Two of next year's Democratic presidential contenders, Gov. Martin O'Malley of my current home state of Maryland and Gov. Andrew Cuomo the state of my youth, New York, both consider themselves progressive. Neither of them, however, can be called "progressive" in the traditional sense of the world.
Many community leaders and activists are hard at work to reform the prison system, but they should be advocating for child welfare system reform, too. If we improve the foster care system, we will reduce the number of people in prison.
This week leadership in the fight to end AIDS (and seemingly to do most things that take political will) has shown up outside our nation's capitol. Governor Cuomo yesterday announced a credible, ambitious, and politically courageous plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York.
The Republican Party is in the throes of a power struggle, with the ballot box repeatedly settling things out, as it should. The Left has not, in recent years, suffered/benefited from a similar contest of ideas.
This week Gov. Cuomo announced a package of legislation that seeks to address the drug-overdose crisis in New York, including reforming health insurance to make sure that people are not denied coverage for drug treatment. Not mentioned is a major bill that will immediately save lives by preventing overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioids.
I have been a proponent of something called the "Box Canyon" theory of medical marijuana for six years now. Simply put, it means that if you fight only for medical marijuana, your marijuana will become only medical.
Everybody talks about giving power to the people, but recent events in Albany give us hope that will truly happen in the coming months and beyond.
One primary of note is in a State Senate race here in New York, and it has already attracted national attention, as well as mine, as it involves my State Senate district. This race is, in many ways, a microcosm of what is wrong with our political process nationally.
Despite its checkered history, National Heritage Academies continues to expand. In Tennessee, it is one of the major supporters of a law that will allow for profit charter school companies to operate in the state. The question remains. Why is this charter school management company still in business?
For those familiar with U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) work, objectivity and commitment to fact based on statistics come to mind.
Time to ignore the speed limit and speed around the roadblocks, girlfriends.
In one month, we will be crossing New York State in our Journey Along the Erie Canal again in support of opportunities for all abilities. As we prepar...
New York State is poised to become the first state in the nation to create a public commission specifically designed to investigate complaints of misconduct by prosecutors. It is essential to the integrity of the justice system and the public's confidence that the system functions fairly and accurately.
The TPA in edTPA stands for Teacher Performance Assessment. Student teachers in my seminar suggested a better title would is "Torturous Preposterous Abomination," although "Toxic Pearson Affliction" was a close runner-up in the voting.
It's relatively simple, folks. New York is a blue state. We have, at least in theory, a Democratic governor in Andrew Cuomo. We have a strong Democrat...
The National Popular Vote plan is constitutional, nonpartisan, and better for all Americans than our current system. An interstate compact, it will guarantee the election of the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states and D.C.