Spin Cycle

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Rep. Pete King, NY Dem Chair David Paterson to go to Israel next week

Rep. Peter King said today that he and former New York Gov. David Paterson next week will join the stream of American politicians going to Israel to show solidarity against Hamas.

King, the Seaford Republican, and Paterson, chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, will fly out Sunday night and return next Thursday, King said.

During the 50 hours they will actually be in Israel,...

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4th Congressional District: Rice calls on Blakeman to endorse mimimum wage hike

Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice called on Republican opponent Bruce Blakeman to join her in endorsing a federal minimum wage increase on Monday.

At a news conference in Garden City, Rice, running against Blakeman in New York’s 4th Congressional District, asked him to co-sign a letter she wrote calling on leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce to approve...

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Kennedy to hold first fund-raiser

John Kennedy Jr. on July 24, 2014.

(Credit: Richard T. Slattery)

Suffolk legislative minority leader John Kennedy Jr., a last-minute entry to the county comptroller's race, will hold his first fundraiser — a $250 a head event — Tuesday night at Windows on the Lake in Ronkonkoma.

Kennedy is hoping the fete will draw 100 donors, and expects to raise enough money to show that he'll be a competitive candidate in the fall. He said invitations for the event went...

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Suffolk CC invites Obama to visit in October

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Knox

(Credit: AFP/Getty Images / Brendan Smialowski)

Suffolk Community College president Shaun McKay is asking President Barack Obama to come to the Selden campus this fall to learn how the state's largest community college is leading the way to help grow a prosperous middle class for the next generation.

McKay said he decided to invite the president Monday after listening to Obama’s weekend radio address where he talked about higher education...

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A zephyr at her back: Court win, PEF nod, Reddit chat

For someone deemed a 'protest candidate,' Zephyr Teachout

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ZEPH’yr: Noun; a gentle but persistent wind, sometimes with considerable force; often used as a name for trains that take unusual routes.

As much as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has tried to keep Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout from the cool kids’ table in New York politics, she keeps coming at the most powerful politician in the state, demanding a seat.

Last week she beat the court challenge...

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Weighing the guns of August against the politics of November

From here to the Midwest, the actions of law-enforcement authorities form the big political topic of the summer of 2014.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — often labeled a tea party conservative — drew particular attention for his statements on the troubles in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer. He linked a “militarization of law enforcement”...

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New PAC called Forward L.I. hires political operative Tschirhart

Kevin Tschirhart, who was George Demos' campaign manager in the GOP primary for Congress in June, has landed a new political role as executive director of a newly created political action committee, Forward Long Island, that expects to spend $300,000 over the next two years to help Republicans hold the State Senate and win other local races.

The chairman of the new PAC is Amos Goodman of Springs,...

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1st C.D.: Zeldin rival Demos spent $422 per vote in GOP primary

Congressional challenger George Demos' s ended up spending $2,737,280 on his losing GOP primary against State Sen. Lee Zeldin, the bulk of it -- $2.5 million -- self-funded.

Given that Demos only got 6,482 votes, it means each vote her received cost $422.29 cents. Zeldin, who spent $714,029 in the primary, received 10,283 votes, meaning he spent $69.43 for each of his votes.

In the campaign's...

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Martin O'Malley, possible pres. hopeful, dissents from Obama, too

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is a possible 2016

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Two years before the next presidential nominations, Hillary Rodham Clinton -- eminence emeritus of New York Democratic politics -- fed the flames of speculation by speaking less than glowingly of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

Clinton said rather pointedly in a recent magazine interview that " 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle." Her remark, a reference to Obama's...

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C.D. 1 Update: Zeldin rejects West's case for impeaching Obama

 

Republican Lee Zeldin may be inviting provocative former Rep. Allen West to his congressional campaign kickoff on Sept. 8, but Zeldin made clear tonight he doesn't agree with West's view that Obama committed an impeachable offense with the Bergdahl prisoner swap.

The Obama administration negotiated U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl's release by swapping five high-level Taliban leaders...

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