The Morning Read: Friday, March 28, 2008

Howard Dean wants the remaining uncommitted superdelegates to choose a candidate by July 1, at the latest.

He spoke to the AP about the risks of an extended nomination process.

Hillary Clinton tells the Times she wants to cap health care costs for individuals at ten percent of their income.

Barack Obama blamed today’s fiscal woes on financial deregulations that took place in the 1990s.

On Michael Bloomberg’s appearance with Obama yesterday, Diane Cardwell writes, “the men seemed nothing like two peas in the same political pod, destined to share a ticket.”

Sara Kugler says Obama has waged the more aggressive campaign for Bloomberg’s support.

Andy Humm explains Obama’s position on gay marriage.

If David Paterson leaves office, and there hasn’t been an indication that he will, Maggie Haberman reports that Rudy Giuliani would want to consider a run for governor.

Paterson collected taxpayer reimbursements for hotel stays in Albany that were paid for by his campaign.

Legislative leaders agreed on a $124 million ceiling for the state budget, which raises spending by about four percent.

Sheldon Silver backed off his support for a millionaires tax, while Paterson announced he’s restoring most of the $800 million in cuts he proposed.

State lawmakers may not get a pay raise, but they can still spend their campaign cash pretty lavishly.

Downtown Express runs the headline “City Council mostly supportive of traffic pricing,” but the article doesn’t seem to support that notion.

The Queens Chronicle is more cautious about assessing support.

Clyde Haberman is not holding his breath for any of the city’s major development projects.

Gersh Kuntzman says the Atlantic Yards project is dead, but finds that Marty Markowitz is still optimistic about it.

Chuck Schumer writes in the Wall Street Journal, “even though firms no longer operate in the same old ways, our regulatory system still imagines they do.”

Fred Lebrun thinks it’s unfortunate Eliot Spitzer was the only person not interviewed under oath about Troopergate by the Albany County District Attorney.

Fred Dicker doesn’t think there was a grand jury convened in the probe of Spitzer.

The Commission on Public Integrity is facing accusations that it may have obstructed the investigation.

Rick Brand picks up on a conservative blog’s criticism of the political work being done by Congressman Tim Bishop’s daughter.

Democrats seemingly have a well-funded candidate to challenge Republican State Senator James Seward.

Darrell Aubertine had a lot of people working on his campaign.

“[S]omeone needs to tell Senator Hillary Clinton how great speeches have changed the tide for nations and peoples,” writes a columnist in the Jamaican Observer.

The Morning Read: Friday, March 28, 2008