[Apologies: Observer.com went down, again, this afternoon. I'm told this has something to do with Wisconsin, though I'm inclined to connect it to the lamented departure of The Politicker's only tech-savvy contributor, Jess Bruder.]
Along with the prospect of a State Senate race in Harlem and of a contest to replace Paterson as Minority Leader, Read More
Matt Schuerman and I argue that the transit strike is less about dollars and cents and more about the character of the two men at its center, Roger Toussaint and Peter Kalikow.
Jess Bruder profiles sack-racing champion Joe Crowley.
And Jason Horowitz finds turmoil at the city ballet.
I look into how long it’s been since Hillary set foot in the Granite State (long time!), why, and whether it matters.
Jess Bruder profiles a dignified John Faso.
Eve Kessler finds out what Conservative Party officials are thinking about the GOP’s choices, and prints some unfriendly words for Pirro and Weld. Read More
Our Jess Bruder reports from the Bronx that Bill Clinton was quite late! And that the event was disorganized and chaotic. Shock.
More to come on whether this was in a charming Bill Clinton chaos way or an irritating Bill Clinton chaos way, or both.
Freddy, pushing back hard on yesterday’s attacks, has a release out pointing to rising crime on the island of Staten.
The numbers do show a clear rise in crime, but the most striking figure is the 80% increase in the murder rate since 2003.
Striking until you realize that the sky-high murder number Read More
Lots to read in today’s Observer.
I make the point that Mike could lose this one; I also get an early look at that Kerry documentary that’s causing all the fuss.
Jason Horowitz dives into the recriminations surrounding Eve Rachel Markewich’s race for Surrogate, a.k.a, he writes, the “worst campaign in living Read More
The Observer’s Jess Bruder, finally back from farthest South Brooklyn, reports:
At the Caraville diner on Avenue M in Brooklyn, some seniors were finishing their midday nosh when Anthony trotted in at two o’clock. “What’s cookin’?” he asked loudly.
A grey-haired Democrat named Sandy Litman, who wore a shirt with a picture of Tinkerbell Read More
(This from The Politicker’s Jess Bruder, back from Burning Man. Really.)
Tonight’s mayoral debate, the last before the Democratic primary on Tuesday, looked less like girding for battle and more like, well, a group hug.
The ultimate softball question — does Ferrer truly want to be mayor? — led to a touchy-feely interlude that had Read More
(No links yet for today’s paper, so go buy a paper copy!)
But in the paper, I debut an occasional collaboration with the Pace University Poll, and a poll that finds Mike Bloomberg more popular than the Democrats among likely Democratic Primary voters, with a 62% favorable rating to Freddy’s 59%.
Another tidbit: Democratic voters Read More
Thank you, Democrats, for hazing our new colleague so we don’t have to. Jess Bruder reports of her trip to the “mayoral forum” in the Bronx last night:
“Want to join the noble fellowship of NYC political reporters? First, you have to get hazed.
“‘Where are you going? Oh, that. It’s been cancelled,’ the guard Read More