Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio made it a “high priority” to help political pal Dan Cantor of the left-leaning Working Families Party reduce a water bill of nearly $9,000, The Post has learned.
A review of de Blasio’s archives from his eight years as a member of the City Council found he his staff went to great lengths seven years ago to help Cantor, a constituent at the time living in Park Slope.
The political party chief first contacted de Blasio’s office on Feb. 15, 2006, to complain about the enormous water charge.
A week later, de Blasio penned a letter to Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd to request a reduction.
“After reviewing their situation, it appears to me that they were erroneously charged $8,989,” he wrote…
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Obamacare remains decisively unpopular with the American people, and most Republicans are staunchly committed to its repeal. And why shouldn’t they be? The ideological core of the bill runs contrary to the vision of limited government, market-based solutions, and individual choice that has formed the foundation of the party’s economic program since the statism of the First New Deal. Moreover, the party’s purpose is to win elections, and Obamacare still looks like a winning issue for the GOP.
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Texas governor Rick Perry goes where governors have never gone before. He’s been descending on blue states for months now, infuriating their Democratic governors with his pitch to CEOs to relocate their companies in business-friendly Texas. Now he’s going national. He aims to stir a debate over whose economic policies are better for jobs and growth, red states’ or blue states’.
“A Twitter account should be handled by a campaign team and not the individual,’’ said Mike Morey, the communications director for Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign and a political consultant with SDKKnickerbocker.
“As appealing and interesting as it might be for a candidate to operate his own Twitter accounts, it can be a problem,’’ he said.
“As you see here, random people can reach out at any moment,’’ Morey said, referring to Booker’s recently revealed Twitter escapades with a raunchy topless dancer from Oregon.
“You never know who is tweeting at you and what their background is…
With a shutdown looming, President Obama is still not budging on his unwillingness to negotiate on unconditionally increasing the debt ceiling, because not making room for all the bills that have been racked up irresponsibly would be irresponsible, or something like that:
Some Republicans also say they will not back an increase in the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling unless the health care law is changed. On Thursday, House GOP leaders discussed an option to raise the debt ceiling only if the health care plan is delayed for a year.
Obama said the debt ceiling gives the government authority to borrow money to pay its bills; otherwise, the government will default. The Treasury Department reports that it will be unable to repay debt starting Oct…
“On Friday, October 11th, Overpasses will support the truckers going to the nations District of Corruption [Washington D.C.]!” the Overpasses Facebook page says. “We’ve gotten emails to the website, messages to the main page from truckers, thanking us for waking them up! We need to be out there, cheering them on their way to DC!”
Both groups are nonpartisan and are recruiting grassroots volunteers from across …
Forty percent of Republicans say state legislatures should continue pushing for laws curbing abortion rights. That’s almost…
“Attorney General Schneiderman believes that New York State’s campaign finance rules are critical to ensuring that every New Yorker’s voice is heard,” said AG spokesman Matt Mittenthal. “The attorney general will vigorously defend the constitutionality of New York’s law.”
A lawsuit filed by the New York Progress and Protection PAC claims the group had “multiple” donors prepared to give more than $150,000 each to help promote Lhota’s candidacy…
AP's Rugaber Claims 'Job Market May Be Strengthening'; Doesn't Mention Dominance of Part-Timers and Temps
I guess the Associated Press's business and economics reporters feel they've done their jobs if they mention the relative donominance of new workforce entries by temps and part-timers once, while still denigrating the obvious validity of the latter — and pretend it never has to be mentioned again.
That's how the AP's Christopher Rugaber can produce a writeup, as he did today, telling readers that "The job market is sending signs that it may be strengthening," which contains no reference to part-timers or temps, obviously because that would disrupt the "improvement" meme. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):