New York likes to pride itself on being exceptional — and in the area of election administration, it is exceptionally behind. Thirty-seven other states have early voting; we’ve seen waves of reform elsewhere in the past decade, with other states adding features like same-day registration, and pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds. Fourteen states have adopted automatic voter registration. Meanwhile, New York is the only state that can’t get its act together to hold a congressional and state primary on the same day. Each primary election costs the taxpayer $25 million, and if we consolidated them, we’d have money left over for early voting. … [Read more...] about Why Are New York’s Voting Laws So Terrible?
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jurors began deliberations Tuesday in Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault and rape trial in Manhattan. The 67-year-old is accused of forcing a sex act on production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006 and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013. … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein Trial: New York Charges Explained
It is tempting to think that politics mostly happens online, since that is where so much of the rest of life now occurs; it is where we shop and date and curate our best selves. But winning elections requires figuring out who your voters are and moving them to the polls on election day. During the closing days of the race, Zephyr Teachout looked for all the world like the next attorney general of New York. She was endorsed by the New York Times and The Nation and the Daily News, and she laid out a sharp and legalistic case about how she would use her perch to take down President Trump. … [Read more...] about New York Primaries Show Elections Are Still Won on the Ground, Not Online
Mayor Bloomberg is trying to deflect criticism of the City’s stop-and-frisk practice by accusing The New York Times of bias. Among those critical of the practice is The New York Times editorial board, which is separate from the news side of the newspaper. The Times aggressively covers violence in the city’s neighborhoods, and to select one murder as evidence to the contrary is disingenuous. His claim of racial bias is absurd. … [Read more...] about Mayor Bloomberg Says the New York
If those numbers hold, Trump will have a chance to sweep all 95 delegates from the state. That kind of haul is exactly the boost Trump will need on April 19. After a week in which he accidentally tacked to the right of March for Life on abortion, contemplated nuking Europe, and saw his campaign manager arrested for battery, Trump’s prospects of winning the nomination at a contested convention look lower than ever before. He will almost certainly need a majority of all delegates to take his improbable run across the finish line. New York is on the verge of doing everything it can to help him reach that threshold. … [Read more...] about New Poll Shows Trump Up by 36 Points in New York