New York as National Checkbook

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale talks about how races around the country seek funding in New York. Then Noah Bierman who covers government and politics for The Boston Globe talks about the Massachusetts Senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown. 


Noah Bierman and Anna Sale

Comments [12]


Elizabeth Warren is a right-wing fanatic when it comes to u.s. foreign policy:

“Our brave servicemembers have done all that we could have asked them for and more in Afghanistan…” [Doing all that "we" could ask them for, such as attacking a country that did NOT attack us and murdering thousands of their innocent civilians.]

“It has been ten years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and we’ve been fortunate not to have seen any further devastating attacks. It’s a testament to our intelligence work, our law enforcement, our homeland security, and our military personnel…But these threats are not going away. We must remain vigilant….We need to continue our aggressive efforts against Al Qaeda, and we need to continue to support the efforts of our intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security, and military professionals.” [Three cheers for fear-mongering and Bush's fascist Patriot Act!]

“Iran is a significant threat to the United States and our allies. Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons…” [Right-wing fanatic Bill O'Reilly couldn't have said it better.]

May. 09 2012 01:07 PM
Scott from Lower Manhattan

One thing I'd like to know about the result in Indiana: why is there no discussion about the role of plurality voting in the primary? Simply put, if we did not have plurality voting, there would be no need to winnow the general election field down to one member of each party, so Lugar and Mourdock could have both run in the general election without mutually disadvantaging each other. Thus, if a majority of Indianans favored Lugar over Mourdock, irrespective of how they regarded the Lugar would not return to the Senate next year. However, a vocal minority hijacking a party would not be able to have that effect.

May. 09 2012 10:33 AM
Robert from NYC

When appeals to morality fail, appeal to the pocketbook. Bill Clinton's emphasis on the business repercussions of discriminating against homosexuals in North Carolina recalls the same strategy used 100 years ago to try to stop lynching.

If only we could all see each other -- black, white, straight, gay -- as fellow human beings.

May. 09 2012 10:33 AM
mercedes from westchester

i can understand why outside investors would think of this as an unwise investment. when you speak with people from NC, it seems like a subject they would rather ignore and/or their sweet, southern sense of "manners" in all conversations allows them to avoid the issue.
And clinton's address of money and not human rights... he is correct. i do believe that the contribution to business by gays in north carolina will be felt. they tend to be smart entrepreneurs who often have found a way of not only dealing with north carolina's bias emotionally, but making money while doing that. If they leave, north carolina will feel the loss.

May. 09 2012 10:32 AM
dsimon from Manhattan

Of course a lot of money for elections comes from New York. That's because there's a lot of money in New York. Politicians come here to raise funds for the same reason Willie Sutton said he robbed banks: it's where the money is.

Many candidates simply can't raise the money they need in their home states or districts to run competitive races in those localities. Those who don't like the idea of "outside money" should support a robust public campaign finance system so that elected officials are accountable only to their constituents and not to those supplying their campaign funding.

May. 09 2012 10:28 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Warren herself acknowledges her perfidy by her disavowal of her previous actions.
Obama tried to make Warren the head of the new CFPB, where she would have written the ETHICAL guidelines for all financial institutions....without congressional oversight.
How does that work for you?
Is there nothing that will negate partisanship?

May. 09 2012 10:22 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

How is 26K or even 200K going to make a difference when most campaigns and elections run in the millions and now over a billion dollars?

May. 09 2012 10:14 AM

doesn’t NC have better things to worry about?. they live in the 3rd world and are at the bottom of most national stats

May. 09 2012 10:11 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

North Carolina - proves that there is still a thin line between facsism and decency.

May. 09 2012 10:11 AM
Kathleen from Connecticut

If I could, I would move back to Massachusetts for the privilege of voting for Ms. Warren. Short of that, I will send her campaign the modest contribution I can afford on my 99% salary. We need her in the Senate to speak the truth that others fail to address.

May. 09 2012 10:09 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Brian – Please ask Bierman to discuss the latest fallout (polls?) after voters discovered that Elizabeth Warren disingenuously (er, dishonestly) used an affirmative action claim as a “Native American” to advance to where she is today. Warren quietly used the fact that one of her 16 great great great grandparents was listed as Cherokee in an 1894 marriage certificate. Though she denies this as her intention, Harvard Law School touted her as a minority hire, says the Boston Herald…..after which she stopped using this claim. Caught in her deception, she then said she just wanted to network with others of her type….presumably she meant 1/16th “Native Americans” who grew up as what they were….upper middle class white girls with privilege… but used bogus affirmative action designations.
Wow, that must sure thrill some young woman who actually is a member of a tribe and attended a Native American school on a reservation to know that Elizabeth Warren, who grew up as a rich white girl (well, 15/16ths), took the slot reserved for her.

May. 09 2012 09:44 AM

When I saw the title of this segment I was hopeful that we would hear about how ny and the blue states give welfare and other socialist support to so many failing red states.
Like this:
maybe another time
im sure i'll enjoy this segment in any event

May. 09 2012 08:53 AM

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