By David Lombardo
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The Capitol Confidential podcast is a weekly show from Times Union reporter David Lombardo that focuses on the policy, personalities and politics of New York's state government.
||Clean'Tis the (#nybudget) season||It's that time of year again in the Capitol, when life as we know it stops and the budget process begins. This year's season is off to a familiar start, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo offering a PowerPoint presentation in a frigid state theater packed...||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHamlet on the Hudson||Before the media fascination with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (lack of) national ambition, it was his father who stirred up speculation about a White House run. In 1991, 32-year-old Terry Lynam was one of the staffers then-Gov. Mario Cuomo dispatched to New...||1/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew York's OG IG||Long before the world would meet New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott through the performance by actress Bonnie Hunt, then-Gov. Mario Cuomo was looking for the first person to fill the newly created post. The original state inspector..||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe new face of Albany oversight||At 25-years-old, Jim Skoufis was elected to the state Assembly. With six years of Capitol experience under his belt, he is making the leap next year to the state Senate, where he joins a new Democratic majority. Skoufis joined the podcast to talk...||12/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy podcast with Andrea||The political career of Andrea Stewart-Cousins began as a volunteer on a city council race in Yonkers, and nearly three decades later she will take on the role of majority leader in the state Senate. This evolution and much more about the Democratic...||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoney (That's what I want)||New York's lawmakers are poised to get $30,500 raise in January, and an additional $10,000 in the following two years. New York Law Journal reporter Dan Clark joined the podcast to explain the process that led to the first salary increases in two...||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCampaign confessional||Compared to serving in combat overseas, Democrat Aaron Gladd's campaign for state Senate was a walk in the park. His underdog campaign to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Kathy Marchione was waged without any muscle from Senate Democrats and in a deep red...||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat hath the election wrought||The highly anticipated "Blue Wave" delivered on Election Day in New York, where Democrats won an overwhelming majority in the state Senate and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo cruised to a third term in office. USA Today Network's Jon Campbell joined the podcast...||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanState Senate Extravaganza!||The state Senate has never been more exciting! Control of the narrowly divided 63-seat chamber is up for grabs on Election Day, and a handful of races are toss ups and more are well positioned for an upset. To breakdown the most important races the...||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCongressional forecast||Election Day is less than two weeks away and the fate of New York's most competitive congressional races is still a bit hazy. To help bring some clarity to the campaigns, political data analyst Noah Rudnick joined the podcast to explain his election...||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid & David||David Carlucci, an original member of the state Senate's Independent Democratic Conference and one of two to survive the primary night purges, joined the podcast for a look back and forward. The conversation examined the breakaway conference's...||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYear of the Woman: Part Deux||If 1992 was the "Year of the Woman," then 2018 is the "Year of Women." Across the country a record number of women are pursuing elected office and New York is seeing the same trend, with more than 100 women running for state legislative races this...||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChild Victims Act at stake on Election Day||There is widespread support for victims of child sexual abuse, but a comprehensive bill to make it easier to hold offenders accountable in criminal and civil court has failed to become law in New York. Gary Greenberg, a child sex abuse survivor,...||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHis RV was bound for glory||Going into primary night this summer, Gareth Rhodes was coming on the strong in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 19th Congressional District. He had picked up an endorsement from the New York Times and was rolling out support from major...||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside Chuck Schumer's primary win (in 1998)||Twenty years ago, Chuck Schumer was facing an uphill battle to get into the U.S. Senate. Then a New York City congressman, he joined a crowded field pursuing the Democratic nomination to take on incumbent Republican Sen. Al D'Amato. Schumer handily...||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrystal Run Persuasion||It wouldn't be New York if there wasn't a recurring controversy surrounding political contributions. The current gubernatorial campaign has been marred by the federal probe into Crystal Run Healthcare, a politically influential Orange County firm that..||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe evolution of New York's AG||Suing the president, investigating police related homicides and leading multi-state actions against the federal government. Today's state attorney general job is unrecognizable from the position four decades ago, with new powers and a broader scope of..||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDebate Special: I am a podcast||Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon sparred over corruption, their tax disclosures and a handful of progressive issues during the lone Democratic gubernatorial debate on Wednesday. The hour-long, one-on-one matchup at Hofstra University on Long...||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Berger Prescription||The delivery of health care in New York has been in flux for more than a decade, but the current landscape was largely shaped by the Berger Commission. Created in 2005 under Gov. George Pataki, the commission was tasked with overhauling the delivery...||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to win debates and influence voters||Cynthia Nixon and two-term incumbent Andrew Cuomo will meet once in a head-to-head primary debate before the Democratic gubernatorial primary. The matchup shares similarities with the 1982 primary debates that launched Mario Cuomo into the governor's...||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRules of Engagement||The state's chief elections enforcement officer either had her wings clipped this week or reasonable oversight authority was finally put in place. Your opinion of the actions taken by the state Board of Elections commissioners could depend on how...||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLarry the (PSC and) Cable Guy||The state's regulator of public utilities brought the hammer down on your cable company, assuming you haven't cut the cord and live in upstate New York. The controversy has been brewing for years and it came to head at a special meeting of the Public...||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe evolution of Capitol Confidential||In the most meta episode yet, Times Union Editor Rex Smith discusses the evolution of Capitol Confidential from a print product to a blog and now as a podcast. The interview explores the changing media landscape and what that means for the Capitol...||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet Marc be Marc||Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the Republican nominee for governor, joined host David Lombardo on a park bench outside the Capitol for this episode of the Capitol Confidential podcast. The interview touched on Molinaro's political...||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPutting the Gary back in Gerrymandering||The next round of redistricting is still four years away, but every election is shaped by the last time the legislative boundaries were drawn. For four rounds of redistricting, Jeff Wice was a player in New York's redistricting process. He got to...||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCapitol Confidential awards||The first annual Capitol Confidential awards recognized the winners, losers and best plot twists of the 2018 legislative session. It was a fierce competition for the top awards, as the past six months in Albany had everything. There was betrayal, ...||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Senate Coup of 2002||In 2002, largely behind the scenes, the Democrati…||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Campaign Sausage||Saratoga County Republican operative Nick Willock…||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSenate shenanigans||Associated Press reporter David Klepper talks abo…||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFuzzy Budget Math||Citizens Budget Commission Director of State Stud…||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMargin of error||Dr. Don Levy, of the Siena Research Institute, ta…||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA fiduciary hero||Jonathan Trichter joined the Capitol Confidential…||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Unparalleled news source
This podcast is fantastic in that Dave lands interesting and consequential guests, along with the fact that the podcast space is tragically under utilized in the Capital Region media market. The audio quality should not deter you (hopefully it will be better by the time you read this). The guests are great, and Dave is an engaging and critical interviewer worth tuning into each week. My only wish is for someone to get this man a studio!
A real nice mix of topics from the New York State Capitol. A lot of stories just off the beaten path make for a good listen, along with the regular big news out of Planet Albany.
Sharp, funny analysis of NYS government
It was Obi-Wan Kenobi who famously said you’d have a hard time finding a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the New York State Capitol. This is the podcast it deserves.