Politics and Government

5:11pm

Mon April 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Tax exemption for Syracuse bookstore hinges on public access

The Syracuse Common Council is inching closer to approving a proposed tax break for a new bookstore and fitness center.
Cameron Group, LLC.

A new bookstore and fitness center on University Hill in Syracuse may get a tax break after all.

The margin needed for approval has narrowed.

Members of the Syracuse Common Council and an economic development official confirmed Monday that new terms on the deal have been reached, at least in principal.

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3:20pm

Fri April 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Arthur Brooks on the Campbell Conversations

Arther Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, a leading Washington-based conservative think tank, argues that conservatives need to reinvigorate their ethical and moral arguments in defense of free enterprise.

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10:19am

Thu April 5, 2012
Politics and Government

Governor Cuomo: Minimum wage increase still a possibility

Some New York State lawmakers are trying to reinvigorate the debate over the minimum wage. Governor Cuomo admits it could again be on the table in Albany.

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5:52pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Audio: Gov. Cuomo talks transparency, other issues during stop in Syracuse

Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped in Syracuse Wednesday, fresh off the passage of the second straight on time budget under his administration. Cuomo called the $132.6 billion budget part of a series of actions that will transform New York State. 

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10:21am

Wed April 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Lawmakers will not tolerate employees stacking overtime

Onondaga County is cracking down on employees who pile up overtime pay which ultimately push their pensions higher. Reducing these payments could save the county millions of dollars in the long run.

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12:59pm

Mon April 2, 2012
Politics and Government

John DeFrancisco on The Campbell Conversations

Grant Reeher speaking at the first Campbell Debate
Post Standard

State lawmakers have passed their second straight on time budget. Speaking with Grant Reeher just before the budget passed, Syracuse area State Senator John DeFrancisco describes the budget process and discusses whether or not it has improved in recent years.

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7:24am

Tue March 27, 2012
Politics and Government

State Lawmakers hopeful for budget agreement by week's end

New York lawmakers are very optimistic about getting a budget done on time again this year. They say 99% of the state’s spending plan has been closed down, and they will pass bills before the end of the week.  

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12:09pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Back-taxes force Syracuse IDA board member to resign

Darin Price says he donated his former home back to Syracuse after a fire in 1994 forced him to move. Price resigned from SIDA Thursday after it was discovered he owes 18 years of back-taxes on the property.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Two days after being publicly outed for owing Syracuse and the county nearly $97,000 in back taxes, a board member of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) has resigned.

His tenure with SIDA was short: He sat in on just two board meetings.

But one of those meetings included a "yes" vote on a controversial tax break for a proposed construction project on the University Hill.

And that was the catalyst for his ouster.

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7:06am

Fri March 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Lawmakers Leave For Weekend With Budget Unresolved

State lawmakers have abandoned the idea of completing a state budget one week ahead of schedule, legislators were due home in their districts late Thursday without agreement on a new spending plan.

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6:54pm

Tue March 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Illinois: Live Blog And Results

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:56 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann Romney, celebrate his victory in the Illinois GOP primary at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

With a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney is firmly in the driver's seat of the Republican presidential nomination contest.

In a victory speech in Schaumburg, Ill., the former Massachusetts governor thanked his Republican opponents, but very quickly pivoted to the general election against President Obama.

"It's time to say this word," said Romney. "Enough. We've had enough... We need a president who believes in us."

This Romney speech even sounded different. With Romney restating the big ideals of his campaign, it sounded like an acceptance speech.

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6:01am

Thu March 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo, Legislative leaders reach agreement on redistricting, other issues

The New York Senate and Assembly have approved new district lines, as Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced agreement on a number of other unrelated issues, including expansion of the state’s DNA data base, pension reform, and an amendment to allow more gambling in New York.  

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9:23am

Mon March 12, 2012
Politics and Government

Redistricting Amendment Scrutinized

State lawmakers have missed a deadline to come to an agreement on the redrawing of Congressional district lines, likely leaving a federal judge's plan as the one that will be instituted.

A State Assembly spokesman said Sunday night that an agreement could not be reached and they await the judge's revised plan, which is due out Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann's first draft removes Oswego County from Democrat Bill Owens's district. The county would be split, with half going to Republican Ann-Marie Buerkle and half going to fellow Republican Richard Hanna.

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4:32pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Religion and Politics on The Campbell Conversations

Marcus Matthews is the Resident Bishop for the Upper New York Area of the United Methodist Church. In this conversation he discusses the relationship between religion and politics, and how that relationship plays out in the Bishop's desire to see his churches have a greater presence and impact in their communities.

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3:16pm

Sat March 3, 2012
Politics and Government

Peter Coleman on the Campbell Conversations

There are conflicts, and then there are conflicts.  Peter Coleman, director of the international center for cooperation and conflict resolution at Columbia University, has identified a category of our seemingly most intractable conflicts—the five percent—and has studied them systematically. 

He’s the author of The Five Percent:  Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts.  What leads individuals, groups, and even entire nations to fall into the five percent trap, and what can they do to get out of it?  Find out on this edition of the Campbell Conversations.

1:38pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Politics and Government

Drone Protesters on The Campbell Conversations

Ann Wright and Kathy Kelly were both in Syracuse this week to be sentenced for their part in the protests against the MQ-9 Reaper drones in Afghanistan, which are being flown remotely from Hancock Field. 

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11:36am

Sun February 26, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle's re-election bid gets underway amid protests

Shoes left by protestors sat in the snow outside Rep. Buerkle's campaign headquarters in Syracuse on Saturday. Protestors briefly tried to get inside the event, but were denied.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

U.S. Representative Ann Marie Buerkle will run for a second term in congress, but the day she made that official was marked with protest.

Staffers for the representative got in a brief scuffle with demonstrators at the event to kick-off the re-election campaign.

It became the buzz inside her christened campaign office on Erie Boulevard in Syracuse as dozens of supporters awaited her arrival Saturday afternoon.

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11:23am

Fri February 24, 2012
Politics and Government

Duffy campaigns in Syracuse to lift "dark cloud" of mandates

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy will continue to crisscross the state over the next few weeks arguing for his boss's mandate relief plan. He held a press conference with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and the mayor of Syracuse in January.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy has been beating a path back and forth across upstate New York, as he campaigns for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget initiatives.

Duffy made his second stop in Syracuse this week on Thursday, this time to drum up support for changes to pensions and Medicaid funding.

But this time he brought some friends.

Duffy led a hearing of the 11-member Mandate Relief Council [PDF], made up of members of Cuomo’s administration and elected lawmakers. The group heard testimony from central New York government and business leaders at Le Moyne College.

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11:38am

Fri February 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Campbell Debate - Increasing taxes on the wealthy

All of the panelists ready for the debate.
Post Standard

The Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University presents The Campbell Debates, a debate series on timely issues of public importance with a fresh, provocative format.

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7:15am

Thu February 16, 2012
Politics and Government

State Senate leader says bill to hold state primary in June will not pass

The Leader of the State Senate says an Assembly bill to hold state legislative primaries on June 26th is dead on arrival in his house, making it more likely that the state will hold three separate primaries this year.

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7:13am

Thu February 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Bipartisan coalition endorses Gov. Cuomo's plan for campaign finance reform

A new bi partisan coalition of former elected officials,  business and civic leaders, is endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for campaign finance reform.  

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8:17am

Wed February 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Second round of hearings on redistricting comes to an end this week

The redistricting process in New York State is in the home stretch.  A second round of hearings finishes up this week after the release of legislative district lines that many called political attempts to keep incumbents in office.

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7:24am

Wed February 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo attempts to take audit powers from State Comptroller

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s trying to make government more efficient by taking pre audit oversight powers away from the State’s Comptroller in his state budget proposal.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli criticized Cuomo’s proposal, saying the pre audits have saved millions of dollars by flagging potential problems in the contracts. Cuomo says he’s not taking away the comptroller’s authority but trying to speed up an inefficient procurement process. He says the Comptroller and others are simply resisting reform of what he says is an “historically dysfunctional government”.

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7:17am

Wed February 15, 2012
Politics and Government

State Assembly introduces bill to hold all state primaries in June

The New York State Assembly has introduced a bill to hold all of the state’s primary elections on June 26th, to correspond with a court order requiring that congressional primary contests be held then.  So far, the State Senate wants to hold the state primaries on a separate date, in late August.

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7:44am

Tue February 14, 2012
Politics and Government

State Senator Returns to work after Fight at Casino

Senator Mark Grisanti

A State Senator from Western New York was back at work at the State Capitol Monday, following an incident over the weekend at a Niagara Falls Indian Casino where he and his wife were involved in a fight.

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1:49pm

Sat February 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Joanie Mahoney on The Campbell Conversations

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney works on the front lines of the "unfunded mandate" issue, a phrase we've been hearing with increasing frequency at all levels of political discussion.  What exactly is the problem with unfunded mandates? 

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11:46am

Fri February 3, 2012
Politics and Government

Eliot Spitzer on the Campbell Conversations

Perhaps no one is better suited to evaluate President Obama’s new investigative and prosecutorial unit on abuses in the mortgage industry than former governor and attorney general Eliot Spitzer.  As a prosecutor and attorney general, he was known for his aggressive pursuit of financial abuse; he warned us about the ultimate financial collapse; and he has written about these topics extensively since the crisis in 2008. 

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7:41am

Fri January 27, 2012
Politics and Government

State Legislature releases redistricted lines, Democrats not happy

The New York State legislature’s proposed redistricted lines have been finally been released to the public. The plans for Senate districts are drawing the most fire,  for the addition of a newly created 63rd district and configurations that pit some incumbent minority party Democrats against one another.

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7:46am

Wed January 25, 2012
Politics and Government

N.Y. Mayors testify in front of Legislative Budget Committee

Mayors from across the state came to the Capitol to testify to a joint legislative fiscal committee on Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget. While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went out of his way to offer support to the governor and for his budget plan, Mayors of upstate cities begged for a bail out. 

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8:22am

Tue January 24, 2012
Politics and Government

Anti-fracking protest at State Capitol draws hundreds

Actress Debra Winger at an anti-fracking rally in Albany Monday
Karen Dewitt

Actress Debra Winger and Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox were among hundreds of anti fracking protesters who descended upon the State Capitol Monday, in one of the largest demonstrations against the natural gas drilling process so far.

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7:45am

Mon January 23, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo introduces bill to legalize casino gambling in New York

Governor Cuomo has released a bill to amend the state’s constitution to legalize casino gambling in New York.

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