Candidate Conversation: Jim Fischer

Jim Fischer is running for Congress in the 20th district against three-term incumbent Paul Tonko. It’s a bit of an uphill battle thanks to a big Democratic enrollment edge. But businessman Jim Fischer is hoping to build up his name recognition with a new ad that will air across the district. He joined us to talk about his campaign.

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Kearns Calls For New Stadium Working Group Transparency

As its name suggests, the New Stadium Working Group was formed to decide if the Buffalo Bills need a new home. But the group has not released any information to the public and Assemblyman Michael Kearns wants to change that. Kearns is calling on Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to hold open meetings so taxpayers know what is going on. So far, Poloncarz has resisted. Assemblyman Kearns joined us to talk more about this.

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Rep. Slaughter Talks Back To Session Priorities

Congress will be returning from their August recess with a full agenda. And one thing they’ll need to address that came up during their break is the situation in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The issue of the militarization of police has been highlighted in this case. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter joined us to talk more about this and other back to session priorities.

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League of Conservation Voters Chooses Sides

The New York League of Conversation Voters is taking sides in one of the most contentious legislative primaries. And the group’s PAC is prepared to spend big to help state Senator Tony Avella keep his seat. He’s facing a challenge from former New York City comptroller John Liu over his decision to leave the so-called regular Democrats for the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference. But the league is focused on Avella’s environmental record. League of Conservation Voters President Marcia Bystryn joined us to talk about that race and the group’s other endorsements.

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Full Show – 8.26.14

Reports on state candidates pushing for debates with incumbents and part two our Fight For the House series, looking at Nan Hayworth’s campaign against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. Plus interviews with ESPA’s Nathan Schaefer, NY-23 candidate Martha Robertson, Albany-Colonie Chamber’s Mark Eagan, retired Brigadier General Debra Scullary, and our Insiders.

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The Insiders

Endorsements continue to roll out, or not roll out in this case.The New York Times editorial board Tuesday announced the Gray Lady will not endorse anyone in the September gubernatorial primary – not Governor Cuomo, and not his challenger Zephyr Teachout, either. It’s not all that suprising considering the recent relationship between the Times and Cuomo. And the non-endorsement is good news for Teachout, but not getting the Times official nod probably isn’t going to boost her campaign either. Our Insiders sat down to discuss this and more.

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Continued Push For Pre-K Funding Upstate

Summer is drawing to a close as children get ready to head back to school. But the fight for education funding continues, especially when it comes to pre-Kindergarten. The ‘Keep The Promise Of Pre-K Campaign’ is calling on the state to equally distribute money downstate and upstate, after most went to New York City. Mark Eagan, President of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce and, Debra Scullary, a retired Brigadier General now with Mission: Readiness, joined us to explain.

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ESPA’s Latest Round Of Endorsements

The Empire State Pride Agenda rolled out another round of endorsements this week, just a few days after making its choices in the statewide races. The group is backing all Democrats, including Governor Cuomo and his runningmate, Kathy Hochul. Cuomo of course got a lot of praise and support from gay rights group after the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in 2011. But ESPA says this decision was about another issue – the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. Nathan Schaeder joined us to explain.

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Robertson Defends Campaign For NY-23

The battle for the 23rd Congressional district is heating up. Democrat Martha Robertson managed to get some national attention after a series of missteps by Republican incumbent Rep. Tom Reed. But now, the race is all local all the time – and it’s getting ugly. Martha Robertson joined us to talk more about her campaign.

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Full Show – 8.25.14

Our show live from the New York State Fairgrounds, we spoke with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, State Senator Dave Valesky, State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball, and NY-21 Green candidate Matt Funiciello. Plus reports on Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s re-election campaign and the election year relationship between Governor Cuomo and organized labor.

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