The Times urges Cuomo to reject a plan that ‘almost ensures gridlock’ on redistricting

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The Times editorial page comes out against the compromise deal on redistricting, urging Cuomo to "keep his word" and veto the lines drawn by legislators. The independent redistricting process set up under the proposed legislation "would enshrine some of the worst practices in the Constitution" and "almost ensures gridlock," the editorial says.

Legislators are expected to pass the deal today, and send it to Cuomo for approval.

The choice, according to the Times, is clear.

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2013

Liu's trouble inspired Asian-American groups to have a workshop on campaign finance rules; more are underway. [David Chen]

Challenging Gillibrand

Turner's challenge is to raise money, but he's much better known than anyone else in the race for the Republican nomination. [Raymond Hernandez]

Turner got endorsed by the Manhattan County G.O.P.; Carvin asked for their support last night; Long and Maragos both spoke at the group's Feb. 23 event. [Celeste Katz]

Redistricting

Cuomo appears caught between two motivations: doing what he said he would do, which is veto gerrymandered lines, and getting a deal accomplished. A Daily News columnist strongly suggests the former, since the latter is "deeply flawed." [Bill Hammond]

The compromise is worse than the status quo and the changes to the maps drawn by the legislature were hardly an improvement, a broadsheet editorial page said, which concluded that Cuomo has to "keep his word" and reject the compromise. [New York Times]

"The legislature would ultimately have to pass the commission’s lines," notes a blogger at a web site associated with Citizens Union. [David King]

Some Bronx residents fume. [Daniel Beekman]

Albany

Cuomo and legislative leaders are working on a deal to pass the DNA database bill, along with pension reform and redistricting. It's unclear of marijuana possession will be reduced from a crime to a violation, as Hakeem Jeffries wants. [John Eligon]

The governor may exempt city cops and firemen from a final deal. [Ken Lovett]

This story out of New Jersey is provides, I think, a great contrast between Christie and Cuomo, since only one of them can call someone at a town hall "an idiot" and later say, "I don't have any regret about it at all." [James Barron]

Here's a lengthy roundup of reaction to ESPA's firing of Ross Levi shortly after he helped same-sex marriage get passed in Albany. [Paul Schindler]

TWU 

Responding to his predecessor's increasingly public criticisms, John Samuelsen said Roger Toussaint "couldn't mobilize a bunch of kindergarten kids to get online to get cookies and milk." [Ted Mann]

Media

Editorial: The AP has been particularly egregious, compromising ongoing investigations and revealing names of undercover NYPD officers, analysts and subjects. [New York Post]

Analysis of a debate between Buzzfeed and Breitbart.com about old Obama footage. [David Folkenflik]

Introducing the "news to me" genre of news. [Ben Smith]

To that end: Obama, on comfort food. [CheckPleaseTV]

Typos

There are eight instances of Bill de Blasio being referred to as "Pubic Advocate" on his official government web site. [pubadvocate.nyc.gov]

Images

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