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Bob Turner, on redistricting: “I will be ready to take the fight into ’12, no matter what the district is called, and I just don’t know who the opponent will be.” * Just Elected, and Already Talking of Staying(NYT) * Republicans could try to make Turner's seat a conservative Jewish stronghold and force Democrats to give up another downstate district (AP)* Or Republicans could sacrifice Turner and strengthen Rep. Michael Grimm's district while Democrats give up one of their three Western New York seats during redistricting, the Gannett Washington bureau reports. * Following Turner’s win, it’s now possible there will be two “fair fights” (in other words, primaries) in 2012, thanks to redistricting – one between Republicans downstate, and another between WNY Democrats.*
With the Crowley Loss of the 9th and the Haggerty Trial the DN and NYT Sill Refuse to Explain How the City's Corrupt Party Machines Operate
The NYT Gives Us More Information On How the Rebels in Libya Operates Than How The Queens or the Brooklyn Democratic Machines Work
After Choosing a Candidate Who Lost, a Democrat Stands in an Unfavorable Light(NYT) NYT's reporter David Chen offers the well know reason why Weprin lost. Obama, economy. gay vote Yada Yada Yada. Chen did add the fact that Crowley was able to avoid a serious challenge when he first ran for congress because the congressman in the seat before him who was also Queens Democrat Boss Manton times his retirement late in the election process.
Did the NYT Interview Crowley At His Home in Virginia?
The story even included top democrat defending the Queens Boss. “I don’t think you can heap blame on Crowley or any one person,” said Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Not one word how Crowley uses the election law and his control of the BOE to knock candidates, including this year a college student off the ballot. NYT and DN should write about how both bosses Crowley and Lopez control who gets elected to the courts in their boroughVito Lopez scores a win in Civil Court Judgeship race(Law Journal) * Queens Democratic Party Chair/Rep. Joe Crowley was absent from Assemblyman David Weprin’s side on election night, but that didn’t surprise his neighbors, who say he’s rarely around.
Or why the NYT candidate for mayor Quinn has loaded her City Council staff with Crowley flunkies and loaded his non profits with member item funds. Besides Crowley and Lopez how many non profit political machines does the speaker fund that she intends to use to help her become mayor? Why does the NYT ignore all the elected officials supported by Crowley's machine who have been sent to jail? Or about a major federal investigation who will send a lot more of his Queens pols to jail?
Anonymous Sources Why? Daily News' reporter Alison Gendar: Why not identify sources when all they are doing is repeating well discussed reasons for how Boss Crowley caused the GOP victory in the 9th? Nothing about Boss Crowley machine or how he makes money off his control of the surrogate court. Joe Crowley's decision to choose David Weprin as candidate was 'toxic to the party': Dem strategist (NYDN)
What the Fuck Happen
Anatomy of a Rebuke (Map)
The loss shook House Democrats. “It’s a wake-up call,” said Eliot Engel "The Jewish vote is in play" * After New York Race, G.O.P. Sees a Ripple in Jewish Vote(NYT) * Behind Turner's Win: Jewish Voters Opposed to Gay Marriage(WSJ) * Gyory: GOP is overspinning Turner's victory(NYDN) * Startling ‘wake-up call’ for House Dems(NYP) * GOP Ties House Wins to Obama's Woes(WSJ)* Giddy GOP leaders suggested their presidential candidate – as soon as they settle on one – could carry Democrat-dominated NYS for the first time since 1984 when Ronald Reagan won here. More Spin Crap (ABC)
NYT Spins 9th to Offer Us A Defense of Obama's Israel Piece Plan
Does the NYT really believe that Turner win will embolden the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Do They Not understand he will do whatever he has to do to save his county? What if the editorial smoking? How lost are these jerks? Where is their common sense? Israel and New York’s Ninth District(NYT Ed) No political win, or loss, here alters the fact that a peace deal is in Israel’s best interest. * Strains Mounting As Israelis Facing Three Crises(Jewish Week) * Ed Koch swipes at NYT editorial board (Politico) * New Gallup: Obama slips with Jews (Politico) * Waxman: Jews vote Republican ‘to protect their wealth’(Daily Caller) * Mayor Bloomberg has President Obama’s back on Israel.
Capital Tonight Should Investigate Parkside Group
Liz Benjamin is one of the best New York political reporter bloggers. But like ever other journalist in the city she needs to do a better job investigating the backgrounds of the consultants she is reporting on. With the conviction of Hank Morris and fines paid by Global and is more evidence that there are many political consultants out there using their political contacts to get around the law and make $$$ * Parkside Congratulates ‘Victorious Clients’ (And Weprin) *Consultants Come To Crowley’s Defense(YNN) * After Weprin Debacle, Parkside Plugs Its Victories (NYO)
What True News has Reported on Parkside
Stavisky's Parkside of the Group's wife is the Democratic leader from Rockland County. Evan is a district leader in 26th Assembly District in Queens.
Parkside's Evan Stavisky is The Modern Boss Tweed
In 2005 in a NYT article Dick Dadey executive director of Citizens Union expressed concern about what he called "a growing problem" of council members being lobbied by firms that serve as political consultants to many of them. "It clearly gives a lobbyist who does campaign work unfair advantage, because it gives them a level of access to the elected official that they otherwise would not have." In 2005 the Parkside was paid a total of $1.7 million by more than 40 clients last year, many of them nonprofit receiving member items from the city council. The Parkside Group, carved out a dual role in New York politics: as lobbyist for nonprofit groups seeking city money and as a political consultant to a dozen council members, including the speaker and the Finance Committee chairman, who have a major hand in approving budget requests from those same groups. Miller who became so close to Parkside after it helped him win his speaker post asked one of Parkside partners to help him hire a chief of staff. Did Parkside Get Funds from Millers Slush Fund? In 2004, Miller launched his ill-fated drive to become mayor right from Parkside's offices. Lobbyists' Role in Council Slush Fund Scandal Probed (City Sun 2008)
Independent Democratic Conference: The Redistricting Untouchables
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has agreed not to touch Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein and the three other members of his Independent Democratic Conference when district lines are redrawn (DN)
Stubbornly Incompetent: Why the BOE Counts So Slow
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The Post congratulates Queens Councilman Ruben Wills for winning Tuesday's special election, saying the accused criminal will feel right at home in a Council that legally steals taxpayers' money (NYP) * Party time! Asked to choose between an accused criminal and a howling-at-the-moon loon, Queens voters Tuesday sent the alleged crook back to the City Council -- where he’ll no doubt feel right at home. Ruben Wills, who faces criminal charges going back to the ’90s, is now the Democratic nominee for the 28th council district. (NYP Ed)
Ex-Senator’s Chief of Staff Is Expected to Plead Guilty(NYT) Raymond Maguire, who served as chief of staff to former State Senator Vincent L. Leibell III, is expected to plead guilty to obstruction of justice on Thursday.
Aide’s class hole Goldsmith Quits teach gig at Columbia (NYP)
On Staten Island visit, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott gets an earful of anger from parents - Video (SI Advance)
HEAD OF CUOMO-FOUNDED NONPROFIT RESIGNS: As Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration probes oversized salaries for nonprofit executives whose organizations receive state funds, one group with a special relationship to the governor no longer has its highly paid chief executive - who is married to Cuomo's cousin (CHN) * Laurence Belinsky, the highly-paid CEO and president of HELP USA, a housing non-profit founded by Cuomo, resigned to pursue a private sector job. He’s married to the governor’s cousin.
Grabbed 3rd rail after being called to testify against other officers: sources(NYP) * Charges Likely Within Weeks for Officers in Tickets Case(NYT) * Suicide bid by tix cop(NYP)