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Herbert London: The New Democratic Party

Mar 22, 2017

Where is the Democratic party? The party of political giants like FDR, LBJ and JFK is missing in action along with the letters that defined its heroes. This is now the party of Obama, Schumer, Pelosi – a facsimile of the past and a party without direction and policy guidelines.

Ben Downing: Democratic Strategy In The Trump Era

Feb 16, 2017

Much has been made of how Democratic elected officials are pushing back against the Republican administration’s agenda. Whether it’s Attorneys General filing suit around the President’s executive order banning refugees or Senators pushing back against irresponsible cabinet appointees; all of these actions are necessary, but they are not sufficient.

With the Clinton era over, who will lead the Democrats going forward?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  A rose is a rose is a rose, but is a superdelegate a delegate?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney talks Democratic politics with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

 The Democratic primary has fewer candidates than the Republican side, but just as much intrigue.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his fellow Vermonter Bernie Sanders would not run a third-party campaign.

  Democrats control the Senate for just two more weeks.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the midterm elections were a missed chance for his party.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Later this week, it’s the New York Democrats' turn to meet at their state party convention, where they will nominate incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection.

There have been a number of ideas and suggestions on how to improve the New York State Legislature, especially after the recent arrest of two lawmakers on corruption charges. One of the ideas is changing the job from part-time to full time. That’s not a new thought, in fact it was suggested more than 100 years ago, in 1910, by then newly-elected State Senator Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

Democrats in western Massachusetts have mixed opinions on which candidate running in the primary to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat left by Secretary of State John Kerry they’ll support. 

While Fourth Berkshire District State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli may not be able to decide to support either Democratic U.S. Senate candidates, Congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch, he knows what he wants to see in Washington.

Pignatelli said that he’d like to see more of either candidate communicate more with the voters in his district before he’ll make a decision.

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a rousing speech at a meeting of the State Democratic Party, but stopped short of endorsing a democratic take over of the State Senate. At the meeting, the new co chairs of the party, chosen by Cuomo, were introduced.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...

The State’s second most powerful Democrat, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was among the warm up acts for Governor Cuomo’s address before a meeting of the State Democratic Party.