This week, in Rock's endorsement of Jeanine for AG, I left a detailed comment on why he was ignorant regarding reasons for the LGBT Community, by and large, now supporting Andrew for AG. In his reply, Rock made several statements which I considered to be lies. So, I called him on it. (Incidentally, the bulk of the other responses agreed with my take and criticized Rock's reasons for endorsing Jeanine.) (The link is here.)
As I mentioned here, the fact that there are many poor people in New York City is, in some ways, a phony issue. According to 2005 data from the Census Bureau, the New York Metropolitan Area as a whole had a poverty rate of 12.6%, below the national average of 13.3%. Poverty is high in New York City because it is the part of the metropolitan area where the poor are permitted to live; taking regional and national economic trends as a given, the more places for the poor to live a municipality provides, the more poverty it will have. A better focus for public policy is how well the poor live in New York City, and to what extent the city provides an environment their families to advance out of poverty, if not in this generation than in the next. In my view, the city is a worse place to be poor today than it was 50 years ago. That is the real issue.
by Jiji Lee
He's considered the most influential New York politician in Congress. So it's no surprise that Rep Thomas Reynolds (R-26) has received over $51,000 from the State of New York--making the Republican governed state one of his top campaign contributors since 1998.
As member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee (which is neither about ways nor means ... discuss!), Reynolds oversees taxation issues on economic policy, trade, social security, and welfare.
So, no LunchBox today - nor tomorrow or Friday. Adam Green returns Monday with all new vlogcasts.
In the meantime, we'll provide you some lunchtime political clips to chew on.
Today, a look at Sen George Allen's Jew-ish press conference, which came on the heels of this E.J. Kessler discovery ...
Hat Tip: Wonkette
After a few months break from Room Eight, I am back. I took an incredible vacation for two weeks in Greece at the beginning of the summer and it was so relaxing that it actually took a lot of the fight and outrage right out of me. Now, the summer is over, my energy and outrage have returned, and I hope to become a regular fixture here at Room Eight.
So, something short and simple for my return:
If ever anyone had any doubt that the municipal unions were totally partisan and in bed with the democratic party, one only has to look at what AFSCME did this week.
After endorsing Joe Lieberman in the CT Senate primary, they have reversed themsleves, thrown Lieberman overboard, and taken up with Ned Lamont. Now, it is somewhat understandable when democrats like Hillary do it, but a labor union that has been there for labor in the past? Very bad form, guys.
Recent New Jersey US Senate polls:
Kean (R) Menendez (D)Quinnipiac 48% 45%
Rasmussen 44% 39%
Fairleigh Dickinson 43% 39%
Five Incumbents Lose Primary Races, But 3 of 4 Top Contests are Runaways. Will the Democrats Capture the Senate?
by Henry J. Stern
In previous years, the defeat of an incumbent was a rarity, and vacancies in the legislature occurred primary through the happy event of elevation to higher office, or the sad event of the death or imprisonment of the legislator. Legislators may decide not to run for re-election so they can devote their full energies to refuting the false charges that have been made against them. This may mean that they do not want to expend their swollen campaign treasuries on a difficult contest for election to an office they might not be allowed to fill.
Now that the September primaries are over, and most of the contested seats in NYC are accounted for, it's time to shift views and briefly look at some of the more interesting contests for November's general election. To me, the most interesting race in November is the fight for the 3rd Congressional District on Long Island. Rep Peter King is the Republican incumbent who's currently in his 7th term in Congress. Mejias is the Democratic challenger and currently serves as a Nassau County Legislator.
On Room Eight, a web-site brimming with talented bloggers bearing sterling resumes, a harsh editorial in the 9/18 Daily News and a startling article in the 9/18 New York Post have been met with hardly a whimper.
“In a city brimming with talented lawyers with sterling résumés, the word is that Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez is set this week to deliver a Supreme Court judgeship to an attorney whose chief qualifications include being the brother of Lopez's girlfriend. The fix, as they say, is in.
via Paul Blumenthal's In Broad Daylight
On the heels of today’s Jeff Birnbaum article, “Support for Electronic Filing of Senate Candidates' Campaign-Finance Records Gains Momentum,” the blogosphere, left and right, has united to push Senators to file their campaign-finance records electronically. Bloggers from Daily Kos, Red State, HuffPo, Captain’s Quarters, Think Progress, and Wonkette are pushing for the passage of S. 1508, which would mandate electronic filing. S. 1508 is one of many transparency measures that have been languishing in Senate or House committees waiting for the kind of public pressure that bloggers brought to Coburn-Obama and will now hopefully bring to electronic filing.
Read the entry in its entirety, here.
In today's LunchBox, host Adam Green on vacating NYC...
Though most New Yorkers will breathe a collective sigh of relief once George Pataki's last moving box has been hauled from the Executive Mansion, the truth is that this Governor has been provided a complete pass by the Republican-controlled State Senate, which will allow him to continue to exert influence over State policy for years to come.
On Thursday evening, the night before a special session of the State Senate during which many legislators were focused on important bills like Timothy's Law, I received a pile of information about 48 new Pataki nominations to positions on important governing boards which regulate New York's environment, business, health and other issues.
While the newspapers and various websites have listed the Primary winners for public office, none that I’m aware of, has listed what happened in the contests for Party office. The fights in the Independence Party are too confusing for me to follow, so I will defer to Gatemouth who has previously commented on them and there were no contests in New York City in the Republican, Conservative & Working Families Parties for Party Office. So here are the winners and losers in Democratic Party races for State Committee and District Leader, with a little commentary in cases where I know something.
I’ll be going on modified High-Holy-hiatus until 9/25, although I reserve the right to come back and comment on anything that interests me and won’t keep until then. When I come back, it is my intent to provide extremely nasty, unrelentingly partisan pro-Democratic commentary until the election.
Nuance and thoughtfulness will not go out the window, because, when deployed properly, they are extremely effective techniques. But the goals should be clear:
Eliot Please Help New York
Mr. Spitzer you now seem destined to be our next Governor a post that once was one of the most promising political positions in the entire country. However, New York of the 21st century looks much grimmer than New York of the 20th Century. Upstate is losing population exponentially and there seems to be no end in site. Recently the New York Times put out an article stating that every county in New York except one excluding the 5 boroughs and the surrounding suburbs had lost population of 18-25 year olds in the last census update. We need to keep young people in New York.