Spin Cycle

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

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

(Credit: AP )

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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As NY teachers union sits out gov's race, second largest state union endorses Teachout

New York’s second largest public employees union gave its endorsement to underdog Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout on Thursday.

The endorsement came the same day the state’s powerful teachers union announced it was staying out of the governor’s race despite issuing endorsements to candidates on both sides of the aisle in other key state and congressional races.


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C.D. 1: Zeldin campaign kickoff features controversial former Rep. Allen West

Lee Zeldin, Republican and Conservative Party challenger to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), said today that former one-term Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) - a controversial tea-party hero - will be the special guest at his campaign kick-off on Sept. 8.

West and former 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin were the two best known conservatives to urge the impeachment of President...

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C.D. 4: Blakeman reaches top tier of NRCC program

Bruce Blakeman, Republican-Independence-Conservative nominee for Congress in New

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

House hopeful Bruce Blakeman has been elevated to the final stage of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s program to support priority candidates in open-seat and other competitive races.

The NRCC announced Thursday that Blakeman, the former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, was now a “Young Gun,” in its “Young Guns” program – after advancing from “On-the-Radar”...

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NYC Mayor de Blasio slams unsourced claim he'd dump Bratton

Rather firmly and righteously — and showing some mayoral edge — NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took off after a published claim citing no-name sources that he'd throw Police Commissioner Bill Bratton overboard for the sake of the Rev. Al Sharpton.

He called the report on the DNAInfo website "ludicrous, idiotic [and] inappropriate."

"I’m kind of sick of this notion of let's make everything...

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C.D. 4: Blakeman again presses Rice on Moreland -- this time with a letter

For the third time in two weeks, Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman held a news conference to pressure Democrat Kathleen Rice to answer questions about her time on a shuttered state anti-corruption commission.

Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, has seized on the controversy surrounding Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on public corruption....

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