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The Quiet Deception of Community Control

Posted April 21, 2010 | 14:35:49 (EST)

In order to garner political support for his suspension of term limits, Mike Bloomberg promised New Yorkers a chance to review and revise the City Charter, the document that outlines the power structure and legislative process of the City of New York.

Considering last year's historically low voter turnout,...

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The Stoning of David Paterson

Posted March 8, 2010 | 17:42:38 (EST)

Make no mistake: what started as a personal attack on David Paterson by the New York Times has become a full-on stoning: an execution by the hands of the public.

I'm not defending Paterson's behavior. What he did by calling Sherr-una Booker was unethical, misguided, foolish, and insensitive to...

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A Letter to New York State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs

Posted January 26, 2010 | 13:16:27 (EST)

Dear State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs,

According the Daily News, you, "said [your] goal is to avoid a primary or, short of that, make sure it is conducted 'without rancor and with as little contentiousness as possible.'"

It's a stunning state of affairs we're in when the...

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Is it Right To Disapprove of David Paterson?

Posted December 22, 2009 | 11:45:41 (EST)

Let's say that you're part of the 49% of New York State that disapproves of David Paterson's performance as governor. If you were given the hypothetical chance to act as his counsel, what would you tell him to do differently? What is it, specifically, that he's really doing...

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Going Broke in Albany, Part 3: Why We're Still Screwed

Posted December 9, 2009 | 13:53:08 (EST)

How bad is it up there in our capital? Are you trying to follow the story of our state budget, but find New York politics to be needlessly complex and boring? I'm writing three opinion pieces that describe what's happening in Albany with the budget, its severity, media coverage, and...

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Going Broke in Albany, Part 2: Where's a Press-Induced Panic When We Need One?

Posted December 2, 2009 | 11:24:25 (EST)

Here's Part 2 of my 3 Part Series on the NY State Budget Deficit. Part 1, which you can read here, was an explanation of the crisis and description of the State Senate's unfortunate and dangerous control of the cuts. 

Here's a first: Our...

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Going Broke in Albany, Part 1: Explaining The Budget and How We're Botching It

Posted November 23, 2009 | 11:20:45 (EST)

How bad is it up there in our capital? Are you trying to follow the story of our state budget, but find New York politics to be needlessly complex and boring? I'm writing three opinion pieces that describe what's happening in Albany with the budget, its severity, its media coverage,...

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What We're Not Saying: Why I Miss Eliot Spitzer

Posted November 16, 2009 | 18:30:32 (EST)

Why are we still talking about Eliot Spitzer’s sex scandal?

The internet seemed to erupt in collective anger last week when Mr. Spitzer gave a speech on ethics at Harvard Law. Every New York paper took the opportunity to remind the public of the low-brow, obvious irony of...

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Posted November 9, 2009 | 15:22:51 (EST)

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The Win That Should Have Been: Holding the DNC Responsible for Tuesday's Loss

Posted November 5, 2009 | 15:59:41 (EST)

What could have swung this mayoral election into a Thompson win?

The people of New York didn't go take this vote-buy-out on their knees. Bloomberg's supposed 18 point blow-out materialized on November 3rd as a tight race with a narrow margin of 4½ points. Four and a half points that...

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