Fallout from the recession still haunts budget makers in more than 500 of New Jersey's local governments. Scores of communities are resorting to layoffs. School systems, county agencies and long-insulated public authorities are all feeling the squeeze. On January 1st, a state-mandated two percent cap on local property tax increases kicks in. But local officials say none of the key reforms designed to help them cut costs — like reforming the civil service law — have been enacted yet. Those are hung up in a partisan debate in Trenton.
I began working for Charlie Rangel in his now infamous rent-controlled campaign office in the summer of 2006 as an intern still in high school. I have continued to proudly work for him, as well as other Congressional members, ever since. I agree with District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, the greatest New York crime-buster of the 20th century, who said Rangel is being “railroaded” and that “he’s done more for the people of New York City than anybody else.”
Did you hear? I fixed the budget crisis. I know, I know, I'm amazing. It was actually really easy. I cut foreign aid in half, cut salaries for our returning troops and raised the retirement age to 70. I can't imagine this will bother or offend anybody.
There is no doubt that America has an unsustainable deficit over the medium and long-term trajectory. In the past, Congress has simply tried to deal with these issues from a short-term perspective, with politics in mind instead of the health of our economy. This must change. Band-Aid solutions will not solve our deficit crisis.
The Pew Hispanic Center reports that almost 75 percent of a nationally representative sample of Latinos either cannot identify anyone they consider to be “the most important Latino leader in the country today” or state there is no Latino national leader. How can we explain this?
An ethics panel of eight House members deliberated over two days before delivering a sad but unsurprising blow to 20-term New York congressman Charles Rangel. The 80-year-old democratic representative from Harlem was charged with 13 counts of fundraising and financial misconduct. Yesterday, he was convicted on 11 of those charges.
But not before some theatrics: Charlie Rangel refused to defend himself in the congressional ethics hearing, on Monday. Why did he walk out in protest? And what was the effect, if any?
New York’s Puerto Ricans used to be the eastern standard bearers of the nation’s Latino political struggles, led by a combination of radicals like The Young Lords and successful centrist politicians like Congressmen Herman Badillo and Bobby Garcia and Councilman Freddie Ferrer. But thanks in part to the Voting Rights Act, that influence is fading.
On September 11th, 2001, when the World Trade Center's South Tower fell, it tore a 15-story gash into the 41-story Deutsche Bank building, letting in the World Trade's whirlwind of toxic waste and human remains. Diesel tanks that held the fuel for the building's Emergency generator helped feed a fire that flared for days.
Now, almost ten years later, workers are finally dismantling the fifth and fourth floors at 130 Liberty, as the site is now known. Sunlight is finally replacing what was a highrise headstone that cast a shadow over Ground Zero. But the demolition is costing hundreds of millions of dollars and it is not scheduled to be complete until early next year.
The reasons behind the delays and the $400 million (and counting) price tag illustrate the stuck in stucknation
After nine years of Bloomberg rule, New Yorkers should not have been surprised by their mayor’s pick of Cathleen Black to be the new schools chancellor. Of course he chose someone with no connection to or experience with public education. Of course he picked a wealthy elitist with a professional lifetime in magazine publishing. Of course he selected an alumna of Chicago parochial schools instead of an educator or anyone who knew anything at all about education to run the largest public school system in the country.
The Black choice is classic, quintessential, in-your-face Bloomberg. He hasn’t packed his government with many such elitists, but he loves unorthodoxy and always has.
A lot of people were surprised by the appointment of Cathie Black as the new New York City Schools Chancellor.
Given the intensity of the education debate in New York City, I think Bloomberg felt that it was important to pick an outsider. Someone who owes no one anything and who has no ties to either side of the debate because the entire debate on education reform in this city needs to change.
History might show that the Tea Party Republican (TPR) victory launched the presidential career of Florida Senator-elect Marco Rubio. His personal characteristics — a strong family man, religious, an attorney, handsome, articulate and charismatic — plus the possibility that he will bring the Latino vote to the TRP tent, make him a most appealing candidate.
The Tea Party Republican electoral triumph resulted in changing the Latino political map. With the exception of Henry Bonilla, a Republican elected to Congress from San Antonio in 1999, it had been almost a century since Latino Republicans had won major contests in states other than Florida. In 2010, they elected two Congressmen in Texas, one in Washington and Idaho and governors in New Mexico and Nevada.
Keith Olbermann is a partisan Democrat? Well, my word! Get the couches out because people are fainting from surprise. Not bigger than the surprise that anyone would consider Olbermann a "reporter", of course, but that kind of shocking information is hard to top.
A reporter though he may not be, Keith Olbermann needs to go.
When I woke up the day after my primary loss, I was crushed. We had put an enormous amount of energy, passion, and time into the election. I personally had marched all across Queens and put up my posters and signs. I had over 300 voter-hosted house parties.
My life centered on creating a voice in Washington for those who have long been ignored. When I woke up the day after my election, I was devastated; not so much because I lost, but because I wanted to serve. I wanted to use my ideas and passion to help rebuild this nation.
I know so many candidates and incumbents who lost last Tuesday share this feeling with me.
Last Tuesday most Americans stayed home. It was a slight majority of the minority that turned out to redirect the nation's course.
Republicans bragged about winning. Democrats whined about losing. Meanwhile, more and more Americans worried about just surviving.
People accusing Barack Obama of being insufficiently “angry” need a Shaft fix. After that, they should get back to evaluating our President as a human being rather than as a stereotype.
Yes, stereotype. How “angry” are people waiting for a United States president to look, and why so much concern about it with this president?
Tuesday's results were a not a no-confidence vote against Obama, nor was it a vote for the Republicans’ platform. Polls indicate that voters are mad at everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike. They simply voted out the party in power.