I Fought the Law and
State Senator Adriano Espaillat kicked off his rematch campaign against Congressman Charlie Rangel this afternoon, vowing to unify the district as he attempts to defeat the state’s longest-serving congressman once again.
Standing in front of dozens of supporters at the gilded United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, Mr. Espaillat promised “a big tent approach to politics. As big as this room, if not bigger.”
Police arrested New York Congressman Charles Rangel and 29 others, including City Councilmen Richie Torres and Antonio Reynoso, at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day-themed labor protest at LaGuardia Airport this afternoon.
The representatives had joined airport workers from the building workers’ union SEIU 32BJ as they gathered outside the airport to demand greater protections, including increased wages, health benefits, paid sick days, and the right to a paid holiday on Martin Luther King Day. In an act of intentional civil disobedience, the protesters staged a sit-in across the 94th Street bridge to LaGuardia, blocking traffic to and from the airport.
I Fought the Law and
Congressman Charlie Rangel officially kicked off his re-election bid in Harlem this afternoon, telling reporters that he “feels so good it scares the hell out of me” and even asking one female journalist to dance with him in celebration.
New York Congressmen Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley were among eight federal lawmakers reportedly arrested at an immigration reform rally in Washington D.C. earlier this evening.
Although it’s still far from clear what caused today’s fatal incident on Capitol Hill–where a car chase and gunshots reportedly left one woman dead–federal lawmakers were placed in sudden lockdown and scrambling for answers.
Among them was New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, who said his first thought was that it related to the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington.
New York Congressman Charlie Rangel and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann faced off on CNN’s Crossfire tonight.
Predictably, there were fireworks.
A handful of discontented Democrats gathered on the steps of City Hall today to blast the $38 billion budget cut, which they called “draconian” and “morally wrong.”
“The Republicans’ proposed budget cuts for the fiscal years 2011 and 2012 are the most radical I’ve ever seen,” said Jerrold Nadler, who was joined by Anthony Read More
When Carolyn Maloney finally got a word in after her press conference this morning, she added her voice to the chorus of New York congressmen criticizing President Obama’s handling of the military intervention in Libya.
Maloney had summoned the press to the City Hall steps to discuss Republican efforts to terminate federal foreclosure-avoidance programs, but Read More
When Bill Clinton arrived in Harlem on a sweltering summer day in 2001, Governor George Pataki proclaimed it “William Jefferson Clinton Day” in New York. Thousands of people flooded Adam Clayton Powell Jr. plaza and serenaded him with saxophones while the ex-president beamed like he’d invented jazz.
It’s therefore impossible to overstate the news that Read More
Charlie Rangel: His tele-town hall meeting tonight at 6:30pm, streams live. [Rangel]
Peter King Hearings: Round two, on “prison radicalization.” [Ben Smith]
Schumer’s Job: “Mr. Schumer must weigh the hopes and dreams of his most liberal members, who crave open ideological battle with Republicans, while watching the backs of Read More