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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:30 AM

Progressive Democrats Took A Bite Out Of New York's Machine

The ambitious new left wing wiped out a faction of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate.
By Zach Carter and Daniel Marans 09/13/2018 11:13 pm ET

BROOKLYN, N.Y. ― New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo survived a primary challenge on Thursday night, but his once impregnable political machine sustained heavy damage across the state as progressive insurgents threw out conservative incumbents down-ballot.

In a state Democratic primary with national implications, Cuomo cruised to a double-digit victory over actor Cynthia Nixon as machine-backed incumbent Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul fended off New York City Council member Jumaane Williams. A wide-open race for the party nomination for attorney general ― one of the most closely watched contests in the country on the American left ― ended in victory for another machine candidate, New York City Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James.

But after getting hammered in the state’s marquee races, progressives dominated contests in the state legislature. Left-wing primary challengers effectively ended the Independent Democratic Conference ― a coalition of Democrats who conferenced with Republicans to block Democratic control of the state legislature with Cuomo’s tacit consent.

Fearing Nixon’s challenge, Cuomo brokered a deal to disband the IDC in April, but activists wanted to punish the lawmakers for their betrayal and ensure they never again left the fold.



https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democratic-primaries-new-york-money_us_5b9aa2a4e4b010e18e3777cc

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:21 AM

1. Thanks for posting that, hadn't seen much news on the primary yet

There were only three offices on the ballot in my area upstate, nice to learn that progressives did well in other areas.

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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 02:41 AM

2. Well this sounds like a good development

"Left-wing primary challengers effectively ended the Independent Democratic Conference ― a coalition of Democrats who conferenced with Republicans to block Democratic control of the state legislature with Cuomo’s tacit consent."


But I thought there was no such thing as the establishment wing!
The third way holdouts are trying to hang on using everything in the machine at their disposal. I hope this is becoming a trend.

Who knew the left wing social democrats would be so useful?



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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 07:10 AM

3. Heh

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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 05:50 PM

4. ...

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