Showing posts with label Politics-Local. Show all posts
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November 6, 2013

Good Morning! } Important Political Changes While You slept

                                                                                           

                                                                                                     
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Bill de Blasio, Chris Christie poised for victory. Virginia will be the center of attention, but New York City residents also head to the polls to elect their next mayor. After three terms of Michael Bloomberg, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio is poised for a landslide victory. But is his liberal agenda a good fit for NYC? New Jersey governor Chris Christie is also expected to soar to victory for a second term in the state’s governor race. 

The poll on gay marriage John Boehner should be reading. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is on the fast track to pass the Senate, but House Speaker John Boehner came out on Monday against the bill which bans discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Boehner called ENDA a piece of “frivolous legislation,” thereby dimming the chances it will pass the Republican-controlled house. Someone should show Boehner this revealing poll on gay marriage in South Carolina.

Millennials are big players in the job market. We’ve heard it a million times: Young people are saddled with crippling student debt, face sky-high unemployment, and are screwed for the future. Right? What if being under 30 actually makes you a big player in the job market. PolicyMic’s Jewelyn Cosgrove discusses the ways America’s most entrepreneurial generation can actually turn today’s tough job market into a huge economic opportunity.


In Virginia which is a state the Republicans have got to have and should have won. But they Lost.  

When you get up in this morning you would have a Democrat Mayor in New York City First time since 1993.  A Republican Governor in New Jersey who would still be Governor but it’s a man who has gigantic problems for walking a line that does not offend the tea baggers.  With Gay marriage even though it was an issue that either he did not care one way or the other or was very aware that the winds of change were hitting NJ and it was not Catrina. Yet he froze and did no go with the flow, instead he went with a weird rope-a-dope. If he was aware the winds had change he did not move with it to the side of the new progressives . 

He though he could play the conservatives by blocking the law in the courts and then offering a stupid referendum to the younger voters along with the LGTB Community.
He fell flat on his face when the courts would not play that game with him so he was exposed and looking
dopey.  He back down and stopped the appeals to the higher courts which he was going to loose in any case.
He is going to have problems running for president, which is what he wanted all along. He is not the type of politician that can walk a tight rope like ok with conservatives and and ok with moderates. A good point that shows what Im saying is watching him argue with a woman and walking away on Veterans day.

Finally you will find a new governor for Virginia. Yes Virginia a stronghold of the Republicans and a state they need to win the white house. The reason for this is the GOP  offering a tea bagger.  Had they put a serious candidate against McAuliffe there would at least would have been a fight. This guy is been a looser since he started campaigning.

Adam Gonzalez, Producer of adamfoxieBlog Int.


September 12, 2013

The “Anybody But Quinn” Got One


 

They wanted anybody but Quinn, and they got one. Possibly even two.
The Anybody But Quinn campaign celebrated election returns last night at Mustang Sally's at 28th Street and 7th Avenue. Culminating there in that nondescript midtown bar at the northern edge of Chelsea was a four-year campaign to make sure that, no matter what, Christine Quinn never became the city's chief executive. The group's alternative? Anyone. Really, anyone at all.
So when Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson shut Quinn out of any potential runoff, the packed room exploded with cheers and applause. It was that special kind of glee you feel when someone you hate eats it on the sidewalk. Quinn tripped hard, and ABQ was partying harder.

A Cross-Section of Anger
With no single issue to unite the group, how did ABQ fill that bar's back room with volunteers and supporters? In fact, it was full precisely because there was no single issue--according to ABQ organizers and volunteers, Quinn falls on the wrong side of all them.
Attendees of the party all told different versions of the same story: They had spent the weeks and months ahead of the primary out in their hard-to-miss cardinal red ABQ t-shirts, and the most common reaction was hearty, hearty approval.
It was a diffuse, widespread anger against Speaker Quinn that brought her campaign to its knees. She had managed to piss off so many interest groups--labor, animal rights, and gay rights activist chief among them--that the election party seemed more like a convention for the city's rag-tag special interests than a collection of political operatives.
Voters, at least the ones clinking beer steins over her defeat, had called on years of disappointment in Quinn's record on their pet projects to ensure her primary defeat. Importantly, she is the only candidate to provoke such ire.
"You don't see an anti-Thompson campaign," said John Phillips, 27, an ABQ advisor and former Executive Director the League of Humane Voters.

Anybody But Quinn: A Brief History
In 2009, filmmaker Donny Moss declared open season on Quinn in his video "Beyond the Smile," a 10-minute short blasting the newly elected Council Speaker for blocking a citywide ban on horse-drawn carriages. Living in Quinn's Chelsea district, Moss accused the Speaker of blocking the ban to pander to the Queens Democratic machine, which has strong ties to the industry.
In his frustration, Moss started canvassing on his own, soon attracting more and more neighborhood residents who also had lost faith in Quinn. "It just grew organically," said Moss in an interview.
Enter New York Is Not For Sale, a coalition of administrative workers' union Local 1180 and animal rights group NYCLASS. Fearing that Quinn might run away with the primary, the group lent funding and infrastructure to Anybody But Quinn at the start of this most recent election cycle.
With proper structure and increased visibility, New York Is Not For Sale took the one man's axe to grind and turned it into the grassroots effort that helped derail a mayoral candidacy.
A profound sense of betrayal has held ABQ together ever since. It was Quinn's relentless wheeling and dealing at the expense of constituents that really spelled her doom.
"In her rush to accumulate more and more power, Quinn has been waging an undeclared war against the people of New York City while claiming to be their advocates," said Moss. "I don't regard her as a public servant, because she puts her career ahead of the common good."
"I think [disillusionment with Quinn] coincided with when she stopped serving her constituents," said Phillips at the party, citing Quinn's perfect zero on a scorecard of animal rights voting record. "I mean, this is the district that throws birthday parties for their dogs."
Those most upset with Quinn point to her passing the buck on living wage legislation to appease the Bloomberg administration, supporting Bloomberg's third term, compromising on paid sick leave laws, hemming and hawing on stop-and-frisk until her hand was forced by souring public sentiment, and not speaking up loud enough for the LGBT community.
The election was hers to lose: Quinn alienated all the segments of the electorate she could have depended on to solidify her early lead. "She had all the advantages, all the endorsements," said Moss. "She has no one to blame but herself.”
Identity Politics
If there existed so much untapped stores of anti-Quinn sentiment, why did ABQ not pick its own candidate? Why not refine its aims? In talking to party-goers, one reason jumped out: an anti-Quinn campaign allowed activists to blunt the identity politics helping drive her candidacy.
"I think that Democratic primary voters very much like the idea of having a gay female mayor," said Moss. "I think we've been successful in getting women and the LGBT community to stop and take a look." It was about showing primary voters, who tend to vote farther to the left than general election voters, that being gay and female hadn't kept her from making choices against the interests of both groups. Why would that change as mayor?
Some volunteers were hesitant to characterize ABQ solely as an "anti-" campaign. "This is was not a negative campaign at all," says Phillips, the advisor. "We just focused on her record in the city council."
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No one needed all of the precincts to finish reporting in; Quinn was out of the race by 10 p.m. As the night wore on, the mood became more subdued.
When asked what she would do now that there was no chance Quinn was in the runoff, NYCLASS Executive Director Allie Feldman grinned widely. "Pop champagne bottles!" Earlier there had been some light strategizing about what volunteers would do if there was to be a runoff. Now there was talk of doing shots.
Others in the room dutifully watched election results come in across the city. The festive mood had died down. ABQ had succeeded. Now all there was left to do was hope your favored Council or District Attorney candidate also survived the primary.
NY1 played on four screens at once; in favor of rolling exit poll numbers, the channel decided not to live cover Christine Quinn's concession speech. The room moaned. A single "you suck, NY1" rang out.
 

September 11, 2013

New Yorkers Begins Today The Legal Way To Replace This Billionaire Mayor

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New York City Hall by Brooklyn Bridge and Broadway                

 New Yorkers on Tuesday began the process of replacing the billionaire mayor who has led their city for 12 years.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and continued the city’s transformation as one where murders have dropped but the divide between rich and poor has grown.  
The front-runner to replace Bloomberg, Bill de Blasio, has focused on that divide and promoted himself as the cleanest break with the current administration.
If he gets more than 40 percent of the vote Tuesday, he would avoid a second election among the top two finishers in his political party Oct. 1.  
   
In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, de Blasio was the choice of 39 percent of likely Democratic voters.   
   
De Blasio’s rise was unexpected. He placed his interracial family at the heart of his campaign.  
   
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is trying to become the city’s first female and first openly gay mayor, led the polls for most of the year but has seen support disappear as her rivals linked her to the bitter debate to let Bloomberg run for a third term in 2009.  
   
The city comptroller, John Liu, is trying to become the city’s first Asian-American mayor but has been hurt by a fundraising scandal.  
Anthony Weiner jolted the race in May when he returned to politics after resigning from Congress in 2011 after sending lewd online messages to women who were not his wife, a well-known aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  
   
Weiner led the polls for mayor for nearly a month — until it was revealed that he had continued to send the explicit messages after leaving office.  
   
Republicans will look to continue an improbable winning streak. Though outnumbered by Democrats in the city 6-to-1, the party has won the last five mayoral elections.--AP  

City Council Speaker and New York City Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, right, embraces her wife, Kim Catullo, after Catullo voted in the primary election, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in New York. Quinn led the polls for most of the year but has seen support disappear as her rivals linked her to the bitter debate to let Bloomberg run for a third term in 2009. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

September 10, 2013

Christine the Big Thorn On The Mayor’s Tiny Side } THe Fat Lady is Beginning to Sing} Run to the Polling Place






The fat lady is just began singing and she will stop in NYC at 9pm.  This is your typical NY Primary election campaign. With Candidates on top one week and at the bottom the other, the only stable thing that we knew was that almost anything could happen.

New Yorkers knew the candidates well on both democratic and Republicans primaries. There it seems you going to have the Bloomberg man and ex chairman of the MTA…...he has no reason to not come out ahead.
The others are there because Billionaire Republicans like to show their faces and they still love fre-loading. So Getting free media coverage is something to show their grandchildren about. That they are civic and don’t believe what you hear at the school cafeteria about them. May be it will take away of how they got at lest some of the money.

Interesting that the polls have shown Christine Quinn as the person most to be  identified with Bloomberg’s policies. Wouldn’t it be something if the the anointed person by Bloomberg Oalliotta would go against the person the least unlike to Bloomberg on the General elections.

Bloomberg did very good things and then made the most stupid mistakes due to his lack of personal knowledge of the issues. Having been dependent on briefers and people he gave absolute reign of their departments. Besides How easy tis to argue with a know it all Billionaire. These are career people and career people usually worry first about their careers.

Bloomberg never liked Christine and never endorsed her.  She as a person tried  to do the right thing for NYorkers. Went with him when it was one of his good ideas. On the stupid stuff she did not backed him. As the Speaker of the City council nothing will be accomplish if all was a no. Besides the city council is compose of New Yorkers and new Yorkers don’t like politicians to tell them what to do contrary the Congress in Washington DC it seems don’t mind being lead sometimes to the ledge of bankruptcy and the government not paying it’s bills about something else that has very little to do with paying the bills.

The sad thing is id Christine Quinn looses but the polls are open!!! the reason is because NYorkers saw her too close to Bloomberg, what an injustice that would be. She is been the thorn in his tiny side. There is ben nothing else and a lot of good things have been done thanks to her.

*We need help in affordable housing for people on Social Security or and the disable that don’t qualify for anything they are out there because they worked and made enough money but not quiet enough now that hey are ill or and elderly or seniors. we thank them this way. They should have earn less. $75 to $600 over a program will disqualify no matter how much you need it.

* Mass Transit is got be change the way they are accountable to no one, which it was the way it was intended as the politicians would not be blame.

*Homeless. The way we are doing it has to be improved or tore down and start all over.

* Equal access to Manhattan from the other boroughs.

* Manhattan cannot be keep getting the best of everything at other borough's expense.

* Police has a bad reputation. That needs to be changed! This is very important. Charges are stocked but it is the way they load people with charges that has nothing to do with the original charge. This is to look they are fighting crime is not happening and to lower at the same time the averages when the charges are dismissed or plea bargain. Is dirty pool and everyone knows.

*Juvenile crime, in which parents are held accountable, wether on welfare or both parents working.

* Medicine: Every borough needs to have a Trauma Center. Use some of the police Helicopters as sky ambulances. They can serve both purposes.


* A rash of hate crimes towards the LGTB community and other minorities. How many years does it take. Particularly when this snake raises it’s head you find people dead.
Those are some of the many burning issues that have been ignore by Bloomberg.. Those re the ones which have the most impact to the most people in NYC and the most needed people because they work or they are senior or disabled. Those were the problems Im hopeful Christine  will go to work on them with the power of the mayoralty. No one better than Christine a member of the LGTB community knows well. No one can can give the attention and come out with the effects like she could.

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COUNTDOWN: HOUR 00 MINUTES  or less for you go get there~~~~~~~~~~~~

Two hours before the lady stops singing. I have a broken foot with multiples open fractures and open wounds. Car is not working so I can’t use it. I will missed a primary which I never do. I hope that I have convinced at least two people to make up for mine.

Please Go for Christine if you haven’t yet and vote particularly to make up for my vote!!!!!!!!!!!

Adam Gonzalez


September 9, 2013

How The White Guy Wants to Win


  New York City Democratic mayoral hopeful and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, center, waves at supporters during a campaign stop in the Bronx borough of New York, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York City Democratic mayoral hopeful and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, center, waves at supporters during a campaign stop in the Bronx borough of New York, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP)
She is the underdog; electing a woman and a lesbian as New York City mayor would be historic, and over the weekend, Christine Quinn made sure that was unmistakable. “Nobody — nobody — ever handed women anything in this town or anywhere else,” said the New York City mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker, standing before a banner that read “Make History with Quinn.” And yet it is a lanky white guy, public advocate Bill de Blasio, who has captured the excitement Quinn was trying to generate.
The same weekend, Harry Belafonte introduced De Blasio by saying, “He’s blacker than a lot of people I know,” according to the Daily News. And Susan Sarandon said last month that she was picking de Blasio over Quinn because “As a woman, you can’t just vote your vagina.”
The average voter seems to agree. The most recent polling shows Quinn has failed to persuade female voters, with whom she’s coming in third, trailing de Blasio by 21 points in the most recent Quinnipiac poll. De Blasio is also beating the only black candidate, Bill Thompson (who has been tepid in his critique of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practice), with black voters by 10 points. And he’s done it not just by prominently featuring his multi-racial family–although that pitch has clearly resonated–but by telling the right story on economic and criminal justice policy at the right time. And as the mayoral campaign brings into focus, those issues are also matters of identity politics.
Any pitch Quinn would have made this past weekend would have been overshadowed by outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg telling New York magazine that De Blasio, in “making an appeal using his family to gain support” had run a “class warfare and racist” campaign. De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, is black, and their son Dante has been prominent on the campaign, including in discussions of stop-and-frisk and public education.
So it was that not long after Quinn said her election would mean “girls will know the sky is the limit for them,” McCray was evoking her days as a member of an important black lesbian feminist collective by tweeting at outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “Enough of the patriarchal thinking. I am not property or a tool to be used or controlled. Stop the sexism!” It was an ingenious way to make the Bloomberg attack not just about race and class, which have already proven winning issues for de Blasio, but also gender. The Quinn-de Blasio faceoff has often been compared to the 2008 Democratic primary, and at that moment, McCray was Michelle Obama, an asset just by being herself and being married to the candidate, reducing the impact of any of the emotional tools Hillary Clinton or Quinn might have at her disposal.
It was all too appropriate that Bloomberg would steal the show while Quinn was trying to make her closing argument; it is Quinn’s association with his outsized administration, her enabling of his third term, and her attempts to split the difference with him on policy that have undermined her. Nor would it be the first time. When Quinn was on the cover of New York magazine last January, no one talked much about her approach to governance–or, for that matter, her remark that “I try to not think too much about how stuff gets seen as it’s being done by a woman”–because everyone was talking about Bloomberg being quoted saying to a reporter, “Look at the ass on her.” Even as Quinn has tried to thread the needle on racial profiling, surveillance, or paid sick days, she has been unable to free herself of the more divisive aspects of Bloomberg’s legacy, which have had crucial implications for both women (who overwhelmingly perform the caregiving activities associated with paid sick days) and people of color. She has accrued all of his negatives without so much as the benefit of a full-throated endorsement from him.
Quinn also undermined feminist support by dragging her feet on paid sick leave, fiercely opposed by Bloomberg, leading Gloria Steinem to withhold her endorsement for a time. “It’s always been clear that making life more fair for women as a group is more important than electing a particular woman,” Steinem told me at the time. (She eventually endorsed Quinn when the bill was finally brought to the floor and passed this summer.)
Quinn has, in fact, made some major policy contributions to women’s rights, notably by pushing through the city council a bill that tries to prevent phony clinics from deceiving women seeking abortions. But its implementation has been tied up in court, and though she has NARAL-NY’s endorsement, no one has even tried to make the case that the Democratic primary in a predominately pro-choice city will make much of a difference in access to abortion or contraception. That leaves her with mostly symbolic, rather than brass-tacks, appeals to women, most of whom don’t make up the business leaders who formed the paid sick leave opposition.
Instead, what is clearly at stake in the race, at least rhetorically, is how much Bloomberg’s top-down, business-first, hyper-policed New York will survive him.


September 7, 2013

Bloomberg Says Bill de Blasio’s Campaign is a “Racist” One!

 But de Blasio, himself, is not one, says Mike Bloomberg, who also thinks the campaign is wrong in other ways. ‘Tearing people apart with this ‘two cities’ thing doesn't make any sense to me. It's a destructive strategy for those you want to help the most,’ says Hizzoner.

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Is Mike Bloomberg pondering his legacy on this magazine cover?

Just three days before the primary, Mayor Bloomberg thrust himself into the contentious mayor’s race, accusing Democratic frontrunner Bill de Blasio of running a “racist” campaign.
In an interview with New York magazine released Saturday, the outgoing mayor took issue with de Blasio repeatedly showcasing his interracial family as he seeks the city’s top job.
Bloomberg made the suggestive remarks after the New York magazine interviewer, Chris Smith, said de Blasio “has in some ways been running a class-warfare campaign.”
“Class-warfare and racist,” Bloomberg interjected.
 “I mean he's making an appeal using his family to gain support. I think it's pretty obvious to anyone watching what he's been doing,” Bloomberg said.
“Racist?” he was asked.
“I do not think he himself is racist. It's comparable to me pointing out I'm Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote. You tailor messages to your audiences and address issues you think your audience cares about.”
De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, is black and has been a constant presence in his campaign, as has their 16-year-old son, Dante. De Blasio began surging in the polls after launching a campaign ad featuring Dante, whose towering Afro has generated enormous attention. Polls now show that de Blasio, the city's public advocate, even leads Bill Thompson, the only African-American in the race, among black voters.
The De Blasio family, left to right:  Chaiara De Blasio, the daughter of mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio, wife Chirlane McCray  and son Dante on the campaign trail.

JULIA XANTHOS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The De Blasio family, left to right: Chaiara De Blasio, the daughter of mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio, wife Chirlane McCray and son Dante on the campaign trail.

Bloomberg’s interview immediately overshadowed the campaign on the last Saturday before the primary, as the candidates were preparing to fan out across the city with carefully framed arguments and appeals.
 Speaking to reporters after an appearance with the other Democratic contenders at Rev. Al Sharpton’s House of Justice, de Blasio slammed Bloomberg.
Of all the Democratic candidates, de Blasio has positioned himself most as the anti-Bloomberg, and the mayor’s comments handed de Blasio another opportunity to put his family front and center and attack the mayor.
“It’s obviously inappropriate and I’m surprised to hear him say it,” he said. “I’m very proud of my family and the way they’ve handled themselves in a very difficult campaign circumstance.
“I think people feel something good about this family so I don’t understand what the mayor is saying.”
De Blasio's rivals felt compelled to jump to his defense.
 Mayor Michael Bloomberg says de Blasio’s campaign is “racist.”CRAIG WARGA/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"Bloomberg's comments are outrageous. We are all proud of our families, and we should be," Thompson said on Twitter.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says de Blasio’s campaign is “racist.”

And Christine Quinn, who had been the frontrunner in the Democratic primary until last month, called Bloomberg's remarks, "extremely unfortunate."
"Forget the politics for a moment, I don't think the mayor should make these comments," she said.
In the interview, Bloomberg also said he objected to de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” campaign mantra. He called it a “destructive strategy for those you want to help the most.”
“His whole campaign is that there are two different cities here. I’ve never liked that kind of division,” Bloomberg said.
“The way to help those who are less fortunate is, number one, to attract more very fortunate people. They are the ones that pay the bills. The people that would get very badly hurt here if you drive out the very wealthy are the people he professes to try to help,” he added.
 “Tearing people apart with this ‘two cities’ thing doesn't make any sense to me. It's a destructive strategy for those you want to help the most. He's a very populist, very left-wing guy, but this city is not two groups, and if to some extent it is, it's one group paying for services for the other.”
Bloomberg added, “It’s a shame, because I’ve always thought [de Blasio] was a very smart guy.” He challenged that de Blasio “doesn’t have any ideas,” blasting his proposal to raise taxes as a non-starter in Albany.
“So come up with some real ideas, Bill!”
In the interview, Bloomberg gave a shout out to Quinn, whose work with Bloomberg over the years has emerged as a political liability in the Democratic primary, because of the voters’ anti-Bloomberg mood.
“Whether you are in favor of Chris Quinn becoming mayor or not, I will tell you this: She did a very good job for seven-and-a-half years of keeping legislation that never should have made it to the floor, that would have been damaging to the city, from ever getting there. And she deserves a lot of the credit for what's gone on in the city in the last seven and a half years,” Bloomberg said.
 

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