Our country's current, most fake president candidate, the billionaire Donald Trump, won't shut up. Though the media is mostly playing his games, reporting on all of the dumb shit he says -- with the exception of the New York Observer, but that's complicated -- he also benefits from starting s ... More >>
Remember big-talking Harold Ford, Jr., from Memphis, who vowed to give our unelected senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, a run for her money in this fall's Democratic primary? And the even faster flash-in-the-pan candidacies of a clutch of congress members who also said Democrats deserved a choice a ... More >>
Rebel in a pinstriped suit
High Democratic operatives warned Steve Israel and others off challenges to Kirsten Gillibrand, but Harold Ford is unbossed, dammit, at least by the current bosses. The New York Post gleefully affords Harold Ford Jr. a front-page spot from which he announces, "I am strongly considering running for t ... More >>
Lots of movement in the 2010 Senate race today: shortly after imported prospect Harold Ford Jr. switched to a pro-gay-marriage stand in probable anticipation of a run at Kirsten Gillibrand, Pete King has backed off his latest "look" at entering the race. The Long Island Republican Congressman ... More >>
The White House has effectively rebuffed all Democratic challenges to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, save for the exception of Jonathan Tasini and (possibly) Harold Ford Jr. And having lost Rudolph Giuliani as a contender, the GOP is now down to (maybe) Pete King. Or are they? The Staten Island Adv ... More >>
This morning's Quinnipiac poll showing Senator Kirsten Gillibrand trailing former Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, 41-28 percent in a prospective 2010 race is somewhat countered by the new Siena Poll, which shows her leading a "Democratic field" of Thompson, former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford ... More >>
At right, Reverend Billy (in white) and New York Senate candidate Jonathan Tasini at Stella D'oro Rally. Photos by Candice M. Giove. The now-unemployed bakers of the septuagenarian cookie company Stella D'oro , various union representatives and cause sympathizers spewed vitriol at the priv ... More >>
Now that Carolyn Maloney has let it be known that she'll challenge Kirsten Gillibrand for the Democratic Senate nomination next year, she's going to learn who her real friends are. We already know what the White House thinks of Maloney's apostasy. Now 60 Democrats, some old supporters of Maloney, ha ... More >>
The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute's been busy. Yesterday they released a poll on the legislature and how much we hate our state. Now they have new numbers on the Governor and other local characters. Will it surprise you to learn Paterson is unpopular? He's hanging in with a 61 percent disa ... More >>
Jonathan Tasini, the labor activist who is thus far Kirsten Gillibrand's only announced opponent for the 2010 Democratic Senate nomination, is drawing a mere four percent in the polls, far behind unannounced Gillibrand opponet Carolyn Maloney. But he got a great gift the other day from Rush Limbaugh ... More >>
On Third Avenue. Albany went coup-coup! Pedro Espada Jr. seized the state senate with the help of Hiram Monserrate and billionaire Tom Golisano. After some skirmishes, which saw Tom Duane appearing to lean GOP to save gay marriage, the Dems locked the chamber, but Espada got the key and the GOP w ... More >>
Owlish labor activist Jonathan Tasini has nothing but guts. Back in 2006 he challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Senate nomination because he didn't like her crappy pro-war neo-liberalism. It was a suicide campaign for sure, but he managed to get 19.5 percent of the vote. Now, as Democrats ... More >>
The president gets a hand in the back room
It all happened so fast. Earlier we told you that House members from New York Carolyn McCarthy, Carolyn Maloney and Steve Israel were threatening to take down Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010. A day later, NARAL gave Kirsten Gillibrand its endorsement -- about a year early. Today Politico carries a stat ... More >>
Hillary Clinton will get a big role, and a big roll call vote, at the Democratic Convention, and some observers claim she has thus pwn3d Obama, and even hint that she may seize the nomination. But onetime Hillary challenger Jonathan Tasini says in a New York Daily News Op-Ed that Hillary has only pw ... More >>
Protesters swamped Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the United Nations Tuesday as President Bush was inside pledging to deliver "democracy" to the Middle East. Most of the demonstrators were there to demand an end to the U.S. occupation in Iraq. Though the NYPD had told leaders of the anti-war group ... More >>
Since people in places like Haiti and the DRC line up for hours in the hot sun to vote despite the risk of political violence, there's no excuse for not casting a ballot in today's primary election. That said, this year's races are unusually lacking in suspense. With the exceptions of the 11th Cong ... More >>
No matter how often I receive phone calls from beautiful, famous, and powerful women, it's always a thrill. Hence the goosebumps when I lifted the receiver last night to here a firm voice proclaim, "This is Senator Hillary Clinton." I started to go into preliminaries: asking her how she and Bill ar ... More >>
The Bronx leg of Jonathan Tasini's whirlwind five-borough tour looked like the rest of the labor lawyer's quixotic bid against Sen. Hillary Clinton: It was a lackluster event ignored by the media. Tasini showed up to the main Bronx post office with two supporters, some placards, and an easel. His a ... More >>
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