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In a nutshell:

Bibi has 52 definite votes. Not-Bibi has 57 votes.

It takes 61 votes to win.

The outstanding/unclear votes belong to Yamina—7 seats and Ra’Am 4 sets.

Bibi needs both of those political parties to back him.

Anti-Bibi only needs one of them. Yamina or Ra’am.

Still. it’s wise not to count Benjamin Netanyahu out

orlbucfan

Still, it would be a yuge plus to see his nutcase corrupt azz kicked out!

NYCVG

Huuuuuuge. (Yuge in bernietalk.)

I’ve been burnt by hope of this too many times. That’s why I’m cautious now.

wi62

The BS behind the scenes must be amazing from the bibi-boob side to get a win

NYCVG

Candidates against Yang sink into the low road. Attacking what is positive is all they have.

In a City battered by Covid and empty places at the table and empty stores throughout our communities…..
I am willing to bet that weary New York residents are going to select the sunny, optimistic, guy who understands what the future will bring and has long thought out responses to them.

New, obviously skewered polls of narrowly chosen tiny numbers, are trying to sell the viability of Adams and Stringer. Some people may fall for this. not enough to make a difference, imho.

jcitybone

Here’s a big chunk of the article. Yang is definitely going to have to have answers for attacks like this. Claiming that Adams engaged in hate speech really doesn’t help.

While accepting a mayoral endorsement from New York City’s largest municipal labor union, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams touted himself as the only blue-collar candidate running for the city’s top post and blasted a rival for never holding a job in “his entire life.”

Adams, who appeared Wednesday with DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido in Queens, launched the broadside against entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang a day after a new poll showed Yang maintaining a lead in the race for City Hall.

“This city is made up of workers. This is not a startup,” Adams said in a dig clearly directed at Yang. “This is a city where the leader must have been a worker. People like Andrew Yang never held a job in his entire life. And you’re not going to come to this city and think you’re going to disregard the people who make this city work. That’s not going to happen.”

The attack against Yang, who has in fact held several jobs, comes days after Yang criticized the teachers union for delaying school reopenings.
In announcing DC 37′s endorsement Wednesday, Garrido pointed to how Adams aligned with “the values” of the union, and Adams, a former NYPD captain, attempted to hammer that point home.

He talked about working a low-wage mailroom job, getting arrested and beaten by cops as a kid and taking night classes.

“I didn’t go to Harvard and Yale. I went to CUNY and jail,” he said. “But I worked my way through. I am you.”

Yang is a graduate of Brown University.

Yang’s campaign co-manager Chris Coffey defended the former presidential hopeful, painting Adams’ rhetoric as divisive and inaccurate.

“Andrew Yang has started and managed a business, created thousands of jobs, and unlike Eric, run something larger than a small political office,” Coffey wrote in a text. “Adams can keep trying to divide. We’ll keep trying to unify, and we’ll see which one New Yorkers choose.”

Coffey later suggested on Twitter that Adams had engaged in hate speech and, by using the phrase “people like,” was underhandedly trashing Asian-Americans, who’ve been the target of hate crimes in recent months.

“This kind of hate has no place in our politics,” Coffey said. “It’s reprehensible, more so given hate crimes.”

Adams’ spokesman Evan Thies shot back, saying Adams’ original statement referred to people who fled the city during the pandemic — a frequent criticism that’s been aimed at Yang, who had decamped to upstate New Paltz before announcing his mayoral bid in January.

“This is about the people who have lived the struggle of COVID and inequality in this city versus people like Yang who fled the city at its darkest moment and now are attacking the very working people who stayed here to keep it running,” he said. “Shame on them for inferring otherwise.”

Wednesday’s skirmish between Adams and Yang was probably the most heated one so far in a campaign season that’s had its share of flareups between candidates, but has been largely devoid of outright hostility.

Adams didn’t focus the entirety of his time Wednesday directly attacking Yang, though. While speaking in Jamaica, Queens, where his mother, a DC 37 member, raised him and his five siblings, he also attempted to paint himself as the only candidate in the race to emerge from the city’s working class.

“I know she would love to be right here with me today,” he said. “We need a blue-collar mayor to run a blue-collar city.”

DC 37 is one of the most politically powerful unions in the city. It boasts a membership of about 150,000 current workers and 60,000 retirees — a veritable army of potential Adams’ supporters, many of whom almost certainly will volunteer to help him get out the vote for the June 22 Democratic primary.

Adams so far has scored endorsements from three of the city’s five most politically potent labor unions. Along with DC 37, the Hotel Trades Council of New York and Local 32 BJ of the Service Employees International, which represents about 85,000 members in the city, are also backing Adams’ run.

The United Federation of Teachers has not yet endorsed a candidate. And Local 1199 of SEIU, which represents health care workers and is the largest union in the city, has endorsed Maya Wiley, Mayor de Blasio’s former legal counsel.

Yang has received support from labor as well, but not nearly at the same level. The Freelancers Union endorsed both him and Wiley two weeks ago, but it has much less political muscle than unions like 1199 or DC 37.

jcitybone

I don’t think going after the teachers is a smart move, especially when COVID is on the rise again in NY. It left him vulnerable to the same kind of attacks that Adams made above.

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2021/03/20/nyc-elections-2021-whos-running-andrew-yang-uft-united-federation-of-teachers-tension

The mayor’s race has a frontrunner.

Andrew Yang is making a splash. A key sign: he’s under attack.

“Perhaps Mr. Yang wouldn’t have said what he said if he stayed in New York last spring and seen an entire city of teachers make the best of the worst to teach our kids,” City Comptroller Scott Stringer said during a speech to the Association for a Better New York on Friday morning.

In an interview this week, Andrew Yang suggested the teachers’ union was to blame for slow school reopenings

Almost immediately, his rivals piled on

The teachers’ union is one of the most coveted endorsements of the mayor’s race

Stringer, also a Democratic candidate for mayor, was unveiling his education plan on Friday and used the speech to also lay into Yang. He scolded Yang for an interview this week, where he suggested the teachers’ union is partially to blame for a slow school reopening.

Stringer didn’t stop there.

“This is par for the course for Mr. Yang,” Stringer said. “Whether it’s an illegal casino on Governor’s Island, housing for Tik Tok stars, or being baffled by parents who live and work in two-bedroom apartments with kids in virtual schools. We don’t need another leader who tweets first and thinks later.”

Stringer, of course, is competing for the union’s endorsement, as are many of the other candidates for mayor, including Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, who was campaigning with livery drivers in Upper Manhattan on Friday morning.

“You point fingers at those educators who are traumatized and you ignore the fact of what they have gone through when you were not here for some difficult times for New Yorkers,” Adams said.

Maya Wiley also piled on: “It’s not time to blame our teachers for anything.”

Yang is seen as an outsider to New York City politics. He was collecting petition signatures in the Bronx on Friday and asked a voter the official name of the county.

“I’m confused because there is New York, which is Manhattan, but you can use either one. I don’t know what that’s about,” Yang asked her.

She replied, “Kings County is Brooklyn. Richmond County is Staten Island.”

Yang has been somewhat gaffe-prone on the campaign trail, mixing up policies and politicians in the city. That’s something often mocked in the rough and tumble world of New York City politics.

orlbucfan

jcb, I know you and NYCVG are NY natives. Are you able to vote in this race?

jcitybone

No I live up in the Hudson Valley about 75 miles north of the city. I have lots of friends who do live in the city and before Covid, I was there all the time. Before 2017, I lived in Jersey City for almost 30 years, which is right across the Hudson from NYC. For most of that time, I worked for the same company in various locations in Manhattan—Midtown, the West Village, Downtown near the WTC (new), and all the way down at the tip of Manhattan near Battery Park.

orlbucfan

Thanks for the info. As a resident of a long time politically corrupt joke of a state, the info you and NYC are posting on this race is fascinating to say the least!😊

NYCVG

Thank you.

jcitybone and I see this particular race somewhat differently, which makes for interesting dialect.

polarbear4

really too bad he came out against the teachers’ union.

wi62

Were at the point that if Yang had an unpaid parking ticket the NY media will let us know and make it out to be the crime of the century

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/us/new-york-recreational-marijuana-deal-trnd/index.html

New York State lawmakers have reached a deal to legalize recreational marijuana, a legislative source familiar with negotiations told CNN Wednesday, stating lawmakers were finalizing bill language to be passed next week.

“The Cannabis Law” legislation would create a new Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) controlled by a Cannabis Control Board, according to an internal legislative memo obtained by CNN.

The proposal would eventually allow New Yorkers over the age of 21 to grow their own plants in their homes, and a 13% tax would be tacked on to retail sales for state and local tax revenue.

The deal follows marijuana legalization in neighboring New Jersey. Last month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed bills to legalize and regulate marijuana use for those 21 and older, decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana and clarify marijuana and cannabis use and possession penalties for those younger than 21.

NYCVG

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/nyregion/cuomo-family-covid-testing.html

No kidding

jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2021/03/25/andrew-cuomo-investigation-information-security/

For more than a decade, Cuomo has adhered to the maxim of his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, who counseled: “Never write when you can talk. Never talk when you can nod. And never put anything in an email.” So it is that well into the 21st century, Cuomo claims not to be comfortable with email, instead receiving information and relaying instructions through his lieutenants or, when necessary, by telephone.

Cuomo is neither the first nor the only powerful politician to rely on such infosec to thwart attempts at accountability, but he has made an art form out of it. When a researcher filed a Freedom of Information request in December 2018 for the most recent 200 pages of emails sent to, from, or copied to Cuomo, the governor’s office answered that it had no responsive records. “I don’t want to say that I’m a sort of old-fashioned, telephone guy, but a little bit I am,” Cuomo said, explaining his email avoidance with what the Journal News described as “a smirk.”

“Not using email has some big disadvantages in a world where that’s the way everyone else around you is communicating,” said John Kaehny, executive director of Reinvent Albany, a good-government group that advocates for transparency from New York’s public officials. “But it has one big advantage: if you’re under investigation, because there’s much less of a written record. What seems to have been the practice with Cuomo, throughout his administration, is that his aides use email, and then they talk to him in a way that doesn’t generate discoverable records.”

“Not using email has some big disadvantages in a world where that’s the way everyone else around you is communicating. But it has one big advantage: if you’re under investigation.”
Previous investigations into corruption in the Cuomo administration have reached all the way up to his inner circle, but publicly available records of those investigations show no indication that prosecutors ever found electronic records linked to the governor himself. Prosecutors never charged Cuomo with directing the corrupt activities of his top aides, some of whom were sentenced to years in federal prison.

The current investigations are different from those that came before. The nursing home scandal concerns not just ordinary corruption but the attempted cover-up of thousands of deaths. And the sheer number — eight as of the publication of this story — of people accusing Cuomo of personally sexual harassing or assaulting them makes that scandal markedly different from those that the governor has skated by in the past. The accumulation of scandals has also meant the collapse of a key pillar of Cuomo’s infosec regime: It always relied on fear to keep people who were privy to the conversations — but never emails — from talking, but with each new public allegation, more witnesses seem emboldened to come forward.

Will these differences overcome the layers of insulation that have protected the governor until now? “That’s the outstanding question,” Kaehny told The Intercept. “We’re about to find out.”

Take, for example, a three-year-old story that resurfaced this winter. The governor’s hostile relationship with the Working Families Party is the stuff of legend and his fury at the left-leaning third party for failing to enthusiastically support him has long been known. In February, someone told the New York Times about a 2018 attempt by Cuomo to bully WFP leaders over the party’s lukewarm endorsement. The paper quoted Cuomo saying, “If you ever say, ‘Well he’s better than a Republican’ again, then I’m going to say, ‘You’re better than a child rapist.’ How about that?” The governor denied the allegation. This month, the Times put the lie to Cuomo’s denial, releasing a recording of the call — the sort of leak that was unthinkable last year for fear of how Cuomo would react.

The bully’s lie is premised on a fearful audience, and as The Intercept has reported, politics in Albany has shifted. The people who hold Cuomo’s fate in their hands are less fearful than they once were. The recent memory of Trump has left Americans with a bad taste for a politics of bullying. With these shifts, and with each act of defiance, small and large, the impunity that Cuomo’s communication firewall has previously bought him is increasingly undermined.

orlbucfan

Informed, educated voting matters. Eliot Spitzer was no saint, but as more and more factual dirt on Cuomo surfaces, Spitzer is looking more and more like he definitely got screwed.

orlbucfan

T and R, to a most excellent TPW suspect: Ms. Benny!! ☮️😊👍

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I second that emotion.

polarbear4

i third that, er, rail?

jcitybone

The high school is majority black

orlbucfan

SOP: just another black eye for Floridumb! 🙁

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/25/deb-haaland-us-interior-policy-climate-change

After four years under an administration that denied the climate crisis, opened public lands to oil and gas drilling and stripped protections from national monuments, the US interior department will look radically different with Deb Haaland at its helm.

Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary in US history and a member of the Laguna Pueblo, was sworn in to her post last week and has vowed to be a “fierce advocate” for public lands. Wildlife, parks and climate advocacy groups have hailed her confirmation as a major win for public lands and say that under Haaland’s leadership the interior department will renew its focus on fighting the climate emergency.

‘I’ll be fierce for all of us’: Deb Haaland on climate, Native rights and Biden

“She was one of the first co-sponsors of the Green New Deal and really broadly has a bold agenda for climate justice,” said Lily Gardner, a national spokesperson for the Sunrise Movement. “This is a huge and historic moment.”

Haaland is charged with managing natural resources and federal lands that comprise one-fifth of the United States and are responsible for a quarter of the country’s annual carbon emissions.

“Whoever becomes secretary has an opportunity to combat climate change, to take this 25% carbon that our public lands are emitting right now and eliminate that,” Haaland said in an interview with HuffPost before her confirmation.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/24/warren-grills-yellen-over-why-9-trillion-blackrock-not-treated-risk-economy

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday pushed Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on why the federal government hasn’t dubbed BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager with nearly $9 trillion in assets under management, “too big to fail” without significantly impacting the economy.

The contentious exchange between the Massachusetts Democrat and former Federal Reserve chair came during a remote hearing of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Earlier this month, Warren was named chair of its Subcommittee on Economic Policy, which oversees economic growth, employment, credit, monetary policy, support for businesses, disaster assistance, and the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC)—which is led by the treasury secretary.

“It isn’t just banks that pose a risk to the economy. In 2008, two investment companies, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, failed, triggering the 2008 crash,” the senator said during the hearing. As a result, she explained, Congress created FSOC and “gave it the power to designate non-bank firms as ‘too big to fail.'”

Firms designated as a “systemically important financial institution,” Warren added, “get the same stronger oversight as the ‘too big to fail’ banks.'” The senator then questioned Yellen on whether FSOC will stick that label on BlackRock anytime soon.

polarbear4

well good on Warren. :o)

jcitybone

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2021/03/24/kyrsten-sinema-should-rethink-filibuster-press-minimum-wage/6987305002/

If ever there was a reason why Sen. Kyrsten Sinema might change her mind and vote to end the filibuster, here it comes.

A new poll by OH Predictive Insights indicates a majority of independent voters in Arizona – the ones Sinema will need if she wants to be more than a one-term senator – favor an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Fifty-two percent of Arizona independents favor increasing it to $15 an hour, according to the poll, taken just after Sinema’s vote against putting a minimum wage hike in the COVID relief bill.

So do 72% of Democrats.

And even 22% of Republicans.

Sinema can’t lose independents

Sinema doesn’t need to concern herself with the 67% of Republicans who oppose moving to a $15 minimum wage.

Or with the 54% of Republicans who, according to the poll, dislike her. She could make like a brick wall and allow Democratic proposals to slam up against her until they turn to dust and 54% of Republicans still will dislike her, even as they applaud her principled stand on maintaining the filibuster.

But Sinema can’t lose independents. She is, after all, not all that popular with Democrats and she’s bleeding support from party ranks since her thumbs down vote on the minimum wage earlier this month.

Fully 80% of Democrats like Sen. Mark Kelly, according to the OHPI poll. But just 50% of them now view Sinema favorably. In January, 65% of Democrats liked her.

polarbear4

65% like her. another reason i’m happy i’m a demexit2020.

orlbucfan

Who is paying her off? She is supposed to be pro LGBT, correct?

jcitybone

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/3/22/covid-19-the-patriarchal-pandemic

From Argentina to Malaysia and Sudan to the United Kingdom to the United States, there has been a surge in reports of violence against women. To be sure, there are more opportunities for domestic violence when people are confined to domestic space.

And yet the pandemic has disproportionately affected women in other ways, as well.

In numerous countries, females are overly represented in industries, such as hospitality and food services, that have suffered high job losses.

Globally, unpaid care and domestic work – the brunt of which also inevitably falls to women – has increased greatly in light of school closures and the like. Women in the US and elsewhere have been forced to quit their jobs in order to take care of their children, highlighting one of capitalism’s brutal conundrums: How, in the end, do you “take care” of anyone if you do not have an income?

According to a 2019 survey of 104 countries, women comprise some 67 percent of the healthcare workforce, meaning they are at disproportionate risk on the COVID-19 front lines. They also are, on average, paid less than their male counterparts in the medical sector.

At the same time, in many places, the pandemic has seriously curtailed sexual and reproductive health services, depriving women and girls of their rights.

“Women are most affected by pandemics,” stressed a paper published in July in Nature, an international weekly journal of science. Despite the “lessons from past outbreaks”, the paper said, the World Health Organization had thus far failed to include critical sexual and reproductive health recommendations in its COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, with “grim” consequences: “Contraceptives are still out of stock in Indonesia, Mozambique and many other countries. Abortions in Italy were cancelled.”

Meanwhile, in cities around the United States – a nation that has long been the poster child for racist patriarchy – maternal mortality rates have reportedly shot up on account of the coronavirus situation, with Black women, in particular, dying disproportionately.

Indeed, there is nothing like a pandemic to expose systemic ills, especially when US landlords are taking advantage of the crisis to evict US mothers left and right.

jcitybone

Interesting take on this.

https://theweek.com/articles/973921/biden-setting-harris-fail

If President Biden is grooming Vice President Kamala Harris to be his successor, he has a funny way of showing it.

Biden on Wednesday announced that Harris will be the administration’s point person on immigration issues amid a fresh round of public attention on a so-called “surge” of migrants at the southern border of the United States. Her task is twofold: to strengthen America’s relationships with the Latin American countries that are the prime source of migration, and to address the reasons migrants leave those countries.

“I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this,” Biden said.

“There is no question that this is a challenging situation,” Harris added.

Maybe too challenging. Wednesday’s announcement creates a notable political hazard for Harris and her ambitions to one day win the White House. Immigration is one of the most notoriously sticky debates in American politics, a test for the vice president that offers more opportunities for failure than success.

So Harris won’t be able to hide. To succeed, she will have to do what no American leader before her has done and master the politics of immigration. Her presidential ambitions may be hanging in the balance.

jcitybone

The lines are definitely blurred on this in the Senate

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/25/congress-biden-war-powers-477873

For the better part of the last two decades, Rep. Barbara Lee has been leading the charge to rein in presidential war powers.

Lee, the California Democrat and lone lawmaker to vote against the first post-9/11 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), now has support from across the political spectrum, an amenable White House, and pure momentum on her side.

In other words, this could finally be the year that Congress reclaims its power to declare war and to green light U.S. military operations around the globe. But Lee is also clear-eyed about what has become one of the most vexing challenges facing lawmakers in modern times, with its unique complexities and the wide array of factions competing for influence. And even a robust congressional effort wouldn’t necessarily curtail the president’s ability to use military force overseas.

“We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go,” said Lee, whose bill to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force in Iraq will get a vote in the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.

“We’ve been building support over the years for this moment. I think the public has said very clearly that they’re tired of ‘forever wars,’ and that Congress needs to re-engage and do its job. Because we have been missing in action.”

Lee’s measure is expected to receive widespread bipartisan support and is likely to get a vote on the House floor soon, boosted by a recent White House statement indicating that President Joe Biden is open to the effort. But it’s an entirely different question in the Senate, where the filibuster could allow the chamber’s hawks to block it.

“The terrorism threats that underlie those authorizations are still there,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a top Foreign Relations Committee member, said in a brief interview. “There’s clearly terrorist activity inside of Iraq.”

Already, there is momentum for a push by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) to repeal the 2002 and 1991 authorizations, both of which pertained to Iraq, after Biden formally backed a new war powers vote in Congress. But that effort is just the lowest-hanging fruit for proponents of reforms.