Category Archives: Political ramblings

Why this former Special Counsel to the Moreland Commission supports Zephyr Teachout

When I joined the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption (“the Moreland Commission”) as special counsel during the summer of 2013, I knew Albany’s history of corruption, and relished the opportunity to investigate it and offer ideas for reform.  Like many … Continue reading

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Ed Koch: A New Yorker

Ed Koch had a love for New York City and a lust for life. He was brutally honest, not afraid to be wrong, and as colorful as a spokesman for New York should be. We should all hope to have … Continue reading

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HST on Election Season

LAST TRAIN FROM CAMELOT October is the cruelest month of any election year, but by then the pain is so great that even the strong are like jelly and time has lost all meaning for anybody still involved in a … Continue reading

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End It, Don’t Mend: The War on Drugs Stops Now

The War on Drugs should have ended a long time ago, and everyone knows this.   It rips apart communities, sends millions of non-violent teenagers through the criminal justice system, and dumps the rest of us with an enormous prison … Continue reading

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Daily Nos: Of Seedy Motels, a Petri Dish and Singing Lesbians

Sunday morning was not a dress rehearsal.  We were on the highway by 7:16am, zooming towards Charlotte through the mountains of West Virginia.   Our first stop, of course, was the New River Valley Gorge, also known as the “Grand Canyon … Continue reading

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Daily Nos: The Time for Fear is Over

Cops from Charlotte, cops from Atlanta, cops from Roanoke (nationally accredited!), cops in cars, cops on horses, cops on motorcycles, cops on dirt bikes, cops on patrol, cops on every corner, cops manning the gates that surround the downtown area.  … Continue reading

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Daily Nos: Where Greatness is Learned and Couches Are Burned

My quest to find the soul of the Democratic Party ran smack through a state where a convicted felon won 41% of the primary vote against President Obama this year.  The country roads were taking me to Morgantown, West Virginia, … Continue reading

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Daily Nos: Willard Romney’s Angry America

The robot king has spoken.   The curtains came down on the Republican Convention, and the damage to America was limited.  For three days delegates foamed at the mouth, lunging lustily for every half-truth about the Obama administration the speakers would … Continue reading

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Teddy Roosevelt Standing at Armageddon, 100 Years Later

One century ago today, former President Teddy Roosevelt accepted the presidential nomination of the Progressive Party, popularly known as the “Bull Moose Party.”  His electrifying acceptance speech defined the great moral issues of his time, some of which would be … Continue reading

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Must Be The Money: Bill’s Backers

Check out part one, part two and part three of this series. The 2013 Mayoral Democratic Primary is shaping up much like the 2009 Public Advocate race, and that’s a good thing for Bill de Blasio.   In 2009, those of us following … Continue reading

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