Politics & Government

It's All Politics
2:15 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Why Pols Like Eliot Spitzer Can't Quit Politics

Eliot Spitzer is surrounded by media Monday as he tries to collect signatures for his run for New York City comptroller. The former governor, who stepped down in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, says he is planning a political comeback.
Seth Wenig AP

It's a political ticket only Jon Stewart could dream up.

With Anthony Weiner leading the race for New York mayor in some polls, fellow Democrat Eliot Spitzer now hopes to appear on the same ballot in the city comptroller slot.

This latest news comes in a season that has already seen the return of South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford to the House.

"Sanford's success led to Weiner's reassessment, and Weiner's positive polls have led to Spitzer's thinking, 'Why not me?' " says Lara Brown, a political scientist who wrote a dissertation on congressional scandals.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Says He Won't Seek Re-Election In Texas

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 6:01 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he will not run for re-election in 2014, feeding speculation that he might again pursue the presidency as a Republican candidate in the 2016 race.

The governor made his announcement at a news conference Monday in San Antonio, which was carried live online by The Texas Tribune.

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It's All Politics
9:39 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Texas' Looming Hispanic Shift Explained In 2 Charts

A bilingual sign outside a polling center ahead of local elections in Austin, Texas, on April 28.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 3:12 pm

NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Within a decade, Hispanics are projected to eclipse non-Hispanic whites as the largest race or ethnic group in Texas. It's a development that could someday shift the state's — or, given the size of Texas, even the nation's — politics.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

533 Citations in 1 Month From Opelika Cameras

A traffic camera is seen at the intersection of Highway 280 and Pepperell Parkway on Tuesday in Opelika.
Albert Cesare/Opelika-Auburn News

Red light cameras in Opelika generated more than 500 citations in the first full month.

   Mayor Gary Fuller says 794 warnings were issued in April when the cameras started being used and motorists were getting used to them. The grace period ended when May started, and 533 citations were issued that month. He said June figures aren't complete, but he expects about 300 for the month.

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3:45 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Congress Called On To Reverse Student Loan Rate Increase

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 1:02 pm

Rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans, which help low and middle-income college students, doubled on July 1. There is now pressure for a deal to undo the increase. NPR's David Greene talks to Matthew Chingos, a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy.

3:45 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Republicans Slow To 'Reset' Despite Election Autopsy Report

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 4:04 am

A few months ago, the Republican National Committee released several recommendations for broadening the party's voter appeal. The report told the GOP to reach out to women, younger voters and Hispanics. But so far, that has not been the direction party leaders have taken in Congress or in the media.

The Sunday Conversation
5:41 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Even Married, They Can't Be Together Legally

Courtesy of Caly Muniz Castro

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 1:40 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

As immigration legislation moves through Congress, there are still major obstacles to any kind of compromise. It's a tense waiting game for those in the country illegally — even for those who supposedly have a leg up in the process because they have married a U.S. citizen.

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3:26 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Big Personalities Are Front And Center In NYC Mayoral Race

Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn marches in the New York Gay Pride Parade on June 30.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 11:49 am

Everything about the New York City mayor's race is supersized.

No less than a dozen candidates are vying to succeed Michael Bloomberg as leader of the nation's biggest city — five Republicans and seven Democrats. The candidates have appeared at more than 100 forums and debates, and the primary is still two months away.

Observers say that the crowded field could favor big personalities.

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Governor - France
2:53 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Governor Bentley's Trip To Paris $88,000 To $97,000

Governor Bentley's trip industry-hunting trip to France last month is estimated to cost the state between $88,000 and $97,000.
Credit dyn.politico.com

The state Department of Commerce estimates Gov. Robert Bentley's industry-hunting trip to France last month will cost the state between $88,000 and $97,000.

The department says that estimate includes seven people: Bentley; his wife, Dianne; two security staff members; Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield; and two other department employees. The Department of Commerce leads the state government's industrial recruitment effort.

Department spokeswoman Gerri Miller said the goal of the trip to the Paris Air Show in mid-June was to bring home jobs.

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2:47 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

2 Years After Immigration Laws, Ga., Ala., Stable

Two years after implementing strict immigration laws, Georgia and Alabama find undocumented workers returning to the state's agricultural areas.
Credit Florida Atlantic University

Two years after Georgia and Alabama passed tough laws to drive away people living in the country illegally, the states' agricultural areas are still heavily populated with foreign workers, many of whom don't have legal authorization to be here.

Farmers say many of the migrants have returned because the laws are not heavily enforced and it once again seems safe to be here.

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Lieutenant Governor-Ivey
4:58 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Alabama's Lieutenant Governor Waits On Fundraising

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey has announced her run for a second term, but is holding off on fundraising for the campaign for now.
Credit ltgov.state.al.us

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is seeking re-election to a second term, but she did not report raising any campaign funds in the first month that candidates could receive donations.

State law allowed candidates for the 2014 elections to start raising money in early June. Those that did had to publicly report their contributions this week, but Ivey reported none.

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It's All Politics
10:08 am
Fri July 5, 2013

A Lively Political Press In A State Where Everything's Bigger

Texas reporters surround state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, on Monday.
Todd Wiseman Courtesy of Todd Wiseman

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 3:22 pm

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country. We take a closer look at the local journalists covering the coming changes, in this part of the series.

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Politics & Government
7:26 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Republican Dyas Announces for Rep. Bonner's Seat

Fairhope builder Daniel Dyas is joing the growing list of candidates looking to fill congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile.

Fairhope builder Daniel Dyas says he's joining the growing field of candidates looking to fill the Alabama congressional seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile.

   Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/123GBAC ) 31-year-old Dyas, also a Republican, ran for a Baldwin County Commission seat in 2010 and finished third in the GOP primary.

   Bonner is resigning from Congress effective Aug. 15 to become a chancellor of the University of Alabama System. Gov. Robert Bentley will call a special election once Bonner's 1st District seat is officially open.

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2:35 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court

Chief Justice John G. Roberts (left) and Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 12:03 pm

It would not be an exaggeration to call the recently completed Supreme Court term a lollapalooza. Day-by-day on the last week of the court term, the justices handed down one legal thunderbolt after another: same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action. The end-of-term crush of opinions made so many headlines that other important decisions got little public notice.

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3:22 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Understanding The Recess Appointment Truce

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 8:58 pm



Congress is in recess this 4th of July week and, for a change, it's a real recess. Lawmakers haven't bothered with the kind of going through the motions sessions, a relatively recent political strategy that have marked some past legislative breaks. That suggests at least a temporary truce between the Senate and the White House over the contentious issue of presidential appointments.

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