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.
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.