Author Archives: Zac Townsend

Weiner Goes (Appropriately) Nuts On 911 Health Care Bill

From the Huffington Post: House Republicans late Thursday were able to corral enough votes to defeat a bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to those sickened by toxins resulting from the 9/11 attacks. In the process, they set off a host of fiery speeches and denunciations from their Democratic colleagues and produced a veritable YouTube moment from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y), whose district includes many of the affected. Well worth watching:

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Weiner Ahead In 2013 (!) Fundraising

The Wall Street Journal ran a story today about the cash on hand for various mayoral contendors. Weiner has $3.9 million in campaign cash, and Quinn also healthy with $2.7 million war chest. “Five officials contemplating mayoral bids in 2013 have provided The Wall Street Journal with details of their disclosures:” Quinn, Weiner, Stringer, Thompson, and Liu. Bill de Blasio declined to particpate. Stringer is the only mayoral contendor who raised much money in the past six months: Mr. Stringer raised more than $600,000 this year, and he said he intends to carry over about $1 million from his re-election campaign last year. “I’m gratified by the close to 1,000 people who contributed, and I’m moving forward,” Mr. Stringer said … More >>

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Cuomo’s Shadow Governor-ing

NY Magazine’s Intelligencer calls Cuomo “the shadowy fourth man in the Albany room,” a play on the old adage that New York is run by three men in a room (Governor, Senate President, Speaker of the Assembly): Publicly, Cuomo has supported Paterson’s positions at key moments while not appearing to meddle. When the Legislature tried to replace school-aid cuts with tax increases, Cuomo spoke out forcefully on Paterson’s behalf at a press conference. Behind the scenes, Cuomo has been even more active. “Andrew’s mark is all over this budget,” a Democratic insider says. “He began a dialogue with Paterson about a month ago, and they’ve been having nearly daily conversations and Andrew talks a ton to Larry Schwartz,” Paterson’s chief … More >>

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BP Not LIving Up To Its Promises

As though our opinion of BP couldn’t get any lower: In the 77 days since oil from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon began to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has skimmed or burned about 60 percent of the amount it promised regulators it could remove in a single day. The disparity between what BP promised in its March 24 filing with federal regulators and the amount of oil recovered since the April 20 explosion underscores what some officials and environmental groups call a misleading numbers game that has led to widespread confusion about the extent of the spill and the progress of the recovery. … In a March report that was not questioned by federal officials, BP said it … More >>

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Wall Street No Longer Paying

The Washington Post and Politico both ran stories yesterday about the Democrats losing big Wall Street donors. From the Washington Post’s “Democratic campaign committees losing big Wall Street donors”: This fundraising free fall from the New York area has left Democrats with diminished resources to defend their House and Senate majorities in November’s midterm elections. Although the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have seen just a 16 percent drop in overall donations compared with this stage of the 2008 campaign, party leaders are concerned about the loss of big-dollar donors. The two congressional committees have raised $49.5 million this election cycle from people giving $1,000 or more at a time, compared with $81.3 million at … More >>

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Elena Kagan’s Confirmation Hearings – Day 2

OFA has a video on highlights from yesterday’s hearings: Kagan, as was expected, was dodgy in her answers. “She’s doing exactly what she criticized other nominees for doing. She’s dancing,” Senator Coburn said in an interview. The White House’s comments: During her 10 hours of testimony, Elena Kagan was so clear and forthcoming that she removed any doubt about her ability to live up to the so-called ‘Kagan standard.’ She demonstrated a deep grasp of so many aspects of the law and shared her views about it where appropriate – on topics ranging from constitutional interpretation to antittrust to campaign finance. Republicans were unable to lay a glove on her despite their kitchen-sink attacks.” Having said that, the Washington Post … More >>

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