President Obama reportedly plans to ask Congress for about $50 billion in emergency spending to help rebuild the states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. (The White House called this report “premature”).

In a joint statement, Reps. Nita Lowey and Pete King called that amount “insufficient to meet the severe needs” of New York, New Jersey and other storm-impacted states.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand deemed $50 billion “totally inadequate – if that is the number.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton opposes the IDC-GOP Senate coalition, which has just one member of color: Sen. Malcolm Smith.

Senate staffers are befuddled as to how this new coalition will work and what it will mean to them – must they answer to both Skelos AND Klein.

Once upon a time, during a campaign far, far away (from now), Gov. Andrew Cuomo supported a Democratic Senate majority.

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas looks forward to “crushing Cuomo if he runs for president in 2016.”

A liberal blog in Pennsylvania, a key swing state in presidential contests, deemed Cuomo “finished for 2016, and hopefully 2014, too.”

Republicans love Cuomo.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who pushed hard to flip the Senate into Democratic hands, said the new Skelos-Klein coalition is “more likely to breed chaos than anything else.”

This Friday, WAMC will be showing “ Dear Governor Cuomo…” Jon Bowermaster’s documentary of the all-star concert, New Yorkers Against Fracking.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens is hopeful a fracking decision will come before March.

Manhattan BP Scott Stringer landed the first union endorsement for his 2013 NYC comptroller run from 32BJ.

Does the fact that likely 2013 NYC mayoral candidate/Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s wife had lesbian relationships in the 1970s impact his campaign?

Bruce Gyory explains why next year’s NYC mayoral race will all come down to the outer boroughs.

If First Lady Michelle Obama decided she wanted to follow the Hillary Clinton route once her husband leaves office in 2016 and go to the US Senate, she’d have the upper hand on Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, a PPP poll found.

RIP Dave Brubeck.