With corruption investigations dominating the headlines in both New York state and city government, what’s the impact on productivity at City Hall and in Albany? Will it effect policy decisions? Will it affect Mayor de Blasio’s reelection chances? City & State Editorial Director Michael Johnson joins Gerson and Nick to talk it over.
It’s part 2 of our interview with retiring congressman Charlie Rangel. He’s served the Harlem-area for 46 years and gives us his unique perspective on religious leaders, the development of upper Manhattan’s neighborhoods, affordable housing, and Harlem politics.
Congressman Charlie Rangel’s career representing Harlem and the surrounding neighborhoods in Congress has spanned 46 years. He’s seen eight presidential administrations, nine speakers of the House of Representatives, and seven mayors of New York City. And now, as Rangel prepares to retire, he sits down with us for a special, two-part edition of the Slant podcast. He shares his perspectives on current politics, as well as stories only someone with his unique perspective could tell.
Part II will be published next Monday.
As the federal investigations mount into New York’s highest public offices, we get perspective on what we can expect from someone who has firsthand experience on the convoluted underbelly of campaign fundraising because he served time in prison for coordination. Former Missouri state senator and current Milano Graduate School professor Jeff Smith sits down with us.
Plus, what’s the morning line on the future of the New York Racing Association? NY1 political director and horse racing aficionado Bob Hardt gives us his take.
And Gerson Borrero has the bochinche on the political insiders counting the days until city council speaker Melissa Mark Viverito’s term is up.
Political scientist and author Christina Greer joins City & State columnist Alexis Grenell and Slant editor Nick Powell to provide context on the schism in black support between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and to discuss why the 1994 crime bill is – fairly or unfairly – only a small part of the Clinton legacy in the eyes of black voters. Professor Greer also explains why Bill Clinton might end up being the albatross around his wife’s neck as she heads towards the general election in a likely matchup against the presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Investigative reporting legend Wayne Barrett has made some enemies after more than 40 years covering New York politics, but he’s also earned their respect. We’re back with Wayne for part 2 of our conversation with Wayne to look at the state of New York politics today and ask who the REAL progressive is.
*Recorded April 15, 2016*
The dust has settled, revealing what many people expected the morning after the New York primary. Hillary Clinton cruised to victory over Bernie Sanders, drawing much of her support from downstate, and Donald Trump swept nearly the entire state. Here to break down the results and discuss what yesterday’s elections mean for New York are state Democratic Party chair Basil Smikle and Iona College political scientist Jeanne Zaino.
Investigative reporting legend Wayne Barrett literally wrote THE book on Donald Trump and his downfall 25 years ago – and now with Trump back in the national spotlight more than ever, Barrett is re-releasing his book with a new introduction. We’ll talk to him about the rise, fall, and comeback of The Donald.
The stage is being set for a battle in Brooklyn between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. NY1 political anchor Errol Louis is going be asking some of the questions at Thursday night’s debate. Ahead of the big night he sat down with us to give us a window into debate preparation and the political landscape.
Bryce Covert, economic policy editor at Think Progress and contributor at The Nation, and James Parrott, deputy director and chief economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, join Alexis Grenell and Nick Powell to discuss minimum wage and paid family leave. What, exactly, did the recent state budget accomplish in these areas and what lies ahead? The panel discusses this and more in a special Slant podcast.