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Dems Lead In Statewide Races

The Democratic incumbents in the three statewide races all hold at least 20-point leads over their challengers, according to today’s Siena Research poll. And all three incumbents have the support of at least 50-percent of likely voters. With two weeks to go, that’s good news for the Democrats. But just how good? Siena pollster Steve Greenberg joined us to break down the latest numbers.

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Brodsky: Prop 1 Best Option

Both current and former elected officials are taking sides in the debate over Proposition one, the redistricting amendment on this year’s ballot. The proposal would create a special commission to redraw congressional and state legislative districts every ten years to account for changes in population and demographics. That’s currently done by sitting members of the legislature – a system good government groups say allows lawmakers to pick their voters instead of voters picking their lawmakers. But advocates are divided over whether the new commission would be independent enough. Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky joined us to discuss.

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Major Settlement In NYCLU Case

The last time we talked to the New York Civil Liberties Union, they were preparing to go to trial over the state’s public defense system. Their argument was that the state wasn’t doing enough to ensure public legal counsel for low-income New Yorkers. Tuesday, the group announced a major settlement in that case, spreading millions of dollars over five counties to improve their public defense systems. Corey Stoughton, an attorney for the NYCLU, joined us to discuss.

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Full Show – 10.21.14

Reports on U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s support for state races, Andrew Cuomo and Rob Astorino reaching out to the latino community for votes, Howie Hawkins focusing on environmental issues including hydrofracking, and part two of our series on the gubernatorial campaigns, this time looking at their stances on the economy. Plus interviews with NRCC chair Rep. Greg Walden, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin and this week’s Insiders, Brendan Quinn and Jack O’Donnell.

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The Insiders

Ebola continues to be a campaign issue. Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino earlier this month called for a flight ban. Governor Cuomo at first said it wasn’t necessary, but has now changed his tune, saying it’s something the federal government should “seriously consider.” Astorino, meanwhile, is still calling on Cuomo to close off all ports of entry in the state. Our Insiders this week, Brendan Quinn and Jack O’Donnell, sat down to discuss this and other top stories.

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Assembylman’s Complaint Over Cuomo Book

Governor Cuomo is now facing a formal complaint from one Republican lawmaker. The complaint claims Cuomo violated ethics laws by using state employees and his status as governor to promote his new book. The complaint refers to two events, the first being the Governor’s book signing, where a college student says he was forcibly removed from the event when he asked the governor about the Moreland Commission. The second was when the Governor appeared on David Letterman’s “Late Show.” Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin joined us to explain the complaints.

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NRCC Chair On NY Congressional Contests

Republicans are feeling pretty confident about keeping the majority in the House of Representatives after this year’s elections. But that does not mean they’ll be taking it easy for the next two weeks, especially since there is the possibility of gaining even more seats. And as we’ve said many times before, several of the closest contests are right here in upstate new york. The chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Congressman Greg Walden, joined us to discuss.

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Full Show – 10.20.14

An update from the gubernatorial campaigns on where they stand when it comes to the state of the economy, Vice President Joe Biden making stops in Syracuse to stump for Rep. Dan Maffei and appearing in New York City with Governor Cuomo, and part one a series looking at where gubernatorial candidates stand on ethics issues. Also interviews with State Education Commissioner John King and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Senator Cathy Young, NYLCV’s Marcia Bystryn and UUP’s Fred Kowal.

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Changes To Graduation Requirements

The New York state Board of Regents is giving high school students more options for earning a diploma, including the choice to focus on career and technical skills. The board passed a measure on Monday to allow students to substitute a vocational exam or an extra math or science test for one of the two social studies regents normally required for graduation. State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch joined us in studio to explain.

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Republicans Optimistic About Senate Control

There are now just 15 days until the polls close for New York state elections. And this year, the stakes are the highest for the state Senate. Republicans are hoping to keep their control in this blue-state. They seem to be gaining ground in key races, but there are so many factors, including indictments and who will be conferencing with whom. Senator Cathy Young, chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, joined us to discuss the latest developments.

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