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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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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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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 Plan for Hearings if Republicans Take House

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

If Republicans take control of the House of Representatives, as they are expected to, Democrats' policies may not be the only thing they attack.

A Republican-controlled House is expected to begin investigations and hearings into the Obama White House in what might hark back to the days of the Clinton administration.

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This Week's Agenda: Elections, Unemployment, and Asia

Monday, November 01, 2010

One day before the mid-term election and predictions are in. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, looks ahead to election day and forecasts the after-effects of its results.

Voters head to the polls tomorrow, but non-political happenings continue apace: the Fed will meet to discuss what to do about interest rates and the economy. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, doesn't see the interest rate increasing, but sees the Fed pumping more money into the economy, to try and jumpstart it.

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Sanity Checking Last Minute Political Ads

Monday, November 01, 2010

Tomorrow is election day and candidates on both sides of the ballot are throwing their final pitch to voters. But are candidates trying to get away with throwing curve balls? We do a sanity check on various last-ditch ad campaigns with PolitiFact editor Bill Adair.

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Gazing into Mid-Term Election's Crystal Ball

Friday, October 29, 2010

Four days away from the mid-term elections, there remain a few unpredictable Senate and Congressional races that could shift the national balance of political power. As the hours tick by, what will bring out the critical voters in states like Washington, West Virginia or Illinois?  

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Looking Ahead to the Morning After Midterm Madness

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hours of broadcast time, reams of paper, and terabytes upon terabytes of digital stream have been spent discussing what will happen next Tuesday, when voters across the country take to the polls. All of it, in essence, trying to answer the question: what's going to happen to the country on the morning after?

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With One in Three Voters Still Undecided, A Look at the 'Persuadables'

Thursday, October 28, 2010

With just five days left until mid-term elections, Republicans and Democrats alike going to be making lots phone calls and knocking on lots of doors, trying to reach out and talk to undecided voters — or as they’re called in polling circles, “persuadables.” That little semantic shift that reveals how desirable these voters are and what lengths a campaign will go to in order to get them. 

But who are these persuadables? And what exactly do they need to be persuaded?

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South Dakota Aims to Curb Drunk Driving with '24/7 Sobriety'

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

South Dakota had a drinking problem. A rural state with a sparse population and few public transportation options available, driving under the influence of alcohol had become a major issue. Then three years ago, something changed, causing alcohol related crime to drop, and making the roads safer.

South Dakota launched the 24/7 Sobriety Project. The program makes DWI offenders take an alcohol breath test twice a day, charging them a dollar for each test. Those who pass walk free, but those who fail can wind up in for anywhere between 24 and 48 hours. The goal, as the program's name suggests, is absolute sobriety for previous offenders, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program also reduces costs for the state, by reducing the number of people in prison.

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Health Care Reform Improves Coverage for Women

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Insurance companies used to treat many women-specific health concerns as a liability. The health care reform bill aims to improve coverage parity with men. Before reform, it was legal for insurance companies to charge women more than men for the same coverage. Private providers routinely charged women 20, 40 even 80 percent more than their male counterparts. Some insurance providers listed pregnancy and being a victim of domestic violence as pre-existing conditions, allowing them to deny women coverage.

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GOTV Operations in High Gear as Election Day Nears

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's Tuesday, and just seven days remain until mid-term elections. Republicans are looking to take control of the House, Democrats are desperately fighting to hold the Senate, and The Tea Party is looking to increase its political clout — and everyone is out on the ground trying to get out every last vote.

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Young Voters Less Excited This Year

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two years ago, Barack Obama won the presidency in part by having inspired young people to come out and vote in record numbers. Early indicators say young voters aren't as excited about turning out this year. We hear from students from the University of Pennsylvania on how (and if) they plan to vote.

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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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This Week's Agenda: Elections, Economy, and a Conference in Asia

Monday, October 25, 2010

We are just eight days away from election day, and Democrats and Republicans are campaigning at full throttle. First Lady Michelle Obama is on the West Coast, trying to win votes for Democrats in key Senate races in Washington and California.

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The Fate of Democrats and Nancy Pelosi

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

If Democrats are able to hold a majority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi will have to decide if she will run for House Speaker again. However, many Democrats are already saying that they would not support her if she does run.

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has the details of this developing story.

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How Do You Go from Voter to Donor?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Barack Obama made waves in 2008 for the high level of small contributions to his campaign. This year, Tea Party candidates are drawing the same kind of campaign contributions. We'll talk tomorrow about some bigger issues with campaign finance in this year's midterm elections, like the increasing number of anonymous corporate donations. But we're also trying to find out what makes a voter become a donor. If you've ever donated, what was it that tipped you over? If you don't donate, what would make you do it?

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This Week's Agenda: Elections, Health Care, and Pakistan

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mid-term elections are just two weeks away, and a frenzy of campaigning from President Obama, First Lady Michelle, and the Tea Party express is about to get underway.

Takeaway managing producer, Noel King, and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, explore what's ahead this week as we get close to election day.

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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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