The Capitol Connection

Thursdays 3:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 a.m., Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. on WAMC HD2

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...Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...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 Thursdays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on HD2 on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio. The program is also carried on stations across New York State. Check your local listings for the time and frequency. 

David Guistina produces this program. You may reach him at 800.323.9262 ext. 172. 
CDs of the program are available by calling: 800.323.9262

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Capitol Connection
1:32 am
Sat July 22, 2006

Capitol Connection #629

Albany, NY – Alan talks to Daily News Albany bureau chief Joe Mahoney about the Gov. Pataki's state-funded dinner for New Hampshire GOP activists, the Court of Appeals' recent decision to pass the gay-marriage buck back to the Legislature, and the odds in the numerous state and national Senate races throughout the state.

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Capitol Connection
2:10 am
Sat July 15, 2006

Capitol Connection #628

Albany, NY – Alan Chartock talks to John Clifton, the New York Libertarian Party's chosen candidate for governor. Clifton, a Queens social worker and Navy veteran, lays out his platform, which includes legalized drugs, preventing eminent domain abuses and a cap on the state income tax. Also touched on is a repeal of the restaurant smoking ban.

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Capitol Connection
3:05 am
Sat July 8, 2006

Capitol Connection #627

Albany, NY – Alan talks to state Assemblyman Tom Kirwan of New York's 100th district. Kirwan gives an overview of this year's recently-concluded legislative session in which he tried to push through rules for protecting the minority conferences and legislation expanding the state's criminal DNA database and capping the sales tax on gasoline. Alan and Tom also speculate on the potential turnout in this year's elections.

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Capitol Connection
12:15 am
Sat July 1, 2006

Capitol Connection #626

Albany, NY – Alan's guest is Jay Gallagher, Gannett News's Albany bureau chief and longtime reporter on New York State politics. Subjects of this week's show include gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer's anti-establishment credentials, the building of a computer chip factory in Saratoga County and the race to replace outgoing Senate Minority Leader David Paterson.

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Capitol Connection
8:32 am
Sat June 24, 2006

Capitol Connection #625

Albany, NY – Alan talks to Republican Congressman John Sweeney of New York's 20th district. The two discuss the recent debate over distribution of Homeland Security funding, Governor George Pataki's presidential prospects and Sweeney's stance on the recent scandal involving Democratic Congressman William Jefferson.

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Capitol Connection
12:19 am
Sat June 17, 2006

Capitol Connection #624

Albany, NY – On this week's show, Alan Chartock talks to state Senator Liz Krueger, chair of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, about the chances of a Democratic takeover of the Senate in 2006. The two also talk about the brewing Democratic conflict over the replacement of departing Senate Minority Leader David Paterson and the strengthening of the state Democratic base.

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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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