Candidate Conversation: Zephyr Teachout

Governor Cuomo did not accept our invitiation to debate his primary opponent ahead of next week’s election. In fact, he never even bothered to respond at all. But Zephyr Teachout did, and that’s just one of the steps she has taken in hopes of building support for her long-shot campaign. Despite being unknown and underfunded, Teachout has managed to gain the backing of some labor unions and newspaper editorial boards. She joined us to discuss.

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The Insiders

If you look at Google Trends, Lieutenant Governor candidate Tim Wu is far surpassing primary candidate Kathy Hochul in the mentions department. Wu has been gaining a lot of monemtum lately when it comes to the press and social media, but will it really be enough to beat Hochul’s support and her cash contributions come September 9th? The Insiders sat down to talk about this and other top stories.

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NYPIRG Lays Out Latest Campaign Contributions

Governor Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul are still easily outraising their primary opponents. Cuomo raised more than $600,000 last month, and Hochul brought in nearly $370,000. But the governor is not very popular on social media. According to an analysis by NYPIRG, just one-percent of tweets that mention the governor’s race are supportive of Cuomo. NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney joined us to explain.

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Vigil Organizers Hope Cuomo Exercises Power Of Clemency

A coalition of Democratic clubs, state lawmakers, candidates and even celebrities plan to hold a vigil outside the Mount Kisco home of Governor Cuomo and his girlfriend Sandra Lee. It’s an effort to push Cuomo to exercise his power of clemency. We first reported about the event last week, which almost immediately resulted in several phone calls and emails from lawmakers and candidates wanting to clarify that they would not be attending. Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, and Robert Dennison, former chairman of the state Division of Parole under George Pataki, joined us to discuss.

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Full Show – 8.29.14

Reports on gubernatorial campaign strategies and a look at Elise Stefanik’s campaign for the 21st Congressional district. Plus interviews with Assemblyman Peter Lopez, Attorney Douglas Walter Drazen, Doctor Steven Leibo of the Sage Colleges, and our Reporter Roundtable.

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U.K. Ups Terror Threat Level to “Severe”

President Obama is looking at different options for fighting the Islamic State terrorist groups that’s gaining strength in the Middle East. The U.S. is already conducting air strikes against ISIS targets in northern Iraq, but those do not seem to be enough to stop the militants, who killed an American journalist earlier this month. Meanwhile U-K prime minister David Cameron announced today that his country is raising its terror threat level to severe in response to events in Iraq and Syria. Dr. Steven Leibo from the Sage Colleges was here to discuss.
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Reporter Roundtable – 08.29.14

The Governor’s campaign was silent this week on our invitation to a debate. The deadline to respond to that invitation has since passed. Meanwhile, his primary opponent Zephyr Teachout and her running mate Tim Wu have covered some major ground regarding endorsements and a statewide tour. Also – where in the world is Rob Astorino? Capital New York’s Scott Waldman, Gannett’s John Campbell, and our own Nick Reisman were on to discuss.
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Despite Legal Challenges, Denver Jones Likely On Primary Ballot

It appears that State Senator Tom Libous will more than likely be facing a primary opponent come September. A court decision out of Albany this week validated hundreds of signatures to put challenger Denver Jones on the ballot against the long-time senator. That reversed a decision earlier this month that ruled those signatures invalid because of residency issues. Douglas Walter Drazen is the attorney for Denver Jones. He was on to talk about the legal battle.
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Three Years After Irene, Work Still to Be Done

While we’ve seen sunshine and clear skies the past few days in eastern New York, the scene was much different three years ago. This week marked the three-year anniversary since Hurricane Irene swept through the state, leaving damage that’s still being dealt with today. Among the areas hit hardest were the Hudson Valley and parts of the Capital Region. Assemblyman Peter Lopez represents parts of those regions, and was on to talk more about the three-year mark of the natural disaster.
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Full Show – 08.28.14

With less than two weeks left until Primary Day, Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu continue their statewide “Whistleblower Tour”, including a stop in the Capital City. Meanwhile, Congressional candidates are looking past primary day into the general election. Plus, interviews with NY-25 candidate Republican Mark Assini, organizers of the “Vote Your Dreams” rally, and Josie Duffy from the Center for Popular Democracy.
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