Mid-Morning Read: Bloomberg’s Democrats, Ortloff’s Pension, City’s Snapple

Michael Bloomberg “seems to be trying to bury his GOP past,” writes the A.P.

“What’s behind all this Democratic love?” asks Michael Barbaro.

Caroline Kennedy went unnoticed in Manhattan the other day.

According to The New York Times, Kennedy’s performance was not “disqualifying” but it appears to have "eroded” the sense that she is the inevitable pick.

Representative-elect Eric Massa will drive a hydrogen-powered car to his swearing-in ceremony in Washington.

Even in jail, former assemblyman Chris Ortloff will collect his state pension.

Rochester Mayor Robert Duffey is anxious for forthcoming federal monies.

The Watertown Daily Times says the next U.S. senator needs to understand the importance of Fort Drum and dairy farming.

The Poughkeepsie Journal collects editorial input from upstate newspapers in an effort to educate the next senator from New York.

The video about the obesity tax from the state health commissioner is “too long and too preachy,” says the Times editorial board.

Charles O’Byrne, Janette Sadik-Khan, and Helen Foster all get Knucklehead awards from the Daily News.

Among this year‘s most quotable is Michael Bloomberg, who in April, said, “I’ll probably wind up in philanthropy.”

Newsday says the M.T.A.’s doomsday talk is aimed at state legislatures.

Dan Janison raises more questions on the real estate fraudster who was briefly pardoned by the White House.

In Beacon, there’s a New Year’s Eve party for Obama tonight.

One state service that survived the budget crunch: free coffee tonight at toll plazas.

And say good-bye to Snapple in your municipal buildings.

A guy recaps 2008 on YouTube, in one minute.

  Mid-Morning Read: Bloomberg’s Democrats, Ortloff’s Pension, City’s Snapple