After a long silence from Andrew Cuomo regarding immigration in general and Latinos in particular, the Democratic candidate for governor is finally voicing his thoughts.
One of them is going to be elected governor, but neither Dan Malloy nor Tom Foley is likely to score a dinner invite from Tuesday's televised hour of caustic asides, withering ripostes and cross-talk.
There's icing on the cake this year for the political party that takes control over the state legislature: the power to redraw districts for the State Senate, State Assembly and U.S. Congress that will last for the next decade. At the end of this year, the U.S. Census Bureau will have counted the total number of residents--and since New York's population has slightly decreased, it's expected the state will lose two seats in the House.
-Jim Himes, U.S. Congressman for Connecticut's 4th District, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
GOVERNMENT BAILOUT WILL COST LESS THAN EXPECTED
The Treasury Department says the $700 billion financial bailout -- also known as TARP -- will cost taxpayers only $50 billion. The report comes two years and two days after Congress approved the bailout fund that provided billions to hundreds of banks. Critics say that while the program stabilized the financial sector, it did not do enough to prevent foreclosures and keep homeowners in their homes.
Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican Linda McMahon left their inaugural debate Monday night satisfied that neither had suffered a gaffe likely to haunt the remaining 28 days of their U.S. Senate campaign.
The race for New York State Comptroller is coming down to one question: which place do voters distrust more -- Wall Street or Albany? Both are derided as hotbeds of bad behavior, poor decision making and nomadic territories with no effective sheriff. But which one caused New York’s economy to tank?
The New York City Board of Elections felt the heat from City Council at a hearing Monday over primary day voting problems. A representative of the board said it would use what it learned to improve the voting experience for the November 2 election.
Government reform groups say the next election cycle presents the best chance yet for redistricting reform that they say would put an end to gerrymandered state legislative districts.
In 2008, Democrats were ecstatic when they elected Mike McMahon, their first Congressman from Staten Island in 28 years. But Republicans in 2010 think that former FBI agent Michael Grimm can win back the seat in New York's 13th Congressional district, which includes all of Staten Island and Brooklyn's Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Gravesend neighborhoods.
Dear Mr. President,
I heard that Wednesday evening you are coming to a fundraiser in Cresskill, New Jersey. I know you have been working overtime to get our economy unstuck, but I just wanted to outline some local conditions for you about how jammed up we are in these parts.
Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are bold, links to explore.
The clip of the week has got to be the heated confrontation caught on tape between Carl Paladino and Post reporter Fred Dicker. It sent the New York political community into overdrive, with Governor David Paterson weighing in the next morning. The Dicker vs. Paladino event took place on Wednesday night, eclipsing the week's earlier big news - Rick Lazio officially declined the nomination of the Conservative Party and dropped out of the gubernatorial contest. Andrew Cuomo tried to sieze the moment and pick up Lazio supporters in the general election, drawing a "stark comparison" between him and Paladino. On the Brian Lehrer Show, Newt Gingrich tried to draw a stark comparison between his ideas and those of Paul Krugman, part of a larger tax debate that pitted traditional liberals and conservatives against one another. Another hot button debate that drew a more unexpected pairing was immigration, with both Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch testifying in favor of a more streamlined path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, something considered a core Democratic agenda item. And, because it's likely to be the best audio of the election season, we end with a repeat of the Dicker/Paladino confrontation.
I love a good tea party as much as the next girl. And I have far more respect for misguided citizen activists than I do for disengaged citizen do-nothings. I find the Tea Party, however passionately engaged, to be dangerously misinformed, misguided and misled.
Andrew Cuomo called the allegations of infidelity made against him by his Republican rival "hurtful" and said it is the sort of thing that is turning people off of politics.
President Barack Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. The job Emanuel wants now is mayor of Chicago, where his next fierce political fight awaits.
New York's Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch accused the Obama Administration of ignoring a growing fiscal crisis that is being felt in state capitals across the country.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch testified on Capitol Hill today in support of immigration reform, urging lawmakers to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.