The Morning Read: Monday, February 19, 2007

Hillary Clinton is moving her presidential campaign headquarters from Washington D.C. to the same part of Virginia President Bush used for his 2004 re-election.

Bill Clinton said he was a “stand-in” for Hillary at a speech to the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators in Albany. Some minority legislators, like Assemblyman Keith Wright and Senator Kevin Parker, said they were still undecided about backing Hillary for president.

Eliot Spitzer’s stem cell plan was called “garden-variety economic development pork” by Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, one of the legislators passed over by the Spitzer-backed independent screening panel for comptroller.

The New York Times editorial board praises Andrew Cuomo’s work in the attorney general’s office, but added:

“The challenge for Mr. Cuomo will be to stick to the high road so that the investigations do not smack of politics and appear to be the work of just another ambitious official pursuing headlines and higher office.”

Christine Quinn turned away former contributors and returned campaign contributions from third-party lobbyists.

“Not everybody understands the finer points of public-school reform. But it doesn’t take an expert to comprehend the dangers of overhauling school-bus routes in the dead of winter,” writes the New York Post editorial board.

Betsy Gotbaum is hiring people like she’s preparing to run for mayor.

New Jersey started offering civil unions to same-sex couples.

Frank Lombardi writes about the special election for the City Council seat in Brooklyn.

Jonathan Hicks looks at the race in Staten Island.

Meet the Jane Jacobs of the Bronx.

And, Jonathan Chait wonders, if Rudy Giuliani’s book teaches leadership skills so effectively, “why do we need Giuliani?” [subscription]

– Azi Paybarah