Spin Cycle

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Bishop, Zeldin spar over Allen West, Common Core

Labor Day may be the traditional start for fall campaigns, but Republican state Sen. Lee Zeldin and Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop are already swinging away at each other a week early in the battle for the 1st District congressional seat.

Bishop (D-Southampton) on Tuesday attacked  Zeldin for planning to have tea party-backed former Republican congressman Allen West as a “special guest” at...

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C.D. 1 Update: Zeldin rejects West's case for impeaching Obama


Republican Lee Zeldin may be inviting provocative former Rep. Allen West to his congressional campaign kickoff on Sept. 8, but Zeldin made clear tonight he doesn't agree with West's view that Obama committed an impeachable offense with the Bergdahl prisoner swap.

The Obama administration negotiated U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl's release by swapping five high-level Taliban leaders...

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C.D. 1: Zeldin campaign kickoff features controversial former Rep. Allen West

Lee Zeldin, Republican and Conservative Party challenger to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), said today that former one-term Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) - a controversial tea-party hero - will be the special guest at his campaign kick-off on Sept. 8.

West and former 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin were the two best known conservatives to urge the impeachment of President...

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Esposito, Croci trade barbs over Brentwood dumping scandal

     Democrat Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito on Thursday sought to link Republican Tom Croci to a toxic dumping scandal at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood.

  Republicans, noting that Croci was on active duty with the U.S. Navy, when the issue broke, called it a “desperate” attempt by Esposito to generate news coverage.

  The sparring is just latest...

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Congress: Zeldin says he would vote for U.S. House to sue Obama

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the Republican candidate running against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), said he would have voted to authorize House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for overreaching.But Zeldin is the only Republican congressional challenger on Long Island to say how he would have voted yesterday, when Republicans approved the authorization in a largely...

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1st C.D.: Bishop gets a little help from his friends

Rep. Bishop's campaign is due to benefit from

(Credit: Tom Brune)

For the third time in a row, Rep. Tim Bishop faces a tough re-election race this year, but he's  lucky – he’s got friends in high places.

Other Democrats in Congress have contributed $121,800 to him either from their own campaign funds or from their leadership PACs, records show.

That puts him in the top 10 recipients of these funds among House Democrats running for re-election,...

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Congress: Bishop raises $525k, has $1.1 million in bank

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) today said he raised a record $525,000 in the second quarter of this year, giving him $1.1 million in cash as he looks to stave off his Republican challenger, State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), in the Nov. 4 election.

Neither Bishop, the six-term congressman in the East End district, nor Zeldin, the victor in an expensive GOP primary on June 20, had filed their...

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