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Placing a Sure Bet

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Arrogance and corruption are the downfall of tainted state legislators By Alan S. Chartock Around the first of every year, I write my annual predications. Inevitably, I predict a sure thing: that a member of the New York State Legislature will be indicted. I have not yet been wrong. Now that everyone from the governor [&hellip
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Standing at Calamity’s Edge

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The American people are being fleeced; how long will they take it? By Alan S. Chartock As state and federal governments continue drowning in a sea of red ink, we are reminded of Johnny Carson"s old edict, “Buy the premise, buy the bit. There is no doubt that from Wisconsin to New York to Massachusetts, [&hellip
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Changing the Rules Mid-Game

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With gerrymandering on horizon, Republicans seek overturning law to maintain power By Alan S. Chartock Things are getting really confusing in Albany. The way it stands now, only two votes separate the majority Republicans and the minority Democrats in the State Senate. If one vote changes and the Senate is split 31 to 31, the [&hellip
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Pulling the Albany Strings

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Next ethics bill must disclose who legislators work for By Alan S. Chartock Most Americans are either too busy or too lazy to pay attention to state politics. They may have some impression of what the president and Congress are doing, but they know very little about what really goes on in Albany. Obviously, if [&hellip
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Protecting Officials in the Post-Tucson Era

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Our Democracy must remain open to the people By Alan S. Chartock The tragic occurrences in Tucson have raised the issue of protection for our public officials. It only takes one person with a gun to harm an awful lot of people. Naturally, we have been hearing about what led one troubled soul to do [&hellip
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First Couple of New York

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Cuomo"s relationship with Sandra Lee reflects changing times By Alan S. Chartock The other day, a reporter called from a fashion newspaper that was writing a story on Sandra Lee, Governor Andrew Cuomo"s significant other. The reporter wanted to know what I made of the fact that the governor was living with someone to whom [&hellip
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Cuomo Sets High Bar for New York

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New Governor hits right notes in inauguration speech By Alan S. Chartock Andrew Cuomo gave the speech of his life at his inauguration. He was gracious but stern; humorous but determined; warm and sincere yet somehow dark. He offered his hand to the Legislature and to the people, and you had the feeling you"d better [&hellip
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Predictions for upcoming Political Year

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Cuomo, Silver and other prognostications for 2011 By Alan Chartock The New Year is upon us and as usual, it falls to me to make prognostications and predictions about what we can expect in the coming annum. Let us remember the rules. I make some of these predictions because I do not want to see [&hellip
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