Morning Read: Stark Steps Down, Bloomberg Talks of Water Rate Hikes, Movie Classics

Martha Stark resigned yesterday amid questions about her conduct. including dating a former staffer whose salary rose sharply. Stark’s departure also leaves Bloomberg with just two African-American commissioners.
Stark emailed her aides just weeks ago saying she would not quit.
Erik Engquist said Stark was “a star commissioner.”
Arlen Specter’s reason for leaving the G.O.P. “supports the pointlessness of being a fiscally liberal Republican,” writes Jay Golub on Urban Elephants.
Gatemouth writes “Arlen Specter thinks he had an open and shut case: a career built on a stubborn dedication to principle over party – but in reality, it is a case of dedication to the principal over party and principles.

Morning Read: Stark Steps Down, Bloomberg Talks of Water Rate Hikes, Movie Classics