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De Blasio's Long, and Lucky, Campaign

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Bill de Blasio wins this campaign with a mandate and near-unanimous praise for his skills as a political operator. He was right that voters were hungry for something different from Bloomberg, and he gave them a consistent message of change. But after a rough start to his campaign, de Blasio also benefitted from a few lucky breaks.

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The End of Bill Thompson's Long Campaign

Monday, September 16, 2013

The longest campaign of any of the Democratic hopefuls has ended, as Bill Thompson conceded defeat and endorsed Bill de Blasio.  Thompson's campaign began four years ago, and didn't stop -- until Monday.

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Thompson Ends Bid for Mayor, Endorses de Blasio

Monday, September 16, 2013

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Thompson said it was important to return a true "progressive" to City Hall and that "the path to getting there depends on Bill de Blasio walking through those doors."

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Interview: The Future of Identity Politics in New York

Friday, September 13, 2013

Identity politics once played a decisive role in NYC elections. But the assumption that it always would appeared to have been turned on its head during Tuesday's primary, when Bill Thompson, the only African-American candidate for mayor, did not get a majority of the city's black voters.

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Once Behind Quinn, Large Unions Now Back De Blasio

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bill de Blasio has picked up the backing of major labor unions that had previously supported Christine Quinn in the primary.

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Thompson Campaign Chair Calls de Blasio Victory 'Decisive'

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Bill Thompson's campaign chairwoman publicly strayed from the campaign script on Wednesday, saying rival Bill de Blasio had a "convincing" victory and that she thinks de Blasio "will ultimately emerge as the nominee of the Democratic party."  Merryl Tisch's early endorsement had provided a big boost for Thompson's credibility. But now she's backing away.

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Schoolbook

As Thompson Refuses to Concede, So Does the Teachers Union

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The teachers union spent a lot of political capital by endorsing Bill Thompson's in the Democratic primary race for mayor. It hasn't endorsed a mayoral candidate since 2001. But with rival Bill de Blasio the clear winner of Tuesday's vote, the union is now in the awkward position of hoping for the next best thing: a runoff.

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Bloomberg Remarks Overshadow Democrats' Final Sprint

Sunday, September 08, 2013

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In a published interview Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to New York Magazine, he called de Blasio's campaign "class-warfare" and "racist," praised Quinn for "seven and a half years of keeping legislation that never should have made it to the floor," and called on more Russian billionaires to move to the city.

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Schoolbook

Not All Teachers Falling in Line Behind Thompson

Friday, September 06, 2013

The United Federation of Teachers has gone all-out in its endorsement of mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, spending more than $1 million through its political action committee and producing a new television ad. But will teachers follow their union’s lead?

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As Days Dwindle, Dems Vie For Advantage in Testy Debate

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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As political candidates go, the five Democrats on stage Tuesday night couldn't be more similar. They all rose through New York's Democratic ranks. Four served in the City Council; two have been comptrollers. But judging by the darts aimed squarely at each other, they couldn't have been less happy to find themselves in the same forum.

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Leaps, Sharp Elbows, and Some Sorrow at West Indian Day Parade

Monday, September 02, 2013

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The day’s festivities began on a more muted note, as candidates reacted to the news of the shooting death of a 1 year-old Brooklyn boy on Sunday evening. The top Democrats running for mayor were united in their call for expanded community policing efforts, but that didn't stop them from criticizing each other.

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Political Roots Keep Thompson On Message

Friday, August 30, 2013

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It's close to 7:30 a.m. on a windy, cloud-covered morning, as Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson arrives to greet voters at a subway stop on the Prospect Heights side of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

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Schoolbook

Hikind Endorses Thompson Based on Private Education Issues

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Citing 31 years of friendship, Brooklyn State Assemblyman Dov Hikind endorsed Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign by praising his plans for education, even though many of Hikind’s Orthodox Jewish constituents rely on private religious schools.

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In Raucous Debate, De Blasio Feels the Heat

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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In a 90-minute debate characterized by finger-jabbing, shouting, cracked voices, and flying accusations,  Bill de Blasio came under the first sustained fire of the campaign from opponents Chris Quinn and Bill Thompson. And while he didn't lose his cool, de Blasio also appeared marginally less comfortable under the kleig lights than rival Quinn.

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On the Mayoral Trail It's A Family Affair

Friday, August 16, 2013

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In a tight mayoral field, each candidate tries to gain that edge to propel them into the September 10th primary. That often means deploying surrogates like Bill de Blasio's Caribbean American wife, Christine Quinn's Irish American father or Anthony Weiner's Jewish mother. They know the candidates policies, but, more importantly, can vouch for the candidates personally.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Democratic Mayoral Debate Recap

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After months of mayoral "forums" last night saw the first major television debate between the Democratic candidates for mayor. Bill Ritter, Eyewitness News co-anchor, and Mariela Salgado, reporter for Noticias 41 Univision -- who both helped moderate last night's debate -- recap the highlights, from attacks on Speaker Quinn's economic policy to Bloomberg's education record.

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Dems Sharpen Attacks in Mayoral Debate

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Five of the Democratic candidates for mayor debated for the first time on network television Tuesday night. In a campaign season that's been packed with almost daily mayoral forums, the candidates are well-practiced when it comes to laying out their positions on the issues. But with less than four weeks until the primary, they're sharpening their attacks on each other.

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Thompson, Quinn Launch New TV Ads

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Former comptroller and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson's first round of TV ads hit the airwaves Tuesday, as did a second ad from Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

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Poll: De Blasio Leaps to First Place

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has shot to first place among the pack of Democratic mayoral candidates, with support from 30 percent of likely primary voters according to the latest Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday.

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Quinn, Thompson Spar on Records

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn tangled with rival Bill Thompson Tuesday over his record in the comptroller's office.  Her comments were some of the sharpest critiques of his record to date.

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