2014 elections

  In 2012, many pollsters turned out to be wrong on election night.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock how things went this time.

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On a tour of an upstate New York business Thursday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Paul Tonko, and other officials shared their thoughts on the shift in power in Washington and New York State.

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Grand Old Party candidates celebrated victories Tuesday night across the nation and across New York State as discontented voters transferred power from sitting Democrats.  The 46th Senate District contest was one of the closest-watched New York State Senate races.

Senator Hugh Farley, also basking in fresh election night victory, was the liveliest of emcees at "Team Amedore H.Q." in Granville:     "The thrill of this evening is that we've got a brand new fantastic senator in George Amedore!"

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Election night is over, and the results are in. The Republicans re-take control of the Senate and clinch key governorships, while contentious races in our region offered up a few surprises.

  This is it: Election Day is finally here.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock the American political system is in need of wholesale changes.

11/4/14 Panel

Nov 4, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Midterm Elections
Senate Forecast
World Trade Center Tenant
Virgin Galactic
Misstating Mileage
Ebola Nurse Agreement
Car Talk Host Dies

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Election 2014 is nearly at hand. The off-year contest could shape the political landscape across upstate New York.

    A seismic change in American politics could come tomorrow.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he thinks a GOP takeover of the Senate is a 50-50 possibility.

    In their runaway bestseller Game Change, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann captured the drama of Barack Obama’s improbable victory over the Clintons, John McCain, and Sarah Palin.

With the same reporting, unparalleled access, and narrative skill, Double Down picks up the story in the Oval Office, where the president is beset by crises both inherited and unforeseen—facing defiance from his political foes, disenchantment from the voters, disdain from the nation’s powerful money machers, and dysfunction within the West Wing.

11/3/14 Panel

Nov 3, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
GOP Ahead in Polls
UN Panel on Climate Change
Common Core Math
Ebola Update
Virgin Galactic

  On Tuesday, voters will decide the makeup of the next Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Eldridge — a Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th district seat currently held by Republican Chris Gibson — gives WAMC’s Alan Chartock his closing argument.

    Election Day is just days away.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Eldridge — a Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th district seat currently held by Republican Chris Gibson — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is optimistic about his chances.

10/31/14 Panel

Oct 31, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf & Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief and columnist for the New York Daily News.

Topics include:
Midterm Elections
Data Campaigns
Times Congress Editorial
Jon Stewart v. Koch Bros.
Turning Against Bill Cosby

  Election Day is less than a week away.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock her first term has flown by.

    A political newcomer is trying to topple a titan of the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican Chris Day tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he is trying to unseat Congresswoman Nita Lowey.

  It looks like New York voters will have only a single opportunity to see the candidates debate before this year's gubernatorial election. 

Republican Rob Astorino says he won't accept an invitation to a one-on-one public radio debate with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo that was tentatively set for later this month.

That leaves a single televised debate in Buffalo with Cuomo, Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott.

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    One district in the Hudson Valley has to decide between its last two Congressional representatives.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he feels confident in his race against Nan Hayworth. 

  Former Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nan Hayworth says she deserves another shot.

In today’s Congressional Corner, the ex-Republican Representative tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock the U.S. must be strong against the terror group the Islamic State.

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Former Republican New York State Assemblyman George Amedore and Democratic State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk engaged in the first debate in their rematch for the 46th district Senate seat today.

Two years have passed since Tkaczyk squeaked by Amedore in an 18-vote victory that only came after many recounts that saw the lead shift back and forth and delayed the Senator's "official" arrival in Albany for two months. The race is considered key as Republicans and Democrats fight for control of the Senate in November.

    Former Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nan Hayworth is trying to get back to Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, the ex-Representative tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the campaign is going well.

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Former Republican New York State Assemblyman George Amedore and Democratic State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk of Duanesburg are squaring off in a rematch for the 46th district Senate seat.

Two years have passed since Tkaczyk's 18-vote victory after many recounts that saw the lead shift back and forth and delayed the Senator's "official" arrival in Albany for two months. The seat was added to the Senate after the last round of reapportionment and was widely seen as tailor-made for then-Assemblyman Amedore. Now, the tables have turned; Tkaczyk is the incumbent lawmaker.

  November is getting closer, which means election season is getting into full swing.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss some key races in the WAMC listening area.

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The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate recently campaigned in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Brian Herr is challenging Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat who’s represented the commonwealth in Congress since 1976.

    Immigration reform is still stalled in the House, and now it’s almost election season.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that major reforms are needed.

6/25/14 Panel

Jun 25, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Putin on Ceasefire
Tabloid Exec Not Guilty
Turkey Paying Iraq Price
Election Results

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Passionate speeches were abundant at this weekend’s Massachusetts Democratic Convention, even from many politicians who aren’t facing challengers in November.

Congressman Jim McGovern welcomed his fellow Democrats to the DCU Center in Worcester, his home district, for the party’s two-day convention Friday night.

“I know that by working hard and fighting for what we believe in that we’re going to have a huge victory on November 4th up and down the ballot,” said McGovern.

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A recent national poll looked at how young people will affect the midterm elections.

Pollster Harstad Strategic Research used a diverse sampling of more than 2,000 registered and nonregistered voters 18 to 30 years old. They represent 38 million registered voters of that age. Paul Harstad is a lead pollster for the research group that has polled for President Barack Obama since 2002, when the Democrat was an Illinois state senator considering a run for the U.S. Senate.