Thursday, September 12, 2013
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota visited a Chabad-Lubavitch center in Queens today, where he paid his respects to the late Rebbe Menachem Schneerson. Schneerson, a Chabad-Lubavitch leader, died in 1994. Thousands of people from around the world visit Schneerson's grave and leave blessings and prayers. Lhota also left a blessing, saying it was private but had to do with "the future of New York City."
Sunday, September 08, 2013
The top two Republican candidates for mayor argued over topics ranging from firefighters' safety on 9/11 to the safety of kittens recently rescued from subway tracks.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
By Jim O'Grady
"Be a man!" That's what Joe Lhota barked at an MTA board member at a public meeting last September, back when Lhota was reaching the end of his one-year tenure as authority chairman. Lhota later (sort of) apologized for the outburst, blaming it on his Bronx upbringing. But before that, he seemed to view it as his prerogative as an executive — that is, as the guy in the room who tells everyone else how things are going to be.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
In Tuesday’s primary for the special election to fill the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat, Republican and independent voters in New Jersey can choose between two -- very similar -- candidates.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
House Republicans are gearing up to reopen the fight on abortion limits—even if a new bill has no chance of passing. G.O.P congressional representatives are introducing a new bill today that would prohibit women from having an abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy, an effort that is seen as one of the most restrictive pieces of abortion legislation to be voted on in the last decade, and one that would not get past Democrats in the Senate, or the White House. Molly Ball, political writer for The Atlantic, weighs in on this legislation and it's deeper meaning.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota embraced his former boss, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, at a Republican-only mayoral debate hosted by Crain’s New York Business on Wednesday after moderator and columnist Greg David called 2001-era Giuliani a “jerk.”
Friday, November 09, 2012
By Adam Dawson : It's A Free Country blogger
Indiana is as red as a baboons butt, but the Tea Party candidate was still too far to the right for Indiana voters, particularly when said candidate had such interesting ideas about God and rape.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
By Gretta Cohn : Associate Producer, Soundcheck
The Citizens Band is a New York political cabaret group featuring Rain Phoenix, Karen Elson and Zoe Kravitz. The group's debut, Grab A Root and Growl, is a collection of democracy-themed songs meant to fire up the voting masses in this election year. We bring you an exclusive full-album stream through September 18th.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Every four years, political conventions inspire absurd antics, from Vice President Al Gore's excruciatingly long smooch with then-wife, Tipper, to Clint Eastwood's recent conversation with an empty chair. Is it time to put an end to political pseudo-drama every four years?
Monday, September 03, 2012
Speaking first in this 1955 debate, the Democratic boss Carmine G. DeSapio bristles at the question, "Is Tammany Hall fundamentally corrupt?" He dismisses such "sinister implications," claiming they refer to long-ago scandals.
Friday, August 31, 2012
John McWhorter, linguist, New Republic contributing editor and the author of What Language Is (And What It Isn’t and What It Could Be), talks about the Republicans' rhetorical choices.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Mica says Adams put him through the most negative campaign ever. Reapportionment left Mica and Adams -- who currently represents Space Coast-based District 24 -- battling for the same seat.
“We tried to stay positive and respond where we could," said Mica, "but it was probably the most negative campaign I’ve ever had to experience and made it very unpleasant for me and my family.”
In the weeks leading to the election, Tea Party favorite Sandy Adams piled on the pressure, labeling Mica a big spending, establishment Republican -- as well as a cheerleader for President Obama.
But Mica won by a wide margin in the end, capturing 61% of the vote.
“I don’t think we’ve every mobilized anything like this in our lives," he told supporters at a sports bar just north of Orlando on Tuesday night. "It was a very difficult race. I could tell you that everything but the kitchen sink was thrown at us but I’d have to include the cabinets and all the appliances too.”
He said his victory showed "the heart and soul of the Republican Party is doing fine in Central Florida."
University of Central Florida Political Science Professor Aubrey Jewett said he wasn’t surprised at the vitriol in the race.
“Certainly it’s been negative, certainly it’s been personal, but that often happens in primaries where the candidates are very much alike on policy," said Jewett. "These two people are very conservative Republicans when it comes to policy.”
Jewett said what was unusual about the race was the fact that redistricting put two incumbent Republicans in the same district.
“It’s just virtually unheard of in the country that in a state where you gained two seats -- Florida now has two more congressional seats than it did before -- that you end up with two fairly high profile, popular Republicans in the same district. I mean it just doesn’t happen."
Jewett said the nature of the race forced Mica to downplay his record of helping to bring big projects to the district -- like the SunRail commuter train -- which are usually selling points for an incumbent.
Speaking at her campaign headquarters in Maitland, Sandy Adams said she was pleased the race brought the focus back to conservative values. She told Central Florida News 13 she's unsure of her political future.
"I’m a firm believer that when one door closes another one opens and I follow the path I’m led. So we’ll see.”
Mica, who heads the influential House Transportation Committee, says he wants to continue in that role -- but that’s up to House leadership.
He says he also plans to continue with a campaign to cut unnecessary spending in government.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
One of the Republican party's largest financial backers, multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is under investigation. What this means for the Romney campaign and the man considered by some to be the most influential investor of our time.