U.S. Politics

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    New York Post May Not Approve of Andrew Cuomo's High Approval Rating

    ​Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, while fair and balanced 99 percent of the time, occasionally allows some bias to creep into one of its many media outlets. Hard to believe, but if you look very close, you can find it. So let's play a game: Guess the News Corp. lede!

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Chris Lee Could Be Replaced By Carl Paladino

    ​Christopher Lee, the New York representative who resigned yesterday amid a scandal over shirtless pictures, will be replaced between 30 and 45 days after Governor Andrew Cuomo calls for a special election. Rumors have already started as to who might run for the spot, including one that New Yorker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Queens Pol Tony Seminerio, 75, Dies in a Federal Pen

    ​Former Queens assemblyman Tony Seminerio died today in a federal prison hospital in North Carolina where he was serving out the six-year fraud sentence he received in February. Seminerio, 75, had long been in poor health. Prior to his sentencing by federal Judge Naomi Buchwald for taking hund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    The Peggy Lipton Affair Takes Down Another Albany Big Shot

    ​We got yet another fascinating look inside the Albany favors factory yesterday when Andrew Cuomo released his latest revelation in the state pension fund scandal. Pat Lynch, the uber-lobbyist and close friend and ally of Sheldon Silver, was slapped with a half-million-dollar fine and banned f ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2010
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    November 22, 2010

    Joe Scarborough's Political Contributions Revealed by Voice in 2008: What Took So Long for the Suspension?

    ​Decades ago, when I was new to the pages of the Voice and when my work actually appeared on pages, I was visited at the office by state investigators. They had in their hands a campaign filing by Al Vann, then a young and ballsy assemblyman from the heart of Bed Stuy. I was astoni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    The TSA Battlefront: Privacy Vs. Security

    "The good ol' days.."​What with the looming holiday season and the busiest travel days of the year, along with the TSA's most recent security measures, there's a significant debate brewing over who's right, who's wrong, and what, exactly, is going too far. Many have reported being patted down "ina ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2010
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    November 9, 2010

    David Paterson Post Mortems Begin in Earnest

    ​The day after the election, the Times ran a comparative chart of the personal preferences of the outgoing and incoming governors. Asked how he relaxed at the Governor's Mansion in Albany, David Paterson said: "Reading in the family room." A few days earlier, Joe Fisch, the state's in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    New York Gubernatorial Candidate Makes Final Pre-Election Push With Local Constituents

    According to photographic evidence provided by, New York's Republican option for governor, Carl Paladino, partied with sexy wenches, a, er, "guy in blackface" (or maybe a burn victim/devil person/sexy post-op Jocelyn Wildenstein?), and a zombie for Halloween at West Seneca bar Potter's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2010

    Carl Paladino's Hometown Newspaper Endorses Andrew Cuomo

    ​Batty and bigoted Republican candidate for governor of New York, Carl Paladino, is trailing his opponent Andrew Cuomo by doubt-digits in the polls and suffered another blow Sunday when his hometown newspaper, the Buffalo News, endorsed Cuomo. "In the end, there is no choice for governor but A ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2010

    Grinding Justice

    Operation Streamline Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    How Does Carl Paladino Get the 'Tea Party' Tag After Teabagging the Tea Partiers?

    ​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 >>

  • Columns

    October 13, 2010

    The Sick Looting of Home Health Care

    A connected company's license to loot—at the expense of the taxpayers, elderly, and infirm

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    The Parker/Spitzer Liveblog!

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Carl Paladino vs. The Tea Party: No Love Lost

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2010

    Gov. David Paterson Coming to SNL Tonight

    ​"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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Opportunity is Here: When Will He Endorse an A.G. Candidate?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    David Paterson: A Lame Duck, Sure, But Why the Lame Media Coverage?

    The governor and David Johnson​It'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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Gov. Paterson Will Attempt to Resurrect His Soda Tax

    poolie/Flickr​Governor 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.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg Draws Praise for the Same Budget Decisions That Reap Tabloid Ridicule for Shelly Silver

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    David Paterson Shadow-Boxes Himself; Press Awards Him TKO

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Pledge Proving Tricky for Fellow Dems

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Sarah Palin Blames Obama/BP Connection for Slow Oil Spill Response; BP to Attempt to Plug Well with Mud

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Senate Republicans Suddenly Against Budget Extensions They Used to Wallow In

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Fox News Poll Blames Barack Obama for Blaming George W. Bush

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    The New Tea Party People: Now With Black People (Onstage, Anway), Proud to Teabag, But Still Batshit Insane

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2010

    Mitt Romney Wins Southern Republican Straw Poll by One Vote

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2010

    Eric Cantor, Dan Senor Host Fundraiser for Tea Party Candidate in NY-1

    ​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 >>

  • Columns

    January 12, 2010

    George W. Obama

    After his first year, Obama shows his true face

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2010

    Embattled RNC Chair Michael Steele calls for Harry Reid to step down

    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 >>

  • News

    October 27, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    A Big Post Boost for Fast Eddie Cox

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Giuliani All Up In State GOP Power Struggle

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Sotomayor Approved by Judiciary Committee

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Senate Dems Push to Get Espada Out

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Bronx Dems Nominate Two for Special Election Seats

    Bronx Dems Marcos A. Crespo, Michael Robles, and Vanessa L. Gibson. Photo by Candice M. Giove. New Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. strode into a gallery at the Bronx Museum where members of the Bronx Democratic County from his former assembly district gathered to find a successor for his no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Rev. Diaz Says Paterson Should Let Cuomo Take Over, Pass Gay Marriage Bill (Which He Opposes)

    photos by John DeSio While Governor Paterson made it official that he would introduce a bill to make same-sex marriage legal in New York State, Albany's most outspoken opponent of the bill is lashing out at the governor, calling his proposal a political gimmick and demanding that he not run for ree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Latest Budget: OK, Taxes on the Rich After All

    Governor Paterson announced a "budget agreement" with legislative leaders on Sunday. He says this agreement closes the state's budget gap -- which he found to be $2.2 billion bigger than expected last week -- and "stabilizes our finances, and institutes critical reforms that will help eliminate wast ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2009

    Bloomberg's Golden Republican

    The mayor's best—and only—GOP pal is a pork- and patronage-loving conservative

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Paterson Poll Collapse Continues: 26% Approval

    Oh oh: Governor Paterson's approval rating has sunk to 26 percent, says a new Marist poll. That's 14 points lower than last week's Siena poll. That's Late George Bush low. That's losing to Giuliani in a speculative governor's race low (53-38). That's lower than Eliot Spitzer after his downfall low. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    D'Amato's Perfecta: Pals for Paterson, Cash for Cuomo

    Al D'Amato is an equal opportunity money machine. The ex-GOP senator is now raising cash for Andrew Cuomo, reports a Newsday team of Dan Janison and Celeste Hadrick. In a bash scheduled for Tuesday evening in Midtown, D'Amato will host a fundraiser for Cuomo's  campaign committee, a PAC that's amb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Blagojevich Removed

    Governor Rod Blagojevich has just been removed from office in an impeachment trial held in the Illinois State Senate. He will be replaced this afternoon by Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn, who earlier said he is "ready" to assume his new duties. The vote was 59 to 0. The vote was preceded by state ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Poll: Cuomo right at Paterson's heels

    Governor Paterson tried to show he's listening today by cancelling one bad idea -- the tax-payer-financed junket he'd planned to the glitzy World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  But the poor guy can't catch a break:  A new poll has his would-be rival, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    New Poll: Kennedy Favorability Drops, Cuomo Surges Ahead

    Earlier this week a Quinnipiac poll showed voters in New York State leaning away from Caroline Kennedy for Senator, prefering state attorney general Andrew Cuomo by a margin of 31 percent to 24 percent. Now a Marist poll puts the spread at 39 percent to 31 percent. Marist December poll showed them t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008
  • Columns

    December 17, 2008

    What Obama Doesn't Know

    Much has been hidden from the new president by the Bush team

  • Columns

    December 10, 2008
  • Columns

    December 3, 2008

    Obama's First 100 Days

    After ending American torture, will we prosecute those who ordered other war crimes?

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    At Forum, Maloney "Absolutely" Wants Clinton Seat, Pelosi Defends Rangel, Palin

    At a Hunter College forum last night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney talked about women and politics. Perhaps inevitably, much of the discussion focused on Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. Pelosi, who had struggled to maintain neutral duri ... More >>

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