Category Archives: Election2010
Long Island, NY – On Saturday, March 26th, a bus of over fifty progressive New Yorkers went to Nassau County to hold newly elected Republican State Senator Jack Martins accountable for his unfortunate (but predictable) flip flop on independent redistricting reform. The rally took place outside of his office in Garden City, where passionate speeches were given, bombastic chants were made, and a clear and unequivocal message was delivered: keep the promise that you made to the voters during your campaign last year and support independent redistricting reform of our state. For videos of the event, click here. To see pictures, stay tuned. To check out some of the press we garnered, click here.
Maybe this is a naive observation, but one way or another this was supposed to be a “change” election — so why are all the important names and faces in DC almost exactly the same? House Democrats just handily re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to their top spot, and averted a contested election for House Minority Whip by creating an extra leadership position. Senate Democrats are re-electing Harry Reid as majority leader, with Dick Durbin staying on as Majority Whip and Chuck Schumer still in the number three spot as caucus vice chair, although apparently he will have an expanded role overseeing the Senate majority’s communications and policy shop. Look. I’m not passing judgment here on any of these leaders in … More >>
From the “You Can’t Make This @!$# Up” file: According to Glenn Thrush of Politico, Harris created a stir at the orientation meeting by demanding to know why he had to wait a month after he was sworn in in January for his government-subsidized health care to kick in. That’s right, incoming Republican Rep. Andy Harris, who campaigned on repealing health care reform, just can’t wait to get his hands on his government health insurance. After responding in a huff, he even asked if there was some way he could buy into the government care in advance, seemingly thinking there might be a government program similar to the so-called ‘public option’ championed by progressive Democrats in 2009. Yeah, there are no … More >>
Cuomo, appearing on WOR’s “The John Gambling Show,” also sidestepped a question on whether he believed a Republican-controlled Senate would be more helpful to him than one run by the Democrats. “I want a functioning state Senate,” Cuomo told Gambling. “These are very big choices that we have to make, and we need to actually act, so I need a body that performs and a body that can function.” Control of the state Senate hinges on three races that remain too close to call and won’t likely be settled anytime soon. With thousands of absentee ballots remaining to be opened and numerous court challenges expected to be filed, activists on both sides concede that the recount battles could stretch into … More >>
From an email that hit my inbox earlier today from the New York Senate Dems, an update on the Oppenheimer, Thompson, and Johnson races: Election Day saw the use of new voting machines in New York, and there were reports of significant problems at polling sites across the state. As a result, thousands of legitimate votes cast on Election Day have yet to be counted. These votes will determine which party controls the state senate and sets the agenda next year, and it is imperative that we ensure a full and fair process that results in an honest accounting of all votes cast. In Westchester, Suzi Oppenheimer appears to have won and is ahead by several hundred votes. In Long … More >>