The Morning Read: Friday, February 15, 2008

Michael Bloomberg said the federal government’s plan to send checks to the public to stimulate the economy is “like giving a drink to an alcoholic."

Bloomberg had nice things to say about Barack Obama.

The mayor unveiled a new web site for the public to track city agencies.

Gay City News considers the possiblity of Mayor Christine Quinn (and references comments Charles Barron made on some blog).

Sheldon Silver is quiet on Eliot Spitzer’s plan for the West Side.

Jacob Gershman reports that after the teachers union supported a Republican State Senate candidate in an important race, a very teacher-friendly bill passed that Republican-controlled house.

Representative John Lewis, who is an influential civil rights icon, superdelegate, and supporter of Hillary Clinton, says he will now support Barack Obama.

New polls give Clinton leads in critical states.

So her campaign can’t be counted out yet.

Maggie Haberman looks at those campaign contributions made to superdelegates.

Rudy Giuliani’s former finance chairman in New Hampshire died.

Spitzer accused the leading Republican at a congressional hearing on bond ratings of being “involved in a fingerpointing exercise” and not focusing on the larger issue. [subscription]

A lobbyist who Eliot Spitzer nominated to be chairwoman of the Public Service Commission was found to have run into a number of ethical problems for meeting with state employees while still at her old job.

Frank Lombardi looks at Hector Diaz’s new job.

A Staten Island judge said that using MySpace to contact people could violate a restraining order.

A former State Senator in New Jersey was charged with extortion.

Diane Ravitch explains why she quit Education Next, a trade publication.

Alicia Colon looks at mayoral candidate Tony Avella.

Alex Berger likes candidates who chose love over politics.

Dee Richards thinks State Senator Toby Stavisky may have a Republican challenger for the first time ever.

Eugene Robinson looks at Clinton’s effort to start competing with Obama in ad spending.

Errol Louis and Anthony Weiner will chat later this month.

The New York Times editorial board wants to see tax returns from Clinton and John McCain.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board doesn’t like Spitzer’s plan to collect internet sales tax.

And the Downtown Express editorial board likes ferries.

The Morning Read: Friday, February 15, 2008