It’s one of the biggest votes of the year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney previews Friday’s debate on the Iran deal with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, “abortion” is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many, despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by menopause. Even those who support a woman’s right to an abortion often qualify their support by saying abortion is a “bad thing,” an “agonizing decision,” making the medical procedure so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is normal and necessary into something shameful and secretive.

In Pro, Katha Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for good for women, families, and society. The book is out in paperback.

10/23/14 Panel

Oct 23, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative reporter, Rosemary Armao and Publisher Emeritus of the Kingston Freeman, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
NY Gubernatorial Debate
Ebola Monitoring
Blackwater Guards Convicted
UNC Investigation

Maloney, Hayworth To Participate In Environment Forum

Oct 14, 2014

Two candidates in a rematch in New York’s 18th Congressional District will take part in a forum Tuesday evening in Westchester County.

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth will participate in a forum on the environment at the Bedford Historical Society’s Historical Hall, at 7 p.m., hosted by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. Marcia Bystryn is president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. She says the league holds forums in competitive races in which it has yet to make an endorsement.

  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.

Gibson And Eldridge Debate Amid A Raucous Audience

Oct 7, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two candidates in New York’s 19th congressional district debated in front of a vocal audience in Ulster County last night.

Gibson, Eldridge Debate In Ulster County

Oct 7, 2014

A congressional debate in New York’s 19th district took place in Ulster County Monday night amid a standing-room only audience.

Much of the packed middle-school auditorium in Lake Katrine had a clear favorite in the race between Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democrat Sean Eldridge, as evidenced by the shouts and jeers amid candidate responses to questions posed during the debate. Here’s Gibson.

Debate Schedule Is Set In A NY Congressional Race

Aug 27, 2014

Two candidates in the race for a New York congressional seat have agreed upon a debate schedule.

Three candidates for two open seats for County Supervisor for Saratoga Springs participated in a debate Thursday night.

Current supervisor Matthew Veitch is running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence tickets. Saratoga County Clerk Peter Martin is running on the Democratic, Working Families, and Independence lines, and  Kenneth Ivins, Jr., former Saratoga Springs Finance Commissioner, is running on the Republican and Conservative lines.

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Saratoga Springs mayoral candidates County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen – a Democrat – and current deputy mayor Shuana Sutton – a Republican – squared off in a debate last night in the race to replace three-term Republican Scott Johnson on election day. 

The one-hour debate between Sutton and Yepsen focused on many of the issues facing Saratoga Springs voters – including the potential impact of an expanded Saratoga Casino and Raceway, calls for more EMS and fire department service in the city, and issues with downtown traffic and parking.