State of the Tri-State

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Three if this region's major political stories come to a head today. Chris Dodd will not be seeking another term as Connecticut Senator. Gay marriage is likely up for a vote in New Jersey. And Governor David Paterson addresses the legislature on the state of New York and anti-corruption legislation.

Irene Liu, political writer at the Times Union and blogger for Capitol Confidential and Josh Robin, NY1 political reporter, preview the Paterson's speech. And John Dankosky, news director and host of Where We Live at WNPR Connecticut Public Radio, discusses reports that Senator Dodd will not seek re-election. Plus, Zachary Fink, state house correspondent for NJN news, on tomorrow's gay marriage vote in Trenton.


John Dankosky, Zachary Fink, Irene Liu and Josh Robin

Comments [10]

Jerry Haft

John Danosky made two references to Joe Lieberman as a Republican: First, saying that he will be running as a Republican in 2012, then saying that his party switch is coming very soon.

Brian, why didn't you pick up on this? If true, it would be big news. A quick Google news search shows nothing about a soon-impending formal party switch being reported anywhere. Danofsky said it matter-of-factly, as though it was common knowledge. Either that or he was giving you a scoop, Brian, but you let it fly right past you.

Jan. 06 2010 02:38 PM
hjs from 11211

alex, so u are saying u support GOP hypocrisy?

Jan. 06 2010 11:04 AM
Alex from Queens

Linda McMahon has been changing her companies prodcut for almost two years now to make it more palatable to the general public. As a wrestling fan, I find it annoying but as a supporter of the Republican party in Connecticut, I find it a needed annoyance.

Jan. 06 2010 10:44 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Lieberman originally won office in 1988 because Republican Lowell Weicker was deemed too liberal. What a different time in American politics -- a liberal (or at least moderate) Republican.

Jan. 06 2010 10:42 AM
Robert from NYC

I despise Joe Liebermann.

Jan. 06 2010 10:41 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Let's remember Dud Dodd first denied that he had secretly added language to weaken AIG bonus restrictions. Then it turned out he definitely had.

He's just another damn liar in the service of Wall Street -- like Lieberman and, to a lesser extent, Schumer.

Jan. 06 2010 10:38 AM
Robert from NYC

I'm a clean house person and a term limits kinda guy. I hope someone or group proposes term limits in NYC again with a NO WITHDRAWAL clause or however it is legally termed.

Jan. 06 2010 10:29 AM
David from Harrison, NY

Paterson's reform proposals, as ambitious as they are, leave out the most important reform -- abolishing one house of the legislature -- and having a unicameral legislature.

Jan. 06 2010 10:28 AM
hjs from 11211

paterson is funny. he calls for a new law that will never pass.
albany will never change as long as the 2 party system stands and the people keep saying yes to the same trash on election day. i guess we're just lucky that there is no one viable on the GOP side who can run against him, other wise we'd be facing the same gridlock that NJ is about to have.

Jan. 06 2010 10:09 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


In anticipation of Paterson's speech, yesterday the Manhattan Institute think tank's Empire Center released an alternative state budget (N.Y. Post) that actually attempts fiscal responsibility. Perhaps you bring someone from that study to discuss it. Apparently just freezing the increase(!) in state workers pay (no layoffs or pay cuts) for just this year (!) would save the state 1.6 billion dollars.

Jan. 06 2010 08:54 AM

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