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This article on the Editorial Page of the NY Daily News interests me for 2 main reasons: One, the policies of expanding medical care and direct payment to those who need it and

Two, the fact that Andrew yang has been so present in the very few days since he announced.

if you ask 100 random New York residents to name as many candidates for Mayor as they can—-out of the 30 so far running—–how many names would they come up with? The other 29 are practically invisible but Yang has been everyplace.

Here’s some of the essay:

“Following’s desire for equality, the cash relief program will not take into account immigration status or past experience with the criminal justice system. And individuals and families receiving assistance from other programs, such as Medicaid, will not lose their current benefits. All that will be needed is an IDNYC card, which is a free and secure form of identification available to all residents of the city.

Over time, the city will distribute cash relief through a public bank that a Yang administration will prioritize. Access to this People’s Bank will be available through a municipal app as well as at physical locations in all five boroughs. Money for New Yorkers should be invested in and circulating around New York City — not through big banks with operations elsewhere. The program will increasingly scale up as our economy recovers and we unlock funding from the federal government.

This program is particularly needed now as the pandemic laid bare just how tenuous life is in the city for millions of New Yorkers. Still, it was not the root cause of our social and economic ills; the city has suffered from profound economic inequality for quite some time.”


cash relief

Public Bank

No loss of current benefits

open to all


Its going to interesting to see how things go with Yang. If he gets too “progressive” how will the DNC respond?


So far the one who appears to be the Dem establishment’s guy ex-cop Adams, seems to have raised the most money, followed closely by Stringer, the one who is often referred to as ‘progressive’.


NYC mayor’s race fundraising stats show Ray McGuire awash in cash

Former Citigroup exec Ray McGuire has raked in a hefty $5 million in campaign contributions since launching his mayoral run just weeks ago, solidifying him as a force to be reckoned with in the race.

The former banker is the preferred choice among many of the city’s business leaders, but he came under fire from progressives earlier this week after the Daily News reported his past ties to the conservative Koch brothers.

Among the top fundraisers were city Comptroller Scott Stringer, whose campaign reported raising a total of $8.3 million, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, whose campaign projects raising $8.6 million once matching funds are accounted for


Raymond J. McGuire is a powerful Wall Street executive who made a splash on the mayoral field after announcing his candidacy with a video narrated by director Spike Lee. The Harvard-educated Citigroup exec has so far raised more money for his campaign than any other candidate

(that was before Adams and Springer’s matching funds were added in, I believe)

Mr. McGuire, the only mayoral candidate who is not participating in the matching-funds program, raised much of his money from the business

Mayoral candidates who participate in the public matching funds program must abide by a $7.3 million spending limit in each the primary and the general, and another $343,000 in out-year spending, for a total limit of nearly $15 million for the entire race.

With the primary not until June, it’ll be interesting to see how much money Wall St throws at McGuire. And he doesn’t need to worry about a spending limit.


A bit more on the spending limit for all except McGuire, due to the matching funds program, the limit rises if anyone else (McGuire) spends even more money.

This article is from a month ago, and by now, per above, McGuire has raised $5 million, so he’s on a good pace to far out-raise anyone else.

The sky’s the limit for Ray McGuire’s fundraising

With more than six months to go until the mayoral primary, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, two of the leading candidates, were fully funded, or close to it. After years of raising money, each had more than $2 million in their campaign accounts, and once the matching funds come in, they are each expected to have somewhere around $7.3 million, the spending limit for anybody taking part in the matching funds program.

Then Ray McGuire came along, and changed the rules of the game. The former vice chair of Citigroup has opted out of taking public funds, which means he isn’t subject to spending limits in the Democratic primary. (Although he still has to stick to a $5,100 per person donation limit.) McGuire’s campaign says he’s already raised more than $2.3 million, and everyone is expecting him to keep on raising – and spending – until he’s well past $7.3 million. The New York City Campaign Finance Board, however, has a fail-safe. If a nonparticipant in the matching funds program like McGuire were to spend half that – $3.6 million – then the spending cap would be raised to nearly $11 million. And if McGuire were to spend three times the limit – nearly $22 million – then the cap would be lifted for everyone.

So Stringer and Adams would have to go back to fundraising, if they want to compete with McGuire’s millions. Why was Adams holding indoor fundraisers during the pandemic? Probably because he feels like he now needs more money to compete.


haven’t seen yang fundraising on twitter yet? or i’m not there enough anymore.


Yang just started. No numbers yet.


Badly. Loudly. With all their hearts and all their souls. With baseless smears. With deliberate untruths. and so on.


I saw a mocking NY Magazine piece on Yang (and the ‘bodegas’), but the comments mostly defended Yang, and one person especially likes Yang’s sense of humor.


Though I’d kick off with this


The word ‘patriot’ has taken on new meaning now, imo, as much a non-rioting patriots would prefer to avoid acknowledging.

Ivanka Trump has deleted a tweet in which she referred to the mob of President Trump’s supporters violently rioting at the US Capitol building as “patriots”.

Following near-immediate criticism, Ms Trump deleted her tweet, clarifying in a tweet to CNN correspondent Kate Bennett that she meant only “peaceful protest is patriotic”.


T and R, jcb!! 🙂 I am taking a political break today. Doing my other hobby: Tampa Bay Bucs. LOL.


Thats why i didnt really do much yesterday here, did a fly by after the game. The victor get this Long range weather upper 20’s snow, wind chills in the mid teens but that can change ❄❄❄☃☃🌝




Biden wins wide approval for handling of transition, but persistent GOP skepticism on issues will cloud the opening of his presidency, Post-ABC poll finds

Biden enters office with 49 percent of Americans confident that he will make the right decisions for the country’s future, compared with 50 percent who take the opposite view. The 49 percent represents much greater trust than Trump’s 38 percent mark four years ago but much lower than the 61 percent who expressed trust in Barack Obama’s decisions on the eve of his inauguration in 2009.

The equally divided result on the broad question about confidence in Biden’s leadership and decision-making is mainly the result of strong distrust among Republicans about the incoming president, a finding that persists throughout the poll and underscores the degree to which the deeply polarizing presidential campaign — along with Trump’s baseless claims about a stolen election — have shaped Republican attitudes.


400,000: The invisible deaths of covid-19

Nearly 400,000 Americans have now died of covid-19. It took 12 weeks for the death toll to rise from 200,000 to 300,000. The death toll has leaped from 300,000 to almost 400,000 in less than five weeks.

Beyond death, covid’s casualties suffer further indignities: Storage in refrigerator trucks parked outside overwhelmed funeral homes, funerals that must be closed to mourners, lonely burials, cremations delayed by weeks or months because of the backlog.

The pace of death has never been faster, despite all efforts by scientists, public health officials and politicians. The historically swift development of effective vaccines, improved treatment of the most severe cases and a stronger consensus around mask-wearing have failed so far against the shortcomings of an overwhelmed health-care system, a painfully slow start to the vaccination campaign, and a continuing political divide over how serious the virus is and how hard to try to contain it.

Just three months ago, Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s infectious-disease chief, imagined that “if we don’t do what we need to in the fall and winter, we could have 300,000 to 400,000 covid-19 deaths.”

Now, with more than 1 of every 1,000 Americans dead from the virus, a University of Washington model that predicted the current totals forecasts 567,000 U.S. deaths by April 1, a number that could jump above 700,000 if mask mandates are eased in the interim.

In the middle of a grim winter marked by mass death, seemingly uncontrolled illness and the most unnerving threat to U.S. democracy in more than 160 years, amid the rapid acceleration of coronavirus cases and deaths, an increasing portion of Americans are ready to take the vaccine — 60 percent, according to an Axios-Ipsos survey this month, up from 48 percent a month earlier. In addition, a majority remain worried about catching the virus (77 percent in a Quinnipiac poll last month.)

image courtesy of WaPo

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The R’s have bigger problems on their hands than worrying about Dems looks like they have a war for control of their party thanks to Trumpcorp So good luck Moscow Mitch

Feeling Betrayed, Far-Right Extremists Have A New Message For Trump: ‘Get Out Of Our Way’
Jesselyn Cook
Jesselyn Cook·Senior Reporter, HuffPost
Fri, January 15, 2021, 2:37 PM
For months, President Donald Trump’s message to his supporters was clear: The election was being stolen from him, and they needed to fight to take it back.

So on Jan. 6, during a Trump-promoted rally to “Stop the Steal,” thousands laid siege to the U.S. Capitol in a stunning attempt to do just that. The fallout of their failed insurrection, which resulted in five deaths, was swift: Trump was deplatformed from nearly every major social network and, on Wednesday, impeached for a historic second time.

When he emerged on camera a short while later, tail tucked between his legs, to condemn the rioters whom he himself had incited, and to call for a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden, his base felt betrayed.

“So he basically just sold out the patriots who got rounded up for him,” one person wrote in a 15,000-member pro-Trump Telegram group. “Just wow.”

In online havens for MAGA extremists, including Gab, CloutHub, MeWe, Telegram and far-right message boards such as 8kun, the tone toward Trump is shifting. HuffPost reviewed thousands of messages across these platforms and found that a growing minority of the president’s once-devout backers are now denouncing him and rejecting his recent pleas for peace. Some have called for his arrest or execution, labeling him a “traitor” and a “coward.” Alarmingly, many of those who are irate about Biden’s supposed electoral theft are still plotting to forcibly prevent him from taking office — with or without Trump’s help.

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The DNC can try to stop this guy, but I say in my most sarcastic tone: good luck with that.