What do Michael Bloomberg and the N.R.A. have in common?
Before traveling to Washington today, Bloomberg denounced the Stand Your Ground laws that initially shielded Trayvon Martin's shooter from prosecution. No "civilized society" should have such a law, he said.
But a version of the law was introduced here in New York, by George Maziarz, a member of the New York State Senate Republican conference.
Bloomberg has generously funded that conference over the years. And, according to Ken Lovett at the Daily News, so has the National Rifle Association, an organization that the mayor dislikes intensely.
Liz Benjamin noted that one gun-control bill Bloomberg strongly backed failed on the Senate floor, thanks "mostly" to Marty Golden, "a longtime Bloomberg ally."
Bloomberg has helped the Republicans keep control of the State Senate, with his contributions, and has said in the past that his support isn't predicated on any one particular bill or piece of legislation.
Which should mean, at least, that he won't be in trouble with Andrew Cuomo.
Bloomberg said George Zimmerman should not have been allowed to obtain a gun. [WNYC]
The number of justifiable homicides go up in states that pass Stand Your Ground legislation. [MikeBloomberg.com]
The mayor said no "civilized society" should have that kind of legislation. [Tina Moore and Alison Gendar]
Both Bloomberg and the N.R.A. give a lot of money to the State Senate G.O.P. [Liz Benjamin]
Crowley got endorsed by the Mason Tenders District Council. [Celeste Katz]
Crowley is getting smaller unions, Lancman is getting bigger unions, and Meng "hasn't yet announced significant labor support." [Colin Campbell]
Meng could, potentially, get the Hotels Trades Council. [Chris Bragg]
Diaz Sr. takes issue with Rangel's "hearing aid" remark. [Colin Campbell]
One Democratic challenger, Richard Becker, called on Rep. Hayworth to denounce her Republican colleague Rep. Allen West's claim that "78 to 81" House Democrats "are members of the Communist Party. [Facebook]
New spending on member items was cut, but $38 million in existing member items was funded. [Jimmy Vielkind]
"He listened; he shrugged his shoulders" said Councilman Oddo of the mayor, when they discussed the possibility of locating a new trash plant on Staten Island. [Judy Randall]
Anderson Cooper should get "Pussy Willow Prince," said founder of Buffalo's Dyngus Day celebration, after the CNN host dissed the event. [Liz Benjamin]
The Ron Paul video game. [Rosie Gray]
Christie said if he went to Newark public schools, "I probably would not be standing here as governor today." [GovChristie]