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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:52 AM

(NY Gov.) Cuomo Calls for State to Return to Progressive Ideals (NYTimes article)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who spent his first two years in office establishing himself as a fiscal conservative, turned left in his third annual address to the Legislature, and sought to reclaim the state’s progressive mantle.

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, had two emotional fulcrums in his sprawling 78-minute address: gun violence and Hurricane Sandy. But most of the speech was devoted to an onslaught of proposals favored by the left wing of his party.

He proposed increasing the minimum wage to $8.75 an hour from $7.25 an hour, public financing of elections, tougher greenhouse gas standards, solar jobs programs, a $1 billion affordable housing initiative, grants for schools that extend school days and a 10-point women’s rights program that garnered loud applause for its provisions strengthening abortion rights laws and enacting equal pay legislation.

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Overall, the speech served to reposition the governor, who has faced criticism from the left wing of his party for paying too little attention to their concerns. Liberals praised the governor in 2011 for persuading lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation. But his first two years in office focused on a centrist fiscal policy that included a cap on property tax increases, steep spending cuts and contentious negotiations with unions that resulted in a cut to the pension benefits of future state employees.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/nyregion/cuomo-calls-for-the-state-to-return-to-its-progressive-ideals.html

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UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #2
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hfojvt Jan 2013 #3

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:07 AM

1. Now that he has decided not to run for president, he is able to be free w/o restrictions

 

imho.

and he needs to do something anyhow, as he was horrible during Sandy.
Completely hidden from view by NJ's Christie. Shameful.

as Kristofferson wrote"freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" and now that
Andy is free from thinking he is going to be president, and worried about his reelection in 2014,
he's got nothing left to lose turning left, as he has nothing to win remaining wishy washy center.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:54 AM

2. Says who?

 

http://news.yahoo.com/nys-cuomo-sets-sights-high-gun-control-073224449.html

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's fiery State of the State speech pushed the state onto the national stage over gun control and other progressive issues that some observers said better positioned the governor for a possible 2016 run for president.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:31 AM

4. some observers like to yap. There are 3 better NYers than him

 

and a white male, due solely to the demographics of MY party will not nominate a white male.
it would be party suicide, in this, the decade of the woman.
It's true. Just talking raw number demographics.

besides, what was it that caused mario not to take that plane? That is still around

And google the race Andrew was Mario's campaign head of, the governor race between
Cuomo and Koch.

there is a little tid bit in that race that NYers like me will never forget

the fabled whisper campaign "vote for Cuomo not the homo".
while he denies it, so would anyone as it was so vile and ugly, who would admit it.
But the buck stops with the campaign head, and guess who was that.
Too much baggage for Andrew

and something else in the closet that caused Mario not to run, and not only that
Mario refused TWICE to Bill Clinton's offer of nomination to US Supreme Court

Seems there is something to not wanting to be vetted nationally. Have no idea what, but something is there.
After JOhn Edwards, never again someone unvetted with secrets to hide.

There is a better chance for Bloomberg over Mario any day(and Bloomberg is an actual full time liberal and populist.)

not to mention Kirsten G.

However, Hillary is by far the singular most popular NYer in the nation.
and she has it in the bag.

Andrew, people who know him, know he is not going to be President, any more than Mario was
(and Mario was 100times better).

(btw, yes, Andrew politically allowed gay marriage, but it doesn't hide what he did in the past).

and you can look it up.

(btw-speaking of observers, well, Fringe has observers, not the nice guys one thought, huh?)

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:13 AM

3. yeah, sure, he's turning left

"How the state would pay for any new programs was not clear. The governor is to introduce his budget this month, but until Congress decides how much aid to send to New York to defray the costs of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, the state’s financial picture will be clouded.

The governor promised not to raise taxes."

and then there was this

http://journals.democraticunderground.com/hfojvt/154

a Governor gives rich people $1 billion in tax cuts and cuts education spending
Posted by hfojvt in General Discussion
Tue Apr 05th 2011, 02:12 AM

"and that Governor is Andrew Cuomo, supposedly a Democrat.

http://www.ctj.org/taxjusticedigest/archiv...

"The focal point of this conflict is a proposed extension of the temporary income tax surcharge on individuals with taxable incomes over $200,000 (or $300,000 from joint filers), known as the ‘millionaires’ tax because most of it is paid by millionaires. If extended, the measure would raise $1 billion dollars over the next year.

There is no doubt that New York’s fiscal situation is dire. But the governor’s budget relies almost entirely on dramatic spending cuts, including cuts to K-12 education aid to the state’s poorest children."


What do you bet that Cuomo is a leading contender for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016?

For whatever it is worth, he can count on my opposition."


The reason the state needs to RETURN to progressive ideals is because Cuomo himself, lead them so very far away from those ideals.

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