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:

House Race In New York's Hudson Valley Turns Into A Debate About Race

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A racially-charged political ad in a close House race has ignited a debate about race and culture in upstate New York.


Democrats' Kavanaugh Closing Argument: 'Is He Telling The Truth?'

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Once again, Schumer has to hold his caucus together while trying to win over two Republicans.


Chris Collins Reverses Course, Will Run for Election

Monday, September 17, 2018

The announcement caught local Republicans by surprise.


This Week in Politics: What the NY Primaries Tell Us About November

Saturday, September 15, 2018

What high primary turnout and left-leaning politics mean for the general election.


New Republican Ad Targets Candidate's Rap Lyrics In Hudson Valley Race for Congress

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The ad brings race to the forefront in New York's 19th Congressional District.


How California Baby Carrots Turned Into a Cash Crop for New York Republicans

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Upstate Republican candidates for Congress are taking advantage of a 2014 Supreme Court decision that 'supercharged' joint fundraising committees. 

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How the Collins' Indictment will Affect the Midterms

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The charges open the door — slightly — for Democrats to win a very Republican district.


Obama Lends His Endorsement To New York And New Jersey Democrats

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

It's an effort to help Democrats win back some power — and address criticism of Obama's legacy.

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This Week in Politics: New York's "National Liberal Superstar"

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn't even been elected yet. But she's already making national waves.

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Ocasio-Cortez's Surprise Primary Victory Included A Campaign Cash Boom

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising money from around the country — and helping other progressive candidates.

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Trump's Russia Summit Puts Local Republicans In a Tough Position

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Republicans argue carefully worded statements can change the president's mind.


Democrats Try To Build A Case Against Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Democrats say Trump's nominee puts health care and abortion protections and state gun control laws at risk.


Town Hall Turns Up The Heat On Schumer Ahead Of Supreme Court Fight

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Schumer's top priority is getting 49 Democrats to stick together — and then, finding a Republican defector.


Turnout Is Up In New York Congressional Primaries, But Still Trails Other States

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New York voting laws make it more difficult to cast a ballot, and it shows.

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Progressive Activist Defeats Longtime Democrat In New York Primary

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The 28-year-old activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was an organizer for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, defeated a longtime New York representative in Tuesday's primary election.


With Crowley's Defeat, New York Voters Send a Big Message

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The progressive wing of the party hadn't won much this cycle. That changed on Tuesday, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset the ten-term Congressman and Queens Democratic Party boss.

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Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: Congressional Primaries

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Voters voice their support on the day they cast their ballots.

This Week in Politics: Democratic Primaries in Red New York

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Dems are eager to unseat GOP incumbents in November. But first, they need survive Tuesday's primaries.

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In Hudson Valley Swing District, Democrats Say Their Primary Concern Is The General Election

Thursday, June 21, 2018

New York's 19th district is almost as big as New Jersey. Undecided voters have seven Democrats to choose from, and they're most interested in which one can win.

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New York Congressional Primary Preview

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A look at head at next Tuesday's Congressional Primary Elections.