2012: Rubio has had enough of Trump’s birther conspiracies. [Kyle Munzenreider]
2004: Nader filed a lawsuit against Democrats, in Maine. [Ballot-Access.org]
Shutdown: Rep. Slaughter makes an unfortunate analogy. [Liz Benjamin]
Albany Ethics: Skelos explains his nuanced position. [Rick Karlin]
Cathie Black: “If I were a Read More
A bit more about the man tapped to run the country’s largest school system. Before entering City Hall with Bloomberg in 2002, Dennis Walcott was a recognized figure in city politics, joining a lawsuit to block fare hikes by the MTA, and appearing on NY1 to discuss, among other things, civil disobedience and police brutality. Read More
The Bloomberg administration has released its request to the State Education Commissioner David Steiner to grant a waiver so that First Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott can be officially named chancellor of the New York City School system.
The letter marks a study in contrasts to the one sent to Steiner a few months ago, when Read More
Mayor Bloomberg said his new schools chancellor won’t have trouble guiding the county’s largest public school system, even after four top education aides fled during the rocky three-month tenure of Cathie Black.
“No. I think there’s normal turnover,” Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show this morning.
“He’ll miss those people,” Bloomberg said, referring to Read More
2012: “No wonder he’s become such good pals with Al Sharpton. President Obama’s approval ratings among black voters plummeted last month to their lowest levels ever.” [Leonard Greene and Jennifer Fermino]
Final Column: “Decisions were made. Lets just leave it at that.” [Clyde Haberman]
Education Staff: Dennis Walcott is Read More
Steve Levy: More questions about his fund-raising. His spokesman says Newsday is treating his boss unfairly. [Newsday]
Bloomberg’s Problem: “[T]hird term fatigue” says Sheinkopf. [Reuters]
Cathie Black: “The problem with the media executive turned chancellor, the media executive turned mayor implied, was the media.” [Tom Scocca]
Cathie Read More
“I’m so happy to be here, so happy,” said Dennis Walcott, addressing the New York City Department of Eduction staff this afternoon while standing in front of the marble staircase inside the Tweed Courthouse.
“You’ll see me in your offices, you’ll see me hanging out,” Walcott told the staff. “I told some folks already, you Read More
When it comes to school reform, Michelle Rhee says Dennis Walcott is the real deal.
“Through Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott’s work for the last several years in the Bloomberg administration, he has proven himself committed to the bold reforms New York’s schools and students deserve,” Rhee said in a statement to The Observer this afternoon. Read More
Lee Saunders, a boisterous national labor leader, interrupted a speech he was giving in midtown this morning to read from a piece of paper handed to him by an aide.
“Cathie Black is resigning?” he said, somewhat unsure. The crowd jumped to their feet, applauding and cheering.
That’s pretty much how the rest of New Read More
In a Q-and-A with reporters after his announcement that Dennis Walcott was in and Cathie Black was out as schools chancellor, Mayor Michel Bloomberg explained some of his thinking around the decision.
“Cathie and I had a conversation this morning. We both agreed that the story had become her and it should be about the Read More