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Digesting Politics Podcast

Countdown to the Elections

Friday, October 15, 2010

With just 17 days left before Election Day, WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah catch up on the various statewide races.

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Reports Say Former Car Czar Has Reached a Settlement with SEC

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WNYC

According to reports from The New York Times, Steven Rattner, the man who oversaw the Obama Adminsistration's turnaround of the auto industry, has apparently reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over his role in a large and long-standing pension fund kickback scheme.

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Death of a Tunnel?

Friday, October 08, 2010

From Gov. Chris Christie's pulling the plug on the ARC tunnel project to the guilty plea of former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, listen as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and (a still anesthesized) Azi Paybarah discuss the action-packed week in local and national politics.

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Are Politicians' Private Lives Off Limits?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein and Bob Hennelly discuss the widely shared video of gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's confrontation with New York Post's Fred Dicker, the persistent challenge to reinvigorate the upstate economy, the pension fraud case of Alan Hevesi, and more.

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Voter Guide: New York Governor's Race

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Andrew Cuomo (D) vs. Carl Paladino (R)

The race for Governor of New York is a contest between Democrat Andrew Cuomo, District Attorney for New York State and son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and Republican Carl Paladino, a wealthy Buffalo businessman and political newcomer.

Andrew Cuomo (D)

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Cuomo's Harlem Adventure

Monday, September 27, 2010

It was intended to be an event in Harlem to demonstrate just how much African American support Cuomo can count on come November. But according to several reporters at the scene, weather and poor advance work conspired to produce a media mess.

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Digesting Politics: Polarizing Poll Numbers

Thursday, September 23, 2010

WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss the latest in local politics, including recent opinion polls that showed markedly different results in New York's gubernatorial race, the viability of Carl Paladino's proposals, and the issue of immigration in New York's statewide races.

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Where They Stand: Public Employee Benefits

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Each week on It's A Free Country we bring you Wonk Wars. This week, we're asking policy experts to react to the statement "Public Employees Get Too Many Benefits". Here is what our research found the two candidates for Governor say about the issue.

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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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Digesting Politics: Politicizing Cordoba's Park51, Primary Battles, Republican Voter Turnout

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How Cordoba Initiative's planned Islamic center and mosque in Downtown Manhattan is influencing the race for New York governor, the juggling for identity in the crowded field of Democratic candidates for New York attorney general, plus the latest on various local and national political stories as WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah talk politics over lunch.

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Proposed Bill Would Limit LLC Contributions to $5,000

Friday, August 20, 2010

An investigation by WNYC has found that Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has been accepting large amounts of money from limited liability corporations, a practice that is legal but is widely believed to skirt the intent of campaign law.

Assemblywoman Joan Millman of Brooklyn is sponsoring a bill to close the loophole on LLCs donating huge sums of money to political campaigns in New York. She says she hopes Cuomo will rethink his decision to take so much money from these groups.

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Cuomo Accepts Millions of Dollars from Obscure Business Entities

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WNYC

Andrew Cuomo has been stumping the state, calling for a top-to-bottom overhaul of New York's campaign finance laws. But a review of his campaign finance filings shows he's been reaping multiple contributions from business entities known as limited liability companies, or LLCs. And some of those donations come from LLCs associated with a family with a history of ties to Cuomo and his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.

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After Rangel Party, Cuomo Touts Ethics Plan

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

One day after appearing at a fundraiser for Rep. Charlie Ranel -- who is facing 13 allegations of breaking congressional ethics rules -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is out with a new ad.

The topic: Ethics.

"New Yorkers agree, Albany is a mess. It's overrun by lobbyists and special interests. But Andrew Cumo has a tough 20-point plan to clean up Albany, including restricting lobbyist contributions, ending pay to play for powerful for powerful corporations who buy access."

A Cuomo campaign source said there was no connection between the timing of their ethics ad and Rangel's birthday party.

The issue of taking money from lobbyists is, actually, something Cuomo has been criticized for. Also, Cuomo agreed in 2007 to limit campaign contributions to $10,000 -- far below the state's limit. He no longer is abiding by that limit.

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Who Has the Most Contributors From New York?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

I thought it would be Andrew Cuomo, since the state attorney general has such a huge war chest for his campaign for governor.

Turns out it's cash-starved Republican gubernatorial nominee Rick Lazio. According to a NYPIRG analysis, Cuomo has 2,306 donors with New York addresses.

Lazio has 2,867.

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'Mansion Boy' and the Legislature's 'Best Friend'

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

So, there's no real bombshell revelation in the NYT Sunday magazine cover story on Andrew Cuomo, but there are some entertaining tidbits about the guy who is likely to be New York's next governor.

Andrew Cuomo "used to call his younger brother, Christopher, who grew up in Albany, 'mansion boy.' "

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contributing writer, Jonathan Mahler, said "it would be a stretch to call 'The New NY Agenda' a policy book."

And at the end of the piece, Cuomo downplays the notion he's going to Albany to wage war agains the legislature (which his predecessor had done). Cuomo is quoted saying, "The legislature doesn't want trouble. They want good news from a P.R. point of view. They need redemption" and "I think I can be their best friend."

Being Albany's "best friend" is obviously said with an eye towards politics after election day (i.e. governing Albany), but I can imagine someone using that line in a Web ad in about five minutes.

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Cuomo Attending Rangel Birthday Party

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

A spokesman for Andrew Cuomo's campaign confirms this report that he's attending Charlie Rangel's birthday party fund-raiser tonight. The report also says Senators Schumer and Gilibrand will be there.

Anyway, I'll now go back to reading the 8,000 word NYT Sunday magazine cover story on Cuomo. So far, my favorite part: "[Andrew] Cuomo used to call his younger brother, Christopher, who grew up in Albany, 'mansion boy.' "

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Cuomo's Cover

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WNYC

This should make for some fun reading this weekend. From the NYT's publicity department:

"In this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, contributing writer Jonathan Mahler interviews Andrew Cuomo in the cover story, “The Second Coming.” Andrew Cuomo is not, politically, his father’s son, writes Mahler, nor is he the reincarnation of Eliot Spitzer (or so he wants to prove). But Cuomo does want to redeem Albany and maybe himself in his campaign."

Unless you're Steve Kornacki, in which case, it may just feel like deja vu.

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Paladino TV: Hitting Cuomo on Islamic Center

Thursday, August 05, 2010

WNYC

GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is out with a TV ad hitting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo for supporting the development of an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero.

Paladino, in a straight-to-camera moment, restates his intention to use eminent domain to block the plan.

Which may or may not be feasible.

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Lazio: We'll Get Cuomo Below 50 Percent

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

WNYC

Conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham interviewed Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio just now and asked him if he could win his race.

As Ingraham put it, “How can a Republican like you ever hope to win the gubernatorial race?”

Lazio answered: “This is a year when nobody wants to vote for an incumbent.”

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Paladino Raises Off Islamic Center, Hits 'Young Cuomo'

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

WNYC

Republican Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is using his opposition to the Islamic center slated for construction near Ground Zero to raise campaign funds.

Paladino wrote the following e-mail, which is kind of a long, rambling message that focuses on a couple of issues: the Islamic center, Cuomo's record at HUD and, of course, the liberal media bias. He also refers to his Democratic opponent as "Young Cuomo" and "Andrew." The e-mail doesn't mention Mayor Bloomberg, a forceful supporter of the plan who Paladino took a shot at (which I thought was unwise for a number of reasons).

Paladino's email is after the jump. I'll update if I get a response from Cuomo's campaign.

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