John Faso
John Faso

New York Congressman John Faso, a Republican of Kinderhook, will not vote for the House republican tax plan in its current form, according to a press release. Faso says the plan does not do enough to ease tax burdens.

"I have consistently stated that my goals for tax reform are to increase economic growth, increase worker paychecks, incentivize small business investment and ensure New York families are better off.  Unfortunately, I do not believe the current tax bill being considered by the House meets all of these goals," Faso said.  "As such, I will vote no when the bill is considered in the House of Representatives tomorrow.

What do you think of when you hear about an African American Republican? What is it really like to be a black person in the Republican Party?

Stanford University Professor Corey Fields’ new book: Black Elephants in the Room considers how race structures the political behavior of African American Republicans and discusses the dynamic relationship between race and political behavior in the purported “post-racial” context of US politics.

Drawing on first-person accounts, the book sheds light on the different ways black identity structures African Americans' membership in the Republican Party. Moving past rhetoric and politics, we learn the importance of understanding both the meanings African Americans attach to racial identity and the political contexts in which those meanings are developed and expressed. 

  What does a Republican have to do to win statewide in New York?

In today’s Congressional Corner, retiring Congressman Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his platform for a potential 2018 gubernatorial campaign. 

The North Country is getting to know its new representative.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican Elise Stefanik tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about her first few months in office.

Most arguments in Washington ultimately boil down to how much to spend and what to spend it on.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Republican budget is bad for her constituents.

Herbert London: The Republican Contract for 2014

May 7, 2014

The Republican strategy for the 2014 November election has been cast in stone: “Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare.” Leadership in the House, the Republican Study Group, the National Republican Committee and a variety of pollsters are persuaded that the Affordable Care Act, and the president’s name attached to it, represent a winning formula. Speaker Boehner is so convinced of this claim that he systematically refuses to consider other campaign issues. After all, other issues would dilute the message and confuse the voting public.

Another Republican is entering the race for governor of Vermont.  WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports...

Roy Newton, a Rutland area publisher, announced Wednesday that he plans to be on the GOP primary ballot in August.

Newton is challenging Sen. Randy Brock for the Republican nomination. Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin has not said whether he will run for reelection.

WCAX-TV reports that Newton is the founder of the Vermont Ski Museum and runs several small publications in the Rutland area, including the Rutland Sun.