Reid Pillifant

Bio: Reid Pillifant is the deputy editor of Capital. He was previously an editor and reporter at the New York Observer. Contact him at reid[at]capitalnewyork.com.

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Lautenberg’s death leaves Chris Christie with potentially messy options

The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg presents a political quandary for Gov. Chris Christie.

Jun. 3, 2013

 
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Sunday shows: Schumer defends Holder and warns Republicans about repeating 1998

Eric Holder received a vote of confidence from Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday morning.

"There've been all kinds of accusations, but I haven't seen anything that would prevent him from continuing to do his job," said Schumer, in an appearance on "Meet the Press."

Jun. 3, 2013

 
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Cuomo trusts mayoral candidates will do the right thing on municipal contracts

Andrew Cuomo ran for governor in 2010 promising the kind of showdown with government unions that the candidates for mayor of New York City have mostly avoided so far.

May. 31, 2013

 
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Mark Pryor runs an anti-Bloomberg ad, distributed by the DSCC

Arkansas senator Mark Pryor's first television ad of the 2014 cycle lets his constituents know that he won't be influenced by Michael Bloomberg.

May. 31, 2013

 
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Cruz: Obama can’t be trusted on background checks because drones, I.R.S., reporters

Texas senator Ted Cruz didn't mention guns in his remarks to the New York Republicans' annual dinner last night, but he did hold forth on the subject in a conversation with me after the speech.

May. 30, 2013

 
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Ted Cruz delivers a Tea Party sermon to the New York Republican establishment

Texas senator Ted Cruz said he was sorry that Rep. Peter King couldn't make it to his big speech in Manhattan on Wednesday night.

"I have not met Mr. King, but I think it is unfortunate that he was not able to join us tonight," Cruz told reporters as he sat down to a plate of filet mignon, before his speech at the Hyatt in Midtown.

May. 30, 2013

 
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Thompson shrugs off ‘wildly inaccurate’ polls, Weiner

Bill Thompson doesn't think much of the public polls that show him stuck in the middle of the crowded Democratic field.

"I think these polls are wildly inaccurate, I think they will continue to be that, and I don't place--to be blunt about it--I pay almost no attention to them," Thompson told reporters after a speech at Hostos Community College. "They really don't matter."

May. 29, 2013

 
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Far from Weiner and a hostile debate crowd, Quinn stumps and takes names

On Tuesday afternoon, while her rivals were across the river debating education, Christine Quinn was busy greeting water-logged commuters on a soggy street corner in Brooklyn Heights.

May. 29, 2013

 
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Bloomberg’s war on the N.R.A. versus Schumer’s majority

"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.

May. 28, 2013

 
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Democrats use a Ted Cruz appearance against Michael Grimm

The Democratic National Committee hosted a conference call this morning in the hopes of pinning Texas senator Ted Cruz's impending appearance in New York on the city's lone Republican in Congress, Rep. Michael Grimm.

May. 28, 2013