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Elections
11:16 am
Fri October 26, 2012

In Search Of Obama's Second-Term Agenda

President Obama holds a copy of "The New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security," which outlines some of his agenda for a second term, during a rally in Richmond, Va., on Thursday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 11:35 am

What would President Obama do with a second term?

It's been a bit of a mystery throughout the campaign. The president seems to devote at least as much time criticizing his Republican opponent Mitt Romney as he does explaining what he'd like to do if returned to office.

Obama has taken some heat for his silence and sought to answer such complaints this week. But even as he's made his priorities more clear, he hasn't answered what may be the biggest outstanding question: how he'll get congressional Republicans to go along with his agenda.

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New England News
5:20 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Underdog Brock Slams Governor Shumlin on Health Care

Randy Brock

With less than two weeks to go before the election, the Republican candidate for governor of Vermont is expressing confidence he can pull off an upset win over the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Randy Brock made a campaign swing through the eastern side of the state last weekend, and, at an appearance in Bethel, spent much of his time talking about health care.

He says he disagrees with the Shumlin administration's push for a single-payer health insurance system. He believes expanding competition and choice among insurers is the best way to bring down h

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Elections
9:35 am
Wed October 24, 2012

The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans' Right to Vote

We speak with Tova Andrea Wang, Senior Democracy Fellow at Demos and Fellow at The Century Foundation, about her book, The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans' Right to Vote.

Elections
9:35 am
Tue October 23, 2012

The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

We welcome Sasha Iseenberg to the show and speak with him about his book, The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns.

WAMC News
5:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Vermont GOP Senate Candidate Says Push 'Long-Shot'

John MacGovern
MacGovern for U.S. Senate

Republican U.S. Senate candidate John MacGovern knows his effort to unseat Vermont's independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is a long shot, but he's pushing forward, hoping an unexpected confluence of events could send him to Washington.

The 61-year-old Windsor man has only a tiny fraction of the $6.8 million that Sanders has available. He's had no official support from the national or state Republican parties and little name recognition.

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Elections
12:40 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Senator Saland grateful for Cuomo's endorsement

Senator Stephen Saland

New York state Senator Stephen Saland, a Republican running for reelection to the Poughkeepsie-area seat he has held since 1990, received a cross-party endorsement from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo last week. One of four Republicans who broke ranks to vote for same-sex marriage last year, Saland faces Democrat Terry Gipson and conservative Neil Di Carlo – his primary opponent – in the general election. Saland spoke today with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Elections
10:30 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1242

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. They discuss abortion, tax reform, hydrofracking, and jobs.

Elections
3:32 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Gipson finds Cuomo's Saland endorsement "incredibly disturbing"

Terry Gipson

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cross-party endorsement of Republican Senator Stephen Saland could be a blow to Rhinebeck Village Board of Trustees member Terry Gipson, the Democrat in the three-way race for the 41st district seat. Cuomo says he’s endorsing Saland to honor his courage in breaking with his party to vote for same-sex marriage last year. Gipson spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Elections
7:27 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Governor Cuomo Endorses Saland for Support of Gay Marriage

Governor Andrew Cuomo shakes hands following an event at the New York State Police Troop K Headquarters in Dutchess County, New York. Standing to the Governor's right is State Senator Steve Saland.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is endorsing Republican Sen. Stephen Saland, who cast the historic 32nd vote needed a year ago to legalize gay marriage in New York.

The popular governor has long said he would support the Republican senators who voted for legalization. Although most of the Senate's Republican majority opposed it, Saland and three others voted for the measure, risking their careers in what they said were personal votes of conscience.

In September, Saland won a narrow victory in the first Republican primary of his career in the Poughkeepsie-area district.

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Elections
7:23 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Cuomo Saddles Up for Obama Campaign Trail

AP

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will take his high favorability ratings out on the campaign trail for fellow Democrat President Barack Obama.

Cuomo says he plans to go to swing states to campaign for Obama, but didn't say where or when he will go.

In the interview on WGDJ-AM Radio, Cuomo says he is trying to tamp down speculation about his own interest in a run for president in 2016. Cuomo repeatedly says he's not thinking about it.

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