Election 2014

Israel leaving DCCC after two terms
11:11 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Israel As DCCC Chair: "It Could Have Been Far Worse"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, listens to Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as they receive updates on election day information at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Long Island Congressman Steve Israel says it could have been worse.

The six-term incumbent from Huntington, N.Y., has finished his second term as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a job aimed at getting — and keeping — as many Democrats in Congress as possible.

As head of the DCCC, Israel had to raise money, screen candidates, decide which candidates to spend the money on, and strategize national messaging.

In addition to all that, Steve Israel found the time to write a novel.

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National discontent brings down 12-year incumbent
4:14 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Zeldin Defeats Bishop For Congress

Congressman-elect Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) waiting for election results to come in.
Credit Charles Lane

Republican state Senator Lee Zeldin soundly defeated six-term incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop in New York's first Congressional District. 

Going into the night, both campaigns expected the race to be so tight that a winner might not be known until December when all the absentee ballots were counted. But an hour after polls closed Zeldin was up by several thousand votes. The margin ultimately grew to 16 thousand votes, or ten percent.

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Libertarian McDermott derides a "rigged" system
3:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

An Average Guy, Campaigning For NY Governor

Libertarian Michael McDermott decided to run for Governor on a lark after his friend already decided to run in his Congressional district.
Credit Charles Lane

 

Michael McDermott will let the phone ring and ring. But when his lawyer calls, he stops talking mid-sentence.

"Hold on this is our lawyer," McDermott says, "Hey Gary, any word?"

The newly minted head of the Libertarian Party of New York weaves in and out of traffic in this last week before election day. Before the phone rang he was cataloging the many obstacles for his party before election day--like getting on the ballot, and staying on the ballot.

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Election 2014
8:24 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Malloy, Foley debate for the 4th time

Incumbent Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, left, and Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley look at one another during an exchange about gun laws during a debate Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met for their fourth debate of this election season. Things got personal for the gubernatorial candidates once again.

In recent debates, Malloy has questioned Foley’s business ethics and claimed that Foley had lied to the FBI about a 1981 car crash, that had involved Foley spending a night in jail. Foley has questioned Malloy’s integrity, saying voters can't trust him because he was investigated for corruption when he was mayor of Stamford.

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Election 2014
10:29 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Conn. governor's race taking shape

File photos- Greenwich Businessman Tom Foley (left) and Governer Dannel Malloy (right)
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hil

Connecticut Democrats endorsed Governor Dannel Malloy to run for a second term and state Republicans endorsed their 2010 candidate Greenwich businessman Tom Foley to challenge Malloy again. But the stage is not quite set for a rematch.

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