I wrote an article last night, one of the best (IMHO) I’ve ever written. At 3AM my computer automatically went searching for updates, found a few, and proceeded to shut down automatically. Of course, when the computer shut down, it took my three page article and flushed it down the cyber sewer. Needles to say, I was outraged and came very close to putting my foot into the thing, but the rational part of me stepped in and saved the day. I’m going to try to write this article over again, but my expectations are very low.
The more things change, the more they remain the same.
An incoming governor vows change is coming to Albany. The legislature responds we will see about that.
At the Democratic Convention last week, Andrew Cuomo took questions on how he will handle next year’s budget.
“I’m not going to raise taxes; I’m not going to have a wage increase for public employees,” he said.
Community Advocate and attorney Albert Baldeo was published in the January 26th Daily News fighting for the state and local economies to benefit from the Aqueduct revitalization plans. He warns that "we are throwing away $1 million dollars a day in lost revenues for New York State," and is demanding that the Governor make a decision now to stop "suspending payments to hospitals and schools, closing hospitals, raising taxes and cutting services." He is also advocating for the new jobs and economic benefits the deal will bring for working families who live in the Aqueduct area, but warned that workers must be protected by labor laws. His Op-Ed advocacy piece is reproduced below. Albert is also rendering free legal and humanitarian assistance to Haitians who need help after that terrible earthquake destroyed their lives at his Law Offices located at 106-11 Liberty Avenue, Ozone Park in Queens, blocks away from the Aqueduct facility: Tel (718) 529-2300 for appointments.
State Senate Democrats may not have passed a lot of legislation but they have handed out millions of dollars to pet projects in their home districts. We look at who got what. David King reports: http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/Albany/20090727/204/2973
As Democrats, it is our responsibility to offer protection for the most needy, the poor, the elderly, our children and handicapped people in all communities throughout New York State.
It is for this reason that I am surprised that our Democratic Governor has proposed budget cuts of 2 billion dollars to the State’s budget and that these cuts will directly and definitely hurt our most needy communities.
This proposal by Governor David Paterson includes cuts to programs and services for the elderly, cuts to our children’s education, increases in college tuitions, cuts to health care services, hospital closings, cuts to Medicaid, cuts to programs and services for the disabled, cuts to mental health services, and salary reductions to health care workers such as home-attendants, nurses and maintenance workers.
The NYC Board of Elections is conducting a special voter registration initiative this week. Please spread the word if you know someone that isn't registered yet!
Saturday, October 11th, from 12pm - 9pm.
There are NUMEROUS locations to visit throughout the city. Just drop by, fill out your voter registration card, and leave it with them.
There's time to get this info out to the many community based organizations around the city to put flyers up, knock on doors, etc.
For more information call 866-VOTE-NYC or 311, or if you'd like to download the list of locations, click here (note: link will open a PDF file in a separate window).
By Dan Gesslein
During a true WTF moment that can only happen in Bronx politics, instead of one Democratic Party leader we now have two. Both Dem Chairman Jose Rivera and the Rainbow Rebels' Carl Heastie claimed victory during a raucous vote yesterday. Now the court will decide who is the real Dem leader.
This is the inaugural edition of the BenWatch, a blog devoted to tracking the Pro-Hillary and Anti-Obama slant to Ben Smith's coverage of the Democratic primary at Politico.
As anyone who's been paying attention will know, Ben clearly has a bias. This blog aims to: a.) expose that bias for what it is; b.) give other disaffected Politico (an allegedly neutral politcal news outlet that has sponsored a Democratic debate and which has had inredible access to the candidates) readers a place to record grievances; c.) explore the agenda of the center-right Politico.com.
Attentive readers will know that Ben's pieces have the feel of soft-core porn for Hillary (where Larry Johnson and Taylor Marsh would be hard-core). They will know that Ben broke the incendiary "story" that even Larry Johnson wouldn't break about tenuous connections between Obama and Ayers in Hyde Park.
It seems like a lot of people watched last night's debate. Today, many people have been asking me what "Rezko" was and why Hillary brought it up. They rightfully believed that Obama dodged the explanation and that there was more to the story. Personally, when I heard his explanation (pasted below in bold from the debate transcript), I laughed. His answer proved that he's just another typical politician guilty of typical political follies.
"Here's what happened: I was an associate at a law firm that represented a church group that had partnered with this individual [Rezko] to do a project and I did about five hours worth of work on this joint project. That's what she's referring to."
On LunchBox today, host Adam Green on: Iraq, Democrats, George W. Bush, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, polls and more...
On Spitzer: "He's Fucking Nuts ... He's Like a Maniac... He's Got a Very Serious Temper Management Issue."
via the New York Post
“There’s nothing like losing a skirmish that leads me to want to win the next round more,” Spitzer told a group of donors at a breakfast in Manhattan, according to a source at the event.
“The knockout blow is coming very soon,” he threatened - hinting at a possible coup against Silver.
“I don’t think tactics that impugn our integrity work,” Canestrari said. “We need to deal with these things in a rational, unemotional manner.”
Another shocked Assembly Democrat said, “He’s f- - -ing nuts. He’s like a maniac. . . I first thought his aggressive thing was a posture, a strategy to make us the enemy, but I no longer think that. Now I think he’s got a very serious temper management issue.”
Now the Democrats have selected Denver as the host city for the 2008 National Convention, we will soon see pundits writing how this will make Colorado and neighboring states more likely to vote Democratic for President. Previously others have written that the Republicans having their convention in Minneapolis will help them win in Minnesota & Wisconsin. For example – "The Midwest has become strategic ground," said David Schultz, who teaches politics at Hamline University in St. Paul. "Bring the convention here, get the faithful excited, and spotlight that you care about the Midwest and farmers." Schultz said it's also a "symbolic black eye" to Minnesota Democrats trying to keep alive the spirit of Hubert Humphrey and Paul Wellstone. "It's a purple state now, and Republicans increasingly view this as a winnable state," he said.
According to press accounts, Sheehan said "We put them back in power," she said of the Democrats. Passing out fliers calling for defunding the Iraq war, Sheehan shouted: "These are our demands. And they're not requests -- they're demands."
Recently State Senator Liz Krueger, who is in charge of the Democratic State Senate Campaign Committee, said that the Democrats would not be picking up new State Senate Seats in New York adding that Democrats do better in presidential years. Republican Majority Leader Joe Bruno predicted that his party would pick up seats. Both views are correct, but it should not have been the case.
Hold tight - cuz the asylum is about to get a bit more insane.