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Can Albany Be Reformed?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

There were more developments this week in the bribery and corruption probe that brought down State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran. And this most recent scandal is just the latest in a line of arrests, resignations, and revelations about New York politicians. Former Governor David Paterson discusses the culture of corruption in New York, and efforts to change it.

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How Corrupt is New York?

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, and Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, discuss whether or not the recent mayoral race bribery scandal can be seen as an indictment of state politics on the whole, and what measures could yield greater transparency within the political process.

 

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New York State's Monday Morning Politics

Monday, March 12, 2012

Liz Benjaminblogger and host of "Capital Tonight", checks in on state politics in Albany, including the latest on the redistricting battle for congressional lines and for the state legislature.

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Weiner Out, Now What?

Friday, June 17, 2011

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale weighs in on the resignation of Anthony Weiner and what comes next, from special elections to redistricting battles.

→ Add Your Comments on the Weiner Legacy, Read a Recap, and Listen at It's A Free Country

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Top of the Hour: The American Governor, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Governors are smaller versions of the Head of State, but they have big personalities. One only needs to look to Governors Arnold Schwartzenegger, Rick Perry, and former Governors Sarah Palin, Mark Sanford, and Rod Blagojevich for proof of that. As a new class takes office next week, what will they bring, be it controversy or leadership...or both? 

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Top of the Hour: New Examination of States' Rights, Morning Headlines

Monday, December 20, 2010

There has long been wrangling in Congress over the question of federal authority versus States' Rights. But as national health care, economic stimulus funding, and other federal programs come up against detractors in local municipalities, is there a new discussion forming on the issue?  

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Paying for Justice? How We Elect Judges

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that judges must recuse themselves from ruling on cases that involve individuals who have spent money to help put the judge on the bench. It sounds like a fairly straightforward ruling. But the decision raises larger questions of just how we elect and appoint judges in this country. For a look at the tricky process of electing judges, The Takeaway talks to Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for our partners The New York Times, and to Tom Phillips, a lawyer with Baker Botts in Austin, Texas, who served as the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1988 to 2004.

"Whenever you treat a judge the same way you treat other officials that have a different position in office, you tend to confuse within the public's mind, and perhaps even in the judge's mind, the very different roles that different officers in the government perform."
— Attorney Tom Phillips on reforms in appointing judges

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Impeachment of Blagojevich may be at hand

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Former Illinois Attorney General and U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris certainly is accumulating a lot of frequent flyer miles these days. After heading to Washington only to be turned away from the Senate by Democratic leaders, he’ll be back in Illinois today testifying before the state house committee that is considering the impeachment of Governor Rod Blagojevich. Committee members say their decision on impeachment could come as early as today. We are joined by Amanda Vinicky, the statehouse reporter for Illinois Public Radio.

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Video: "Giving All My Money to the Man" by The Singing CPA

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


"Giving All My Money to the Man" by Steven Zelin, the Singing CPA

Trouble viewing this video? Check out the YouTube version (click "watch in high quality" for best quality).

Across the country, state governments are trying to cope with severe budgetary shortages. The solution: taxes! Whether you call them fee hikes or revenue enhancements, we are seeing ideas that range from a real bummer to downright odd. Everything is on the table to increase tax revenues including sugary drinks and iTunes downloads. The Takeaway invited Steven Zelin, a certified public accountant in New York City who calls himself "The Singing CPA," to write a holiday-themed song about the current state of affairs.

Listen to Steven Zelin on The Takeaway.

To download an mp3 of the soon-to-be hit "Giving All My Money to the Man" click here.

Still want more from the Singing CPA? Check out his music on Amazon.com and on his Web site, thesingingcpa.com.
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Report: No improper contact between Obama staffers and Blagojevich

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

President-elect Obama's aides will release a report today reportedly showing his transition team is clean. Meanwhile, the Illinois state senate committee considering impeachment of Blagojevich ended its work for the week without coming to any definitive conclusions. Politico's Ben Smith joins The Takeaway for an update.

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Highlights of the 76 page F.B.I. affidavit

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Trading jobs for money is only part of the story.
"The scope and the breadth of the charges surprised everybody in town."
— Pat Deade on the F.B.I. affidavit

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Power, corruption and lies in Illinios

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Unfortunately for Illinois, political corruption is not unusual.
"This is not machine politics. This is one man out to enrich himself."
— Cindi Canary

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Chicago's corruption fighter

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The U.S. Attorney prosecuting the corruption case has a higher profile than the Governor.

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Fighting for gay rights in Utah

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"I take the Church at its word. I think they have very genuine and sincerely held beliefs about marriage but that doesn't necessarily mean that we can't find something short of that that can be helpful to gays and lesbians in the state of Utah."
-- Scott McCoy

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Prop. 8

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Barack Obama's election to the top office in the United States was accomplished in part by his recruitment of thousands of new black voters. But though the president-elect is one of the more liberal members of the Senate, his constituency has a conservative streak. Nowhere is that clearer than in California, where the passage of Proposition 8 — an amendment to the state constitution that will ban gay marriage — can partially be attributed to conservative leanings among many black voters. So what does that say about the soon-to-be president's mandate? The Takeaway talks to Joe Hicks, a commentator for Pajamas TV and a talk show host with KFI.

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North Dakota Oil Diary: Photos from the Bakken oil fields

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


A sign identifies Peak Energy's Dunn County, North Dakota drilling site. (Caitlin McNally)

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Slideshow: Your photos of ballots, envelopes, machines and polling locations from across the country

Friday, October 24, 2008

We're asking for your photos of ballots, envelopes, machines and polling locations to get a sense of all the different methods by which Americans are voting. Email the photo to mytake@thetakeaway.org or post it to Flickr.com. Be sure to tell us your name, where you're from, and the story of the photo. We'll share the best of them with our readers on Wednesday.
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Alaska Senator Ted Stevens takes the stand in corruption trial

Friday, October 17, 2008

The trial of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, continues. Sen. Stevens takes the stand in Washington D.C. — an extraordinary step for a sitting senator, let alone one running for re-election. Alaska Public Radio Network’s Libby Casey joins The Takeaway with a wrap-up of this week’s trial developments.

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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Chris Van Hollen on November races

Friday, October 17, 2008

With Election Day less than three weeks away and polls showing the potential for a Democratic landslide, The Takeaway talks to the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, about what districts he will be watching and as his party seeks to gain seats.

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Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry seeks crossover votes from Obama supporters

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Congressman Lee Terry of Nebraska has aligned himself with presidential nominee Barack Obama in a new campaign ad. The strange thing? Terry is a Republican.

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