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Bio: Azi Paybarah is a reporter for Capital. He has covered politics for The New York Observer, WNYC, The New York Sun and the New York Press.
"It weakens us, every one story about someone getting out of a limousine and using food stamps. It weakens the food stamp program."
Two police oversight bills passed the City Council early this morning with veto-proof majorities.
The Quinnpiac poll has Quinn leading the field with 19 percent, Weiner with 17 percent and Thompson with 16 percent, all within or hovering close to the poll's 2.8 percent margin of error.
A Q poll shows Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner and Bill Thompson bunched up at the front of the Democratic mayoral pack. [Azi Paybarah]
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others welcome the Supreme Court's ruling striking down DOMA. [Reid Pillifant]
Gillibrand is trying to raise money for Wendy Davis, the Texas legislator who filibustered a local antiabortion bill. [Reid Pillifant]
What's the significance of the fact that Weiner's margin comes mostly from from cell-phone users?
Weiner, who won national attention for his tirades on the congressional floor against Republicans, said "maybe we'll get the neanderthals in the House of Representatives to turn around and pass immigration reform."
At a mayoral forum about housing last night, Anthony Weiner stood up and told a crowd of mostly low-income residents: "If you like the way things are going, don't vote for me."
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said the Voting Rights Act is "not ancient history" and Al Sharpton said today's Supreme Court ruling was "a devastating blow to Americans, particularly African-Americans who are now at the mercy of state government." [Azi Paybarah]
Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese wants a primary with less bullshit. [Dana Rubinstein]
32BJ, which backed Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009, endorsed Christine Quinn. The union's president said, "We know what to expect." [Dana Rubinstein]
Medical marijuana? Maybe next year, say advocates. [Dana Rubinstein]
The Rev. Al Sharpton said the decision was "a devastating blow to Americans, particularly African-Americans who are now at the mercy of state governments."
The most vocal opposition to the Motions to Discharge in the Council yesterday came not from Democrats worried about weakening the power of the Speaker, but from Republicans.