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Rangel vs. Espaillat: A Test For Progressives

Friday, June 20, 2014

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Next Tuesday’s primary election may feel like déjà vu for voters in the 13th congressional district in Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, but the city’s politics have shifted in a decidedly more progressive direction.

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Majority of Outstanding Returns From Bronx: NY-13

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Not so fast, Congressman Charles Rangel.

That triumphant victory speech made just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday night may have been premature. As the numbers in the 13th Congressional district continue to trickle in -- Senator Adriano Espaillat seems to have mounted a more formidable challenge to the long-serving incumbent than many first thought.

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Rangel Courts New Voters Ahead of Tomorrow's Election

Monday, June 25, 2012

The performances on the outdoor stage in the Bronx’s Fordham Plaza were rotating through styles. A solo singer belted out Puerto Rican ballads. A Mexican mariachi band plucked out tunes, decked out in full sombrero’d regalia.

All were just opening acts. The main event was advertised behind the musicians: a large banner, with the candidates smiling face, read—in English and Spanish—“Re-elect Congressman Rangel.”

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Rangel Does It Once Again, for the 'Old Timers'

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Democratic primary in the new 13th Congressional District in upper Manhattan is about one issue: whether or not Congressman Charles Rangel should serve another term in office. It’s apparent—despite back problems that landed him in the hospital—Rangel approaches the primary challenge with the full determination to resolve that issue by returning to Washington for the twenty-second time.

But there’s a part of Rangel that sounds like fighting for his political life at age 82 wasn't just about what he wanted: “If you talk with some of the old timers like [Assemblyman Herman] Denny Farrell and what not, they say, Rangel, don't leave us now.”

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Espaillat Says Rangel Fails Economic Leadership Test

Thursday, June 21, 2012

State Senator Adriano Espaillat is taking Congressman Charles Rangel to task over the economy just days before voters head to the polls for primary elections.

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Rangel Extols Virtues of Obama's New Immigration Policy, Experience

Monday, June 18, 2012

Charlie Rangel sang the praises of President Obama's new immigration policy Monday, a week before the incumbent congressman from New York's 13th District faces four opponents in the Democratic primary.

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UPDATED -- ICYMI: Congressional Candidates for the NY13 Debate in the Bronx, Without Rangel

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Monday night turned into a game of "spot the difference" for Harlem and Bronx residents as the candidates for the 13th Congressional district primary squared off in two televised debates.

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UPDATED: Espaillat Camp Says It Never Received an Endorsement Invite from the Amsterdam News

Friday, June 08, 2012

A day after accusing state senator Adriano Espaillat of ignoring its endorsement meeting announcement, the Espaillat campaign is saying they never got it.

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Espaillat, in DC, Touts Anti 'Stop-and-Frisk' Efforts

Thursday, June 07, 2012

State Senator and 13th Congressional district candidate Adriano Espaillat took the opportunity to tout his trip with other New York elected officials to Washington, DC today. Senate Dems are bringing their opposition to the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy to the nation’s capital.

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State Senator Espaillat Snags TWU Endorsement for Congressional Bid

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

While Congress Charles Rangel was leaving city hall—sans walker—after receiving the endorsement form Comptroller John Liu, one of his opponents in the primary battle in the new 13th Congressional district, state Senator Adriano Espaillat, was in the uptown offices of Transport Workers Union Local 100, receiving his own endorsement.

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NYC's Embattled Comprtroller Liu Backs Formerly Embattled Congressman Rangel for Reelection

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Calling Congressman Charles Rangel someone who generations of Americans and New Yorkers look to “as a role model”, New York City Comptroller John Liu announced his support for Rangel in his fight to win the June 26 Democratic primary election.

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Rangel to Receive Puerto Rican Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, June 01, 2012

Los Premios Latino Espanol (The Global Spanish Latino Awards) are set to endow Congressman Charles Rangel--whose Puerto Rican ancestry has been the subject for a series of recent articles--with a lifetime achievement award tomorrow.

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Espaillat, TWU Call on MTA to Improve Workplace Safety After Alleged Licking Incident

Friday, June 01, 2012

The day after calling on MTA CEO Joseph Lhota to take action against a supervisor who allegedly licked a female employment, State Senator and 13th Congressional district candidate Adriano Espaillat stood with members of the transit workers union to call for stronger safeguards against harassment in the workplace.

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Bloomberg, Koch Lend Support to Rangel Reelection Efforts

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Call it the New York City Mayors for Rangel: Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Ed Koch both lent their support to Congressman Charles Rangel's reelection campaign on Wednesday, the campaign announced.

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Once a Challenger, Powell Now Endorses Rangel for Congress

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The event was a public endorsement of Congressman Charles Rangel by his former primary opponent, Adam Clayton Powell IV. But standing below the statue of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., at the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, next to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.’s son, Rangel introduced his endorser by way of heaping praise on the man he beat in 1970 to get into Congress: Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

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Espaillat Caps a Solid Week With Correction Officers' Endorsement

Friday, April 20, 2012

State Senator Adriano Espaillat picks up another endorsement this week, after fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and State Senator Gustavo Rivera lent their support. The Espaillat campaign announced the endorsement of the the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association in an email to reporters.

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It's A Free Country ®

Michael Grimm Shares His Plans for Washington

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

WNYC
One of the things I would like to do is put together all the prior military and former law enforcement individuals that are members of Congress and start my own caucus. I think there's a commonality there.

- Michael Grimm, Congressman-elect for N.Y. District 13 on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Contest for Congress: In Staten Island, GOP Seek to Reclaim Seat It Held for 28 Years

Monday, October 04, 2010

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. 

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Voter Guide: New York's 13th Congressional District Race

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Michael McMahon (D) vs. Michael Grimm (R)

The race to represent New York's 13th Congressional District in Staten Island is a contest between incumbent Democratic Representative Michael McMahon, the first Democrat elected to this swing district in 28 years, and Tea Party-backed Michael Grimm, a former undercover FBI agent.

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McMahon Tries Ousting Tabacco from Indy Primary

Monday, July 26, 2010

WNYC

Kicking a political opponent off the ballot is a common, if unseemly, thing for campaigns to be publicly involved in. To most voters and observers it connotes a sense that archaic election rules are limiting voters choices, rather than letting issues and ideas be the deciding factor.

But, all's fair in primaries and mid-term elections.

Today, Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon's campaign announced they're challenging the petitions of John Tabacco, an Independence Party member who is trying to run for congress on the IP line. That's a line McMahon desparately needs in the Republican-leaning district, especially since the Working Families Party line is being denied him because he voted against Obama's health care reform bill.

In McMahon's announcement, he said 402 out of 678 signatures collected by Tabacco were invalid.

To deal with the possible public-relations blowback, here's how McMahon explained the move:

“Out of respect for Mr. Tabacco’s efforts to run for this seat, I welcomed the opportunity to sit down with him to discuss any issues he had with me running on the Independence Party line. It was my goal to see if we could find some common ground in this race or in the future. However, I do believe that it is the obligation of every candidate for elective office to meet the minimum basic requirements established by law for campaign filings and I don’t feel they have been met in Mr. Tabacco’s case. I do, however, look forward to working with him on our issues of shared concern that affect the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn."

The McMahon campaign is prepared in coming days for their hearing with the Board of Elections in anticipation of Mr. Tabacco being removed from the Independence Party line before the case is scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

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