Congressman Bob Turner is Actually Happy About Something President Obama Did

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Congressman Bob Turner (Getty)

Republican Congressman Bob Turner rarely has nice things to say about the current administration, but today, he released a statement commending President Obama for leaving room for the possibility of taking military action against Iran if they obtain a nuclear weapons. Continue reading “Congressman Bob Turner is Actually Happy About Something President Obama Did”

Yet Another Thing to Needlessly Divest NY-9 Candidate David Weprin of Money

The new Resorts World casino—as operated by robots in compliance with New York State law, after a very long ordeal to bring more gambling revenue to Aqueduct—had its grand opening this afternoon. Look who it brought in: Democratic assemblyman David Weprin is testing his hand at the games of fortune! Continue reading “Yet Another Thing to Needlessly Divest NY-9 Candidate David Weprin of Money”

Flailing Democrats to Spend $480K On (Hopefully Slightly Less 9/11-y) Last-Minute NY-9 Ads

sterling cooper mad men new york Flailing Democrats to Spend $480K On (Hopefully Slightly Less 9/11 y) Last Minute NY 9 AdsThe most recent polling numbers for the NY-9 special election over Anthony Weiner’s departed congressional seat were released this morning, and many saw them as a shocker: Republican candidate Bob Turner is showing a six point lead over Democratic candidate David Weperin. Between that, and the recent stumble of an advertisement-turned-PR-fiasco, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee could likely use the $483,500 of advertising buys before the September 13th election they took out yesterday. Continue reading “Flailing Democrats to Spend $480K On (Hopefully Slightly Less 9/11-y) Last-Minute NY-9 Ads”

Turner Hits Weprin For Not Knowing the Size of the Federal Deficit–Update

 Turner Hits Weprin For Not Knowing the Size of the Federal Deficit  UpdateBob Turner is knocking David Weprin for not knowing the size of the federal deficit during an interview with The Daily News’ editorial board.

According to a Sunday editorial in the DN:

[Weprin]  touted “a unique background and something to contribute, having a 20-year private-sector career in public finance as well as being the City Council chairman of the Finance Committee for eight years.”

Soon after, the following exchange took place:

Daily News: “Right now, how big is the debt?”

Weprin: (Pause) “Trillions.”

News: “But how many?”

Weprin: (Deer in headlights look.) “I got caught up on this once before,” referring to his inability while running unsuccessfully for city controller in 2009 to state that office’s budget.

News: “This is central to what is going on in Washington.”

Weprin: “About 4 trillion.”

News: “Four trillion is the debt?”

Weprin: “Right.”

Well, he was off only by a $10 trillion order of magnitude. As has been reported far, wide and ad nauseam, the U.S. is burdened by a debt of roughly $14 trillion. Continue reading “Turner Hits Weprin For Not Knowing the Size of the Federal Deficit–Update”

Roundup: New Yorkers Brace for Hurricane Irene and George Pataki

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Mayor Bloomberg Visits Department of Environmental Protection Crew Cleaning Storm Sewers in Preparation for Hurricane Irene August 25, 2011 (Photo Credit: Edward Reed)

2012: “[H]e’s simply not relevant anymore, and really hasn’t been for a while.” [Steve Kornacki / Salon]

2012: Pataki not endorsing Perry Saturday. [Andrew Rafferty / NBC]

2012: Pataki’s leaked website “embarrassing.” [Glittarazzi]

2012: “The population of reporters who never say mean things about people is smaller than a George Pataki 2012 house party.” [David Weigel / Slate]

NY-9: Weprin robos off Turner’s refusal to back Zadroga bill for Ground Zero volunteers. [Celeste Katz / Daily News]

NY-9: Turner said same-sex marriage “should not be an issue in this campaign.” [Anna Gustafson / Queens Chronicle]

NY-9: NARAL for Weprin. [Rick Karlin / Times Union]

NY-9: Turner keeps calling Weprin a “career politician.” [Courtney Gross/ NY1]

NY-9: Weprin and Turner tried saying something nice about each other. [Howard Koplowitz / Queens Campaigner]

NY-9: “[O]ne can only imagine how former Congressman Weiner will cast his vote. I suspect he will vote for Weprin.” [Henry Stern / Huffington Post]

Teacher Evaluations: Teacher reports can be released, court rules. [NY1]

Teacher Evaluations: UFT vows an appeal. [Sharon Otterman / New York Times]

Mortgage Probe: Americans for Financial Reform make the case for Schneiderman’s resistance. [Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union]

Mortage Probe: Buffett will dump $5 billion into Bank of America. [Ben Protess and Susanne Craig / Deal Book]

Fund-Raising: Rep. Ackerman mocks a Republican for alligator-hunting. [Celeste Katz / Daily News]

Executive Pay: Cuomo task force seeks info from Medicaid and social service providers first. [Michael Johnson / Capital Tonight]

Executive Pay: The move could yield “unprecedented analysis that could shine a light on executives who take home an outsize share of their organization’s revenue.” [Russ Buettner / New York Times]

Crowd-Sourcing the NY-9 Deabte

The hosts of next week’s  debate for the NY-9 race are crowd-sourcing for suggested questions to ask Democrat David Weprin and Republican Bob Turner.

#AskWeprin and #AskTurner are the hashtags I’m hoping people will use. #NY9debate is good too.

As Colby Hamilton noted, Weprin has been somewhat vague on policy specifics, namely, Hamilton argues, because he probably won’t be in a position to do much. And Turner’s policies — protecting entitlement programs while somehow shrinking the deficit — aren’t really based in anything actionable.

Each have obvious vulnerabilities that could make for an interesting debate. Continue reading “Crowd-Sourcing the NY-9 Deabte”

Morning Read: Schneiderman's Probe, Dan Maffei's Rematch

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's girlfriend makes the front page. (via

2012: Opening line of story about Pataki’s presidential bid is “Here we go again…” [Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union]

NY-25: “What I have to do, and it is a challenge, is to be a passionate advocate for a middle and pragmatic ground,’ said Maffei. [Mark Weiner / Post-Standard]

NY-9: Headline: “Zadroga 9/11 health law shouldn’t cover volunteers sickened at Ground Zero, GOP hopeful Turner says.” [Alison Gendar / Daily News]

NY-9: “New York State Democratic Committee will spend well into the six figures” to help Weprin. [S.A. Miller and Carl Campanile / NY Post]

9/11: Former Giuliani aide said “I feel like America has lost its way,” because Bloomberg didn’t invite clergy to anniversary. [Michael Howard Saul / WSJ]

Sandra Lee: Racy outtakes could make her appear more likable. [Glenn Blain / Daily News]

Sandra Lee: Video removed from YouTube “due to a copyright claim by Diageo North America, Inc.” [YouTube]

Mortgage Probe: Schneiderman “abruptly” removed from 50-state team negotiating with bank; could lower size of settlement. [Brady Dennis / Washington Post]

Mortgage Probe: Schneiderman spokesman said they are seeking justice. [Reuters]

Mortgage Probe: Editors encourage Schneiderman to hold firm. [Times Union]

DSK: Accuser should be deported because “she fraudulently got a green card,” say editors. [NY Post]

Red Light Cameras: Bloomberg ally Marty Golden doesn’t want them everywhere. [Erin Einhorn and Ken Lovett / Daily News]

Schools: Bronx borough president wants investigation into toxins at P.S. 51. [Rachel Monahan / Daily News]

Schools: Layoffs “unavoidable without union givebacks.” [Yoav Gonen / NY Post]

Schools: “A spokesman for Mr. Bloomberg, Marc La Vorgna, placed the blame for the layoffs squarely on District Council 37 and the other six unions whose members will also be let go.” [Fernanda Santos / New York Times]

Traffic: $80,000 to install, then remove, islands from Fort Hamilton Parkway. [Jennifer Fermino / NY Post]

And Scott Stringer’s spokeswoman is back from vacation.