Could charter school dollars pouring into the Governor's reelection campaign at the same time that new charter agreements are approved by the New York State really be "Quid Pro Cuomo"? It is probably just a coincidence, but readers and voters have to decide for themselves.
You know what might help in this crisis-to-end-all-crises? Having a Surgeon General in office. President Obama nominated someone for the job last November, but his confirmation has been blocked ever since.
The euphemistically named Green Haven Correctional Facility that is not really designed to "correct" anybody is the last stop on the school-to-prison pipeline for many men.
In his approach to education, Andrew Cuomo shows that he is a political machine who continually puts politics before principles and people.
Andrew Cuomo is busy seeking reelection and hoping to establish himself as a viable presidential candidate either for 2016 or 2020. In the meantime, he has been abdicating responsibility to ensure a quality education for all students, but especially for minority students.
Cuomo publicly snubbed Teachout; Weingarten slighted Teachout in the final hour, behind her back, and in the name of a position so obscure to the general public that Weingarten must preface it with, "Hey, you know me as a union prez, but don't think of me that way right now..." And still, Teachout took a third of the vote from Cuomo.
Katrina and Lowry debate whether a) beheadings and media war whoops forced Obama's hand; b) he gets a boost or blame in November; c) he'll escalate if Bombs-without-Boots fails. What now happens to his desired pivot to Asia, climate, inequality? Ray Rice too is tackled by tape. Is a video worth a million words?
Teachout might not be able to defeat Clinton, Inc. -- with its bevy of rich and well-connected donors -- for the nomination, but my bet is that she could collect a slew of delegates and have a big impact on the national debate. The Democratic wing of the Democratic Party deserves a strong warrior in the primaries, not just a Clinton coronation.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo squeaked through against his unknown Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout. He eked out a 60-40 victory. "Squeaked"? "Eked"? Well, I never said politics or columnists were fair.
Seeking to interpret a single primary election as a harbinger of future national political trends is something of a mug's game. Nonetheless, it is dif...
Republicans have an annoying habit of referring to the "Democrat" party, because they hate to associate it with being "democratic." Unfortunately today's Democratic primary for Governor in New York isn't particularly democratic at all.
I don't think Governor Cuomo's refusal to debate Zephyr Teachout is really about sexism. It's about money-ism. In this democracy, not to have money is not to be qualified.
Political professionals scorn protest campaigns. Generally, they get little attention and attract few votes. Sometimes, by happenstance, they can be destructive, as demonstrated by Ralph Nader's third-party campaign in 2000. But these are not normal times. America's extreme and growing inequality, its falling middle class and its obscenely corrupted politics demand the end of politics as usual. As Teachout argues forcefully, the Democratic Party faces a fierce debate about its direction and basic values. The gap between its deep-pocket Wall Street and corporate donors and the working families it claims to represent is now a chasm. A new economic populism has begun to build. And that means that campaigns like Teachout's are increasingly important.
Unless we use our democratic vote to bring honesty and excellence back to politics, America's decline will become irreversible. That's why I'm here today, to endorse New York Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu.
New York has a growing tourism industry based on scenic beauty, clean water, and unspoiled nature. Small family farms and ranches are making a comeback. Our new breweries and wineries are gaining worldwide recognition. They all depend on our clean pure water. Fracking would destroy all that.
Teachout favors publicly funded elections, as did Teddy Roosevelt, as do most Americans. The problem with expensive campaigns is that politicians are often beholden to the individuals and corporations that fund them.