The Capitol Connection

Thursdays, 3:00 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 am

Maybe you voted for them and maybe you didn't, but either way, what they do and how they think affects you. You can keep yourself abreast of political developments and gain a little insight into how New York State's politicians think when you listen in as political scientist Dr. Alan Chartock holds conversations with... New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...Governor Andrew Cuomo....Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos...Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.... members from the Assembly and Senate, and others... each week on The Capitol Connection.

Provocative topics, tough questions, spontaneity, and a casual low-key format make The Capitol Connection one of WAMC's most listened-to offerings. Tune in Fridays at 10:30 pm on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, a repeat broadcast on Saturdays at 1pm. The program is also carried on stations across New York State. Check your local listings for the time and frequency. 

Ian Pickus produces this program. You may reach him at 800.323.9262 ext. 157. 
CDs of the program are available by calling: 800.323.9262

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Capitol Connection
1:49 am
Sat June 10, 2006

Capitol Connection #623

Albany, NY – Alan talks to former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso, the Republican Party's newly-picked candidate for governor. Faso, fresh off a surprise victory at the state Republican convention, talks to Alan about what an Eliot Spitzer administration will mean for taxpayers, getting homeland security funding back to New York, and his positions on social issues.

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Capitol Connection
2:45 am
Sat June 3, 2006

Capitol Connection #622

Albany, NY – Alan's guest is Lee Miringoff, director of Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion, a nationally renowned polling resource. Lee and Alan discuss a recent poll showing ambivalence among New Yorkers over a presidential run by Senator Hillary Clinton, the seeming convulsions going on in the New York Republican Party, a possible Democratic tsunami on both the state and national levels, and how all this is connected to President Bush's approval ratings.

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Capitol Connection
8:25 am
Thu June 1, 2006

Capitol Connection #621

Albany, NY – Alan talks to Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, who's looking to run against Senator Hillary Clinton in November. Mrs. McFarland talks about her reasons for running against the well-known senator, her appraisal of the situation in Iraq, and the potential role upstate New York can play in the new economy.

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Capitol Connection
4:15 am
Wed May 31, 2006

Capitol Connection #621

Albany, NY – Alan talks to Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, who's looking to run against Senator Hillary Clinton in November. Mrs. McFarland talks about her reasons for running against the well-known senator, her appraisal of the situation in Iraq, and the potential role upstate New York can play in the new economy.

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Capitol Connection
4:09 am
Wed May 31, 2006

Capitol Connection #621

Albany, NY – Alan talks to Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, who's looking to run against Senator Hillary Clinton in November. Mrs. McFarland talks about her reasons for running against the well-known senator, her appraisal of the situation in Iraq, and the potential role upstate New York can play in the new economy.

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Capitol Connection
9:06 am
Sat May 20, 2006

Capitol Connection #620

Albany, NY – Alan Chartock talks to Rachel Leon, director of Common Cause New York, one of the more influential good government groups lobbying in Albany. Alan talks to Rachel about the group's current focus, redistricting reform. Rachel lays out the problems with the current method, the details of what such reform would look like, support for the reform from the Legislature, and more.

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Capitol Connection
9:18 am
Sat May 13, 2006

Capitol Connection #619

Albany, NY – WAMC's Alan Chartock talks to Albany County District Attorney David Soares, who explains his recent controversial statements made at an international drug conference in Canada. Soares, who criticized the U.S. war on drugs at the conference, found himself under attack by Albany mayor Jerry Jennings and law enforcement officials upon his return. Soares also talks about the continuing reform of New York's Rockefeller drug laws.

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Capitol Connection
3:49 am
Sat May 6, 2006

Capitol Connection #618

Albany, NY – Alan Chartock talks to state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris of Queens' 36th Assembly District. Gianaris talks with Alan about a subject important to both of them, redistricting reform. Specifically, they discuss a bill Gianaris has sponsored that would remove the Legislature's ability to redistrict, giving it to an independent commission of retired jurists. Alan questions whether or not the Republican-dominated Senate would ever pass such a bill, and whether or not that may soon be a moot point.

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Capitol Connection
2:00 am
Sat April 29, 2006

Capitol Connection #617

Albany, NY – Alan Chartock talks to former Public Advocate for New York City, Mark Green. Mr. Green is one of six Democrats running for state attorney general, and discusses his qualifications gained from his decades of public service. Alan also questions him on his recent endorsements and the consequences of political endorsements in general. The two also talk about candidates' responsibilities to disclose their finances and former clients in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

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Capitol Connection
2:48 am
Sat April 22, 2006

Capitol Connection #616

Albany, NY – On this week's Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock talks to Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, the political arm of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. Alan and Billy discuss the current status of the landmark education-funding case CFE vs. New York State, the possibility of support from the state Senate's Republican conference, and why the education increases in this year's budget fail to address the problem.

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