Will there be fair and competitive elections next year in New York?
Governor Cuomo promised, in essence, that there would be. During his successful campaign in 2010, Mr. Cuomo said he would fight for the creation of an independent commission that would be given power to redraw the state’s legislative and congressional districts, a process that unfolds every 10 years. Traditionally, both houses of the Legislature handle this task, and critics have charged that the legislators draw maps that insulate incumbents from serious challenges. Congressional incumbents and state legislators rarely are turned out of office in New York, the result, critics say, of unfair district maps.
Not surprisingly, legislative leaders haven’t jumped at the opportunity to turn over their map-making power to an independent commission. The result is a stalemate between Mr. Cuomo, who is attempting to make good on his promise, and both parties in the Legislature. Republicans and Democrats may not agree on everything, but leaders of both parties are of one mind when it comes to protecting incumbents.
Set-up, confrontation, resolution. This is the classic story structure, and in New York politics, we got plenty of each. While other places may have their fair share of political intrigue, it seems like only in New York do politics read like a mix of Tolstoy, Becket, and Euripides. Perhaps there is a reason that there Read More
Politics is power. Succeed in politics, and you accrue more power–more power to push your agenda, more power to elect like-minded allies, more power to drown out the opposition. And politics in the Empire State has always been in one way or another about that epic battle, played out on a large stage with larger-than-life Read More
Members of Congress have returned to Washington today to take care of last minute business: tax cuts, DADT, possible votes on immigration or energy. For some, it will be their last time inside the marbled halls of The Capitol, as they were swept out of office by the change election that just drastically altered the Read More
Instead of buying a trending topic like The Washington Post did, The New York Times used Twitter’s well of election-related data to make an animation-based chart that tracks the number of tweets devoted to candidates in all Senate and Governor races over the past few weeks.
As the time line elapses from Oct. Read More
Happy election day, everyone! Chances are, if you’ve already exercised you civic duty to vote, you’ve taken to Twitter to air your participation in democracy to the masses. Currently, #Election is the number one trending topic in the world, and a glance at the live stream of its related tweets provides bursts of news about Read More
A telephone poll was conducted last month in the early primary state of New Hampshire asking whether or not real estate mogul Donald Trump would be a viable candidate for the presidency.
Trump denied having any knowledge of the poll, and at first played coy on whether or not it was an indicator of any Read More
Update: The White House has now officially announced that Larry Summers is leaving his position as Director of the National Economic Council and will be returning to Harvard at the end of the year. Here’s a part of President Obama’s statement:
I will always be grateful that at a time of great peril for Read More
Local 237 will interview Democratic statewide and local candidates this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel.
Among those expected to attend are Rep. Carolyn Maloney, her challenger Reshma Saujani, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senate candidate Jonathan Tasini, State comptroller Tom Dinapoli, and the attorney general candidates: Eric Schneiderman, Kathleen Rice, Richard Brodsky, and Eric Read More
ALBANY—The votes aren't completely counted yet, but all indications are that seven-term incumbent Assemblyman Tom Kirwan, a Republican, will lose.
A retired State Trooper and member of the minority conference, Kirwan never styled himself as a traditional politician. And if he becomes the only incumbent in the lower chamber to loose his re-election bid Read More