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?
• Bloomberg’s novel anti-gun initiative — going after out-of-state dealers — is paying off. (It also shows an unusually, um, national-minded thinking from a city mayor). Six gun stores in outlying states have agreed to let court officials monitor their sales; twelve more are being sued into agreement. [NYT]Daily News has a cover story that would drive O. Henry to suicide: A Staten Island woman gets the news of her fiancé’s death in Iraq, followed two hours later by a FedExed engagement ring from him. We don’t normally fall for the human-face-of-war stuff from our tabs, but Christ. [NYDN]D.J. Carl Blaze of Power 105.1 is in the hospital after getting shot “at least 13 times.” The details are murky, and the shooter took Blaze’s $20,000 gold chain, but the hail of bullets appears far too excessive for a robbery. [NYP]WNBC]amNY] … [Read more...] about Bloomberg Succeeds in Prying Guns From Warm, Live Hands
“When I heard the statement I was really shocked,” Spencer said. “There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that half of the teachers in any system are ineffective. What there is evidence to support is the fact that larger classes really place detriments in the way of learning.” … [Read more...] about Bloomberg: If I Had It My Way I’d Dump Half Of NYC’s Teachers
The centrists contend Sanders is too risky a candidate to run against President TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE in November — an assertion which is, of course, vigorously disputed by his supporters. … [Read more...] about The Memo: Chaos deepens among Democrats after Bloomberg’s misfire
So, unless pre-publication polling is totally wrong, Sanders will win resoundingly Saturday in Nevada’s caucuses. A big Sanders victory means yet another defeat, and perhaps a fatal one, for all the other candidates. That includes Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' San Diego Union-Tribune endorses Buttigieg 'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate MORE, former mayor of South Bend, Ind., for whom it would create a serious loss of momentum going into South Carolina where his lack of black support is sure to be fatal. … [Read more...] about Bloomberg: Will the candidate measure up to the campaign architect?