Much Ado About Mandate
Although he condemns his party’s federal representatives for the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota today endorsed one of their top demands: delaying the individual health care mandate.
“It should be delayed for one year,” Mr. Lhota flatly said this morning in a WNYC radio interview with Brian Lehrer.
Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio today criticized the New York Times for its depiction of his efforts supporting Latin American revolutionaries, expressing surprise at how the paper had treated the story, which has dominated the campaign trail since it was published Sunday.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn went on WNYC this morning to make her pitch to voters, but the New Yorkers who called into the show were more interested in highlighting some of the biggest issues that have dogged her mayoral campaign.
Ms. Quinn was pressed repeatedly on her decision to extend term limits in 2009, which one caller, Susan from Greenwich Village, said had undermined democracy by overriding voter referendums.
off the record
Since the surprise raid on Occupy Wall Street’s encampment in Zuccotti Park last Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg’s office has been in full spin mode. First defending the actions of the New York Police Department, then minimizing the magnitude of Thursday’s demonstrations and now loudly arresting an Al Qaeda sympathizer and would-be terrorist the FBI had determined wasn’t a major threat.
Pledge drives finally translated into line drives for WNYC. They scored their first win of the softball season in a nail-bitingly close game against New York. The score was tied 2-2 at the top of the eighth inning before WNYC went on to win 6-2. Read More
WNYC’s politics web site is expanding.
Washington Post and Time.com alum Catlin Thompson gets the editor slot, where she takes over for the award-winning Anna Sale, who becomes the site’s first full-time reporter. Their site has been populated by lots of good reporting from WNYC’s newsroom, and insightful analysis gleaned from Read More
Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino was on The Brian Lehrer Show this morning and did not sound like someone vying to take too much of the NPR vote.
Lehrer asked Paladino about his pledge to cut government by 20 percent, and Paladino said that after submitting his budget to the legislature on February 1, he Read More
On Brian Lehrer’s radio show this morning, State Senator Bill Perkins gave a grim assessment of David Paterson’s situation:
Normally, I would say let the investigation run its course. However, these are not normal times.
The state is in the midst of a fiscal crisis. A leadership crisis. And there is Read More
ALBANY—Add another one to the list of reasons a bill legalizing same-sex marriage failed in the State Senate: alphabetical coincidence.
Republicans called for a rare slow roll-call vote, which meant that senators in alphabetical order were called on to say yea or nay. Here’s an alphabetical list of the senators: three of the Read More
Kate McGee pulls a couple of quotes from Brian Lehrer's interview with the comptroller candidates in which he asked them what the point of the office is.
John Liu: “This is the chief financial officer in the city. Not CFO in the traditional sense that works very closely with the CEO.But Read More