Politics

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.

“Do not forget that ‘skill and integrity’ are the keys to success.” This was the last piece of advice on a list Will Thurmond gave his son Strom in 1923. The younger Thurmond would keep the words in mind throughout his long and colorful career as one of the South’s last race-baiting demagogues and as a a major figure in modern conservative politics.

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.

D.L. Hughley

Aug 20, 2012

D.L. Hughley, one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today, and star of a fourth HBO one-hour special entitled Unapologetic. We speak with him about his new book, I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America.

Polls show the presidential election too close to call. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s not yet sure if Republican nominee Mitt Romney will unseat President Obama.

Voters tell pollsters that the economy is the top issue of the fall election. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that jobs are a pressing issue in his upstate district.

Today on Vox Pop, a new poll shows that voters in New York City are less likely to vote for an atheist or a 'born again' Christian than a Muslim or Mormon candidate. What do you think of these stats, and of the effect religion can have on personal and national politics? WAMC's Ray Graf hosts with guest WAMC's Alan Chartock.

The dog days of August mean fall campaign season is rapidly approaching. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his poll numbers are reassuring.

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.

Contemporary politicians often look to their predecessors for wisdom. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that LBJ might well have been the country’s greatest Senate Majority Leader.

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.

The President is expected to carry Massachusetts in the fall despite running against its former governor. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he thinks President Obama will win re-election.

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.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Steve Greenberg of the Siena Research Institute. They discuss the new poll’s findings on the Affordable Care Act, the enduring popularity of Governor Cuomo, and the reelection hopes of President Obama and Senator Gillibrand.

Veteran Clinton-watchers are trying to figure out where the Secretary of State heads next. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his party is focusing on November’s looming presidential race first.

House Republicans made history by voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the vote was nothing more than political theater.

The presidential race is receiving most of the attention, but this fall’s election will shape the legislative outlook as well. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Democrats have a chance to re-take the House.

It’s a given that most of us, even those benefiting financially, agree our current election process is tedious and costly. In less than 200 years, it has evolved from small, exclusive meetings to a Henry VIII orgy, gulping down hundreds of millions of dollars. What our forefathers suggested be a simple process, simply isn’t anymore.

Our Constitution depends on our common sense.  It says nothing about how political candidates should be nominated, merely provides guidelines to allow the development of political parties.

Connecticut Congressman Chris Murphy went to college in the Berkshires. In today’s Congressional Corner, Murphy tells WAMC’s David Guistina, sitting in for Alan Chartock, that he favors arts education whenever possible.

The Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s David Guistina, sitting in for Alan Chartock, that he was pleased by the decision.

We welcome journalists Bob Ingle and Michael G. Symons and speak with them about their book, Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power.

Keeping jobs within U.S. borders has been a rallying cry for many in Washington. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s David Guistina, sitting in for Alan Chartock, about his success with a new jobs bill.

Dodd-Frank banking regulations are as contentious as ever. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she wants to see the Volcker Rule suspended.

President Obama’s executive order on immigration could be influential in the fall election. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that every presidential action is politically significant.

Many observers say recent jobs numbers aren’t doing the President any favors.In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the country has plenty of potential to create more jobs.

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