Anna Sale

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Bill Thompson's Options

Thursday, September 12, 2013

On primary night, Bill Thompson vowed to "count every vote" before conceding that Bill de Blasio has over 40 percent of the vote. Do you think Thompson should keep pushing for a full count and possibly create a run-off for the Democratic candidate, or should he step aside with de Blasio holding just over the threshold for a win? 212-433-9692, 212-433-WNYC. As your calls are coming in, WNYC's Anna Sale talks about her reporting on the pressure that Bill Thompson is facing to drop out of the race. 

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Primary Day Review

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Republican Joe Lhota will be in the general election for mayor. On the Democratic side, things are a little tricker, as Bill de Blasio stands at 40.15% of the vote with about 98% of precincts reporting. Bill Thompson has vowed to "count every vote" before conceding a runoff. Anna Sale, WNYC politics reporter, and Brigid Bergin, WNYC reporter, talk about the long night of big election results, and what comes next.

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In Roar for Change, Voters Pick De Blasio, Rebuke Quinn

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


With three quarters of Democratic voters saying they wanted change, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio just edged over the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off in the Democratic primary.  But former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who came in second with 26 percent, vowed to plow on. The vote was a sharp rebuke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to City Council Christine Quinn, who ran as a nicer, gentler Bloomberg. Quinn came in a distant third. 

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Tomorrow Is Primary Day: Are You Ready?

Monday, September 09, 2013

After a long primary season, (registered) New Yorkers hit the polls tomorrow to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for Mayor -- or at least who will be in the runoff. Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and WNYC's Anna Sale discuss the last-minute push by the campaigns, and what to watch for as the results come in tomorrow.

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Bloomberg Remarks Overshadow Democrats' Final Sprint

Sunday, September 08, 2013

In a published interview Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to New York Magazine, he called de Blasio's campaign "class-warfare" and "racist," praised Quinn for "seven and a half years of k...

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Big Money, and Varying Messages, in Real Estate's Council Campaign

Friday, September 06, 2013


Beneath the loud back and forth in the mayor’s race, there’s a quieter campaign about the future of city council. A huge portion of the council advertising is being paid for by Jobs for New York, a real estate-backed independent political group, and they're using very different messaging in different districts.

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As Days Dwindle, Dems Vie For Advantage in Testy Debate

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

As political candidates go, the five Democrats on stage Tuesday night couldn't be more similar. They all rose through New York's Democratic ranks. Four served in the City Council; two...


Leaps, Sharp Elbows, and Some Sorrow at West Indian Day Parade

Monday, September 02, 2013

The day’s festivities began on a more muted note, as candidates reacted to the news of the shooting death of a 1 year-old Brooklyn boy on Sunday evening. The top Democrats running for...

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This Week In Politics: Primary Countdown

Saturday, August 31, 2013


It's Labor Day Weekend and that means there's only one full week left before the Sept. 10 primary election. 


Christine Quinn Touts, and Has to Explain, Her Long Record

Friday, August 30, 2013

After seven-and-a-half years as the Speaker of City Council, Christine Quinn is  running on a long record — but that’s opened her up to vitriolic protests. On the campaign trail, her command of policy minutiae is clear, but as she adjusts her strategy from that of a one-time frontrunner to a politician campaigning from behind, her positions might take too long to explain.

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Today In Politics: De Blasio Surges Ahead in Poll

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

For the past few week, Bill DeBlasio's Democratic mayoral rivals have been hitting him pretty hard and now we know why. A new Quinnipiac University Poll has the public advocate leading the pack at 36 percent. His closest competitors, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson are polling at 21 and 20 percent.

WNYC's Anna Sale says the results are surprising. "Thirty-six percent is a big number," she said. "And at the start of this week there was a sense that Christine Quinn was recapturing some momentum with these big three newspaper endorsements from the New York Times, the New York Post and the New York Daily News."


Turnovers and Challenges: NYC Council Races to Watch

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Voters in forty percent of the city's 51 districts are looking at new names as they pick their council members – thanks mostly to term limits. In some key races for open seats, it's a battle of political power bases. And some incumbents are facing challenges that illustrate demographic shifts in neighborhoods.

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De Blasio, a Practiced Critic, Confronts New Role of Frontrunner

Sunday, August 25, 2013

For three and a half years, Bill de Blasio has been the city’s official gadfly. As Public Advocate, his job has been to point out where the city’s fallen short. And that’s been the primary message of his campaign, up until the last few weeks, when he catapulted to frontrunner status in polls. Now, he’s trying to show voters he also knows how to run things.


In Raucous Debate, De Blasio Feels the Heat

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


In a 90-minute debate characterized by finger-jabbing, shouting, cracked voices, and flying accusations,  Bill de Blasio came under the first sustained fire of the campaign from opponents Chris Quinn and Bill Thompson. And while he didn't lose his cool, de Blasio also appeared marginally less comfortable under the kleig lights than rival Quinn.

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Quinn and de Blasio Attacks Get Personal

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The primary election is less than three weeks away, and on the day of a potentially pivotal Democratic mayoral debate, frontrunners Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio unleashed their most negative, and personal, attacks of the campaign.

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In the Bronx, Voting Is the Exception, Not the Rule

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Voter turnout in New York City elections is abysmal. The predictors of low participation are varied, from high residential mobility to language barriers and lower education levels. Turnout is lowest in the Bronx, where fewer than 20 percent of adult citizens voted in the last mayoral election, in 2009, across almost two thirds of the borough.

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This Week In Politics: Celebrity Over Substance

Saturday, August 03, 2013


We've gone from talking about garbage removal in the Mayor's race straight into the potty. It's now almost impossible to talk about the New York City Mayor's race without using some pretty terrible language. 

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In Williamsburg, Looking for a Political Entree

Friday, August 02, 2013

Turnout in New York City municipal elections has been on a steady slide for the last sixty years, even in the midst of national elections that engaged new rounds of voters. In Williamsburg, even voters with a clear stake in city policy are just getting organized.


Weiner Slips in Poll as Unfavorability Peaks

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The survey also found Weiner’s unfavorability is at its highest levels of the campaign season, and that’s helping Council Speaker Christine Quinn. She is now the frontrunner among Dem...

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