Before endorsing Andrew Cuomo for reelection as New York State Governor, the union-backed Working Families Party made him promise to support campaign finance reform and an increased minimum wage. They even made him pledge to help elect more Democrats — members of his own party! — to the state senate.
But, like his buddy across the Hudson, Chris Christie, Cuomo doesn’t take lightly to being pushed around. He has formed his own party, cynically named the Women’s Equality Party. And he’s campaigning hard to get voters to pull the lever for him on that ballot line instead on the Working Families line.
Why would Cuomo care?
Under New York State law, if the Women’s Equality Party racks up 50,000 votes for Cuomo and the Working Families Party does not, the WFP loses their “qaulified party” status and their automatic ballot access. Wikipedia explains the consequences:
For statewide and special elections, automatic ballot access means that no petitions have to be filed to gain access to a ballot line, and party organizations can endorse candidates through their own conventions (this does not apply to legislative candidates, who still must petition onto the ballot regardless of party endorsement, but are only required to collect a third of the signatures required of non-qualified parties). Qualified parties also are the only parties eligible to hold primary elections. In addition to determining whether they automatically qualify for the next 4 years, this also determines the order on the ballot.
Cuomo claims “The Women’s Equality Party — women’s equality agenda — is something that’s very important to me.” He may be better than The Other Guy, but he’s still full of shit.
Cuomo: Women’s Equality line isn’t about punishing Working Families Party – NY Daily News.
Now that the Supreme Court has disemboweled the Voting Rights Act, states are throwing up new roadblocks to voting. The Republican vote suppression tactics are the worst since the end of Jim Crow and include poll taxes, fraud, and gerrymandering.
The State of Voting in 2014 | Brennan Center for Justice.
Attorneys general are now the object of aggressive pursuit by lobbyists and lawyers who use campaign contributions, personal appeals at lavish corporate-sponsored conferences and other means to push them to drop investigations, change policies, negotiate favorable settlements or pressure federal regulators, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
Sure, Spitzer couldn’t keep it in his pants and was an incompetent governor to boot, but he was a hell of an attorney general and I miss him.
via Lobbyists, Bearing Gifts, Pursue Attorneys General – NYTimes.com.
NB: I really don’t like the Gray Lady, but sometimes she kicks ass.
The Education Investment Tax Credit Bill is designed to send public tax dollars to parochial schools. The bill has huge Catholic support as well as support from Orthodox Jewish organizations. Governor Cuomo didn’t back the bill during the Spring budget negotiations but, now that he’s in full campaign mode, he’s promised to push for passage of the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill “as a matter of justice.”
Hey, Cuomo: Bite me!
The U.S. Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of ordinary Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.
Extensive U.S. mail monitoring revealed | Dallas Morning News.
Gav Seim is a Libertarian, but way more interesting than most. For instance, he recently pulled over a deputy in an unmarked car and gave him a warning:
When it comes to the major issues of the day, you can trust the Bitemaster to have opinions. Here are his observations about the Ebola virus:
- The Republicans will continue to say stupid things
- There ARE no protocols
- Nurses routinely ignore protocols anyway
- The CDC is a bunch of scientists and are not skilled at responding to emergencies
- Where the hell has the Public Health Service and Surgeon General been?
- Prohibiting people from affected countries from coming here – at least for a while – is a good idea
- An Ebola “czar” is a stupid idea – it just multiplies the bureaucrats
The CDC, the Public Health Service, and the Surgeon General are all part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Ron Klain, Obama’s new “Ebola response coordinator” (Ebola czar), reports to Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Both are part of the Executive Office of the President. In other words, the President has cut out Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his Secretary of Health and Human Services. Presumably, the Prez has no confidence in Burwell’s ability to get the job done and has put in apparatchik Klain as his new “take charge” guy. I think it would have been better to shake up HHS, rather than add another layer of bureaucracy.
New York City Mayor Di Blasio has issued a strong condemnation, through his police commissioner, of the encryption software that will come with the new Google and Apple smartphones.
Apparently Di Blasio thinks that you wouldn’t care about his police snooping through your stuff if you haven’t committed a crime.
And for that, Di Blasio can Bite Me.
NYPD Commissioner Bratton vows to push against Apple, Google smartphone encryption – NY Daily News.
Actually, it was Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, who said, “We remain confident that Ebola is not a significant public health threat to the United States.”
So why should I trust him?
CDC head assures Ebola not serious risk to U.S., Obama mulls ‘czar’ while nurse patients moved out of Dallas – NY Daily News.
Earlier this week, Deadspin ran an article claiming U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, Republican candidate for Senate, had misrepresented his high school football career. Later, Deadspin concluded that they had the story wrong and that Cory’s version of events was correct.
Instead of running a “if mistakes were made . . . ” half-hearted retraction, Deadspin said “We fucked up.”
Good for them.
How Deadspin Fucked Up The Cory Gardner Story.
Hat tip to MrMild.