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No Pulled Punches for Democrats in Mayor's Race

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

There's just three weeks until the Democratic primary for mayor, with a new candidate leading the pack nearly every week. And that means the frontrunners aren't pulling many punches as they duke it out on the campaign trail.  

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court May Hear Challenge to Ban on Foreign Political Contributions

Friday, January 06, 2012

On Friday, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear Bluman v. the Federal Election Commission. This case specifically challenges the Federal Election Campaign Act, which "prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly." The law is broad enough to disallow those lawfully living in the U.S. from distributing re-election materials. Using a First Amendment challenge, the case raises questions about the rights and opinions of non-citizens who lawfully reside here.

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On The Media

Requiring Local TV Stations to Disclose Political Ad Buys Online

Friday, January 06, 2012

Local television stations are required to maintain a public file of political ad sales, and allow any member of the public to inspect it–as long as they physically come in to the station.  To make the information more accessible, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing regulations that would require local broadcasters to put the public file online.  Bob speaks to former FCC adviser Steven Waldman, who says that putting the information online is the least that broadcasters can do to fulfill their public interest obligations.

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On The Media

The Onerous Task of Disclosing Political Ad Buys Online

Friday, January 06, 2012

The FCC's proposed regulations to force disclosure of TV political ad buys online is facing resistance from local television stations.  The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) says that requiring stations to post online a file of the the ads purchased would create an unnecessary burden for the stations.  Bob speaks to broadcast attorney and outside counsel for the NAB Jack Goodman, who says the political file is too massive and disorganized to maintain online.

Will Sessions - Halftime

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It's A Free Country ®

Handicapping the Midterms

Friday, October 15, 2010

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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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Open Thread: Paladino, The Press, and Charges of Adultery

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The New York political community is buzzing over a confrontation caught on tape between gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker. Dicker confronted Paladino over his insinuation that Andrew Cuomo had an extramarital affair. Updates below: Brian Lehrer's take, Paladino response, and the latest on the allegations at the heart of the confrontation.

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NY Democrats Look to Women Candidates - and Paladino - to Build Albany Power

Monday, September 20, 2010

With six weeks left before voters go to the polls,  New York candidates are hitting the streets and the airwaves. Democrats are trying to hold onto their control of the state Senate. Last year, their narrow majority temporarily slipped away and gave the Republicans a fleeting new lease on life, for a while anyway. Eventually dissident Democrats came back to the fold, but  the chaos only complicated an already dysfunctional budget process.

Now, Democrats think they can tilt the Albany math in their favor with women challengers in a few key legislative races - and by capturing voters put off by Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino.

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The Takeaway

Oil Gusher Reaches Far into Political Campaigns

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster is permeating political campaigns across the country, even far beyond the Gulf Coast. Candidates around the country are incorporating the event and its ramifications into their campaigns, whether or not they are directly affected by the spill.

Gary McDowell, a Democrat from the Michigan House of Representatives running for Congress, has made it a key talking point on the road. McDowell called for a permanent ban on drilling in the state's Great Lakes, warning that without this protection, they could become "the next victim of a tragic oil spill disaster like the one caused by BP." Representative Joe Sestak, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, accused his opponent, Pat Toomey, of caring more about "Big Oil profits" in a political ad (which you can watch after the jump).

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