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Today is New York State Primary day for 2017 races….

From Buffalo to Long Island, there are some key local primaries to pay attention to on Tuesday.

Polls open at 6 a.m. in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie counties, and at noon everywhere else. Polls close at 9 p.m. statewide.

Here’s what to watch on Tuesday:

Big city mayoral races

While eyes in the Capital Region will be focused on the Democratic Albany mayoral primary, the state’s other big cities — all overwhelmingly Democratic like the capital — also have key Democratic primaries for mayor.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio faces his first re-election effort. The race was wide open in 2013, as Michael Bloomberg exited. This time around, this race has been more of a dud.

A July NY1/Baruch College poll showed de Blasio was far outpacing top Democratic challenger former City Councilman Sal Albanese (Democrats Robert Gangi, Richard Bashner and Mike Tolkin also are seeking the seat).

The winner’s top opponent in the general election will be Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, R-Staten Island. Bo Dietl, an ex-cop and media personality, also is still in the mix….

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On Long Island…..

A nontraditional primary takes place in Nassau County on Tuesday, pitting two Democrats against each other.

As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, they are both running to replace Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who stands accused in a corruption probe.

Mangano claims he is innocent of federal corruption charges and will not be seeking reelection. The frustrated voters of Nassau County are sending strong signals to those seeking his seat.

“Truth – but I don’t know if that’s even possible,” one woman said.

“Don’t lie to us, don’t steal our money,” another man said. “That’s really about it.”

Two Democrats are now vying for the position.

“I’m clearly an outsider shaking the system up,” said Democratic candidate George Maragos.

Maragos is the county comptroller and has been in office for eight years. He is a relative newcomer to politics.

“I have been very independent as a legislator, and that’s something I will continue as county executive,” said candidate Laura Curran.

Curran, a county legislator, has been endorsed by the Nassau County Democratic chairman after party loyalists questioned Maragos’ decision to leave the Republican Party and become a Democrat.

“People would perceive a dual loyalty,” one voter said.

“Life experiences that we all go through changes us,” Maragos countered. “And we should evolve.”

Curran — a mother of three from Baldwin, a former newspaper reporter, and a school board member – has outraised her opponent 15-1 and garnered endorsements….

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Harold Ford Jr. may be getting ready to primary Dem NY Sen Kirsten Gillibrand…Again…

I never like Kirsten Gillibrand….

Still don’t….

Hillary Clinton’s move to Sec of State gave the junior NY Senator her job , she then got actually got elected to the seat in Congress….

She’s from Upstate NY and was a blue dog Democrat in New York…

Her service in the US Senate has been uneven ….

She has tried to march to the left , but few see her that way….

Harold Ford, Jr. , who was in the US House for ten years in the 1990s, ran for the US Senate in Tennessee in 2006 and narrowly lost against the now Senator BobCorker ….

Ford mounted a primary run against Gillibrand in 2010 …But decided against following thru…..

This time Gillaibrand has over $5 Mill in the bank, but Ford is backed by a wide group of well off New Yorker’s (He and his wife work for Wall Street corporations)  who  are not happy with the junior New York Senator….

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Encouraged by a group of influential New York Democrats, Harold Ford Jr., the former congressman from Tennessee, is weighing a bid to unseat Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this fall’s Democratic primary, according to three people who have spoken with him.

Mr. Ford, 39, who moved to New York three years ago, has told friends that he will decide whether to run in the next 45 days. The discussions between Mr. Ford and top Democratic donors reflect the dissatisfaction of some prominent party members with Ms. Gillibrand, who has yet to win over key constituencies, especially in New York City.

About a dozen high-profile Democrats have expressed interest in backing a candidacy by Mr. Ford, including the financier Steven Rattner, who, along with his wife, Maureen White, has been among the country’s most prolific Democratic fund-raisers.

“Maureen and I worked hard for Harold in his last race because we think the world of him,” Mr. Rattner said, referring to Mr. Ford’s run for the Senate in Tennessee in 2006. “He has extraordinary drive and intelligence and will excel at anything that he chooses to do.”..

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Others mentioned possibly running against Gillibrand have been Chelsea Clinton and Caroline Kennedy….

Gillibrand has been seen as getting set up for a 2020 Presidential Run….She has said she is just running for re-election to the US Senate

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Rep Steve Israel (D-NY) to retire…Dem’s pick ex-Fed prosecutor to run for Skelos seat…

Democratic congressman Steve Israel of New York says he will retire at the end of this year.

Israel is 57 and in his eighth term. He is a top ally to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and has led communications strategies to elect Democrats to the House.

Israel’s announcement is unexpected as he’s among those seen as a possible successor to Pelosi. But in a statement, Israel says it is time to pursue new passions and develop new interests, and spend more time writing his second novel.

He says that by retiring in a presidential election year he will help ensure that his district stays in Democratic hands because of the high Democratic turnout in a presidential year.

Israel represents northern Long Island and eastern Queens…..

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Democrats on Long Island have picked Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, a former federal corruption prosecutor, to be the party’s candidate in an expected special election for the State Senate seat left vacant when Dean G. Skelos, the former Republican Senate leader, was convicted in December on bribery and extortion charges.

Mr. Kaminsky, 37, is viewed by both parties as a formidable nominee because of his credentials as a prosecutor and because of his short tenure in the State Legislature, an unpopular body where he is serving his first term.

Nassau County Democrats voted on Tuesday night to designate Mr. Kaminsky as their candidate for the Senate seat, although Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, has not formally set a date for a special election.

Republicans have not yet selected a candidate to run in the moderate suburban district that Mr. Skelos represented for three decades. They have conferred with several potential recruits…..

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NY GOP Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has problems…

The US Attorney for the Southern District is checking him out….

New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is backing away from being his friend with the same Fed looking over HIS shoulder ….

He’s lost New York Assemby Democratic Leader Sheldon Silver who he made deals with in the past…..(The new Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) isn’t gonna make things easy for Skelos)

And things don’t look better for next year when the Democratic nominee for President could be the countries first woman, which could bring out TONS of Democratic voters ….

Long Island Republicans are in for some rough sledding ….

“Dean is counting on Cuomo to protect him from Heastie,’’ said a source familiar with Skelos’ thinking.

“Dean will protect Cuomo from the excesses of his party’s left by blocking the worst of their legislation, and the governor will protect Dean and the Republicans by refusing to endorse their most radical measures. At least that’s the hope,’’ the source said.

But Democrats expect a highly popular Hillary Clinton to be their party’s standard-bearer for president next year, and believe she’ll bring huge numbers of Democratic voters to the polls, making it nearly impossible for Republicans to keep control of the Senate.

“Cuomo knows that with Hillary on the ticket, Senate Republicans may get crushed next year, and he’s starting to adjust his tactics accordingly,’’ the Cuomo source said.

Skelos, widely regarded as an uninspiring leader, is also feeling the heat from US Attorney Preet Bharara’s ongoing investigation of Albany corruption amid reports that the hard-driving prosecutor is closely examining the senator’s ties to Ruskin, Moscou Faltischek, the Long Island law firm that has been paying him as much as $250,000 a year…..

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New York State GOP Senate Leader scrambles to keep control of his political house

State Senate Republican co-majority leader Dean Skelos currently controls the Senate by the fact that several dissident Democrats are caucusing with his party….

The unique arrangement has had New York State Democrats VERY unhappy…

But not for long…..

The dissidents  have indicated they will come home to the Democratic ‘s after November’s election leaving Skelos boasting about what he HOPES to do to keep his leadership spot…..

State Senate Republican co-majority leader Dean Skelos told radio listeners that his party would retain control of the legislative body, despite his crumbling coalition with the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference — by taking out Democratic incumbents in contested districts.

Mr. Skelos promised on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom that the Republicans would gain four or five seats to compensate for the loss of support from the five IDC members — who have now vowed to join the Democrats after the November election. The Republican leader spotlighted three Democrats that he believed would fall: Senators Ted O’Brien, Terry Gipson and Cecilia Tkaczyk, to respective Republican challengers Rich Funke, Susan Serino, and George Amedore.

“We’re going to win up against Ted O’Brien in Monroe County, we’re going to retire Terry Gipson — we’ve got a great candidate, Susan Serino running up there,” the Long Island legislator said. “George Amedore–Cecilia Tkaczyk, last time she had the Obama landslide, she’s not going to have that this time. Obama is now hurting the ticket. I really think we’re going to come back with 33, 34 seats.”

Those three victories would still leave Republicans one or two seats short of Mr. Skelos’s stated goal.

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 6/2/14… Cuomo earns WFP nod, pledges to help Democrats retake Senate

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NY-Gov: At an incredibly intense gathering on Saturday night, the Working Families Party voted to endorse Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election, handing him their ballot line by a 59-41 margin over law professor Zephyr Teachout. While most of the delegates rapturously embraced Teachout and lustily booed Cuomo (who only appeared at the convention by video and speaker phone), many of the WFP’s constituent unions preferred to stick with the incumbent, who offered a number of concessions to win the party over.

Chief among them was Cuomo’s promise to help return the state Senate to Democratic control, even though he’s long preferred the GOP remain in charge. According to multiple reports, Cuomo will supposedly help create a $10 million fund for winning back the Senate, though of course, there are no enforcement mechanisms to ensure the governor actually follows through on this.

And the same is true for the various legislative priorities Cuomo also pledged to support, which include increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 and indexing it for inflation; passing the state-level DREAM Act to provide tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants; enacting the Women’s Equality Act, which enhances protections for reproductive freedoms and helps ensure pay equity; and campaign finance reform, with public financing of elections.

Seeing as Cuomo has now publicly targeted Senate leadership—insisting as well that the renegade Democrats of the IDC return to the fold or face consequences—there’s virtually no chance that any of this legislation can pass this year. So this is all a giant bet on 2015, and the only things holding this deal together are the reputations of Cuomo and the leaders of the big unions who wanted to back him.

But in 2010, Cuomo also claimed he wanted a Democratic majority in the Senate, and he’s already getting squirrely on the minimum wage. He’s even acting squishy about which Democratic Senate candidates he’ll support, saying:

This is about electing people who support an agenda. I also will oppose Democrats who will oppose the things we try to pass. […] It’s not as easy as all Democrats are good, all Republicans are bad, or vice versa.

So the Working Families Party has decided to trust a guy who’s proven himself inherently untrustworthy, but even so, that choice may have been better than the alternatives. If Cuomo actually lives up to his word, progressives will score some major victories and New York politics will change dramatically, and perhaps permanently. But right now, that’s the biggest “if” in American politics.

Senate:

GA-Sen: Is Georgia’s political establishment rallying around Rep. Jack Kingston in the runoff? Just a few days after Karen Handel, who finished third in the GOP primary, endorsed Kingston, Rep. Tom Price is also joining the Kingston bandwagon. Price, the vice chair of the powerful House Budget Committee, is an influential figure, and he was also much-discussed as a potential Senate candidate himself long ago, so his decision may serve as a signal to others.

IA-Sen: At a GOP debate Thursday night, Joni Ernst was asked about the appropriateness of her campaign ad in which she repeatedly fires a pistol while a narrator describes her as “unloading” on Obamacare, in light of the recent mass shooting at UC Santa Barbara. Ernst’s response was just wow:

“I would not—no. This unfortunate accident happened after the ad, but it does highlight that I want to get rid of, repeal, and replace Bruce Braley’s Obamacare,” Ernst replied, referring to a Democratic Senate candidate. “And it also shows that I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. That is a fundamental right.”

Ernst didn’t seem to do herself too many favors in general:

The state senator said she would have voted against the farm bill, named the Clean Water Act as one of the most damaging laws for business and embraced private accounts for young workers paying into Social Security.

It’s not just that she expressed support for Social Security privatization, which is damaging enough. It’s that none of her staffers and consultants had the sense to steer her away from this dangerous landmine—or maybe they thought she had to drive right over it in a GOP debate. That’s not to mention her opposition to the farm bill, which even Steve King supports. Either way, she owns ’em now.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues to go all-in for Ernst ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Mitt Romney stars in a new ad saying what essentially every single other pro-Ernst ad has said: She’s a mother, soldier, and conservative. (David Nir & Jeff Singer)

KY-Sen: Rasmussen: Mitch McConnell (R-inc): 48, Alison Grimes (D): 41 (Jan.: 42-42)….

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 5/29/14… The best way to mess with Cuomo? Join his ticket

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Leading Off: NY-LG: Now this would be damn fun for progressives who have a beef with Gov. Andrew Cuomo—or in other words, pretty much everyone on the left. Activist and fundraiser Bill Samuels says he’s “leaning toward” a run for lieutenant governor against Cuomo’s new hand-picked choice for running mate, ex-Rep. Kathy Hochul. In New York, the lieutenant governor is nominated separately from the governor, but the two run together on a single ticket in the fall in a so-called “shotgun marriage” arrangement. And Samuels, who earlier this year said Cuomo should seek re-election as a Republican, would make a very awkward spouse for the incumbent.

While Cuomo would obviously go all-out for Hochul, Samuels would have much greater appeal to voters in a Democratic primary than the conservative Hochul, who’s already been trying to walk back her anti-immigration views and still has giant flashing neon “A” rating from the NRA to deal with. What’s more, Hochul’s from Buffalo whereas Samuels is from New York City, where most primary votes are cast, so a Samuels victory would not be out of the question.

And if he were to win, it would create a terrible complication for Cuomo. The Independence Party, a mostly fake organization that typically sells its appealingly named ballot line to the highest bidder, has already nominated Cuomo and Hochul. But under New York’s fusion voting system, ballots cast for a Cuomo/Samuels ticket on the Democratic line could not be consolidated with those case for Cuomo/Hochul on the Independence line, meaning Cuomo would have to spurn the IP (and Hochul) and encourage people to vote for him as a Democrat. That in turn could lead to the IP failing to get the 50,000 votes it would need to stay on the ballot for the next four years, a nifty bit of collateral damage.

More importantly, a Samuels victory would mean that Cuomo’s second-in-command would be a fierce detractor of his. New York’s lieutenant governorship is traditionally quite powerless, and Cuomo would do his best to marginalize Samuels. But Samuels would still have a pretty prominent perch from which to criticize Cuomo from the left, and the press would probably enjoy covering such a searing, ongoing schism. Indeed, Samuels could become the pole star to New York’s progressive movement, which is badly in need of one. And Andrew Cuomo would have an unceasing problem on his hands for the next four years. What’s not to like?

Senate:

AK-Sen: Whoops. In a previous ad, Republican former Attorney General Dan Sullivan took to the rooftops to criticize Democratic Sen. Mark Begich for not achieving results. Too bad that rooftop was the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, which Begich helped usher into existence during his time as mayor of Anchorage.

Begich wastes little time milking Sullivan’s poor choice of venue. In a new ad, Begich stands atop the very same civic center and touts his work in getting it built. Begich then goads Sullivan further, listing off “some more nice places Dan could use in his next ad”—places that Begich has all aided in one way or another.

Meanwhile, two conservative groups are taking to the air. The Club for Growth has another version of the parrot ad it recently used against Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas, with a parrot watching clips of Obama and Begich giving variations of the “You can keep it” health insurance promise and parroting them back. The ad is identical apart from replacing footage of Pryor with Begich. Expect to see this ad used against other Democrats in competitive races. (I guess that poor bird must have nothing to do but watch C-SPAN all the time.)

Crossroads GPS also hits Begich over the unfolding Veterans Affairs scandal. Their spot attacks Begich for allegedly doing nothing to solve the problem, and for the poor conditions in the Anchorage VA office. (Jeff Singer)

AR-Sen: Republican Rep. Tom Cotton goes positive in a new ad where he touts his deep roots to his hometown of Dardanelle. Cotton promises to stay connected to his roots and put Arkansas first, a radical departure from all the politicians who promise to move to Northern Virginia the second they get elected.

Americans for Prosperity also has a pro-Cotton ad. It praises Cotton for standing up for Arkansas and conservative principles and embodying the state’s values of “hard work and straight talk”. Honestly, I wonder which states value laziness and bullshit. (Jeff Singer)

GA-Sen: Former Secretary of State Karen Handel, the third-place finisher in last week’s GOP Senate primary, has now endorsed Rep. Jack Kingston in the July 22 runoff. It’s a pretty unsurprising move, considering that Kingston’s runoff opponent David Perdue publicly insulted Handel as a mere “high school graduate” who was too unsophisticated to serve in the Senate. And to the extent any of Handel’s supporters care about whom she gives her support to, it could help Kingston in the metro Atlanta area, a geographic base Handel shares with Perdue.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a new ad for Kingston starring former NFL star Herschel Walker, who was a running back for the University of Georgia in the early 1980s. Walker says some nice, if vague, things about Kingston and concludes with, “That’s why I’m on his team, and I hope you will be too.” (David Nir & Jeff Singer)

IA-Sen: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce touts GOP frontrunner state Sen. Joni Ernst’s biography in a new ad as the June 3 primary looms. Businessman Mark Jacobs, who looks like Ernst’s main primary rival, also has a pair of new ads. In the first he touts his business experience and in the second spot he calls for a balanced budget amendment. (Jeff Singer)

KY-Sen: Republican pollster Wenzel Strategies, apparently surveying on its own behalf, has found a 47-44 lead for Mitch McConnell over Alison Grimes, compared to a 43-42 McConnell edge back in February. That’s a touch more positive for the incumbent than his recent averages, but don’t forget that Wenzel has a truly awful track record and their 2012 polls leaned heavily to the right…..

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Cuomo’s camp admits to keeping Republicans in control of Senate

 Cuomo’s camp admits to keeping Republicans in control of Senate

by kos @ Daily KosNew York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (L) speaks to New York Assembly leader Sheldon Silver before Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State address from the New York State Capitol in Albany, New York, January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Happy with the GOP-controlled New York Senate.

Nice to see them admit this:

Gov. Cuomo will work to toss the Senate Republicans from power by reuniting the chamber’s fractured Democrats if the GOP does not agree to create a statewide public financing system for campaigns, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation [ …]

“If Dean and the Republican conference renege and fail to pass campaign finance this session, the governor is going to actively campaign for Senate Democrats and work very hard after the election in November to unite” the breakaway and mainstream Democrats, a source said.

Why hasn’t Cuomo already been actively campaigning for Senate Democrats and working to reunite the fractured Senate Democratic caucus? Why? Because that Republican-controlled Senate has suited his purposes nicely. He never has to worry about signing or vetoing genuinely progressive legislation. And because Senate Republicans know they exist at the whim of the governor, he has a lever to use against them whenever he actually wants something to pass.

So could you imagine this guy being our president? That’s his endgame. Our job is to make sure that never happens……

 

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New York Governor Cuomo goes a courting the left…..

The guy is gonna get re-elected…..

But he HAS moved to the right in the Empire State and now he has to deal with a third party siphoning off some votes from him come election day and grumbling among New York liberals who Cuomo has stop listening to…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has won significant support from traditionally Republican constituencies, including business executives who like his tax cuts and Wall Street financiers delighted with his support of charter schools. But this courtship has come at a price: As he begins his bid for a second term, he is struggling to hold on to support from the left wing of his own party.

Liberals’ misgivings about Mr. Cuomo, one of the nation’s most prominent Democratic governors, are quickly coming into focus as the Working Families Party, one of New York’s most effective political organizations in recent years, considers whether to endorse him.

Leaders of the party, an alliance of labor unions and liberal activists, backed Mr. Cuomo in his bid for governor in 2010 and were a driving force behind Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political ascent.But they are now so frustrated with Mr. Cuomo that they are privately talking about whether to nominate their own candidate to run for governor this year, according to party officials.

“He is too far to the right for us,” said David Schwartz, vice chairman of the Working Families Party of Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Now, worried that a liberal challenger could siphon votes away from him in November, Mr. Cuomo is working to repair his relationship with the party.

The split is akin to a family rift: Mr. Cuomo is heavily favored against his presumptive Republican opponent, Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, so neither the governor’s camp nor the Working Families Party sees Mr. Cuomo’s re-election as imperiled by the dispute. Rather, endorsing someone other than Mr. Cuomo would be intended mainly to make the left’s discontent more widely known…..

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Andrew Cuomo is losing his Progressive Support….

The New York Governor maybe polling above 50% as usual….

But underneath those numbers he IS slowly losing base support from the left part of his party….

The Governor has tacked  away from outright left stuff preferring to go down the middle or even a little to the right to hold his basic Democrats and enough Republican votes to keep his job assured….

Such a place would be good for a 2016 Presidential run, But then there IS Hillary Clinton…..

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In the past month, liberal protesters outside Cuomo’s office have dubbed him “Governor 1 Percent”; a prominent progressive activist has suggested that he run for reelection as a Republican; the head of a major labor union has called for someone to challenge the governor in the Democratic primary; and a series of behind-the-scenes feuds between Cuomo and other top Democratic officials have spilled out into public view.

The proximal cause for the infighting during an election year, when parties typically put aside their internal differences, is the state’s recently concluded, highly contentious budget process, which ended many Democrats’ hopes for sweeping ethics reforms this year. On fiscal policy, Cuomo aides insist the budget is “very progressive,” but the labor-backed Working Families Party, which endorsed the governor in 2010, is reconsidering its support this year, saying that Cuomo “chose inequality over progress.”

“This is not a minor shift, but it comes after a slow burn that started in 2010 … and finally just exploded in the past week and a half,” says Bill Samuels, a New York City Democratic fundraiser and activist. “There was probably no one who liked Andrew better than me.…. He lost most of us permanently. And I mean permanently. I don’t have one friend who is a Cuomo supporter.”

At its root, much of the animosity lies in some Democrats’ suspicion that Cuomo is not really one of them. Richard Brodsky, a former Democratic state senator who is now a senior fellow at the think tank Demos, has dubbed Cuomo’s worldview “progractionary”—a mix of “progressive” and “reactionary.” On social issues, the governor is a textbook liberal, but on economics, he’s embraced tax cuts and is skeptical of labor unions.

“At a time when the national Democratic Party seems to be moving in the direction of [focusing on] income inequality and fair taxation, Governor Cuomo is moving in the opposite direction,” Brodsky says…..

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NY State Assembly is looking to delay Common Core Teacher reviews for 2 Years…

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You CAN take THIS to the bank folks….

Common Core WILL be changed in New York State….

Parents, Teachers (Union) and School Administrators  are ALL against the way the program has been rolled out in the Empire State….

Governor Andrew Cuomo started out against ANY changes, but has changed his mind….(I wonder if his dislike figures dropping below 50% has anything to do with it?)

The Politics of this has made it impossible for something to NOT happen….

The problem for the Governor is M-O-N-E-Y….

I believe the Fed’s are fronting up to $700 Million for the program….

Somebody better work on getting that waiver so they can help Cuomo……..

Defying Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, state Assembly Democrats are drafting a bill that would delay teacher evaluations conducted under the new Common Core curriculum for two years.

The Democrats are expected to discuss the proposal behind closed doors Monday and perhaps vote on it later in the week, said a source who wished to remain anonymous.

Importantly, the introduction of the bill would come a week before the state Legislature is slated to appoint four members to the state Board of Regents, New York’s education policymaking board. Rank-and-file legislators said three weeks ago they might take the highly unusual step of not backing incumbent Regents if implementation of the Common Core wasn’t slowed down.

According to a draft of the proposal obtained by Newsday, the bill calls for “prohibit Common Core aligned assessments from being a factor in a teacher’s or principal’s … composite effectiveness score,” for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

Under a state law championed by Cuomo, 20 percent of a teacher or principal’s evaluation is based on student achievements on standardized tests.

The Regents themselves proposed such a two-year delay in February – but immediately dropped the idea after Cuomo ripped them for potentially “stalling” teacher evaluations.

The Democrat-backed bill would institute the two-year delay – if the state Senate also agrees to pass the measure…..

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 1/29/14… Obama won 55 seats in NY’s Senate, but guess who controls it?

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 President-by-LD: We’re in an Empire State of Mind today. Since Grand Moff Tarkin isn’t available, we’ll be doing the next best thing and taking a look at the New York state legislature. We’ve calculated the 2012 presidential and U.S. Senate results for both thestate Senate and state Assembly, and you can find even more detailed calculationshere.

Democrats have held the Assembly for decades and aren’t in danger of losing it anytime soon. The party has a 100 to 40 majority in the chamber, with one independent and nine vacancies. Barack Obama carried 114 of the 150 seats: 10 Republicans and independent Fred Thiele come from Obama districts, while four Democrats were elected districts Mitt Romney won. Interestingly, Romney’s best district, Brooklyn’s AD-48 (where he won 76-24), is represented by a Democrat. However, Assemblyman Dov Hikind is extremely conservative and tends to make the news for all the wrong reasons. The median of the chamber is 62-37 Obama, about three points to the right of the state.

The Senate is far more complicated. On paper, Democrats have a 32 to 29 edge, with one vacancy for each party. However, in practice, Republicans run the show here, as they have for generations aside from a brief period between 2009 and 2010. Four rogue Democrats formed the Independent Democratic Conference and are partnering with the Republican minority. A fifth Democratic senator, Simcha Felder, outright caucuses with the GOP, while two other Democrats who’ve been indicted on corruption charges (it’s New York, after all) currently are not welcome in any conference.

The map below, created by Stephen Wolf, visualizes all 63 Senate members as well as which presidential candidate won the district. The two vacant seats are assigned to the party that held them last. Dark blue represents Dems in Obama districts, while dark red is for Republicans in Romney districts. Light red is for Republicans in Obama districts, while yellow represents the IDC. Gray is for the two Democrats without a conference, while gold represents Felder.

Obama carried 55 of the 63 Senate seats, but Republicans knew what they were doing when they drew this map. The median district is 56-43 Obama, an enormous 16 points to the right of the state as a whole. The Republicans have also benefited from ticket-splitting. Twenty-one Republicans come from districts Obama carried, with Joseph Robach of SD-56 sitting in the bluest, at 60-38 Obama. By contrast, Felder is the only (nominal) Democrat to represent any of the eight Romney districts, with his SD-17 going for Mitt 58-41, the second-reddest in the whole state.

Of the IDC members, all four come from Obama districts. Only David Carlucci represents a competitive district, with Obama winning SD-38 54-45. The remaining three come from districts that went for Obama by at least 62 percent. Indeed, at 74 percent Obama, IDC leader Jeff Klein might be particularly vulnerable to a challenge from a mainstream Democrat. Neither of the two conference-less Democrats are in any danger of seeing their seats go red, either. Obama won John Sampson’s district 89-11, and Malcolm Smith’s 93-7.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was also on the ballot in 2012, winning 72-26 statewide. Gillibrand carried every single one of New York’s 240 congressional, senate, and assembly districts, a very impressive feat even in a heavily Democratic state.

P.S. We also have a map of the Assembly that uses the same color scheme as the Senate map above (with one independent in green). Interestingly, most of Long Island’s Assembly seats elect members from the same party as the one that carried them on the presidential level. By contrast, all of Nassau and Suffolk counties are represented by Republicans in the Senate. (Jeff Singer)….

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 8/29/13: Potential challenger emerges for renegade New York Democrat

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• NY-St. Sen: This is potentially very big news. New York City Councilman Oliver Koppell, who also once briefly served as state attorney general, says he isn’t ruling out a primary challenge to state Sen. Jeff Klein, the renegade Democrat who leads the breakaway faction that handed control of the Senate to the GOP this year, even though Democrats won a majority of seats in the chamber last November. Klein would be hard to beat, but Koppell has the profile (and liberal bona fides) to pull it off, especially if labor were to get behind him.

Koppell is term-limited, so next year, he’ll be out of office and perhaps looking for something to do. He’s also reportedly met with the state-level DSCC about a potential bid, and he openly has negative things to say about Klein’s betrayal. However, Koppell is 72 years old and cautions that “at the moment I have no plans” to run. But if he does make a go of it, this could be one of the most exciting legislative primaries for progressives in the nation.

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Andrew Cuomo….2014 Governro Run…2016 Presidential Run?

The New York Governro is beginning to find himself balancing tacking left for in-state Democracts and right for out of statenational defining….

And his poll numbers maybe starting to show things will NOT be so easy for 2016….

Andrew Cuomo has been leading the charge of American liberals for over two years now. The New York governor made history in the spring of 2011 by steering marriage equality through the state’s dysfunctional legislature. Last spring, he urged decriminalizing the public possession of marijuana, his response to the racially-charged pot busts under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” regime. And just last month, he muscled through an ambitious new gun control law—the first passed anywhere in the country after Sandy Hook—that many progressives wish would be a model for how national Democrats handle the issue.

Now, Cuomo is turning to abortion rights, specifically rewriting state law to allow late-term abortions when a woman’s health is at risk or a fetus is not viable. Though many assume such a policy will go over just fine in deep-blue New York, Cuomo’s flurry of liberal activity—regarded by most observers of Empire State politics to quite plainly be the work of a 2016 Democratic presidential aspirant—is beginning to take its toll on his status as America’s most popular governor. For one thing, the fight for gun control, in contrast to previous crusades, seems to have brought him down a peg. His poll numbers dipped ever so slightly from the stratosphere, an indication that a more muscular Cuomo who consistently wades into debates over polarizing social issues might prove a bit less popular than the one who made headlines early on for slugging it out with the union bosses in Albany.

More significant than any topline poll number, though, is a growing gap between how Cuomo is perceived by the urban progressives in the Democratic Party’s base and the suburban and upstate Republicans who have been instrumental in getting his agenda passed into law. Despite his apparent mastery of legislative horse-trading—one ally I spoke to called him “a modern day LBJ”—Cuomo’s transparent ambition and more unabashedly partisan approach to his job threaten to bring the current Golden Age of Empire State government to an end…..

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Eliot Spitzer says he isn’t after the New York State Comptroller job….

(Photo: NY1)

(Photo: NY1)

Elliot Spitzer faints ignorance of the whole thing…..

This Dog DID do a scenario for Thomas DiNapoli ,the current NYS Comptroller, that would bring him back to home Nassau County here at the this blog….

It STILL applies…..

….from politicker….

A couple days ago, the New York Daily News reported former Governor Eliot Spitzer “is being talked about” as a potential primary candidate against incumbent Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a move he had reportedly seriously considered in 2010. On NY1′s Inside City Hall last night, however, Mr. Spitzer dismissed the speculation and labeled Mr. DiNapoli “a buddy.”

“It was a tabloid and you know I’ve always said … to you, ‘I never trust what’s in the tabloids!’” Mr. Spitzer declared over the protestations of host the show’s host, Errol Louis, a former Daily News columnist.

Mr. Spitzer pointed to the fact that he didn’t comment for the article, which only cited Democrats privately bandying his name about and not anything from the former governor himself.

“Look, I haven’t even seen the article,” Mr. Spitzer said. “I got a call or two about it. I think–I hope–the article said I did not speak to the reporter, have never spoken to him about it. It’s just made up out of nowhere. I have no idea where it comes from.”

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Is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo losing his ‘mojo’?

New York Post veterean reporter Fred Dicker pens a piece today arguing that the Governor , who is mentioned continually as a 2016 canidate for President after he runs for a second term in 2014 , is just about maintaining his high (above 60%) approval numbers….

Gov. Cuomo has veered sharply away from the reform and pro-business policies he followed during his first two years in office and is “adrift’’ on a course of murky proposals, frequent indecision, and political obsessions focused on re-election next year and the presidency in 2016, insiders have told The Post.

The insiders, some of whom have known Cuomo for decades, said the governor has become so obsessed with maintaining what until recently were record-high job-approval ratings that he has refused, for fear of alienating politically potent liberal voting blocs, to make tough decisions to cut costs for fiscally troubled local governments, reduce regulations to attract businesses, and approve hydrofracking for natural gas.

“It’s all about maintaining his numbers now, not about the best policies for the state,’’ said a source who knows Cuomo well.

“If he makes the political tough decisions, his numbers will go down, so what he’s trying to do is avoid anything controversial. That’s why he’s adrift,’’ the source continued.

The insiders describe Cuomo as hypersensitive to criticism and prone to argue at great length with anyone who says his administration has, as one of its own members put it, “run off the tracks.’’

“He’s running around like a banshee, blaming his staff and everybody else for the problems of his own making,’’ said a highly knowledgeable source, adding, “I’ll be a dead man in Albany’’ if his identity is disclosed.

Cuomo signaled his new direction in a State of the State Address last month that was so devoid of serious, game-changing initiatives that he had to rely on two catastrophes — the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut and the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy — for its principle news-generating proposals….

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