"The N.R.A. is going down," according to the cover of the new New Republic.
The story, by Alec MacGillis, gives considerable credit for the National Rifle Association's impending demise to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the vast resources he's preparing to deploy on behalf of new gun laws.(3)
In a supplement to his story this morning about former Hillary Clinton aides taking a pre-emptive pass on 2016, Jason Horowitz has an online addition that details how Howard Wolfson was converted from a critic of Mayor Michael Bloomberg to one of his most trusted advisers.
At 2:30 this afternoon, Bill Thompson's lead consultant, Jonathan Prince, wrote:
Today, the Bloomberg administration summoned reporters to Brooklyn for a bike share announcement, but declined to say precisely when the bike share program would be launching.(1)
The cast of candidates running for mayor this year is less friendly to bike lanes than Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and it's taking some getting used to for cycling advocates.
While Mayor Michael Bloomberg's performance during and after Hurricane Sandy was being summarily trashed by most of the participants in a candidate forum last night, the mayor's top aide, Howard Wolfson took to Twitter to respond.(2)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new super PAC made its first expenditures late yesterday, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The Independence USA PAC spent a total of $94,000 on two House candidates: Val Demings in Florida, and New York's own Dan Maffei.
Howard Wolfson, the Democratic operative-turned-deputy mayor-turned-independent operative, said it wasn't surprising to see President Obama and Mitt Romney abandon a discussion of foreign policy for their preferred domestic talking points last night.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that his new super PAC's involvement in this year's election as something of a test run for his post-mayoral ambitions.
"We'll win some races, we'll lose some of these, but it's sort of to get our feet wet," he said during his regular Friday morning radio show appearance. "And then two years from now, when I don't have to worry about just what's good for New York City—I'm gonna live here the rest of my life, my kids are gonna live here, I'm gonna live in New York State, I'm gonna live in America, so I care about all these levels of government—but I'll be freer to do more in a couple of years."
The New York City Campaign Finance Board said today that Mayor Michael Bloomberg "contravened the spirit of disclosure" underlying city campaign finance rules, even if he didn't violate the letter of the law, when he gave a personal donation of more than a million dollars to the New York State Independence Party but did not immediately report it as a campaign expenditure.
A year from today, Michael Bloomberg's mayoralty will be running on fumes.(1)
The one race he won't be spending his money on, though, is the presidential race, according to Howard Wolfson, the City Hall aide who will take a leave of absence to run Bloomberg's Independence PAC.
When Public Advocate Bill de Blasio proposed that the NYPD be made to account more closely for its use of stop-and-frisk as a crime-fighting tool, he received a short, sharp rebuke from top Bloomberg aide Howard Wolfson, who suggested de Blasio was trying to return New York to a time when there were more than 2,000 murders a year.
That's roughly how many there were during the Dinkins administration, in which de Blasio served as a not-particularly prominent aide.