The Year Observed
The Year Observed
Of course, there are the obvious winners: Notably, Bill de Blasio, who crushed Republican Joe Lhota in an historic landslide after 20 years of Republican (or at least non-Democratic) rule.
But less glaring is the wide range of supporting players, interest groups and even grassroots activists poised to share in the spoils of the new administration, elbowing out those who backed losing candidates.
The Year Observed
Even as we’re living in an extended Golden Age of television, 2013 marked a banner year. Comedies were funnier, dramas were better written and acted, and production values soared, as competition for viewership forced networks (and new players like Netflix) to up the content ante. So how did programs stand out from the crowded field this year? By having explosive, balls-to-the-wall, Keyser Soze-level plot twists, of course. Here (spoiler alert!) are the episodes that sent us—and so many others—scurrying to Twitter, armed with an opinion and our favorite shows’ hashtags.
The time is upon us for that most hoary of all media rituals—the year-end list. But this time, the hateful annual chore is a little less distasteful. December 2013 marks not just the end of a year. It’s the end of an era. Read More
Bloom and Doom
Taking about as many swings at Bill de Blasio as he can muster, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota tacked to the left today to bash his Democratic opponent on the controversial Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg trashed Washington Republicans today for pushing the country to the brink of a partial government shutdown in their effort to block President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
“This is an outrage. They cannot hold the country hostage to what is just plain and simple politics,” Mr. Bloomberg declared at an unrelated press conference this morning, raging at the concept of negotiating policy issues with the threat of shutting down the federal government.
A week after losing his race for mayor, ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner has found a new calling: punditry.
Mr. Weiner appeared on NY1′s Road to City Hall last night to pontificate on the political landscape he’d just left. He did the same in the pages of the Daily News this morning. In both cases, the failed candidate reflected on the Democrat who bested him in the primary.
Endorsing Bill de Blasio was a move fraught with risk in May.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the vaunted front-runner in the mayor’s race, according to the polls. It was widely assumed that former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, would consolidate the minority vote.
But the influential healthcare workers’ union went with Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, who now stands as the all-but-assured Democratic nominee for mayor. Mr. de Blasio repaid their faith by making potential hospital closures a centerpiece of his campaign: in July, he was even arrested for protesting the closures of two Brooklyn hospitals, a move that gave him needed publicity.
Through the Liu-king Glass
Although the chaotic Democratic mayoral primary has ended with Bill de Blasio emerging the victor, the race to replace the public advocate is just ramping up.
The October 1 runoff between Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron is widely seen as a tossup by political insiders, who note each Democrat carries glaring strengths and weaknesses into the contest. While Ms. James has a broad labor coalition and would be the only non-white Democrat to win a nomination, Mr. Squadron has enjoyed a fund-raising advantage and solid debate performances thus far.
Even though he finished a distant fourth in last week’s Democratic primary, Comptroller John Liu was surprisingly upbeat yesterday.
Speaking at a Manhattan “volunteer appreciation party”–he has four more such parties scheduled today–the failed mayoral candidate told Politicker he was ready to look outside of politics for his next gig.