Unlike most New Yorkers, Hector Cordero was very excited about Primary Day.(1)
State Senator Adriano Espaillat has taken his congressional campaign to court, with Rep. Charlie Rangel's lead down to 802 votes from what election officials originally estimated to be a considerably larger margin on primary night.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat hopes to get a judge to help oversee the recount in his race against Rep. Charlie Rangel.(2)
Nobody argued the tax angle of the Affordable Care Act, but Chief Justice Roberts wrote that "it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance." [Washington Post]
"If someone who does not want to buy health insurance is willing to pay the tax, that’s the end of the matter; the government cannot do anything else." [Amy Howe]
Anthony Weiner explains the expectations game. [David Freedlander]
Republicans attacked the health care legislation upheld in today's ruling as a "tax increase." [Casey Seiler](1)
El Diario's front page goes to the possible showdown between Assemblyman Guillermo Linares and Adriano Espaillat for Espaillat's State Senate seat in Upper Manhattan.
Adriano Espaillat supporters Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Assemblyman Nelson Castro, and the head of the corrections officers union, Norman Seabrook, will have a press conference outside of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Today's big news is almost certainly going to be the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care plan.
In the meantime, though, we have a bit of unexpected news from Tuesday's otherwise surprise-free New York congressional primaries: In the 11th congressional district, where Rep. Charlie Rangel appears to have held off a challenge from State Senator Adriano Espaillat, the Associated Press and city Board of Elections reported different numbers, and now Rangel's victory is "razor-thin."(1)
Rangel's margin of victory went from 5 percent last night to 3 percent this morning. [Associated Press]
Adriano Espaillat released a statement that refers to "voting results that continue to come in." [No Link]
A local paper in the Bronx is keeping a close eye on the results. [@RiverdalePress]
A "firm victory." [Jonathan Hicks]
Rangel, popular enough. [Kevin Loria](1)
Rep. Charlie Rangel keeps up his attack on newspaper editorial boards which, after winning his second contested primary without the support of The Times or Daily News. (The Post was never really an option). The Times tepidly backed Joyce Johnson in 2010 and Clyde Williams in 2012. The News was neutral in 2010 but backed Wiliams this year.
Last night, Rangel called newspaper editorial board members "very special people", not in a good way, and "strange."
Though the New York Times imprematur can be crucial in competitive local Democratic primaries, it doesn't appear to have played a meaningful role in any of yesterday's congressional races, in which three of the paper's five chosen candidates won.
At one point late in his primary campaign, Charlie Rangel dared reporters to ask President Obama whether he was supporting Rangel. The White House responded with a resounding shrug of the shoulders.
The censure didn't kill Charlie Rangel's congressional career, and neither did redistricting, as he won a multicandidate primary yesterday with 45 percent of the vote.
A reader got this piece of literature in the mail, suggesting Clyde Williams has the support of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom he's worked for.