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Is There a Democratic Way to be Attorney General?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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The job of attorney general is to fight crime and corruption wherever it occurs and to be the people's lawyer, really with the view to standing up to powerful interests whether they are Democrats or Republicans, on Wall Street, in Albany or on Main Street.

- Eric Schneiderman, Democratic candidate for NY Attorney General, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Attorney General (continued)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eric Schneiderman, NY state senator and candidate for NYS Attorney General, talks about whether or not there is a Democratic way and a Republican way to be Attorney General.

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Candidates Take Shots in AG Debate

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Candidates for Attorney General of New York Eric Schneiderman and Dan Donovan squared off in a debate held Monday at WAMC public radio studios and co-sponsored by the Albany Times Union.

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All Hands on Deck for Dan: Christie, Pataki, Bloomberg and Koch

Monday, October 25, 2010

Down to his last $300,000, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan's campaign for Attorney General said it got a major life line Monday in the form of a $1 million fundraiser in midtown Manhattan attended by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former New York Governor George Pataki, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former New York Mayor Ed Koch.

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A.G. Debate Heats Up: Who Will Really Clean Up Albany?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I think what New Yorkers are hungry for right now is some independence, someone who has no ties to Albany, no ties to those special interests, who has conducted himself in a non-partisan way. Leading the Staten Island DA's office, I bet you if you ask Staten Islanders, they wouldn't know if I'm a Democrat or Republican the way we've conducted ourselves.

- Dan Donovan, Republican candidate for N.Y. State Attorney General on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Where They Stand: There's A Democratic and Republican Way to be Attorney General

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's A Free Country and The Brian Lehrer Show bring you the fall election series 30 Issues in 30 Days. We will explore one issue every day until election day - issues of relevance to the NY, NJ and CT elections and the national midterm congressional races. This week, we'll be looking into whether there is a Democratic and a Republican way to be state comptroller.

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Voter Guide: New York Attorney General Race

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Eric Schneiderman (D) vs. Dan Donovan (R)

The race to become New York's next Attorney General is a contest between Democrat Eric Schneiderman, a current State Senator, and Republican Dan Donovan, current Staten Island District Attorney 

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Brodsky Courts Brooklyn Russians in Bid for Attorney General

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Attorney General candidate Richard Brodsky has been courting the Russian-speaking community like no other candidate in the AG race. A dispatch from Little Brooklyn's “Little Odessa” from A Feet in 2 Worlds.

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Tax Cap Squabble Heats Up NY AG Race

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

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New York attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman is defending himself--one day after he voted against a property tax cap as a member of the state Senate. The tax cap passed Tuesday night.

One of Schneiderman's opponents in the Democratic AG primary, attorney Sean Coffey, said the vote was a "rebuke' to taxpayers.

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Rice's Attendance

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Kathleen Rice did not attend this morning's forum for attorney general candidates, hosted by City Hall News, in Manhattan.

Rice's spokesman, Eric Phillips, emailed this statement: "She was at work at her DA's office. She debated twice in last five days and is looking forward to the Citizens Union debate tomorrow. She attends as many as she can in light of her responsibilities as district attorney."

Curtailing public appearances (and opportunities to be attacked directly) is one of the benefits of tending to your full-time job, while running for another one.

There’s another AG candidate’s event tonight. I’m waiting to hear back if Rice will be attending.

UPDATE: A spokesman for Rice says she will be not be attending tonight's forum. She's going to a campaign event in Brooklyn, instead.

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Polling the AG Race

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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“I just got polled,” a reader emailed recently.

This reader--who still has a landline in their Manhattan apartment and is a registered Democrat--took detailed notes about the call, including the fact that the Andrew Cuomo’s last name was pronounced “Coo-mo” by the caller.

The survey was about the AG’s race, and they were testing, among other things, which attribute is most important in picking the next AG.

The choices:

 “Cuomo's best choice.”

“They are the only candidate who has identified investigated and prosecuted misdeeds on Wall Street”

“Most progressive candidate”

“Served in military”

“Most qualified”

“Know how to get things done in Albany”

“They will fight for people who can't fight for themselves”

“Put people of NY ahead of special interests”

“Proven record of protecting New Yorkers”

“Restore trust in government”

“Best chance to win in November”

“Someone from outside the system who will be able to clean up corruption and dysfunction in Albany”

“Created nationally recognized effort to combat drunk driving”

“Only candidate who has never run for office before”

I’d be interesting in seeing which of these qualities scored highest.

Also, the caller wanted to know which critical statement made by opponents already was most disconcerting.

“They don't understand how to police Wall Street”

"They work for a firm that donated money to political candidates to get access to government”

“Too liberal and don't represent New Yorkers”

“Too rich to be in touch with average New Yorkers”

“Did not strongly support reforming Rockefeller drug laws”

“Have been in Albany too long and won't be able to bring changes to state”

“Have donated money to Republican candidates”

“Once registered as Republican”

“Not supported a woman's ability to work part time while raising a family served as elected official”

For the most part, the candidates have been shaping their identities through free media and sparsely-watched debates. Feedback from these kinds of surveys will have a real impact once the paid media (i.e. television and radio ads!) start airing.

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Coffey Seeks Interns

Friday, July 02, 2010

WNYC

The AG candidate's campaign posted this ad on the Jobs That Are Left list-serv:

Sean is a retired Navy Captain, successful lawyer, and Wall Street
reformer running in the Democratic Primary for New York State Attorney
General.  He is also the only true outsider in the race, having never
before been elected or appointed to political office.  Sean has
pledged never to run for Governor, and views himself as the people's
lawyer, not a politician.

With offices opening across the state, the Coffey Campaign needs
interns.  Intern opportunities include meeting with volunteers,
working with community organizations, and using the voter file to
track and manage volunteers.  Interns should also be comfortable
working on projects on their own and able to excel in a fast paced
environment. An ideal candidate will be able to commit to 40 hours per
week but hours and dates are flexible. For more information on Sean or
any of his platforms, visit Coffey2010.com.

To apply, please send an email to [redacted] [at] coffey2010.com,
with a brief resume attached.

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Rice's Protest Video

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Mott's factory workers in Williamson are getting lots of attention from New York politicians. The latest, Kathleen Rice, who is out with this video of her trip to visit the striking workers.

The solidarity with workers is, I think, a sentiment not entirely shared by voters, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today. Then again, unions do have an unignorable role in Democratic Party politics.

In late May, about 300 workers at the iconic applesause producer went on strike after management sought wage cuts. Worker refused, and said the company made more than $500 million in profits last year, making wage cuts unnecessary.

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'Another Politician'

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Jimmy Siegel's soaring music and 30-second biopic ad includes this pithy line which seperates Sean Coffey from the four other Democratic attorney general candidates: "New Yorkers don't need another politician seeking office."

Unambiguously latching onto the anti-incumbency feeling out there.

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The Debate Debate in the AG Race

Monday, June 21, 2010

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One of the most important parts of any campaign is getting opponents to answer the questions you want them to. It’s the debate about the debate, if you will.

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