A group led by Brooklyn district leader Chris Owens announced today that they are suing Mayor Mike Bloomberg for $100 million or his appointment of Cathie Black as city schools chancellor last year.
The class action suit, filed on behalf of the city’s public school parents, alleges that by appointing Black as schools Read More
In Washington, Democrats won the White House and expanded their control of Congress. Albany is run by a Democratic governor, Democratic Assembly leader and a Democratic Senate majority leader. Everywhere New Yorkers look, Democratic dominion is spreading.
Except in New York City.
The city may be a bastion of American liberalism, where Read More
A number of readers have forwarded me this harshly worded email from the campaign manager of a City Council candidate who is seeking contributions under the headline, “Help Skaller Stop ‘Slushgate 2.’"
The candidate is Josh Skaller of Brooklyn. He’s running for the seat being vacated by Bill de Blasio which was, before that, Read More
Democracy for New York City’s Fourth Annual "Summer Cocktail Reception" was all about Barack Obama.
Held at the downtown bar M1-5, the event’s theme was "Unity ’08," a reference, apparently, to bringing Democrats together (and not to the group that wanted Michael Bloomberg to run for president).
As the guests trickled Read More
The executive director of the Working Families Party, Dan Cantor, showed support for Sheldon Silver in an interview with OpenLeft published today, calling attacks from the left on the incumbent Democrat “intellectually shallow and politically naive.”
It’s not a total surprise–Liz notes that the W.F.P. has often lined Read More
Inspired by the ado over Barack Obama’s use of Deval Patrick’s phrasing, and similar use by Hillary Clinton of at least one Obama phrase, I emailed a few quotable people in New York for them to give them the opportunity to put a catchphrase of their own on the record.
Here they Read More
At a Barack Obama rally on Gold Street last night, City Councilman James Sanders and former congressional candidate Chris Owens told me, “The work begins now.”
I asked Owens if he thought the public nature of the caucus had any effect on Obama’s win.
“If folks, particularly white folks, are willing to stand Read More
Yvette Clarke may have played up the female angle in last year’s congressional election, but that was nothing compared to this.
From a piece on Clarke in The Hill:
Clarke isn’t your typical half-lost, conservatively dressed freshman. More runway than House floor, upon arriving at lunch she unwraps a thick, multicolored Read More
Sheldon Silver gave the Atlantic Yards project the go-ahead.
Chris Owens, son of Major and a major foe of the Atlantic Yards, debuts his new blog, “Power from Truth.” Coincidence?
John McCain hired another old Bush hand, Steve Schmidt. Schmidt also managed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reelection bid.
Hillary Read More
Mixed into crowd of protesters asking lawmakers to delay a vote on the the Atlantic Yards project was former Congressional candidate (and possible borough presidential candidate) Chris Owens.
While a number of speakers at the demonstration focused on the narrow issue of whether approval from the Public Authorities Control Board could take Read More