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.
A spokesman for Reynso told me today Thompson's camp has reached out to Reynoso to arrange a meeting.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand won't be taking sides in the Democratic primary to be the city's next mayor.
"I will not endorse in the New York City mayor's race, until we have a Democratic nominee," Gillibrand told WNYC's Brian Lehrer this morning.
At 2:30 this afternoon, Bill Thompson's lead consultant, Jonathan Prince, wrote:
Council Speaker Christine Quinn followed in the public health foosteps of her ally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, announcing that New Jersey would follow New York in proposing to raise the smoking age to 21.
But attacking Thompson for having ties to D'Amato is problematic.
Other Democrats have taken donations and accepted D'Amato's support publicly, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn this afternoon called the details of the Assemblyman Vito Lopez's sexual harassment case "nauseating," but declined to do question Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's role in the scandal.(1)
Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants cyclists and pedestrians to know that she's not only interested in munimeters.
Today, the speaker and mayoral frontrunner unveiled several new proposals designed to make the streets more amenable to cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.
Former city comptroller Bill Thompson said Christine Quinn's story was "touching" and "inspiring."
After Hurricane Sandy knocked out the A train to the Rockaways, the Bloomberg administration instituted a city-subsidized ferry to the barrier peninsula, the sort of thing residents there had been wanting for years.
Yesterday, City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn spoke publicly for the first time about her past struggles with bulimia and anorexia.
"I do want to note that Speaker Quinn is here today in a non-candidate's role," said Barnard College president Debora Spar, on Tuesday, as she spoke to a room whose population was roughly half co-eds and half reporters who'd been alerted to the event by Quinn's mayoral campaign spokesman, Michael Morey.(1)
Here's a little bit more about the potential spending advantage Bill Thompson's adviser Jonathan Prince was touting on conference call with reporters yesterday.