Operation Streamline Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work
Sometimes it's really tough to figure out what's news in New York. Everywhere in America, and on every national cable channel, it's Tea Party talk all the time. Carl Paladino runs for governor as if he's a Tea Partier and knocks off the ballot the only candidate to actually file petition ... More >>
A connected company's license to loot—at the expense of the taxpayers, elderly, and infirm
Parker/Spitzer, the biggest thing to happen to CNN since Larry King farted on Octomom, is finally here. Our former governor Eliot Spitzer and his foil, the saucy Putlizer-prize winning conservative columnist, Kathleen Parker, are about to go on the air.
Third party politics in New York is so byzantine most voters turn off when it comes up. But Rudy Giuliani wouldn't have been mayor without the now-defunct Liberal line and George Pataki's margin over Mario Cuomo in 1994 was provided by the State Conservative Party. So the swing this week ... More >>
"Fuck SNL and the whole cast," New York governor David Paterson rapped in his comeback single "Power," continuing, "Tell 'em David said they can kiss my whole ass." Now, after years of being somewhat mercilessly tortured by a Fred Armisen caricature (pictured) -- focused on the governor's bli ... More >>
Andrew Cuomo will show us in the next few days if he has the balls to be a change agent as governor. His feud with Eliot Spitzer caught fire when Spitzer got stuck in neutral during Cuomo's 2006 primary race for attorney general against Mark Green, refusing to endorse Cuomo when it mattered. ... More >>
The governor and David JohnsonIt's a week since Judge Judith Kaye issued her 54-page report exonerating and damning Governor Paterson for his handling of a domestic violence case, and nothing has happened. That's news. Clemmie Harris, who admitted to Kaye that he tried to kill the complaint, ... More >>
poolie/FlickrGovernor Paterson won't take no for an answer: despite the fact his proposed soda tax was killed earlier this month by relentless lobbying and advertising from the beverage industry, he's planning to reintroduce the tax during a special legislative session on Wednesday.
The recently passed Bloomberg and state legislative budgets each contained precisely the same, optimistic assumption that New York would get hundreds of millions of additional federal Medicaid funds even though the bill to provide the windfall was stalled in Congress. The Daily News said Bloomber ... More >>
The biggest joke in Albany these days is the supposed rehabilitation of David Paterson. The New York Post kicked it off with an editorial salute on Thursday, June 17. By Monday, the Associated Press was posting a profile-in-courage hurrah, calling him "a bit of a hero in a time that despera ... More >>
By Gavin Aronsen Andrew Cuomo, New York's likely next governor, has made it known that fellow Democratic office seekers should sign onto a single-page pledge to reform Albany if they expect to win his endorsement for this fall's election. But only two of his hopeful AG successors, Nassau County DA ... More >>
Since we're all pointing fingers and naming names with regard to whose fault the BP spill really was, why wouldn't Sarah Palin jump in the ring? On Fox News Sunday, the former Republican candidate for VP said, "I don't know why the question isn't asked by the mainstream media and by others ... More >>
The Republican near-majority in the state senate has sunk to new lows in the ongoing budget battle, but unlike the Democrats, they are catching no media flak. Incredibly, 29 of them (with one absentee) voted as a bloc last week against the emergency budget extender that barely passed the senate. Ha ... More >>
Fox News took a poll, and according to the results, 66 percent of Americans think that President Obama should start taking responsibility and stop blaming the Bush administration for things. That's more than three times as many as the 21 percent who think it's right to continue to blame the ... More >>
There were several Tea Parties on April 15, and rightbloggers who normally have nothing good to say about the "main stream media" (whom they consider biased and/or corrupt) were surprised by relatively flattering coverage from the New York Times, CBS, and other agents of the evil MSM. Perhaps bec ... More >>
Mitt Romney couldn't make it to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference this year, but with the help of a "grass roots" group of supporters led by '08 Romney presidential campaign advisors (one of whom is Mrs. Romney's ghostwriter), he scraped by second-place Ron Paul to win the preside ... More >>
Via Elizabeth Benjamin in the Daily News, House Minority Whip (and Republican Rebranding specialist) Eric Cantor will be a special guest tonight at a fundraiser for self-funding millionaire Suffolk County House candidate Randy Altschuler. On the host committee: Bush loyalist, Iraq Coalition a ... More >>
After his first year, Obama shows his true face
Steele's the one on the left.Michael Steele, who's spent the last two weeks fending off calls for him to step down or get fired from his job at the head of the Republican National Committee, leaped for the opportunity to turn the heat on someone else this morning. Steele is calling for Harry ... More >>
Forget about next week's Democratic primaries. The nastiest political race raging these days is the one to replace Joe Mondello as head of the near-moribund New York State Republican Party. On one side are what New York Post political editor Fred Dicker, in a nicely over the top op-ed c ... More >>
Republicans were spreading the word today that Rudolph Giuliani was going to support state Republican chairman Joe Mondello for another term in charge of the GOP, against the challenges of Ed Cox and Henry Wojtaszek. But Liz Benjamin had heard things differently: Giuliani, she'd been told, was goin ... More >>
Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the Supreme Court has just been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee en banc. All the Democrats (Herb Kohl, Dianne Feinstein, Russell Feingold, Chuck Schumer, Benjamin Cardin, Dick Durbin, Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse, Amy Klobuchar, Ed Kaufman, Arlen Specter ... More >>
There's a full-court press this morning from top state senate Democrats, calling for the Republicans to drop Pedro Espada as their negotiator, calling him "irrational."So far, senators Liz Krueger of Manhattan, Jeff Klein of the Bronx, and David Valesky of Syracuse have weighed in with email press r ... More >>
The mayor's best—and only—GOP pal is a pork- and patronage-loving conservative
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Obama's strategy makes her spurn Bill's Cuban advances and embrace Bush and the GOP's anti-Castro right.
Spitzer guns down Albany's real clean-up man
Countries abusing their prisoners say they are following America's practices