Sunday Reading: Bachmann Surges, Pawlenty Exits, Perry Enters

AUGUST 12: Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann looks out the window of her bus as she leaves the Iowa State Fair August 12, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Most of the Republican presidential hopefuls are visiting the fair ahead of Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll to greet voters and engage in the traditional Iowa campaigning ritual. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


2012: Bachmann wins Ames straw pol with 4,823 votes; Ron Paul got 4,671. Pawlenty got 2,292. [Thomas DeFrank and Rich Schapiro / Daily News]

2012: Pawlenty drops out. [ABC News]

2012: Texas Gov. Rick Perry enters, officially. [Dave Montgomery / Star-Telegram]

2012: “Perry’s announcement stepped on Bachmann’s triumph in the Ames Straw Poll, the biggest moment yet in her presidential campaign.” [West, Mehta and Reston /]

2012: “Republicans sense a new opportunity to win back the White House, but there was little clarity about whether voters would choose someone from the party establishment, an outsider or a hybrid.” [Jeff Zeleny / New York Times]

2012: Romney’s name was on the Ames ballot, but didn’t campaign; Perry was not on the ballot. [Jonathan Weisman and Neil King Jr. / WSJ]

2012: Fact-checking Perry’s statements on budget, jobs. [Dallas News]

2012: Perry’s program to fund tech companies in Texas gave a lot of money to companies run by political donors. [Charles Dameron / WSJ]

Congress: “Rep. Nydia Velazquez has not sponsored one bill, amendment or resolution this year.” [Alison Gendar / Daily News]

Lawsuit: GOP County Exec in Buffalo, Collins, accused of unfairly firing a prominent Democrat in his administration. [Phil Fairbanks / Buffalo News]

Ads: Spokeswoman for Collins’ Dem rival explained why they are using actors in their campaign ads. [Robert McCarthy / Buffalo News]

Ads: Bloomberg highlights his fight against coal. [Flickr]

Redistricting: “About the only thing near-certain is that all of Staten Island will remain in the 13th C.D., which will link in some fashion to Brooklyn and not Manhattan, as it did several decades back.” [Judy Randall / SI Advance]

Layoffs: NYC delayed sending pink slips to 465 park workers; may send next week if deal with labor union isn’t achieved. [Michael Saul / WSJ]

Unions: CSEA will tally votes tomorrow on whether to accept deal with Cuomo. [Rick Karlin / Times Union]

NYPD: Ticket-fixing probe shrinks scope down to 12 cops. “No high-ranking member of the NYPD are expected to be charged.” [Alison Gendar andKevin Deutsch / Daily News]

NYC Dept. of Corrections: Chief Davis resigned. He may have used a public employees as “his personal valets.” [Reuven Blau and John Doyle / Daily News]

NYC Dept. of Corrections: “Department of Investigation began looking into allegations that Davis took vacations that were paid for by his subordinates.” [Goldenberg, Otis and Perone / NY Post]

Brooklyn: Vito Lopez allies are new board members of Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. [Gary Buiso and Aaron Short / NY Post]

Crown Heights: How much has changed since the 1991 riots there? [Simone Weichselbaum and Katie Nelson / Daily News]

Transportation: “[W]e hope New Yorkers will heed our ad campaign, “Don’t Be a Jerk,” and call out the rogue riders,” wrote NYC Transportation Commissioner. [Voice of the People / Daily News]

Fracking: Editors urge Christie to veto NJ bill outlawing franking. “[I]t would do enormous damage. To the nation. To Jersey. And even to Christie’s own political prospects (should he ever decide to seek national office).” [NY Post]

Trees: Some newly planted trees in Brooklyn aren’t doing so well. [Sarah /]

Schools: In one year, Buffalo Superintendent out of town “more a total of more than 130 days.” Currently on vacation while Board of Ed tries firing him. [Mary Pasciak / Buffalo News]

Schools: Bloomberg defends new sex education requirement; says parents aren’t teaching their kids these lessons. [Michael Saul and Lisa Fleisher / WSJ]

District Attorney: Two high-profile losses may hinder a Texas DA’s first re-election. [Geoff Grammar / Santa Fe New Mexican]

Opinion: “He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president.” [Norman Podhoretz / WSJ]

Media: NYT public editor asks, “did Joe Nocera really go too far” when he called Tea Party members “terrorists” on a “jihad”? [Arthur Brisbane / New York Times]

Sunday Reading: Bachmann Surges, Pawlenty Exits, Perry Enters