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New York State Returns

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Azi Paybarah, WNYC reporter and blogger, and Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and former advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, examine the results from yesterday's voting.                                                                           

Guests:

Ester Fuchs and Azi Paybarah

Comments [24]

Jennifer

The Democrats did just fine, not only -- and obviously -- in New York State, but across the country. Those Paladino supporters turning on the media were merely expressing what many people on all points of the political spectrum feel. The media want to cover these elections like it's a high school football game. We're all on the same team, and it's high time reporters started asking tough questions. If Republicans claim they want smaller government, then ask them how they plan to respond to the inevitable spike in unemployment and deflation that would ensue. Both parties need to deal with the costs of what in the view of many -- left and right -- are misguided (tragic!) military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. This formulaic coverage -- Democrat/Republican, blue state/red state, liberal/conservative -- is missing the real issues. We're living in a country with highly skewed income distribution -- a bifurcated state of rich and poor. Class is the issue here, not political stripe.

Nov. 03 2010 07:02 PM
Jennifer

The Democrats did just fine, not only -- and obviously -- in New York State, but across the country. Those Paladino supporters turning on the media were merely expressing what many people on all points of the political spectrum feel. The media want to cover these elections like it's a high school football game. We're all on the same team, and it's high time reporters started asking tough questions. If Republicans claim they want smaller government, then ask them how they plan to respond to the inevitable spike in unemployment and deflation that would ensue. Both parties need to deal with the costs of what in the view of many -- left and right -- are misguided (tragic!) military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. This formulaic coverage -- Democrat/Republican, blue state/red state, liberal/conservative -- are missing the real issues. We're living in a country with highly skewed income distribution -- a bifurcated state of rich and poor. Class is the issue here, not political stripe.

Nov. 03 2010 07:01 PM
Jennifer

The Democrats did just fine, not only -- and obviously -- in New York State, but across the country. Those Paladino supporters turning on the media were merely expressing what many people on all points of the political spectrum feel. The media want to cover these elections like it's a high school football game. We're all on the same team, and it's high time reporters started asking tough questions. If Republicans claim they want smaller government, then ask them how they plan to respond to the inevitable spike in unemployment and deflation that would ensue. Both parties need to deal with the costs of what in the view of many -- left and right -- are misguided (tragic!) military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. This formulaic coverage -- Democrat/Republican, blue state/red state, liberal/conservative -- are missing the real issues. We're living in a country with highly skewed income distribution -- a bifurcated state of rich and poor. Class is the issue here, not political stripe.

Nov. 03 2010 06:59 PM
Greg Caulfield

i vote for dem , we need to find a come ground .

Nov. 03 2010 01:06 PM
nyorker from nyc

The answer to your question was in your question. "Wyoming Country, wherever that is...." That myopic comment is why so many counties in western NY (and maps are very helpful analyzing elections) voted opposite to downstaters.

Nov. 03 2010 11:52 AM
Vicky from Brewster, NY

I live in Brewster, NY & am so angry that Greg Ball has been elected state senator. Has has two counts of harrassing women against him & is opposed to "PRO-CHOICE". I can not think of anyone worse to represent the women of my district.

Nov. 03 2010 11:15 AM
Marty from Park Slope


I don't think Obama is a "marshmallow". I think he's a genius: he passed more legislation in the first half of his first term than Bush did in his entire presidency! Obama is a consumate politician.

Nov. 03 2010 10:37 AM
Rhonda G. from Bayside


It blows my mind not that the party in power lost some seats -- that happens in every midterm -- but that such a high percentage of voters self-identified as Republican and Conservative. Do people just switch ideologies like that? I know I don't!

Nov. 03 2010 10:32 AM
Hjs11211

I guess we now know how many insane people there are in NYS 34%

Nov. 03 2010 10:31 AM
Susan from NYC

I voted for DiNapoli because:
1. did not to give the Republicans a foothold
2. would never vote for anyone endorsed by Bloomberg--guarantee of sleaze

Nov. 03 2010 10:24 AM
Robert from NYC

I actually chose Gubernatorial race for my protest vote and "The Rent Is Too High" guy got my vote.

Nov. 03 2010 10:17 AM
David in Great Neck from Great Neck

Glad Tom DiNapoli finally won, but he didn't even carry Nassau County. The lies in Wilson's commercials about hs character offended me. Tell me other things about him, OK, but everyone who knows him values his utter honesty and integrity,

Meanwhile, hope Sen. Craig Johnson wins the recount against Martins. Needs 416 votes. Had quite a campaign and was backed by Republicans including Michael Balboni and Michael Bloomberg. Martins also lied, too.

Nov. 03 2010 10:15 AM
Chris

40th NY State Senate Seat?

Nov. 03 2010 10:15 AM
Jal Patel from Manhattan

This only goes to show that the only people who vote in this state are public employees and people who are on some type of pulbic welfare. It simply dwarfs any other group in the turn out. Only a state like NY would have someone like Rangel going back to Washington. I guess we'll continue to see the exodus of people who work for a living...

Nov. 03 2010 10:15 AM
LG from Brooklyn NY

Interested in the Working Families v Dems numbers split on Cuomo. And do you think it makes any real difference in how Cuomo governs.

Nov. 03 2010 10:14 AM
Jal Patel from Manhattan

This only goes to show that the only people who vote in this state are public employees and people who are on some type of pulbic welfare. It simply dwarfs any other group in the turn out. Only a state like NY would have someone like Rangel going back to Washington. I guess we'll continue to see the exodus of people who work for a living...

Nov. 03 2010 10:14 AM
Jen from East Village

Wow some of the lefty commenters here are so bitter, lol.

The BBC cozying up to Republicans???

The BBC is cut from the same smarmy, patronizing cloth as the american MSM media elite.

Sorry that the BBC isn't WBAI

And please, try to contain your extremist anger and celebrate the joy of another corrupt do nothing Cuomo being annointed as our fearless leader....

4 years of this guy bloviating --- maybe he'll be client #10 and spare us the DEMogoggery

Nov. 03 2010 10:13 AM
Er-nay from USW

Bring back the Pledge Week! ... It would be better than listening to the same old, worked over, overbearing news coverage that we are hearing over and over today.

Root Canal anyone?

Nov. 03 2010 10:12 AM
Tony Davis from Brooklyn, NY

How did the Working Families Party do? Did it retain its ballot position?

Nov. 03 2010 10:10 AM
The Truth from Becky

Brian are you nuts? The Democrats did NOT get slaughter, check the numbers again dude?

Nov. 03 2010 10:09 AM
john

God, what is with the Republican propaganda on the BBC "news" report? If I wanted this horsesh*t I'd listen to WABC

Nov. 03 2010 09:54 AM
Mike from Tribeca

Walter -- the BBC is also sounds shocked that Senator Boxer was reelected in California, though there really wasn't much doubt she'd win.

Nov. 03 2010 09:52 AM
Derrick from Bed-Stuy

Azi,

In your Morning Edition report about the NYC House Committee Chairmanships that are going to be lost in the Republican takeover you only mentioned Nadler and Valezquez losing their gavels.

You forgot that Ed Towns who chairs the House Oversight Committee is also losing his Chairmanship.

Nov. 03 2010 09:51 AM
walter

no comments on the BBC pro-Republican propaganda? The BBC, so anti-Ameican, so hostile to governments, cozies up to Republican shills -- "John Boehner is a real nice guy" -- without even identifying who the shill is! Relentless right-wing propaganda fills the airwaves, WE DON'T NEED MORE of this crap from WNYC!

Nov. 03 2010 09:46 AM

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