Quinn’s big speech, and her political comfort zone

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Briefing: Quinn and Bloomberg. (Spencer T. Tucker via flickr)
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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is delivering her State of the City Speech this afternoon, and appearing on NY1's "The Road to City Hall."

She'll be talking about substantive policy matters, in the context of her legislative plans for the coming year. But it's an important moment for her mayoral candidacy, representing yet another opportunity to separate herself from the less-powerful rivals she's more or less avoided engaging directly with.

She's acknowledging their presence in other ways, though. For example, she released a report describing a "squeeze" on the city's middle class, echoing the "two cities" themes of her Democratic mayoral opponents, particularly Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

At the same time, Quinn continues to resist a Paid Sick Leave bill, which is strongly supported by organized labor and by liberal pundits with national platforms, but strongly opposed by the mayor and business establishment she's cultivated as speaker. 

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Her position on that is unlikely to undergo major changes, unless and until the polls do.

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MSNBC host Chris Hayes criticized Quinn for not supporting Paid Sick Leave legislation. [Up with Chris]

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10 a.m. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio discusses his plan for universal pre-K and other early education initiatives, at the East Harlem Center, 130 East 101st Street, in Manhattan. @BilldeBlasio @ChildrensAidNYC #nyc2013

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10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Josh Stacher dicusses the Egyptian revolution; California's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on technology and government, Karen Tumulty on Washington news and the director of "5 Broken Cameras." [WNYC]

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Noon. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn delivers her State of the City speech, in the Council Chambers, in City Hall and will be live streamed here. @ChriscQuinn #SOTC2013

Noon. New Jersey lawmakers and environmentalists discuss their letter to Cuomo urging him to oppose fracking, in a conference call with reporters. Contact sgladstone@fwwatch.org for details. @ConnieWagner @NYAgainstFRACK @FoodAndWater @DelRiverKeeper #NJenviro #DontFrackNY

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New details on Sen. Bob Menendez's efforts to help a big donor with a Dominican port security deal. [Eric Lipton and William Rashbaum]

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