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Thursday, April 26, 2012

There’s no shortage of hopefuls for the 2013 New York City mayoral race but no real GOP candidate has emerged for the ticket. Hear why and who might run for the Republican party. Plus: Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks” on the rise of the show; the push for public campaign finance; we take your calls on a new study that finds Mexican migration to the U.S. has stalled; and Sam Schwartz explains the mass transit part of his traffic plan for the New York City area.

Will the NYC GOP Find a Mayoral Candidate?

No high profile Republican candidate has emerged as a favorite for next year's mayoral race. Azi Paybarah, reporter for Capital New York, and Doug Muzzio, professor of political science at Baruch College and host of "City Talk" on CUNY/TV, talk about the buzz surrounding an effort to draft Ray Kelly, and the leadership void in the local GOP.

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Business Leaders for Public Financing

Leo Hindery, managing partner of InterMedia Partners, a New York-based media industry private equity fund, and Sean Eldridge, president of Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund focused on the Hudson Valley, talk about the coalition of corporate and political voices, the New York Leadership for Accountable Government, that hopes to bring public financing to New York state elections.


Gridlock Sam's Master Plan: Mass Transit

Each Thursday in April, Sam Schwartz, aka Gridlock Sam at The Daily News, and former NYC traffic commissioner, explains another facet of his plan for equitably pricing NYC transit and tolls. This week: mass transit.

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Cenk Uygur and "The Young Turks"

The host of Current TV's "The Young Turks," Cenk Uygur, talks about Obama 2012, campaign finance reform, and the impact of the Occupy movement.

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Mexican Migration Has Ended

Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, talks about a new report: "Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero - and Perhaps Less," and what those findings mean on both sides of the border.

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Open Phones: Delaying College

Do you think that college-bound high school grads should take a year or two off to enter the job market before going back to school?

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