Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WFP: Return to Tammany Hall Power

WFP: Return to Tammany Hall Power
Liu over David Yassky, 55.68-44.32; De Blasio over Mark Green, 62.5-37.5 Unofficial Runoff Results
Nobody Ask Me, ... But The City's divided Democratic Party leaders can't elect citywide candidates. It was the power of the paid operation of the WFP and voters turn off by the entire election system who stayed home that won the day. It is shocking that in a Democrat runoff Liu received 127,173 or just 4% of the registered Democrats in the city (3,177,740). De Blasio did a little better wtih 138, 736, he got 4.4% of the city's democratic voters. Just 2.7% of all the city's registered voters in the city voted (4,657,516) . . . Liu political consultant and lobbyist Bill Lynch has more power over Liu than consultant lobbyist Hank Morris ever had over former city and state comptroller Alan Hevesi. How will Lynch's complete victories effect the state and city's lobby consultant business. Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice on NY1 questioned last night how Liu elected by the unions will be able to audit and offer the transparency needed of the union pension funds and millions in health care programs they run with city funds

WFP Could Now Be the Most Power Party Since Tammany Hall
Earlier this month, the WFP backed four of the five challengers who ousted incumbents in the City Council. The WFP's ability to pull out the vote for its selected candidates increases that clout considerably, raising the question of how many elected officials are going to be willing to take on. At a meeting of the partnership and Citizen Budget Commission Steven Berger said The only people legislators listen to is the Working Families Party. Both Tammany Hall and WFP gained their power by organizing and providing for the poor The WFP is more a machine to GOTV and a ballot line that a party with members (11,800 members the smaller than the conservative and independence parties) Working with ACORN and there other private sector consultanting arm Data and Field the WFP have put together an very effective election machine in a time when the major party machines are held together by their control of the courts, redistricting, dysfunctional candidates and non existing reform movement The New New York Machine Azi Paybarah*** It a bad year for newspapers beyond red ink and loosing readership. As the city changes and voters stop voting they have lost their abilty to influence voters in important elections. All Three major editorial board of the city daily endosed the the defeated Yassky *** The dwindling power of newspaper endorsements *** Liu Campaign Source: We Don't Owe the W.F.P. That Much
It all About the Economy
Coming Storm: Class Warfare? Gov. warns of California-style NY state budget at meeting closed to the press with the Partnership for New York City and the Citizens Budget Commission said New York is headed to a budget meltdown state leaders don't unite on an anti-tax, anti-state-spending platform. How will the WFP and their elected officials and supporters react to cutbacks because of the budget crisis facing both the city and state. It should be interesting the city is faced with an permanent government which does not offer the leadership of our era that the past great generation of New York leaders who built the greatest city in the world. Can the leaders of the WFP work with the establishment to rebuild New York? Stay Tuned *** Paterson Reaches Out to Business *** Caroline Kennedy Doesn't Want To Talk About Paterson *** A Spirited Paterson Says He 'Can Beat' Giuliani *** Duane decries dysfunction of Albany at town hall

The Investigation and Media examining of ACORN and the WFP will now go on with increased interests. A bill to refund ACORN faces significant hurdles and Constitutional questions.
(WashTimes) *** WFP, Dems in fraud probe *** Tuning In Too Late (The Public Editor NYT)

Road to City Hall Bill and Liu win runoffs *** Lefties the real victors (NYP) *** De Blasio and Liu Win in N.Y. Democratic Runoffs (NYT) *** It Was Important to Vote in the Primary, Said the Handful Who Did *** Liu, de Blasio win in city's runoff elections *** Colangelo: Sanitationmen may back Bloomy *** Boredom reigns at poll sites - 'for runoffs, people don't care' *** “We won this election in the streets,” said Liu *** Boring battles leave city’s booths bare
*** Race politics after Obama *** Tom Robbins debunks Bloomberg's campaign claim that he's for progress, not politics - especially when it came to extending term limits *** Bloomy stumps for Ridge GOPer *** The making of a three-term mayor (Crains) *** The Epoch Times finds a conspiracy at the polls involving a voter named Liu *** Cuomo Avoids Talk of a Run for Governor *** Green Tips Cap to 'Politicians More Skilled Than I' *** From the DePaolo Files: David Yassky Never Learns *** Chin deserves her win, and Gerson, our thanks (The Villager)

Ed Cox takes the helm of the state GOP; he faces several challenges — including what might be called the Rudy Problem. (TU) *** Embattled NY governor takes to the road (Newday) *** State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli thinks out-of-state SUNY students should pay higher tuition.

Media's Spins for Bloomberg Bloomberg: My big parking promises DN OpEd (DN) *** Homelessness and unemployment in the city are up, while crime is down, according to the latest Mayor's Management Report *** Read the whole MMR here *** Eminent domain debate on WNYC *** Thompson Not Impressed With Bloomberg's Parking Plan

Law and Order Cops probed in 'bid to hide DWI scent' *** Officer Passed Blood-Alcohol Test 7 Hours After Fatal Accident *** Prosecutors in Monserrate Trial Subpoena His Companion *** Gonzalez: Giraldo unlikely to shed light on Hiram's alleged *** Prosecutors pile on bloody evidence at Hiram trial *** Federal Judge Forbids Kerik’s Lawyers to Mention 9/11 at Trial

Washington Senators Reject Pair of Public Option Proposals *** Bam to Denmark with Olympics pitch *** The President's Tough Choices - Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times *** Ditch the Conciliatory Tone With Iran - Rosemary Righter, Times of London *** Stop Before the President Gets Hurt - Thomas Friedman, New York Times *** A Pragmatic Look at Obama's Pragmatism - Jonah Goldberg, LA Times *** Tension as Dems Spar Over Health Care - Dana Milbank, Washington Post *** Health Care: Can Obama Swing It? - Elizabeth Drew, NY Review of Books *** Despite Facts, President Claims Stimulus Success - John Stossel, RCP *** Dear Senator: Vote Against Cap-and-Trade - Jim Manzi, DC Examiner *** Pushing the Public Option - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air *** Can Obama Save the Public Option? *** Gore Vidal Kisses Off Obama (Daily Beast) *** In Tight Times, Congress Boosts Its Budget - Politico *** Key Dems Against Public Option Got More Cash from Industry - Capital Eye *** Schumer as majority leader? *** Matt Taibbi on Health Care Reform: Sick and Wrong (Rolling Stone) *** Democratic Congressman Sums Up GOP Health-Care Plan: ‘Die Quickly’

Pay to Play Washington Ponzi heel Hsu gets 24 years *** Democratic Fund-Raiser Gets 24-Year Term for Fraud *** Rick Scott profits off the uninsured A leading foe of healthcare reform owns a chain of clinics aimed at people who would benefit from a public option (Salon.Com)

Terror Plot Ultra-secrecy for Zazi trial *** Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Bomb-Conspiracy Case *** Guilty Plea in Terrorism Financing Case

Wall Street Mess & Economy SEC develops post-Madoff rules *** Banks to Prepay Assessments to Rescue F.D.I.C. *** In Harsh Reports on S.E.C.’s Fraud Failures, a Watchdog Urges Sweeping Changes *** Fed Proposes Rules on Credit Cards *** SEC watchdog pushes changes after Madoff failure (Crains) *** Beware Bumps on Road to Recovery (WSJ) *** CIT in Last-Ditch Rescue Bid *** FDIC Fund to Be in Red for Years (WSJ) *** UBS Warns on Third-Quarter Losses *** America Has Passed on the Baton - Jeffrey Sachs, Financial Times *** 'New Democrats' Try to Influence Financial Regulations - Bloomberg *** SEC Faults GOP Fundraiser - Wall Street Journal *** 8 Reasons Why The Housing Bust Will Go On - Joshua Zumbrun, Forbes *** Window Is Closing on Financial Reform - Johnson & Kwak, Washington Post ***
Citigroup's Latest Toxic Asset: Bob Dylan *** Vanity Fair Details Secret Meetings Between Government And Goldman Sachs (taibbi)

National The Olympic Hopefuls *** Supreme Court's New Season *** Election 2009: VA (SUSA): McDonnell +14 NJ (Quinnipiac): Christie: +4 *** Countdown'09: NJ, VA Gov (34 Days)

International I.M.F. Calls for Overhaul of Financial System *** Improved Tactics Reduce Al-Qaeda Effectiveness (Wash Post) *** China Stalls Action Against Iran (Wash Post) *** US Needs to Get Serious on Climate Change - Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker *** Canadians Seek a Private Health Care Option - Wall Street Journal *** Iran Continues History of Evasion - Miami Herald *** More Merkel - Washington Post *** Iran 'Has Secret Nuclear Arms Plan' (Daily Beast)

Media and New Tech It's good on paper *** Advertising Two-Thirds of Americans Object to Online Tracking *** Warner Music Videos Heading Back to YouTube *** Lawmakers Worry About Losing Internet Influence in New Bill - The Hill *** Apple Tablet Release To Redefine Books, Newspapers (PHOTOS) *** Fox News Dominates 3Q 2009 Cable News Ratings *** Decision On Times Pay Model Will Come From the Gut *** Watch Your Backs, MSNBC! Imus Can See You!