Morning Read: Wrinkle in Living Wage; Monied Want To Take Money Out Of Politics; Pork Fight

A group of wealthy individuals are banding together to reform the state’s campaign finance laws. 

The Partnership for New York City abruptly pulled their support of a living wage bill when a loophole that would permit a mayor to veto its provisions of any given project was closed.

Mike Bloomberg moved to take some powers to set city wages away from Comptroller John Liu. 

Mike Bloomberg defended stop-and-frisk as Eric Schneiderman prepares to investigate the practice, saying “If anybody’s got any better ideas on how to get guns off the streets, we’d be happy to have them.

Andrew Cuomo  vetoed $640,000 worth of pork from the budget, including funding earmark for city sites like the Lower East Side’s Tenement Museum.

Cuomo mostly took money away from projects sponsored by Democrats in the State Senate. 

Cuomo also blasted the notion that parents who share teacher evaluations should face criminal charges. 

Bill Thompson has to pay nearly $600,000 in fines for illegal sign posting during the 2009 campaign.

New estimated census numbers show a big jump in the population of Brooklyn and cast further doubt on the official Census numbers from 2010.

Kerry Kennedy, Andrew Cuomo’s ex-wife, and his daughter were detained at a military checkpoint by heavily armed soliders in Mexico because they were part of a human rights delegation.

In Binghamton, Bob Turner hit Kirsten Gillibrand over gas prices.

A former chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees called for a New York version of the DREAM ACT.

In the wake of a fatal crane collapse, the crane operators union and the city are sparing over stricter licensing requirements.

The race between Chris Collins and David Bellavia to take on Kathy Hochul is heating up.

A death penalty repeal passed the Connecticut legislature. 

New York City rents have reached an all-time high.

After a Democratic pundit said she “never worked a day in her life” Ann Romney joined Twitter. 

Republicans used redistricting to preserve the seats they have rather than try to pick up new ones. 

Newt Gingrich’s donors want him to stay in the race.

Despite this age of bombast and zealotry, The general election will pit one exceptionally self-contained, self-disciplined, self-motivated man against another with precisely the same traits, writes Politico

  Morning Read: Wrinkle in Living Wage; Monied Want To Take Money Out Of Politics; Pork Fight