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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Case of the Missing (200,000) Votes

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, discusses the discovery of nearly 200,000 unreported votes from the election night totals of the November elections.

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A Few Races Still Waiting, One Week Post-Midterms

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

While most Congressional races had their outcomes called and confirmed on Election Day, a handful have remained stubbornly too close to call. Or, in the case of Alaska's hotly-contested Senate seat, some races depend on absentee ballots yet to be counted. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich walks us through these still-to-be-determined contests and their potential impact on the next Congress.

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Rep. Steven King on GOP Victories, Agenda

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Republicans made major gains in the House of Representatives in yesterday's mid-term elections. What's next? Investigations of the Obama administration, a de-funding of the president's agenda, or a total legislative stalemate? Rep. Steve King knows. The Republican from Iowa's fifth Congressional district handily won reelection last night over his Democratic challenger.

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FreedomWorks President on Tea Party Successes

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Tea Party claimed some major victories during in yesterday's mid-term elections. Marco Rubio won the Senate seat in Florida, Nikki Haley will become governor of South Carolina, and Rand Paul took a decisive victory in the Kentucky Senate race. 

But the Tea Party had losses, as well, both in Nevada, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulling out a narrow win against oppponent Sharron Angle, and Delaware, where Republican Christine O'Donnell lost her Senate bid against Democrat Chris Coons.

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Tight Races Could Lead To Recounts

Monday, November 01, 2010

On Tuesday, voters will cast their ballots, bringing mid-term election season to a close. Unless, of course, some races are too close to call. Polls show that close Senate and gubernatorial races in Nevada, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, Alaska, Colorado, Ohio and Florida could require recounts.

It’s an anxiety-inducing thought — and could potentially leave the House and the Senate hanging in the balance while the chads (or the absentee ballots, or the broken machines) get sorted.

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After the Midterms...

Friday, October 29, 2010

WNYC
Obama's brand has changed so much and he has lost so much altitude with so many of the key constiuencies that he was so strong with in 2008.

-John Heilemann, national political columnist for New York Magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Recapping Political Absurdity from Mid-term Election Season

Friday, October 29, 2010

From the Glenn Beck's "Rally to Restore Honor" to Jon Stewart's upcoming "Rally to Restore Sanity," it may feel like this election season has become something of a joke. We talk with Allison Silverman, former executive producer of "The Colbert Report," about the age of populist anger and negative ads.

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California's Prop 19: The Politics and Practicality of Marijuana Prohibition

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

In under a week, the nation will vote in gubernatorial, Senate and Congressional elections that seem very likely to shift the national balance of power. But in many states, those same voters will be deciding on ballot initiatives that will have more dramatic and immediate consequences.  

In California, voters are going to decide on Proposition 19, a ballot initiative that would legalize the use of marijuana for non-medicinal purposes. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that even if California were to legalize pot, the Department of Justice will prosecute Californian users and growers under federal drug laws. 

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Rhode Island's Unique Political Landscape this Midterm Season

Monday, October 25, 2010

Today, we take a deeper look at Rhode Island's political landscape in the run-up to the midterm elections. Rhode Island's unemployment rate, at 11 percent, is one of the highest in the country. Democrats are fighting to hang on to Patrick Kennedy's vacated house seat and President Obama has yet to endorse the Democratic candidate for governor, who is locked in a fierce four-way race. 

We talk to Buddy Cianci, former mayor of Providence and current host of WPRO's talk radio program The Buddy Cianci Show.  

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Wild Wild West and the 2010 Mid-Term Elections

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We’re nearing the end of the campaign trail for candidates seeking to win over voters in this November’s upcoming mid-term elections.  Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and Mike Shear, chief political reporter for the Caucus Blog at our partner The New York Times, are joining us every Tuesday to give us updates on what the candidates are up to on the trail.

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What Happens to 'Washington Outsiders' When They Get Inside Washington?

Monday, October 18, 2010

With mid-term elections only weeks away, many Tea Party candidates are campaigning as self-declared "Washington outsiders." U.S. Senate candidates like Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell and Ron Johnson are relatively new to politics and are using their lack of experience as a way to sell their candidacy to voters. But once these “outsiders” get to the inside, what do they find, and is it possible to really change Washington, like they promise to do? 

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Handicapping the Midterms

Friday, October 15, 2010

WNYC
I think a lot of voters find it very satisfying when the big spender doesn't manage to spend his or her way into office and it does not seem that these ads are finding their mark.

- Melinda Henneberger, editor-in-chief of Politics Daily, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Prominent Places for Women Candidates in Mid-Terms

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Across the country, women are playing a big role in this year's mid-term elections, from Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell in Delaware to Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina in California and First Lady Michelle Obama, campaigning for embattled Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, in Wisconsin.

The New York Times' chief political reporter, Michael Shear, and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, the paper's White House correspondent, discuss some of the major players, and trends for women in this year's political landscape.

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Districts in Play: Ohio's 16th District

Thursday, October 14, 2010

We have just a few weeks left until voters head to the polls for the midterms. Takeaway political correspondent Andrea Bernstein has been searching out districts across the country that are hotly contested. She is just back from Stark County, Ohio, where the 16th Congressional district is turning into a political battleground. In 2008, the district went for Sen. John McCain, but elected Democrat John Boccieri to its Congressional seat.

 

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Political Figures Strike Strategic Endgames

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

With November's mid-term elections only weeks away, Democrats and Republicans across the country are setting up their strategic political endgames.  

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30 Issues: The Deficit

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nan Hayworth, Republican candidate for Congress in NY's 19th district, then Patrick Garofalo, economics researcher and blogger at the Center for American Progress, discuss the importance of the deficit in this year's midterm elections.

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Latino Registered Voters Less Likely to Vote This Year, Poll Finds

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

With less than a month until Election Day, Democrats are hoping to keep control of both the House and Senate while trying to appeal to their core constituencies. Just two years ago, President Obama brought the Democrats back to the White House with the help of Latino voters. Democrats will surely need those votes if they hope to keep their majorities in Congress, but it is not clear that the Latino votes will come through in the mid-terms.  A new poll from the Pew Hispanic Center reports that only 51 percent of Latino registered voters say they are "absolutely certain to vote," this season, compared to 70 percent of all registered voters who say they'll go to the polls.

Why is it looking like so many Latinos will skip voting November 2?

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On the Internet, All Politics Are National

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

With November's mid-term elections only weeks away, many candidates have begun rounds of debates in a final effort to win over voters. In California's gubernatorial race, Republican Meg Whitman lost some points in polls when her opponent, Democrat Jerry Brown, accused Whitman of employing an illegal immigrant. Hours before last night's debate between Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut, McMahon released an attack ad telling voters Blumenthal lied about his war service.

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Obama Voters Waiting for Inspiration

Friday, October 01, 2010

WNYC

"So this is incumbent upon us to do our part to get people out, to let them know, yes, maybe the president hasn't lived up to their expectations, but we can point out why. But this is no reason not to participate and not to continue to understand that elections are important."

-H. Carl McCall

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Reid-Angle Faceoff Intensifies in Nevada

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our partners at the BBC traveled to Searchlight, Nevada to speak with voters about the upcoming election for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Senator Harry Reid is facing off against Tea Party-backed Sharon Angle. As in some other races across the country, Democrats are facing an uphill battle, trying to distance their candidate from Washington and the Obama agenda.

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