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Tensions Build as Southern Sudan Prepares for Independence Vote

Friday, December 17, 2010

On January 9th, Southern Sudan is scheduled to vote on whether to break away from the North and form a separate nation. So far over three million people have signed up to vote, with about 96 percent in favor of secession. This referendum is part of a 2005 peace agreement between the North and South, but tensions in the North about oil reserves are high, and the South continues to struggle with basic humanitarian needs. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof explains what's at stake — and whether a vote with such high stakes can go off without a hitch.

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International Criminal Court Moves to Indict Kenyan Politicians

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

News on Kenyan elections that sparked violence in 2007 and early 2008 was delivered today in the Netherlands. The disputed elections left 1200 dead and over 500,000 displaced, and now, the International Criminal Court is trying to indict some of the people many see as responsible, including high-profile politicians. Tensions have risen in the wake of the move, but some are seeing the effort from the Hague as a move towards much-needed justice in Kenya. We're joined now by Kevin Mwachiro, reporting for our partner the BBC in Nairobi.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg and Sharpton Seek Changes to NY Election Rules

Monday, December 06, 2010

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Michael Bloomberg and allies unveiled a slate of changes to state election laws that they say will make it easier to vote and help boost New York out of 47th place in the nation for the percentage of voter turnout.

Notably, in attendance was the Rev. Al Shaprton, who said the state was in the "dark ages" when it came to rules allowing citizens to vote. Shaprton's support here is important, since his absence from another Bloomberg initiative—the creation of non-partisan elections—helped kill it.

Among the changes the Bloomberg-Sharpton coalition are seeking include offering "no-excuse" absentee ballots, the creation of an early voting period, extending the deadline to register for or switch enrollment in a political party, and allowing ballots to be filled out outside of the polling station where they are deposited.

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A Look Back: Snapshots from the Political Insiders' Campaign Roundtable

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

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Why did the Rick Lazio campaign fall flat on its face? What accounted for Carl Paladino's grassroots appeal? Who took whom seriously? What gave Eric Schneiderman the winning edge? Was Andrew Cuomo really a control freak?

All these questions were answered, analyzed and fought over by the political consultants and insiders that made the 2010 election campaigns tick. Here are the best quotes from a political roundtable hosted by The New School's Center for New York City Affairs.

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To Build a More Perfect Union, Enfranchise Latinos

Friday, November 26, 2010

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For the good of our country, we must abandon partisan shenanigans that are essentially techniques intended to impede or reduce African American and Latino turnout. We also have to pay attention to how systemic inequalities affect minority voters’ ability to fully participate. Together, these practices bias elections in favor of "white voters," reduce the size of the electorate, and deny minorities unfettered access to the polls.

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The Takeaway

Running an Election in a Time of Cholera

Friday, November 26, 2010

Haitians want change. They have been struggling to physically rebuild their society in the aftermath of the earthquake. This weekend, they will attempt to do some political rebuilding, as well. The country is set to vote for a new president, 99 deputies and 20 senators this Sunday.

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A Dozen New Govs Will Follow Christie's 'No Taxes' Lead

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a hard act to follow. He was elected on a platform of ridding his state of an almost $11 billion deficit, and promised to do it without raising a cent in taxes. His hardliner attitude has earned him accolades and anger and a dozen of the 37 newly elected and reelected governors took lessons from him on the campaign trail.

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The Takeaway

Aung San Suu Kyi May Be Released by Burmese Authorities

Friday, November 12, 2010

Supporters of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi say she may soon be released from house arrest. In a place where many reporters have been banned, it's hard to know exactly what is happening, but sources are telling our partners at the BBC that documents authorizing the leader of the National League for Democracy's release have been signed.   

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Foley Concedes, Democrat Malloy Next CT Gov

Monday, November 08, 2010

Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, on Monday conceded to Democrat Dan Malloy, despite calls by the state GOP for investigations into the voting process in the state's largest city.

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After Elections, More Compromise Between White House, Congress?

Monday, November 08, 2010

Although President Obama didn’t exactly eat humble pie after the Republicans won the House in last week’s mid-term elections, it does seem like he’s starting to lean towards making some big compromises with members of the GOP in the coming months.

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I'm Taking Comptroll of Albany!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

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My obligation is to New Yorkers. Not to a governor, not to my party, not to anybody else.

-Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Some in Burma Call for Boycott of Elections

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained leader of the pro-democracy party in Burma, has called on her fellow citizens to boycott upcoming elections in the military-run Southeast Asian nation. This weekend's election will be the first held there in twenty years and the state media is urging citizens to cast their ballots. Our partners at the BBC spoke with people in Burma about the upcoming election.

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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Regional Election Returns

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Colin McEnroe, host of The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR and political columnist for the Hartford Courant, and WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly, look at regional races. Plus, live coverage of the Republican Leadership press conference.

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How Last Night's Elections Appeared From Across the Pond

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

President Obama surely won votes during the 2008 election when he promised Americans that he would rebuild our standing in the international community through diplomacy, and much of Europe responded with open arms. But two years later, as Europeans watch the American spectacle that has become the 2010 elections, we look at the reaction abroad as Democrats lose major races for the House and Senate

Paddy O’Connell, host of our partner the BBC’s Broadcasting House, joins us from London. Theda Skocpol also weighs in.

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Political Ad Round-up

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

As election results continue to roll in, we look back at what went right and wrong in this year's races. One strong barometer of this year's contests were the torrents of negative, and sometimes even bizarre, political advertisements. Thom Mazloom joins the program to look back at the ads that helped candidates win and lose.

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The Obama Factor: Presidential Visits and the Midterms

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Was this race effectively a "recall" on President Obama?  That depends on who turned out at the voting booths yesterday. John Zogby, president of the polling firm Zogby International, gives us a picture of who turned out to vote yesterday and what surprised him in this morning's results.

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The Takeaway

California's Races: Mudslinging Gone Wild

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

California's races can probably all be summarized with one word: "nasty." From the gubernatorial race in which Jerry Brown defeated Meg Whitman, and the Senate race in which incumbent Barbara Boxer won over Carly Fiorina, Patt Morrison, longtime columnist for The Los Angeles Times and host of “Patt Morrison” on KPCC 89.3, Southern California Public Radio, and Theda Skocpol, professor of political science at Harvard University, join us for a read on what happened in California's races.

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The Takeaway

Ballot Designs Across the Country Ten Years After 'Hanging Chads'

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Ballot design has been a hot button issue every election year since the controversial 2000 elections, which saw George W. Bush narrowly win the presidency. That year, many voters in Palm Beach, Florida said they voted for Al Gore, when in actuality their votes wound up counted for someone else, due to the confusing design of the butterfly ballots used there.

Now, ten years later, with the help of Jessica Friedman Hewitt, we'll look at the problems that still exist with today's ballots and how they can still be improved.

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The Takeaway

Polling Trends Leading to Election Day

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Pollster describe elections like a horse race for a good reason: leads shrink, grow, and change hands, until at the very end, someone crosses the finish line first, and a winner is crowned.

John Zogby, president and CEO of polling firm Zogby International has been monitoring these changes in the final days leading up to Election Day.

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