Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.
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Anyone who hoped for a blockbuster affirmative action ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday has to be horribly frustrated. The court took a pass.
With the hot issues of same sex marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act and the Voting Rights Act, all queued up for decisions in the next few days, court watchers now have to entertain the possibility that what has the makings of an historic court...Read more »
A Congress that can't manage to do much of anything should avoid the need to do some things over and over again. That includes what's become an annual fight to make sure the interest rate on college student loans doesn't double.
Nobody wants that to happen, least of all the millions of students with little choice other than to pile on debt. But the rate on subsidized Stafford loans will bound...Read more »
In a show of support for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Rockland Democrats are blasting one of their own: New York Sen. David Carlucci. They’re particularly peeved at the Independent Democratic Conference's role in blocking the governor’s Women’s Equality Act from being voted on.
They’re calling Carlucci a sellout. It's this kind of hardball pressure tactics that just might force the Senate to have...Read more »
The New York State Legislature tends to crash a lot of decisions into the final days of its annual session – an outcome known to Albany-watchers as The Big Ugly. And so it is this year.
Even as some major legislation, such as the Women’s Equality Act, remain in the stew of today’s legislative work, the editorial board is talking about what the legislature did that we like and don’t like –...Read more »
The editorial board is fascinated by a push to reopen the investigation of the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, which exploded minutes after taking off from JFK Airport, killing all 230 people aboard. An upcoming documentary, to be released July 17, questions the government’s official explanation: faulty switches. We want to watch the documentary before commenting.
We note that President Barack...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised in his January State of the State Address that a women’s equity agenda would be his signature legislative initiative this session. Despite an aggressive push, such as the one he used to get a vote on same-sex marriage in 2011, he may wind up with only nine laws -- and the 10th turned into a potent weapon for the 2014 election.
Cuomo’s original omnibus bill addressed...Read more »
The immigration bill moving through the Senate would reduce federal budget deficits and boost the nation’s economy if it becomes law. That’s what Washington's respected, nonpartisan bean-counters said in a report released Tuesday.
Despite that good news immigration reform is on the road to oblivion in the House.
The bill negotiated by the Senate’s bipartisan “gang of eight” would cut...Read more »
The editorial board is talking about what an unusually stagnant atmosphere pervades Albany at this end-of-session time. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is weakened by the inquiries into how he handled sexual harassment claims against former Assemb. Vito Lopez. And Sens. Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos, sharing the leadership of the Senate, also don’t seem to be moving much legislation forward.
We’re...Read more »
If you buy prescription drugs, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling announced Monday will likely save you money. The top court's decision allowed federal regulators to go after pharmaceutical companies that pay their rivals to temporarily keep less expensive generic drugs off the market. The Federal Trade commissiion estimates so-called pay-to-delay deals cost consumers about $3.5 billion a year. Brand...Read more »
Again today, the editorial board is keeping a watch on the end-of-session developments at the state capitol. At the moment, the proposal to reorganize the Long Island Power Authority isn’t strong enough for us. It doesn’t give Long Islanders enough of a break in terms of tax certioraris paid by LIPA to school districts where plants are located.
Ditto the deal on binding arbitration – what...Read more »