Ragin’ Pagan: Dan Halloran Aims to Take Passionate, Unorthodox Approach to Washington D.C.

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Dan Halloran announcing his campaign.

On a sunny March day in a park in northeastern Queens, Councilman Dan Halloran gathered with his supporters, including his two Great Danes, to announce his campaign for Congress.

“Bowne Park is, as many of you know, part of the estate that once belonged to John Bowne, who, during a time of turmoil in this country—before it was our nation—stood up for the rights of an oppressed minority and protected them,” Mr. Halloran began, referencing a 17th-century push to end persecution of Quakers in the former Dutch colony of New Netherland. “He and a small band stood together and created the Flushing Remonstrance. It is the cornerstone on which our First Amendment was eventually written.”

“This community has a rich, rich history and I’m very glad to be here today to make my announcement,” the Republican added.

The next day he found out he had a brain tumor. Continue reading “Ragin’ Pagan: Dan Halloran Aims to Take Passionate, Unorthodox Approach to Washington D.C.”

Roundup: The Number One Security Threat

Asked what he will ban next, Michael Bloomberg said, “Anything that we can think of that will improve your health.”

Ed Cox wasn’t thrilled by President Obama fundraising in the city today.

Eric Adams said his support of Lincoln Restler was not meant as an affront to Vito Lopez: “I’m not poking anybody in the eye.”

Chuck Schumer defended Governor Cuomo’s record on increasing the minimum wage.

Fred Dicker was criticized for defending Cuomo’s secretive communication practices.

A number of organizations would very much like Cuomo to get behind campaign finance reform. Continue reading “Roundup: The Number One Security Threat”

Mitt Romney’s Dog Debacle Debated in Oregon Court

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Mitt Romney petting a dog during a campaign stop in 2008. (Photo: Getty)

The infamous incident where Mitt Romney put his dog in a crate tied to the roof his station wagon during a family road trip in 1983 made a surprise appearance in an Oregon courtroom last week. A defense attorney representing one of two men who was charged with animal abuse after they dragged a pitbull behind a car for several hundred feet after tying the dog to the outside of the vehicle and forgetting to let it back in before driving off invoked Mr. Romney’s story to argue everyone makes mistakes sometimes.

“Our presidential candidate tied up a dog and drove off with him for quite a while,” the lawyer, Lisa Pardini, said. Continue reading “Mitt Romney’s Dog Debacle Debated in Oregon Court”

McCarthy, Lautenberg Slam NRA, Say That Obama Really Favors Gun Control

mccarthy1 McCarthy, Lautenberg Slam NRA, Say That Obama Really Favors Gun ControlNew Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg and Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy announced on the steps of New York’s City Hall this morning that they planned to introduce new legislation which they said would have prevented the type of massacre which occurred earlier this month in Aurora, Colorado. 

“Words alone don’t show that we are resolved to prevent this from happening again,” Sen. Lautenberg said. “We in this country have to stand up against these brutal attacks…those who favor gun ownership, put that aside and stand up for the safety and well-being of our citizens.” Continue reading “McCarthy, Lautenberg Slam NRA, Say That Obama Really Favors Gun Control”

Allen West: ‘I Want To Try To Open Up A Chick-Fil-A Franchise’

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Rep. Allen West (Photo: West.House.gov)

Florida Congressman Allen West  had a rather interesting response to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s threats to block the fast food chain Chick-Fil-A from opening a restaurant in the Windy City due to the CEO, Dan Cathy’s, admission he doesn’t support same-sex marriage. Mr. West brought up the Chick-Fil-A controversy during an interview with CNBC’s Rick Santelli today on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.

“I had to come up from down South because I wanted to try to open up a Chick-Fil-A franchise here in Chicago,” said Mr. West.

However, it doesn’t seem like the congressman is really putting his money where his mouth is. Continue reading “Allen West: ‘I Want To Try To Open Up A Chick-Fil-A Franchise’”

Cuomo Signs Bill Banning Teen Body Piercing Without Parental Consent

body pierce Cuomo Signs Bill Banning Teen Body Piercing Without Parental ConsentAll those of you underage kids out there hoping to sneak out to the mall to get your septum stuck with pins will have to go around Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A new bill he has written will require minors to get parental consent if they hope for any kind of body jewelry.

“Body piercing can result in severe health risks and it is our obligation as New Yorkers and parents to make sure that our teens are taking every precaution to remain healthy and safe,” Governor Cuomo said.  Continue reading “Cuomo Signs Bill Banning Teen Body Piercing Without Parental Consent”

La Vorgna To Replace Loeser At City Hall Press Shop

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Marc La Vorgna (left) and Mayor Mike Bloomberg (Photo Azi Paybarah for The Observer)

Mike Bloomberg announced today that Marc La Vorgna has been named as the replacement to longtime press secretary Stu Loeser.

According to the administration, Mr. Loeser is the longest serving mayoral press secretary in history. His departure was announced in The New York Times last night. 

“Stu can identify problems before they happen and make sure they don’t happen, and I have no doubt Stu Loeser kept me out of more trouble than he got me out of,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “And Stu excelled at the most important task I give any member of my team – finding someone even better to take his place. I’ve worked closely with Marc over the last few years and know he is going to be able to do even more to help us transform New York City and the world.” Continue reading “La Vorgna To Replace Loeser At City Hall Press Shop”