Morning Read: The Biggest Ugly of All

The legislature voted late last night to allow up to seven casinos to operate in New York State, a less generous pension tier and a expanded DNA database. “Looks like classic Albany: three men in a room, huge log roll, no transparency,” said Doug Muzzio.

Ed Koch is disappointed with the redistricting deal reached last night.

Senate Democrats walked out of the vote on redistricting last night.

If Andrew Cuomo signs the redistricting bill today, it will mean that he tried to change Albany and failed, writes Josh Benson.

Black and Hispanic Lawmakers threatened to sue over the plan.

The Post wonders about Mike Long’s support for Wendy Long.

The national AFL-CIO came out strongly against Cuomo’s pension reforms.

E.J.McMahon blasted the unions for throwing a fit despite the compromise on pensions.

Mike Bloomberg said that Cuomo deserved an “A-Plus” for resisting the unions’ pressure.

Science Applications International Corporation, a major contractor with the city, agreed to repay $500 million of money it defrauded the city, the largest scandal in New York City history.

Juan Gonzalez, who did more to break the CityTime story than any other reporter, said that the size of the scandal would make Boss Tweed blush, but noted that Mike Bloomberg didn’t sound too happy to announce that the city recouped a $500 million settlement.

Mayor Bloomberg is taking key members of the House Homeland Security committee on a helicopter tour  of the city to stress the need for increased anti-terror funding.

On the day that HBO ceased all future production of its gritty racetrack series “Luck” following the death of another thoroughbred during filming Tuesday, Cuomo made his own formal inquiry into the recent rash of fatal breakdowns at Aqueduct, the Daily News reports.

Among the guests at last night’s State Dinner included some of the Obama campaign’s top bundlers. 

Pollsters describe how Newt Gingrich is killing Rick Santorum.

Maybe Tuesday’s votes changed nothing.

Ross Douthat agrees, and says Mitt Romney is still the inevitable nominee.

Maggie Haberman says that Romney needs to stop talking about his delegate math and find a real message.

Bill Maher says that the difference between his comments about Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh’s about Sandra Fluke is that the radio jock “attacked a civillian.”

A new documentary about Obama is airing today, giving him a chance to re-introduce himself to voters.


  Morning Read: The Biggest Ugly of All