Liu, unembattled, prepares to give another big speech

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Briefing: Liu. (museum of chinese in america, via flickr)
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Jill Colvin catches an interesting trend: Recent stories about City Comptroller John Liu have not mentioned his campaign fund-raising scandal.

That's due in part to the fact that there's been no new news about the trial of his fund-raisers in federal court, which is set to proceed soon.

But while the scandal news has died down, and Liu himself was never accused of wrongdoing, the idea that Liu is damaged as a mayoral candidate has become implicit in the regular analysis of the race by pundits and politicians who talk about the Democratic contest as a three-person proposition featuring Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former comptroller Bill Thompson.

Liu is set today to deliver his State of the City address, which is technically his second of the year. His last one was in February, and featured a choir and dancing dragons.

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He's expected to call for an end to tax breaks for big companies, and for the fast-tracking of capital projects to save money. 

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