Albany loses another same-sex marriage Republican

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Briefing: Saland. (via dailyfreeman.com)
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Washington

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name for consideration as Secretary of State. [Tracy Connor]

Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts is now the front-runner for the job. [Dan Ring]

Albany

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State Senator Stephen Saland officially conceded his race to his Democratic challenger Terry Gipson. [Ariel Zangla]

Governor Andrew Cuomo lamented the loss of a pro-gay marriage Republican in "today's political environment." [Nick Reisman]

New York State Attorney General Schneiderman spoke to Current TV's Eliot Spitzer about campaign finance rules around the same time Cuomo spoke to NPR's Karen Dewitt about the same topic. [Nick Reisman]

Headline: "AG's regs' effect on pro-Cuomo group appear minimal." [Chris Bragg]

Original headline: "Schneiderman regs may spare pro-Cuomo group." [Twitter]

Schneiderman is aiming at 501(c)4 "social welfare organizations" that spend more than $10,000 on campaign activities. [Eric Lach]

The backdrop for Schneiderman's new legislation is the Citizens United decision in the Supreme Court. [HispanicBusiness.com]

Schneiderman said there is a lot of "irrational conduct" in Washington where Republicans are blocking legislation requiring greater campaign finance disclosure. [Brian Lehrer]

Independent Democratic Conference member Malcolm Smith could face a primary from Councilman Leroy Comrie. [Ross Barkan]

Rev. Charles Norris said Smith is a "traitor" and should be "fired." [AnnMarie Costella]

Five Democratic state senators took issue with Independent Democratic Conference member Diane Savino's comments. [Nick Reisman]

The M.T.A. fired their Washington lobbyist six months before Hurricane Sandy hit, inflicting billions of dollars worth of damage the agency now wants the federal government to cover. [Esme Deprez and Martin Braun]

2013 / City Hall

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she and Michael Bloomberg have the best speaker-mayor relationship "ever." [David Chen]

Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio were among the guests for former Mayor Ed Koch's birthday party at Gracie Mansion. [David Chen]

Bill Clinton on Hillary Clinton running for mayor: "She debunked it, and so I join the debunking." [Jill Colvin]

Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. made a joke about how many people are running for office in 2013. [Steven Ferrar]