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Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the 2018 gubernatorial race and more.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats have won two special elections for the New York state Senate, but Republicans will remain in charge of the chamber. In Westchester County, Democrat Shelley Mayer beat Republican Julie Killian. In the Bronx, Democrat Luis Sepulveda easily dispatched Republican Patrick Delices. Democrats now have a one-seat majority; but even before the results of two special elections Tuesday in the State Senate were decided, the lone Democratic Senator who caucuses with the Republicans says he’s sticking with the GOP. That means Democrats will likely not control the Senate any time this year.

In The Once and Future Liberal, Mark Lilla offers an impassioned, tough-minded, and stinging look at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations. Although there have been Democrats in the White House, and some notable policy achievements, for nearly 40 years the vision that Ronald Reagan offered—small government, lower taxes, and self-reliant individualism—has remained the country’s dominant political ideology. And the Democratic Party has offered no convincing competing vision in response.

Mark Lilla is a political scientist, journalist and professor of humanities at Columbia University. His newest book is The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.

The recently passed tax legislation known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 contains some significant negatives for New York taxpayers, and potentially for New York State.  Among the most notable are the limitations placed on the deductibility of state income taxes and real property taxes. This may be somewhat offset by the increase in the standard deduction to $12,000 for single filers and to $24,000 for a married couple filing jointly.  For many the increase in the standard deduction will eliminate the loss of the deductions for income taxes and real property taxes, but for others the answer is, it’s not even close.

In Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980, New York Times bestselling biographer Craig Shirley charts Ronald Reagan’s astonishing rise from the ashes of his lost 1976 presidential bid to overwhelming victory in 1980. American conservatism—and the nation itself—would never be the same.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty
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Late Monday night, GOP members submitted a change to House rules that would have weakened the ethics office. Yesterday afternoon, they met again and agreed by unanimous consent to withdraw the changes. 

For our Congressional Corner segment, Alan Chartock spoke with Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut’s 5th District about her thoughts on ethics in Washington.

A note: this conversation was recorded before the change was withdrawn. 

Vermont Republican Party

Last weekend Vermont Republicans and Democrats held their state conventions to choose delegates to the upcoming national conventions.  Vermont Republicans are sending the youngest delegate in state history to a national convention.  Seventeen-year-old Jace Laquerre is eligible under state law because he will turn 18 by election day.  He hopes to bring the millennial’s perspective to the GOP.

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Republicans are planning to pack nine caucus sites across Massachusetts to select delegates to the Republican National Convention.

Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
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Donald Trump is receiving the endorsement of the head of New York state's Republican Party. Ed Cox, the party's chairman, had vowed to stay neutral before his state's primary on Tuesday.

The media is awash with stories about how the Republican establishment is looking for a way to stop Mr. Trump. Efforts to stop him have received strong vocal support from former Governor Mitt Romney, and, to a lesser extent, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan (although McConnell’s and Ryan’s concerns may eventually prove to be, in reality, not necessarily presidential in nature).

  Another Tuesday, another round of primaries.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Donald Trump remains the overwhelming frontrunner for the GOP nomination. 

As we survey the Republican field of presidential candidates, there is an air of disbelief from moderate Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

 David Brock is a widely published author and democratic activist. In 2004 he founded Media Matters the nation's premiere media watchdog. Following the 2010 he founded the democratic Super PAC American Bridge, one of the largest modern campaign war rooms ever assembled, which uses research, tracking, and rapid response to defeat republicans.

He is the author of five books including his 2002 best-selling memoir, Blinded By The Right: The Conscience Of An Ex-Conservative. His new book is Killing The Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot To Derail Hillary And Hijack Your Government. 

Bill Owens: House GOP In Bad Spot

Oct 12, 2015

The recent resignation of John Boehner as Speaker of the House has, of course, set-off a leadership race that has been and will be most interesting to watch. On Thursday October 8, 2015, the Republican Caucus planned to vote before McCarthy abruptly dropped out. It now appears the vote will be in the House Floor on October 29, 2015 without a Caucus vote. Stay tuned.

Jeffrey Reel: Donald Trump And The GOP

Sep 27, 2015

“There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear” – Buffalo Springfield.

Donald Trump is a bombastic, narcissistic man-child. And although I would never vote for him, I do want to thank him. He is creating a seismic shift in the Republican Party and its political platform, and, in some respects, it’s for the best.

Bill Owens: President Donald?

Sep 3, 2015

Donald Trump, after what most commentators and observers concluded was an outrageous debate performance, has gyrated but clearly gained in the polls. The Republican establishment appears astonished, and the other candidates look lost.

  The first GOP presidential primary was held last night, but the makeup of the field was subject to pre-debate discussion.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he disagrees with Marist’s decision to stop polling the race.

This interview was recorded before last night’s debate.

  The GOP House budget had some detractors from with the Republican conference.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan why he voted nay.

Stephen Gottlieb: Alzheimers Versus Iran

Mar 10, 2015

No it wasn’t treason. The Constitution defines treason as “levying War against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

Stephen Gottlieb: I Don’t Get It

Nov 11, 2014

I don’t get it. Political scientists tell us that the advantage of democracy is that the elected officials have to act for the benefit of most of the people. And if they don’t, they lose.

This past Election Day, all three statewide incumbents were easily re-elected, the Assembly’s Democratic majority got bigger, but consistent with the overall Republican political tsunami seen across the nation, the Republicans took back control of the state Senate and picked up some New York Congressional seats.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have picked up four of the six seats they need for a Senate majority, while Louisiana's hard-fought Senate race is headed to a runoff.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have captured the Arkansas Senate race, which they have seen as key to their efforts to be in the majority in the new Congress.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have picked up the first of six additional Senate seats they will need in order to be in the majority when the new Congress convenes in January.

11/3/14 Panel

Nov 3, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
GOP Ahead in Polls
UN Panel on Climate Change
Common Core Math
Ebola Update
Virgin Galactic

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.

5/19/14 Panel

May 19, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
VA Data
DirecTV Deal
California Chrome
3 Gay GOP Candidates
Student Debt Study

    Republicans have controlled the House since after the 2010 midterms.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the GOP could keep the House two elections later.

Obama warns GOP against blocking gun bill

Apr 9, 2013
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President Barack Obama is warning Republican lawmakers against using delay tactics to sink gun control legislation.

Obama spoke last night about his gun proposals in Connecticut, where 20 children and 6 adults were killed in a horrific school shooting last year. The shooting spurred fresh debate in Washington over gun control measures.

The president is singling out GOP lawmakers who want to use procedural maneuvers to block legislation. Obama says the move would be akin to saying the public's opinion doesn't matter.

The 2012 presidential contest between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney represents the comeback of GOP boss Karl Rove, according to Vanity Fair investigative reporter Craig Unger. He joins us to discuss his new book, Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power

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