"I Thought We’d Already Answered That Question": Will Politicians Keep Talking About Climate Change?
November 04, 2012
Sandy might mark the beginning of an important shift in the political dynamic around climate change.
The Charlotte Letter: Alone Time with Ed Rendell
September 05, 2012
Chatting with Rendell on why Hillary will run in 2016, why Cory Booker is the biggest wuss in the party, and how he thinks CNN should be blown up.
The False Promise of the New York City Teacher Evaluations
March 06, 2012
[Guest post by Simon van Zuylen-Wood] On February 16th, New York state officials agreed on a new teacher evaluation system that will use student standardized test scores to help determine teacher tenure and dismissals. The previous model, in which 97 percent of New York City teachers were deemed “satisfactory,” was based solely on classroom observations. While the deal signals an important compromise between Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has pushed for more teacher accountability, and the state teachers union, the real news came a week later.
Building Buffalo with New York Works
January 13, 2012
In light of last week’s job numbers, Wonkblog’s Ezra Klein asked what Washington should be doing to boost the economy. Infrastructure investment, he said, is the “obvious winner.” He is not alone. Economists, policy makers and politicians (on both sides of the aisle) agree that a pretty good bet for positive economic growth is investment in infrastructure. With all of this (rare) agreement on an investment target, what is Washington doing to encourage infrastructure investment? So far, not much.
January 13, 2011
The bomber carried balloons. They were silver and purple, and when he stepped inside the parking garage, they flitted and danced around his head—obscuring his face, as well as his intentions. It was October 2008, just after 4:30 on a Wednesday afternoon, and the workers in the office tower above the garage in suburban St. Louis were still at their desks. Only surveillance cameras saw the man with the balloons as he hurriedly walked to the parking space marked “654,” knelt down, and placed a wicker basket next to the driver’s side door of a late model Acura TL.
New York: If They Can Fix It There...
January 06, 2011
State of the state speeches usually have the feel of New Year’s resolutions. This year, say the governors, the state will be richer, smarter, better, happier thanks to new programs, new rules, and new ideas.
NY Gubernatorial Debate: More Fringe Candidates, Please!
October 18, 2010
By all rights, tonight's gubernatorial debate in New York should've been a daffy three-ring circus—even by the abysmal standards of the 2010 midterms. Put aside, for a moment, Republican candidate Carl Paladino's well-known penchant for emailing bestiality porn to his friends and uttering physical threats to reporters.
Paladino in the U.S.A.
October 14, 2010
NEW YORK —Having long been one of the proud tough guys of New York politics, Andrew Cuomo, the state's attorney general, finds himself with a Republican opponent in this year's governor's race who makes him look like St. Francis of Assisi. To call Carl Paladino brash and a loudmouth understates the case.
New York's Second Senate Seat
January 15, 2010
Some 40-odd years ago, Chuck Schumer was my student. A few years after that, I became his student. No, not in a formal classroom sense, but in the political dimension. If you watch him, you learn a lot. He's a stand-up liberal, a New York liberal at that. But he is also an effective liberal, which means he sometimes compromises--a sin on the Upper West Side, where politics often means that you shouldn't compromise ... ever. At 23, Chuck ran for the New York State Assembly and won. Then he went to the House of Representatives and, in 1998, to the U.S.
Are Corporate Insurers Defrauding the Public?
December 31, 2009
When it comes to health care fraud, Medicare scams have recently elicited some of the greatest public outrage and political attention.