Now that his reign is almost over, BuzzFeed has an interesting look at the role Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s personal wealth played in helping him overcome criticism and win allies. One longtime activist recalled that while it was not hard to convince interest groups to join civil suits against Rudy Giuliani, “during the Bloomberg years, it was much more difficult because some groups would say ‘Well, you know we’re getting funding from Bloomberg, we like Bloomberg.’” Since Bill de Blasio isn’t the tenth richest person in America, or even one of the top 100, he’s going to have to figure out a different way to do things. … [Read more...] about Did Reverse Bribery Help Bloomberg Govern?
None of this would have seemed remotely possible listening to political pundits last November. They dismissed Bloomberg’s bid with several trite “truisms” about political tradecraft: Money can’t buy the presidency; his late entry would be fatal; he’d fall hopelessly behind by skipping the first four contests; his policy stands are all over the map, so he has no natural following or base. … [Read more...] about Bloomberg: Will the candidate measure up to the campaign architect?
Bloomberg entered the primary race late and isn't on the ballot in the first four voting states, including Saturday's caucuses in Nevada. He has spent hundreds of millions of his own dollars in advertising efforts that have helped him surge in national polls. He is targeting Super Tuesday states. … [Read more...] about Sanders on Bloomberg debate performance: Likely Trump would ‘chew him up and spit him out’
Mayor Kanye Bloomberg went on to note, “Four days after Alonzo Bryant’s [sic] murder went unreported by the Times, the paper published another editorial attacking stop, question, and frisk,” presumably because they want more black people to be killed by illegal guns. … [Read more...] about Mayor Bloomberg Says the New York
When you’re stopped, the encounter can feel disrespectful and hostile. Police officers question you and search your belongings. They touch your body and feel your exterior. The stop is a physical, bodily invasion. There can also be verbal and emotional abuse during these stops. There are many recorded encounters of police insulting young black and Latinx people during stop-and-frisks, with one officer referring to a young Latinx man as a “fucking mutt.” Over time, the community may start to view policing as a form of hostile surveillance. … [Read more...] about Bloomberg’s ‘stop and frisk’ record should make voters stop and think