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Host Alan Chartock is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, who covers New York State government for the Albany Times Union and its Capitol Confidential blog. They discuss what has become a public battle over access to now-Governor Andrew Cuomo’s records from his tenure as state Attorney General.

Primary day in the Bay State is rapidly approaching. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is doing well in his new district.

It remains to be seen what effect the Tea Party will have on the 2012 elections. In today’s Congressional Corner, Michael Kicinski — the Tea Party candidate for New York’s new 22nd district seat currently held by Republican Richard Hanna — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he supports safe hydraulic fracturing.

Central New York has alternated between parties when it comes to representation in Washington. In today’s Congressional Corner, Michael Kicinski — the Tea Party candidate for New York’s new 22nd district seat currently held by Republican Richard Hanna — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s time for a change in leadership.

Politicians across New York have had to focus on hydrofracking. In today’s Congressional Corner, Dam Lamb — the Democratic candidate for New York’s new 22nd district seat currently held by Republican Richard Hanna — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is wary about pursuing hydraulic fracturing.

Central New York has seesawed between Democratic and Republican representation. In today’s Congressional Corner, Dan Lamb — the Democratic candidate for New York’s new 22nd district seat currently held by Republican Richard Hanna — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his experience working for retiring Congressman Maurice Hinchey is an asset to his campaign.

Republican and Democratic strategists tell NPR that most of the estimated $4 billion to be spent by the campaigns, political action committees and others on the 2012 presidential race will make no difference in the outcome.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Mitt Romney and the Republican Party have lately been raising more money than President Obama and the Democrats. They won the money chase in May and in June. Normally, you would expect the incumbent to raise far more money.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And President Obama's campaign promptly warned supporters that he could lose without more cash. Though the Democrats have still raised more in the overall campaign, this led us to ask: How much does a fundraising advantage matter?

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