The struggle between individual rights and the good of the community as a whole has been the basis of nearly every major disagreement in the history of the United States, from the debates at the Constitutional Convention and in the run up to the Civil War to the fights surrounding the agendas of the Federalists, the Progressives, the New Dealers, the civil rights movement, and the Tea Party.

In American Character, Colin Woodard traces these two key strands in American politics through the four centuries of the nation’s existence.

As the presidential primary campaign heats up, the Democratic National Committee has refused to increase the number of debates between the candidates. As several of the candidates call for more, the voices are rising from state parties, advocates and voters. On Monday, members of the Vermont state Democratic Party became the latest to join the call.

Matt Ryan

Four of the candidates running for governor of New York will be participating in a debate shown on public television and heard on WAMC Wednesday night.

Democratic incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and his Republican predecessor Nan Hayworth appeared separately in the Bedford Historical Society’s Historical Hall for a New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund environmental forum October 14. WAMC was a media sponsor.

Two New York congressional debates take place in the Hudson Valley Monday evening.

The Orange County Citizens Foundation is presenting a debate in the 18th district with Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and his Republican opponent, former Congresswomen Nan Hayworth. There is a third candidate who is not part of the debate -- Goshen resident Scott Smith. The debate is at Middletown High School from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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.

Senator Scott Brown’s campaign says the Republican incumbent won’t take part in a debate hosted by the Kennedy Institute  and U-Mass Boston.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.