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De Blasio's Long, and Lucky, Campaign

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Bill de Blasio wins this campaign with a mandate and near-unanimous praise for his skills as a political operator. He was right that voters were hungry for something different from Bloomberg, and he gave them a consistent message of change. But after a rough start to his campaign, de Blasio also benefitted from a few lucky breaks.

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Lhota Dancing in Harlem

Monday, November 04, 2013

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Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota walked back and forth greeting voters on W. 125th Street in Harlem Monday, hoping to sway some last-minute supporters.

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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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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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After Three Debates, Lhota Says His Message Isn't Out

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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In the end, there wasn't much to debate, except for everything they'd debated already. Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota spent 90 minutes finger-wagging Wednesday night after a general election that is closing where it opened -- with a tussle over a Dickens novel and the deconstruction of the word "divisive."

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This Week in Politics: From Warbucks to Megabucks

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Bill de Blasio is starting to reel in some serious money — behind closed doors. Hillary Clinton is holding a public campaign event in Virginia, but in New York, the press was barred. With a 40 percent gap in the polls, much of the city is beginning to think seriously about what Bill de Blasio will do as Mayor.  And Joe Lhota still can't stop stepping on his own message.  WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Anna Sale, and Brigid Bergin break it all down. 

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Today in Politics: Lhota Plans "Edgy" Two Weeks

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Joe Lhota came out swinging in Tuesday night’s mayoral debate. Still lagging by 40 points in the latest polls, it was a chance for the Republican to show he’s still a contender.

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Joe Lhota’s Messaging Problem

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota is running on his skills as a manager. But he says being a candidate is requiring a lot of delegating. And, for now, the results are a candidate and a campaign message that are out of synch.

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De Blasio, Lhota Split on Ad Strategy

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Mayoral candidates Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio continue drawing distinctions between each other — this time in their ad strategies.

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Lhota Struggling To Win Latino Votes

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Over 700,000 Latinos are registered to vote in New York City — is it any wonder that mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota are both courting them? But Lhota is doing worse on this score than Republicans traditionally do. For the first time in 25 years, a Republican might win fewer than three in 10 Hispanic votes.

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Women Reporter & Staffers Barred From Lhota Event at Synagogue

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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UPDATED Male reporters were allowed to cover a Joe Lhota for Mayor tour of a Hasidic synagogue Tuesday afternoon, but a female reporter and staffers were not. It's not at all unusual for candidates for public office to court the influential orthodox community.  But meetings are usually kept private, and it's rare to invite the press along and then have women escorted out.

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New Lhota Attack Links De Blasio to Body Bags, Graffiti, Crime of Past

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A new racially-tinged campaign ad from Republican Joe Lhota says Democrat Bill de Blasio is a dangerous threat to the city's low crime rates. Lhota links de Blasio to images of body bags, police tape and flipped cars, and makes explicit a warning the Lhota campaign has only hinted at so far.

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In First Debate, de Blasio On Attack

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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It's apparently worse in New York City to read from a Republican playbook than from a Marxist playbook. That's the conclusion that viewers could draw after watching the first general election debate in New York City's mayoral contest.  

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Listen Live: Brian Lehrer Moderates Lhota - Carrion Mayoral Debate

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Republican Joe Lhota and Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion square off in a debate tonight - tune in.

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This Week in Politics: The Personal Is Political

Saturday, October 05, 2013

In the New York City mayor's race, polls this week showed Republican Joe Lhota has enormous ground to make up before the November 5th election. He's trailing Democrat Bill de Blasio by a 50-point margin. Still, both candidates are employed a similar strategy this week as they tried to paint the other as a radical outside the political mainstream.

We also learned more about Bill de Blasio's family life, with a peek at his wedding video, and an exclusive interview on WNYC about his father's suicide.

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De Blasio's Rent Plan Makes Charters Anxious

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been one of the nation’s foremost promoters of charter schools. The leading contender to replace him in City Hall has a very different view. Chief among the differences: Bill de Blasio wants many charter schools to pay rent for space in school buildings, albeit on a sliding scale.

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De Blasio, Lhota: A Tale of Two '80s

Sunday, September 29, 2013

When it comes to the mayoral campaign, it's back to the future, or really, back to the 1980s. The decade shaped both Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota — and is having a big impact on the debate this election season. 

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This Week in Politics: Who Cares?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

As two Democrats readied for the Tuesday run-off of the Public Advocate, the New York Times released a new documentary that chronicles the end of Speaker Christine Quinn's long run for mayor. Meanwhile, the mayoral candidates still aiming for the 2013 win debated Latin American politics in the 1980s, with some red-hot rhetoric. Marxist playbook, anyone?

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Lhota Attacks de Blasio's 'Marxist Playbook'; Says He'll Address Income Inequality

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

For the second day in a row, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota tried to seed doubts about Democrat Bill de Blasio by linking his past activism in Nicaragua to his current policies. But Lhota is also increasingly talking about how he'd address income inequality himself.

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Parent Input and Schools: Where the Candidates Stand

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Parent empowerment has become a hot topic in this year's mayoral campaign, with both Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota promising parents they would have a bigger say in decisions surrounding the public schools. Specific plans? Not so much.

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