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  • POLITICAL COUP IN NEW YORK SENATE

    06/09/2009 5:06:34 AM PDT · by pabianice · 4 replies · 706+ views
    . . . Republicans have retaken control of the New York Senate after at least two Democrats, Senators Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) and Pedro Espada (D-Bronx), crossed party lines to caucus with the GOP. The Albany Times-Union has reported that Dean Skelos (R), former minority leader, has been elected majority leader and Espada has been elected Senate president. What this political change portends for the firearms microstamping bill (S.4397) is unknown; however, the legislation has been removed from today's schedule. The NSSF government relations team is on the ground in Albany monitoring this situation. NSSF would like to thank the thousands...
  • CHAOS IN ALBANY: GOP Coup Upsets Balance In Senate

    06/09/2009 4:21:33 AM PDT · by rightwingextremist1776 · 23 replies · 1,332+ views
    wcbstv ^ | Jun 9, 2009 | wcbstv
    CHAOS IN ALBANY: GOP Coup Upsets Balance In Senate Malcolm Smith Ousted As Senate Majority Leader; Dems Turn Off Lights, Cut Internet Power In Attempt To Stop Coup Paterson Goes Ballistic: I'm Here To Stand Up For DemocracyALBANY (CBS) ― Click to enlarge1 of 1 Sens. Dean Skelos (l) and Pedro Espada (r) are sworn in in the New York Senate chambers on June 8, 2009. CBS Republicans, who lost control of the New York State Senate last November have apparently regained control, and without an election! The GOP power play involves two renegade Democrats and a billionaire businessman. Welcome...
  • New York: Status of Anti-Gun Bills Uncertain as Balance of Power Changes in Albany

    06/09/2009 12:09:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 687+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | June 08, 2009 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   New York: Status of Anti-Gun Bills Uncertain as Balance of Power Changes in Albany   Monday, June 08, 2009   Please Continue Checking Your Email and www.NRAILA.org for UpdatesOn Monday, June 8 two Democrats, State Senators Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) and Pedro Espada (D-Bronx), switched parties to caucus with the Republicans.  This change allows the Republicans to take control of the New York State Senate.  As of now, the legislature is in upheaval and we are unsure of the status of firearm related bills, including the micro-stamping bill (Senate Bill 4397A). Please hold your calls and...
  • COUP IN ALBANY: GOP Takes Over NY State Senate

    06/08/2009 11:48:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,984+ views
    wcbstv.com ^ | Jun 9, 2009 | Marcia Kramer
    Malcolm Smith Ousted As Senate Majority Leader; Dems Turn Off Lights, Cut Internet Power In Attempt To Stop Coup Paterson Goes Ballistic: I'm Here To Stand Up For Democracy That was the big question Monday night following a political standoff in Albany. The Republicans said they pulled off a coup, snatching power away from the Senate majority, but the Democrats said it was illegal and that they're still in control of the Legislature. And the whole thing has Gov. David Paterson lashing out at lawmakers. It was a carefully crafted coup -- five weeks in the making, with independent Tom...
  • Video: Republicans Taking Over NY Senate in Coup Today

    06/08/2009 8:57:54 PM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 28 replies · 1,785+ views
    You Tube ^ | June 8, 2009 | Senator Tom Libous
    Democracy in action. A great few minutes of drama. Here is clip one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM_S44n-sYU Here is clip #2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg3S13z3_os
  • How Today's Circus in the New York Senate Affects Gay Marriage (No Gay Marriage for NY)

    06/08/2009 5:02:55 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 10 replies · 826+ views
    http://www.queerty.com ^ | Jun 8, 2009 | www.queerty.com
    After four decades of Republican control, the New York State Senate's Democrats scored a coup in January, finally securing the chamber. Five months later, they may have lost it after a riotous affair went down this afternoon, with two Democrats abandoning their party to join hands with Republicans — who promptly demanded a new roll call vote to find new leadership and oust Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. What's this mean for the fractious effort to beat the legislative session's ticking clock to pass same-sex marriage legislation? In a stunning turn of events, Sens. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and...
  • Two Dems defect to GOP in NYS.

    06/08/2009 1:29:17 PM PDT · by eleni121 · 198 replies · 13,205+ views
    NYTimes ^ | June 8 2009 | Peters and Hakim
    Updated, 4:15 p.m. | ALBANY – Democrats appeared to have lost their majority in the New York State Senate on Monday, in a stunning and sudden reversal of fortunes for a party that has controlled the chamber for barely five months.
  • GOP coup in Albany (Democrats to sue to stop GOP takeover of NY Senate)

    06/08/2009 2:31:33 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 24 replies · 1,692+ views
    -snip- It wasn't until Senate Republicans made a motion for Espada to be made the new temporary president that Democrats had an inkling of what was going on. After a tense several minutes, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein called to adjourn the session and Democrats stormed out even though no vote was taken. As Republicans, with their two Democratic allies, voted to install Espada and enact new rules for the house, Democrats had the lights in the chamber briefly turned off. "It's a sobering moment, it's not a jubilant moment, but it's a moment that we must have to...
  • Why the New York GOP should embrace gay marriage [McNuts alert]

    05/22/2009 5:40:02 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 40 replies · 1,116+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2009-05-22 | Meghan McCain
    An Open Letter to New York Republicans: As I read the news about the recent advances of marriage equality across our country, I think it is easy for many to get distracted by the politics and rhetoric on this issue and lose sight of what is really at its heart: the equality of freedom. No matter how politically charged the discussions about marriage equality may get, the question is really a simple one: Do the rights and privileges we offer citizens include everyone in our country, or only some of us? I believe that allowing gays and lesbians the freedom...
  • GOP sees lessons, silver lining in Tedisco loss

    04/26/2009 8:53:01 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 15 replies · 1,105+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 25, 2009 | Reid Wilson
    A fundamental urge for change and a subpar get out the vote program doomed Assemblyman Jim Tedisco's (R) congressional campaign... ..... About six months after President Obama won the White House, a race in which Obama's economic policies played a significant role featured Tedisco, who has been in public office for more than two decades, and Murphy, a venture capitalist who had never sought public office. "This race tended to be more of businessman versus politician," said one GOP strategist close to Tedisco's campaign when asked to offer a postmortem. "Fresh face [versus] guy who's been around for a while."Though...
  • Another GOP Defeat

    04/26/2009 5:55:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1,469+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | April 26, 2009
    APRIL 27, 2009 Another GOP Defeat Albany lifers are lousy candidates. Republicans lost another Congressional race on Friday, as Democratic newcomer Scott Murphy was declared the victor by some 400 votes in the March 31 special House election in New York state. But you wouldn't know it from the response of House Minority Leader John Boehner, who declared that GOP candidate Jim Tedisco "forced the Democratic Party to invest heavily and defend a seat they should have had in the bag." I-yi-yi. New York's 20th Congressional district is precisely the kind the GOP will have to win if it wants...
  • New York Gov. Paterson defers to Senate leader on gay marriage (Homosexual loss)

    04/23/2009 5:59:39 PM PDT · by GinaLolaB · 7 replies · 804+ views
    The Syracuse Post Standard ^ | April 22, 2009 | The Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Democratic Gov. David Paterson says he'll go along with whatever the Senate's Democratic leader decides is the best way to win passage of legislation to legalize gay marriage. Both Paterson and Sen. Malcolm Smith of Queens back the legislation. Paterson has urged putting it on the floor of the Legislature for debate and an uncertain vote. But Smith wants to wait until he secures the 32 votes needed for passage in his chamber, and he has been missing a few. Talking to reporters Wednesday, Paterson says Smith "knows the inertia of the Senate better...
  • (New York) Governor to Submit Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

    04/15/2009 4:41:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 860+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2009 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Gov. David A. Paterson plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to make marriage between same-sex couples legal in New York, advancing his push for greater rights for gay men and lesbians, at a time when other states have done so. Mr. Paterson’s plans represent the most public effort yet by the governor, who has been a consistent supporter of gay rights, to position himself and New York at the crest of a broadening national movement. The move allows him to lead on an issue that could prove defining in his governorship, which has so far been marked by political...
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg will run as Republican in bid for third term

    04/11/2009 4:48:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 145 replies · 6,066+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/11/09 | Elizabeth Benjamin
    Mayor Bloomberg will run for reelection as a Republican this fall, the Daily News has learned, after successfully courting the party to let him back on its ballot line two years after he left it. "Mayor Bloomberg and I have had healthy disagreements over issues at times, but I know he is the right person to lead this city forward," said Jay Savino, chairman of the Bronx GOP, who followed his Brooklyn and Staten Island counterparts to become the third county chairman to back the mayor. Bloomberg twice ran for mayor as a Republican, but quit the party in 2007...
  • Jim Tedisco For Congress

    03/28/2009 5:28:43 PM PDT · by Sun · 10 replies · 533+ views
    huckpac.com ^ | March 03, 2009 | Team Huck PACS
    Huck PAC is pleased to endorse Jim Tedisco, New York Assembly Minority Leader for the 20th District Congressional Seat in New York. Jim is an outspoken conservative who has a record of standing up and fighting for the interests and values of the voters. Jim has led the fight in the New York Assembly for tax relief, a real property tax cap, a stronger economy, more jobs and a better quality of life. Jim Tedisco is a pro life candidate who has spoken out for the values he shares with his constituents and for the middle class families of New...
  • Murphy Takes 4-Point Lead Over Tedisco in Final Week

    03/28/2009 11:52:56 AM PDT · by AmericanSphinx71 · 17 replies · 997+ views
    Siena Research Institute ^ | 3-27-09 | Steven Greenberg
    Tedisco Campaign Seen as More Negative; Murphy’s More Positive But By 10-Point Margin, Voters Think Tedisco Will Win the Special Election Loudonville, NY. As the special election in the 20th C.D. enters the final weekend, Democrat Scott Murphy has reversed a four-point deficit and turned it into a four-point lead over Republican Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco. Murphy leads 47-43 percent, having trailed two weeks ago by a 45-41 percent margin, according to a new Siena (College) Research Institute poll of likely voters. Tedisco’s campaign is viewed by voters as more negative by a 44-25 percent margin, while Murphy’s campaign...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Urges New York State to Pass Bill to Allow Gay Marriage

    03/26/2009 8:41:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 882+ views
    Daily News ^ | 3/26/09 | Adam Lisberg
    Mayor Bloomberg said Wednesday night he stands ready to ask the Legislature to allow gay marriage in New York State, but doesn't know when the time will be right. "We see that the tide is turning, that support is mounting," Bloomberg told the annual dinner of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. "Make no mistake, the time will come ... and we will pass this bill." Bloomberg has made similar pledges to testify in Albany for almost three years, but the GOP-run state Senate blocked any such bill. Democrats now run the Senate but have not been able...
  • GOP Demands Probe Into AIG Campaign Donations

    03/21/2009 6:07:48 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies · 711+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 21 MARCH 2009 | AP
    ALBANY (AP) ― New York's Republican Party said the Democrat-controlled state government is stonewalling attempts to investigate a $100,000 donation to the Democratic Party from American International Group days before state officials initiated the bailout of AIG. State Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello accuses Democrats of a duck-and-cover response to the 2008 donation first reported Thursday by The Associated Press. AIG and the state Democratic Committee say Gov. David Paterson and his insurance superintendent knew nothing of the Aug. 29 donation by AIG before initiating marathon sessions in the first week in September to save AIG. Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball of...
  • GOP in NY Demands Probe Into AIG Campaign Donation

    03/21/2009 3:19:46 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 10 replies · 541+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 03/21/2009 | Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y (AP) -- New York's Republican Party says the Democrat-controlled state government is ignoring calls for an investigation into a $100,000 donation to the state Democratic Party from American International Group days before officials initiated the bailout of the insurance giant.----snip---- Campaign finance records show AIG donated $100,000 on Aug. 29 to the Democrats, by far its largest donation to the party since at least 1999. Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo said he started negotiating with AIG and federal officials days later, but the governor hadn't been informed. On Sept. 16, Gov. David Paterson in a televised news conference announced...
  • NEW YORK YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUB TO NYC GOP: BLOCK BLOOMBERG FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY LINE

    02/24/2009 2:56:42 PM PST · by rmlew · 11 replies · 586+ views
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | February 24, 2009 | Daniel Peterson
    (New York, NY) Last night, the president of the New York Young Republican Club, Daniel Peterson, sent a letter to the five Republican Party chairmen for each of the NYC boroughs asserting that the NYC GOP should not endorse Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a third term nor permit him to run on the Republican Party line. The organization argues that Mayor Bloomberg has not demonstrated a sufficient commitment to urban Republican principles, such as fiscal responsibility and personal liberty, and has impeded the growth of the party city-wide after pledging to encourage it. According to Peterson, Republican support for Bloomberg...
  • Congressional Candidate Tedisco

    01/27/2009 12:36:46 PM PST · by ReagansRaiders · 16 replies · 496+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/27/2009 | Elizabeth Benjamin
    The 10 GOP county leaders meeting behind closed doors in Albany today to discuss the 20th CD have settled on running Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco in the yet-to-be-announced special election for the seat vacated by now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Members of Tedisco's Republican conference are just now getting the news (ah, the wonders of modern technology and instant communication), although there has been no official word for the state Republican Party HQ on State Street where the leaders are sequestered. This means there might be more churn in the Assembly. If Tedisco wins, the Republicans will have to pick a...
  • Dean Skelos ups ante with Gang of 3 Woos Dems to keep (NY) Senate in GOP rule

    11/29/2008 7:42:56 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies · 516+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 27, 2008 | Juan Gonzales
    In an attempt to keep Republican control of the state Senate, Majority Leader Dean Skelos is wooing three rebel Democrats with a proposal to form a "coalition government." Skelos made the offer at a dinner meeting Tuesday night on City Island with the so-called "Gang of Three" - Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, and Pedro Espada and Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx, several sources familiar with the meeting said. The Democratic rebels have thrown the Albany political world into a frenzy by refusing to back fellow Dem Malcolm Smith of Queens for majority leader. Without their votes, the Democrats, who...
  • Power struggle complicates NY bid for gay marriage

    11/26/2008 11:50:13 AM PST · by Chet 99 · 8 replies · 483+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York is close to becoming the first state to pass legislation making gay marriage legal but, like many political issues in the state capital Albany, it has fallen victim to a power struggle. Democrats won a majority in the upper house Senate for the first time in more than 40 years in the November 4 election, but three Democratic senators refuse to back fellow Democratic Sen. Malcolm Smith as majority leader without concessions. The Republicans could regain their power in the Senate if the three Democratic senators, who include longtime gay marriage opponent Sen. Ruben...
  • Down, But Not Out: Giuliani May Run for NY Governor (Not ruling out another run for president)

    11/16/2008 11:48:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,254+ views
    WNBC ^ | Sun, Nov 16, 2008
    Rudy Giuliani said Sunday he will consider running for governor of New York and isn't ruling out a second attempt at the U.S. presidency. A one-time presidential front-runner and former mayor of New York City, Giuliani dropped out of the race for Republican nominee in January after losing the primary in Florida, where he had poured the bulk of his campaign resources. "No one knows whether you'll do something again until you come to the point of: 'Is it possible to do it again? Would you have a chance of winning?"' he said of a second White House bid following...
  • Giuliani leaves option open for New York governor run

    11/16/2008 10:42:47 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 634+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2008
    Rudy Giuliani says he will consider running for governor of New York and isn't ruling out a second attempt at the U.S. presidency. The former mayor of New York City dropped out of the race for Republican nominee in January after losing the primary in Florida.
  • State GOP Eyes Rudy As Savior

    11/10/2008 7:46:46 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 57 replies · 235+ views
    nypost.com ^ | November 10, 2008 | Fredric U. Dicker
    Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a potential 2010 gubernatorial candidate, is being urged to take over the state GOP after a disastrous election that cost Republicans control of the Senate, insiders told The Post. At the same time, current state GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello, the Nassau County leader widely criticized as ineffective and out-of-touch, is being encouraged to step aside, and is expected to do so by the end of the year, the insiders said. Giuliani has been told that he has just a few weeks to fill a leadership void that could result in the party splintering into Long Island...
  • NY REPUBLICANS: THE ROAD BACK

    11/07/2008 4:18:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 715+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 6, 2008 | JOHN J. FASO
    DESPITE campaigning against gale- force political winds - and then the hurricane of the economic meltdown - John McCain, with 46.3 percent of the vote, still came remarkably close to victory on Tuesday. Not, so the Empire State GOP. New York Republicans were vanquished from top to bottom in every region of the state. They now hold just three of 29 congressional seats, and lost yet another seat in the state Assembly. Most importantly, the GOP lost control of the state Senate, which it had held every year but one since 1938. Democrats now control the Senate by a 32-30...
  • G.O.P. Forced to Defend State Senate After 70 Years of Dominance (NY)

    11/02/2008 1:42:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 536+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 2, 2008 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    ALBANY — They have sent microfilm clerks and security guards from their desks in the Capitol to the hustings of eastern Long Island and the Buffalo suburbs. They have brought in a dozen outside consultants, including a firm that produced the Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry, to cut advertisements and raise money. They have spent millions of dollars to fight for seats that were once safely Republican. No effort is being spared by New York Republicans in the final days of this election season, which will determine whether they continue to control the State Senate, their only outpost of...
  • A GOP CIVIL WAR; LOSES SENATE TASKS OVER 'GOV. GIULIANI' BUZZ (Rudy failed to deliver $$)

    07/23/2008 5:35:34 AM PDT · by Liz · 15 replies · 218+ views
    NY POST ^ | 7/23/08 | By FREDRIC U. DICKER in Albany and MAGGIE HABERMAN in NY
    Matthew Mahoney, $30,000-a-month executive director of the Senate Republican Campaign Commmittee and one-time head of Giuliani's presidential field operations was relieved of overall responsibility for the NY Senate's GOP campaign and told to concentrate on fund-raising and administrative chores....(rather than pushing the ex-mayor for governor). The demotion was also tied to Giuliani's failure to deliver on pledges to raise substantial amounts of cash for Republican efforts to hold the Senate. Giuliani was supposed to announce the creation of a fund-raising committee to collect cash for the Senate GOP, which some believe is designed to bolster the ex-mayor should he run...
  • McCain's three hour Buffalo visit nets more than $1 million

    07/22/2008 1:43:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies · 135+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | July 22, 2008 | Robert J. McCarthy
    Republican presidential candidate John McCain left Buffalo Monday with no new hope of carrying New York in November but still got what he came for — lots of campaign cash. The Arizona senator established a Western New York political fundraising record at two separate events — raking in more than $1 million — all in the course of about three hours.
  • NYS Senate Leader Retires amid scandal and loss of senate majority; Joe Bruno

    06/24/2008 7:10:01 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 20 replies · 144+ views
    Here’s the statement Joe Bruno just issued regarding his decision not to seek re-election in November: ”Today, I met with my Republican colleagues in the Senate and informed them that I will not be running for re-election this November. “After 32 years in office, I have decided that it is time to move on with my life and to give my constituents an opportunity for new representation and my colleagues in the Senate who have supported me, an opportunity for new leadership. “Public service has been a blessing for which I will be ever grateful. I have had the opportunity...
  • NY Senate leader Joseph Bruno won't run again

    06/23/2008 5:09:42 PM PDT · by xcamel · 12 replies · 84+ views
    Newsday ^ | today | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    ALBANY, N.Y. _ Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who has run the Republican chamber for more than a dozen years, confirmed Monday that he won't seek re-election in the fall.
  • Frank Powers Dies - Tycoon Was Tapped To Fill Vito's Congress Seat

    06/22/2008 8:07:06 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 87+ views
    nypost.com ^ | June 22, 2008 | Maggie Haberman, Carl Campanile and Jennifer Fermino
    Frank Powers, the wealthy Wall Street retiree tapped to run for disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella's congressional seat, died Sunday- sending shock waves through the already reeling state GOP. News of Powers' fatal heart attack had many party insiders wondering if Fossella would change his mind and run again - but he quickly moved to quash the speculation. "Congressman Fossella will not be seeking re-election," said a Fossella aide. Powers, a 68-year-old MTA board member, philanthropist and father of seven, died at home early Sunday, relatives said.
  • GOP POWER PLAY MAY LEAD TO GIULIANI GOV RUN

    06/06/2008 4:03:59 AM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 22 replies · 156+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 6, 2008 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    The top political lieutenant to Rudy Giuliani is being mentioned by some Republicans as a possible replacement for state GOP Chairman Joe Mondello, who's been the target of criticism over the party's dwindling fortunes in the past year. Anthony Carbonetti, who was senior strategist for Giuliani's failed presidential bid, has been suggested as a possible replacement, a move seen by some as a sign that Giuliani is making a play for the future - including a possible run for governor.The news comes at a time when Mayor Bloomberg - who has conducted polling on a possible gubernatorial run - and...
  • Vito Fossella told cops he was on way to see 'my sick kid' at mystery gal's address

    05/07/2008 8:12:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies · 310+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | May 7th 2008 | RICH SCHAPIRO, JAMES GORDON MEEK and TINA MOORE
    When cops stopped Rep. Vito Fossella for drunken driving, the married congressman said he was rushing to see his sick daughter on nearby Grimm St. - the home of the mystery woman who later plucked him from jail. Fossella's spokeswoman has insisted the single mom, Air Force Col. Laura Fay, 45, was only a "good friend," but the Staten Island Republican implied to suburban D.C. cops that Fay's 3-year-old was his. "The subject stated that he was driving down from Washington, D.C., to Grimm St. because his daughter was sick and needed to go to the hospital," a police report...
  • DA DUBS HIM TRICKY SPITZ; LIAR WOULD'VE FACED IMPEACH THREAT: PROBE

    03/29/2008 7:18:58 AM PDT · by Liz · 22 replies · 987+ views
    NY POST ^ | March 29, 2008 | FREDRIC U. DICKER
    SCHEMER: Darren Dopp, one of the governor's men who orchestrated the plot against Joe Bruno. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer would have faced a grand-jury probe and may have warranted impeachment for repeatedly lying about his involvement in the Dirty Tricks Scandal, an explosive report from the Albany County district attorney concluded yesterday. In a startling revelation, District Attorney David Soares said that had Spitzer not resigned in the call-girl scandal, the DA would have asked a grand jury to consider urging impeachment or other disciplinary action because the then-governor repeatedly claimed in testimony to Soares that he was not...
  • GIULIANI WEIGHING 'SPECIAL' RUN FOR GOV

    03/28/2008 1:23:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 970+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/28/08 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    GIULIANI WEIGHING 'SPECIAL' RUN FOR GOVBy MAGGIE HABERMAN March 28, 2008 -- In the latest twist in New York politics, Rudy Giuliani is eyeing a run for governor in a special election this fall should Gov. Paterson be forced to resign, sources say. A top adviser to the former mayor, who pulled the plug on his presidential bid in January, yesterday dangled the possibility of Giuliani's running in a special election. It would happen in a year in which presidential nominee John McCain would be at the top of the GOP ticket. The Post reported this week that state lawmakers...
  • Jewish Backlash Against Obama

    03/03/2008 12:06:55 PM PST · by justiceseeker93 · 62 replies · 184+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | March 3, 2008 | NewsMax staff
    Jewish voters in New York State - including Democrats - could support Republican John McCain in the November election if Barack Obama wins his party's nomination, according to Fredric U. Dicker's "Inside Albany" column in the New York Post. Dov Hikind, a Democrat who backed Reagan in 1980 and 1984, is an assemblyman whose Brooklyn district includes the largest concentration of Hasidic Jews in the U. S. He said many of his constituents oppose Obama for his "half-hearted" support of Israel and his membership in the church of Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., who has repeatedly praised anti-Semitic Nation of Israel...
  • Bloomberg Steps In to Help G.O.P. in Albany Fight

    03/02/2008 12:28:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 649+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 1, 2008 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    While declaring his commitment to nonpartisanship, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is quietly injecting himself — and his money — into one of the most explosive partisan battles in decades in New York. Several weeks ago, the mayor wrote a $500,000 check to help keep the dwindling and increasingly imperiled State Senate Republicans from losing their grip on power, according to an official with direct knowledge of the donation. The Democrats are seeking to gain control of the Senate for the first time in 40 years, and the race is growing personal and bitter. Moreover, Mr. Bloomberg has made clear to...
  • Upset Sends Democrat to Albany (NYGOP controls State Senate by one vote now!)

    02/26/2008 10:52:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 260+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2008 | TRYMAINE LEE
    ALBANY — In a major victory for Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his party, a Democratic assemblyman won a stunning upset in a State Senate election on Tuesday in a district that has been in Republican hands for a century. The win reduces the Republicans’ majority to one seat and will intensify pressure on the majority leader, Joseph L. Bruno, as he tries to maintain his party’s grip on the Senate, which it has controlled for more than 40 years. The Democrat, Darrel J. Aubertine, a dairy farmer, leaned heavily on Mr. Spitzer’s media consultant and the state Democrats’ money as...
  • GOP Control of State Senate in Jeopardy (NY)

    02/09/2008 1:56:55 AM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 126+ views
    NY Sun ^ | February 8, 2008 | JACOB GERSHMAN
    A confluence of surprising political developments has put the Republican control of the state Senate in real jeopardy for the first time in decades, according to veteran Republican Albany operatives. The great survivalists of state politics, Senate Republicans and their 78-year-old leader, Joseph Bruno, have a long history of defying the odds and eking out victories in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than five to three. The crumbling of Governor Spitzer's popularity last year brought a fresh sense of hope among Republicans that they would again repel advances by Senate Democrats in this November's legislative races. This...
  • Fox Calls NY for McCain

    02/05/2008 6:18:19 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 105 replies · 776+ views
    Fox News | Feb 5 2008
    Fox News calls New York for John McCain
  • Poll shows McCain set for primary rout

    02/04/2008 7:21:56 AM PST · by pissant · 20 replies · 63+ views
    Buffalo Biz Journal ^ | 2/4/08 | staff
    Sen. John McCain is poised for a landslide victory in New York's Republican presidential primary, based on a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released Monday. McCain, R-Ariz., widened his lead over former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., by eight percentage points in a single day. McCain drew 53 percent support in the latest poll, compared to 19 percent for Romney, a gap of 34 points. McCain had led 49 to 23 percent in Sunday's tracking poll, a margin of 26 points. New York's Republican primary will be held on Tuesday. The third major candidate, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., received 8 percent support both...
  • Survey USA: New York GOP Primary

    02/01/2008 11:29:02 AM PST · by Norman Bates · 19 replies · 39+ views
    Survey USA ^ | 2/1/08 | Survey USA
    John McCain 55% Mitt Romney 21% Other 8% Mike Huckabee 7% Ron Paul 4% Geography: State of New York Data Collected: 01/30/2008 - 01/31/2008 Release Date: 02/01/2008 Sponsors: WABC-TV New York, WGRZ-TV Buffalo, WHEC-TV Rochester, WNYT-TV Albany, WTNH-TV Hartford-New Haven Sample: 462 LVs MoE: +/- 4.6%
  • McCain for the GOP (BARF ALERT)

    02/01/2008 9:19:57 AM PST · by floozy22 · 34 replies · 466+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 1, 2008 | Editorial
    February 1, 2008 -- Residents of 21 states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, go to the polls Tuesday in what amounts to a national primary election. For Republicans, the choice is clear:Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
  • In Case You Missed It: Another Conservative Vote For Governor Romney (Sean Hannity)

    01/31/2008 7:28:19 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 188 replies · 132+ views
    Sean Hannity: "I'll tell you right now, and I've not announced this, but I will be voting for Mitt Romney in this campaign. It's the first time I've stated it publicly. I'll state it now." ("Sean Hannity Radio Show," 1/31/08) Click here for YouTube audio.
  • HANNITY WILL VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY NEXT TUESDAY!

    01/31/2008 5:00:33 PM PST · by akostenko · 150 replies · 138+ views
    SEAN HANNITY SHOW
    I TRIED TO SEARCH FOR THIS ON FREE REPUBLIC BUT NO SUCCESS. THIS IS WHY I THOUGHT I'D POST MYSELF THAT I HEARD SEAN HANNITY SAY ON HIS RADIO SHOW TODAY (TOWARDS THE END OF THE SHOW) THAT HE I VOTING FOR MITT ROMNEY ON TUESDAY!
  • [Gallup] New York Poll: Clinton, McCain Have Wide Leads (McCain +19 over Rudy among likely voters)

    01/28/2008 1:55:53 PM PST · by GraniteStateConservative · 27 replies · 68+ views
    Gallup ^ | 1-28-08 | Frank Newport
    87 winner take all delegates are already in McCain's pocket, with NY a formality now. PRINCETON, NJ -- New USA Today/Gallup polling looks at the state of the presidential race in New York, some 10 days before this state votes as part of the crucial Super Tuesday set of primaries. Republican Race A USA Today/Gallup poll of New York Republicans finds that as of Wednesday through Saturday of this past week, Arizona Sen. John McCain has a substantial lead over former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Mitt Romney, who is gaining in Gallup's national polling, is nevertheless in third...
  • As State Primary Nears, Pataki Is Barely Visible

    01/26/2008 7:06:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 81+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 26, 2008 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    When Gov. George E. Pataki left office last January, he was the dominant Republican politician in New York. Over three terms, he had shattered fund-raising records and had racked up double-digit victory margins in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, becoming a national political figure in the process. Mr. Pataki ruled Albany for so long that even now some swatches of state bureaucracy are still run by his political appointees. Yet as the Feb. 5 New York presidential primary draws near — a contest that Mr. Pataki once envisioned as central to his own White House ambitions — the former governor is...
  • GOP wants to remove names from NY primary ballot (in an effort to pump up Rudy)

    01/26/2008 8:40:24 AM PST · by jdm · 7 replies · 109+ views
    AP/Times Union ^ | Jan. 26, 2008 | Staff
    ALBANY -- State Republicans want to remove three candidates from the Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot in a way that could give former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, their preferred candidate, a higher profile, according to published reports. GOP staffers sent an amended ballot to county election boards on Friday. It removes Former Sen. Fred Thompson and Rep. Duncan Hunter -- both of whom dropped out in the past week -- and activist Alan Keyes, who Republicans say never submitted a list of delegates, according to a report in Saturday's New York Daily News. Doug Kellner, one of two...