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Fri Apr 15, 2016, 07:22 AM

Beyond Hil and Bern—for Lefties, It’s the Battle for New York’s Soul

Daily Beast

Beyond Hil and Bern—for Lefties, It’s the Battle for New York’s Soul
by David Freelander


“This is a proxy battle,” said Democratic strategist and former Cuomo advisor Hank Sheinkopf. “It is going to show how much of the traditional left really exists in New York State. If Bernie Sanders is able to get into the mid-40’s, it will force politicians who want to stay in power to move further to the left.”

Liberals in New York have seethed almost since Cuomo was elected. In his first term, despite passing marriage equality legislation and a strict new gun law, he refused to help Democrats in their fight to retake control of the State Senate, which meant that many liberal priorities were shelved.

Cuomo cut Medicaid and school funding and reduced taxes for millionaires and home owners. He engaged in long-running feuds with Schneiderman and de Blasio. And when it came time to seek the endorsement of the influential Working Families Party, in 2014 Cuomo made a point of showing his reluctance to even be consorting with such an outfit. “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,” decried MSNBC host Chris Hayes, a sentiment that was repeated often in the liberal mediasphere at the time.


This isn’t a campaign—it’s a movement,” said Masters. “And what we have seen over the last few months is that polling doesn’t really capture the kind of self-mobilization that is Bernie’s campaign.”

................“This is a good state for Bernie,” said George Arzt, a Democratic consultant and former Clinton advisor. “The electorate has gotten younger, and there are geographic pockets that can be targeted by Bernie in almost every borough and college towns throughout the state in which he would be strong. He should do very well.”

Added Arzt, “If he loses by more than 10, or by more than the polls say, then people will say maybe this state isn’t as progressive as we thought.”


.........Cutting Medicaid & school funding is REPUBLICAN. Reducing taxes on the wealthy, AKA Trickle Down, is REPUBLICAN.

Much like Hillary's love of outsourcing American jobs & globalizing slave wages & war in the name of massive profits for the already massively wealthy & working for BigOil by globalizing fracking, to name a few, all are REPUBLICAN

This is a fight for Democrats to actually BE Democrats. To OPPOSE republicans beyond just giving good rhetoric when running for office.

This is a fight for "We The People".

GO Bernie! Go NY Progressives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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