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Trump, Clinton Hold Solid Leads In New York

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With just over a week to go, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have solid leads in New York.

It’s Official: Florida Passes New York To Become Third Most Populous State

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After several years of anticipating that it would happen, the Census Bureau has officially confirmed that Florida has surpassed New York to become the third most populous state in the nation: After years of staving off population challenges from the Sunshine State, New York has finally ceded its position as the nation’s third most populous […]

New York, New Jersey Order Quarantine For Arrivals From Ebola Stricken Nations

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A surprise move from Governors Christie and Cuomo that sounds like a good idea but may not be as effective, or legal, as it sounds.

Florida Will Soon Pass New York In Population

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The Sunbelt continues to dominate.

Report: New York Republicans Pushing Donald Trump To Run For Governor

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Politico reports that top New York State Republicans are apparently pushing Donald Trump to run for Governor: State Republican leaders in New York are pushing for Donald Trump to run for governor, according a report Monday. “There is only one prospective candidate who could run on the GOP line and win against Cuomo in 2014 — […]

Why Did Christopher Lee Resign So Fast?

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Christopher Lee abruptly resigned from Congress mere hours after news broke that he was advertising for sex on Craigslist. Apparently, he was looking for trannies.

Athletes Are Ruining Sports!

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Players have taken control of the NBA from the owners. That’s bad for fans. But probably a good thing.

A Tea Party Upset In New York ?

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In addition to Delaware, the Tea Party movement appears to have a shot to upset an establishment candidate in New York.

NY GOP Candidate Exploiting “Ground Zero Mosque” Issue, But Getting No Traction

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Rick Lazio is running for Governor of New York and he’s found an issue in the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” but it doesn’t seem to be helping him in the polls.

Did Income Taxes Send LeBron James To Miami ?

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Did LeBron James pick Miami because of income taxes ? Probably not.

Low Census Response Could Cost States Seats

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Some states with large Hispanic populations may be getting undercounted by the Census because of unexpectedly poor returns. New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida — are perilously close to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation in the U.S. census. The five were average or below average in mailing back 10-question census […]

Pennsylvania Loses Seats 9th Census Running

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Pennsylvania is Reapportionment’s version of the Biggest Loser. If projections hold, Pennsylvania will lose Congressional seats for the ninth straight Census. Smart Politics: Several projections have been conducted by experts during the last few years – with Texas and Arizona universally considered to be the big winners of multiple seats, with the remaining gains coming […]

What’s a University, Anyway?

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The juxtaposition of two stories this morning both amused and bemused me. First, the state of New York has forced Donald Trump to change the name of Trump University on account of it not being, you know, a university. In a strongly worded letter obtained by the Daily News, the state Education Department slammed the […]

ACORN Shuts Down

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The controversial grassroots organization that launched Barack Obama’s political career is going out of business. The community organizing group Acorn announced Monday that it would close all its remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1. The organization is “developing a plan to resolve all outstanding debts, obligations and other issues,” said a statement […]

California vs. New York

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UCLA professor Mark Kleiman asks, “What’s the difference between California and New York?” He answers, “Both states have governments that are hideously dysfunctional. But in New York, there’s still enough of an Establishment to try to do something about it. Not so in California.” The linked article informs us that former NYC mayor Ed Koch, […]

Using Food Stamps to Buy Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone (Oh, SNAP)

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Like Ezra Klein, I was surprised to read that “one in eight Americans” are now getting food stamps. But, reading Jason Deparle and Robert Gebeldoff‘s feature, it’s not hard to see why:  We’re actively recruiting people to sign up! A decade ago, New York City officials were so reluctant to give out food stamps, they […]

DC Snowpocalypse: Hell is Other People

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The world’s tallest female econoblogger, Megan McArdle, is experiencing her first major DC snowstorm and is, shall we say, not impressed. You have never seen a city as completely incompetent at dealing with snow as Washington DC. I mean, two feet of snow is inconvenient anywhere.  But in DC, only the main streets have been […]

Weak Democrats Hurt 2010 Senate Chances

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Josh Marshall argues that bad picks by Democratic governors in filling vacant seats make it harder than necessary to retain those seats. I was just looking at this run-down of recent polls by Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling. The upshot is that while it seems extremely unlikely Republicans could regain control of the senate […]

Scozzafava Endorses Democrat Owens

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The special election to fill New York’s 23rd Congressional District seat vacated by the appointment of Republican John McHugh as Secretary of the Army has taken yet another bizarre twist.  Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava dropped out over the weekend, causing great celebration on the part of Republicans like Michelle Malkin, who termed her “radical leftist […]

Jeff Jarvis Has Cancer: Robots Attack

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Longtime blogosphere stalwart Jeff Jarvis has announced that he has prostate cancer. Thankfully, they caught it early and he’s got access to the most advanced treatment options. I’m opting for robotic surgery — geek that I am, how could I not? My only fear is that they’ll wheel me into the O.R. and I’ll see […]

Great Compromise Not So Great?

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Matt Yglesias has discovered the facts that 1) each state gets two Senators and 2) some states are bigger than others, a condition that has obtained since the inception of our current system in 1789.  There was, as some may recall having read, this thing called the Great Compromise whereby delegates representing sovereign states under […]

Republican Party of Whites?

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A Gallup poll released yesterday finds that, “More than 6 in 10 Republicans today are white conservatives, while most of the rest are whites with other ideological leanings; only 11% of Republicans are Hispanics, or are blacks or members of other races. By contrast, only 12% of Democrats are white conservatives, while about half are […]

Obamas’ Expensive Night Out

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The blogosphere is abuzz with news that the Obamas spent the afternoon relaxing in NYC. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama landed in New York Saturday afternoon, and after taking a helicopter from JFK into Manhattan, drove up the West Side Highway, where the northbound lanes were shut down by police for their visit, past […]

Premier League vs. American Team Sports

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To illustrate that US professional sports have a lot of “hilariously anticompetitive interferences in the market” compared to the English Premier League, Daniel Davies constructs an artificial sports league based on all major professional teams in “Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC” in order to achieve a comparable population […]

Marshall Field’s Changes Name to Macy’s

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Macy’s has announced that all locations of Marshall Field’s department stores will be rebranded as Macy’s branches. Marshall Field’s Name Change Upsets Some (AP) It has always been much more than a department store. It’s the magical place where parents brought their children to see the windows at Christmastime, where those children grew and did […]