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Election 2010

The Brian Lehrer Show

Convention Wrap-Up and Jobs Numbers

Friday, September 07, 2012

Jeff Greenfield, co-host of PBS's "Need to Know", Yahoo! News  columnist, and Heidi Moore, New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace, discuss the conventions and this morning's jobs numbers.

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The Takeaway

Republican Candidates Look to Illinois Primary

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Now that the Alabama and Mississippi Republican primaries are over, the candidates are setting their sights on the next big state: Illinois. Except for the densely populated area around Chicago, Illinois tends to be a fairly conservative state. With 69 delegates up for grabs and a chance to criticize President Obama on his home turf, the candidates will likely continue to ramp up their rhetoric to sway Midwestern voters.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Leap Day Politics

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country politics reporter, and John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine and author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, look at the Michigan and Arizona primary results.  

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It's A Free Blog

Ten Reasons Liberals Should Toast that 2010 is Finally Over

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Prepare to pop your champagne corks and warm up your vocal cords to belt out the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne. New Year’s Eve is upon us. For some, it’s a time to look forward to a new chapter. For others, a chance to reflect upon the accomplishments of the past year.

For liberals, let’s just toast that 2010 is over at last.

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Transportation Nation

Scorecard: What Election 2010 Means for Transportation around the Nation

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Democrats lost big on Tuesday, and it was only a tad better for alternative transportation. The fate of several high speed rail plans around the country are now in question as new governors take over and Republicans take over in Congress with a mandate to cut spending. (See TranportPolitic for more on that.)

From races where transit or transportation became an issue, to marquis ballot measures for new initiatives, here's our scorecard of election 2010 in Transportation Nation:

The race: 8th Congressional District, Minnesota -- Jim Oberstar Loses. The Incumbent Democrat, Chair of House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, loses to Repub. Chip Cravaack by 4,200 votes.

A champion of transportation leaves Congress. Rep. Oberstar has been in office since 1974 and was a strong advocate for transportation spending throughout. Even if he had won, he would have lost his chairmanship of the Transportation Committee when Republicans take control of the House. Still, his loss was unexpected.

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The Takeaway

How Ethnicity Factored in the Midterms

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Last night, Latinos carried Harry Reid to victory in Nevada, while more blacks voted for Republican candidates than ever before. Black Republicans made gains in the House, though in the Senate, there will no longer be a black presence. Andra Gillespie, assistant professor of political science at Emory University, and Theeda Skocpol look at how Latinos and blacks shaped yesterday's elections.

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WNYC News

Low Voter Turnout in New York

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

This year's mid-term elections saw about half as many New York City voters come out to vote as in the 2008 Presidential election.

Almost 1,146,000 city residents cast their votes, according to unofficial results from the New York City Board of elections. That compares to 2.4 million in 2008.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Big Picture: Jill Lepore and Matt Taibbi

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

For the final installment of our election series The Big Picture, contributing editor for Rolling Stone Matt Taibbi and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore discuss the results of Election Day—what happened at the polls, who won and who lost, and the state of the country. Taibbi’s new book Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, unravels the story of financial crisis. Lepore’s new book The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History looks at American history according to the far right.

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The Takeaway

For Dems to Stay Relevant, Do They Need a Third Way?

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Two years after landslide victories for Barack Obama, Democrats were soundly defeated in many races across the country last night. Will today begin a process of soul searching for the Democrats so they're not defeated again in 2012? Jim Kessler, vice president of policy and co-founder of Third Way, a moderate-progressive think tank, and former legislative and policy director for Senator Chuck Schumer, says Democrats need to move from the party of fiscal security to the party of fiscal growth.

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The Takeaway

Self-Financed Candidates Largely Fail

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

In American, can money buy you a Senate seat or a governorship? If you're billionaires like Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, or Linda McMahon, the answer this year was no. Of the 58 self-financed candidates that have run for the House or Senate this year, more than half were out before election day even came around. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, looks at the big money in this year's race.

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WNYC News

Slideshow: Campaign Headquarters Around New York

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

WNYC's reporters are out in the field at the Republican campaign party at the Hilton and the Democratic campaign party at the Sheraton hotel.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

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

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins and humorist Andy Borowitz, author of www.borowitzreport.com, join us for an Election Day roundup for the last installment of our series looking at the absurd things politicians have been saying and doing lately, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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Features

The Midterm Elections Mashup: Smile! You're On Candid Camera

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

After scouring the Internet, WNYC's Culture Team found some of the zaniest videos about the candidates, fans and celebs involved in this year's election.

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It's A Free Country ®

Debating the Facts about Legalizing Marijuana

Friday, October 29, 2010

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The real question is do we want to have this marijuana operate in a black market where there's simply no control over it whatsoever, which is where the criminal syndicates and gangs organizations take over that control and thrive.

- Gabriel Sayegh, New York State director of the Drug Policy Alliance, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Report from Your Polling Place

Thursday, October 28, 2010

After months of debate and millions spent in campaign cash, your moment of decision is finally coming. Help us capture the mood on election day: Cast your vote, then answer this one simple question: How do you feel?

 Record your message on The Takeaway iPhone app or just text the word, DECIDE, to 69866.

Then capture the atmosphere by snapping a photo or recording a video, which you can send through the app.

And if you want to do some reporting for us, ask the people around you the same question. Get the app and just follow the instructions (they're easy).

 

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WNYC News

Former President Clinton Stumps for Cuomo in Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton brought a crowd of 1,200 Democratic party activists in Brooklyn to their feet with a wide-ranging speech boosting gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Cuomo and blasting Republicans.

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It's A Free Country ®

Working to Turn Out Asian Americans Voters

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

With help from voter associations, Asian Americans are becoming one of the rising forces in New York City politics.  Each election year, more Asian Americans are voting, and more are getting elected.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

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

Tuesday, October 26, 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 Leonard Lopate Show

The Big Picture: Incumbents

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Our election series The Big Picture takes a look at the incumbents running for re-election and why many of them may be at risk of losing their seats. Nate Silver, of the New York Times' blog FiveThirtyEight, joins us to discuss some of the most heated races in the nation.

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The Takeaway

The Year of the Multi-Million Dollar Agenda

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, outside interest groups have poured almost $260 million into political campaigns this election season. That's nearly four times the amount spent by similar groups in the last midterm election. And thanks to the Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to corporation and union spending, these groups are on track to outspend political parties for the first time ever.

This might be the year of the multi-million dollar agenda.

We're profiling some of the interest groups spending the most in political campaigns this year. We're finding out who is behind the groups and what exactly is on their agenda for the candidates who enter office.

But we're also asking you what's on your personal agenda for the candidates you're supporting in November: What's the first thing you want your elected representative to do after this election?

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