Opinion: The Race to President Shouldn’t Be a Family Affair

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522px-Mitt_Romney_2012_CPAC By Michael Benjamin Like many New Yorkers, I thank Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his repeated demurrals concerning a presidential bid in 2016. Cuomo was elected to run our state, not to use Albany as a Triple-A way station on his way to the “show.” Two hundred and thirty-six years into our nation’s history, a professional [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup: Bloomberg’s Endorsement of Quinn Now in Doubt

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Christine Quinn via Wiki Commons. 2013 Mayoral Race Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2013 endorsement of Christine Quinn is now potentially in doubt. Paid sick leave backers are making a major push today for Quinn to bring the bill to the floor. Brooklyn Martin Dilan landed the endorsement of Hakeem Jeffries. Queens Ex-Councilwoman Melinda Katz is planning to run for Queens borough [&hellip
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20-Year-Old College Student Likely Brooklyn Assemblyman from Republican Line

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Via City & State. Moshe Tischler, the college student who is challenging powerful Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind in a Democratic primary, is showing some spunk. Tischler passed along a press release highlighting a lawsuit he filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, which will likely knock Hikind off the Republican line in their Assembly race. A special referee appointed by the [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup: Blooomberg donated $230k to five NYC Republican parties

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Via Wiki Commons. Brooklyn The Hotel Trades Council is somewhat surprisingly backing a Republican, Marty Golden. Mindy Meyer has quite the interesting views on gay marriage. Manhattan Corey Johnson picked up the support of three gay members of Congress. Queens Juan Reyes knocked the mayoral prospects of Malcolm Smith. A Queens Assembly candidate backed away from a promise [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup: Bill Thompson Sides with Christine Quinn on Ban of Chick-Fil-A

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Chick-Fil-A's sandwich. Via Wiki Commons. 2013 Mayoral Race Malcolm Smith says he’ll try to win over NYC’s five Republican chairs, who expressed skepticism yesterday about Smith running for mayor as a Republican. Bill Thompson is siding with Christine Quinn on the need to ban Chick-Fil-A. U.S. Senate Wendy Long panned Kirsten Gillibrand’s efforts to reach out to women. Manhattan 32 [&hellip
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Republican Consultant Says GOP Poised for Congressional Pick-Ups

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Susan Del Percio. Via City & State. Republican consultant Susan Del Percio in our most recent print edition: Even as the size of New York’s Congressional delegation shrinks from 29 to 27, there is an opportunity for the number of Republican representatives to grow. Currently there are eight Republican members of the House from New York, though owing to redistricting, Rep. Bob [&hellip
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Senate Democrats Release Report on Pay Equity, Domestic Violence and Women’s Health Care

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Liz Krueger. Via Wiki Commons. Senate Democrats released a report today detailing findings from several forums Senators held on pay equity, domestic violence and womens’ health care, including recommendations for legislation that has been stymied in the Republican-led State Senate. From the release: “Fairness and economic growth go hand-in-hand, and we gave the Senate Republicans many opportunities to get off [&hellip
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Race For Campaign Cash Heats Up

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Politics, West Side Spirit

800px-Money_Cash The 2013 City Council race may seem like a far-off event to average residents, but in the political sphere, the competition is already heated. The Upper West Side will be seeing candidates vie for a wide-open Council seat next fall, as Council Member Gale Brewer will be finishing her third and final term. While Brewer [&hellip
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Why Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Could Have It All (By 2016)

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Gillibrand in her Senate office in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Aaron Clamage) by Morgan Pehme Kirsten Gillibrand is currently enjoying a career trajectory comparable to only a select few American politicians in recent memory—the most notable of whom occupies a certain Oval Office she’s already being discussed as a viable contender for in 2016. Just a few years ago, such rumblings would have been unthinkable. When Gov. [&hellip
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