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The Shame Of The New York Democratic Party 5/28/13
The once proud New York Democratic Party of Herbert Lehman, Al Smith and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, now turns a blind eye to sexual harassment of women. The National Organization of Women and the other prominent feminist groups say nothing. The liberals prove they are more interested in machine politics than safety in the workplace for women. Sheldon Silver is a disgrace who has abetted and covered up sexual harassment in the Assembly. New York State Assembly Speaker Silver has, for at least three times, used taxpayer money and confidentiality agreements to cover up sexual harassment by assembly members and staffers.

Bring In The Clowns 5/13/13
A comic is someone who says funny things. A clown is someone who does funny things, or does things funny, depending on how you look at it. George Burns, Milton Berle were comics while Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd were the great clowns. Clowning requires an acrobatic or physical element which joke telling does not require although some great comics like Groucho Marx and W.C. Fields and his juggling would augment their funny patter with physical humor.

Was JFK A Meth Head? 4/25/13
In 1962, at the Carlyle Hotel in New York, a man "peeled off his clothing and began prancing around his hotel suite." His bodyguards were cautiously amused, until the man "left the suite and began roaming through the corridor of the Carlyle."

How Joe Lhota Can Win 4/16/13
While both Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg were elected as Republican mayors of New York City, both did so by utilizing the cross-endorsement of minor parties, giving Democrats and Independentsin an overwhelmingly Democratic city a place on the ballot to vote for them.

Justin Timberlake: Eyeing Fashion In 20/20 4/1/13
As an entertainer, Justin Timberlake has learned from the past.

Give Rick Scott Credit 4/1/13
You can criticize Rick Scott for some things, but the governor deserves credit for his commitment and real progress for the restoration and preservation of the Everglades. The recent passing of a landmark Everglades bill through the Florida House of Representatives (HB 7065), which Scott had a deft hand in pushing, as well as the governor's efforts in forming the Central Everglades Planning Project, have both aimed at raising and sustaining state and federal funds with a concentrated path of wetlands renewal.

The Rise of Rand 3/26/13
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has done more towards redefining the Republican Party and drawing the battle lines for the party's future struggle in the last three weeks than his father, Congressman Ron Paul, did in three energetic and well-covered campaigns for president. Staking out positions on drones, drugs and immigration the Kentucky Senator looms larger and larger in the GOP.

Let's Win This One For Ike 3/26/13
The Eisenhower Memorial, a $142 million project projected to be completed by and dedicated on Memorial Day 2015, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, has been challenged with legislation which would take $100 million out of the project and call for a competition aimed at a new design. The legislation, with the blessing of the Eisenhower family, was introduced by Rob Bishop (R-Utah) at a Congressional Hearing on March 19. The current design is a travesty and in no way serves the memory and legacy of the greatest President in my lifetime.

Don't Lock Out Christie 3/6/13
"Politics" said former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean "is the art of inclusion." The decision by the American Conservative Union, sponsor of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference not to invite current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie demonstrates some conservatives and Republicans haven't learned that lesson. This is the same stupid thinking that blocked Ron Paul from having his name put in nomination at it's 2012 Convention and refused to acknowledge or even count the votes of delegates who cast their votes for the veteran Republican Congressman.

Smerconish Moves To Sirius 3/6/13
One of my favorite Radio hosts Michael Smerconish is now leaving the insular world of talk radio which like the GOP is too old, too white, too male and too damn angry. Sirius XM Radio announced today that it will be the exclusive radio home to veteran broadcaster Smerconish, nationally syndicated radio host, MSNBC contributor, bestselling author and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist.

Electoral College Roulette 2/11/13
In the aftermath of the 2012 Presidential election there are, not surprisingly, three proposals for Electoral College reform. None of them are without partisan impact or about having a fair election in which every vote is counted and the majority rule.

Spitzer Cover-up On AIG Continues 2/11/13
Talk about hypocrisy. According to the New York Times, former New York Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer wants then Attorney General and now Governor Andrew Cuomo to release his emails in the Troopergate matter which Cuomo investigated. At the same time, Spitzer is attempting to block the release of his own emails from the time period that he filed suit as Attorney General against AIG and it's then Chairman Maurice "Hank" Greenberg.

NYC - The Race For Mayor: Is Lhota Real? 1/23/13
For a political party whose voter registration has dipped below 15 percent and who face the first New York City election in which a majority of voters will be minority, the Republican Party of New York City is showing signs of life.

President Richard M. Nixon's 100th Birthday 1/9/13
I had the opportunity to see Richard Nixon up close. I was the youngest senior staff member of his 1972 election campaign. I spent hours talking politics with "the old man" as veteran Nixon hands called him. As a political director in Ronald Reagan's 1980 and 1984 campaigns I carried Nixon's messages on strategy and tactics to the Reagan high command. I did his political chores in Washington in his post-presidential years. I learned politics at Nixon's knee.

The Many What-If's of Richard Nixon 1/6/13
A century ago on Jan. 9, Richard Nixon was born in a Southern California agricultural subdivision dubbed Yorba Linda, in a 900-square-foot mail-order house assembled by his father.

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