Morning Read: A Promotion for Jeffries; Big Soda Battles Bloomberg; Romneys in NH

Fresh off his victory over Charles Barron House Democrats have named Hakeem Jeffries to a high-profile fundraising post. 

The beverage industry is gearing up to fight Mayor Bloomberg’s big soda ban, including meeting with lawmakers and top 2013 contenders, blitzing the airwaves with advertising and hiring top lobbying firm SKD Knickerbocker.

Charlie Rangel’s lead shrunk to 802 votes, and more than 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots remain to be counted.

Harry Giannoulis, president of The Parkside Group, got into a nasty email exchange with fellow Dem consultant Hank Sheinkopf, calling him “a bitter, crazy, old man,”

The New York Times op-eds in favor of Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into campaign finance improprieties. 

The CSEA won’t negotiate a schedule of penalties to be imposed on state workers who abuse the mentally infirm under Gov. Cuomo’s new Justice Center  until the state agrees to give 1,700 of its members bonuses of up to $3,000 for agreeing to drop out of the state’s costly health-insurance plan.

State Conservative Party chairman Mike Long forbid a married lesbian run on their line.

Gotham Gazette unveiled their 2012 guide to pork. 

A senior investigator and a retired police officer for Eric Schneiderman is earning a full salary and pension while doing little actual work. 

Financial firms are shifting mid-level jobs to places with lower cost of doing business.

Just in time for the heat wave: Con Ed workers were sent home when contract talks broke down.

NYCHA is cracking down on improperly installed A/Cs in their towers after two crashed on the UES.

Under a new state law, any New York public school student suspected of suffering a concussion during a sporting event must immediately be removed from play and cannot return until he or she is symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours and has been evaluated and given authorization to return to activities from a doctor.

The Institute for Family Health, the largest network of community health centers in the state, has applied to take over Pedro Espada’s Soundview Health Center.

Jim DeMint is launching his own SuperPAC.

The residents of the bucolic vacation spot of Wolfeboro, NH are wondering what the fact that its most famous summer resident–Mitt Romney–is running for president will mean for their hometown.

The Romney family made up about a third of the congregation at the local Mormon church on Sunday. 

Voter support for Obamacare increased after the SCOTUS ruling.