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Booker's Sexual Orientation Brought up in NJ Senate Race

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WNYC

The race between U.S. Senate hopefuls Republican Steve Lonegan and Democrat Cory Booker has gotten personal. The issue is Booker’s sexual orientation.

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WNYC News

U.S. Senate Battle Begins in New Jersey

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In New Jersey, a two-month campaign is beginning for U.S. Senate.

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New Jersey News

An Easy Win for Lonegan in the GOP Senate Primary

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Steve Lonegan won the GOP primary with almost 80 percent of the vote last night. He defeated physician Alieta Eck.

At Republican Party headquarters, Lonegan wasted no time in blasting his opponent, Cory Booker, as beholden to Hollywood and Silicon Valley. But it has been over two decades since New Jersey voters elected a Republican to the Senate. Lonegan says he is ready for the challenge.

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WNYC News

Two Congressmen Struggle To Stand Out Against Celebrity Mayor

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Congressman Rush Holt is a rocket scientist and five-time Jeopardy champ. Congressman Frank Pallone helped write the Affordable Care Act and has the support of late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s son Josh and his family.

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WNYC News

Sheila Oliver's Long Shot for US Senate

Friday, August 09, 2013

Sheila Oliver made a name for herself as the first African American woman to lead a legislative house in New Jersey. Now she hopes to be the state’s first female U.S. Senator.

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WNYC News

GOP Candidates Face Off in New Jersey's Senate Primary

Thursday, August 08, 2013

WNYC

In Tuesday’s primary for the special election to fill the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat, Republican and independent voters in New Jersey can choose between two -- very similar -- candidates.

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New Jersey News

A Debate With Full Attendance

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The first debate with all four Democratic candidates vying for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey featured a lot of agreement on foreign policy issues but different ideas on how to fund education.

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The Takeaway

McConnell Faces Off With Tea Party, Democratic Candidates at Fancy Farm

Monday, August 05, 2013

The fate of next year’s Kentucky senate race—and that of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell—might be tied to his oratorical performance at a picnic that took place on Saturday in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. The event has developed into a crucial test of political power in Kentucky. Gabe Bullard, Director of News and Editorial Strategy at WFPL, reports on how the candidates fared.

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New Jersey News

Senate Candidates Set to Debate Tonight

Monday, August 05, 2013

All four Democratic rivals for the Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg will debate this evening at Montclair State University. This will mark the first time that frontrunner Cory Booker will be involved, after skipping earlier forums.

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New Jersey News

Special Election Will Cost NJ Taxpayers - But How Much?

Monday, August 05, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to reimburse counties for the additional costs of holding two special elections to fill a Senate seat in New Jersey. But taxpayers are still footing the bill.

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New Jersey News

Republican U.S. Senate Hopefuls Struggle to Differentiate Themselves

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WNYC

New Jersey hasn't sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate in more than three decades. In a News 12 debate between the Republican candidates Wednesday night, the two in the running had a hard time distinguishing themselves from each other.

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New Jersey News

Hear Why 3 of the 4 Democratic Senate Hopefuls Want Your Vote

Monday, July 29, 2013

WNYC

U.S. Senate hopefuls Rush Holt, Frank Pallone and Sheila Oliver wrapped up their debate over the weekend with statements about why they should get your vote. Hear what they each had to say.

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New Jersey News

Sans Booker, Democratic Candidates Participate in First NJ Senate Debate

Sunday, July 28, 2013

WNYC

U.S. Senate hopefuls Rush Holt , Frank Pallone and Sheila Oliver took turns noting Booker's absence during the first formal debate to fill the late Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat in New Jersey.

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The Takeaway

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Seat Challenged

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell has held one of Kentucky's U.S. Senate seats since 1985. He is one of the most senior members of the Senate, and has been minority leader since January 2007. This election, Louisville-based businessman and conservative Matthew Bevin is challenging long-time incumbent McConnell. WFPL political editor Phillip Bailey joins us from Louisville, Kentucky to tell us more about Bevin, and what this means for Kentucky politics.

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New Jersey News

Is Booker Really More Popular Outside of Newark Than Within?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WNYC

The last time Newark sent someone to the U.S. Senate, the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery had just been issued — 1863. And that could give Newark Mayor Cory Booker a boost in popularity as he runs for the U.S. Senate, says Clement Price. He is a History professor at Rutgers University and a longtime observer of Newark’s politics.

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The Takeaway

Immigration Legislation Clears the Senate, Heads to House to Meet its Fate

Friday, June 28, 2013

We are one step closer to adopting the most significant immigration overhaul in the nation’s history—the Senate passed the reform bill yesterday in a 68-to-32 vote. Now it is headed to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to meet its fate. But Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, thinks the economic benefits of the Senate's plan may be too good to pass up.

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New Jersey News

Sen. Bob Menendez Applauds Passage of Immigration Bill

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Senate passed its compressive immigration bill on Thursday. The bill would offer a path to citizenship to 11 million unauthorized immigrants and provide extensive security along the Mexican border.

The bill was drafted by a bipartisan group of Senators, the so-called Group of Eight. One them, New ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ryan Lizza on Pulling Together the Immigration Bill

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to get the current immigration bill onto the Senate floor. In his article “Getting to Maybe,” in the June 24 issue of The New Yorker, he interviews members of the Gang of Eight, the bipartisan group of senators who crafted the bill and championed it.

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The Takeaway

A Step Forward for Immigration Reform

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Yesterday the Senate got behind a plan to increase security along the US-Mexico border. In a 67-27 vote, Senators agreed to double the number of agents along the border and finish 700 miles of fencing—a plan with a price tag of roughly $40 billion over the next 10 years. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, is with us to discuss this development.

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