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  • Republicans retake control of state Senate (New York)

    12/04/2010 5:56:30 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Freeman ^ | 12/4/10 | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    ALBANY — The state Senate will return to Republican control in January. A judge on Saturday certified a result that showed a Long Island Republican won a key seat in the Nov. 2 election, meaning the GOP will have at least a 32-30 edge over Democrats when the Senate’s new session starts next month. (A pending recount in Westchester County could give the GOP a 33-29 majority.) The result gives Republicans their only power base in a state where Democrats hold the Assembly and the three statewide offices: governor, comptroller and attorney general. The final tally in the Long Island...
  • Altschuler Camp Says it's Now Up in NY-1 Count

    11/06/2010 9:29:21 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | November 6, 2010 | Maggie Haberman
    I'll post more on this when I have it, but two sources who are familiar with the recanvassing of the voting machines in NY-1 tell me that GOPer Randy Altschuler, who'd been down several thousand votes to Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop is now up between 300 and 400 with the recanvass completed. There's over 9,000 absentee ballots to be counted starting next week, but the Republican had been down by 3,400. UPDATE: Altschuler spokesman Rob Ryan says the number is 392 and that it was the number their campaign lawyer received from the Board of Elections.
  • Rangel won another term by a wide margin Tuesday despite lingering concerns over ethics allegations

    11/03/2010 9:50:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Columbia Spectator ^ | 11/03/10 | Sarah Darville and Leah Greenbaum
    Rangel won another term by a wide margin Tuesday despite lingering concerns over ethics allegationsBy Sarah Darville and Leah Greenbaum Published November 3, 2010 Staffers purchased a dozen bottles of champagne weeks ago to celebrate Representative Charles Rangel’s victory Tuesday night. But the short celebration at the Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club on 128th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard did not pass without mention of the 40-year incumbent’s upcoming public trial for ethics charges. Rangel won another term by a wide margin Tuesday despite lingering concerns over ethics allegations related to failing to pay income taxes and not...
  • Early Indications from New York

    11/02/2010 3:38:54 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 29 replies · 2+ views
    inside the campaign ^ | 11/2/10 | exit polls
    This early word from inside the campaign Voter turnout is high everywhere but Manhattan area.. Sufflok county 3 to 1 Repub over Dem.. Great for us.. Things look good but I am cautiously optimistic
  • Video: The most painfully awkward debate moment of the year

    10/27/2010 9:34:03 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 27, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Capital Tonight, meet New York Assemblyman — and Democrat — Bob Reilly. If you thought the last few months of the Dems’ national campaign were tone-deaf, wait until you see ol’ Bob here in action. Obama doesn’t have a messaging problem; this guy has a messaging problem. There’s nothing I can say to prepare you for it, except that you’ll run the gamut of emotions. First, shock; then disgust at Reilly; then anger at yourself for finding the absurdity of it funny; then hearty laughter at just how stupid Democrats can be.
  • Races too close to call (New York State)

    10/27/2010 9:17:39 PM PDT · by Sun · 15 replies
    Troy Record ^ | October 23, 2010 | Alan S. Chartock
    the two iffiest offices, ones that could go either way, are the race for New York Attorney General and New York State Comptroller. The attorney general contest is between Manhattan resident and Democratic state Sen. Eric Schneiderman and Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan. snip although the chances of Gillibrand’s opponent, Joe DioGuardi, catching fire are still a possibility, albeit a long shot. snip The race for Attorney General is a lot more problematic for the Democrats. First of all, Schneiderman, never known as Mr. Personality among his colleagues in the state Senate, is not thought to be a favorite...
  • WFP, Conservatives Lose Out On Double-Vote Case [Potentially Hugh]

    10/16/2010 4:23:39 PM PDT · by Gondring · 33 replies
    Capital Tonight /YNN ^ | October 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Liz Benjamin
    [...] I’ve since been told the case hasn’t yet been decided, and won’t be until after Nov. 2. Instead, the judge declined to give the WFP the injunction it sought. The party is considering an appeal. This is almost of bad as a loss, since the current policy is detrimental to the minor parties. As things stand, voters who select the same candidate on two different lines on the paper ballots used by the new voting machine system will see their vote counted for the first party that appears on the ballot. That is, of course, very bad for the...
  • Let’s Help Out Chris Gibson, a VDH-Approved Candidate.

    10/14/2010 7:44:18 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10/14/10 | Jim Geraghty
    New York’s 20th congressional district has a problem. It’s an R+2 district, one that Bush carried 54 percent to 46 percent in 2004, and one that Obama carried by 3 percent, a classic swing district. But their Democratic congressman, Scott Murphy, is one of those so-called “moderate Democrats” who are never moderate when it really counts. He voted for Obamacare, and staunchly opposes repeal. He voted against a ban on federally funded abortions. He voted for cap-and-trade. Murphy likes to talk a lot about his strong views on pay-as-you-go, but he voted to raise the debt ceiling. He voted for...
  • Andrew Cuomo leads Carl Paladino 57% to 24% in new Siena poll

    09/23/2010 9:27:15 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/23/2010 | By Kenneth Lovett
    What a difference a day makes. A new Siena College poll released Thursday shows Andrew Cuomo with a commanding lead in the governor's race over maverick GOP opponent Carl Paladino a day after a separate poll claimed the race had narrowed dramatically. Cuomo leads Paladino by a 57% to 24% margin among registered voters, with Conservative party candidate Rick Lazio bringing up the rear at 8%. The poll is a marked difference than a Quinnipiac survey of likely voters released Wednesday that seemed to shake up the race. That poll had Cuomo ahead of Paladino by a slim 49% to...
  • Shock poll: DioGuardi within 1% of Gillebrand in New York Senate race

    09/23/2010 12:58:38 PM PDT · by Personal Responsibility · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Survey USA ^ | 9/22/2010 | Survey USA
    New York voters will, unusually, elect 2 United States Senators in 2010. In the Special Election to fill the final 2 years of Hillary Rodham Clinton's term, incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and former Congressman Republican Joe DioGuardi today finish effectively even, Gillibrand's nominal 1-point lead being within the survey's theoretical margin of sampling error.
  • Congressman who? Beat Pelosi [Giuliani endorsed Chris Gibson NY 20th District]

    09/22/2010 9:52:22 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    Albany TU ^ | September 23, 2010 | By JIMMY VIELKIND
    SCHODACK -- Rudy Giuliani thinks Chris Gibson's race for Congress isn't so much about his experience as an Army colonel, or about the voting record of that other guy currently representing the district. Instead, the former New York City mayor said it's about stopping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she moves the country toward a "European-style social democracy." "I'm not really campaigning against the current congressman -- who doesn't have my views on government, doesn't have my views on where the economy should go," Giuliani said Wednesday morning. "Let's put it this way: a vote against Chris is a vote...
  • Tea party may stop backing Hoffman [Upstate group may now support Doheny]

    09/18/2010 4:32:51 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 5 replies
    Watertown Daily ^ | September 18, 2010 | Jude Seymore
    Tea party may stop backing Hoffman 23RD DISTRICT RACE: Upstate group may now support Doheny By JUDE SEYMOUR TIMES STAFF WRITER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 One hundred tea partiers made Douglas L. Hoffman's Republican candidacy possible. Now 1,000 are considering whether their group should help get his opponent elected in the 23rd Congressional District. Members of the Upstate New York Tea Party, Plattsburgh, overwhelmingly supported Mr. Hoffman over fellow Republican Matthew A. Doheny during a May poll. But with Mr. Doheny holding a 582-vote lead with 1,969 absentee ballots to be counted in the GOP primary, Chairman Mark L. Barie...

    09/15/2010 3:47:19 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 42 replies
    This is one aspect of yesterday's results I dont see any one talking about Even Karl Rove was backed into a corner and does not know how to handle it NO ONE predicted these results. Usually after the election we look at the pollsters to see who was closest- no one was even close. In New York the polls had Carl Paladino tied with Lazio on Monday- on Tuesday Paladino beat him by OVER 40 PERCENT! 72% to 27% That’s how bad these polls were.
  • Goode says she's a "real Democrat" (challenging Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck U Schumer's female canine)

    08/29/2010 1:49:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The Saratogian ^ | August 27, 2010 | Emily Donohue
    SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ran into Gail Goode — who is challenging Kirsten Gillibrand for her Senate seat in the Democratic primary — in Congress Park Friday afternoon. She is in town for the weekend and will be shaking hands at the Tom Petty concert Friday and at the Travers Saturday. "I think it's very important that people know that 45,000 people put me on the ballot," she said, contrasting that with the "one person" — Gov. David Paterson — who put Gillibrand in her seat to replace Hillary Clinton. "I think it's very important for New Yorkers to know that...
  • The Unrepentant Republican Party

    08/27/2010 12:28:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Americant Thinker ^ | August 26, 2010 | Sam Foster
    English novelist George Eliot once penned the following: "Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress." Albert Einstein famously quipped, "insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."  There are more than a few famous quotes on the destructive nature inherent in the repetition of foolish behavior. What is to be said for the way in which the Republican Party is actively pursuing a repeat of last November's special election for NY's 23rd Congressional District? If you were outraged at Dede Scozzafava, wait until you see their latest candidate, Matt Doheny. It...
  • Lazio leans on mosque as his key issue

    08/26/2010 11:42:19 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 8/26/10 | Steve Israel
    GOSHEN — Rick Lazio seems like he's always blasting the Islamic center proposed near Ground Zero. Lazio, the Republican candidate for governor, rails against the project on a TV commercial — over images of a skeletal World Trade Center. His website challenges Democratic opponent Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to investigate the finances behind the project and debate it. Lazio — down some 30 points in the polls and $23 million in campaign money — has made the issue such a big deal, a French TV reporter came to Goshen Wednesday to ask him about it at a campaign stop. So...
  • Lazio falling

    08/23/2010 3:16:21 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 23, 2010 | Editorial
    It's less than a month before Primary Day in New York and GOP conven tion-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio is rapidly losing ground to challenger Carl Paladino of Buffalo. According to the latest Siena College poll, Lazio's 20-point lead over the gadfly businessman, registered a month ago, has shrunk to 13 points, 43-30. And in recent days Paladino has been endorsed by several upstate GOP county chairmen and such elected officials as Assemblywoman Jane Corwin of Nia- gara. Yes, there's a regional element to some of this -- Paladino is something of a hero in the Buffalo area -- but...
  • Taking aim at Democrats' all-white ticket, Charles Barron founds Freedom Party to challenge them

    08/17/2010 11:55:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | August 17, 2010 | Adam Lisberg
    Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron said Monday his new minority-led Freedom Party got enough signatures to get on the statewide ballot against the Democrats' all-white ticket."No longer are we going to allow the Democrats to take the black vote for granted," Barron said at a rally on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, in front of stacks of petitions with what he said were 43,500 signatures needed to gain entry on the ballot this fall."This party is a black- and Latino-led party that is open up to everybody," said Barron. "If we take care of blacks and Latinos, the state...
  • GOP Faces Possible NY 23 Repeat

    06/21/2010 2:14:07 PM PDT · by randita · 20 replies
    Hotline On Call ^ | 6/21/10 | Reid Wilson
    GOP Faces Possible NY 23 Repeat June 21, 2010 3:09 PM By Reid Wilson GOPers stung by a divisive intra-party battle last fall face the prospect of a split party, once again, in the race for an upstate NY House seat that should favor the minority. Last Nov., Rep. Bill Owens (D) won Army Sec. John McHugh's seat with just 48.3% of the vote. Still, it was enough to win after Assemb. Dede Scozzafava (R) and accountant Doug Hoffman, running on the Conservative Party line, split the GOP vote. After Hoffman attacked Scozzafava's moderate -- GOPers backing Hoffman labeled her...
  • State Republicans tap Blakeman to challenge Gillibrand

    06/04/2010 5:12:11 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies · 218+ views
    WBFO Radio 88.7 ^ | June 3, 2010 | Mark Scott
    - New York Republicans have given Bruce Blakeman the party's official designation to take on Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The three-day GOP convention came to a fractious end with the Republican delegates split on their choice of Senate candidate. Bruce Blakeman is the former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature. He won the endorsement over David Malpass, who earned enough support at Thursday's convention to run in a September 14th GOP primary. Malpass is a former Bear Stearns chief economist. A third candidate, former congressman Joe DioGuardi, didn't get enough votes for a primary line. But he is vowing...
  • NY Republicans choose Lazio as governor candidate

    06/02/2010 10:19:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 591+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2010
    NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Republicans have chosen former Congressman Rick Lazio (LAH'-zee-oh) as their candidate for governor. The party endorsed the Long Islander on Wednesday at its convention in New York City.
  • Fossella Will Not Run For Old Congressional Seat

    05/26/2010 1:16:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 515+ views
    NY1 News ^ | May 26, 2010 | NA
    Former Congressman Vito Fosella held a news conference today to announce that he will not seek election to his old congressional seat. The issue came up after the Staten Island Republican Party recently bypassed two candidates seeking the job and endorsed Fosella to run. Fosella was a six-term congressman until he stepped down in 2008 amid a drunk driving and personal scandal involving a secret family had in Virginia. He says he was honored to be asked to run, but is happy with where he is now. "I'm frankly at a very good place in my life,” he said. “I'm...
  • Andrew Cuomo kicks off run for governor with vow to 'rebuild New York' (Leads opposition by 40%)

    05/23/2010 1:29:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 949+ views
    Attorney General Andrew Cuomo finally went public with Albany's worst-kept secret yesterday -- throwing himself into the gubernatorial race with an ambitious strategy to shake up the "dysfunctional" Capitol and save the state. "I have a plan to rebuild New York from the ground up," Cuomo declared in front of the Tweed Courthouse in lower Manhattan, where he discussed his candidacy in front of hundreds of supporters. "We stand today next to one of the historic monuments to government corruption," he said. "Well, unfortunately, Albany's antics today could make Boss Tweed blush." Cuomo detailed his strategy for putting an end...
  • Vito repeato? GOP taps Fossella

    05/21/2010 4:00:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies · 435+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 20, 2010 | SALLY GOLDENBERG
    In a startling move, the Staten Island Republican Party last night nominated scandal-scarred ex-Rep. Vito Fossella for his old seat -- even though he wasn't even there. By a vote of 23-4, the GOP selected Fossella over candidates Michael Allegretti, a businessman, and Michael Grimm, a former US Marshal, to challenge Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon in November. Fossella, who served five terms in Congress, decided not to run for reelection in 2008 after he was arrested for drunken driving in Virginia -- and admitted he was there to see his mistress, a retired Air Force colonel, and their love child.
  • NY-23: Conservative Party Stands With Hoffman; Will GOP Listen?

    05/13/2010 8:05:53 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies · 489+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 5.12.10 @ 10:34PM | By Robert Stacy McCain
    Since Doug Hoffman's electrifying campaign in last fall's wild three-way special election in upstate New York, other candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the GOP nomination for the seat now held by Democrat Rep. Bill Owens. Among those candidates is Matt Doheny. Jude Seymour of the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times reports that Conservative Party chairman Mike Long says he's committed to supporting Hoffman this fall... To grasp the problem now facing the GOP in NY-23 requires an understanding of New York's multi-party system. In addition to the Democratic and Republican parties, several other minor parties have ballot...
  • Surprise: GOP challenger outraises Maurice Hinchey in NY-22 race

    04/21/2010 6:51:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies · 1,003+ views ^ | April 21, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Not that Ithaca Journal readers would know it from the reporting. They sniff at the notion that the GOP might make a concerted effort to push Maurice Hinchey out of Congress, then neglect to point out the rather troubling development for an incumbent of having a challenger surpass him in fundraising in an election year: Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey, meanwhile, is not a major GOP target in the 22nd Congressional District covering Ithaca and Binghamton and stretching east to Poughkeepsie on the other side of the Hudson River. Yes, yes, nothing to see here, just move along. Or — perhaps...
  • New York City Tea Party, Tax Day 2010

    04/16/2010 9:25:14 AM PDT · by WINGED PEGASUS · 18 replies · 563+ views
    first hand account | April 16, 2010 | Winged Pegasus
    The electricity crackled on a warm night in New York City as a crowd of approximately two thousand crowded eighth avenue around New York's central post office. The stage was set on thirtieth street and the activities began on schedule at seven P.M. Although attendance was down from the fifteen thousand Tea Party Activist gathered in city hall park last tax day, the energized crowd this year was clearly a well focused electoral block with a plan. Signs stating that "November Comes Quickly", "Voting, Our Weapon of Choice". New York's sponsor, tea party365 hosted by new York's own David Webb...
  • Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki Announces Plan to Repeal Health Care Law

    04/14/2010 4:06:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 733+ views
    fox ^ | 4/15/10 | staff
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki announced Wednesday the creation of a national organization that will work to repeal the Democrats' health care overhaul, which he called a "horrific" and costly bungle. Pataki said his nonprofit group, Revere America, will develop a grassroots network and highlight national opposition to the health care law, which he believes will impose a $500 billion burden on U.S. taxpayers and tighten government control of the health care system
  • Excerpts: George E. Pataki -(Gathering Signatures To Repeal HC Bill)

    04/14/2010 10:12:54 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies · 851+ views
    The Wall Street Journal: I understand you made a decision about the Senate race and I was hoping you could talk to me a little bit about why you decided not to challenge Sen. [Kirsten] Gillibrand (D., N.Y.). George E. Pataki: I'm very excited about Revere America. This is a great group of people that I'm going to be working with and as I've said for some time, I do want to get more involved in the national political dialogue and I think this is the best way to do it. We're going to be kicking off the end of...
  • New York Senate: Gillibrand 40%, Generic Republican 39%

    04/13/2010 2:17:34 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 19 replies · 500+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 13, 2010
    New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand remains in a vulnerable position in her bid for a full Senate term in New York even though no viable Republican running against her. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the Empire State finds Gillibrand earning just 40% support, while an unnamed generic Republican candidate picks up 39%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and 14% are undecided.
  • Staffers' accounts paint more detailed, troubling picture of Massa's office

    04/13/2010 11:19:38 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies · 705+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2010 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Just three months after Eric Massa was elected to Congress, his young male employees on Capitol Hill began complaining to supervisors that the lawmaker was making aggressive, sexual overtures toward them, according to new interviews and internal documents. The senior staff, one of whom said he heard Massa making lewd remarks to young staffers, tried to manage the problem internally. But reports of Massa's inappropriate behavior continued, leaving junior workers feeling helpless, according to victims, other staffers and sources close to an ongoing House ethics investigation. Most asked not to be named due to the ethics probe and the risk...
  • New report: Massa even creepier than first thought

    04/13/2010 10:37:52 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 21 replies · 1,309+ views
    Hot Air ^ | APRIL 12, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    It didn’t take long for freshman Congressman Eric Massa (D-NY) to make an impact on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately for his staffers, Massa concentrated his attentions more on them than on his job. The Washington Post reports that a new report on Massa’s sexual harassment of his aides was far more serious than either Massa or Democratic leadership first acknowledged, and had gone on longer than admitted:
  • Obtuse Rangel: Charlie seems to have forgotten his Sunday school lessons (SAINT Judas?)

    04/08/2010 7:35:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 694+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/03/10
    Obtuse Rangel: Charlie seems to have forgotten his Sunday school lessonsSaturday, April 3rd 2010, 4:00 AM These are rough days for Rep. Charlie Rangel. He talks and some amazing things burst forth from his mouth. None of them more astonishing and hilarious than his great big oopsie Friday. There he was on Holy Thursday, the eve of the most solemn day of the Christian calendar, the day that marks the crucifixion of Christ after history's most notorious betrayal, that of Judas Iscariot. At a political rally, union big Chris Shelton branded Rep. Mike McMahon of Staten Island a "Judas" for...
  • 69% in New York Say State Better Off If Most Legislators Not Reelected

    04/04/2010 4:16:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 622+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 02, 2010 | NA
    New York voters apparently are fed up with their state legislators. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of New York voters finds that 69% think it would be better if most incumbents in the state legislature were defeated this November. Just 12% say it would be better for the state if most of the incumbents were reelected. Another 18% aren’t sure. As the legislature continues to wrangle with the governor over the state’s sizable budget deficit, 80% of male voters think New York would be better off if most incumbents were defeated, a view shared by just 61% of women...
  • NY GOP seeks pot-smoking, hippy socialist for Senator.

    04/03/2010 8:26:09 AM PDT · by dangus · 36 replies · 961+ views
    vanity ^ | 3-3-10 | Dangus
    It sounds like a joke to say that isn't not fair to call William the Red a "pot-smoking, hippy"... to hippies. But it's not. Many hippies actually distrust Big Government/Big Fascism, bearing an oft-forgotten libertarian streak. But former Massachusetts Governor William the Red loves Big Fascism. How outrageously leftist is Weld? The Republican Senate pretty much rubber-stamped anyone Clinton nominated, but not Weld. The Massachusetts Democrats opposed him by flanking him to the right. He appointed the brother of fugitive crime boss Whitey Bulger to run the state university system. As leftist as his politics are, he is no 'man...
  • No Special Election for Eric Massa's Seat

    04/01/2010 3:12:59 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 84 replies · 1,403+ views
    CBS News ^ | 04/01/2010 | Brian Montopoli
    In an unwelcome bit of news for the GOP, New York governor David Paterson has announced that he would not call a special election to fill the House seat left vacant by former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa. Massa resigned last month amid in ethics investigation into accusations that he sexually harassed male members of his staff and subsequently acknowledged groping a staffer non-sexually. Paterson had initially vowed to call a special election to replace Massa before the midterm elections in November. But his spokeswoman said that the embattled Democratic governor would not do so, citing the cost to taxpayers in...
  • Talk Grows of Skipping Special Election in New York

    04/01/2010 6:09:28 AM PDT · by autumnraine · 44 replies · 880+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 03/31/2010 | Emily Cadei
    New York Democrats have begun expressing concerns about the costs of a special election, raising the prospect that the state won't hold a vote to fill the empty 29th district House seat before the fall's regularly scheduled elections. On Wednesday, Gov. David A. Paterson, who has sole jurisdiction to call a special election, indicated costs were a consideration in the timing. "We have some serious concerns about the financial impact that a special election could have on the county level, especially because those counties are facing the same fiscal crisis that the state is facing," spokeswoman Maggie McKeon said via...
  • Poll: Ex-Gov Pataki Has an Edge on Underwhelming Gillibrand

    03/30/2010 5:55:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 396+ views ^ | March 30, 2010 | Sabrina Jaszi
    Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is losing out in the polls to an opponent who hasn't even announced his candidacy yet. "We'll see down the road," said Republican ex-governor George Pataki, when asked if he would vie for the seat. Marist College research shows Pataki beating the former upstate congresswoman by two percentage points, 47-45. As for job approval, a scant 27 percent of the electorate believe Gillibrand, who critics say fails to connect with voters, is doing good work, reports the Post.
  • Charlie Rangel Faces His Scott Brown

    03/29/2010 3:07:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 871+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 29, 2010 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    What better message to send to Washington than to defeat an old bull like Charlie Rangel? Rangel is one of the principal symbols of the tolerance Washington has for corrupt insider politics. He is Chairman-in-school-detention of the House Ways and Means Committee pending efforts of Democrats to avoid the most devastating mid-term election defeat in history. Because he usually doesn't have a serious challenger, Rangel is able to funnel in the neighborhood of a half million dollars every election cycle to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Such political largesse protects corruption. Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats dole out...
  • Carl Paladino (for a prolife, conservative Governor of NY)

    03/25/2010 10:49:05 PM PDT · by Sun · 21 replies · 544+ views
    Carl Paladino blog ^ | March 20, 2010 | various
    STATEMENT ATTRIBUTED TO MICHAEL CAPUTO CAMPAIGN MANAGER PALADINO FOR THE PEOPLE March 20, 2010 Carl Paladino is deeply disappointed in the Conservative Party for not having the courtesy to allow us to compete in what turns out not to be a democratic process. It’s a shame that a personality conflict between Ed Cox and Mike Long has forced the Conservative Party to choose a weak candidate who’s a certain loser and who doesn’t support key tenets of the Party platform. Today’s endorsement of pro-abortion banking lobbyist Rick Lazio for governor may mean the end of the Conservative Party. The Paladino...
  • New York Senate Race Potentially Hot; Gov Race Not So Much

    03/23/2010 7:49:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 713+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23, 2010
    There's a possibility of at least one exciting race in the Empire State this fall. If former Governor George Pataki were to get in the Senate race against appointee Kirsten Gillibrand, New York-based pollster Siena tells us that he would currently lead her by a 45%-39% margin. Normally we would see that as atrocious polling numbers for Gillibrand, but let's remember that she is not your usual incumbent and Pataki is not your usual challenger. Her 32-29 fav/unfav number is tepid, but a full 39% of the electorate doesn't have an opinion. Pataki, a three-term Governor, has a 56-33 fav/unfav...
  • NY Poll: GOP Voters Favor Lazio As Levy Switches Parties

    03/22/2010 2:04:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 444+ views
    realclearpolitics ^ | March 22nd, 2010 | Mike Memoli
    A new Siena poll (810 RVs, 3/15-18, MoE +/- 3.4%) is the first in New York to test the potential Republican primary for governor between former Rep. Rick Lazio (R) and Steve Levy, the Suffolk County Executive and soon-to-be-former Democrat. Lazio leads Levy 45-16 in an initial test, with 40 percent undecided. When Republican voters are informed of Levy's political affiliation, Lazio's lead expands to 60-19, with 22 percent undecided. Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, continues to be the early heavy favorite to ultimately win the seat in November.
  • Conservative Party leaders back Lazio for governor (NY)

    03/21/2010 8:02:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 355+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | March 21, 2010 | Jay Rey and Robert J. McCarthy
    A day after being rejected by his own party’s chairman, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio secured the all-important backing Saturday from State Conservative Party leaders. The Conservative Party Executive Committee met Saturday in Brooklyn, where it recommended the former Long Island congressman as the party’s candidate for governor. The Lazio endorsement still needs to be ratified at the Conservative Party convention this spring, said Michael R. Long, State Conservative Party chairman. “He’s got a lot of support among the leaders of the party,” Long said by phone after the meeting. “He’s been friends of the party for a long time,...
  • Rep. Tim Bishop (NY-01) Will Vote Yes On Health Care Reform Bill

    03/20/2010 2:31:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies · 929+ views
    The Southhampton Press ^ | March 20, 2010 | Brendan O'Reilly
    U.S. Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton announced on Friday that he will vote in favor of the Senate’s version of the federal health care overhaul bill that is coming the House’s way in the next few days. With that declaration, Mr. Bishop became the 199th expected “yes” vote on the legislation. The Democrats need a total of 216 ayes to pass the bill, which could be put to a vote as soon as Sunday. Thirty-two congressman have yet to indicate which way they will vote.
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Owens says he will vote for health care reform Sunday

    03/20/2010 9:15:56 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies · 1,766+ views
    The Post-Standard Syracuse NY ^ | March 20, 2010, 11:06AM | Mark Weiner
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, saying he feared "dire consequences" if nothing is done to reform the nation's health care system, said today he will vote for President Obama's sweeping plan when it comes to a vote Sunday. "This has been a difficult decision, one that I have taken very seriously," Owens said in a conference call with reporters this morning. "One of the questions that weighed very heavily on mind is what happens if we do nothing," Owens said. He said he was convinced there would be "dire consequences" with skyrocketing health insurance premium costs. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, said...
  • Who will fill Massa's seat in Congress?

    03/05/2010 11:18:37 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 4 replies · 370+ views
    WHEC-TV ^ | March 5, 2010 | Linzi Sheldon
    Now that Congressman Eric Massa has announced his intention to resign, what's next for the 29th district? Governor David Paterson will issue a proclamation sometime after Massa's resignation. A special election would have to happen 30 to 45 days after that proclamation and candidates would be chosen by the heads of the political parties in these counties. Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua has been asked to run for Massa's seat. While he says it's not on his radar right now, Kolb says local leaders have to start thinking of filling the seat-- soon. "I think Governor Paterson has...
  • Gillibrand Still Trying to Win Over Bloomberg

    03/14/2010 10:46:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 575+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 12, 2010 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and MICHAEL BARBARO
    WASHINGTON — He gripes about her in private conversations with his aides and her colleagues on Capitol Hill. He has yet to take up her invitation to sit down for dinner. And his political team is constantly shopping for potential candidates to oust her. As New York experiences a tumultuous election season, one question is captivating political insiders: Why does Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg so dislike Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand? It is more than a passing concern for Ms. Gillibrand, who is still working to win over New York voters, especially downstate. The mayor’s top political advisers, with Mr. Bloomberg’s...
  • Latest news on U.S. House races in New York, post your endorsements (VANITY)

    03/12/2010 8:12:50 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 28 replies · 756+ views
    March 12, 2010 | campaignPete R-CT
    New conservative candidates are emerging in New York House races ... updates are included in this thread. Perhaps the most exciting new conservative on the scene is Retired Army colonel Chris Gibson (R) in NY-20. (Recall that freshman Rep. Murphy was elected last spring in a tight special election over GOPer Jim Tedisco.) An Albany Times Union blog reports: "Retired Army colonel Chris Gibson of Kinderhook won an endorsement from the Clifton Park Republican Committee Thursday night. The members talked to Gibson as well as the other men looking to challenge Democrat U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy in the 20th Congressional...
  • Another Republican Is Encouraged to Join the Race for Senate (NY)

    03/11/2010 8:11:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies · 895+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 10, 2010 | MICHAEL BARBARO
    Encouraged by state and national Republican Party leaders, Dan Senor, an author, private equity executive and Defense Department adviser in the last Bush administration, is seriously considering a political challenge against Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, according to three people told of the discussions. Mr. Senor, 38, who is married to the CNN anchorwoman Campbell Brown, is expected to decide in the next month whether to run. The discussions between Mr. Senor and the Republican leaders reflect their dissatisfaction with the existing field of Republican candidates in the state and their consensus that Ms. Gillibrand remains vulnerable to a challenger in...
  • Pataki endorses GOP's Rick Lazio for governor

    03/10/2010 5:12:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 300+ views
    WKTV ^ | Mar 10, 2010
    Former Gov. George Pataki, perhaps the most popular Republican in New York, is endorsing Rick Lazio in his GOP bid for governor this year. Pataki is scheduled to make the endorsement Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan. Lazio is a former congressman from Long Island who has collected endorsements from most Republican county chairmen and many Conservative Party leaders around the state. Lazio spokesman Barney Keller says Pataki's backing is another indication Lazio has support to, as he put it, sweep clean the dysfunction in Albany. Pataki, who retired as governor four years ago, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate...