In 2016, Andrew Cuomo is Syracuse, Chris Christie is Kentucky, and Hillary Clinton is Gonzaga

Briefing: 2016 Rankings (Washington Post)
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Is politics like a single-elimination basketball tournament, or a school that grades on the curve?

The Washington Post's The Fix has created NCAA-style brackets for the 2016 presidential race. Ranked number 1 for the Democratic Party is Andrew Cuomo. The Democrats' number 2 is Martin O'Malley., For Republicans, 1 and 2 are Marco Rubio and Chris Christie.)

The Center for Public Integrity released its rankings of states and New York overall gets a failing grade. New York was less bad, relatively speaking, on lobbying disclosure, earning a B-; public access to information got a D+, which is the same grade the (freshly re-gerrymandered) state got for "legislative accountability."

Related, but different, the state's congressional lines were finalized by a three-judge panel. They were drawn by a judge whose decision to ignore what the lines did to incumbents was upheld by the court and, basically, fit the textbook definition of independent. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee nevertheless claims to have gained an edge in the process. "Six of the seven Republican held seats in New York became more Democratic through redistricting," they wrote in a memo sent widely to reporters.

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2012

David Plouffe went to the Yale Club to help scare up some big donations for Priorities USA Action. [Maggie Haberman]

"Don't see anyone in there (except Clinton or Warren) to derail [Cuomo]" [Ben Smith]

2013

De Blasio's use of Yiddish to help rally support for Brooklyn train service gets noticed. [Ben Yakas]

"Quinn's team did not respond to repeated questions about how much weight she has lost." [Jill Colvin]

New York's Congressional Maps

A court finalized the lines drawn by a federal magistrate and defended her decision not to give any weight to where incumbents lived. [Michael Johnson]

Republicans argued that incumbency should have been taken into consideration, which may explain the thinking behind how they drew their maps. [Colby Hamilton]

NY-28

Republican challenger Maggie Brooks said her candidacy wouldn't be about anyone else's record or integrity. Democratic incumbent Louise Slaughter took a very different approach, and attacked Brooks. [Joseph Spector]

NY-10

A spokeswoman said he'll be "back in Washington in no time." [Hunter Walker]

NY-06

There are slightly more white voters than Asian voters in the district in which Grace Meng is running. [Colby Hamilton]

Meng noted Ackerman's efforts to build ties with Asian residents. [Jen Chung]

By not running for Congress, Tony Avella is putting Senate Democrats in the lurch, because his newly drawn district includes fellow Democrat Toby Ann Stavisky. [Liz Benjamin]

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The race is turning into a Cuomo-Paladino rematch, sort of. [Liz Benjamin]

Corruption Report Card

The Center for Public Integrity ranked New York 36 out of 50 states and gave the state an overall grade of D. [David Howard King]

Public access to information = D+

Executive accountability = D

Legislative accountability = D+

Lobbying disclosure = B-

Redistricting = F [StateIntegrity.org]

"A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed the governor’s predecessors for opacity in government." [Cindy Rodriguez]

Albany

Silver won't link a raise in minimum wage to the overall budget fight. [Glenn Blain]

Cuomo signed the DNA expansion bill in Albany surrounded by law enforcement officials from around the state. [Cara Matthews]

NYPD Surveillance

Ray Kelly said, "I live downtown and pass Ground Zero every single day. Maybe that’s why it’s on my mind more than it is with other people." [Mike Lupica]

The Buffalo News has a lengthy piece on the NYPD surveillance (which "continues to this day") of Buffalo's Somalian residents. [Matthew Spina]

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the narrator of "The Third Jihad," is critical of CAIR. His father-in-law is the president of the Cleveland chapter of CAIR, and doesn't share Jasser's views. [Adam Serwer]

Guns

The Manhattan D.A. dropped felony weapons charges for the Tennessee tourist who brought an out-of-state gun to the 9/11 Memorial. [Laura Italiano]

Flashback: When she was arrested, Bloomberg told reporters she had cocaine in her pocket. That turned out not to be true. [Capital]

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Cecily McMillan is arrested. [SteffieKeith]