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CNN Poll: Hillary Clinton Steamrolls Dems; GOP Appears Rudderless Heading Into 2016


Hillary Rodham Clinton

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the GOP is really, REALLY nuts and that people notice.

Hillary Clinton continues to be the Democrats' overwhelming top choice to run for president in 2016, according to a new survey. Republicans, meanwhile, have yet to coalesce around a favorite, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) all in the mix.

About 65 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they would most likely back Clinton for the presidential primary nomination, according to a CNN poll released Monday. Vice President Joe Biden, who recently traveled to Iowa, one of the early nominating states, only received 10 percent support for a presidential run. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mass., received 7 percent support, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received 6 percent and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had just 2 percent.


Christie leads the pack for the GOP, with 17 percent support among Republican and independents who lean Republican, followed by Ryan, the former vice presidential nominee, at 16 percent, Paul at 13 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent and Rubio at 9 percent.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who had been making headlines for trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, received 7 percent support for the 2016 nomination. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the runner-up to eventual 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, received just 5 percent support.


VIDEO: Obama speaks on Equal Pay Act on its 50th anniversary. Here's why we also need NY Women’s Equality Act.


Obama speaks on Equal Pay for Women

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Today, as you can see by the video, President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.

Dina Bakst wrote about that legislation and New York's own Women's Equality Act. Crossposted with permission from

Let’s play a game: take out a slip of paper and write your salary down, crumple it up, and trade papers with a co-worker of the opposite sex. This is what one New York woman did just a few years ago and she was shocked by the results–she found out she was receiving far less compensation than a male co-worker who was doing the same work as her.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act (EPA), signed into law by President John F. Kennedy. As President Kennedy remarked when signing the law in 1963, ”Our economy today depends upon women in the labor force.” This is even truer today. Back in 1963, only a third of the workforce was made up of women, and now that figure is 50% of the workforce. And as a recent Pew Research study revealed, women are the sole or primary breadwinners in 40% of American families. Unfortunately, even though it’s been five decades since the EPA passed, there is still a pernicious wage gap that persists—women earn between 64 and 84 cents to a man’s dollar in New York State. The long-term economic consequences are simply devastating: women are twice as likely as men to live out old age in poverty.

Thankfully, the New York State Women’s Equality Act (WEA), introduced last week by Governor Cuomo, would work to eliminate this wage gap. The WEA would tighten exemptions in the law, which currently allow employers to cite nearly any factor other than sex—legitimate or otherwise—to justify pay differentials. The WEA would also prohibit employers from terminating or retaliating against employees for sharing wage information, allowing women to uncover discrimination early and enforce their rights under the law. Finally, the law would provide for increased damages, helping to deter illegal activity from happening in the first place and incentivize employers to treat women fairly.

Closing the wage gap also requires strengthening existing anti-discrimination laws and addressing other factors that contribute to its persistence. The Women’s Equality Act would provide for fair pay in other holistic ways. Pregnant women are routinely placed on unpaid leave–or even worse, fired from their jobs–when they request a modest accommodation to stay safely working. This results in wage hits in both the short- and long-term; when women are pushed out, they’re less likely to be hired back. The Women’s Equality Act would address this problem by strengthening legal protections for pregnant workers in New York State. In addition, the Act would make it explicitly illegal for employers to discriminate against parents, who are not only paid less (moms are paid 5% less, per child, than their childless counterparts, meaning that a mother of three is paid 15% less), but are also less likely to be hired or promoted at work.

But we need all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Act in order to effectively close the wage gap and promote equality in New York State. When a woman is empowered in different areas of her life, such as at work, feeling safe in the home, and her healthcare decisions, she will be better able to participate in the economy and earn what she deserves.

As President Kennedy said, the Equal Pay Act “is a first step. It affirms our determination that when women enter the labor force they will find equality in their pay envelopes.” Let’s take the next step and pass the Women’s Equality Act this month. New York can be a leader for the entire nation so we don’t have to wait another half a century to be paid what we deserve.

Cross posted from A Better Balance’s blog.


VIDEO: "Democrats cannot count on New York’s supposedly Democratic governor,” Andrew Cuomo



Chris Hayes on what Democratic voters nationwide should remember about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2016. (11/18/2012)

File under food for thought.

Chris Hayes:

“So what do we know that we didn’t know last week? We now know that Democrats cannot count on New York’s supposedly Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo as an ally and every Democratic primary voter in the entire country should know that too. We already knew that in the run up to the election, Andrew Cuomo, whose aspirations for national office are well-known, did essentially nothing to aid the Democratic Party in its quest to take back the the State Senate from Republicans.

“Despite the fact that he’s the leader of the Democratic Party in the state, and wishes someday to be the Democratic nominee for President, Cuomo has refused to intervene with Felder, saying he won’t insert himself into the controversy. And watching all this unfold, one can’t help but suspect Andrew Cuomo actually does not want a Democratic majority in the State Senate because a Republican majority gives him more of an opportunity to burnish his bipartisan compromiser bona fides before launching his presidential campaign. And much, much, much more insidiously, we suspect he doesn’t want a Democratic majority because said majority stands ready to pass a whole raft of incredibly important, ground-breaking progressive legislation, including public financing for elections, marijuana decriminalization, and a minimum wage hike, among others. The governor says he favors all those policies, but in this case, he sure is not acting like it. We’re almost entirely sure that very soon Andrew Cuomo will be coming before many of the people watching this show, asking for your support in a Democratic primary race to be the next president. You should remember this remarkably cynical display when he does.”


And if Republicans get their majority, with the tacit support of Cuomo, the governor will have once again shown that he is not the progressive figure he will likely try to sell himself as if he runs for president. His tenure so far has been marked by flashy liberal victories on issues like gay marriage, along with a quietly conservative economic agenda: A property tax cap, total neglect of mass transit, and (partial) support for fracking. Even on economic issues where Cuomo has more liberal priorities, he rarely pushes his Republican friends particularly hard. (A Republican-controlled state Senate will almost certainly block a minimum wage increase Cuomo ostensibly supports.) There’s a reason, in other words, that the National Review loves him.


Andrew Cuomo Orders Staff Not to Speculate About 2016


Sandra Lee is just kvelling with the possibilities.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) "moved swiftly this weekend to halt an eruption of media speculation that he'll be a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 because of his victory in bringing gay marriage to New York," the New York Post reports.

"Cuomo ordered his staff not to discuss or even speculate on the possibility that he harbors presidential ambitions."


Anthony Weiner: The sequel


Photo: Seth Wenig/Associated Press

The question I'm hearing from everyone is, after Anthony Weiner's resignation, then what? A special election? (Yes, a "special erection" joke crossed my mind, dammit. Bygones.)

Here's your answer, courtesy of Roll Call. The two Democrats who will be "pulling all the strings" are Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Joe Crowley:

New York's unorthodox election laws give the governor unilateral authority to decide if and when a Congressional vacancy is filled. State statute also allows the county party chairman — in this case Crowley, who leads the Queens County Democratic Party — to control the nomination process.

Tom Connolly of the New York Board of Elections confirmed there would be no primary election when a vacancy occurs. And at the very earliest, he said, a special election could take place in about three months, in part because a recent legislative change requires 80 to 90 days for military ballots to be returned. [...]

Regardless of its timing, Democrats are expected to maintain their hold on Weiner's seat, which includes parts of Queens and Brooklyn.

Roll Call has more.


Linkage: Gay rights edition


The wonderful Joe My God has a series of posts I'd like to link you to:

RHODE ISLAND: Marriage Equality Bill To Be Introduced In State House Today

NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Off To Promising Start On LGBT Rights

NEW MEXICO: AG Claims State Can Recognize Out Of State Gay Marriages

FLORIDA: Gov. Rick "Medicare Fraud" Scott Begins Tenure By Banning LGBT Rights

Sigh. Well, 3 out of four isn't bad.


VIDEO: Carl Paladino Gets Into Confrontation With Reporter


Speaking of the one, the only, unhinged Carl Paladino and his wild accusations, aides had to physically separate him from a New York Post editor during this little kerfuffle:

Blain tells me that as Paladino was walking in, he was approached by New York Post State Editor and radio personality Fred Dicker and a few other reporters -- and what could have been a regular Q & A session turned into a toe-to-toe confrontation.

After Dicker asked Paladino what evidence he had to make accusations to Maghabe at Politico that Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo had cheated on his ex -wife, Blain reports, Paladino turned the tables, assailing Dicker over the Post's coverage of the daughter he fathered a decade ago with a woman other than his wife.

Please go to the Daily News for more details.

Here is a clearer version:

H/t: ShustieFan