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Christine Todd Whitman on Nuclear Power

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The tritium leaks are something about which you have got to be concerned. Even [though] the AP says none of them have reached drinking water aquifers, it’s still not something you want to see. But they don’t mention the amount of money that has gone into improving and trying to stop that from happening.

— Former New Jersey governor and EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Will Cuomo Go Three for Three on Legislative Priorities?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

With the Tuesday announcement of a bipartisan compromise on property tax cap legislation, Governor Andrew Cuomo looks to be on the way to securing two out of three of his big-ticket priorities for the legislative session.

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WNYC News

Fiery Protests But Still No Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, June 20, 2011

As the last day of the legislative session came to a close in Albany on Monday, there was still no vote in sight on the same-sex marriage bill — one vote shy of becoming law — that, after four days of closed-door sessions, is still languishing in the Republican-led Senate.

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WNYC News

Protesters Gather in Halls of Capitol as Republicans Weigh Same-Sex Marriage Vote

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the halls of New York's Capitol on Monday as Senate Republicans continued to weigh whether to vote on same-sex marriage.

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Assemblyman Jeffries on the Albany Finals

Monday, June 20, 2011

If we are going to permit marriage equality for same sex couples, it seems to me somewhat problematic if we're then going to turn around and impose restrictions on the ability for those same sex married couples to raise children looking for a loving home.

— New York State Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn Hakeem Jeffries (D-57) on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Debt Ceiling, Economy, Gay Marriage

Monday, June 20, 2011

All the jawing and insult throwing has ceased for the time being as negotiations heat up on Capitol Hill over the debt ceiling. Vice President Joe Biden said there are four meetings scheduled, and "now we're getting down to the really hard stuff." Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, says Congress would love to get an agreement by the 4th of July—way ahead of the deadline in August. 

As Washington tries to get the debt ceiling squared away, the Federal Reserve will meet on Wednesday to discuss interest rates. Housing numbers have been consistently awful for some time now, with no sense of relief in sight. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at what we can expect from Wednesday's meeting, and whether or not it's likely that the Fed will decide to leave interest rates close to zero.

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WNYC News

Supporters of Same-Sex Marriage Keep Hope Alive After Bill Stalls

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dozens of supporters of same-sex marriage rallied at the LGBT Community Center, in the West Village, this weekend in hopes that legislation — which stalled in Albany  — will be passed this week.

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WNYC News

Dramatic Week for Same-Sex Marriage Ends in Stalemate Over Bill

Friday, June 17, 2011

A vote in the state Senate on gay marriage is not expected until next week, as Republicans, who hold the majority in that house, wrangle with concerns over greater protections for religious organizations.

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WNYC News

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Hinges on Religion Protections, Senate Says

Friday, June 17, 2011

Senate Republicans say protecting religious groups that won't perform same-sex weddings or offer services to same-sex couples is a significant factor in their refusal to bring the the bill to a vote.

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It's A Free Blog

GOP Positions on Gay Marriage Expose Ideological Confusion

Friday, June 17, 2011

One of the very few issues that is shifting somewhat quickly is gay marriage. If trends continue, we'll have a supermajority of the American people supporting gay marriage in the next decade or two. But while the public is moving in that direction, the Republican party is getting even more extreme. Not only are they against gay marriage, a position that just recently became the minority, but a growing number of them are for pushing for an amendment to the constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

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WNYC News

After a Surge of Momentum, Same-Sex Marriage Bill Stalls

Thursday, June 16, 2011

As the week draws to a close, advocates and legislators on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate say they are uncertain when — or if — the bill that had built so much momentum on Monday will actually come up for a vote in the state Senate by June 20, the end of the legislative session.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg: I Expect Same-Sex Marriage Bill to Pass

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday that he expected the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York to pass as Republicans in Albany continued to discuss the issue behind closed doors.

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WNYC News

On Cusp of Historic Same-Sex Marriage Vote, a Neighborhood Reflects

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New York is one vote away from approving a gay marriage bill, and in the West Village — a Mecca for the nation's gay liberation movement of the 60s and 70s — residents are waiting for what many call a long-overdue change to the law.

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WNYC News

Starving for Gay Marriage News (and Food) in Albany: A Reporter's Notebook

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

After four hours of standing without food and water in dress shoes, forgoing bathroom breaks, packing in tightly with other reporters— right under the armpits of the tall ones—a reporter does not want to hear there’s no news.

But that was the case in Albany today, as senate Republicans met privately for hours on the same-sex marriage bill, and emerged with no decision.

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WNYC News

No Decision: Republicans Still Mulling Same-Sex Marriage Vote

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Republican majority in New York's state Senate met privately in Albany Wednesday to discuss how they want to proceed on the gay marriage bill, including whether or when to hold a vote. The closed-door session stretched over four hours, and at the end, Majority Leader Dean Skelos emerged to say they haven't decided yet how to proceed.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gay Marriage, Rent Laws, and Other Albany Deadlines

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Governor Cuomo has officially submitted a gay marriage bill, and WNYC Reporter Ailsa Chang is in Albany counting the votes. Casey Seiler, state editor for the Albany Times Union, also checks in to discuss the looming deadline for rent regulations, which expire at midnight tonight.

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CT Gov. Dan Malloy Talks Budget, Same Sex Marriage

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I stated quite clearly that I would not play any games or gimmicks. Other states aren't funding their pension plans, as if that's savings. Well, that's not really savings. The obligation continues to grow, it just gets handed off to the next governor. In point of fact, that's what happened to me.

— Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Legislators Say 2011 Gay Marriage Campaign Has Been A Very Different Ride From 2009

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

For state Senator Tom Duane of Manhattan, who steered efforts in 2009 to get same-sex marriage passed in New York only to see the measure doomed, it’s almost too good to be true how close New York State is to getting gay marriage legalized this week. 

“I have post-traumatic trust disorder,” said Duane with a smile.

But Duane said the same-sex marriage campaign in 2011 has been different from the 2009 efforts for several reasons. He’s out of the spotlight this time around, and in his place is a governor whom Democratic senators and gay rights activists say has the clout and likability to get the votes to pass the bill. Duane said Andrew Cuomo has been able to connect with individual senators in a way that his predecessor, David Paterson, never could.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Introduces Marriage Equality Bill

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A day after four previously undecided state senators announced they would support a gay marriage bill in New York (three Democrats, one Republican), Governor Andrew Cuomo formally introduced a marriage equality bill in the last week of the legislative session.

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WNYC News

Prominent New Yorkers Weigh in On Gay Marriage Vote

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A bill on gay marriage in New York is close to being introduced with one Republican senator pledging support and the minority leader saying he will not try to sway GOP voters, New York could become the seventh state to allow same-sex marriage, and prominent New Yorkers are weighing in on the contentious legislation.

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