Mid-Morning Read: Hiram Watching Football, Senate Race Opens Iraq Front

Caroline Kennedy is staking out some positions on issues.

Fred Dicker says that Paterson’s trip to Iraq, accompanied by Rep. Steve Israel, gives Israel “a leg up” over Kennedy.

Representative Gary Ackerman compared Kennedy, publicly, to Sarah Palin.

Errol Louis advocates R.P.I. President Shirley Ann Jackson for the Senate seat.

Paterson’s proposal to create a new pension tier, well-explained, in context.

Even private schools are on the chopping block.

That and other proposals are making the governor lonely nowadays.

Other elected officials are pulling punches against State Senator-elect Hiram Monserrate, who is accused of violence against his girlfriend.

Yoda thinks that’s hypocritical of Michael Bloomberg.

Monserrate says it was all an accident.

He spent Sunday watching football, and calling politicos to say it wasn’t what was reported.

In Albany, the size of government stays constant as the population shrinks.

Resolution is still a long way off in the Padavan-Gennaro race.

Frank Lombardi lists the 18 council members who voted against raising New York City property taxes.

And below, a response on behalf of David Paterson to Saturday Night Live:

Mid-Morning Read: Hiram Watching Football, Senate Race Opens Iraq Front