Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican senator, said he's not phased by the three new ads attacking him that were released today by Bloomberg's gun control coalition. [Reid Pillifant]
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she won't make an endorsement in the Democratic mayoral primary. [Reid Pillifant]
Jim Margolis' assistance on Anthony Weiner's recent film shoot won't count as a donation. [Reid Pillifant]
Meet the new champion of marijuana legalization in New York: State Senator Liz Krueger. [Dana Rubinstein]
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn makes Antonio Reynoso a litmus test. Bill Thompson has reached out to him. Anthony Weiner has not. [Azi Paybarah]
1199 SEIU, the powerful healthcare workers union has decided to endorse Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in the Democratic primary for mayor, according to a source. A spokesperson for the union declined to comment. Aides to de Blasio did not immediately return requests for comment.
1199 SEIU, the powerful healthcare workers union endorsed Kirsten Foy for the Brooklyn City Council seat being vacated by Al Vann.
City Council candidate Mark Levine was endorsed by 1199 SEIU, the powerful union representing healthcare workers.
One of the organizers of the silent march this Sunday in opposition to the city's stop-and-frisk policy said he is "literally afraid" for the safety of his 22-year-old son if he's stopped by policeo officers.
The June 17 silent march along Fifth Avenue protesting the city's stop-and-frisk policy will end at the home of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said one of the labor leaders organizing the event.
1199 SEIU, the largest union in New York, announced it is putting its support behind Representatives Charlie Rangel of Harlem and Nydia Velazquez of Brooklyn, two incumbents facing strong primary challenges.
Rangel fended of a crowded field of competitors two years while he was being investigated for ethics violations in the House. But his district has been redrawn to become less African-American and majority Hispanic, and he looks to be facing stiffer competition than last time, with a challenge from Dominican-American State Senator Adriano Espaillat.
In an ad about Cuomo's pension reform, AFL-CIO talks of fat cats teaming up with 'some politicians in Albany'
This new AFL-CIO ad makes the case against state pension reform, saying that "Wall Street," "Big Banks" and "Corporate CEOS have teamed up with some politicians in Albany."
Fox News recently ran a story alleging New York Communities for Change was raising money for various progress issues but using it to fund the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. It relied heavily on anonymous sources and has been strongly denied by NYCC.
In response to that story, a Republican congressman who led the probe into ACORN, Darrell Issa, said he'd like another investigation into NYCC, which is ACORN's successor-group.
New York Communities for Change, the Acorn-successor organization aimed at mobilizing low-income and minority communities for progressive causes, held a fund-raiser at the 1199 SEIU headquarters in Manhattan last night.
Attendees included Representative Charlie Rangel, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, assembly members Brian Kavanagh and Linda Rosenthal, and city council members Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jumaane Williams, Ydanis Rodriguez and, briefly, Dan Garodnick. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was honored by the group, but she was in D.C. and didn't attend. City Comptroller John Liu publicized the event on his schedule but ended up arriving after it was finished, around 8:30 p.m.
Recurring themes of the night were labor's victory in Ohio and the vigor of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators down at Zuccotti Park, which labor leaders continue to seize on as affirmation of their own aims, declaring repeatedly that organized labor and progressive activists are in sync.(2)