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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio
Remember when they used to mention Sen. Elizabeth Warren and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in the same sentence? No one is doing that anymore.
Goal ThermometerI wonder how NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio expects NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reward him for his pathetic devotion.
Under attack by liberals, Gov. Cuomo’s running mate Kathy Hochul will receive a ringing endorsement Wednesday from the leader of the state’s progressive Democrats, Mayor de Blasio, the Daily News has learned [...]

“There is no question that Kathy Hochul is the lieutenant governor that New York City needs,” de Blasio told The News.

In other words, de Blasio thinks that New York City needs someone who ... well, let me use the New York Time's exact words:
... when [Hochul] ran unsuccessfully for re-election to Congress in 2012, her campaign featured the endorsement from the National Rifle Association. The N.R.A. said at the time that she had “a proven record of defending the Second Amendment.”

She also boasted repeatedly that she had voted many times against “Obamacare.” She strongly opposed allowing undocumented immigrants to have drivers’ licenses. And during her short time in Congress, environmentalists criticized many of her votes, including those to repeal emission standards for cement manufacturers and to allow fewer controls on open pit mines and other polluting industries.

In other words, de Blasio thinks NYC needs more guns, more uninsured, and more pollution. If he's really the "leader of the state’s progressive Democrats," there needs to be a change in leadership. Particularly the way Cuomo treated de Blasio in the first few months in office. (Head below the fold if you want the reminder.)

Please give $3 to help Tim Wu stop Andrew Cuomo's hand-picked conservative lackey.

In his first two months in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio has found himself repeatedly at odds with New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo. And at every turn, Governor Cuomo has not only stymied the mayor, but also seized the moment for his own gain.

As the mayor has pushed for a tax increase on New York City’s wealthiest residents, the governor has turned the tables and talked up his desire to cut taxes. When the mayor proposed raising the minimum wage in the city, the governor derided the idea as illogical.

Even the mundane municipal matter of snow removal became fodder for a Cuomo tweak; at one point, the governor seemed to imply that Mr. de Blasio had not stocked up on enough salt to respond to a recent blizzard.

De Blasio, a Critic of Charter Schools, May Need Them for His Pre-K AgendaJAN. 16, 2014
Mr. Cuomo took advantage again this week, styling himself as a champion of charter schools just as Mr. de Blasio took steps to curb their expansion.

Yup. Pathetic.
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  •  BdB's bad; also Kos wrong to let Teachout's past (12+ / 0-)

    offense against Kos over-influence Kos's position on the Teachout-Cuomo race.

  •  Ugh. n/t (3+ / 0-)

    Marx was an optimist.

    by psnyder on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:20:29 AM PDT

  •  Proenvironment dems have no real choice (16+ / 0-)

    they have to show up in NCY. Actions not Words!

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    by boatsie on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:22:48 AM PDT

  •  Learn from the past, VOTE BOTH Teachout and Wu (29+ / 0-)

    kos, Thanks for keeping this election on the front page.
    Mario Cuomo (Andrew's Father) had a Lt. Governor not of his choosing pushed on him in a NYS democratic primary election back in the early 1980's. The Governor (Daddy Cuomo) went on to make life miserable for Alfred DelBello the Lt. Governor. It was so bad that he resigned the position after two years in office. Andrew Cuomo is vindictive as hell. How do you think Tim Wu will fare as the Lt. Governor under Cuomo the lesser? If your are going to vote in the NYS Democratic Primary Election next Tuesday, PLEASE fill in the bubble for BOTH progressive challengers.
    It's OK to  DONATE HERE also.

  •  Pre-K, Stop n' Frisk, ok. (4+ / 0-)

    Could it be that deblas (a/k/a Rex Ryan) has a soft spot for a couple of pet issues?  Cause beyond those he seems like bullshit.  Perhaps we were so starved for someone human and normal after so many years of giuliani and bloomberg, that we painted him idealistically.  I think I sure as hell was in that boat.

    If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? Rabbi Hillel the Elder, Ethics of the Fathers. Corporadeus

    by Floyd Blue on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:25:19 AM PDT

    •  Plus, I never (ever) would've heard ray kelly (the (7+ / 0-)

      corrupt) make a statement as Bratton did, after that man was killed with an illegal chokehold on SI.  Bratton immediately said it was an illegal hold and the dept would need retraining.  That alone was refreshing, but I am getting really sick and tired of having to be happy with just little scraps and crumbs of progress.

      If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? Rabbi Hillel the Elder, Ethics of the Fathers. Corporadeus

      by Floyd Blue on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:33:50 AM PDT

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      •  a one-issue "progressive" like Cuomo (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not sure if DeBlasio is that bad, but like with Cuomo on gay marriage, maybe DeBlasio isn't all the progressive on other issues besides law enforcement, although I'm not sure that opposing the harassment(stop and frisk) and choking of innocent or nonviolent citizens is necessarily progressive.  It sounded like he might be better on education, but I haven't followed that enough.

        you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

        by red rabbit on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:44:41 AM PDT

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        •  DeBlasio is a multi-issue progressive, but (1+ / 0-)
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          Phoenix Woman

          a pragmatist.

          As a rookie Mayor he extracted $300M for universal Pre-K from Cuomo, and pushed unsuccessfully for taxes on the 1% to pay for it.

          The deal for the WFP nomination that BDB and major unions  cut with Cuomo, who looked inevitable at the time before the potential obstruction of justice story broke, included a commitment by Prince Andrew to support a Democratic majority in the NY State Senate, reversing his 4 year strategy of covertly supporting GOP control.

          Policy committments by Cuomo as part of that deal include:
          a serious increase in the minimum wage, which would enable NYC to raise the minimum to $13.13/hour, the highest in the country (Seattle's will go to $11 next year, only reach $15 in 2021);
          strong public financing of campaigns statewide based on the successful NYC model;
          the DREAM Act to educate undocumented students;
          enacting the full women's equality package;
          marijuana decriminalization;  
          and changes in state education funding to provide more money to districts that actually need it, though much more money is needed than the deal provides - a Democratic Legislature would likely raise aid to low-income districts above what Cuomo agreed to.

          Whether Cuomo follows through on those public committments remains to be seen.  The controlling factor is whether he has governed as a republican out of principle or out of opportunism.  DeBlasio and the narrow majority of the WFP acted on the belief that he is unprincipled and will therefore follow through on the deal.  

          There's no such thing as a free market!

          by Albanius on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:41:10 AM PDT

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    •  ...paid sick time..... (0+ / 0-)

      I'm running out, here....

      If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? Rabbi Hillel the Elder, Ethics of the Fathers. Corporadeus

      by Floyd Blue on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:42:19 AM PDT

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    •  Never trust a politician. (0+ / 0-)

      They're all disturbed.

      Vote strategically for the one least likely to screw you over the most.

  •  I am not voting for Cuomo or Hochul (27+ / 0-)

    I am voting for Teachout and Wu in the primary. And I may just not vote for Governor in the General.  I can't vote Republican but hell if I am voting for Cuomo again.

    Mayor DiBlasio sinks in my eyes every time he submits to Cuomo.  Cuomo dumped on the city when he jammed the Charter School free rent rules on us and he gave the Senate to the Republicans. I will never forgive him for those two things.

    Hochul is everything awful. Why on earth would a progressive vote for her boggles the mind.

    Why yes there is a war on women and minorities.

    by karma5230 on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:26:36 AM PDT

  •  Of course he did (16+ / 0-)

    Like it or not, DiBlasio has to work with Cuomo.  To get many of his initiatives passed, he will need the state's cooperation.  I can assure you, if Wu wins the primary, BdB will not be too grieved at all.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:27:02 AM PDT

    •  Kos knows this. (7+ / 0-)

      He's decided, entirely reasonably, that it would be politically useful to have pressure from the left brought to bear in order to change DeBlasio's calculus when it comes to political considerations.

      Pretending that "de Blasio thinks NYC needs more guns, more uninsured, and more pollution" is the best way to get the people he wants worked up to get worked up.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:35:17 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly (7+ / 0-)

      The Cuomos are mean, nasty and vindictive.  DiBlasio has to pick his spots and if I were advising him this would not be the one I would tell him to pick.  The LG office is basically powerless.  Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo were famous for shutting out their LGs.  Hugh Carey had his first one, Maryann Krupsack, run against him and second one, Mario Cuomo, was preparing a challenge before Carey called it quits.  Cuomo first LG, Al DelBello, quit on him.  And most of the LGs since have been completely forgettable with the exception of David Paterson.  Why piss off Cuomo here.  

      Governing is very different from activism.  It is about building coalitions to accomplish as much of your goals as possible and sometimes that means aligning yourself with people you don't like or agree with for the larger good.

      DiBlasio has already done something amazingly good for working people with universal preK.  He'll need help from Albany on a lot of the other stuff he wants to accomplish.

      •  Well, I wouldn't say completely forgettable (1+ / 0-)
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        Who could forget Betsy McCaughey, who ran with Pataki in 1994, publicly feuded with him so intensely that she switched parties in 1997, ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1998 (losing to Peter Vallone), and years later, going back to the GOP because she couldn't stand the Kenyan Mooslim?

        "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

        by TLS66 on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:35:43 AM PDT

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        •  I wish I could forget her (1+ / 0-)
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          Phoenix Woman

          She has been crusading in favor of people dying from lack of health insurance coverage for decades. Pataki's dumping her had no effect on her career.

          Interestingly it was Pataki who brought guaranteed issue health insurance to NY. It immediately caused premiums to skyrocket because mandated coverage was not attached to the guaranteed issue. That is why premiums dropped so much under the ACA.

          McCaughey knows all this. That is why she is so evil.

    •  Cuomo has become the egotistical, power-hungry (9+ / 0-)

      asshole we expected in NY.

      Unfortunately, de Blasio understands that he doesn't win at all when our asshole Governor wants only his wealthy friends to feel comfortable (for now) in this state.

      In NY state, if you want something to go through Albany - even if you are all (labelled) Democrats - you essentially need to know which law firms are aligned with which representatives.  That's where much of the money flows and decisions are greased, from what people who have actually been representatives in this state have detailed for me.  Cuomo and his "aides" are just the highly willing tip of that money-making mountain.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:45:51 AM PDT

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      •  No Different Than His Father (4+ / 0-)

        Mario just put on a better public face but he was just as mean, nasty, vindictive and ungrateful to supporters.

        Spitzer's implosion basically left the Dems with the choice of the nice but incompetent David Paterson or the nasty, egotistical but competent Andrew Cuomo.  It wasn't that hard a choice but the result was pretty much as expected.

        •  I met Mario once (2+ / 0-)
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          He seemed rather standoffish.  Koch at the same event was much warmer. I may be closer to Mario's politics than Ed's, but Cuomo seemed like a snob while Koch came off as a warm human being.

          "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

          by TLS66 on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:38:17 AM PDT

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    •  This (15+ / 0-)

      Not only does he have to work with Cuomo, but since large parts of NYC's day-to-day life depends on what happens in Albany, he needs Cuomo's assent for the city to operate. Among other things, the MTA and the city's rent laws are both controlled by Albany, and history shows us the NY governor is more than willing to fuck the city by underfunding the MTA, or threatening to screw with rent stabilization, if the mayor doesn't play along.

      Cuomo is one vindictive motherfucker, and I am absolutely convinced that, should BdB piss him off, he'd have no problem hamstringing the city. Subways and rent laws are just two of the ways he could mess with us.

      As an aside, two pet peeves. One, since we're supposed to be a site with more than a passing understanding of how politics works, can we stop looking at things through black and white filters? Politicians make compromises all the time.

      And, two, if you don't understand how local politics works, can you please STFU? I would never lecture someone from San Francisco on their local politics, because I don't know shit.

      Personally, I am voting for both Teachout and Wu. I don't expect either one to win, but I'd love to see Cuomo's face if one, or either, got a significant percentage of the vote.

      Capitalism defeated communism, and now it's got democracy on the ropes.

      by Don in NYC on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:46:21 AM PDT

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      •  I couldn't agree more, Don in NYC (3+ / 0-)
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        Jay C, TLS66, anshmishra

        Politics is a very long game and full of compromises.  I wish activists wouldn't turn on the last person elected a few months after they get in in favor of a new shiny object.  People should absolutely vote for Teachout and Wu--but also realize that if one or both got in they would be facing the same complicated set of compromises that diBlasio faces.  The idealization of each new political actor has to stop because it seems naturally to lead to a boom and bust like cycle of euphoria and then cynical disengagement.  

        •  Complicated set of compromises (0+ / 0-)

          We need someone who can address the source of these compromises.  For instance: Big Money impacts the system in a way that destroys the liberal agenda - how do we negate the influence of Big Money?

          An illusion can never be destroyed directly... SK.

          by Thomas Twinnings on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:02:37 AM PDT

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          •  I absolutely agree (1+ / 0-)
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            But, not BdB's job. In NY, that change would have to come from Albany, and Cuomo is absolutely not the person to do that.

            My fantasy is a bunch of FBI agents perp walking Cuomo down the capital steps.

            Capitalism defeated communism, and now it's got democracy on the ropes.

            by Don in NYC on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:36:35 AM PDT

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          •  Public financing of campaigns (1+ / 0-)
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            Jay C

            the NYC public financing system enabled DeBlasio and a progressive Council majority to be elected in NYC last November.  Many of the council members, led by new Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito, have instituted participatory budgeting (PB). The NYC PB system allows the public, though a year-long process of proposal, discussion, and selection to decide for themselves how a million dollars or more of discretionary funds are spent in each participating council district.

            Cuomo gave lip service to statewide public financing modeled on the NYC system, but didn't use his clout to push it through when he had the leverage in the NY State budget negotiations.  But the deal with DeBlasio and the WFP that Cuomo agreed to includes a commitment to supporting Democratic control of the State Senate, which would then pass strong public financing into law.

            There's no such thing as a free market!

            by Albanius on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:57:17 AM PDT

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        •  Which is why we won't see Warren (0+ / 0-)

          run for President.  She's seen what happened to Obama and now BdB.

          "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

          by TLS66 on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:45:41 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  I agree completely and said as much in a (later) (0+ / 0-)

        ..comment. Pragmatism is not a dirty word, especially when dealing with NY politics.

        One generation got old, One generation got soul...

        by BlueBrooklyn on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:28:03 AM PDT

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  •  Is he throwing in the towel already... (1+ / 0-)
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    or is this BdB showing his true colors?  A disappointment either way.

  •  Hochul also voted for that bogus (2+ / 0-)
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    wader, Heart of the Rockies

    Holder contempt vote, whereas real democrats walked out in protest.

  •  There's a backroom deal here somewhere (9+ / 0-)

    I don't know much about New York politics, but this may be the only way BdB can get Cuomo off his back.  Politics makes strange bedfellows, and all that.

    "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers

    by Kentucky DeanDemocrat on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:35:20 AM PDT

    •  backroom deal: de Blasio keeps his remaining test (0+ / 0-)


      Cuomo orchestrated the hit on de Blasio that started before de Blasio was even inaugurated.

      On day 2 of BdB's Mayoral race, Morning Joe was attacking BdB over whether or not it should be a snow day.  That was obviously orchestrated as part of the Moskowitz attack on BdB charter school policy.

      BdB is also getting to run his preK - which is a great step forward.  But he gave up $700 Million in the state budget deal and he gave up the right to charge charters rent

  •  just insulting New Yorkers' intelligence (1+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies

    to claim with a straight face that Hochul is best for them, but she's probably still likely to win if most voters aren't informed.  

    you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

    by red rabbit on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:46:54 AM PDT

  •  Didn't Daily Kos endorse Hochul (2+ / 0-)
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    in her initial race for Congress?

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:49:40 AM PDT

    •  Yes (4+ / 0-)

      I like Wu but I am not sure all these attacks against Hochul are any fairer than the ones Kirstin Gillibrand endured after being appointed to the Senate.  They both represented long time Republican seats and needed to cast certain votes to stay in Congress.

      Representing a whole state which is relatively liberal as opposed to one conservative district is a completely different thing.

      And in the end, the only way anyone will hear from the Lt Gov is if Cuomo dies or resigns since the office has virtually no constitutional power of its own.

      This only matters as a way to send a message to Cuomo which I think would be nice but I am not sure why anyone would expect the Mayor of NYC to partake in such a mission.

      •  My only point with my earlier comment (4+ / 0-)

        was that settling for someone with a D after their name comes with potentially disastrous consequences down the road.  Daily Kos created the monster here.  The "more Democrats" mantra has led us to support "Democrats" who, it turns out, don't share our values at all.  

        Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

        by Big River Bandido on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:14:52 AM PDT

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      •  if DeBlasio has to be Cuomo's sockpuppet (0+ / 0-)

        then he shouldn't have bothered running and just let another Republican/DINO take over for Bloomberg, assuming DeBlasio is so in tune with how local politics works there.  

        you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

        by red rabbit on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:17:20 AM PDT

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        •  State Constitution Boxes DeBlasio In (5+ / 0-)

          to a certain extent.  Under NYS home rule charter, the city is dependent on Albany approval for a host of things including raising its income or sales taxes, changing rent control laws, receiving Medicaid and Education dollars, etc. Every NYC Mayor has to work with the Gov whether they like them or not.

          And for all the DeBlasio is a DINO here are some extremely important accomplishments that would never have happened under Bloomberg or Rudy:

          Universal Pre-K - As someone with little kids this is huge both from an educational and child care cost perspective.

          Stop 'N Frisk - Stopping this and actually admitting the police screwed up with Eric Garner is a big change.  Rudy and Bloomberg used to defend the police to the hilt.

          Paid Sick Leave - Another thing that wouldn't have happened under Bloomberg and Rudy and something else that helps working people.  

          DeBlasio is far from perfect but he has made some pretty big changes in 8+ months in office.

          As Ed Koch once said "If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me.  If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist."

          •  The only major revenue source NYC can control (1+ / 0-)
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            is the property tax rate. And it could be raised, but since Bloomberg raised it twice the city's advantage in keeping middle class families by having far lower property taxes than the suburbs would be diminished.

            It is amusing to watch Astorino run on a low tax platform. He is the County Executive of the county with the highest property taxes in the US.

        •  Quinn or Thompson would have been (0+ / 0-)

          just as good as De Blasio as mayor.

      •  Yes there is already speculation that Wu's office (3+ / 0-)
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        as LG will be in the third sub-basement of a parking garage.

        In theory the LG can cast tie breaking votes in the NY Senate but with a Senate that has an odd number of members that will happen....well, never.

  •  Endorsing Cuomo... (7+ / 0-)

    ...will lose DeBlasio more voters than it brings to Cuomo.

    I have already mailed my absentee ballot: Teachout/Wu.

  •  I Agree With Kos (4+ / 0-)

    If Bill de Blasio is endorsing a RW pretend democrat than he needs to step down as the leader of the progressive party in NY.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:55:49 AM PDT

    •  Then what is your opinion... (0+ / 0-)

      Of kos then since he is not supporting Cuomo's opponent in the primary.  And in the binary logic at this site that means he is supporting Cuomo.

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

      by delver rootnose on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 06:33:32 PM PDT

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  •  If all this is true it didn't take BdB very long (1+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies

    to rot, to turn sour. What pol out there is even partially trustworthy anymore? Every one of them seems to yield to the dictates of Big Money.

  •  for those that (1+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies

    still argue the dems are not a problem maybe there is something that will get them to wake up but i doubt it.

  •  Kos, why not both Teachout & Wu? (0+ / 0-)

    Yea, I read about your dust up with her but, please, New York needs Teachout. Wu as Lt. Governor under Cuomo would be pretty useless. How about you two meet up at the Daily Show & hug it out? Please!

  •  The problem is money. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Some of us here in NYC warned you all about (5+ / 0-)

    De Blasio not being what you thought he was.

    All it took was a look at his record, particularly as a City Council Member.

  •  Haha! Somebody thought there were two parties! (2+ / 0-)
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    CarolinNJ, delver rootnose

    There you go again. THere is one party and one only. Ideals and attitudes are purchased whether they are red or blue. In all of Washington and most of the senior elected officials of the States, it is MONEY alone that defines positions on anything.
    If we had an actual Democrat party we would have about 4000 bankers and brokers in Jail, FOreclosures would have stopped, We would lead the world in solar and wind power, banks would have been broken up into manageable corporations and Glass Steagall would be back on steroids. There wouldn't be fracking. XL would be completely stopped, we would have 2% unemployment because the Stimulus would have hired people to fix bridges, roads, schools and other infrastructure projects. And we would have probably put GW Bush in jail while dismantling most of the horrid NSA abuses. Gitmo would be empty, we would have Habeas Corpus back, and we MIGHT have the respect of the majority of the people in the world. Instead - we have a pure Corporate Fascist Oligarchy.

  •  de Blasio is starting to look like Bill Shatner (0+ / 0-)

    and he hasnt even been in office very long.
    Yikes, what next? Will he be the next spokesguy for PRICELINE? Bill already owns more stock than God!

  •  How DID Bill de Blasio get elected? (0+ / 0-)

    Did he pull one over on the people of NYC?

    An illusion can never be destroyed directly... SK.

    by Thomas Twinnings on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:53:06 AM PDT

    •  Yes. (2+ / 0-)
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      charliehall2, CarolinNJ

      De Blasio was my city council member for eight years and prior to that he was on the school board. I have never voted for him and never will. He is an excellent campaigner and people fall for his schtick. The information is out there and myself and others have provided it to kossacks.

      Bill will do what is good for Bill on his way to his next position.

      When he was on the school board (he disappeared for awhile at a critical time when it was discovered that the superintendent was misappropriating funds  to run Clinton's campaign which opened the door for Carmen Farina to become superintendent) I guess the "mayor" of my then very Italian hood who was aligned with the party machine and had a political club took note of Bill and encouraged him to run for city council.  Bill hadn't yet legally changed his name to de Blasio but he sent out sepia toned mailings with the de Blasio name unofficial neighborhood mayor's endorsement to the old school Italians.

      I think there were five people in that first city council primary so the circular firing squad did its thing which left Bill standing.

  •  Kos is such a hypocrite (3+ / 0-)

    A few years ago Hochul was the champion of this board because she overtly ran against the Ryan plan in a R+ district and won, creating actual evidence that running on the plan had consequences.

    Yes, she ran right to win, but so did Gillibrand.

    I get that the board hates Cuomo but attacking one of his liberal backers for supporting a candidate that this board once championed is bit whackadoo.

  •  He has been backed into a corner. (2+ / 0-)
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    Jay C, Phoenix Woman

    I think this is the sad but unfortunate outcome of strong arm politicking by Cuomo.  Listen, Socialist poster boy or not, Mayor de Blasio does NOT have home rule; he depends heavily on a Republican dominated Albany legislature to get even the fraction of tax dollars NYC generates back as funding. Cuomo is still a democrat and a ally and the most useful one to have.  I have no doubt in my mind, even for a moment that he personally supports Teachout/Wu, but she wont win. However consensus is that Wu CAN win, and that is the basis of the realpolitik ultimatum and endorsement (demand) from Cuomo to endorse Hochul. Also please bear in mind that the superlative of "ringing" endorsement is provided by The NY Daily News, which front pages their hatred of de Blasio on an almost daily basis.  

    One generation got old, One generation got soul...

    by BlueBrooklyn on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:20:12 AM PDT

    •  Actually NYC has more home rule (2+ / 0-)
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      Jay C, Phoenix Woman

      than almost every other city in the US. It controls the property tax rate. It can pass local ordinances to make things illegal or illegal (although it can't make something legal if it violates state or federal law). It completely controls its own zoning. And although it can't change the rate without state approval it gets a huge amount of money from local sales and income taxes.

      •  "Home Rule" doesn't mean utter autonomy (2+ / 0-)
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        BlueBrooklyn, Phoenix Woman

        As has been pointed out a lot here, New York City and New York State have to get by in a fundamentally symbiotic relationship: Party affiliations notwithstanding, a NYC Mayor can get by without having the Governor necessarily be a friend. But they really can't if he is an enemy.

        Irritating as De Blasio's endorsement of Kathy Hochul might be, it's understandable politics. If she wins, De Blasio has an endorsement on the record: if she loses? Well, "the voters [will] have spoken" - no loss (for him) either way.

  •  two minutes of hate (1+ / 0-)
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    the funny thing is, with all this hate being whipped up against Republicans (See 5 out of every 6 front page stories) today I find myself hating Markos and the site. I do need to get off of it. See you all in a few days when I calm down.

    Dear NSA: I am only joking.

    by Shahryar on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:33:54 AM PDT

  •  NY-27 Resident Here: I call Bullshit (2+ / 0-)
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    True Centrist, azibuck

    I'm a Democrat and I live in what was then NY-26 and is now NY-27. Kathy Hochul was my Congresswoman from 2011 until 2012, and she deserves to be called what she is - a conservative, but loyal, Democrat. By no means does she deserve to be lumped in with the likes of Lieberman.

    She isn't anti-ACA.  In fact, her vote for the ACA led to her defeat in 2012. Her opponent hammered Hochul as being part of an Obama-Pelosi cabal 100x per day on ads in all media.

    She did get good ratings from the NRA - IN A LARGELY REPUBLICAN, RURAL DISTRICT. Be anti-gun in NY-27, you lose.

    Her votes on the environment were a small price to pay for the alternative we have now, which is a faux tea party millionaire who hates Obama, hates all government, and wants to repeal Obamacare full stop.  

    Hochul had vocal and active help from DCCC in 2011 and 2012, and deservedly so. This is a shameful smear of a good woman who ran tough races - and won one - as a Democrat in an overwhelmingly Republican, conservative district.

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    by Buffalopundit on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:55:21 AM PDT

  •  Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. (0+ / 0-)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 11:26:45 AM PDT

  •  Activists aren't about governing, they're about (1+ / 0-)
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    pushing those who govern in directions the activists think right.  It's an important distinction bc hectoring activists to be "practical" is to allow the governing to do even further as they please--which is to please themselves.  The governing do what's good for them.  Activists are all that stands btwn us and them.

    If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menu.

    by CarolinNJ on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 03:47:59 PM PDT

  •  Ah god I have to laugh at .... (2+ / 0-)
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    dicentra, jhannon kos.  You get pissed at Deblasio for endorsing the opponent of the guy you like because you dislike Cuomo but still not support Cuomo's opponent.

    The logic is like the pretzels they sell from carts.

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

    by delver rootnose on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 06:48:36 PM PDT

  •  Some people need to relax (0+ / 0-)

    DiBlasio endorses a so-so Democrat and that makes him a DINO?  Please....   Few politicians are 100% perfect.

  •  Dem mayor endorses Dem nominee for Lt. Gov. (0+ / 0-)

    Stop the presses!  Oh. My. God.  Is there no one we can trust?  Are there no political leaders worthy of our pure-hearted support?  Why must we always be betrayed?  WHY? WHY? WHINE?

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act--Orwell

    by jhannon on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 06:45:38 PM PDT

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