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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting Issues

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall, a website and monthly publication focused on New York politics and policy, talks about the problems some voters experienced yesterday at the polls and addresses criticism of the Board of Elections.

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Insurgency Wins Over Incumbency in Delaware, New Hampshire

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Republican primary voters in Delaware faced a much-hyped choice at the polls yesterday, and ultimately voted for Tea Party-endorsed Christine O'Donnell over moderate long-term Delaware Rep. Mike Castle. The state Republican party campaigned hard against O’Donnell, saying she is likely to lose against a Democrat in the general election. The outcome could have big consequences for which party will occupy Vice President Biden’s place in the Senate.

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Taking the Political Temperature of the Sunshine State

Monday, September 13, 2010

Our political coverage of the midterms turns to Florida. The Sunshine State has been in the international limelight for weeks, following Pastor Terry Jones’ threats to publicly burn Korans. With the bonfire cancelled and the 9/11 anniversary past, we talk this morning about a state full of voters whose opinions range the gamut on the Koran burning issue and the three-way race for U.S. Senate that’s been heating up for months. 

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Tea and Taxes in Delaware's Senate Primary

Monday, September 13, 2010

As one of the last states to hold primary elections, Delaware has been the focus of a lot of national political attention. In a recent interview with Fox's Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin flexed her political clout and officially endorsed Tea Party Express-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell.  But what does a Palin endorsement mean for GOP Rep. Mike Castle, the veteran Congressman and former Delaware governor, as he bids for the same senate nomination? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet the Candidates: 30th State Senate District

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Bill Perkins, New York State Senator (D-30th, Harlem) and Basil Smikle on their campaigns for State Senate, 30th District.

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Candidate for NY Governor: Paladino

Monday, August 30, 2010

Carl Paladino on why he's running to be the Republican candidate for Governor of New York.

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Primary Season: NY's 14th Congressional District

Friday, August 27, 2010

Carolyn Maloney, current Congresswoman running for the Democratic party's nomination in this September's primary, and opponent Reshma Saujani talk about their campaigns.

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Inside Arizona's Primaries: Gov. Jan Brewer, John McCain Up for Re-Election

Monday, August 23, 2010

Voters will be heading to the polls to cast their votes in Arizona's primaries tomorrow. We'll finally get a look at how voters feel about Gov. Jan Brewer as she seeks re-election. The governor has been closely watched since she signed the controversial immigration bill, SB-1070 into law. After she signed the immigration bill, her poll numbers sky-rocketed, according to Mark Brodie, reporter and host at KJZZ in Arizona. And he does not see this primary being a problem for her. He also does not predict any problems for Sen. John McCain, who will likely face his toughest challenge on the road to re-election.

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Rumble in the Sunshine State: Inside Florida's Primaries

Monday, August 23, 2010

On Tuesday, Florida's voters head to the polls to vote in primaries for U.S. Senate and governor. Sergio Bustos, state politics editor at The Miami Herald, and Kate Zernike, reporter for our partner The New York Times, describe how the races have been shaping up and what we can expect on Tuesday. Plus, we'll find out what the Sunshine State can tell us about the national political mood.

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Talking Politics: Voter Registration

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The deadline to register to vote in this fall’s local elections is Friday. John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at CUNY, discusses recent voter registration patterns and what they tell us about the changing political climate in NYC and beyond.

Have you already registered? Are you a first-time voter in New York? Switching your affiliation? We want your voter-registration stories!

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Talking Politics: Campaign News

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Azi Paybarah, WNYC reporter, talks about the latest campaign fund-raising and endorsements.

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Debunking Five Myths About Midterm Elections

Monday, August 16, 2010

The midterm elections are fast-approaching and many of the races are shaping up to be neck-and-neck. The Republicans have to gain 39 seats in the House and ten in the Senate in order to win majorities in both. But with public turnout for midterms usually very low, how much can these elections (or the campaigns leading up to them) help us predict the country's political future?

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Colorado and Connecticut Primaries Underway

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Voters in Colorado and Connecticut head to the polls today to vote in primary elections. In Colorado, incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet, who was endorsed by President Obama, is facing a surprisingly hard primary battle. A loss could bring insight into how voters feel about Washington and President Obama. Kirk Johnson, Denver bureau chief for The New York Times, joins us with the latest from the Centennial State.

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In Colorado Midterms, Nobody Wants to Be the Insider

Monday, July 26, 2010

It may seem like a distant memory, but back in 2008, the story of the Democratic presidential primary was the rise of a relative newcomer to Washington taking on the party establishment with grassroots organizing. It was a winning strategy for then-candidate Barack Obama in Colorado, where he earned more than two-thirds of the primary votes and defeated Hillary Clinton. 

In Colorado’s Democratic Senate primary this year, there’s another candidate campaigning as an outsider, but the establishment narrative is flipped. This time, the political newcomer is the incumbent, and the challenger is a mainstay of Colorado politics.

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Georgia Primary Underway

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ahead of today's primary elections, politicians in Georgia tried to overcome voter apathy with increasingly pointed advertisements and anti-incumbent rhetoric.  

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California Votes to Change Primary Election System

Thursday, June 10, 2010

With all of the attention poured on California's primaries for Senate and governor, you may have missed an even bigger vote that passed in the Sunshine State: 54 percent of California voters passed Proposition 14. Known as “the open-primary initiative,” Prop 14 will essentially do away with party-specific primaries, starting with the 2012 elections. All political candidates will run in a single primary; the two who receive the most votes will run against each other in the general election.

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Female Candidates Sweep Tuesday's Primaries; What Does This Mean for Men?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

For the first time in U.S. history, women are now the majority of the workforce. They also get more college degrees than men, and two prominent women just won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and governor in California, Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, powerful businesswomen who turned to politics beat out male challengers. Women won elsewhere as well - in Iowa, Nevada, Arkansas and South Carolina. 

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Primary Candidates Brace for November Election

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Last night, voters decided the party candidates in four closely watched states: Arkansas, California, Nevada, and South Carolina and seven others. But for many candidates the election battle is only just beginning. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at how the primary winners will fare in November's ballot. Sharron Angle's win in Nevada is both a victory for the Tea Party and for Harry Reid, who has been preparing to face-off against the conservative candidate.

Primaries have wrapped in 12 states across the country 
And joining us now is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich to read the tea leaves of what last night’s elections could predict for November’s mid term bouts.

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Of Labor and Incumbency: Primaries in Arkansas, Nevada

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Primary races are scheduled in eleven states today. We are looking at two elections with national implications: Arkansas, where the power of organized labor is at play, and Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping a specific GOP pick will enable him to keep his seat. 

In Arkansas, Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln is facing a run-off against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Organized labor groups, both local and national, have thrown their weight behind Halter, saying Lincoln betrayed them by not supporting a public option in health care reform and by voting for NAFTA as a U.S. Representative, in 1993. National labor groups have pumped millions of dollars into the race - leading some analysts to suggest that Arkansas' primary contest has been hijacked by national interests.

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How Would You Change the Primary System?

Monday, June 07, 2010

Tomorrow, California asks voters if they want to end partisan primaries. If Proposition 14 passes, all registered voters would be able to vote in the primary for any candidate, regardless of party affiliation. Then the two top vote-getters would square off in the November election.

We're asking for your suggestions: How would you change the primary system?

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