Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be marching in the 45th Annual West Indian-American Day Parade in Brooklyn today, along with many other NY elected officials (like Mayor Bloomberg) who aren’t already here in North Carolina for the convention).
President Obama is continuing his “Road to Charlotte” tour in Toledo, Ohio where he will deliver remarks at the UAW Labor Day Celebration. (The run-up to the convention is focusing on the middle class and the economy).
Obama will then head to New Orleans, Louisiana, (on the heels of Mitt Romney’s post-convention visit there last week) where he will meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac.
Here in Charlotte, the convention doesn’t start until tomorrow.
But at 10:30 a.m., there will be a press conference with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Convention Chair/LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan and DNC Secretary Alice Germond to lay out highlights of the upcoming week and discuss the impact of the convention on its host city.
The New York delegation members are having their first breakfast at the Doubletree (about 15 minutes from downtown Charlotte) and will be hearing from Foxx and NY labor leaders.
At 7 p.m., there will be a New York Reception “Honoring the Men and Women of Labor,” at Strike City, which is a multi-venue entertainment center with bowling lanes, billiards etc.
For New York, the convention events are overshadowed by Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s ongoing sexual harassment scandal and the role in it played by their delegation leader, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Silver is scheduled to arrive in Charlotte tonight, and he’ll be hosting a dinner at an area kosher restaurant for members of his conference who are delegates.
The DNC has “quietly” suggested Silver reconsider his high-profile role here this week, which includes announcing the state’s support for Obama on the convention floor on the night of the roll call. But he has so far refused.
Chris Smith explains why the “best outcome” of the Lopez scandal is a Silver who survives, but is considerably weakened and has to give up a lot to get the pay raise his members want so badly.
The Auburn Citizen calls on Silver to resign his post as speaker. (It might be the first newspaper to do so since the Lopez scandal broke).
Former Assemblyman Frank Seddio, a “friend and protégé” of Lopez, is the leading candidate to replace the disgraced lawmaker as Brooklyn Democratic chairman.
The New York delegation’s biggest challenge while in Charlotte? Figuring out how to be relevant.
Former President Clinton will play a big role at the convention, but he and Obama don’t really even like one another. Read the story of how they reconciled and forged a working relationship.
In preparation for his big convention speech, Clinton is hanging out in the Hamptons with his daughter, Chelsea.
Unlike other potential 2016 contenders – from VP Joe Biden to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley – Cuomo is keeping a very low convention profile.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who’s currently dominating the 2016 Democratic field, won’t be anywhere near Charlotte this week.
Romney got a very small post-convention bounce in the polls.
Romney’s leading Obama 47-43 here in North Carolina.
Everyone’s lying in this campaign.
Obama, fierce competitor, perfectionist.
The NY Post calls on Cuomo to reconsider his push to shut down Indian Point.
A coalition of 17 NYC unions is forming in hopes of pushing one of the 2013 mayoral candidates to the front of the crowded field.
New York’s highest court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a case pitting the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance against a strip club called Nite Moves that is situated about 15 minutes from the state Capitol.
The primary battle between Sen. Neil Breslin and Albany County Legislator Shawn Morse has taken an ugly turn.
New York labor unions are focused on the 2012 House races.
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