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November 3, 2009 @ 11:23 am

Polls Open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Today

Make your vote count.

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November 2, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

Gawker Endorsement: Don’t Vote For Bloomberg

Via Pareene and Gawker:

Tomorrow is Election Day! You will probably not vote, because there are no contested races for anything important in 90% of the nation. But if you are a New Yorker, we have one message: don’t vote for Michael Bloomberg.

You know those idiots who don’t know anything about politics but think it sounds smart to say “I am a social liberal and an economic conservative?” Bloomberg is the candidate for them, if they love a liberal nanny state and a conservative religious fervor for the eternal goodness of private enterprise.

For all the talk of Bloomberg the power-player who at least gets things done without worrying about the unions and special interests, he’s been unable to win any political battle with anyone he couldn’t literally buy off. Like Sheldon Silver, who (thankfully) killed the West Side Stadium and (annoyingly) ended all that “Congestion Pricing” talk. And those unions and special interests were just bought off, which worked fine back when the boom whose end Bloomberg never saw coming was in full swing.
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October 15, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

Bloomberg’s Election Day Trouble

Via Adam Lisberg and The Daily News:

Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign may look unbeatable – but some insiders see troubling signs that he could be tossed out of City Hall.

They fear lingering voter anger about term limits, low-turnout primaries, passionate anti-Bloomberg Democrats and complacent Bloomberg supporters could combine to create the biggest political upset of a generation.

“I’d be worried,” said one of the mayor’s prominent backers, who fears moderate pro-Bloomberg voters won’t bother voting Nov. 3 if they assume the mayor will win.

“If you’re just a voter who kind of likes Bloomberg, you don’t come out,” this backer said. “If you hate Bloomberg . . . you come out.”
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October 1, 2009 @ 11:55 am

Bloomberg Says We’re All Basically Happy with the Status Quo

Earlier this morning, I saw several people at various subway stops urging New Yorkers to register to vote for the November election. Perhaps this video compelled them to do so.

Here’s a video posted yesterday of Bloomberg saying low voter turnout for Tuesday’s runoff was due to people being basically happy.

(Via The Daily News)

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September 30, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

Reading List: Bloomberg Panders with Parking, Not Welcome in Chinatown

* The Daily News gave Bloomberg space in its op-ed section today to explore new parking technology in the city, though the costs and funding for such a plan was no where to be found. In response, Thompson said Bloomberg was pandering for votes.

* NY1 reports that Mayor Bloomberg, on his way for a campaign breakfast, was met with protesters in Chinatown. “Bloomberg is not welcome in Chinatown. Today he thinks he can come here and buy a few votes by giving a free lunch. But a free lunch is not going to make up for eight years of destroying the community,” said one protestor.

* Today’s City Room tip sheet reported that New York City voters are still unhappy with the term limits change and The Working Families Party, which endorsed Liu and de Blasio, is a political force to be reckoned with that is turning its full attention to Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson, an outspoken critic of the term limits override by Bloomberg and the City Council.

* The Harvard Crimson writes that Bloomberg’s eating habits signifies a threat to Democracy. (Though the overriding of term limits is probably a more suitable argument).

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September 30, 2009 @ 11:10 am

The Importance of Voting, From the Handful who Did

Though yesterday’s runoff election was to determine the winner of the Democratic nomination for Comptroller and Public Advocate, for some of the voters who went to the polls, their vote was cast against Mayor Bloomberg.

Via The New York Times:

At 6:05 a.m., with the sun still not up, Michael Rivadeneyra, 32, hurried into the school, eager to vote before heading off to work. The move by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the City Council to rewrite the city’s term limits deeply offended him, and he wanted to register his displeasure at the polls. “It’s a smack in the face to voters,” he said.

(See the story at The New York Times)

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September 29, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

Bloomberg on GOP: They’ve Got No Chance, Whoever They Are

Apparently, Bloomberg thinks he’s the only Republican candidate that matters in this election.

Via NBC New York:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t know who the GOP candidates for citywide election are, but he says they’ve got no chance at winning – an interesting comment from the guy who, ahem, is running for mayor on the Republican line.

“They have no chance whatsoever…whoever they are,” the mayor said at a press conference today.
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September 28, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

The Middle Class and the Race for Mayor

Fred Siegel, visiting professor at St. Francis College and a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, and his son Harry Siegel, an editor at Politico, envision a rough future for middle class New Yorkers if Mayor Bloomberg wins a third term.

Via The Daily News:

The candidate with working-class roots has been a ubiquitous figure this year, with ads touting a leader who attended public schools and is offering voters a “Middle Class Affordability Plan” and a “Five Borough Better Transit Tour.”

That candidate, of course, is the city’s wealthiest man and two-term mayor, who’s self-financing a campaign expected to cost about $80 million.

“A product of public schools, he worked and took out student loans to help pay his way through college,” reads the ad script. “But as far as he’s come, Mike Bloomberg’s never forgotten his roots. He works for a dollar a year as our mayor, and takes on special interests for the benefit of middle class families.”

Candidate Mike, friend of the middle class, emerges, groundhog-like, every four years – only to fade from view once the election is done, replaced by Mayor Mike, who raises property, sales and income taxes, tickets anything that moves, makes sweetheart deals with developers and touts his vision of a “luxury city.”
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September 23, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

Reading List: Bloomberg’s Misleading Graduation Statistics, Answers from Purnick About the Mayor

* Columbia University’s Teacher’s College produced a study that showed Bloomberg’s claim that graduation rates are up at small schools are misleading, reports The Daily News.

* Richard Lipsky argues that when it comes to Thompson debating Bloomberg on education, Thompson has a good chance of having a knockout.

* Here’s an example of “Do What I Say, Not as I Do”: The New York Times reports that Mayor Bloomberg is not a healthy eater, throwing salt on everything and eating high fat foods, despite asking the city food providers to lower sodium in their dishes by 20 percent or more and banning the use of trans fat.

* Joyce Purnick answered readers questions about Mayor Bloomberg, responding to one reader that Mayor Bloomberg did not want give voters a chance to weigh in on term limits in a referendum because he knew they would vote no.

* The Queens Courier writes about how term limits is playing out in this year’s election.

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September 20, 2009 @ 11:50 pm

Michael Bloomberg — Were You Lying Then Or Are You Lying Now?


The rule for understanding what a politician is really about is to watch what he does not what he says. It’s the rule we follow. As with so much else, Michael Bloomberg makes his own rules.

Let’s call this the Bloomberg Exception. With Bloomberg, it’s instructive to examine what he does and what he says.

For the trial lawyer who knows that a witness has said something in the past that contradicts what he is saying today, the question is:

Sir, were you lying then or are you lying now?

So we ask Michael Bloomberg the same question — most respectfully: Sir, were you lying then or are you lying now?
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