Charlie’s Angles: Will Rangel See The End of The Harlem He Helped Build?

crangel1 Charlies Angles: Will Rangel See The End of The Harlem He Helped Build?It is hard not to pity poor Charlie Rangel.

Not because his golden years have been besieged by trouble, some of it his own making, some of it the usual thrust of a hyper-partisan political culture. Not because he is now—and has been for the past several years—hounded by plausible challengers at an age when most politicians are busy buffing the stones on the sides of buildings that bear their names; not because he continues to contend with suspicions that he is on the cusp of retirement.

No, instead, Mr. Rangel deserves some sympathy because after four decades in the House of Representatives, building a political machine that has seen scores of friends and protégés win high office, serving a district that has been represented by only two people since World War II, he is now presiding over that district’s dissolution. Continue reading “Charlie’s Angles: Will Rangel See The End of The Harlem He Helped Build?”

Rick Santorum’s Campaign Refusing To Admit Defeat In Michigan

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Rick Santorum speaking at his campaign headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan last night. (Photo: Getty)

Though all the major news outlets have projected a win for Mitt Romney in last night’s crucial Michigan primary, Rick Santorum’s campaign operatives are clearly unwilling to accept their candidate’s loss. According to CNN, Mr. Santorum called Mr. Romney to congratulate him before making a speech to supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan last night, but as Mr. Santorum was on stage, his campaign manager, Mike Biundo posted a picture of the moment on his Facebook page and titled it “Rick Santorum’s Victory Night Michigan.” After the speech was over, Mr. Santorum’s top strategist, John Brabender, told reporters, “We may have won Michigan.” Continue reading “Rick Santorum’s Campaign Refusing To Admit Defeat In Michigan”

Economist Reporter Cuffed At Mitt Romney’s Michigan Speech: ‘I Just Wanted To Do My Job’

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Natasha Loder in handcuffs outside Mitt Romney's speech in Michigan. (Photo: Twitter.com/ChadLivengood)

Natasha Loder, the Midwest correspondent for The Economist, showed up to cover Mitt Romney’s victory speech at the Diamond Center in Novi, Michigan tonight and wound up in handcuffs.

Ms. Loder told The Politicker she was briefly detained by police before being let go after getting into a dispute with a private security guard outside the room where Mr. Romney was speaking. Continue reading “Economist Reporter Cuffed At Mitt Romney’s Michigan Speech: ‘I Just Wanted To Do My Job’”

Mitt Romney Wins In Michigan And Arizona

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Mitt Romney, happy. (Photo: Getty)

Mitt Romney bested Rick Santorum in a pair Republican presidential primaries tonight–a widely expected win in Arizona and a close, crucial victory in Michigan. With his wins tonight, Mr. Romney built on his delegate lead and stopped the momentum Mr. Santorum was beginning to enjoy after a trio of victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado earlier this month. Continue reading “Mitt Romney Wins In Michigan And Arizona”

NRCC: Gary Ackerman Will Retire [Update]

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Gary Ackerman has insisted he's running for reelection. (Photo: Facebook)

Over the weekend rumors emerged that Democratic Congressman Gary Ackerman would not seek reelection in 2012. In response to these rumors, Mr. Ackerman tweeted, “Republican rumor mill is 100%, Absolutely Wrong. I’m running.” In an interview with Capital New York, he emphatically and repeatedly rejected this speculation as well.

But that’s not enough to convince the National Republican Congressional Committee. The organization sent out a statement this afternoon directly stating Mr. Ackerman will end up retiring.

“The question is not if but when Gary Ackerman is going to retire,” Nathaniel Sillin, the group’s regional press secretary, wrote.

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Fred Dicker And Michael Benjamin Criticize Dominican Ambassador’s Push For Latino District

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A march was held last Sunday calling for the new Latino district.

Influential Albany power broker, radio host and New York Post columnist Fred Dicker is not pleased Dominican ambassador Roberto Saladin sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to support the push to create a new predominantly Latino Congressional district in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Mr. Dicker discussed Mr. Saladin’s letter on his radio show, Live From The State Capitol, this morning with his fellow Post columnist, former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin.

“First of all, the presumptuousness of it is pretty interesting,” Mr. Dicker said of the letter.

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Roundup: More on Hou & Liu; Free John Haggerty; Michigan & Arizona

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A "Free John Haggerty" tote bag. (Photo: CafePress)

John Liu can only plead ignorance for so long.

Christine Quinn made a cameo appearance in Jenny Hou’s complaint.

Liu may have known about some of the sketchy donations.

Domenic Recchia, Tom Allon and Greg Floyd reacted.

Lew Fidler and David Storobin are still set to debate Thursday, according to the debate’s organizers. Tomorrow night’s one may still be in doubt.

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