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Friday Talking Points -- Is That Your Final Answer, Jeb?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush, in case you haven't heard, spent the entire week coming up with a believable answer to one question After watching Bush twist in the wind this week, we can't help but wonder if the 2016 Republican nomination race is going to closely resemble the 2008 Democratic nomination fight.

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Resigns Amid Corruption Charges

Reuters | Daniel Wiessner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

May 11 (Reuters) - New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Monday said he would resign his leadership post a week after being charged i...

Absolute Power Corrupts, Again

Tom Allon | Posted 05.11.2015 | New York
Tom Allon

Corruption in government is as old as democracy, but that doesn't mean we have to accept it and not do everything we can to at least limit it. Write to the Governor or your local legislator and demand they champion these six reforms.

Friday Talking Points -- Giggles the Pig For Mayor!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes to the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates, the rule of thumb this time around is obviously going to be "the more, the merrier!" The number of officially-announced Republican candidates actually doubled this week.

New York Senate Leader Taken Into Custody By FBI In Corruption Case

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, May 4 (Reuters) - New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, was taken into custody by federal authorities on Monday morning...

Invest in New York's Children

Anthony Figliola | Posted 01.04.2015 | New York
Anthony Figliola

It's vital that New Yorker's not let the chance to expand our children's horizons and secure our country's future slip by. The New York Bonds for School Technology Act is a creative first step and deserves the voter's attention.

NY Governor, Top State Legislators Head To Israel

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit as a "demonstration of ...

Tea Party Favorite Threatens GOP Destruction

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

Former New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino says he may run for governor next year -- and remove the GOP as a major party in the st...

Pass Women's Equality Agenda Now!

Joelle Wyser-Pratte | Posted 07.31.2013 | New York
Joelle Wyser-Pratte

While politicians -- disproportionately, overwhelmingly men -- continue to squabble over issues that they haven't experienced and don't understand, the ability for women to empower themselves continues to hang in the balance.

Paul Blumenthal

Campaign Finance Reform Faces Notorious Hurdle

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

In downtown New York City on Wednesday, state Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, launched the first of four public ...

Casinos In NYC?

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 04.02.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- State legislative leaders aren't embracing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to limit new casinos to three upstate locations, saying Long Isla...

Skelos: GOP Will Not Compromise On Abortion

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 04.01.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- Sen. Dean Skelos says Republicans won't go along with a Cuomo administration proposal to expand abortion rights -- signaling that the GOP wo...

On Campaign Finance Reform, Senate Republicans Stand in Gov. Cuomo's Way

John Petro | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
John Petro

If our elected officials are to be truly representative of the populace, we need to get a larger, more diverse pool of donors to participate in the campaign financing system. We must also stop the unlimited flow of big money into politics.

John Celock

Surprise Twist In Final State Race

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

Democrats have officially captured a majority of the seats in the New York State Senate, but Republicans will continue to control the chamber, through...

CARTOON: New York Takes First Place In Gun Control Action

Posted 01.16.2013 | Black Voices

The state of New York took a leap ahead of Washington, D.C.,passing the nation's toughest gun legislation since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shoot...

NY Passes First Gun Laws In Country Since Newtown

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 03.17.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Jumping out ahead of Washington, New York state enacted the nation's toughest gun restrictions Tuesday and the first since the Co...

Cuomo: Pols Should Ignore 'Extremists' In Gun Debate

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 03.13.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- As the NRA called him "America's most anti-gun governor," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday it would be a "dereliction" of duty if state le...

John Celock

'Cold And Heartless' Sandy Decision Will Cost Taxpayers, Says Belmar Mayor

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The Democratic mayor of a Jersey Shore community devastated by Hurricane Sandy is calling House Republicans' decision to postpone a vote on federal re...

Cuomo Threatens Fight Over Minimum Wage

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 02.12.2013 | New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that he won't get involved with a State Senate battle for control -- unless lawmakers don't comply with his agenda...

Dems Hand Second State Senate To GOP

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Two Democratic Washington state senators have decided to caucus with the opposition party, handing control of the state Senate to Republicans -- the s...

Some NY Dems Need to Put Ideals Before Ambition

Larry Hirsch | Posted 02.05.2013 | New York
Larry Hirsch

If you sacrifice your ideals for ambition, however, you are crossing the line to where you should re-think your political future. This is where these five Senators in Albany and at least one mayoral candidate are now.

Independent Democrats Ally With Republicans To Take New York Senate

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York's state Senate will be run by a coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats after election results had initially left De...

The 'Dumbest Drug Law' In The Country?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.02.2012 | New York

Juan Gomez-Garcia was standing outside a Bronx Kentucky Fried Chicken on May 16, 2012, waiting for his order to be prepared, when a police officer app...

Political Activist Randy Credico Smokes Pot in Capitol to Protest Biased Arrests for Pot

Anthony Papa | Posted 08.21.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

Earlier this week, political activist and comedian Randy Credico engaged in a novel protest and civil disobedience inside of the New York State Capitol building: he smoked a joint.

Cuomo Marijuana Proposal Won't Pass, Says Majority Leader Skelos

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 08.06.2012 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's Senate majority leader said Wednesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to reduce the state penalty for public possess...