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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rob Astorino's Run for Governor

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our series of interviews with the gubernatorial candidates continues with Rob Astorino, a Westchester County Executive running on the GOP line for Governor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Whither Conservatism?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review and Politico columnist, talks about CPAC 2013 and the debate over the future of the GOP and conservatism.

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William F. Buckley Jr., Mayoral Candidate, on Political Rhetoric and Theater,1965

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

WNYC

Better known for his punditry, here mayoral candidate William F. Buckley Jr. complains about delivering stump speeches "without boring the voter, which is bad enough, but without boring yourself, which is worse." 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Rise of Populist Fear Mongering

Monday, May 28, 2012

From “Birthers” who claim that President Obama was not born in the United States to those who believe that the Constitution is in danger of being replaced with Sharia law, conspiratorial beliefs have become increasingly common in our public discourse. Arthur Goldwag explores the ideas and rhetoric that have animated extreme, mostly right-wing movements throughout American history. His new book is The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right.

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WNYC News

NY Dems Back Gillibrand, Conservatives Support Long

Monday, March 19, 2012

Democrats have officially nominated U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for re-election, while the state's Conservative Party backed Wendy Long as their candidate to run for the U.S. Senate.

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The Takeaway

2012 Primary: A Less Predictable Deep South

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

For Republican presidential candidates, capturing the Deep South means capturing the base of American conservatism. But southern voters have yet to decide on any one candidate, and southern sensibilities are broadening. Our partner, the New York Times, reported that the southern conservative electorate may be far more diverse than it once was. Are the Southern Republican voters going to gravitate towards Rick Santorum’s conservative social agenda, or are voters more about Newt Gingrich, the only one on the ballots with actual ties to the south? And what about Mitt Romney — are Southern evangelicals ready for a Mormon president?  

It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Has CPAC Jumped the Shark?

Monday, February 13, 2012

At the risk of sounding like every hipster in history: CPAC used to be so much cooler.  Man.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

From “Birthers” who claim that President Obama was not born in the United States to those who believe that the Constitution is in danger of being replaced with Sharia law, conspiratorial beliefs have become increasingly common in our public discourse. Arthur Goldwag explores the ideas and rhetoric that have animated extreme, mostly right-wing movements throughout American history. His new book is The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right.

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The Empire

Conservative Party Chair Mike Long says Cuomo 'lost his will' on taxes

Monday, December 05, 2011

Not everyone's pleased to hear Governor Andrew Cuomo's discussion about a tax overhaul. Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, for one, made it clear some of the concession talk that could result in changes to rates on higher income earners was unwelcome.

"It appears that he lost his will to stand up to special interests," Long said, identifying those special interests as unions and their supporters in the Assembly. "I have been lauding him all year for doing what I believe is the right thing for the citizens of New York. You raise taxes, you lose jobs, and I don't care how small or big, it just takes away from New York's roof."

Long said he was "in the midst" of discussions with Senate Republicans about their plans when and if a special session is called later this week. He said his hope was they would oppose the plan.

"What other purpose are they there for," Long asked. "Hopefully they can't come up with an agreement."

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The Empire

UPDATE: Conservative Party sticks by Espinal

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jerry Kassar, the chair of the Brooklyn Conservative Party, is sticking by the interview process and the conversations the Conservative Party had with Rafael Espinal. Kassar says he spoke with Espinal, who made it clear to him "that positions on the [WFP] questionnaire are not his positions" and said that he himself was not the one who personally submitted the statements.

While Kassar said he understood there were "nuances" to the positions he took with the Conservatives, he was left with the impression that Espinal would be on their side in the Assembly. "For legislative purposes, I would consider him a pro-life candidate," Kassar said. "I believe he would have voted no on same-sex marriage, had he been up there [in the Assembly]."

Kassar said he spoke with Espinal about the issue before and after the vote.

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The Empire

Espinal's stances on abortion, same-sex marriage called into question

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Courtesy of the Espinal campaign.

When voter's head to the polls for next month's special election in the 54th Assembly district, they'll see three different candidates' names. One of those candidates, Rafael Espinal, will be the Democratic Party candidate. He'll also be the Conservative Party's candidate. Some people may wonder how that happened, considering how opposite the two parties are on a number of social and political issues.

Political blogger Nick Rizzo put the question to Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar. What had Espinal said to the Conservative Party that convinced them he shared their values?

Espinal met with the executive committee of the Brooklyn Conservative Party twice, and told them that he is anti-abortion. Furthermore, Kassar told me:

“We asked him about his position on same-sex marriage… He opposed same-sex marriage. This was before it passed, but he told us he would vote against it.”

According to Kassar, Espinal also “appreciates our concern about out-of-control spending."

That's not the tone he took with the Working Families Party, according to documents obtained by The Empire. Responding to two specific questions--which the Working Families Party confirmed were the responses received from the Espinal campaign--the candidate answered in the affirmative to both his willingness to defend abortion rights, as well as what appears to be hist support for same-sex marriage, stating:

Historically, minorities, people of color and women have not enjoyed the full protection of the law. Through heroic struggles for justice, full civil rights and equality before the law have gradually been extended to millions of people were once denied equal rights. The right to marry the person of one’s choice is a basic freedom. The extension of civil rights to gays and lesbians is in this honorable tradition. Marriage is one of society’s most important social institutions and is also a key economic benefit gays and lesbians shouldn’t be excluded from.

[NOTE: The questions and answers are in full below.]

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It's A Free Country ®

The Koch Brothers' Fundraising Machine

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

WNYC
They really see themselves as sort of the Tea Party before the Tea Party was cool...funding what have really become the sort of intellectual infrastructure of the Libertarian movement, not just the conservative movement, something even more specific, more precise than that. The small government, low regulations, low taxes movement.

— Kenneth Vogel, senior reporter for Politico on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

New York's Last Conservative: James Buckley

Friday, December 17, 2010

WNYC
We are transforming ourselves into an administrative state, issuing more and more regulations that are throttling our freedom of action. I don’t think people recognize the extent to which the federal government has been taking over.

- James Buckley, former Conservative party New York State Senator

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The New York Vote

In the Age of the Tea Party, Who Are the New York Conservatives?

Friday, October 15, 2010

This is the first in a new five-part series called "The New York Vote," a partnership between WNYC and Capital New York. We will be painting a portrait of the New York electorate in 2010, as explained by a diverse cast of political players. To begin, we interviewed Michael Long, the 70-year-old chairman of the New York State Conservative Party.

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It's A Free Country ®

Odd Men Out: Three Third Party Chairmen on the NY Election

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I think the Democratic party nationwide represents clearly the left, and I think the Republican party nationwide clearly represents the right, both on economic  and social issues. And I think it's important not to be vanilla, you can't just be vanilla in this world and political parties have a responsibility to speak out both on economic and social issues.

-Michael Long, Conservative Party of New York State Chairman, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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