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The Brian Lehrer Show

Changing New Jersey's Minimum Wage

Monday, November 04, 2013

New Jersey's most contentious ballot questions this year proposes that the minimum wage rise from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour, and amends the state constitution to trigger cost-of-living increases based on the Consumer Price Index, effectively tying minimum wage to inflation. Thomas A. Bracken, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's president and CEO, who is part of a coalition against the proposed amendment; and Milly Silva, 1199SEIU executive vice president, running with Sen. Barbara Buono as candidate for lieutenant governor of New Jersey, debate the measure.

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Here's How to Vote on Election Day in NY & NJ

Monday, November 04, 2013

Tuesday November 5 is Election Day. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m in New York and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in New Jersey. Here's what you need to know about voting in New York or New Jersey.

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Debating New York's Gambling Ballot Question

Monday, November 04, 2013

The most high-profile question on Tuesday's New York ballot would amend the constitution to allow for full-fledged casino gaming in up to seven locations throughout the state. David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, opposes the measure. Keith L.T. Wright, New York State assembly member representing central and west Harlem and co-chair of the Democratic Party, supports it.

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Debating Age Limits for Judges

Monday, November 04, 2013

Milton L. Williams, Jr., chair of the Fund and Committee for Modern Courts, partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, and currently serving as co-chair of the Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, and Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, debate the New York ballot proposal 6 to raise the age limit for appeals court judges to 80.

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Land Swaps on the Ballot

Monday, November 04, 2013

Brian Mann, reporter and Adirondack bureau chief for North Country Public Radio (NCPR), talks about the two ballot proposals that involve swapping land in the Adirondacks, one to settle a title dispute and the other to preserve jobs.

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de Blasio Supporter Harry Belafonte: Koch Brothers Are Today's KKK

Monday, November 04, 2013

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"They are white supremacists. They are men of evil. They have names."

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Two Questions About the Adirondacks

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Next month, voters across New York will decide the fate of two historic land swaps in the Adirondack Park. One would settle a long-standing property dispute in Raquette Lake. The other would allow a mining company to extract a mineral called wollastonite from 200 acres of park land in the Champlain Valley town of Lewis.

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This Week in Politics: Could Staten Island Go Democrat?

Saturday, November 02, 2013

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Staten Island has traditionally been a Republican stronghold.  Joe Lhota campaigned there Friday with the former Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.  But with Bill de Blasio looking at historic margins, there's a possibility all five boroughs might vote for the Democrat.  Plus — more on who's giving to Bill de Blasio, and how his campaign is getting less and less transparent.

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These Are the Six Questions on Your NY Ballot Tuesday

Friday, November 01, 2013

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On the front of the paper ballot, vote for candidates. But make sure to flip it over for six proposals that would in some way change the state Constitution.

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Today In Politics: Will Lobbyists Return with a Non-Billionaire Mayor?

Friday, November 01, 2013

We won't know until Tuesday night who the next mayor will be, but one thing we know for sure— he won't be a billionaire. And that has implications for who will have influence at City Hall.

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Westchester Race More About Abortion, Guns Than Roads

Friday, November 01, 2013

The County Executive is Westchester's top job, with responsibilities that range from writing the budget to overseeing some road and bridge repairs. But this year's race sounds more like a battle for Congress or even the White House.

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Today In Politics: Will Bill de Blasio Let Progressives Down?

Friday, November 01, 2013

Bill de Blasio, the frontrunner in the city's mayor's race has spent his career as a champion for progressive causes.  And he's used that profile to his advantage in the race.  The Democrat has been leading Republican Joe Lhota by nearly about 40 points or more -- and it's given political observers lots of time to assess the promises de Blasio has made and what kind of mayor he might be, should he win the election on Tuesday. 

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Meet the Candidates for Nassau County Executive

Friday, November 01, 2013

The two candidates talk about the issues facing Nassau County in anticipation of next week's election. First up is former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi (Democrat), followed by Republican incumbent Edward Mangano.

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30 Issues: Can Bikes, Cars & Pedestrians Share?

Friday, November 01, 2013

It's Transportation Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Is peace possible between cyclists, drivers and pedestrians on the streets of New York? Sam Schwartz (aka Gridlock Sam at the Daily News), former NYC Traffic Commissioner and president and CEO of the traffic planning and engineering firm Sam Schwartz Engineering DPC, talks about the candidates' visions for fitting more cyclists onto crowded streets and his own proposal for promoting better cyclist behavior.

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Voters Consider Las Vegas-style Casinos in New York

Friday, November 01, 2013

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Both sides are sounding off on a ballot measure that would expand casino gambling in New York State. Supporters say it would bring jobs and spur economic development upstate. Opponents say the proposal is misleading and when it comes to casinos only the house wins.

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Billionaire Financier Soros Backs Mayoral Transition Project

Thursday, October 31, 2013

George Soros, the wealthy hedge fund manager, is backing a “public engagement” effort focused on the next mayoral administration in New York. The project is physically taking shape on a lot in lower Manhattan owned by Trinity Real Estate.

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Meet the Candidates: Westchester County Executive

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In back-to-back interviews, New Rochelle mayor Noam Bramson (Democrat) and Republican incumbent Rob Astorino talk about the issues facing Westchester County and why the voters should pick them in Tuesday's election.

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Today in Politics: De Blasio Fends Off Complacency

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Democrat Bill de Blasio continues to poll nearly 40 points ahead of Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor, with only five days left until Election Day. That's leading the de Blasio campaign to combat complacency in the final days, while making sure to carefully manage his message.

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30 Issues in 30 Days: The State of the MTA

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's Transportation Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Transportation Nation's Andrea Bernstein and Jim O'Grady discuss the MTA's capital projects, planned fare increases and what the next mayor can, and can't, do about it.

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De Blasio Furiously Raising Funds, Privately

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio is continuing to raise money at a rapid clip, but we don't know much about who is helping him bring it in.

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