The Morning Read: Wednesday, January 31, 2007

State lawmakers are leaning towards picking one of their own for the comptroller position.

Eliot Spitzer will present his $120 billion budget today.

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno doesn’t want Spitzer to cut health care spending.

Good government groups want Spitzer to tweak the ethics package he proposed.

Margarita Lopez Torres, a judge, testified against Clarence Norman, who is accused of selling judgeships in Brooklyn.

The Nassau County comptroller’s audit of the Republican candidate in Nassau’s special election is becoming a major campaign issue.

New York City’s rickety, mechanical voting machines may still be in use for another two years.

Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers in New Hampshire and Ohio look good.

And The New Republic has a piece urging Democrats to ignore Al Sharpton.

— Azi Paybarah The Morning Read: Wednesday, January 31, 2007