Cuomo Spent Nearly 40 Times More Than Teachout To Win Primary

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 9:29 am

Yesterday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo defeated Zephyr Teachout in the New York Democratic Gubernatorial Primary winning roughly 60% of the vote. About a third of voters supported Teachout and her running mate Tim Wu even though they had no major institutional backing or spent much on campaign ads. Cuomo had numerous advantages including the [...]

Cuomo Administration Interfered With Ethics Investigation

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 9:50 am

How is that Working Families Party endorsement looking now? Members of the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly interfered with investigators trying to get to the bottom of political corruption in New York State. Corruption that has bubbled up from under the surface and spilled over into scandals leading to arrests and indictments [...]

Working Families Party Nomination Of Cuomo Divides Members

By: Monday June 2, 2014 10:01 am

On Saturday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo secured the gubernatorial nomination from the Working Families Party of New York despite a record of trying to break unions and doing the bidding of his Big Business financial backers. Cuomo was almost defeated by Zephyr Teachout a strong progressive activist who won over 40% of the vote. [...]

Anti-Marriage Equality Judge Robert Smith Accused Of Buying Judgeship

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 12:11 pm

) Judge Robert S. Smith,who sits on the New York State Court of Appeals, has never been shy about expressing his opinion. At the Federalist Society he proudly identified himself as a Neoliberal saying “I am a Hayekian. I dislike intensely anything that strikes me as unnecessary coercion, whether it’s a tax or an exclusionary [...]

Hurricane Sandy Relief Appropriation Running Into Trouble

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 8:30 am

While waiting around for fiscal slope negotiations to conclude, Congress has bided its time with legislation seemingly timed for the holiday travel season. The House gave final approval to a bill that would give the TSA more leeway when screening checked baggage from international airports that is going on to a separate flight in the [...]

Like in New York, Washington State Senate to Be Run By Republicans Despite Democratic Victory at the Ballot Box

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 12:13 pm

For the second time, Democrats who won the most votes in one chamber of a state legislature will not actually run the chamber, thanks to conservative dissidents who swung the balance of power to the other side. We already saw this kind of power-sharing arrangement in the New York State Senate, and now we’re seeing [...]

As Cuomo Sits Passively, Republicans Take Over New York State Senate Despite Losing Election

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 10:00 am

In an unusual power-sharing agreement that ought to be remembered should Andrew Cuomo ever try to run for President, Republicans and a group of “independent Democrats” will share control of the New York State Senate, despite Democrats running on the Democratic ballot line winning as many as 33 of the 63 seats in the chamber. [...]

Obama to Request $50 Billion for Sandy Relief

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 7:45 am

For a Congress spending every waking minute talking about deficits, they sure know how to spend gobs of money above and beyond requested budgets – as long as it goes to the hands of defense contractors. The Senate version of the defense authorization bill costs $631 billion. This is $17 billion more than the Pentagon asked for. It passed 98-0. It now goes to a conference with the bill passed by the GOP-led House, which costs $3 billion MORE. The White House threatened to veto the bill over the budget overages, which is just adorable.

Christie Ups Appropriation Request for Sandy Relief

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 9:15 am

Joining New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revised his estimate upward in asking for disaster relief funds to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, seeking $36.8 billion. The additional money would be used to reengineer beaches, including additional sand dunes, to protect the [...]

As New York Officials Deliver Damage Estimates, Prospects for Supplemental Funding Remote

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 9:15 am

It’s easy to forget, amid the non-stop talk about long-term deficits, that the East Coast remains fairly ruined from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who’s going to win re-election next year by saying he’s the only man in the state equipped to handle the reconstruction efforts – already released [...]

Schneiderman Files Suit Against Credit Suisse for Securities Fraud, Days After SEC Settled Same Conduct

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 11:55 am

Continuing on the theme of prosecutions for fraud during the housing collapse, though in this case civil rather than criminal ones, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just announced a new lawsuit against Credit Suisse for defrauding investors in its mortgage backed securities business. The case mirrors the previous suit filed by Schneiderman against JPMorgan [...]

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