House Passes Bill on Debt Ceiling(NYT) * House approves increase in U.S. debt ceiling (Wash Post) * FINAL VOTE Roll CallGabrielle Giffords votes for debt limit deal(CBS)
A Big Win for the Washington Tea Party
Not only did they force Obama and the senate to accept their policies. They forced their own party's leadership to accede to their demands. Dowd at the NYT calls them terrorists, but they really are a strong negotiators in a broken congress. They took a one page bill to raise the debt and turned it into a game changer. But what kind of change? Not one job will be created for what happen in Washington yesterday. In fact as local and fed budgets are cut more will lose their employment. And millionaires still pay little taxes. As we watch the congress tell us have they save us from Armageddon. Lets remember they caused the problem and have not solved the real economic problems destroying this county.
Taking It to the House
Debt ceiling agreement sets scene for showdown in House(NYP) * Obama and Leaders Reach Debt Deal(NYT) * After Protracted Fight, Both Sides Emerge Bruised(NYT) * Boehner Outlines Debt Agreement(NYT) * Plan Leaves Out Hard Issues(WSJ) * Boehner's Future Tied to House Vote(WSJ) * Representatives last obstacle to new debt-limit deal(NYP) * CBO Analysis of August 1 Budget Control Act * Pleasing Few, Debt Deal to Go to Vote (NYT) * Update 5:30PM Pelosi Will Back Debt Ceiling Bill
Obama and Congressional Blame
The President Surrenders Extortion over the debt ceiling wins, and the country loses. (NYT, Krudman) * To Escape Chaos, a Terrible Deal Democrats won almost nothing they wanted except avoiding default (NYT Ed) * Boehner, McConnell and Reid come up with debt compromise that no one likes (NYDN)
NYP Says Cuomo Next Trick Will to Find An New MTA Chairman Who Can Win Affordable Transit-Union Contracts
The Times urges Cuomo ("who, incidentally, commutes from Westchester to Albany by car or plane") to take charge of the MTA by finding the best possible person to replace Chairman Jay Walder and supporting new revenue from the city, the state, car drivers and businesse
Gov. Cuomo’s Subway System In New York, millions of commuters a day depend on a governor who calls himself a “car guy.” (NYT Ed) * MTA isn't 'rail' helpful at neediest times(NYDN) * "sources say PA Director Ward rarely gets to communicate directly with the governor" - Does not Owe Cuomo A Thing (Capital NY) * Cuomo's Econ Councils: Less than a third of members donated to governor's campaign, totaling $183,530. [Ken Lovett / Daily News] *Transit: Silver predicts MTA funding will be part of budget talks next year. [Noah Kazis / Streetsblog]
How Come John Liu Did Not Notice This MTA Problem When He Was the Chairman of the City Council Transportation Committee?
Audit Faults M.T.A. on Subway Service Changes(NYT) * Audit Faults Subway Woes(WSJ) * Audit: MTA's Weekend Subway Diversions Overbudget By $26M(NY1)
With the Slush Fund Investigation Stalled Quinn Keeps Funding None Profits and Collecting Contributions From Them
Porky nonprofits gave Christine Quinn $127G Running for mayor is a little bit easier when you control tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer pork. (NYDN) * Private park rakes in pork (NYP)
Why Do Only City Council Minorities Members Get In Trouble Wit Member items?
There's no evidence Quinn actively solicited contributions from officials at pork-seeking nonprofits. Several contributors contacted by The News declined to comment or did not return calls.
Miguel Martinez, Ex-Councilman in New York, Gets 5 Years in Theft ... * U.S. Indicts Larry B. Seabrook, Bronx Councilman, in Fraud ... * A 2nd pol treads on thin $lush Bx. councilwoman eyed as next fed target
Daily News Reporter Erin Einhorn Accepts Tainted Spin Doctors Guma Word
"A Quinn campaign spokesman said the money she earmarks has nothing to do with campaign donations. "Speaker Quinn supports nonprofits and other groups based solely on two criteria: the quality of the organization and the importance of the work they do," spokesman Mark Guma said.
Mark Guma is the former partner of Hank Morris. Before Morris when to jail he and Guma contributed money to the Governor of New Mexico who somehow give pension funds to Morris and his partner Steve Ratner. Guma also forgave some of the campaign funds he was owed by the Manhattan DA. Guma wife worked for Bloomberg campaign along with Haggerty who DA Vance has indicted for stealing a million from the mayor. What Einhorn should have ask Guma was why is the city still paying for Quinn lawyer and lawyers for the entire city council for a three year old slush fund investigation which was all about pay to play member items.
Non Profits Want to Weaken Lobby Law
The commission charged with revamping New York City's lobbying laws will likely recommend groups should register their lobbying spending when it reaches $5,000 a year, up from $2,000. The change is aimed at helping small nonprofits that lobby for funding. Also likely: a one-time amnesty on fines for lobbyists who have failed to register with the city. Good government groups aren't getting everything they want - Citizens Union wanted lobbying enforcement moved out of the city clerk's office, for instance - but are cheered that lobbyists will likely have to disclose more about the targets of their work. (CHN)
CM Martin Dilan Member Items His Side and His Opponent
Councilman Erik Martin Dilan gave more than $200,000 in member items this year to the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, which is expected to help his chief of staff, Rafael Espinal, as he runs in an Assembly special election. But Dilan also doled out $10,000 to Make the Road New York, whose staffers are volunteering in large numbers for the rival campaign of Jesus Gonzalez. Even stranger, Dilan's father, State Sen. Martin Dilan, apparently once feuded with Make the Road and a then-13-year-old Gonzalez over a vacant lot in Sen. Dilan's district. "These are not the type of people that I like to work with," the senior Dilan recalled on the radio program the Perez Notes.
Weprin and Gay Rights
What Message is He Trying to Send?
Assemblyman David Weprin, who voted “yes” on same-sex marriage, said he’s open to investigations into any “procedural issue” connected to the bill’s passage in the Senate. * David Weprin interview on Vos Iz Neias? * Turner Supports Debt Deal(YNN) * Turner Votes Yes, Weprin Leans No On Debt Ceiling Deal (NYO) *NY-9: "[H]ow would Turner fare on a Brooklyn quiz? [Mary / Midwood Blog]