2016 elections

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With September fast approaching, the city of Albany's political climate is heating up as mayoral candidates strive to bring their messages to the citizens.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A race that was closely-watched nationwide, expected to be a squeaker for the winner, ended up an easy victory for Republican John Faso.


     A new era in Massachusetts elections began today with early voting offered for the first time.

A vote here sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk

Local election officials report an upswing in people registering to vote in Massachusetts ahead of today’s deadline. 

Election Day is coming right up.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues his discussion with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

Facebook: Howard Dean

Former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean will be in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Sunday for a talk on America’s future. The Democrat plans to discuss this year’s national elections and more. Dean, a Hillary Clinton supporter, spoke with WAMC about the generation of Americans born after 1980 and their influence on the country.

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

  A Republican hasn’t carried New York in three decades.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he doesn’t think that’ll change anytime soon.

  Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. In this groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it from the moment the act was signed into law.

Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman offers the first comprehensive history of its kind, and provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.

  Tip O’Neill said all politics is local.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th House district, talks taxes with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

There’s a big difference between the executive and legislative branches.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th House district, continues her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  Who will be the next Congressperson from New York’s 19th district seat?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Zephyr Teachout tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why she believes she’s the right choice.

  PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill along with NPR host Rachel Martin are anchoring the special coverage from the GOP National Convention in Cleveland each evening from 8-11 here on WAMC. 

PBS NewsHour Correspondent Lisa Desjarsins joins us from Cleveland to discuss the national political conventions and what the conventions say about the candidates seeking the presidency.


A candidate in one of this year’s high profile elections in western Massachusetts has dropped out and endorsed a former rival.

  Election Day is about four months away.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss the presidential race. 

More than 20,000 first-time voters have registered with New York state in what state officials are calling an "unprecedented surge" of voter interest ahead of the state's April 19 presidential primary. 

Villages across New York are conducting elections today.

    In 1963 Richard Hofstadter published his landmark book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Today, Matt Lewis argues, America's inclination toward simplicity and stupidity is stronger than ever, and its greatest victim is the Republican Party.

His new book is Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots).

  Most members of Congress are gearing up for their reelection campaigns.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he prefers a competitive district. 

  As voting begins in a few days in the 2016 Presidential Campaign, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may be the least political person in politics. But, he is leading Hillary Clinton in many polls. He’s closed the fundraising gap, and is drawing crowds of thousands to campaign rallies. Why?

With reporting from inside the campaign, personal relationships with Sanders’s friends and colleagues, and meticulous research, reporter Harry Jaffe offers a portrait of the ultimate outsider candidate, charting Sanders’s course from Brooklyn to Burlington, and now to Des Moines and beyond.

Harry Jaffe is a journalist covering Washington, DC—its politics, its crime, its heroes and villains. His new book is Why Bernie Sanders Matters.

  With the first votes just weeks away, the polls are tightening.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he thinks Bernie Sanders’ chances are.

Hillary Clinton has revealed how she would fight ISIS in the wake of the attacks on Paris. Among her ideas: a no-fly zone, support for local troops, and a new authorization for the U.S. to use force in the region.

In a Thursday speech, the former secretary of state laid out her plan, as well as some attacks on her Republican opponents.

A vote here sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk

Political consultants, pundits, and politicians paid attention to the off-year municipal elections in western Massachusetts Tuesday for clues to what voters are looking for heading into 2016 with the presidency and many federal and state offices at stake.

There were few surprises, or even close calls, for most of the mayors running for re-election Tuesday, but that does not mean they had an easy time of it, according to Springfield-based political consultant Tony Cignoli.


Ask any politician about poll results and they will likely say that polls don't matter, especially if the numbers do not reflect well on their popularity or platforms. But polls did matter to the Republican candidates for president who wanted to be part of the recent Fox News debate, whose participants were chosen by poll results. The Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in Poughkeepsie did not want to be part of that debate selection process, according to Dr. Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute. 

The 2016 campaign is already cranking.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Democrats are likely to stick with Hillary. 

Waiting For Hillary

Apr 12, 2015
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  Today is the day - Hillary Clinton is expected to officially announce her presidential campaign. 

A big send-off last night in Manhattan for the former first lady and one-time New York state senator as dozens of supporters, elected officials and Democratic leaders gathered at a fundraiser.

The group has raised more than $15 million over the last two years and held events in all 50 states.

Two senior advisers tell the Asscoaited Press Clinton will portray herself as a fighter who can get results in a tough political climate.

Democrats took it on the chin in the midterm elections, but are hopeful about their 2016 chances.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Empire State could play a major role in our national politics.

  November 2016 is a long way away, but the election has already begun.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings handicaps the race with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.