NY normal before the national storm

Party regulars breathe sighs of relief after ticket leaders post easy wins.

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Pence keeps faith, seeks reward

But even if Trump were to try to redeem him, Trump's supporters might disagree.

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New York's GOP is still Trump's party

Gubernatorial debate shows that fealty is viewed as a mostly winning option.

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No claims on rule-of-law high ground

Democrats and Republicans put principle behind playing to the political extremes.

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No 'one door' opens to stop the carnage

Sound-bite solutions are useless in the debate about ending mass shootings.

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Primary divisions in NY Congress scrum 

Candidates jockey for races where they can claim they're the party's best warrior.

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'Bearing false witness' as the bane

Trampling truth is a feature, not a bug, of nasty political strategies.

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Our national built-in state of discord

Our union seems like separate republics with very different laws and moods.

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Slogans are hurled, and then dissected

Political rhetoric, appropriated by both sides, often substitutes for real dialogue.

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Don't bet yet against Kevin McCarthy

House speaker-in-waiting needs only to be popular with his caucus, not the public.

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Democrats seek another line on ballot

Tactic is embraced by both major parties as a way to increase vote totals.

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Hochul's pick as LG was not the problem

The governor never should have named anyone to be lieutenant in the first place

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Rancid rhetoric pollutes our politics

Vilification from both sides will change only when voters get sick of it.

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NY Senate clout in GOP crosshairs  

Focus on races for governor, Congress might miss a more-impactful scrum.

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Fireworks show around DA Bragg

Manhattan's district attorney is drawing flak from some very diverse critics.

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Janison: Face it, China and Russia affect LI

What's international is local, and vice versa, here and abroad.

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Janison: Ukraine war and Mitt Romney's redemption

The invasion proves the former presidential candidate was right about Russia.

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Janison: GOP spin dodges Trump's love of Putin

But pledging support for Ukraine doesn't wash away their long embrace.

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Janison: New roles, old strains for state actors

Adams and Stewart-Cousins have a history they need to work through.

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Janison: Democrats seek to move past Cuomo era

The party's challenge in November is to motivate its members to vote.

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Janison: Attacking House duo may not help state GOP

Censuring Cheney, Kinzinger could erect more obstacles for November's elections.

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Janison: Parties have yet to sharpen stances

Ideology and ideas are up for grabs for the GOP and in some places, Democrats, too.

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The Point: Brentwood, Five Towns, Elmont highlight map shifts

The map moves part of Nassau County to heavily Democratic Queens.

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The Point: A sound of choppy waters in LI's CD3

The specifics of Rep. Sean Maloney's plan to redraw CD3 have become a bit of a conversation piece.

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Janison: Residency rules hit home in odd ways

New mayor's push for NYC cops is not likely to happen anytime soon.

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The Point: NY and LI redistricting enter the U.S. spotlight

The Democratic plan could slash the number of "safe" Republican seats statewide to only three from a current eight.

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The Point: Redrawing on deadline, the old-fashioned way

Expect the decision-making on state lines to be divided between the two legislative chambers

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The Point: Campaign info twisted in tech translation

Errors on the state Board of Elections website make small donations to Hochul and James look huge.

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Janison: NY's 2020 hindsight never ends

Local political candidates are looking backward to shape how they go forward.

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The Point: Running for 'Governor Pothole'? 

Hochul says former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, known as the Pothole Senator, also inspired her to tackle LIers' daily problems.

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The Point: 'Soak the rich' still afloat in Albany

Among the ideas are a "billionaire wealth tax" that could bring in $10 billion.

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The Point: Nassau GOP meet to be upbeat — no matter how masked

Expect the mood to be unusually upbeat, insiders say.

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Janison: The newly elected play to the base

Instead of moving to the middle, officials stir controversy by acting as promised.

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The Point:  The state of  Suozzi

Suozzi cited 45 occasions in which Hochul seemed to have used state aircraft without reimbursing the state.

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The Point: Time to win, lose or redraw

The state's Independent Redistricting Commission has until Jan. 25 to try to agree on a single plan again.

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The Point: Schumer's hurdles, high and low

Getting reelected for his fifth term in the Senate looks for the moment like a smooth road for him.

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Janison: The meaning of Hochul's term-limit ask

The new governor's proposal for a two-term cap suits her own unique status.

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The Point: LI pols' stake in the Albany map scrap

Redistricting draws outsized attention this year with make-or-break midterm congressional elections.

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Janison: Story of Capitol riot keeps unfolding

The process of defining and interpreting what happened Jan. 6 is still underway.

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Janison: Easy consensus on Pentagon funds

Defense budget again steers clear of partisan polarization and interparty war.

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The Point: Glimpsing the LI-NYC cop-pay gap from the top

This week, leadership changes at the top of these departments offer a few comparisons of interest.

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The Point: Targeted JCOPE throws the book at Cuomo

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is pressured by criticism it has been too lenient on the Cuomo administration.

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The Point: One challenger field clears out, but not another

With AG Tish James bowing out of the governor's race, it took only four days for those aspiring to succeed her to drop out.

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The Point: Many an angle to the AG tangle

The field for an attorney general primary thins out — but not all the way, at least not yet.

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Janison: Even some James allies like her exit from gov's race

Everyone knew it would be tricky for her to run for governor after her role in ousting Andrew M. Cuomo.

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The Point: Different districts for Nassau

The new lines of the county's 19 districts will go for approval to the incoming Republican county executive.

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The Point: Retiree health woes will be Adams' problem

Now, the incoming Adams administration faces a gnarly decision over how to pursue the city's fiscal interests.

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The Point: Suffolk battle lines form over new boundaries

Democratic lawmakers are moving to start enacting a new legislative district map for its 18  seats for the coming decade

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Janison: The season of overreach beckons

Early candidates for New York governor might look like they are grasping.

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Janison: GOP backers of bill can make it a badge

It is hard to believe any breakaway House members of either party are about to be punished for their votes on the infrastructure bill.

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