Ra Ra Riot
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin gave a lecture about the case at the Hebrew Center in the well-heeled beach haven of Martha’s Vineyard, however according to at least one attendee, the July 5 event turned into “utter mayhem.” Doreen Kinsman penned a letter to The Martha’s Vineyard Times describing how an “unruly mob” descended on Mr. Toobin’s event leading to “utter pandemonium” and a scene straight out of Lord of the Flies.
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry spoke at the New York Law School today and The Politicker asked his thoughts on whether the former governor of his state, Mitt Romney, has moved to the right now that he’s seeking the Republican nomination. Mr. Kerry said it’s clear Mr. Romney has substantially changed his approach.
“Well,” Senator Kerry said with a laugh, “It’s like 180 degrees night and day difference. It’s just a different Mitt Romney. It’s Mitt Romney versus Mitt Romney.”
More New England lawmakers are making ill-fated bets with their New York counterparts that the loathsome and karmically-challenged New England Patriots will beat our beloved Giants in this weekend’s Super Bowl. Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his “friendly wager” with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Today, the governors and two senators joined the fray.
Governor Cuomo called legislators into Extraordinary Session to vote on the tax and jobs plan announced yesterday.
The tax plan will save families an average of $300-$400 a year.
Albany power broker Fred Dicker called Governor Cuomo’s political maneuvering on the tax plan a “dazzling display of political jujitsu.”
Governor Cuomo’s budget deal includes an agreement to pass a constitutional amendment legalizing non-Indian casinos.
Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank went out with a bang. In a nearly hourlong press conference this afternoon, Congressman Frank explained his decision not to seek re-election and why he hopes Newt Gingrich will win the Republican nomination.
In New York, “The 99%” is actually more like 44%.
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion reportedly has his eye on Gracie Mansion.
The Suffolk County Executive race is turning into a proxy war between Governor Cuomo and former Governor Pataki.
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson did lunch at Zuccotti Park.
Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren says she “created much of the intellectual foundation” for Occupy Wall Street in a new interview with The Daily Beast. In the interview, Ms. Warren, whose many conservative critics say she advocates “class warfare,” also describes how she used to be a Republican.
About 100 Occupy Boston protesters were arrested by police after refusing to leave a local park early this morning in the latest evidence Occupy Wall Street is becoming a national movement.