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A Team of Rivals?

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit

Imagine the city government if the next mayor asked his opponents to help lead One of the greatest political books ever, “A Team of Rivals,” by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, tells the compelling and always relevant tale of Abe Lincoln’s unprecedented hiring of his presidential rivals to serve in his administration. Not before, nor since, [&hellip
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Is Politics Cyclical?

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

If history repeats itself, the city is due for a big shift in leadership Historians often point out that political movements work in cycles. After a few terms of Republican presidents, for example, we often see a shift to a Democratic President, like when Obama followed Bush junior and Bill Clinton defeated Bush senior (who [&hellip
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A New Direction for Education

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

How the city’s education landscape would shift in a de Blasio administration With only three months left in the Bloomberg era, the folks at the Tweed Building who work for the Department of Education are probably dusting off their resumes and thinking about their next gigs. The conventional wisdom (which in politics is sometimes not [&hellip
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How de Blasio Won

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

What the frontrunner’s campaign strategy tells us about how he’d run the city Conventional wisdom is rarely correct in political campaigns, and early front-runners don’t often make it first to the finish line. Just ask Hillary Clinton. Or Mark Green. Or Christine Quinn. The old fable of the tortoise and the hare comes to mind [&hellip
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The Bloomberg Referendum

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

What’s at stake on September 10 and November 5 The primary election season is, thankfully, coming to a close and after all the forums and tv commercials and media coverage of issues and sexcapades, it’s finally decision time. It is feeling like September 10th will be a referendum on the Bloomberg era, with Christine Quinn [&hellip
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