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Election 2010

The New York Vote

A Professional Reader of Voters’ Minds Discusses His ‘Blunt Instrument’

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WNYC

In the fourth of a five-part series called "The New York Vote," a partnership between WNYC and Capital New York, Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute explains how he moved from polling skeptic to believer.

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The Big Picture: Joseph Stiglitz on the Economy

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WNYC
I think every serious economist realizes that if it had not been for the stimulus, our unemployment rate would be 2 to 3 percentage points higher than it is today. And we have enough suffering as it is—one out of 6 Americans that would like a full-time job can’t get one. Without the stimulus, things would have been that much worse.

- Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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The Takeaway

GOTV Operations in High Gear as Election Day Nears

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's Tuesday, and just seven days remain until mid-term elections. Republicans are looking to take control of the House, Democrats are desperately fighting to hold the Senate, and The Tea Party is looking to increase its political clout — and everyone is out on the ground trying to get out every last vote.

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The Takeaway

Young Voters Less Excited This Year

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two years ago, Barack Obama won the presidency in part by having inspired young people to come out and vote in record numbers. Early indicators say young voters aren't as excited about turning out this year. We hear from students from the University of Pennsylvania on how (and if) they plan to vote.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Says No to Another Debate with Paladino

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo says he will not debate his Republican opponent Carl Paladino again before election day.

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The New York Vote

David Paterson: The Voter Revolution Is Not Here

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WNYC

This is the second 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.

Today, the vantage point of Governor David Paterson. As he prepares to leave office after a career in politics, the former state senator and lieutenant governor says the election of a single individual isn't going to change Albany.

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The Takeaway

Latino Registered Voters Less Likely to Vote This Year, Poll Finds

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

With less than a month until Election Day, Democrats are hoping to keep control of both the House and Senate while trying to appeal to their core constituencies. Just two years ago, President Obama brought the Democrats back to the White House with the help of Latino voters. Democrats will surely need those votes if they hope to keep their majorities in Congress, but it is not clear that the Latino votes will come through in the mid-terms.  A new poll from the Pew Hispanic Center reports that only 51 percent of Latino registered voters say they are "absolutely certain to vote," this season, compared to 70 percent of all registered voters who say they'll go to the polls.

Why is it looking like so many Latinos will skip voting November 2?

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The Takeaway

Political Ads of the 2010 Midterms: More Expensive, Negative

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Politicians and their advocates will spend upwards of $4 billion on ads in this mid-term election cycle, according to Thom Mazloom, founder of the M Network, a communications and branding company.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us for another installment of our series looking at the outlandish things politicians have been saying and doing lately, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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The Takeaway

On the Internet, All Politics Are National

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

With November's mid-term elections only weeks away, many candidates have begun rounds of debates in a final effort to win over voters. In California's gubernatorial race, Republican Meg Whitman lost some points in polls when her opponent, Democrat Jerry Brown, accused Whitman of employing an illegal immigrant. Hours before last night's debate between Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut, McMahon released an attack ad telling voters Blumenthal lied about his war service.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Voter Registration Drive

Monday, October 04, 2010

Voter registration ends this week. We take your calls on why it's important to vote in the upcoming election.

»» Post your voter stories and get more information at It's A Free Country

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Obama Voters Waiting for Inspiration

Friday, October 01, 2010

WNYC

"So this is incumbent upon us to do our part to get people out, to let them know, yes, maybe the president hasn't lived up to their expectations, but we can point out why. But this is no reason not to participate and not to continue to understand that elections are important."

-H. Carl McCall

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The Takeaway

Both Political Parties Eye California Races

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The conventional wisdom is that Christine O’Donnell’s primary win for Senate in Delaware took another state out of play for the GOP, who hope to win back control of the Senate in November.  

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The Takeaway

Reid-Angle Faceoff Intensifies in Nevada

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our partners at the BBC traveled to Searchlight, Nevada to speak with voters about the upcoming election for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Senator Harry Reid is facing off against Tea Party-backed Sharon Angle. As in some other races across the country, Democrats are facing an uphill battle, trying to distance their candidate from Washington and the Obama agenda.

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The Takeaway

On the Ground in Colorado

Friday, September 24, 2010

Here, where the prairie begins, Democratic hopes are wilting.  This is the land of big trucks, cattle farms, natural gas drills – and a few universities. It’s also where an increasingly educated population is settling, coming for the tech industry and access to the Rocky Mountains. This was supposed to change the entire political landscape. Back in 2008, an excellent New Yorker article described what it called Colorado’s “political transformation,” – from red-state Republican to libertarian Democrat. The state had voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004, and Bob Dole in 1996.

But in 2008 then-Senator Barack Obama gave his speech accepting the Democratic nomination from the mile-high stadium, the late-summer sun glowing late into the evening over the Rockies. With the help of all those young, professional independents, Democrats from Denver, and an energized Latino population, he won the state 51 to 47. In the fourth CD, Betsy Markey, an appealing businesswoman, trounced her Republican opponent by a 12-point margin, 56 to 44.

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Being King of California Means Wearing A Crown of Thorns

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I wrote a column once saying anybody who runs for governor of california ought to be required to undergo a psychiatric examination. Because demonstrably, the state very likely is ungovernable at least in the conventional sense of the word.

-Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Election Issues and Questions

Monday, September 20, 2010

Today kicks off the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days series. Listeners call in and share their issues for the upcoming election season and, Micah Sifry talks about how those issues fit into his 10 Questions project.

The Takeaway

Pennsylvania Voters Talk Midterm Elections

Monday, September 20, 2010

President Obama is in Pennsylvania today, campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

General Handicapping

Friday, September 17, 2010

Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, blogger, and Daily News columnist, and Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist college poll preview the general elections in New York.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins on foolish things politicians have said, for our series “How Did Politicals in America Get So Weird?”

Let us know some of the most outlandish things you've heard from a politician recently!

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