Spin Cycle

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In key race, Esposito, Croci trade blows over taxes

  Democratic State Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito announced Tuesday she backs a series of tax-relief bills that have had bipartisan support while bashing Republican opponent Tom Croci for hiking taxes as Islip town supervisor in 2013, an increase Croci has blamed on his Democrat predecessor.

  Croci fired back, defending his record in Islip and blaming state Democrats for the...

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1st CD: Air war begins as national parties launch attack ads

Democratic and Republican House campaign committees begin airing attack ads today in the much-watched race between GOP candidate Lee Zeldin, a state senator from Shirley, and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) on Long Island’s East End.

The ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee charges that Zeldin would privatize Social Security, breaking by the entitlement program’s promise by...

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Speed camera misinformation used in campaign

Political campaigns constantly misrepresent candidates' records or, in some cases, omit pertinent facts.

Consider a Facebook attack on Nassau Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who is running against fellow legislator Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) for the State Senate seat vacated by Charles Fuschillo, a Merrick Republican.

The latest headline in a Facebook page called “The Real Dave...

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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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