The New York Times – Liberals Call for Cuomo to Champion Higher Wage

ALBANY — As legislation to raise New York State’s minimum wage faces strong opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate, several liberal advocates and lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to work more assertively for its passage, urging him to do more to help the poor and address income inequality.

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Roll Call – Ethics, Redistricting Are Players in Charlie Rangel Race

More than 40 years after now-Rep. Charlie Rangel beat a longtime incumbent dealing with scandal, Rangel has been touched by scandal and faces a major opponent in the June 26 primary, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

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NY1 Online – Consultants Debate Supreme Court Hearings, Dem Woes In Brooklyn

NY1 VIDEO: Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis asked the consultants corner with Republicans Susan Del Percio and Kevin Fullington and Democrats Basil Smikle and Stephen Sigmund to grade the Obama administration’s decision to ask the Supreme Court to issue a ruling in the heat of an election year.

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City and State – Uptown Overtures

Harlem is in turmoil. Again. Three Democratic candidates are lining up to run against Rep. Charlie Rangel, who himself is gearing up for his 21st reelection campaign. The Latino community in Northern Manhattan is up in arms over the possibility it might not get its own congressional district. And the Manhattan and Bronx Democratic parties are feuding over how best to divide the spoils of redistricting.

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Roll Call – Delayed Map Creates Heartburn in New York

The last big redistricting question mark in the country sits right in Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel’s backyard. But despite his involvement in the process, a map is still unlikely to be enacted before the last possible minute.

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MBS News – Smikle Speaks at MBS

MLK address focuses on civic engagement in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this year’s assembly speaker featured political consultant and policy analyst, Basil Smikle.
For the assembly on January 13, Smikle addressed the topic of youth civic engagement as a legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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City Limits – Will NY Be Center-Stage In Obama, Part II?

Two years to the day since Barack Obama’s inauguration, an op-ed writer argues that New York leaders have blazed the centrist path the president must tread. Just before midterm elections last November, a Gallup poll found only 39 percent of Americans believed President Obama deserved re-election, while 54 percent felt that he should not get another term.
The subsequent losses for Democrats in Congress led the president to fall on his sword and promise that he would pay more attention to the needs of voters. In political parlance, he acknowledged that his communication to–and with—the nation’s other political leadership needed an overhaul.

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My Fox NY – Charlie Rangel: What’s Next? – New York News | New York City Breaking News

Charlie Rangel: What’s Next? – New York News | New York City Breaking News.

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