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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York City's Messy Elections (v.2013)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bill Thompson has scheduled an 11am press conference today, at which he is expected to withdraw from the mayoral raceBrigid Bergin, WNYC politics reporter, discusses the breaking news. And Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, discuss why the vote count has been so problematic, why turnout is so low, and what to do about it.

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Where Does Your Member of Congress Stand on Syria? Where do You?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Congress is debating President Obama's plan for a military strike on Syria. Here's where the 39 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and four U.S. Senators from New York and New Jersey stand on the President's proposal. Find out where your representative stands, and voice your opinion on WNYC and directly to your Member of Congress. 

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Hikind Endorses Thompson Based on Private Education Issues

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Citing 31 years of friendship, Brooklyn State Assemblyman Dov Hikind endorsed Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign by praising his plans for education, even though many of Hikind’s Orthodox Jewish constituents rely on private religious schools.

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The Takeaway

The 23-Year-Old Treasurer of Harrisburg, PA

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Most college students don’t find much time in between classes, studying, and planning their own futures to solve major problems in their local communities. But when Harrisburg, Pennsylvania found itself on the brink of bankruptcy, a college student saved the day. The 23-year-old John Campbell is also the city’s treasurer. He was elected to the post on January 3 and has a step-by-step plan to save the state capital from financial collapse.


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Stucknation: Debt and Denial in New Jersey

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fallout from the recession still haunts budget makers in more than 500 of New Jersey's local governments. Scores of communities are resorting to layoffs. School systems, county agencies and long-insulated public authorities are all feeling the squeeze. On January 1st, a state-mandated two percent cap on local property tax increases kicks in. But local officials say none of the key reforms designed to help them cut costs — like reforming the civil service law — have been enacted yet. Those are hung up in a partisan debate in Trenton.

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The Takeaway

Frustrated With Politicians, Impatient Voters Mount Recall Campaigns

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Many voters, frustrated with their current elected officials, have decided to take action well ahead of election day. In cities and towns across America, constituents are calling for recall elections—efforts to oust their elected officials from office in the middle of their terms.

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The Takeaway

How to Turn your Hobby Into a Business the World Wants

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Have you ever thought of turning your daydreams into a business? The economic climate may be stormy, but now might be the perfect time to do it − depending on where your interests lie. Justin Jones-Fosu, leadership trainer and host of WEAA's "Listen Up!" explains.

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The Takeaway

Historic Vote in Atlanta: Low, Low Turnout Expected

Monday, November 23, 2009

We check in on a potentially historic runoff for mayor of Atlanta, wher polls indicate Atlantans may elect the first white mayor since the 1970s. Turnout is expected to be low, however, and neither candidate is inspiring much excitement, so the vote may turn out to be a referendum on the local party machine and not about race. Last night the two candidates debated; we talk with Rickey Bevington, of Georgia Public Broadcasting, who hosted the debate.