With Assist From Olivia Wilde, de Blasio-Backed Nonprofit Shifts Pre-K Focus

Olivia Wilde. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia)
Olivia Wilde. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia)

Actress Olivia Wilde is joining the celebrity bandwagon supporting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign for universal prekindergarten, but like the mayor, Ms. Wilde is shifting the focus away from his signature tax-the-rich proposal to fund the effort.

“The progress we’re making on early education and after-school means a lot to me personally. I’m about to become a mom and I’m grateful for everyone – yourself included – who is helping to fight for our kids,” Ms. Wilde wrote in an email, which will be sent to Mr. de Blasio’s pre-K supporters later this morning. Continue reading “With Assist From Olivia Wilde, de Blasio-Backed Nonprofit Shifts Pre-K Focus”

Lance Bass and Others: ‘What the Frack, Governor Cuomo?’

Lance Bass, eyebrow arched.
Lance Bass, eyebrow arched.

Environmental activists opposed to fracking in upstate New York have never been shy about enlisting celebrities–Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono even have a song on the topic–and now former ‘N Sync heartthrob Lance Bass is joining the cause. Continue reading “Lance Bass and Others: ‘What the Frack, Governor Cuomo?’”

Mayoral Candidates Release Competing Celebrity Videos

Cynthia Nixon in Bill de Blasio's ad.
Cynthia Nixon praising her candidate in Bill de Blasio’s ad.

With just two weeks before voters head to the polls, two Democratic mayoral candidates are increasingly relying on celebrity surrogates to make their cases.

This morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a slickly-produced web video featuring a whole host of bold-faced names, including actor Steve Buscemi, Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon and plenty others. Music business magnate Russell Simmons, also in the video, is further set to appear with Mr. de Blasio on the campaign trail this afternoon.

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Slideshow: Scott Stringer and Lena Dunham Make Municipal Finance ‘Sexy’

Scott Stringer may not have his rival’s personal fortune or notoriety, but he can throw a pretty swinging bash if the occasion calls for it.

Last night, a group of mostly 20 and 30-somethings gathered on an ivy-clad hotel patio, sipping wine to the tunes of Talking Heads and Radiohead, all in order to support Mr. Stringer’s comptroller campaign–and catch a glimpse of a host of celebrities, including Lena Dunham, the star of the hit television show Girls.

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Inside the Inaugural Ball: Obama’s Second Term Gets Off to Cheez-y Start

Inaugural Cheez Its.
Inaugural Cheez Its.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For most Americans, the phrase Inaugural Ball conjures up images of the commander in chief and first lady clad in full evening dress taking a waltz on the dance floor. If you’d like to maintain that illusion of grandeur when 2016 rolls around, Politicker humbly suggests you stay home and watch the festivities on television, because the reality is far less glamorous. Last night’s main Inaugural Ball was like a low rent prom complete with a gym-like venue, chips standing in for hors d’oeuvres and 80’s music. Amid all these cut-rate accoutrements and incongruously overdressed guests, we also spotted a basketball legend, a dancing congresswoman and, of course, the president. Continue reading “Inside the Inaugural Ball: Obama’s Second Term Gets Off to Cheez-y Start”

Poll Finds Congress Less Popular Than Cockroaches and Root Canals

The US Capitol Building is pictured at dA new poll out from the liberal-leaning firm Public Policy Polling shows just how much dislike Congress. While polls typically simply show lawmakers’ low approval ratings, PPP decided to take a different route and poll approval ratings for Congress compared to other wildly unpopular things. Amazingly, Congress polled even lower than a slew of them including lice, traffic jams, root canals, colonoscopies, cockroaches and the ancient Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan.

“When you’re less popular than cockroaches, Genghis Khan, traffic jams, and yes even Nickelback, well, it might be time to reevaluate,” Tom Jensen, PPP’s director, said in a statement accompanying the poll. Continue reading “Poll Finds Congress Less Popular Than Cockroaches and Root Canals”

Mayoral Candidates With ‘Buscemeyes’

In honor of Boardwalk Empire star Steve Buscemi’s entrée into the mayoral race today, we decided to give all of the declared and all-but-official candidates a photographic makeover based on a Buscemi-inspired internet meme.  Continue reading “Mayoral Candidates With ‘Buscemeyes’”