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The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Thu, 06/27/2013 - 11:00am

Wednesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court is being hailed as a victory by the gay rights movement. In a 4-5 decision, the court struck down the constitutionality of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.  In what is also considered a win for advocates of marriage equality, the Court declined to hear an appeal out of California dealing with the same issue.  Albany Law Professor & New York Court Watch blogger Vincent Bonventre will have analysis of the decision.

Some reaction to the ruling.

Back in January, the long time executive director of the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute announced he would be retiring at the end of this year’s session.  Well, the session is over, but FPI still hasn’t found a replacement for Frank Mauro.  Mauro has been with the organization since 1993; before that he worked for the Assembly Way & Means Committee, and headed up the Rockefeller Institute.  FPI’s Frank Mauro sits down with us to talk about the past and the future.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 06/26/2013 - 11:00am
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Former federal prosecutor Michael Koenig, Managing Partner in the Albany office of Hinckley Allen, will help shepherd us through the Moreland process.

Attorney General Schneiderman spoke on his efforts to force mortgage lenders to adhere to consumer protection standards in Syracuse on Tuesday.  Kirsten Keefe of the Empire Justice Center has worked with the AG on this issue on behalf of New Yorkers, ensuring we have access to mortgage settlement agreements to stave off foreclosure.  She won a victory in the legislature this session.

We meet a Republican who wants to be Governor, Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin of the 107th Assembly District.

Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives at CSS and a co-founder of Health Care for All New York Campaign (HCFANY) updates us on where the state stands on the new health exchanges.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Tue, 06/25/2013 - 11:00am
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Senator Mike Gianaris joins us to talk about the session, its failures and victories.  One failure for good government?  A campaign finance provision in the gambling bill was deleted.  It would have limited gambling interests from donating heavily to the very politicians who will determine the locations of casino gambling venues in the state. 

Another failure took place last week in Washington when the House couldn’t pass a flawed farm bill… or even come up with a bill not punitive to the nation’s working poor.  The bill that was voted on would have ended food stamp assistance for 2 million people.  We speak to two guests about the bill, first, NY Farm Bureau President Dean Norton, and then we follow up with the Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network, Mark Dunlea.

SUNY Adjunct Professor of Political Science Bruce Gyory of Corning Place shares his analysis of the legislation session.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Thu, 06/20/2013 - 11:00am

Governor Cuomo discusses the end of session at 11:06.

Upstate Assembly Democrat Addie Russell is not at all pleased by how the Women’s Equality Agenda is being dismantled.

The Junior League’s Denise Murphy McGraw makes one final Olympian push for passage of tougher laws to punish human trafficking.

We hope to speak with a Senate Republican:  We are crossing our fingers for Senators Marchione; Young; Ritchie or Little.

And then Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg discusses the emotional rollercoaster of this session including the loss and subsequent restoration of funding for people with developmental disabilities.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:00am
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Governor Andrew Cuomo weighs in on the rejection by the Senate Republicans of the WEA compromise floated Thursday as well as the deal hammered out this week with the Senecas.

Capital Tonight’s Nick Reisman and the AP’s Michael Gormley have the latest news from the state capitol.

Why did the Senecas come back to the table?  Why did the Governor & women’s advocates offer an amendment to the abortion plank of the Women’s Equality Agenda?  Why are private colleges on Long Island under consideration as a possible sites for Tax Free NY when it was presented as an upstate economic development tool?  Former gubernatorial candidate,  Assembly Minority Leader and current partner at the firm of Manatt Phelps Phillips, Republican John Faso shares his analysis with Democratic counterpart Sean Casey, Partner & Director of Public Affairs at Eric Mower & Associates in Albany.

City & State’s Aaron Short presents the Winners & Losers of the week.

Tracey Brooks, President  & CEO Family Planning Advocates shares her reaction to the outright rejection by Republicans in the State Senate to accept a compromise offered by women’s groups and Governor Cuomo yesterday dealing with the abortion plank in the Women’s Equality Agenda. 

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:00am

The Chairman of the Assembly Racing & Wagering Committee Gary Pretlow shares his thoughts on the Governor’s gambling bill. 

The New York Public Interest Group is issuing regional reports on pay-to-play among upstate legislators.  NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney joins us to discuss how many has influenced politics and policy in Central New York, and the Rochester and Buffalo regions. 

The New York Gaming Association’s James Featherstonhaugh discusses why he views the Governor’s gambling bill as a possible threat to the state’s 9 racinos which his organization represents.

Listen to archives here.

Primetime Radio
Sat, 06/15/2013 - 10:00am
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Every year, about 450,000 Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Each diagnosis creates a ripple effect, as millions of family members are thrown into a terribly sad, confusing and time-consuming situation. Filmmaker David Shenk believes the best resource, by far, is experienced Alzheimers families, caregivers who have already spent years learning to navigate this harrowing terrain. Shenk emphasizes that while no one is glossing over the difficulty of the disease, he did ask filmmakers to focus on solutions, tools and strategies families employ to carve out a comfortable and meaningful life in a new series of short films.

Then, for twenty-two years, Katherine Bouton had a secret that grew harder to keep every day. As an editor at The New York Times, and at daily editorial meetings she couldnt hear what her colleagues were saying. She had gone profoundly deaf in her left ear; her right was getting worse. As she once put it, she was the kind of person who might have used an ear trumpet in the nineteenth century. Bouton discusses her new book, Shouting Won’t Help, a deftly written, deeply felt look at the widespread problem of midlife hearing loss.

David Shenk and Katherine Bouton, this week on Prime Time Radio.

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Tue, 06/11/2013 - 1:00pm

On Tuesday's program:

Turmoil in Turkey: We look back on an explosive week from the perspective of a battle-ready journalist in Ankara, and residents of a traditional conservative stronghold in Istanbul.

Then, sentenced in Cairo: Defendant number 28 in Egypt's NGO trial responds in disbelief to the verdict which has changed her life forever

WordLink  is Deutsche Welle’s weekly news magazine providing the personal stories from behind the headlines. Website here.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 06/10/2013 - 11:00am

Governor Cuomo joins us to discuss how regulatory reform would work with his Tax Free NY initiative.

New York Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch wades into the contentious debate on teacher testing, the common core, and the direction of public education in New York State.

Dave Gahl, interim Executive Director of Environmental Advocates, presents the group’s end-of-session environmental scorecard.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Fri, 06/07/2013 - 11:00am

City & State’s Albany Correspondent Aaron Short will present a few of the winners and losers of the week.

The Albany Times Union’s Rick Karlin and Gannett’s Albany Bureau Chief Joseph Spector join Susan ARbetter with their analysis of the week’s political news.

Tracy Brooks of Family Planning Advocates will be here to advocate for the Women’s Equality Act.
Will our Senators get to vote on campaign finance and the Women’s Equality Act or not?   Karen Scharff of the Fair Elections Coalition and Andrea Miller of NARAL discuss the politics behind that question.

Thousands of education stakeholders will converge on Albany from around the state on Saturday to rally on behalf of a common sense approach to educating our kids. NYSUT’s President Dick Iannuzzi joins us.

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