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Setting the Agenda: Albany’s Top Priorities in 2013

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Via Wiki Commons A head start on the 2013 session Sun Tzu counseled that “the superior strategist strikes while plans are being laid.” For many organizations, interests, and activists—and the media outlets that cover them—by the time the focus shifts to the next year’s legislative agenda in Albany, the top players have already set the priorities—the battle lines [&hellip
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City & State: This Week’s Political Winners & Losers

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Via Wiki Commons Forget the Catskills. The hottest place to head for the summer’s end is the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., rain be damned. And it must have been a convenient escape for New York’s Democrats this week, as the damage from Vito Lopez’s harassment scandal spread to some of the state’s top officials. Amid the [&hellip
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Ex-Lopez Staffers Who Still Love Vito

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Via City & State Not everyone who worked in Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s office has bad things to say about the embattled lawmaker. Despite graphic allegations of sexual harassment against Lopez and accounts of an uncomfortable office environment for female staffers, two former interns said that they are still on “Team Lopez” and that the office environment is a “positive [&hellip
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Same-Sex Marriage GOP Senators Spending Big to Save Seats

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Sen. McDonald The Republican state senators who voted yes on same-sex marriage have been spending heavily on their re-election campaigns, with three senators facing primary challenges on Sept. 13. Sen. Roy McDonald, facing a tough primary campaign against Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione after his vote “yes” on same-sex marriage, raised more than $50,000 in the final [&hellip
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Is City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Going National?

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Quinn Janos Marton, City & State‘s correspondent at the DNC Convention reports: Is Christine Quinn going national? Yesterday afternoon the New York City Council Speaker held a reception at the Halcyon Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, less than two blocks away from the convention center where the Democratic National Convention is being staged. The event, hosted [&hellip
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Column: Disenfranchised Voters Deserve Better Than a Brush-Off

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Via City & State By Michael Benjamin My jaw dropped when I read this week about some 300 upstate voters inadvertently disenfranchised from the federal primary due to a mapping error. Unbelievable! For six weeks, no one had a clue or uttered a word about this voting-rights violation. That is, until Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny entertained local media [&hellip
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Carl Paladino Calls on Speaker Silver to Resign

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Via City & State Former Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino has joined the slowly growing number of public figures calling on Sheldon Silver to resign as Assembly speaker. In an email to his supporters going out today, Paladino writes, “Silver acknowledged ‘a mistake was made.’ Was it an intentional mistake? The confidentiality clause, [Silver's] long history of making such ‘mistakes’ and the BS [&hellip
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