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Friday evening, my brother, after a two hour WFP leadership conference call, told me "Cuomo caved" the previous night and agreed to support for real a whole platform of major progressive legislation.  NYC's progressive Mayor Bill DiBlasio played a crucial intermediary role in making the deal.

The package includes a serious increase in the minimum wage, strong public financing of campaigns statewide based on the successful NYC model, the DREAM Act to educate  undocumented students, a women's equality package, marijuana decriminalization and changes in state education funding to provide more money to districts that actually need it.

The progressive bills were blocked by the GOP minority in the NY State Senate in coalition with a faction of renegade Democrats, the so-called Independent Democratic Conference (IDC).  Cuomo is widely believed to have tacitly supported the IDC defection to enable continuing Republican control of the Senate after 33 of 63 Senators were elected as Democrats.  

I responded to my brother that the deal was acceptable only if WFP has high confidence that Cuomo would not renege and find some excuse not to enact what he agreed to.

The deal was reportedly completed late Saturday evening by the WFP State Committee in Albany (I am in NYC for a major reunion.)

Jump for the WFP News release

WORKING FAMILIES PARTY, GOVERNOR CUOMO, MAYOR DE BLASIO, ATTORNEY GENERAL SCHNEIDERMAN, COMPTROLLER DINAPOLI, AND NEW YORK'S MAJOR UNIONS ANNOUNCE HISTORIC COALITION TO SECURE DEMOCRAT-WORKING FAMILIES MAJORITY IN STATE SENATE, DELIVER KEY PROGRESSIVE VICTORIES

Contact: Khan Shoieb, New York Communications Director

NEW YORK, NY - On Saturday, May 31st, at the Working Families Party Convention, the Working Families Party, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Attorney General Schneiderman, Comptroller DiNapoli, and 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, CWA District One, UFT, HTC, UAW Region 9A, UFCW Local 1500, RWDSU, MTDC, and the Teamsters announced a unified, unprecedented coalition to secure a Democrat-Working Families majority in the New York State Senate and deliver progressive victories on a number of key priorities in the early months of the next legislative session. [emphasis added] The legislative commitments include a robust, statewide system of public financing of elections, funding 200 community schools, a commitment to fix the school funding formula to invest more money in high-need schools, the DREAM Act, the Women's Equality Act, decriminalization of marijuana, and raising the minimum wage to $10.10 while indexing it to inflation and allowing localities to raise it up to 30% higher than the state minimum wage.

Mayor Bill de Blasio:

I was there at the beginning of the Working Families Party. And I’m proud to be with you today. From the beginning, the Working Families Party has been the party that has stood up an economy that works for everyone and a democracy in which every voice was heard. Tonight, that has happened again, because of the WFP, an unprecedented coalition is now committed to making a progressive vision for New York a reality.

Bill Lipton, New York State Director, Working Families Party:

The WFP stuck to its values. Tonight was about fighting to give New Yorkers a better job, a stronger school, and a government that actually hears their voice. Tomorrow, New Yorkers will be closer than ever before to seeing a real wage increase. They will be closer to having justice for immigrants, women, and young people of color. They will be closer to having a government that works for them, not just the wealthy and well-connected. And that's where a real commitment to progressive principles can get you.

The WFP, which calls itself the minor party with major possibilities, has been able to use its leverage in NY's fusion voting system to win real gains for the 99%.

UPDATE - NY Times report:

...Mr. Cuomo reached out to the party on Saturday night with a video and a subsequent phone call, promising to pursue a raft of progressive goals, most critically changing the political dynamic in the State Senate...The governor, who previously refused to support a Democratic takeover of the Senate leadership, promised to undo that arrangement, saying the group’s members should come back to the mainstream party or “face primaries this year from a unified Democratic coalition.”

“To make this agenda a reality, we must change the Senate leadership,” the governor said.

In his remarks, Mr. Cuomo also suggested that he would work on a variety of other policy goals, including campaign finance reform; a higher minimum wage; and passage of the Dream Act, which would allow college students who are in the country illegally and meet certain criteria to access state financial aid.

The case for Mr. Cuomo was also made by Mr. de Blasio, a darling of the left, who came to the party’s convention just outside Albany to speak. He told a rapturous crowd that he — and presumably, the governor — would deliver on reforms that have long eluded progressives in the state.  “Tonight that is changing,” the mayor said, adding that he believed that giving Mr. Cuomo the party’s line was a “transcendent moment,” and that he trusted the governor. “I believe he is fully committed to taking back the Senate,” Mr. de Blasio said….

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  •  Not good enough. What about the (17+ / 0-)

    privatization going on in NYC with Eva Moskowitz? What about the CC$$ testing and the kissing ass to Pearson and Wall Street?

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:02:31 PM PDT

    •  How many months removed (4+ / 0-)
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      from Cuomo deliberately upstaging DeBlasio's trip to Albany for pre-K with Moskowitz's charter school "rally"? This guy has been quite deliberately undermining progressive policy in favor of promoting DLC/Third Way policy pretty much the whole time.

      “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people... And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 07:13:42 AM PDT

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  •  Trust but verify, (19+ / 0-)

    keep working and say show me, Cuomo is just trying to win an election.

    There are no rules, only the illusion of rules.

    by Drewid on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:02:59 PM PDT

  •  Here's a link: (11+ / 0-)

    http://m.thenation.com/...

    Let's hope Cuomo's true to his word.  Personally I trust him about as far as I can throw him.

    "Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude." - Martin Van Buren

    by puakev on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:08:22 PM PDT

    •  Thx for link, here are highlights (4+ / 0-)
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      The vote was framed by both sides as a referendum on the essence of the party. Cuomo partisans insisted the party needed to recognize the magnitude of the promises the governor made to secure the nod. Teachout supporters argued that Cuomo's performance over his first term, when he often failed to deliver or even resisted progressive change, necessitated a break with the governor...

      Cuomo agreed to work for a Democratic Senate and a list of progressive policy changes …  The party has always balanced its progressive dreams with practical calculations about backing candidates who, if not perfectly aligned with their goals, would back at least portions of the WFP agenda and help the organization build its influence.

      Cuomo's hostility to much of that agenda for most of his term raised the possibility that the WFP would, on principle, throw its power against a candidate all but certain to win. In the end, the deal Cuomo struck was enough for most of the WFP state committee members. Whether the move pays off for the party and its agenda will be clear only after he and the state Senate begin conducting business in 2015.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:17:07 PM PDT

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      •  I used to live in New York (1+ / 0-)
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        I now live, again, in Massachusetts. Last year Massachusetts Democrats had a platform convention and adopted a platform that contains all sorts of great things the state legislature (which is more than 80% "Democrats") never will pass. Even if the Democratic governor very publicly urges them to.

        Cuomo actually getting the things promised done? I'll believe it when I see it.

        “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people... And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 07:11:43 AM PDT

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  •  I'll believe it when (12+ / 0-)

    Cuomo appears tomorrow with Oliver Koppell endorsing Koppell for Jeff Klein's Senate seat.

  •  The WFP is now useless in NY. (10+ / 0-)

    Time to kill it off.  It no longer serves its purpose if it's going to endorse an asshole like Cuomo.

    "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

    by Darth Stateworker on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:18:13 PM PDT

    •  The WFP is stronger than ever (6+ / 0-)

      and just forced the centrist governor to come to them bearing gifts. I would have preferred they carry it through to a Teachout nomination but they won. Just how big a victory it was remains to be seen but a victory it is.

      "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:35:56 PM PDT

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      •  Wrong. (5+ / 0-)
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        It is fractured and just sold-out its ideals to a plutocrats wet dream.

        This is no victory.  This is fratricide committed by the pro-Cuomo unions on the anti-Cuomo unions, the party activists, and the working class the party is supposed to support in general.

        Cuomo has reneged on virtually every economic promise he's made to NY liberals.  He's reneged on many social promises he's made to NY liberals.  Marriage equality and the SAFE Act are the only two real pieces of liberalism that Cuomo has done in his almost 4 years in office.  And that doesn't a liberal make.  Far from it.  It takes far more than that to be even a centrist Democrat, much less a liberal Democrat from a very blue state.

        The unions that worked to usurp the vote at the WFP convention are ran by short sighted morons that don't even seem to get that Cuomo gets a great deal of his campaign funds from union busting asshats like Ken Langone and the Koches.  They certainly don't see the bigger national picture about sending a message to Democrats to move back leftward either.

        The WFP is useless, toothless, and broken at this point.  I fully blame CWA, SEIU, UFT, and every other idiot union that is naive enough to think Cuomo won't fuck them the first chance he gets or as soon as one of his plutocratic donors asks him to.  And as for the non-union people in the working class they're ideals state they are supposedly working to protect, defend, and strengthen - they fucked those people over too.

        "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

        by Darth Stateworker on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:49:05 PM PDT

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        •  PEF member here. (1+ / 0-)
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          I voted down our offered contract twice.  We hard-liners tried to tell the wobblies he was offering them ice cream, and it would melt away under sunshine.  Well, the wobblies voted in the 2nd contract offer, and look what it got them.  When one of my kids lied to me like that, I was on their case like glue til they understood this wasn't acceptable.  WFP is like, oh, OK, as long as you say you're sorry, and won't do it again....

          "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

          by NancyWH on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 08:09:58 AM PDT

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          •  Another PEF member here. (0+ / 0-)

            Oh - the contract fight....  

            I am still pissed off at those "PEF Families" assholes.  Their leader - the dude that said he was going to get "laid off" to tug at heartstrings - was only going to get busted back two paygrades.  He was so full of shit it wasn't even funny.

            And yes, there are PEF members that even today support Cuomo - like idiots.  I just don't get it.

            "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

            by Darth Stateworker on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 10:01:49 AM PDT

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      •  WFP survived 2010 Cuomo endorsement... (1+ / 0-)
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        when the shoe was on the other foot, and Cuomo extracted policy concessions from WFP and the unions (Citizen Action skipped the meeting, to avoid  agreeing to give even lip service to Cuomo's program.)

        Since then, WFP organizers played a decisive role in electing Ceci Tkaczyk  to the State Senate in a district custom tailored for her wealthy GOP opponent.  In NYC, and also Albany, WFP helped elect progressive city council candidates, changing the political balance of power in both cities.  Letitia James, who was originally elected on the WFP line alone, is now NYC Public Advocate, the #2 elected position citywide. Melissa Mark-Viverito, whom I met at the Working Families Conference in 2012,  is now head of the NYC Council.  She has been  a leader in creating NYC's new system of participatory budgeting, by which popular assemblies decide how to spend millions of dollars for projects chosen by the community. Also in Albany, WFP organizers rant the campaign that elected David Soares Albany DA.  Soares decisive victory was crucial in repealing much of the draconian Rockefeller drug law statewide.

        Useless?  

        There's no such thing as a free market!

        by Albanius on Sat May 31, 2014 at 10:40:36 PM PDT

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        •  What good is it (4+ / 0-)
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          to work to elect a handful of lower level pols if you endorse an overly powerful Republicrat/Demopublican and allow him to continue to have the kind of popularity that gives him the power to continue pushing through whatever agenda he wants to push through?  In many cases, an agenda that ignores or is outright in direct opposition to the ideals of your party?

          Your argument does not invalidate that.  Yes, they help at lower levels.  But much of that help would continue without them, because most of it is done by union activists anyway.

          Weakening Cuomo with a liberal challenger would do far more for their long term goals than endorsing Cuomo for any number of terms from here to eternity.  Cuomo simply does not share those goals, and no matter what he says now, will not work to achieve those goals.

          When the election is over, and his left flank is then protected for 4 more years, he'll go back to completely ignoring the concerns of NY liberals and instead taking care of his friends like Langone and David Koch.  No thanks - and if the union heads of the pro-Cuomo unions don't understand that, they're idiots.

          The union heads entire reasoning given at the convention was "maintaining the ballot line."  This was a bullshit excuse.  They need 50k votes to maintain the ballot line.  They got 3 times that many last election.  Additionally, MoveOn polled it's members in New York - over 500k people - and found that 73% of them wanted a liberal challenger to the governor.  I think it's safe to say it's clear the ballot line excuse was bullshit.

          "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

          by Darth Stateworker on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:03:46 PM PDT

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          •  Yes, ballot line argument was BS, but not central (0+ / 0-)

            The serious issue is whether Cuomo will renege on the deal, or whether it is in his interest to keep it.  IMO he has served the 1% not out of principle but out of opportunism - he used their $$ to increase his power - so he could now screw them for a change.  WFP leaders were not born yesterday, they have won a number of uphill gains over time.

            The union leaders know Andrew is vindictive, and could do real damage to their members.  "Who strikes at the king had better kill him", and they knew that WFP lacks the power to defeat Cuomo and replace him with someone better, so they were in a tight spot. If Cuomo sticks to the deal, that would make it analogous to tough contract negotiations with a mean boss, taking advantage of a strike threat.

            None of us has a crystal ball, we'll see how it plays out.

            For those not familiar with the peculiar NYS election law, a party's position on the ballot for all races (WFP is now Row D) is assigned sole based on the party's most recent vote for Governor. A party needs 50,000 votes for Gov to appear on the ballot at all, unless it goes through arduous petitioning in all counties.

            There's no such thing as a free market!

            by Albanius on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:34:03 PM PDT

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            •  Cuomo's undercutting WFP as we write this n/t (2+ / 0-)
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            •  We don't need a crystal ball either. (0+ / 0-)

              Anyone who has remotely followed Cuomo knows he's a self-serving asshole.  He's worried about himself and his own political aspirations.  That's it.

              Giving him the benefit of the doubt that he'll change is extremely naive.

              "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

              by Darth Stateworker on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:55:11 AM PDT

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            •  Many of the charters are (0+ / 0-)

              Located in high poverty areas such as the Bronx, Harlem, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights... It is only recently like Eva has ventured into wealthier neighborhoods.  I think the charter ship has sailed. Many of our "progressive" politicians support charters and I suspect they are relieved that they won't be in the middle of battles between parents. Now, they can throw their hands up and say, "we tried, there is nothing to be done."  

              Friend of mine is a teacher. Even they applied to a charter for middle school. The kid's lottery number was in the high six hundreds so people are applying even in a district so progressive we risk becoming a parody of ourselves.

      •  Let's wait and see (3+ / 0-)
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        whether those are actual gifts, or just empty boxes with pretty ribbons on them. Trust Cuomo is an oxymoronic phrase in my lexicon.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 03:51:13 AM PDT

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      •  Wrong. (3+ / 0-)
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        They just sold out their best chance to become an actual party.  Scharff has proven herself to be as untrustworthy as Cuoma.

      •  Cuomo just made promises (1+ / 0-)
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        He didn't deliver on promises made last time and deliberately weakened the party in the state senate to achieve it.  Had he made a good honest effort to support a progressive addenda, I would feel differently.  I may not like everything he chose to do, but  how he chose to make sure that certain legislation would never pass is why I don't like him.  He is just another RINO.  

        I just don't trust him.  

        I'm a 4 Freedoms Democrat.

        by DavidMS on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 04:12:44 PM PDT

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    •  Bing! Exactly right. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      by winkk on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 12:22:27 AM PDT

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  •  It's very sad that (15+ / 0-)

    Cuomo has to be pressured into supporting some of the most basic principles of the democratic.

    Wanting to own a gun is an immediate indicator that you should be the last person to have one.

    by pollbuster on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:18:20 PM PDT

    •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

      Cuomo just outed himself as Republican-lite.  As has the WFP by endorsing him.

  •  The bigger issue is that Cuomo (15+ / 0-)

    cost Dem's 3-5 US House seats. If he refused to negotiate with the then Republican majority Senate, and it had gone to a judge, the extreme Gerrymandering that allows the GOP to retain control of the NY State Senate would have vaporized (just from natural NY State Demographics). Once the Dems controlled that, they could easily have eliminated 3-5 GOP controlled US House seats (Staten Island, Long Island, Hudson Valley, and 1-2 upstate seats would either become blue or at least purple)

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    by dopper0189 on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:19:07 PM PDT

  •  What others have already said. (11+ / 0-)

    I'll believe this deal is solid when the Governor actually follows through on his end.  Why do I suspect this won't last past the election?

  •  Time will tell (2+ / 0-)
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    But as I've already said, the WFP has already won to a certain extent. Exactly what that extent is remains unknown until we see how well they are able to hold him to his promises. The WFP has exerted progressive power over the centrist Governor.

    I would have preferred following it through all the way to a Teachout nomination but am not at all surprised that a deal was made... and consider it a victory.

    These are not your normal campaign promises made in a stump speech quickly forgotten once elected to office. These are promises made to people he has to work with and rely on during his time in office, unions leaders, Mayor de Blasio, etc. Those sorts of promises are much harder to just ignore. He will follow through on them... to what extent remains to be seen

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:27:26 PM PDT

    •  They haven't won a thing. (4+ / 0-)
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      Endorsing a neo-liberal 1%-er doesn't help working families.

      Cuomo's "promises" to "work on" stuff are laughable. They leave him more than enough wiggle room to make a few speeches and declare victory while the Wall Street party carries on as usual...with Cuomo as keynote speaker!

  •  I don't believe it. Just don't. nt (7+ / 0-)
  •  I've learned: do not trust any politician (8+ / 0-)

    this endorsement is a mistake, I fear

    Dear NSA: I am only joking.

    by Shahryar on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:37:56 PM PDT

  •  Pizza pie - poll question response. I hope Cuomo.. (1+ / 0-)
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    stays true to these issues/demands.
    I haven't followed these intracacies except here at DKos. But isn't Cuomo on other lines (still don't know what that means) & did he make promises to other groups?

    I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

    by peacestpete on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:46:30 PM PDT

    •  Cuomo also has the Independence Party line (1+ / 0-)
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      they are too ideologically incoherent to demand concessions - IMO their voters are rebels without a clue.  I think their endorsement was just a political power play, but thats a guess - the IP is basically irrelevant, so I don't follow them.  

      He has already delivered repeatedly for his plutocrat funders, but with $33 M of their money already in the bank, he doesn't necessarily need them any more now as much as he needs progressive voters.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Sat May 31, 2014 at 10:07:58 PM PDT

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      •  Um, are you forgetting something? (5+ / 0-)
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        Like his presidential ambitions?

        He has already delivered repeatedly for his plutocrat funders, but with $33 M of their money already in the bank, he doesn't necessarily need them any more now as much as he needs progressive voters.
        He'll certainly need those donors to win the new job in DC his ego desperately desires.  It's that desire that drives everything Cuomo does and has done.

        "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

        by Darth Stateworker on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:28:00 PM PDT

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        •  He also needs progressive voters in D primaries (1+ / 0-)
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          He has done enough for enough plutocrats that some will continue to support him. But w/o some progressive credibility, he wouldn't fare much better in Pres primaries than Joe Lieberman did.

          There's no such thing as a free market!

          by Albanius on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:52:35 PM PDT

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          •  I don't think he will fare any better. (2+ / 0-)
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            In a situation where he's facing off against real Democrats, rather than Rob Astorino or Mr. Baseball Bat, his "progressive cred" will be a joke. He's destroyed the trust of his home state's base, and it's going to take a lot more than nice words to get it back.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 03:59:28 AM PDT

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          •  And one more thing: (4+ / 0-)
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            You can never do enough for plutocrats.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 04:08:35 AM PDT

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          •  Problem with your theory. (0+ / 0-)

            He doesn't think he needs progressive voters in D primaries.

            He knows he can simply buy off or threaten their leaders to endorse him anyway.  He just proved that last night at the WFP convention - which reinforced for him the exact opposite of what you stated.

            "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

            by Darth Stateworker on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:57:31 AM PDT

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  •  So much for Fight for $15 (5+ / 0-)

    in the bluest state in the USA.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Sat May 31, 2014 at 10:18:21 PM PDT

    •  IF the deal holds... (2+ / 0-)
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      sidnora, NancyWH

      one point of agreement is "raising the minimum wage to $10.10 while indexing it to inflation and allowing localities to raise it up to 30% higher than the state minimum wage."

      That could bring the minimum to $13.13 promptly in cities that decide to pass it, more over time with indexing.  The fight for 15 (and closing loopholes) would continue with less of a gap to bridge, and there would be empirical evidence to cite that raising wages is good for the economy, at least for the 99%.

      BTW, NYS is not the bluest state by several measures.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Sat May 31, 2014 at 10:57:48 PM PDT

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    •  Hardly the bluest. (1+ / 0-)
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      I often look longingly at how things are in VT, MA, RI, and HI. All bluer than NY.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 04:01:31 AM PDT

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  •  Talk is cheap.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...actions not so much.   I will wait for proof before I trust him based on past performance.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Sat May 31, 2014 at 10:30:18 PM PDT

  •  What leverage does WFP have (3+ / 0-)

    after the election?

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Sat May 31, 2014 at 11:16:03 PM PDT

  •  Cuomo did not cave. (1+ / 0-)
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    The Women's Equality Act is Cuomo's legislation.

    Even though he caved on it public financing was probably the central issue Cuomo has been pushing the last few months.  Even going as far as creating a Moreland Commission which he placed prosecutors on as a tool to try to punish those who were against his legislation.

    The other issues as well.  While there are issues that many of us disagree with Andrew Cuomo on let us not pretend there are not issues and some very good issues where at least on paper he is very much on the progressive side.

    Even with the issue of the IDC the wheels have been coming off Cuomo's flirtation with them for awhile.  Here is an article from about 9 months ago.

    http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/...

    Now if they had gotten him to commit to no hydrofracking or commit to not trying to reduce pension benefits again.  That might be worthy of speaking of "180s."

    That is not to say I blame the WFP.  After all the real failure is not that after having their arm twisted by Cuomo they cried uncle.  It's that he still has no opponent for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

    I have to scratch my head wondering why we're stomping our feet demanding the political organization of the labor unions provide us with a protest candidate for the general election rather than trying to find someone to challenge Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

    The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

    by Taget on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 12:34:12 AM PDT

    •  Zephyr Teachout wanted to run in D primary + WFP (1+ / 0-)
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      race in the general, FWIW.

      On the main point, Cuomo managed to deliver controversial conservative priorities: estate tax cuts, casinos, and tax free zones, as well as charter schools expansion.  But on campaign finance, the GOP Senate gerrymander, or women's equality, all he delivered was words. And he refused to fund "a sound basic education" for every child in NY, as mandated by the state Constitution and ordered by the highest court.

      He blamed those all conveniently on the Senate GOP (who control the Senate because he enabled the IDC defection) though the Gov had leverage he didn't use.

      But the WFP deal, if it holds, will rectify all of those defaults except the gerrymander, and if he abides by his agreement to help turn the Senate to control by the party supported by some 60% of NY voters,  the impact of the gerrymander would be much less.

      So on economic justice issues, the deal IS a 180, since he previously had chosen to use his formidable clout for other priorities favoring the 1%.  

      As for fracking, that would be at most a 90 degree turn.  The fractivist movement, which isn't going away, made it a political liability for him to proceed with his clear intention to open up NYS to fracking; instead, we have a de facto moratorium.

      Bottom line for WFP: IF Cuomo abides by the deal, they will accomplish serious policy gains, improving the lives of millions of working people, by the credible threat to cut into his margin in November.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 01:56:52 AM PDT

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      •  "if Cuomo abides..." (3+ / 0-)
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        serious?

      •  I'm not really sure how we (2+ / 0-)
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        can expect to provide for a sound basic education in NYC when the DOE will be shelling out close to 5.5 million per year for the next for years for rent for the three Success Academies that were denied space in public schools. This the does not include the cost of renovation. Given that it cost about half a million to retrofit part of the Brandeis High School building we can probably add another million or two or more.

        •  Mulgrew accomplishes zip; takes in some money (0+ / 0-)

          fromRavitchblog

          on the deal UFT President Michael Mulgrew says:

          We look forward to working with the state’s leaders and a Democratic majority in the State Senate to bring real innovation to our schools, and to stop the privatization and “corporatization” that have done so much harm to our children’s education.
          But all the WFP says is:
          The legislative commitments include a robust, statewide system of public financing of elections, funding 200 community schools, a commitment to fix the school funding formula to invest more money in high-need schools,
          NOTHING PREVENTS ALL THAT MONEY FROM GOING STRAIGHT TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.

          NOTHING TO ROLL BACK THE COMMON CORE AND THE BUBBLE TESTS.

          AND THAT MONEY WAS ALREADY AWARDED TO NYC AND BLOOMBERG GAVE IT BACK

      •  Why hasn't there been (1+ / 0-)
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        more on this website about Teachout's candidacy?

        I was surprised to even learn of it on Common Dreams.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 07:54:47 AM PDT

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  •  When Was Last Time a Politician Did Not Lie (3+ / 0-)
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    Other than Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Maybe Al Franken.

    The list is very, very short.

    Cuomo is not on it in my experience.

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 04:53:25 AM PDT

    •  You can add Keith Ellison to the list. eom (2+ / 0-)
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      "Hate speech is a form of vandalism. It defaces the environment, and like a broken window, if left untended, signals to other hoodlums that the coast is clear to do more damage." -- Gregory Rodriguez

      by Naniboujou on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 05:19:02 AM PDT

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      •  Barbara Lee. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 07:12:05 AM PDT

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  •  Working Families & Ken Langone (6+ / 0-)
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    So WFP feels comfortable being in coalition with Ken Langone, head of Republicans for Cuomo?

    Anyway, by endorsing Cuomo, WFP is endorsing his record of school privatization, hospital closures, and tax cuts for millionaires. There's no "lesser evilism" defense here. They were burned by Cuomo already, who has given no reason to trust him. They'll get burned again and will have only themselves to blame.

    It's just so pathetic to see the deal consisting of supporting the minimum wage goal of the national Democrats (you're in a blue state with a high cost of living--you should be able to do better) and having the DEMOCRATIC governor campaign for DEMOCRATS. That latter one is really setting the bar below ground level.

    And there's no enforcement mechanism here. A public statement? It's not as though a politician has EVER gone against a public statement before.

    •  Sure - Langone stops calling Progressives "nazis" (2+ / 0-)

      and starts calling them patsies.

      two weeks ago, langone still calling progressives nazis:
      unrepentant

    •  FDR coalition ranged from CIO to Henry Ford (0+ / 0-)

      ... and southern racists.

      WFP does NOT feel comfortable, still hates his guts.  WFP is NOT endorsing his record of privatization, teacher layoffs, regressive taxes et al.  

      Just the opposite, they are endorsing his pledge to reverse course.

      We will see soon enough whether he double crosses again; the question is whether he pushed a pro-1% agenda out of principle or opportunism, and whether it is now in his interest to tack left.  

      He kept his 2010 public commitment to the 1%
      "Cuomo Vows Offensive Against Labor Unions" -  NY Times Oct 25, 2010:
      http://www.nytimes.com/...

      The struggle continues.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 03:29:20 PM PDT

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  •  Someone caved, but it wasn't Cuomo (6+ / 0-)
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    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 06:10:15 AM PDT

  •  WFP just killed itself. (3+ / 0-)
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    Pretty much like the Lib Dems in the UK making deals with the Tories.

    Also Scharff just branded herself totally untrustworthy.

  •  Hope WFP does not give up on Koppell... (2+ / 0-)
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    I live in Jeff Klein's district and hope this agreement with Cuomo does not lead to a lessening of the support WFP has given or was planning to give to Oliver Koppell. It would be great if the WFP comes out strong for Koppell, especially here in the NE Bronx in which Klein has some support but I feel most are not aware of their options and would consider Koppell with more information.

  •  I can't wait to see a post by KOS ! (1+ / 0-)
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    this is going to be interesting.

    I doubt Markos will believe Cuomo will do this.

  •  Cuomo is Lucy, (1+ / 0-)
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    we are Charlie Brown. He did it to the civil service unions, he will screw WFP too.  

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 07:57:33 AM PDT

  •  when will they learn (1+ / 0-)
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