Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics


Suspicions swirl as national vote approaches

Suspicions about the sanctity and fairness of the national vote are nothing new. Heard of Florida 2000? Illinois 1960?  In an age of “voter ID” laws pushed by Republicans, the suspicions run both ways across the political spectrum. Under the aegis of the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism, there’s a meeting at noon Monday on E. 30th St. in Manhattan at the “Open Center” where one topic of discussion is ownership of voting machine companies connected to the Romney family.

Here’s an argument for such conjecture.

Mark Crispin Miller, who wrote this Harper's piece on Ohio in 2004, is among the participants.

advertisement | advertise on newsday


Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Rep. Michael Grimm saying he can continue to serve despite pleading guilty to felony tax fraud. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling on the GOP to push Grimm out. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declining to comment until he meets with Grimm.

advertisement | advertise on newsday