election 2012

Last night marked the final presidential debate before Election Day in a mere two weeks. On this edition of Vox Pop we ask, who won the final debate? WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Last night marked the final presidential debate before Election Day in a mere two weeks. On this edition of Vox Pop we ask, who won the final debate? WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Last night marked the final presidential debate before Election Day in a mere two weeks. On this edition of Vox Pop we ask, who won the final debate? WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

After weeks of somewhat troubling news out of his campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney scored points a few weeks ago after what pundits have described as an un-engaging performance by President Barack Obama in the first presidential debate.

Obama and Romney will meet again on the debate floor tonight, this time at Hofstra University on Long Island…

On this edition of Vox Pop we want your take on tonight’s debate. Can the president stage a comeback, or will Romney carry the day for a second time. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Two endorsements made yesterday in state Senate races proved - yet again - that old adage about the game of politics and the strange bedfellows its players choose as they seek to achieve, maintain or consolidate power.

The first came from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is now two for two, technically speaking, in bestowing his general election support on fellow Democrats.

Cuomo's first nod went to Sen. Joe Addabbo, one of the Senate Republicans' top targets this fall who is facing a spirited challenge from a GOP rising star, New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich.

In my last commentary I reviewed the major elements of the Republican education platform. Since then, the Democratic Platform has been passed, a platform which addresses a number of policy areas dealing with both K-12 and higher education, and not surprisingly, reflects a number of programs begun during President Obama’s first term in office.   

Among the many races to be decided by primary elections tomorrow in New York, a very contentious contest for the Republican nomination in  the 43rd State Senate District , and a more issues-driven campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 107th Assembly District. The candidates in the 43rd, incumbent senator Roy Mc-Donald and challenger Kathy Marchione met for a debate last night and the charges and counter-charges flew.  Andrew Beam of the Troy Record was there. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

From the first days of Watergate, to pay-to-play in the Massachusetts state legislature, to the most recent allegations of sexual harassment and a subsequent secret settlement in New York, politicians just cannot seem to stay out of trouble.

On today’s edition of Vox Pop, we will try to answer the question of whether those electeds who end up in hot water would’ve found themselves in a similar situation had they not held public office.

How important is the issue of health care to you in this year's Presidential Election?

The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night with impassioned speeches by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Michelle Obama.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we want your take on this political convention season – what do you make of the DNC thus far, what did you think of the RNC, and what do you think of the idea of party conventions in general? WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

The candidates in an often contentious campaign for the Democratic primary in New York’s 44th State Senate District met in a debate last evening at Russell Sage College in Troy. The campaign between incumbent Neil Breslin and challenger Shawn Morse has been marked with accusations of private investigators and arrest records with character an issue. Andrew Beam, who covered the debate for the Troy Record says while issues were discussed so was the character of the candidates. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Today at 5 p.m., Democratic delegates from across the country will be called to order in Charlotte, North Carolina for the first evening of the Democratic National Convention, where on Thursday President Barack Obama will accept the party’s nomination and make his case for re-election.

The DNC follows last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, which concluded with a speech by GOP candidate Mitt Romney that some say gained him some ground with undecided voters.

New Yorkers are awaiting a decision on hydraulic fracturing. In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Julian Schreibman — who is running against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s new 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that fracking poses a major risk to the environment.

Republicans and Democrats are both hoping to claim a key upstate New York seat. In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Julian Schreibman — who is running against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s new 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that incumbency alone can’t carry Gibson across the finish line.

Election season is upon us. In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Julian Schreibman — who is running against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s new 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his background makes him a quality candidate for Congress.

Mike Lofgren spent twenty-eight years working in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees, which gave him ringside seats on TARP, Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, debates on the Pentagon budget and the amazing antics of various deficit–reduction commissions.

A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Republican Linda McMahon has a slight lead over Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The survey, released Tuesday, shows 49 percent of likely voters back the former wrestling executive, while 46 percent support Murphy.

Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party Jerry Labriola says he's making the argument to national Republican officials that Connecticut can be a possible win for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Labriola told The Associated Press Monday that he's pointing out how President Barack Obama's popularity in the Democratic-leaning state has waned and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is running a strong campaign.

He said "Connecticut is more and more becoming in play" and national Republicans are listening to him.

Republicans, including the powerful chair of the New York state party, are beginning to flock to Tampa for next week’s convention. WAMC’s Ian Pickus has more.

Chairman Ed Cox has run the state party since 2009, and despite a Democratic enrollment advantage, has overseen some key victories: the Republican takeover of the state Senate after two years of troubled Democratic rule, and several Congressional seat pickups during the 2010 midterms.

In the wake of recent verbal miscues, there’s renewed speculation in some corners that President Obama may drop Joe Biden from the ticket. Should he? If yes, who should he pick to replace Biden?

During this week of vice presidential fixation, WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Bloomberg researcher Joshua Glasser, author of The Eighteen-Day Running Mate: McGovern, Eagleton, and a Campaign in Crisis, about the lessons learned during 1972's bizarre race.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we want your opinion on presumptive Republican vice presidential contender Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

It’s nearly time for voters to make a primary decision. In today’s Congressional Corner, Bill Shein — a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts’ 1st district seat — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is looking forward to the debates against Representative Richard Neal and Berkshire Registrar of Deeds Andrea Nuciforo.

Primary day is just weeks away. In today’s Congressional Corner, Bill Shein — a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts’ 1st district seat — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is running a strong race against Representative Richard Neal and Berkshire Registrar of Deeds Andrea Nuciforo.

Redistricting has helped to create a logjam for Congress in Massachusetts. In today’s Congressional Corner, former state Senator and Berkshire Register of Deeds Andrea Nuciforo — a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts’ 1st district seat, where the incumbent candidate is Representative Richard Neal — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is spending his time on the trail.

The future of hydrofracking in New York remains unclear. In today’s Congressional Corner, Bob Dieterich – the Republican candidate for New York’s new 20th district seat currently held by Democrat Paul Tonko — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he supports only safe drilling.

In the introduction to his massive chronicle of combat, entitled “Men At War,” Ernest Hemmingway described his subject as… “…that thing which no one knows about who has not done it.”   Much later in the sequence of events, he modified his unmitigated statement with this qualifier:  “As they get further and further away from a war they’ve taken part in, all men have a tendency to make it more as they wish it had been, than how it really was.”

With Election Day only about four months away, President Barack Obama and presumed Republican candidate Mitt Romney have kicked their campaigns into high gear.

The week so far seems to be a loser for Romney, who topped the headlines not for suggesting bold policy changes, but for a series of campaign gaffes that called into question his stances on race in America and international relations.

Government reform groups say there are a number of loopholes in New York’s campaign finance regulations, and that LLC’s, or Limited Liability Corporations, are part of the problem. Jimmy Vielkind of the Albany Times Union has been looking into these organizations and how they can be used to get around some of the campaign donation limits. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke to Vielkind about his front page story in today’s paper.

Planned Parenthood is launching a TV ad campaign in three battleground states suggesting that women's rights would suffer if Republican Mitt Romney is elected president. The political arm of the women's health care organization has endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details…

The group announced Wednesday, a day after Romney claimed the GOP presidential nomination, that it would spend $1.4 million to air its ad in Florida, Iowa and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C.

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