn finds that assumption a little irksome.

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O'Donnell Aside, Don't Dismiss Tea Party, Pundits Say

Monday, September 20, 2010

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I think people, especially in New York City are misunderstanding the Tea Party and misunderstanding the candidates, and I think they seem to be the only people whom a large percentage of the population really believes either has their best interests in mind, or at very least doesn't have more worse things set up for them. I really do think this is from the grassroots and these people, these representatives, these canidates really are representative of the people of the United States right now.

-Caller Alex from Jamaica, Queens, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Jimmy Carter on Iran, Hostages and the Hikers

Monday, September 20, 2010

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I don’t call them hostages now. They’re just prisoners who violated Iran’s sovereignty by crossing the border between Iraq and Iran, inadvertently they claim, and I go along with that. I just got back from North Korea, bringing out a prisoner who crossed the border from China, walked across a frozen river and was captured. We have to realize that those countries have a very different framework for law and violation of their borders than we do. My hope is that we will see the release of the hikers.

-President Jimmy Carter on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Contest for Congress: In Hudson Valley, Republican Tries to Recapture Seat from Rockstar

Monday, September 20, 2010

Until four years ago, New York's 19th House District in the lower Hudson Valley was considered Republican territory. But in 2006, former rock star John Hall of the band Orleans used a grassroots coalition of environmental and peace groups to beat the six-term Republican incumbent. Now, he faces a well-financed challenger in Nan Hayworth, who is campaigning for votes with a message of fiscal restraint and small government. 

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Bullhorn: Juan Manuel Benitez Asks For GOP - Press 1 Only?

Monday, September 20, 2010

"We speak English here!" is often the answer I get at Republican or Tea Party gatherings whenever I skim the crowd looking for a Spanish speaker that can produce a soundbite for my television story. I wonder if they are the same people who cringe when an automated machine tells them to "press one for English, para español, oprima el dos."

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Pennsylvania Voters: Depression Where Obama Inspired Hope Two Years Ago

Monday, September 20, 2010

Depressed. That certainly describes Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, a former coal-area that now, as one local once explained it to me, “scratches to get by. Where I’ll sell you pizza, if you buy my tires.” But it also describes the mood of the voters, who, less than two years after “Yes, We Can” swept the nation, pretty much believe, “No, We Can’t.”

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Bullhorn: Gerson Borrero Asks What's Wrong with a Little Crazy?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Have we all gone loco in the media? Whether we like it or not Carl Paladino received 62.09% of the primary votes casted by Republicans on September 14th.  The more widely known Rick Lazio, the presumed “sane” candidate received only 37.91% of Republican votes. Call me nuts, but as much as it may sicken us, we should acknowledge that Carl Paladino’s in-your-face ways, his candid vocabulary, political incorrectness and even his racist tinge may connect and reflect millions of New York State voters.

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Contest for Congress: GOP Targeting Bishop in Hamptons Swing District

Saturday, September 18, 2010

According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, seven incumbent House Democrats face formidable Republican challengers in New York. For the Republicans, one of their best prospects for a pick-up is New York's 1st Congressional District that includes Long Island's Hamptons and Eastern Suffolk County.

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City Deal for New Voting Machines under Federal Scrutiny

Friday, September 17, 2010

Federal investigators are looking into how a Nebraska firm, Election Systems Software, won a $50 million contract to provide the city with new optical-scan voting machines, a law enforcement source confirms.

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of September 13th

Friday, September 17, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable Politics Bites 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 in bold.

It was Primary Day in New York, and in NYC one of the big stories was the new paper ballots and voting machines -- designers Milton Glaser (the man behind the I [[heart]] NY logo) and Charles Blow of the New York Times were not fans...but by the time all those ballots were counted, the winners were decided, including a defiant Charlie Rangel, Democratic Attorney General nominee Eric Schneiderman, and the new kid on the block, Carl Paladino. Paladino was part of a big night for the Tea Party, which notched victories across the country. That movement is the subject of a new book by New York Times National Correspondent Kate Zernike, who sees parallels in the movement to the 2008 Obama/Biden campaign. Joe Biden was quick to remind his '08 supporters that they would need to be active in what looks to be like a very interesting fall contest.


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Strong TEA or Weak GOP? What Paladino Means

Friday, September 17, 2010

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Carl Paladino is giving voice to how much people in New York, particularly upstate, just feel like Albany just cannot, absolutely, represent their interests.

-Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, blogger, and Daily News columnist on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Republican Big "Cautiously Optimistic" for November

Friday, September 17, 2010

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I'm cautiously optimistic, but strongly so, that Republicans in the House are going to do so well in November. People are tired of the old politics of villainization, of attacks and they want to see ideas come to the table based on the common sense conservative principles of less taxes, of free enterprise.

-Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Minority Whip on The Takeaway

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Blumenthal Keeps Obama at Arm's Length during Stamford Visit

Friday, September 17, 2010

On a day when his once-safe race was downgraded by a political handicapper to a "toss up," U. S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal had the delicate task of thanking a fellow Democrat who came to raise needed dollars, while maintaining some distance.

That's not easy when the visitor is the ...

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Highlights: What Does "Free Country" Mean To You?

Friday, September 17, 2010

As we launched the It's A Free Country project, we had a number of guiding questions in our mind. What's broken in our current political system, if anything? What exactly does "It's A Free Country" mean? What can a new political hub add to civil conversation? We put this question not just to the professionals on our line-up of reporters and producers, but to you as well. Here are some highlights. You can see the full set of responses here, and continue to add your voice here. Here are some responses to the question What does the phrase "It's A Free Country" mean to you?

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Bullhorn: David Cruz Asks Where’s My President? Where’s My Job?

Friday, September 17, 2010

After watching how we all comported ourselves during the primaries, I guess the biggest question we should be asking is “have you no shame?” But, that’s a rhetorical question at this point, right? It seems the only thing we’re all actually able to agree on is that our national political and cultural conversation is as dangerously dopey as it’s ever been.

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Bullhorn: Edward-Isaac Dovere's Questions for Democratic AG Nominee Eric Schneiderman

Friday, September 17, 2010

Many of the questions State Sen. Eric Schneiderman will have to answer as he emerges from the Democratic attorney general primary are ones that were put to him by his fellow Democratic candidates, and have now been taken up Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, the Republican nominee. He dismissed them as issues so far, but whether the New York general electorate—which is much larger and more diverse than the interest-group driven base Schneiderman successfully mobilized in an ultra-low turn-out primary—will let him may decide who becomes the next attorney general of the state.

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So Broken Hearted You Won't Vote?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

We've seen people doing a lot of virtual activism--they'll click and send and they'll sign an email petition or a letter to a congressperson, but what they won't do is actually get out, knock on doors, make phone calls, show up at a town meeting, rally in the streets.

--Paul Loeb, Author of Soul of a Citizen, speaking on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Paladino on Undocumented Immigrants: You Gotta Go Back to Where You Came From

Thursday, September 16, 2010

On Tuesday night, Carl Paladino, a Tea Party-backed millionaire from Buffalo, NY, won the Republican nomination for governor.  A month ago, New York State Senator Ruben Díaz Sr., (who is also a pentecostal minister and a Democrat) invited Paladino to a breakfast with more than

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The Conservative Party at a Crossroads

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Conservative Party was founded as a response to the liberal Republicanism of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. Now, ironically, it's providing a ballot line refuge to Rick Lazio, a pro-choice candidate rejected by Republicans for not being conservative enough. To keep its ballot line, the party must receive at least 50,000 votes for governor on Election Day.

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