De Blasio, Becoming Nominee, Shows Why NYC Politics Are Important
September 16, 2013
Habemus Democratic mayoral nominee! This morning, in front of City Hall, former Comptroller Bill Thompson conceded to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, forestalling what may (or may not) have been a run-off on October 1 and instead directly setting de
Behind Andrew Cuomo's Book Bout With Fredric Dicker
May 03, 2013
Did a presidential contender quash an unfriendly biography?
Meanwhile, Inside Andrew Cuomo’s Head...
April 12, 2013
It’s Mario vs. Bubba, again.
The Democrats' 2016 Contenders Are Betting on Gun Control
January 14, 2013
Several high-profile Democratic governors seem to think gun control is no longer an issue to avoid. Will they be proven right?
"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.