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  • GOP nominates Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for governor of New York

    05/16/2014 2:57:33 PM PDT · by NoKoolAidforMe · 32 replies
    News 12 ^ | 05-15-16 | News 12
    RYE BROOK - New York Republicans have officially nominated Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) as their candidate in the race for governor. Republicans wrapped up their state party convention Thursday at the Hilton Hotel in Rye Brook after nominating Astorino. Other candidates nominated include Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci for comptroller and chief of staff to former Gov. George Pataki John Cahill as attorney general. Astorino says his success in Westchester shows he can appeal to all kinds of voters in heavily Democratic New York. In his acceptance speech, Astorino called for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and the...
  • Feds refuse to pay $250M; Oneida land claim pact fails (Huge NY Indian land claim)

    10/05/2003 5:22:49 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 21 replies · 324+ views
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | October 05, 2003 | Glenn Coin
    The federal government will not pay $250 million toward the Oneida Indian land claim, a move that essentially kills a highly publicized settlement agreement announced last year. In a one-page letter sent to the land claim mediator, federal negotiators said they have no plans to put up the money. The secret letter, written in August by a lawyer for the Department of the Interior, came to The Post-Standard attention's last week. That money was the foundation of the agreement announced in February 2002 by state and New York Oneida leaders. Gov. George Pataki said then the three Oneida tribes would...
  • Cuomo to Catholics: You’re Not Welcome in NY

    01/19/2014 6:34:38 PM PST · by NYer · 58 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 19, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    Editor’s Note: On Sundays we usually try to focus on spiritual matters, but this column deals with such a direct and serious threat that we thought it urgent to bring it to you today. – Robert Royal    I was born in New York State and have lived here for more than 61 years. During that time I have paid plenty in state and local taxes and have served the public in a number of capacities including two terms as Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.I am also a Catholic and a member of...
  • Cuomo forms a tax commission with old rivals, blasts 'Washington'

    10/02/2013 1:44:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    capitalnewyork.com ^ | October 02, 2013 | Jimmy Vielkind
    ALBANY—With the federal government paralyzed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to show how much differently things work when he's running things. Speaking at an event in Westchester County, the Democratic governor announced a new tax commission that will be co-chaired by two of his former political rivals: former comptroller Carl McCall and former governor George Pataki. In 1994, Pataki ousted the current governor's father from the Executive Mansion, and was re-elected in 2002, when the younger Cuomo mounted an abortive bid for the Democratic nomination against McCall. In that Democratic primary, McCall spent months fending off Cuomo in a heated, racially...
  • Talk Radio Plays Historical Role in Elections

    09/29/2012 7:48:37 PM PDT · by TeaPartyJakes · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Sept. 21, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (The following is the second of three excerpts from The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment , by Fred Lucas; History Publishing Company. The adapted excerpts look at the impact of talk radio on election results.) Before what would turn out to be an historic election, a New York Times article said, “If Larry King’s CNN program functioned as a nominating process for Ross Perot; Rush Limbaugh may be a kind of national precinct captain for the Republican insurgency of 1994.” An election night poll by Fabrizio-McLaughlin of 1,000...
  • Pataki Mulls Possible Presidential Run

    08/22/2011 3:29:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    WTNH ^ | Monday, 22 Aug 2011
    <p>Former New York Gov. George Pataki is taking a harder look at running for president, saying Democratic President Obama is faltering and the Republican field is thinning.</p> <p>Spokesman David Catalfamo said Monday that several factors are in play as the 66-year-old Pataki again considers a White House run.</p>
  • Barack Obama to ask New York governor Andrew Cuomo to be his 2012 running mate for vice president

    07/04/2011 10:24:18 AM PDT · by Sprite518 · 68 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/4/2011 | Fredric Dicker
    A Prominent Republican is joining a prominent Democrat in predicting that Gov. Cuomo will become President Obama's running mate for vice president next year. Former New York GOP boss William Powers, credited with playing a key role in electing Rudy Giuliani mayor and George Pataki governor, was effusive in his praise of Cuomo's successes in the just-ended legislative session, and in his prediction of the freshman governor's political future. "Andrew had a fabulous session. It was fabulous. A property-tax cap, ethics reform and, for Democrats, gay marriage," said Powers.
  • Sleeping With The Enemy? Loyalty Questions Plague U.S. Senate Race In NY

    05/27/2010 4:13:44 PM PDT · by QueenCarlaC · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Official Wire ^ | May 27, 2010 | Official Wire
    Ex-Senator D’Amato under fire for tilting election to Gillibrand at Republicans’ expense Published on May 27, 2010 by Official Wire (OfficialWire) WASHINGTON, DC While the media continues to call the New York Senate race a done deal in favor of Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand, shady subplots involving her rise to prominence remain unexamined. America Outraged Political Action Committee has been seeking to expose what it calls “an egregious case of political cronyism” involving former Republican senator and political power broker Al D’Amato and Gillibrand, the daughter of a prominent lobbyist. Among the connections: Gillibrand's father, Doug Rutnik, a contributor mostly...
  • BREAKING: Pataki Endorses Hoffman (?)

    10/29/2009 6:31:17 PM PDT · by AmericanSphinx71 · 29 replies · 1,249+ views
    Red State ^ | 10-29-09 | Erick Erickson
    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile) Thursday, October 29th at 8:53PM EDT 4 Comments I am told reliably, but have not yet confirmed, that Governor George Pataki endorsed Doug Hoffman tonight at a Conservative Party event. As Matt Drudge would say: Developing . . . If this is so, this is huge. Pataki routinely won NY-23 by huge margins. He remains quite popular up there.
  • Deafening Silence

    10/24/2007 2:03:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 78+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/24 | John Derbyshire
    Eliot Spitzer, the Governor of my state, has achieved a thing I would have though impossible: He has made me yearn for the days of George Pataki. Spitzer's latest wheeze, to give state driver licenses to illegal aliens, was actually state policy for most of Pataki's term as Governor, until Curious George changed the rules in 2003 (causing 150,000 illegals to lose their licenses). Oddly, under the pre-2003 Pataki rules, illegals could get licenses without showing a Social Security number provided they supplied documentary proof that they were ineligible for Social Security. Under Spitzer's proposed change, an illegal no longer...
  • Honey, I Shrunk the GOP - George Pataki's legacy: ebbing fortunes for party and state.

    11/30/2006 10:36:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies · 882+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 30, 2006 | VINCENT J. CANNATO
    ALBANY, N.Y.--The recent midterm election was bad news for Republicans, but it was even worse for New York Republicans. The GOP lost all three statewide offices by wide margins; its gubernatorial candidate did not even break 30%. Its sacrificial lamb for Senate did only slightly better, and representation in the state's 29-seat congressional delegation fell from nine to six seats. The most prominent state Republican is New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former Democrat who, shall we say, wears his party affiliation lightly. What a contrast with 1994, when George Pataki, a little-known Republican legislator, defeated three-term incumbent Gov. Mario...
  • (Un)favorite son

    10/30/2006 6:24:45 AM PST · by jmyrlefuller · 5 replies · 310+ views
    Buffalo Business First ^ | October 27, 2006 | G. Scott Thomas
    Gov. George Pataki has nine weeks remaining in his final term, and a sizable number of Western New Yorkers are ready to say goodbye. Thirty-one percent of local adults consider Pataki to be New York's worst governor since 1959, according to a new Business First-Goldhaber Research Associates Poll. That's the highest negative rating for any governor since Nelson Rockefeller. The runner-up in the survey, Mario Cuomo, received about half as many unfavorable votes as Pataki did. "At the end of the day, if people are unhappy, they're going to blame someone. Many Western New Yorkers are unhappy today, and they're...
  • 9/11 memorial donations were strangely slow in coming

    10/08/2006 4:54:12 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 13 replies · 624+ views
    Take Back the Memorial.org ^ | October 6, 2006 | Tim Sumner
    As pre-ordained, Mayor Bloomberg was voted in as chairman of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation yesterday. While waiting for the inevitable, my mind wandered back to late last year and this. Following the 9/11 money (from a New York Daily News editorial, originally published on December 10, 2005) No one knew how much money the city was going to need and for what purposes. Sen. Chuck Schumer presented the best guess to Bush in the Oval Office, and the President said, "You got it." So programs were created, and grants, loans and tax incentives began arriving to meet immediate...
  • Pataki must be crazy to anoint Bloomberg

    10/07/2006 11:42:24 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 13 replies · 456+ views
    Take Back the Memorial.org ^ | October 4, 2006 | Tim Sumner
    Instead of someone who actually cares about 9/11—its dead and living victims and heroes—and remembrance of the day America was attacked, someone with less interest, without the time, and with an obvious conflict of interest is about to be left in charge of the memorial and museum at Ground Zero. Mayor Bloomberg’s choosing culture over remembrance, arrogant indifference for human remains, sabotaging all prior fundraising for the memorial, and callous disregard for thousands of living victims of 9/11 renders him unfit to serve as the chairman of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. More than five years after 9/11, a...
  • The secret rally for Israel [i.e. unreported by MSM]

    09/21/2006 9:25:39 AM PDT · by Tirian · 8 replies · 794+ views
    Powerline ^ | September 21, 2006 | Scott Johnson
    Reader Scot Silverstein alerts us to the rally for Israel outside the United Nations earlier this week: Some 35,000 people rallied across from the United Nations to protest Ahmadinejad’s presence at the world body. The crowd also wanted to show solidarity for Israel and implore the United Nations to enforce Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended Israel’s war this summer with Hezbollah and calls for the release of three Israeli soldiers taken hostage by Hamas and Hezbollah. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Presidents Conference, referred to Ahmadinejad’s Tuesday night speech to the General Assembly, in which he portrayed...
  • Lawmakers deal in session's closing days (AUTOMATIC RAISES FOR ILLEGALLY STRIKING WORKERS!)

    06/22/2006 6:01:20 AM PDT · by jmyrlefuller · 329+ views
    Associated Press via syracuse.com ^ | June 21, 2006 (11:00 PM) | Mark Johnson
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State worker unions could get "significant leverage" in contract negotiations with Albany under a bill passed by the Legislature with little notice, a government watchdog group said Wednesday. The bill was one of many agreed to in the waning days of the legislative session that is scheduled to end Thursday. The labor bill passed last week says that if the state is proven to stall or otherwise fail to bargain "in good faith," the state — and its taxpayers — must automatically award a 1-percent raise to union members. If the state continues to stall, an...
  • New York Investigates Skating Rink for Playing Christian Music

    06/21/2006 3:02:23 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 102 replies · 4,185+ views
    Traditional Values Coalition ^ | June 21, 2006 | TVC
    TVC ASKS PATAKI TO STOP HARASSMENT June 21, 2006 - Washington, DC – The Traditional Values Coalition asked New York Governor George Pataki to rein in a state agency which is threatening legal action against an Accord, New York skating rink because it plays Christian music during a “Christian Music Skate” party. The New York Division of Human Rights threatened Len and Terry Bernardo, owners of the Skate Time 209 rink in Accord, with an investigation because the rink plays Christian music during certain hours. The agency also threatened to charge a local newspaper which advertised the event for “aiding...
  • [William] Weld's Hopes Waning: Lacks GOP Majority

    05/30/2006 5:21:12 AM PDT · by statestreet · 1 replies · 238+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 29, 2006 | Fred Dicker
    May 29, 2006 -- TOP backers of former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld's bid for the Republican nomination for governor are increasingly pessimistic about his chances of defeating John Faso, The Post has learned. One prominent Weld backer conceded yesterday that the once-front-running candidate has yet to line up the 51 percent of the vote he'll need to emerge from this week's GOP convention as the party's official choice for governor.
  • Pataki Remains Hospitalized; No Discharge Date Set

    02/28/2006 8:22:34 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 27 February 2006 | (AP)
    Gov. George Pataki remained hospitalized Monday nearly a week after undergoing a surgery to correct a postoperative complication related to an emergency appendectomy. Pataki, 60, continued eating some food Monday but also remained on intravenous nutrition and antibiotics to reduce the risk of an abscess... `The governor's doctors have indicated that there has been a slow return of normal digestive function because of the ruptured appendix,'' ... Pataki was originally to be released two days after the Feb. 16 appendectomy. ``The governor continues to be in good spirits and is reading, walking around and conducting state business,'' ...
  • N.Y. Governor Undergoes Second Operation

    02/21/2006 7:13:16 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 991+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2-21 | Associated Press
    Gov. George Pataki, showing no improvement five days after surgeons removed his appendix, was transferred Tuesday to a New York City hospital and underwent another operation. Doctors operated to alleviate a blockage in Pataki's digestive system, said his spokesman, David Catalfamo. Afterward, the governor was "awake, alert and resting comfortably," ... A blockage following abdominal surgery is relatively rare, said Daniel Herron, an assistant professor of surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.
  • BRUNOBACK MOUNTAIN Why two guys made for each other keep fighting.

    12/10/2005 7:31:04 PM PST · by Do not dub me shapka broham · 41 replies · 762+ views
    The New York Press ^ | December 7-13, 2005 | Azi Paybarah
    Imagine being A fly on the wall hearing Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno telling Jeanine Pirro that she can't beat Hillary Clinton, seeing her camera-ready profile melt into a curt smile. Or a bug on the windshield last week as Pirro drove to a quiet power breakfast with outgoing Governor George Pataki, who endorsed her just two months earlier. "Right now, I am a candidate for United State Senate," Pirro declared after the meeting, with all the confidence of someone asking to be drafted into another race. (PirroforAg.com directs visitors to her Senate campaign website. Hmm.) In a pink suit...
  • Lawyers Fight for Release of Sex Criminals

    11/03/2005 6:11:56 AM PST · by Calpernia · 18 replies · 455+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Nov 3, 7:56 AM EST | By SAMUEL MAULL
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Lawyers for 12 sex criminals who are being held in mental hospitals after their prison sentences ended complained to a judge Wednesday that the state is holding them illegally, a charge the state's lawyer denied. The sex offenders were ordered held by Gov. George Pataki, who had sought for years to get a law passed that would allow civil confinement of sex offenders when their sentences end. Pataki's plan extends the state's involuntary commitment law, normally used for the mentally ill, to sexual predators. It requires offenders nearing the end of their sentences to undergo an...
  • New York Governor Vows to Veto 'morning-After Pill' Legislation

    08/01/2005 6:47:10 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 389+ views
    tbo.com ^ | 2 August 2005 | Marc Humbert
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. George Pataki will veto legislation that would allow women to buy the "morning-after" pill without a prescription, a decision described by abortion rights advocates as "sheer political expediency" to build conservative support for a 2008 presidential run. Pataki disclosed his plans Sunday night through spokesman Kevin Quinn. "Consistent with his record on women's reproductive issues, the governor plans to veto the legislation primarily because it provides no protection whatsoever for minors," Quinn said. "If this and other flaws in the bill are addressed, and a responsible version of the bill is advanced, the governor would...
  • Al D'Amato: Never underestimate George Pataki

    07/30/2005 2:19:24 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 36 replies · 717+ views
    Newsday ^ | July 30, 2005 | former Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato
    Note to Republican presidential primary candidates: Don't underestimate George Pataki. There was a time when the pundits said he couldn't win a freshman's run for mayor of Peekskill. They also said that about him when he ran for the Assembly and then the State Senate. In each instance this quiet, thoughtful man proved himself an astute politician who could read his constituents far better than the pollsters and the political analysts. Not only did he run and win but he was able to position himself in such a way that an expanding circle of voters genuinely welcomed him as a...
  • As Medicaid Balloons, Watchdog Force Shrinks

    07/18/2005 9:12:59 PM PDT · by cyborg · 15 replies · 459+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2005 | Michael Luo and Clifford J. Levy
    New York's Medicaid program pays more than a million claims a day, feeding a $44.5 billion river of checks to radiologists and ambulance drivers, brain surgeons and orderlies, medical centers and corner pharmacies. Many who get those checks pocket more money than they deserve, and millions of taxpayer dollars are believed to be lost every day to theft and waste. Skip to next paragraph Andrea Mohin/The New York Times Falling Behind: Boxes of cases in the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, where the size of the staff has failed to keep up with the program's growth. PROGRAM DISORDER High...
  • A Victory for Women

    06/23/2005 7:27:15 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 18 replies · 509+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/24/05 | OP-ED
    In a heartening advance with national reverberations, the Republican-led New York State Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that will permit local pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception to women who do not have a prescription. The surprising 34-to-27 vote, which followed easy approval by the Democratic-led Assembly, catapults the issue to a noncommittal Gov. George Pataki. Mr. Pataki has no principled course but to sign it. Skip to next paragraph Readers Forum: Today's Editorials The measure is a necessary response to the ideological gridlock at the Food and Drug Administration. The F.D.A. is still stalling over granting all American women...
  • Free Muslims Against Terrorism

    06/02/2005 4:22:26 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 45 replies · 966+ views
    FreeMuslimss.org ^ | 2 Jun 2005
    The Free Muslims Coalition (FMC), a leading American Muslim organization is proud to announce that Kamal Nawash, President of FMC was named by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as part of a U.S. Delegation to a Conference on combating intolerance against religious groups, including Muslims, Jews and minority Christians among others. The conference is sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, June 8-9, 2005 in Cordoba, Spain. George E. Pataki, Governor of the State of New York, was chosen to lead the delegation and represent the United States in recognition of his leadership role as governor of...
  • Pataki's Zero

    05/17/2005 6:41:55 AM PDT · by redapples · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Citizen Journal ^ | May 16, 2005 | Andrew Roman
    In the days following the announcement that the ill-fated Freedom Tower was being scrapped due to security reasons, advocates for a taller and stronger twin towers suddenly began to see faint streams of light in a dark, three-and-a-half year old tunnel to nowhere. Believing that perhaps the fickle finger of fate had at last emerged to leave its print upon Ground Zero, notables such as the great New York Post columnist Nicole Gelinas, National Review’s Deroy Murdock (both of whom have long supported the rebuilding of the towers), and the maker of apprentices himself, Donald Trump, were among many who...
  • '08 White House Race Draws Iowa's Interest

    03/28/2005 6:45:48 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 612+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2005 | MIKE GLOVER
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Potential White House candidates are calling Iowa's top political operatives. Trips to the Midwest are on the schedule. Personal notes to the state's top Democrats and Republicans are in the mail. AP Photo   In the realm of nonstop presidential politics, this is the slow time, when 2008 hopefuls are putting out early feelers in Iowa, a state critical to any White House aspirant. The calendar may show two years and 10 months to the next round of caucuses, but the courting continues. Consider the experience of John Norris, who worked as a field director for...
  • Hillary's Poll Numbers Startling (Early 2008 Poll Numbers)

    12/19/2004 6:38:55 PM PST · by nj26 · 125 replies · 3,699+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/19/04
    If the 2008 election were held today, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton would handily defeat three of the top Republicans being touted as possible candidates, a startling new survey by Fox News Opinion Dynamics shows. In a race between Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Clinton, the New York Democrat would win by 7 points, defeating Frist 40 percent to 33 percent, according to Fox Dynamics figures cited Sunday by Angus Reid Consultants. Matched against New York Gov. George Pataki, Clinton's margin of victory drops by 1 point, but she'd still win 41 percent to 35 percent. The former first...
  • Governor George Pataki's Speech at 2004 RNC

    09/03/2004 9:10:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 4 replies · 556+ views
    GOPConvention.com ^ | 9-2-04 | Governor George Pataki
    Thank you, delegates and friends. I have been governor of this state for ten years, through challenge, and triumph, and tonight is a great New York night. I'm going to be brief, because tonight we hear from President George W. Bush. The past few evenings we have spoken of September 11th, of our heroes and of those we lost. But there's a part of this story that has never fully been told. I'd like to tell it. After September 11th our tourism industry was hit hard. Do you know what the people of Oregon did? A thousand people from Oregon...
  • Rockefeller Republicans Take Manhattan (pubbie convention)

    07/07/2004 1:51:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 169 replies · 1,688+ views
    NRO ^ | July 07, 2004 | Kate O'Beirne
    The lineup of primetime speakers at the Republican Convention predictably reflects its New York location by giving prominent spots to the hosts, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor George Pataki. But those enjoying the coveted spotlight also pay tribute to New York's former Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Joining the hosts will be other mavericks and dissidents who represent a minority in Ronald Reagan's GOP. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona's Senator John McCain, and California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will all be at the primetime podium. The only announced speaker who actually agrees with President Bush on major issues is Democratic...
  • THE BISHOPS AND THE POLS

    06/23/2004 5:00:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 416+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 23, 2004 | GEORGE J. MARLIN
    CATHOLIC bishops who have criticized or denied communion to recalci trant Catholic politicians have been under assault, of late, by left-wing ideologues. Claiming he is a "believing and practicing Catholic," Sen. John Kerry has declared: "I don't tell church officials what to do, and church officials shouldn't tell American politicians what to do in the context of our public life." Kerry's colleague, Sen. Ted Kennedy, even questioned the pope's integrity when it comes to his rules for distributing communion. Weary of self-righteous indignation from politicians who claim to be loyal sons of the church while opposing its tenets, I have...
  • Pataki: Democrats didn't respond to terror threat

    04/18/2004 11:49:20 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 132+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 4/19/04 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON, AP
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - New York Gov. George Pataki urged supporters Saturday to back President Bush's re-election by saying Democrats' failure to respond to previous acts of terrorism led the way to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Pataki criticized the Clinton administration for not properly responding to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa, the bombing of the USS Cole and an attack on a U.S. military barracks in Saudi Arabia. "We cannot forgot these lessons. Thank God that on Sept. 11, George W. Bush was the president of America,"...
  • Kulongoski, other leaders tour Iraq [Govs. Pataki, Kempthorne, Lingle, Pawlenty, Blanco]

    02/11/2004 7:01:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 251+ views
    Statesman Journal.com ^ | 02-11-04 | Steve Law
    <p>Republican Gov. George Pataki of New York (right) and Gov. Kulongoski enjoy ice cream after a visit Tuesday to a dairy plant in Iraq.</p> <p>The governor checks on Oregon Guard troops.</p> <p>Former Marine and Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski dined in a mess hall with Oregon soldiers and visited with Baghdad shop owners Tuesday, as part of a surprise visit to Iraq at the invitation of the Bush administration.</p>
  • Pataki, RLC Endorse Arnold

    08/21/2003 7:23:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 361+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 8/21/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign to replace Gray Davis as California's next governor picked up an important endorsement this week from a big state governor who is wrestling with budgetary problems not all that different from those that plague the Golden State. "Governor George Pataki of New York is supporting Schwarzenegger, and has plans to stump for him on the West Coast soon," the Republican Leadership Council said in a press release Monday. Pataki is the RLC's honorary chairman. RLC Executive Director, Mary Heitman announced, "Arnold Schwarzenegger is the ideal type of Republican for California; he is fiscally conservative on the...
  • CA: New York Gov. George Pataki (endorses) Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid for governor of California

    08/12/2003 5:05:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 325+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | Mon, Aug. 11, 2003 | AP
    <p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. George Pataki is throwing his political muscle behind Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid for governor of California, aides and advisers said Monday.</p> <p>"The governor thinks it's great that Arnold Schwarzenegger is running for governor because he will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to California," said Pataki spokeswoman Lisa Dewald Stoll.</p>
  • Pataki: I'm not interested in any cabinet post

    05/28/2003 9:49:17 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 1 replies · 156+ views
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Gov. George Pataki, expanding on last week's denial of interest in running the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said Tuesday that he doesn't want any other post in President Bush's cabinet. "I have no interest in any cabinet position," Pataki said during an appearance in Albany. "I have no intention of taking any cabinet position." Less than six months into his third term as governor, Pataki's name briefly surfaced last week when Christie Whitman announced her resignation as director of the EPA. Pataki has focused on conservation issues as governor in New York and considers his record on...
  • Pataki approval rating sinks to the lowest level ever, according to Marist poll (37%, -12 in 1 mo)

    05/13/2003 11:35:11 AM PDT · by Timesink · 4 replies · 169+ views
    PoliticsNY.com ^ | May 13, 2003 | Enos Throop
    Pataki approval rating sinks to the lowest level ever, according to Marist poll Governor George Pataki's approval rating has dropped to 37%, down from 49% a month ago, according to a poll released today by Marist College's Institute of Public Opinion. The governor is now more unpopular than at any time during his eight years in office. Pataki's approval rating has not been under 39% since September 1995. New York voters also side with Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno (R-Brunswick) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in the budget battle, 55% agree with the legislature's fiscal plan while 35% support the...
  • NY Gubernatorial Election 2006: Pataki Would Squeak by Either One; Giuliani Would Win 2-1;

    04/08/2003 11:38:53 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 354+ views
    Zogby ^ | 4/8/03
    Although New York's next gubernatorial election is still over three and a half years away (in 2006), Zogby International posed some match-up possibilities to a random sample of residents. The telephone survey of 709 likely voters was conducted from Zogby's headquarters in Utica on April 3-4, 2003, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.8%. Error margins are higher for sub-groups. Attorney General Elliot Spitzer would beat Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary, 39% - 28%. When 335 likely voters in a Democratic primary (margin +/- 5.5%) were asked to choose between Spitzer and Cuomo, who withdrew from the...
  • The Return of George I: New York's governor is pro-growth again!

    01/28/2003 4:09:18 PM PST · by xsysmgr · 7 replies · 203+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 28, 2003 | E. J. McMahon
    Given his Rockefeller Lite persona in recent years, no one would have been surprised if New York's Governor George E. Pataki had responded to a looming fiscal crisis with a round of tax increases — if not on the scale of Democrat Gray Davis's gargantuan $8 billion hike in California, then something like Republican John Rowland's soak-the-rich surcharge in Connecticut.Instead, faced with a record $12 billion shortfall at the outset of his third term, Pataki is now promising to stick with scheduled tax cuts and avoid any "job-killing" tax increases in his 2003-04 budget, which will be released next...
  • Republican Governors More Willing to Raise Taxes, Post Reports

    01/19/2003 8:54:19 AM PST · by GeneD · 12 replies · 308+ views
    Bloomberg.com ^ | 01/19/2003 | Kristen Hallam
    <p>Washington, Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- More Republican governors are proposing tax increases to fill state budget shortfalls of 10 percent or more that have challenged their party's philosophy of keeping taxes low, the Washington Post reported.</p> <p>Governor Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho, who cut state taxes 48 times during his first term, decided to call for an increase in cigarette and sales taxes this year after balancing last year's budget by firing workers and reducing child-care subsidies, the paper said. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Connecticut Governor John Rowland are among the Republicans who have proposed tax increases, the Post reported.</p>
  • Liberals Win Big in New York, Elsewhere

    11/14/2002 10:48:41 AM PST · by mrustow · 48 replies · 325+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | 14 November 2002 | Nicholas Stix
    Toogood Reports [Thursday, November 14, 2002; 12:01 a.m. EST]URL: http://ToogoodReports.com/ It was a familiar socialist tableaux: The triumphant candidate flanked by supporters from big labor and ethnic constituencies, each of whom he greets in turn. Only the victor was "conservative" Republican Governor George Pataki. How could this be? In terrible Spanish, Pataki expressed his gratitude to one Hispanic Macher after another, including Dennis Rivera, the head of 1199/SEIU, the health workers' union. Besides being a communist, the anti-American Rivera is the biggest supporter of Al Sharpton and the other criminals and traitors who have interfered with U.S. Navy exercises in...
  • Agreement Gives Bloomberg Direct Control of New York City's Schools

    06/06/2002 1:23:52 PM PDT · by GeneD · 5 replies · 300+ views
    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have reached an "understanding" that gives the mayor direct control of the city's schools. "There is an understanding between the mayor and myself, and we've spoken to both the governor and Senator (Joseph) Bruno about that understanding," said Silver. "And we believe we can move forward to bring about a new era in education in the city of New York by having a Board of Education that is controlled by the mayor." The agreement in principle, which must be approved by both houses of the state Legislature and signed...
  • Gov Would Poll-verize Either of His Rivals (Pataki has 2-1 lead over both RAT candidates!)

    05/29/2002 3:26:40 PM PDT · by Timesink · 11 replies · 254+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 29, 2002 | Fredric U. Dicker
    <p>Gov. Pataki received great news at the start of the state Republican convention yesterday: a new poll giving him his highest job-approval rating ever.</p> <p>The Marist College survey showed Pataki with a record-high 72 percent statewide approval rating - up from 64 percent last month.</p>
  • 6 Months after 9/11, Pataki still has high job approval ratings

    03/15/2002 5:22:43 PM PST · by GraniteStateConservative · 1 replies · 178+ views
    Siena [College] Research Institute ^ | 3-11-02 | Siena College
    Siena Research Institute of Siena College, Loudonville, NY.                                                                                                                          For Immediate Release: Monday – March 11, 2002   Governor’s Approval Slipping from 911 Peak Levels– But Still High   Legislature Gets 10 Point Boost From New York City   Loudonville, New York – Approval rating for Governor Pataki dropped again in February of 2002 to a level of 68%, but it’s still strong according to the most recent public opinion poll by the Siena Research Institute (SRI).  The State Legislature’s approval rating surged in New York City to 46% from 36% in January 2002, meanwhile support for...