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In Buffalo Tuesday, Governor Cuomo finally spoke out about his administration’s treatment of the anti-corruption Moreland Commission. Cuomo said the commission operated with “total independence” and called it a “phenomenal success.” But, not everyone sees it that way, and the story continues to make national headlines ask more questions are raised. Our Insiders sat down to talk more about this and other top political stories.

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Pro-Fracking Groups Pushing Foward With Lawsuit

Pro-fracking groups in the Southern Tier are pushing forward with a lawsuit despite being told they don’t have the standing to sue. The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York along with two other plaintiff’s is trying to get the courts to force the state to complete the hydrofracking review that’s been underway for years now. Earlier this month, an acting Supreme Court judge ruled that the groups could not sue because they had not been environmental harmed. Now, the coalition is appealing that decision. Scott Kurkoski, and attorney in the case, joined us to explain.

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Good-Government Groups: Stay Neutral

A coalition of good government groups are urging the state Board of Elections and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to insure ballot language for the redistricting amendment is neutral and not biased. Last year, the Board of Elections was criticized for the language on the ballot describing the proposed gambling amendment. NYPIRG’s Blair Horner amd Susan Lerner of Common Cause New York joined us to talk about the letter sent Tuesday.

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Full Show – 07.28.14

Reports on the continued fallout of the Moreland Commission, part one of our exclusive Time Warner Cable News-Siena Research poll, and the latest with the Dan Halloran trial. Plus interviews with Don Levy of Siena Research, Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill, John Robinson of Our Ability, and Jasmine Gripper of the Alliance for Quality Education.

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Exclusive Poll Highlights State’s Interest In Casinos

New Yorkers in the three regions eligible for new casinos seem to be taking a wait and see approach to casino expansion. Time Warner Cable News partnered with Siena to survey voters in the Capital Region, the Hudson Valley, and the Southern Tier on whether they support expanded gambling in their region. And we found that 36-percent of voters in those areas were in favor of new casinos back in November when the amendment was on the ballot. 28-percent were opposed, and then 35-percent were undecided. Never the less, a majority voted yes. Don Levy of Siena Research joined us to discuss.

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AG Candidate Weighs In On Moreland

Governor Cuomo in Buffalo Monday addressed the criticism of the Moreland Commission. But not all those involved in the commission have talked about what exactly went on. Republican candidate for Attorney General, John Cahill, says current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman should break his silence. Cahill joined us to talk more about this.

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Advocates: State Needs To Improve Accessibility

New images are required on state signage when it comes to handicapped accessibility. Governor Cuomo Friday signed a law that changes the traditional image to show a character in motion, highlighting the person, not the disability. The new law also prohibits the use of the word “handicapped” from being displayed on signs an instead only allows for the word “accessible” John Robinson, the CEO of Our Ability, joined us to talk more about this.

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AQE In Support Of Keeping Teacher Tenure

Several families along with former journalist Campbell Brown today filed a lawsuit to end teacher tenure in New York state. They say incompetent teachers are able to keep their jobs because of these tenure rules. But not everyone agrees with the suit, including those with the Alliance for Quality Education, who say its a “phony attempt to privatize education by Wall Street financiers” and that the focus should be on helping teachers, not pushing them now. Jasmine Gripper of AQE joined us to explain.

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Full Show – 07.25.14

Reports on unresoled immigration issues in DC, Matt Doheny putting his support behind Elise Stefanik in NY-21, and the impact an error in the state budget is having on SUNY schools. Plus interviews with Congressman Paul Tonko, Michael Seilback of the American Lung Association and our Reporter Roundtable.

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American Lung Association’s Seilback on Tobacco Cessation Spending

According to a new report out from the American Lung Association, New York state is not doing enough to help people quit tobacco. The report looks to the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that many lives and billions of dollars in state and federal funding could be saved if more coverage was provided. Michael Seilback of the American Lung Assocation explains how much the state should be spending.

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