John O'Connor

Washington correspondent

John O'Connor is WNYC's Washington correspondent. He has previous covered education for Florida radio stations and politics for newspapers in South Carolina and Maryland.

John O'Connor appears in the following:

An Outlier In City Politics, Staten Island At The Center Of National Political Trends

Thursday, December 28, 2017

With health care, taxes and immigration as key issues, the Staten Island congressional fight is also important for control of the U.S. House.

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Hudson Valley Congressional Race a Proving Ground for New Fundraising Tools

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Now, it's easier for donors to give where they can have the most impact. That's making the race in New York's 19th District one of the most competitive — and expensive — in the nation.

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Nadler Chosen as Top Democrat for House Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The job could become much more important if Democrats take control of the House.

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Activists Want Democrats to Force an Immigration Fix by the End of the Year

Monday, December 18, 2017

Democrats have leverage during government funding negotiations. But will they use it?


Why New York and New Jersey Have Little Say in Tax Deal

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Once local lawmakers voted against the bill, they lost leverage to negotiate changes.


Gillbrand Calls Trump Attack a 'Sexist Smear'

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Four Senate Democrats said Trump should resign over sexual harassment and assault allegations, but only Gillibrand drew Trump's Twitter ire.

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This Week in Politics: Believe the (Bad) Hype

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Local leaders make it sound like the financial Grim Reaper is coming for NY and NJ in the form of the GOP's tax bill. They may be right.

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How the GOP Tax Bill Could Affect New York and New Jersey Home Prices

Thursday, December 07, 2017

One analyst says 26 of the top 30 counties affected are in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

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Tax Bill Could Give Private School Parents a Break on Tuition

Monday, December 04, 2017

Both House and Senate bills allow parents to use education savings accounts for K-12 tuition.

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What to Watch as the Tax Bill Heads to the Final Step in Congress

Monday, December 04, 2017

Republicans in the House and Senate have a handful of significant differences to work out.

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New York Republicans Ask For Trump's Help Fixing Tax Bill

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

GOP members from New York want changes to the tax bill, but they don't seem to be convincing House leadership.

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House Passes Tax Bill Over Objections of New York and New Jersey Republicans

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Local Republicans tried to stop the train. They got run over.


This Week in Politics: Is It 2018 Already?

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017 is a wrap. So it's time for an early preview of the governor's race and the Congressional midterms.


Republicans Are Feeling the Pressure To Deliver on Tax Promises

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Lobbyists aren't spending much time in lobbies during the tax debate.


How The Republican Tax Bill Would Affect New York and New Jersey

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Many would lose thousands of dollars in federal tax deductions. But the bill also lowers tax rates, increases a child tax credit and eliminates the unpopular alternative minimum tax.


Cuomo Says Republican Budget Votes Are Committing 'Modern-Day Treason'

Friday, October 27, 2017

The governor says the plan to eliminate state and local deductions would hurt New York families.


Regional Republicans Say No, But Tax Overhaul Moves Forward

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Local Republicans are worried about the plan, but GOP leaders promise a compromise on homeowner deductions.


New York and New Jersey Republicans Face Crucial Vote On Tax Changes

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Republican leaders promise a fix is on the way, but members want something a little more concrete.


As He Seeks Return to Congress, Michael Grimm Tweets a Photo With Steve Bannon

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The former Staten Island Congressman tweeted a photo of himself with Trump advisor Steve Bannon, setting up a possible battle for the President's endorsement in the congressional race.

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Rep. Espaillat Wants Federal Help to Resettle Puerto Ricans in NY

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Northern Manhattan Democrat says those who want to leave the battered island should get help to do so.