Former Gov. Phil Bredesen's decision to enter the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Bob Corker is set to have significant ramifications for national and state politics in 2018. Not only does Bredesen give Democrats a chance to compete for a seat held by the opposing party for more than 20 years, his candidacy could force the national GOP to divert money to a state dominated by Republicans. The election also presents Democrats an opportunity to seize the majority in the U.S. Senate. Locally, 2018 could provide Tennessee Democrats a perfect storm to take back a number of offices — the governorship and gains in legislature or in Congress — given the combination of President Donald Trump's sagging popularity, open seats and well-established candidates with high name recognition. Conversely, next year's elections could deliver the final nail in the coffin for a Democratic Party that has sputtered in … [Read more...] about Analysis: With Phil Bredesen in the US Senate race, can Democrats win?
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It's expected to be a busy few weeks from here until Phil Murphy is inaugurated on Jan. 16 to succeed Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey.Murphy has an administration to fill out by then and, about a month after he takes office, a budget address to deliver that will lay out, in actual numbers, his vision for the state.Between now and Inauguration Day, The Record will provide regular updates, in addition to its normal political coverage, rounding up recent notable moves and other pieces of information that didn't make it into news stories. Here's what happened in Murphy's first full week as the governor-elect: Murphy delivered his first major speech since Election Day, appearing before the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and delivering 15 minutes of rehashed campaign fodder full of promises to get liberal hearts thumping. But Murphy drew tepid applause. He even got booed by one person when he mentioned pursuing marijuana legalization.Murphy … [Read more...] about Phil Murphy transition: The first full week
He's Dollar Bill de Blasio. A Daily News search of unclaimed funds held by the state controller’s office found that Mayor de Blasio has some money coming to him — if he would just fill out the necessary paperwork. There are two dormant accounts in de Blasio’s name, the database shows. One is from the health insurance giant Group Health Inc. — possibly a reimbursement check that was never cashed. De Blasio also is due money from AT&T Mobile, which lists his address as private mailbox No. 278 in a UPS Store three blocks from his home in Park Slope, Brooklyn. A worker at the store confirmed de Blasio rented a mailbox when he was a city councilman but gave it up in 2010. Asked for nearly a week about the money and the mailbox, a spokesman for the mayor, Phil Walzak, declined to comment. The money due de Blasio is a sliver of the more than $12 billion in unclaimed funds held by the controller — everything … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Money for Mayor de Blasio is among more than $12 billion in unclaimed funds held by state controller
On Friday night, he tossed the ceremonial first pitch at the new baseball stadium he built. And this summer, he will cut the ribbon to open a sparkling new riverfront park and amphitheater.Both seem like fitting punctuation marks for any mayor leaving office.But Karl Dean isn’t stopping there. He has only five months left, and he’s going out with a bang. In the process, he’s solidifying a legacy that includes reshaping downtown — perhaps even more so than former Mayor Phil Bredesen.So much for the lame-duck tag that some might have expected. Not even the death of The Amp, his controversial public transit proposal, has slowed down Dean.In February, he unveiled plans for a $100 million flood wall and protection system designed to — literally — rise up and protect the city during its next 1,000-year flood.One month later came a long-awaited announcement to redevelop the old Nashville Convention Center into a $400 million private mixed-use redevelopment. … [Read more...] about Dean exiting mayor’s office with slate of big projects
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio may find himself facing a different sort of challenger in next year’s election.Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon confirmed this morning that he’s considering a run against the six-term sheriff.Gordon told me some “credible organizations and people’’ have urged him to consider taking on the sheriff in 2016.“I’m not thinking about it until after the first of the year,” he told me. “If I was crazy enough to do it, first I’d want to see really where the money and the support would be because this would be a national race.”Speculation about Gordon as a candidate for sheriff was reported yesterday by Jeremy Duda at the Arizona Capitol Times.Gordon, while Phoenix mayor, took a high profile stand against the sheriff, asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate Arpaio for heavy-handed immigration sweeps that violated the civil rights of immigrants, both legal and illegal."He has become the … [Read more...] about Roberts: Phil Gordon to run against Joe Arpaio?
CHATTANOOGA — A once up-and-coming business owner and former mayor sat at a dark brown table next to a window inside Tony’s — a tiny Italian restaurant that’s become a Chattanooga staple — and ate a salmon salad.It’s an unassuming rainy Sunday here and nearly no one notices U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is in town.Today very few Chattanoogans are surprised when the 63-year-old Corker takes in a weekend yoga class or rides his bike along the riverfront, redeveloped more than a decade ago as one of his signature projects as mayor.That’s fine with him. His legacy as mayor from 2001 to 2005 reverberates throughout the city, nearly 10 years after he headed to the nation's capital as the junior senator from Tennessee. And in Washington, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his influence is global.But some say his string of accomplishments could soon include his biggest yet: being named presumptive … [Read more...] about From Chattanooga mayor to possible VP: Bob Corker’s rise to prominence
Some potential mayoral wanna-bes are less than happy that Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone can now sidestep them should he step down early. Yonkers voters on Nov. 2 overwhelmingly approved Amicone's plan to tap his appointed deputy mayor to succeed him if he leaves before the end of his term. Amicone spokesman David Simpson said that the Republican mayor has no intention of leaving the job before his term expires in December 2011. If Deputy Mayor Bill Regan can't fill the post, next in line would be Democratic City Council President Chuck Lesnick, who opposed the measure because it forces a special election 90 days after the acting mayor takes office, thus circumventing a primary. "A special election would put the power in the control of the party bosses," said Lesnick, who is said to be eying the mayor's seat but has not formally announced a run. "My hope is that Phil does not step down." Former Charter Commission member Eric Schoen wanted the council president to be next in … [Read more...] about Yonkers power play for mayor riles contenders
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is under 24/7 police surveillance after receiving a slew of death threats against him following his opposition to the state's tough immigration law, Gordon has called attention to the possible economic hit Phoenix could take if boycotts and lawsuits pile up in the wake of Senate Bill 1070, which Gov. Jan Brewer signed last month, forcing state and local police to enforce the federal government's immigration laws. One threat leveled was death by sniper fire, a city police official said."They're talking about wanting to kill him, punch him," Jeff Hynes, who oversees the security detail for the Phoenix Police Professional Standards bureau and is a 30-year police veteran, said. "This is a (suspect) who's maintained a consistency to his threats," he told the newspaper.The mayor said he cannot leave the sight of his bodyguards, not even to go food shopping, during the three weeks of his stepped-up security detail.The city won't reveal details of Gordon's … [Read more...] about Arizona immigration: Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon under 24/7 police watch over death threats
A new Arizona law requiring local police officers to stop anyone they might reasonably suspect of being here illegally may produce unintended consequences that could hurt not only Arizona, but all of America. The law is so vaguely written that it may force officers to stop people who look or dress differently - or who speak a foreign language, or English with an accent. Already, stories are appearing about foreign travelers crossing Arizona off their vacation lists. Who wants to visit the Grand Canyon if you could end up getting hassled by the police - or arrested - if you leave your passport at the hotel? Foreign business leaders may also think twice about visiting or investing in Arizona. While Arizona may suffer, as long as those visitors and investors still come to America, the country will be fine. In fact, we hope more of them come to New York, where we would welcome them with open arms. But if some of them stop visiting and investing in America, and if other states … [Read more...] about How Arizona’s law will hurt America: Mayor Michael Bloomberg assails the new immigration statute
Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone declared yesterday his city has completed its obligations under a 27-year-old federal desegregation case and "is once again in control of its own destiny." If a federal judge signs off after a final public hearing, it will end a case that brought Yonkers unwanted national attention in the 1980s, when defiant city councilmen subjected the city to rising fines and potential bankruptcy. It was "the most turbulent and divisive chapter in the long history of our city," Amicone said. "We learned firsthand how powerful and divisive racial tensions can be." Amicone, a Republican in office since 2004 and running for reelection, said Yonkers is now fully integrated, "and that is the good thing that came out of all of this. " Karen Edmonson, president of the local NAACP, agreed that Yonkers has achieved integration and said, "It's just too bad that it had to be forced integration." The mayor said Yonkers fulfilled the federal order when the last of 600 units … [Read more...] about We’ve lived up to deseg order, Yonkers mayor sez