All year, the biggest fault line in the health care debate has been the public option—a proposed government-run insurance plan that Americans without access to group coverage would be eligible to sign up for.
To liberals, it has been the reason for doing health care reform, an innovative tool that will break up private insurers’ Read More
ALBANY—Representative Paul Tonko has endorsed Kirsten Gillibrand’s election bid next year.
A formal announcement is expected today from the Gillibrand campaign, but Tonko publicly declared his support for Gillibrand at a fund-raiser this weekend in Latham, according to several attendees and confirmed by Dan McCoy, chairman of the Albany County Democratic Committee.
“He Read More
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a nationally recognized gun control activist who once considered running for Senate against Kirsten Gillibarnd, will join the incumbent at an event tomorrow calling for stricter gun control laws, according to Gillibrand’s office.
Gillibrand had come under criticism over her conservative positions on gun control while in the Read More
ALBANY—Representative Jerry Nadler, the “progressive champion” whose district spans the West Side and Brooklyn, endorsed Kirsten Gillibrand’s election bid.
“From protecting a woman’s right to choose and standing up for issues of pressing concern to the LGBT community, to fighting for a robust public health insurance option and protecting our environment by working to reduce Read More
One reason that Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and every other New York Democrat who yearns to serve in the U.S. Senate someday may be particularly thankful next Thursday: Rudy Giuliani and his apparent readiness to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand next year.
Not that they’ll say it out loud, of course. Assuming Giuliani does jump Read More
After the Democratic Party’s unity rally for Bill Thompson on Sunday, the campaign sent out a list of supporters that included a name I hadn’t seen on there before: Tom Duane.
Duane, the state senator from Chelsea, didn’t attend the event, but has officially come out in support of Thompson, a fellow Democrat.
Duane was Read More
Here’s Jerry Nadler at an endorsement event for Bill Thompson on the West Side on Sunday, criticizing Michael Bloomberg for his “5 minute economic plan. There’s been no economic plan.”
When asked to explain, Nadler said the only thing Bloomberg has put out is a “compendium of everything the different agencies of have done, but Read More
Bill de Blasio scored a coup this weekend, winning the endorsement of The New York Times for public advocate over Mark Green, who The Times endorsed for mayor in 2001 and attorney general in 2006.
Hours after the endorsement came out on Saturday, de Blasio’s campaign put out a robocall featuring Read More
Last weekend, the Obama administration seemed ready to give up on the public option, sending all sorts of signals that the president would sign a health care reform bill with a co-op provision, if that’s what it would take to get a package through the Senate.
But now a key Congressional Read More
Last night, Representative Jerry Nadler held an hour-long telephone town hall meeting about health care.
It lacked the unexpected drama of some town hall events held elsewhere, being a phone event, but it did make clear that Nadler is unhappy with a concessions made to Blue Dog Democrats on health care, and that he Read More