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The Takeaway

Putting Voter Registration on Auto-Pilot

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This week, Oregon became the first state to use Department of Motor Vehicle records to automatically register residents to vote. Now other states are considering doing the same. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Do We Have Ballot Questions Anyway?

Monday, November 04, 2013

Morgan Pehme, editor in chief of City & State, explains why voters and not legislators have to decide issues like land swaps, gambling and civil service points for veterans.

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WNYC News

What Spitzer’s Filings Don’t Tell Voters

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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A day after New York City Comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer refused to disclose his tax returns, the campaign seemed to reverse its position Wednesday sending out tax documents for 2011 and 2012. But those documents fall far short of complete returns and, according to experts, fail to answer some important questions for voters.

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WNYC News

Does Spitzer's Sex Scandal Matter More to Women Voters?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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As Eliot Spitzer attempts to launch the second act of his political career, questions linger about the sex scandal that brought him down - and whether it will matter more to women.

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The Takeaway

What Our Google Habits Reveal About Our Voting Habits

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard, says that if you really want to know what the average American is thinking about when it comes politics, don’t ask them — ask Google. Among the things you may be surprised to learn? "Paul Ryan shirtless" gets Googled nine times more often than "Paul Ryan budget."

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On The Media

This Is Your Brain on Politics

Friday, October 12, 2012

We may think we know all about how we make decisions, but when it comes to political choices, they can hinge on a number of factors that we rarely notice. Brooke speaks with political psychologists and scientists to get to the bottom of why we make the choices we do at election time.

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The Takeaway

Has Obama Narrowed Our Discussion of Race?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

 

Hermene Hartman was an enthusiastic supporter of President Obama in 2008. Earlier this month we spoke with Ms. Hartman about how she thinks there has been "disappointment in Barack Obama as an African American" and that "there’s been no focus and deliberation with the black community." Her comments elicited a widespread backlash.

 

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The Takeaway

Lake County Ohio: Voters Discuss The Presidential Election

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

All this week, we've been hearing from a panel of seven voters in Lake County, Ohio. The Takeaway’s host John Hockenberry spent time there over the weekend to get a better sense of what matters to the people in this swing county, in the crucial swing state of Ohio.

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The Takeaway

Florida Attempts to Strike 182,000 Names from Voter Lists

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A government says it's worried about the legitimacy of the names on its voter lists. Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, is now in the middle of a blistering legal battle over Florida's attempt to purge as many as 182,000 from its voter roles. Marc Caputo is a political reporter for the Miami Herald.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Egypt's presidential election

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Egypt's presidential election

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Are You Voting Today?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Republican primaries take place today in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia. We're checking in with voters today, including Mitt Romney supporter Deborah Edattel in D.C., conservative blogger David Blaska in Wisconsin, Peg Edquist from Wisconsin, and Santorum supporter Julaine Appling from Wisconsin. 

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The Takeaway

Ohio Voters on the Super Tuesday Ad Push

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

It’s Super Tuesday, and Ohio is among the most pivotal states in the race. In order to gain an edge, the two frontrunners — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum — secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads which began airing last weekend in Ohio. Are the ads working?

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The Takeaway

Voters Across the Spectrum React to the State of the Union

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Politicians from both sides of the aisle took to the airwaves to attack or defend president Obama's remarks last night, setting the tone for the rest of his first term in office. But perhaps more importantly, the State of the Union informally kicked off the president's reelection campaign. This morning, The Takeaway takes a look at how his words resonated with three voters from across the country.

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The Takeaway

GOP Makes Final Appeal to Iowa Voters

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Over 100,000 voters will head to the polls on Tuesday evening to select their 2012 presidential nominee. A Des Moines Register poll conducted last week put Mitt Romney in the lead with 24 percent of GOP caucusgoers' votes, followed closely by Ron Paul at 22 percent and Rick Santorum at 15 percent. Yet only 51 percent of those surveyed were decided. 

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The Takeaway

Iowa Caucuses Set to Begin

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

After months of campaigning, 13 debates, and an unprecedented $12.5 million spent, Iowa voters will gather at caucus sites across the state Tuesday night in the first contest of the GOP presidential nomination race. Scores of voters remain undecided, as many as 41 percent in recent polls. Presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney told an audience Monday, "We're going to win this thing." But Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are also mopping up in polls.

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The Takeaway

What Are Latino Voters Looking For?

Friday, December 16, 2011

According to recent Census data, the Latino community has seen huge growth in the U.S. They're becoming a group that politicians are increasingly trying to win over. A large part of that process is just about getting Latino voters to polls. But once they're at the ballot box, what are Latino voters looking for in a candidate?

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The Takeaway

Data Show Latinos Hit Hardest by Recession

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The latest Census data reports that nearly 46.2 million Americans, about 1 in 15, are living in poverty. According to a new Pew poll, the face of American poverty has shifted dramatically. For the first time in U.S. history, the percent of Hispanics living in poverty outpaces African Americans with 28.2 percent of Latinos under the poverty line compared to 25.4 percent of blacks. In fact, Latinos overall were hit the hardest by the Great Recession which technically ended in 2009.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Don't Like all the Partisanship? Here's How We Can Stop it

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Regular people not being as active as those who dominate the two major parties is one of those chicken and the egg problems.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Anna and the Independent Voter: In the Granite State

Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale returns to discuss how the GOP candidates are trying to woo the famously independent New Hampshire voter.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Anna and the Independent Voter: Indy Orgs

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's a Free Country political reporter Anna Sale discusses the various groups trying to coalesce independent voters, in week two of her search for the independent voter.

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