Dylan Ratigan is running for Congress in NY's 21st Congressional District.Dylan has lived in Lake Placid since 2012. His family roots in the Adirondacks and North Country go back before the American Revolution. In 2012, Dylan invested his life savings and founded a company that designs modern farming kits to assist military veterans in operating small farms. He is a former news anchor and commentator for CNBC and MSNBC, and former executive at Bloomberg News. Dylan Ratigan is a world-renowned business leader and author of a best-selling book on concrete solutions for increasing investments, jobs, and opportunities in America.
Student loan debt is crippling our economy. We've seen an entire generation of students held down by crushing debt.
45 million borrowers are struggling with monthly payments, predatory and aggressive bill collectors and confusing repayment terms.
Nationally, student loan debt just behind mortgage debt in the United States. It accounts for a stunning 10 percent of debt balance – that's a total of $1.48 trillion nationwide.
According to New York state statistics, the average student loan debt in our state is $30,000.
The system is broken, and we have to fix it. If a student is trying to pursue higher education to better themselves and their future, they shouldn't be saddled with loans that take years, and sometimes decades, to repay.
Student loan debt doesn't just hurt borrowers. It's holding back our economy on a larger scale. Borrowers are often saddled with so much debt that they can't even begin to think of purchasing their first home, secure an auto loan, or fully participate in the banking system. Many have to delay saving for retirement for years, just to try and find the cash to pay their student loans off.
I spoke with Natalia Abrams and Cody Hounanian of Student Debt Crisis, a non-profit group advocating for a better structure for student loans. I originally met Natalia at the founding of Get Money Out over a decade ago. Since then, she's become a leading voice advocating for change in the student loan industry.
In a 15 minute clip, WATN host Jeff Graham talks with callers, including labor leader Ernie Labaff, about why Dylan Ratigan has the best shot of winning against incumbent Republican Representative Elise Stefanik.
WATN host Jeff Graham discusses why Dylan Ratigan is the only Democrat in NY-21 with the best chance to beat incumbent Republican member of Congress Elise Stefanik. "I think he's got kind of a different message," says Graham. "The only Democrat who can win in November -- I think that's true."
My campaign is running to reform broken politics that have completely disconnected the voter from the government. Not only disconnected the voter from the government, but allowed the government to become entirely beholding to these monopolies.
Whether it's in the tech sector, the banking sector, or the health insurance sector, an increasingly small group of concentrated entities have incredible influence over everything that happens in the lives of billions of us around the world. It's the natural progression of the economic cycle but, it also harkens back to Teddy Roosevelt in the end of the last Industrial Revolution. Then, we saw the consolidation with Carnegie and Rockefeller and others around railroads, oil, and banking.
We are there once again, and the stranglehold on our government is real. It is abusing the people of this country and the people of Upstate New York.
I've asked Steve Faktor to join us who is the CEO of IdeaFaktory, author, writer for Harvard Business Review, writer for Forbes, and formally the head of innovation and running innovation funds at a number of financial services firms including American Express and CitiGroup.
We’ve all experienced it: one-bar cell signals, calls that suddenly drop, or driving through “dead zones” without access to data. And it’s not just inconvenient lack of coverage or dropped calls that we have to deal with. Thousands of residents live in areas where they don’t have access to reliable high-speed internet at home.
North Country economic growth will go hand in hand with expanding data access. It’s one of the most foundational aspects to growing our economy. We will catch up to the rest of the country by getting broadband access up to date. In many ways, we’re being left behind.
But, we can fix this!
I spoke with Kevin Lynch, COO of Nicholville Telephone Company and Slic Network Solutions. They are one company providing greater connectivity across the North Country, with a focus on expanding the fiber optic network in the North Country. He spoke with me about how wireless and wired coverage go hand in hand, and the future of fiber and data access in the North Country. Listen to our podcast here, with the full transcript below.
How can you “Represent” people in a Congressional District, let alone improve it, if you haven’t defined where you are? It is long past due that all our Congress people are held to account for working with those they represent. Introducing the NY21 District Dashboard, a metric to hold our leaders accountable to the people they represent.
The U.S. decision to pull out of the Iran deal is just another example of failed leadership. If the deal is bad, a true leader should make it better. Anyone can walk away from a "bad deal" for a worse deal.
For more on my campaign for Congress in NY-21, visit dylanratigan.com
Everyone’s paying close attention to the latest scandal out of Washington – this time, it’s a question of who is going to lead the Veterans Administration. What’s getting lost in the noise is real service to our veterans. These are individuals who have devoted their lives and efforts to a mission larger than themselves.
The opportunity we have right now is to invest in creating pathways, opportunities, and investments in enrolling that population. We must help our combat and military veterans in taking a leadership role in this country in order to help all of us move in the direction we all need to go.
I am encouraged and inspired by the children and young adults leading a push for changing our broken political system. It is broken to the point that we are incapable of having even a sensible conversation around guns that would benefit everybody in this country. We need to fix our political system and discourse so we can have the sort of common sense conversations we need to have around guns.
Who am I, why am I running, and what are we doing? In short, I grew up in Saranac Lake, and eventually moved to New York to work in journalism. During my time at CBNC and MSNBC, I was privileged to have had a bird’s eye view of our financial and political system. In 2011, I observed a frustration, albeit an impassioned one, with both political parties and the entire political process. Here's a deep dive into what we're going to do about it.
Facing a rigged and broken political system, we’re at a very specific point in history. The world is shifting when it comes to the way things are done. We collectively feel a “shift” all around us – whether it’s in our jobs, in our communities, and even in government. This fast rate of change means opportunities for using new tools and build new ways of operating for our future. Check out this podcast where Dylan dives into “the shift” and what it means for NY-21.
It's true: there's no such thing as free trade. And even though so called "free trade" is at the forefront of political discussions right now, we can't forget the heavy cost for trade which has been paid for the last four decades by America's working class.
I'm Dylan Ratigan and I'm running for Congress in NY's 21st District. Learn more about the campaign and get involved at www.dylanratigan.com
I was honored to receive a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from my Alma mater, Union College, yesterday during their Commencement for the Class of 2012. Union College was the first institution to issue an honorary doctorate to Thomas Edison in 1878, and I am humbled to be included now among the ranks of those receiving an honorary degree from Union.
Dylan stops by WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss The 30 Million Jobs tour and people who are creating innovative jobs around the country. He also shares his thoughts on NY Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, our country’s fundamental ideals, and the idea of an agreed culture of aligned interests through collaboration to solve our country’s problems.
After our TV show today, we decided to do a quick outdoor "Parkcast" under the shadow of the Texas State Capitol building. Here's Dylan's conversation with Mark Meckler of the Tea Party Patriots and David DeGraw of AmpedStatus.com, and one of the original organizers of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
On Wednesday, February 8 2012 Dylan Ratigan joined AM970 The Apple's Curtis Sliwa for a conversation on Greedy Bastards, the 2012 election, and the state of the U.S. economy. Curtis is one of our favorite NY radio hosts, and we always love having Dylan on his show. Take a listen!
Dylan Ratigan and Paul Blumenthal of The Huffington Post continue our "Auction 2012" series with a discussion on the bought nature of our health care system in America.
Paul Blumenthal is a reporter for the Huffington Post covering money and influence in politics. He previously worked as the Senior Writer for the Sunlight Foundation covering influence, lobbying, and transparency issues. His work has been featured in many different outlets including PBS' Frontline, CNN, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, and National Journal. He can be reached at email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter @PaulBlu.