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Brodsky Courts Brooklyn Russians in Bid for Attorney General

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

WNYC

Attorney General candidate Richard Brodsky has been courting the Russian-speaking community like no other candidate in the AG race. A dispatch from Little Brooklyn's “Little Odessa” from A Feet in 2 Worlds.

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Top Designers Speak Out on the Ballot

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Did they ever get anybody involved who knew anything about visual appearances or clarity or design? Or did it just come about by a bunch of guys sitting around a table saying: I like this one?"

-I ♥ New York designer Milton Glaser

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Your New Ballot Stories: Frustration and Confusion at the Polls

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We've been asking you to send in your primary day reports, particularly your experience with the new ballot design. You tell us your stories when you text BALLOT to 30644 and we call you back.

Your reactions so far have been mixed: Some people found the new paper ballots simpler - Jim Petzke said it was as "easy as eating a piece of pie."  We had lots of reports of nearly empty polling stations and people who were "in and out in five minutes."

But many of you reported problems. Organisational issues at the polling stations included missing ballots, broken optical scanners and long lines. Wayne Alan Blood wrote to our Facebook page to say that he had been "unceremoniously turned away" because the ballots never arrived.

There were lots of complaints about the paper ballots themselves. Voters called the print "tiny", and the design confusing and difficult to understand.

But the most outrage was voiced over what many of our listeners felt was a lack of ballot secrecy: Meryl Salvinger said poll workers told her to scan her ballot face up "which seems kind of crazy, with a poll worker standing standing right there, looking at it. I didn't really care, but that could be a problem for some people." Another caller, Greg Hofer, was livid:

"My voting booth was two pieces of manila file folders taped together at the end of the poll workers table. Anyone could have walked behind me and seen how I voted. In the forty years that I have voted, and I have never missed an election, this is the first time I felt exposed ... and I was absolutely appalled."

And it's not just the IAFC crowd that is finding trouble, Mayor Bloomberg has called the voting troubles a "royal screw-up."

Below is a running list of the reports we've received, updated throughout the day...

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Election Watchdogs Positioned to Record Voting Mishaps Caused By New Ballots

Monday, September 13, 2010

Voting rights advocates are poised with poll watchers, online surveys and phone hotlines to record what they think is going to be a chaotic day as New York City residents try out new electronic voting machines for the first time in the September 14 primary.

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Transcript: Primary Night Live Chat

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bloomberg Vouches for Rangel, Cuomo Hedges on Successor

Monday, September 13, 2010

WNYC
Charlie Rangel is a man who despite having had to give up the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee amid the scandal, still has a lot of power in Washington. Mayor Bloomberg as he looks to push forward his agenda in the national level needs allies in Washington who can help him do that. Rangel is one of those people.

-City Hall Editor Edward-Isaac Dovere on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Another Year of the Woman

Monday, September 13, 2010

WNYC
Even if there is a small influx of Republican women, it seems possibly likely that so many Democratic women are going to lose their seats that we might actually see a net loss in terms of how many women are in Congress.

-Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women on The Leonard Lopate Show

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Carole King's Candidate vs Russell Simmons' Candidate

Monday, September 13, 2010

WNYC

Singer/songwriter Carole King brought you the song “You’ve Got a Friend.” Hip-hop impessario Russell Simmons brought the song “Walk This Way.” Now, they’re bringing you rival congressional candidates.

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New York Primary 2010: Newspaper Endorsments

Monday, September 13, 2010

New York City's major newspapers are starting to offer their endorsements for candidates in Tuesday's primary. Here's the list, and we'll continue to update as they come in. And be sure to visit It's A Free Country's Insider's Guide to the Primary for lots more information.

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Primary Day Is Here: We Need Your Help!

Monday, September 13, 2010

As you have been hearing, one of the big story lines this election season is the switch to a new ballot design. Will your experience be like Brian and Azi's (not so smooth)? WNYC and It's A Free Country want to know. Text BALLOT to 30644 to share your experience using the new paper ballot. We'll text you back with all the instructions you need. On primary day, we'll be using your stories to enhance our coverage.Text right now and you'll receive a reminder on primary day. (Your carrier's standard messaging rates apply.)

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Stucknation: 21st Century Recovery Can't Take Flight with 20th Century Baggage

Monday, September 13, 2010

Congress returns to Washington this week as "Recovery Summer" withers  to "Flatline  Fall.” Both parties have their scripts for the off-year election campaign well-rehearsed. Stage left, there is President Obama with a hastily assembled $50 billion dollar infrastructure bill. And stage right, the Republicans fight to keep Bush era tax cuts ...

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In Espada's District, Votes for The Other Guy

Monday, September 13, 2010

WNYC

The eyes of the city's political class are focused on New York's 33rd Senate district in the northwest Bronx, where State Senate Majority Leader and Albany coup architect Pedro Espada is running for re-election against new-comer Gustavo Rivera. But many people in the neighborhood are unaware of next Tuesday's Democratic primary.

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Campaign Postcard: Embattled Espada Faces Fight of His Career

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Under state and federal scrutiny over allegations that he illegally pocketed millions from a community health care network, state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada faces a well-organized challenger in Gustavo Rivera.

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Korean Americans Hoping to Rise in Flushing Primary Elections

Friday, September 10, 2010

As more Asian-Americans take interest in public office, Flushing, Queens is becoming an increasingly competitive arena where any position is hotly contested. Koreans are the latest group to try to use Flushing as a springboard to political power.

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of September 6th

Friday, September 10, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable Politics Bites clips from the week and mix 'em up. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are in bold.

Daisy Khan on the controversy over the Park51 mosque and cultural center, a development that NY gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio opposes. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand supports Park51, but her opponent in the Democratic primary, Gail Goode is mounting a campaign to unseat the first-term Senator. Another candidate looking to bring new voices to the table is Kevin Powell, in NY's 10th congressional district, against long-time Congressman Ed Towns. The Powell-Towns race is one of many interesting races this Fall that are bringing unknown candidates into the spotlight, a phenomenon that got New York Times columnist Gail Collins thinking (see: Jan Brewer's 16 seconds of silence).

[[music: kid loco and sing with voices]]

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The Return of Rick Lazio

Friday, September 10, 2010

WNYC

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio first made headlines when he challenged Hillary Clinton in her run for the U.S. Senate. Now, ten years later, he's back again and waging a fiery campaign against his Democratic opponents, but his talk mostly concerns one issue: the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque in downtown Manhattan.

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Against All Odds, Monserrate Still In The Fight

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hiram Monserrate, who was forced to resign from the NY State Senate after being convicted of attacking his girlfriend, is trying to stage a political comeback. And experts aren't counting him out. A dispatch from the campaign trail in Queens' 39th District. 

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Challenging an "Unelected Junior Senator"

Friday, September 10, 2010

We know that our junior unelected Senator was appointed by an accidental Governor and that New Yorkers should have a choice, they should have a choice of a real Democrat, and I believe that I am that real Democrat.

--Democratic challenger Gail Goode on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Bullhorn: Our System’s as Broken as It Ever Was, and That’s on Purpose

Friday, September 10, 2010

Way back in 1790, just a few short years after the real Tea Party, John Adams was stressing that our political system was broken. But it wasn't broken then, and it isn’t now. Here's why: the political parties don’t govern in our political process; the Constitution does.

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Daisy Khan: Reaction to Park51 'Un-American,' Muslim Community At Risk

Friday, September 10, 2010

This is the fate of the Muslim community, you know. Our entire future is at risk here. So many mosques have been under attack since this project was announced.  And the Muslim community is taking this very seriously and taking a real pause. You know this is Ramadan. And our Ramadan has not been the same.

- Daisy Khan, co-founder of the Park51 mosque and community center, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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