While Republicans lack all sorts of moral authority on matters of scandal, the extent to which New York Democrats have so wrongly played the Hevesi card is astonishing.
Unlike scandals of past, Hevesi provided Democrats a clear opportunity to show the world that they actually understand right from wrong. He did this by confessing to his own wrongdoings, at least $83,000 worth, and that should have been the end of it!
But no. In what seems a concerted effort to run out the clock on this election, Democrats would rather let all sorts of backroom "when should Hevesi resign" -processes play out first then take Alan Hevesi at his confession now.
THOUGHTS ON THE SEPTEMBER 12, 2006 PRIMARY ELECTION
The September 12, 2006 Democratic Primary was a masquerade carried out by the Democratic Party machine in collusion with the mass media. The nominating and electoral processes were rigged so that no independent candidates who represented the people's interests could have a fair chance of getting elected. The issues of paramount interest to minority communities were deliberately submerged (the Atlantic Yards development proposal, the war in Iraq, minimum wage, single-payer universal health care, repeal of the Bush tax cuts, the export of jobs, immigration, the impeachment of President Bush),and the machine candidates were careful not to call attention to them.
What would the change in fiscal structures and priorities I have outlined thus far mean for the economy of the one part of the state whose economy people talk about: Upstate New York? It would mean the ability to have a much lower cost structure, provided Upstate was willing to live with lower public expenditures, by localizing decisions about revenues and expenditures on the margin. Upstate could choose to go on spending more if it wanted, but without draining Downstate to pay for it.
Consider the school aid formula I suggested. It would allow Upstate New York – everyone in every part of it – to have a national average level of public school expenditures per student with little or no local tax burden. Zip. Nothing. And, since incomes and spending are higher Downstate (whether that buys a higher quality of life is an open question), a substantial share of the state income and sales taxes used to fund that education Upstate would be collected outside the region, in Downstate New York. Meaning an average level of spending would cost Upstate a below-average level of state and local taxes. Even if spending were increased to 25% more than the national average, state taxes would still cover 80% the total, keeping local property taxes low.
Roomie's been way deep in slumber lately, very much enjoying the hiatus. But, even Roomie couldn't help but get a wee bit excited about our NYS Con-Troller.
There's nothing more Roomie loves than pols who so brazenly disrespect the voters. Luvs it!
The way you had your wife driven around, Mr. Hevesi - 'twas super-fly (er, sly?)! The way you didn't even think about paying us back until after your opponent raised the issue - balls to the fucking wall!
And today, the way you just spat in the face of the State Ethics commission, despite their new, rather alarming findings - pure, unadulterated genius!
Gatemouth did an excellent job analyzing and commenting on the Primary election results. However, he was limited by having only Assembly District returns. I have now obtained the results by E.D. so can try to look a little more deeply into some of the results.
10th CD & 11th CD
In the 10th CD, Congressman Ed Towns won a narrower than expected victory. Towns received 19,469 votes (47%) to Councilman Charles Barron’s 15,345 (37%) and Assemblyman Roger Green’s 6,237 (16%).
The race to replace Congressman Major Owens in the 11th was won by Councilwoman Yvette Clarke – 15,711 votes 31% to Councilman David Yassky’s 13,928 (27%) – State Senator Carl Andrews – 11,685 (23%) and Chris Owens – 9,971 (19%).
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For the first time in thirty years, I didn't know who was on the Democratic primary ballot for Brooklyn Civil Court, am not sure who won the primaries and don't know who the candidates are for the Supreme Court.
That might not sound surprising for the average New Yorker. After all, there was virtually no coverage of any of the races by the daily newspapers (let alone tv or radio) and even if there had been, candidates for judge are very circumscribed in permissible topics for discussion, prohibited from pronouncements on issues likely to come before them, like the death penalty.
The September Current Employment Survey data from the New York State Department of Labor is out, and with the kids back in school and the schools staffed up we can now look back on the Pataki era in public employment in full. And here is something you won’t read in the New York Post or the New York Sun, that won’t be analyzed by the Manhattan Institute, and that won’t be brought up by Republican candidate for Governor John Faso. Nor will it be mentioned by the New York Times, analyzed by the Fiscal Policy Institute, or pointed to by Democratic candidate for Governor Eliot Spitzer. From September 1994 to September 2006, local government employment in the portion of New York State outside New York City rose by 93,600. This in the face of a much-discussed stagnation in population and private employment there. This includes a below-average gain of 2,300 from September 2005 to September 2006.
No folks, I am not gone (at least not yet/ if I ever do go/lol); my time hasn’t been good for blogging lately, but I thought I would slip in a grapevine column during downtime this weekend, since stuff is always going on in Brooklyn’s politics. Especially on the other side of the tracks where I peregrinate. So here goes.
There is serious in-fighting going on behind the scenes, to find the replacement for Yvette Clarke in the City Council. This will be after she goes to Congress; since we all know that the only way she loses in November, is if she is caught having sex with a dead boy or girl. Yes, in politics, necrophilia is more fatal than resume-padding. Anyway since that is not going to happen, I will give you a list of ALL the names (replacements) that have been floated since her primary win last month. Before I do this however, let me just say for Yvette’s supporters –who have been verbally beating up on me- that I have said on this site: the people have spoken. I do wish Yvette well in her new endeavour. Her supporters need to let it go. I called the race the way I saw it. As an educator I couldn’t endorse her, not after her faux-pas. As I always say: I tell the truth the way I see it, then I duck. She has won; now move on. I have.
Sidney Zion's Daily News article on the autism bill pending in Congress has been re-printed in other newspapers. (See previous post.)
Now is the time for Mayor Bloomberg--who has always been interested in public health, and whose undergraduate college of Johns Hopkins is a leader in autism research--to act.
Mayor Bloomberg has still not said or done a word.
A research study in Cornell (and a Slate article) both this week suggest a link between television and autism. That's wrong!! See Time Magazine, "A Bizarre Study Suggests that Watching TV Causes Autism":
Wait a minute! I can't find it! No editorial at all? It must be here somewhere...
The Sunday New York Times endorsements are here. I particularly enjoyed this line about Congressman Peter King (also in the title to this post): ... ... "(The Times was also in Mr. King’s cross hairs, for writing — treasonously, he says — about a secret terrorist-surveillance program.) We do not support Mr. King, but not because he wants us in jail. Our decision has to do with temperament, effectiveness and differences on issues from taxes and Iraq to abortion and immigration." ... ... NEW YORK TIMES ENDORSEMENT LINKS: ... Eliot Spitzer for Governor: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/22/opinion/22sun2.html
The President of Iran said today that Israel will be destroyed, and that he plans to build a nuclear weapon.
In a civilized world, no one would stand for this. Countries across the world--France, Russia, Germany, and all the rest, especially the NATO powers--would put an immediate stop to this madness.
Human Rights Watch (the Village Voice's "Best of New York"), did you listen to this? Is there some part of the "we're going to build a nuclear device and we'll finish the job Hitler started and kill all the Jews" that someone doesn't understand?
From the AP:
by Paul Rieckhoff
Who in Washington really supports the troops? Well, here are the facts.
Sure, politicians say they support the troops. But whose votes back up their rhetoric – and who’s just wearing an American flag lapel pin?
Now there’s an easy way to know for sure. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s Action Fund has tallied up every Congressional vote cast on troops’ and veterans’ issues for the last five years. We’ve crunched the numbers, and given every legislator a letter grade - the IAVA Congressional Rating. We have created a groundbreaking new web interface that will allow you (and every American) to find out for themselves where politicians stand on the issues.
Here are the official ratings for New York State: