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Local Elections and What They Mean for 2012

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tuesday was Election Day across the country and voters in several states cast ballots on issues with national dimensions. Ohio voters struck down a law that restricts the collective bargaining rights of public workers. The landslide 62-38 result was setback for Republican Governor John Kasich, who implemented the law as a budget-cutting measure and campaigned across the state to prevent its defeat. Mississippi voters rejected the so-called "Personhood Amendment," which sought to outlaw abortions. In Arizona, voters defeated the main architect of that state's controversial immigration law.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: Today's Voting

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Listeners, call in about the contests in your districts. How did you vote and why? Phones will be open 212.433.WNYC, or post in the comments below.

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Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: NJ Gambling

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

New Jersey listeners, call in about how you're voting on the New Jersey Sports Betting Amendment and why. Phones will be open 212.433.WNYC, or post in the comments below.

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WNYC News

NJ Residents Will Weigh In On Sports Betting in Ballot Question

Monday, November 07, 2011

One ballot question New Jersey residents will get to weigh in on during Tuesday's election will whether to legalize sports betting.

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New Jersey Election

Monday, November 07, 2011

Lee Keough, managing editor at NJSpotlight.com, previews tomorrow's statewide election in New Jersey.

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The Takeaway

Florida May Hold Early Primary Election

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Presidential candidates put a lot of effort into strategizing their election campaigns, and timing is an important part of that. Republican candidates could find their carefully arranged schedules completely flipped tomorrow, if Florida decides to move its primary election to January 31 — a month earlier than party leaders expected. This could result in other states changing the dates of their primaries, including the traditional early states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

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WNYC News

Queens Councilman Ruben Wills Wins Primary

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

With about two-thirds of the vote, incumbent Queens City Councilman Ruben Wills won the primary race against former Councilman Allan Jennings and two other contenders.

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The Takeaway

Democrats May Lose New York, Nevada House Seats Today

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two special elections for Congressional seats scheduled for today could end in losses for Democrats. In New York City, Rep. Anthony Weiner's old seat is up for grabs. Republican Bob Turner, a 70 year old businessman without any government experience, is facing off against State Assemblyman David Weprin. If Turner is elected, he will be the first Republican to represent this part of Queens in the House since 1920. Acorss the country in Nevada, Republican Mark Amodei is comfortable leading Democrat Kate Marshall in the Second Congressional District.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Obama's Jobs Tour, First Tea Party Debate

Monday, September 12, 2011

President Barack Obama continues his jobs tour this week, with stops in Columbus, Ohio and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., rallying support for his jobs plan. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to speak at a conference on regulation of systemic risk on Thursday, five days before the Federal Open Market Committee begins its meetings next week. Tonight, is the first Tea Party debate, which GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are expected to attend. And Anthony Weiner's old Congressional seat in New York's ninth district is up for grabs in a special election tomorrow.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Deal with Special Elections

Friday, September 09, 2011

Colby Hamilton, writer for WNYC's city and state politics blog, The Empire, discusses the special election process in New York and how it affects political power in the state.

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The Takeaway

Mitt Romney's 59-Point Economic Plan

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In advance of tomorrow night's Republican presidential debate — the second for GOP candidates hoping to run in the 2012 election, and first for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney unveiled a plan to boost economic growth, in a speech yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada. It hasn't seemed to boost his standing yet — a new poll shows Perry in the lead over Romney and other GOP candidates.

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The Takeaway

Capturing the Disgruntled Independent Vote

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Independent voters were a key part of the coalition that elected Barack Obama in 2008. But President Obama has lost the support of many of those independents, throughout his term. As potential candidates begin to prepare for the 2012 presidential election, the hunt is on to try to capture the independent vote.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Turner for NY-9

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bob Turner, Republican candidate in the September 13 special election, talks about his run as the Republican candidate to replace Anthony Weiner as Representative for New York's 9th Congressional district.

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Bob Turner Makes His Case for NY-9, Anthony Weiner's Seat

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It began when I asked a neighbor who is involved in politics who was running against Mr. Weiner and whether he was getting a free ride, and I was told no one— but I would be more than welcome, if I wanted to take a shot.

Bob Turner, Republican candidate in the September 13 special election, talks about his run as the Republican candidate to replace Anthony Weiner as Representative for New York's 9th Congressional district., on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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'Drive to 25': Democrats Target GOP Seats to Win Back the House

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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The Democrats have been been on the offensive since the 2010 midterm when they sustained huge losses to Republicans, ceding 63 seats and the House majority. To return from minority status and retake the House, the Dems need a big surge, something the Democratic Congressional Campaign calls the "Drive to 25."

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Open Seating

Monday, July 11, 2011

Azi Paybarah, politics reporter for the New York Observer, and Bob Hardt, political director at NY1, discuss the decided field for the NY-9 special election and the early field for the 2013 mayoral seat.

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The Takeaway

Bachmann Enters GOP Presidential Nomination Race

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann made it official yesterday - she is running for president. She will go up against the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Tim Pawlenty, for the Republican nomination.  How will her entry change the race?

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The Takeaway

Mormons and American Politics

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

With Jon Huntsman announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney is no longer the only Mormon in the running. Both candidates have the potential to become front-runners in the race, even though a recent Gallup poll shows 22 percent of the nation would not vote for a Mormon. 

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The Takeaway

Egypt's First Female Presidential Candidate

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bothaina Kamel, is a television anchor in Egypt, but she is seriously thinking of changing careers. She has thrown her hat into the political ring, becoming Egypt's first female nominee for president. She joins us to talk about her campaign and her views on a post-Mubarak Egypt. Also joining us is Nancy Yousef, Egyptian-American and professor of English literature at the City University of New York-Baruch.

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The Takeaway

'Sweet Micky' Martelly Set to Become Haitian President

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Results in Haiti show that musician Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly has won the runoff for the presidential election. Martelly defeated former first lady Mirlande Manigat. Running on a campaign of change, the outsider garnered 67 percent of the vote, according to the Provisional Electoral Council, while Manigat only managed just over 30 percent. However, observers say turnout was low and Martelly has a slew of challenges facing him once he is in office.

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