Schumer moves the marker on tax negotiations leftward
Chuck Schumer thinks that after decades of being on the defensive, the Democrats are actually winning the debate on taxation, and that they shouldn't win an election only to concede the issue.
So yesterday, in a speech to the National Press Club, Schumer duly shifted the debate over a "grand bargain" a few pegs to the left, saying Democrats should reject across-the-board tax cuts, and instead freeze the rates for the highest earners and put the savings from closing any tax loopholes into reducing the deficit.
It's an explicit rejection of Simpson-Bowles as a starting point for the debate, just as Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles were headed to meet with a group of eight senators from both parties to help them hammer out a deal.
In Schumer's calculation, President Obama is favored by voters over Mitt Romney on the question of taxes, so before all the oxygen is consumed by the election, he's laying down a new marker.
State Senate Republicans raised $18.46 million compared to $3.5 million for their Democratic counterparts. [Carl Campanile]
State education officials are reviewing the "struggling" U.F.T.-run charter school in East New York. [Lisa Fleisher]
Kathy Wylde of the Partnership for New York City defends Governor Andrew Cuomo's record from unflattering assessments by the Cato Institute and the Tax Foundation. [Glenn Blain]
"If @MikeBloomberg wants to debate taxes & the urgent need to invest in early education for our youth, I'm ready. Choose a venue, Mr. Mayor."— Bill de Blasio
Mitt Romney leads the Real Clear Politics national polling average by 0.7 percent, the first lead he's ever had in the general election. [Ezra Klein]
Romney is in the best position he's been in since the party conventions. [Nate Silver]
Paul Ryan is making his only fund-raising trip to New York City on Monday. [Reid Pillifant]
"Quinn said she wasn't ruling out tax increases entirely, but she was ruling out property tax increases, kind of." [Dana Rubinstein]
Cuomo's new communications-director hire has lots of experience in national media. [Azi Paybarah]
9 a.m. City Council members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander will be joined by the NYCLU, SEIU 32BJ, 1199 SEIU, and members of Communities United for Police Reform to discuss four NYPD-related bills under consideration at the City Council, on the steps of City Hall.
9:45 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Bob Duffy participate in a North Country Regional Economic Development Council Assessment Tour, at West Side Ballroom, at 253 New York Road, in Plattsburgh.
10 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn attends a Public Safety Committee hearing about stop-and-frisk, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.
10:45 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers remarks at the 2012 Conservatie Party Conference, at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, England. The event will be streamed live here.
11 a.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at a press conference about the closing of Pathmark, at "Pathmark of Pike Slip 227 Cherry St/Rutgers Slip."
Noon. Stringer attends Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s Clergy Task Force meeting, at Room 915 in the Bronx Courthouse, at 85 Grand Concourse Ave., in the Bronx.
5 p.m Stringer speaks at a Chelsea Midtown Town Hall meeting, at St. Elftherios Church, at 359 W. 24th St., in Manhattan.
7:15 p.m. Stringer attends the Park Slope Civic Council Food for Though Fund-raiser, at the Prospect Park Picnic House, in Brooklyn.
Schumer isn't the only one angling to influence the tax debate. [Manu Raj and Steven Sloan]
A robocall in NY-27 tells voters "we don't need a jobs report to know that these failed economic policies are hurting families" and, alluding to a statement by Joe Biden, also says, "We've been buried in it." [Robert McCarthy]
Two Albany television stations stopped running a National Republican Congressional Committee ad attacking NY-19 Democratic congressional candidate Julian Schreibman. [Jimmy Vielkind]
Three New York races make a top ten of the nastiest House races. [Seung Min Kim and Kate Nocera]
Jack Welch says he was right to question the jobs report. [Jack Welch]
A detailed look at Bain Capital's approach to China, which could complicate MItt Romney's tough on China message. [Sharon LaFreniere and Mike McIntire]
Democrats are accusing Romney of changing his position on abortion, because he now says "there's no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda." [Evan McMorris-Santoro]
Romney's campaign makes and books its television ads in-house, which gives them greater flexibility, but might cost more money. [Maggie Haberman, Alexander Burns and Emily Schultheis]
Obama may need to re-motivate black voters to have any chance of winning North Carolina again. [Susan Saulny]
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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's education plan is criticized by one editorial board for "raising the specter of Obama-style class warfare in New York" and possibly "limiting [his] appeal to a small and getting-smaller faction of the Democratic Party." [New York Observer]
De Blasio wants the NYPD to release crime stats for public parks. [WNYC]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she would rule out raising property taxes next year. [Sally Goldenberg]
Headline: "Speaker Christine Quinn flip flops, now says DON'T tax the rich." [Erin Durkin]
Quinn wants tougher penalties for sex assault criminals. [Rebecca Fishbein]
Quinn also wants annual photographs of sex offenders. [Erin Durkin]
The Times looks at health services residents get, after the demise of St. Vincents (which is in Quinn's district). [Anemona Hartocollis]
The News picks up a video essay in The Nation about a menacing stop-and-frisk incident in Harlem caught on a two-minute audio recording. The "officers appear to repeatedly harass and threaten the teenager after he asks why he's been stopped." [Shane Dixon Kavanaugh]
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will help launch "the city's first ever nighttime farmer's market." It'll be in East Harlem on Thursday, from 4 to 9 p.m. [Danielle Tcholakian]
In an AP story about the Bloomberg administration housing homeless people "in [the] lap of wealthy," the wire service noted, "The crisis stems from a lack of affordable housing and the city's ever-growing gap between the rich and the poor, one of the widest in the U.S. and comparable to that found in sub-Saharan Africa." [Meghan Barr]
Fewer than 10 percent of 8th graders at the U.F.T.-run charter school passed this year's state English exam, the worst among charter schools in the city. [Yoav Gonen and Ikimulisa Livingston]
Sources say Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's office has declined to prosecute Alec Baldwin for his scuffle with a photographer. [Laura Italiano]
A man whose highly publicize rape charge was ultimately dismissed has filed suit against Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and the city. [Alan Feuer]
The Cato Institute gave New York a "D" for its tax and spending policies and the Tax Foundation ranked the state 49th out of 50 for its business climate. [Associated Press]
According to the Tax Foundation, New Jersey's ranking has improved because New York's has gotten so bad. [Erik Kriss]
Governor Andrew Cuomo's new communications director Allison Gollust starts on Monday and was not made available for an interview. [Thomas Kaplan]
"The governor made no mention of whether Gollust was joining the team as a precursor to a national run." [Ken Lovett]
A New York City editorial page urges Cuomo to allow fracking. [Daily News]
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Wall Street shed 1,200 since the beginning of the year and more may be on the way. [Brett Philbin]
David Loglisci, a key figure in the scandal that brought down former state comptroller Alan Hevesi, will not serve time in jail. [Laura Italiano]