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November, 2018


Two Brooklyn Dems set to take over House leadership roles

Two Brooklyn pols are in the House — and about to control it! Comment

October, 2018


Golden defends staffer with gang ties

He’s a Proud Boy and a Golden boy! Comments (9)

Republicans found ‘non-partisan’ club

Five local veteran politicos are teaming up to start a so-called nonpartisan club as a way to take the divisiveness out of politics, and instead reach across the aisle to get more done in the neighborhood, according to one of the club’s founders. Comments (1)

Proxies prevail over party progressives

The twice-yearly Kings County Democratic County Committee meeting on Sept. 27 descended into chaos amid boos and shouts of “Shame!” when its chairman again pulled out handfuls of proxies from his back pocket to overrule the hundreds of rank-and-file members who packed the room — a tactic used all too often by the party machine to prevent much-needed reforms, especially during a time when democracy is being challenged across the country, according to one county committee member. Comments (1)

September, 2018


Race is on: Several Bklyn pols floated to succeed James as Public Advocate

Letitia “Tish” James is likely to become the state’s first black attorney general following her Democratic primary win last week, and a handful of local lawmakers are reportedly ready to step into her citywide watchdog role if she does. Comment

Club’s endorsement called ‘trickery’

A new under-the-radar political club, named after the wildly popular Michelle Obama, threw its support behind a controversial Crown Heights state pol last month — but the former First Lady is making it clear she does not support the incumbent. Comment

August, 2018


Candidate’s rage against the machine

A Coney Islander running for the seat vacated when disgraced former Assemblywoman Pamela Harris (D–Coney Island) resigned after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges is blasting the Democratic Party machine for handpicking and endorsing a rival candidate she says has a weak record of service and less connection to the community than her. Comments (5)

Mayor backs Dilan in ‘personal’ decision

The long-time Bushwick state pol facing a stiff primary challenge from the 27-year-old, self-proclaimed democratic socialist looking to unseat him picked up a powerful endorsement this week when Mayor DeBlasio threw his support behind his campaign. Comment

Mayor, judge side with progressive insurgents

A Brooklyn judge has rejected a long-time state pol’s lawsuit to knock his challenger off the ballot. Comment

Old hand on deck for Blue Wave

Former long-time Bay Ridge District Leader Ralph Perfetto is poised to take back his old seat next month in a likely uncontested election after almost a decade away from playing politics. Comment

Insurgent fights to get on Dem primary ballot

The 27-year-old self-proclaimed democratic socialist looking to unseat a longtime Democratic state senator claims the long-time pol is trying to kick her off the ballot. Comment

July, 2018


Dems spar over Reform Party

One of the Democratic challengers vying to unseat Bay Ridge’s lone Republican state pol handed back the cash he received from leaders of the Brooklyn Reform Party after critics blasted him, charging that taking the donation meant he supports the party’s anti-immigration rhetoric. Comments (6)

Pols get antisocial on social media

There’s lots of news this week from around the political interweb. Comments (11)

June, 2018


Incumbents prevail in primary vote

Tuesday’s primary elections were largely a victory for incumbents, who won over rivals in three congressional seats that represent Kings County. But some challengers snuck up to the sitting reps more closely than others. Here’s our recap of the federal primary election results in Brooklyn. Comment

GOPer goes ‘Game of Thrones’ on corrupt pols

A Republican candidate running to fill the vacant Bay Ridge-to-Coney Island Assembly seat is taking a page out of the script of the popular show “Game of Thrones” by proposing disgraced pols be forced to parade through their communities in order to shame them. Comment

Three’s a crowd in Coney Assembly race

A third candidate just threw his hat into the ring to fill the empty seat vacated by a disgraced Coney Island pol who stepped down from her post in April months after the Feds charged her with stealing money from storm-recovery agencies. Comments (2)

Donovan whacked by both sides over ‘hateful’ mailer

Critics across the aisle are blasting the Bay Ridge congressman for hitting peoples’ doorsteps with what they charge is offensive anti-immigration propaganda just to win some votes in a contentious Republican primary election that has President Trump and his controversial policies at its center. Comment

May, 2018


Trump boosts Donovan in primary race

President Donald Trump made a potentially election-clinching endorsement on Wednesday when he threw his support behind Rep. Dan Donovan (R–Bay Ridge) in his heated race against the convicted felon who once held the Ridge-to-Rock seat. Comments (2)

Junk mail on the taxpayer’s dime

A Sunset Park state pol is sending out an excessive number of taxpayer-funded mailers, including birthday and Valentine’s Day cards to constituents, who complain the unsolicited snail mail is a waste of public money that should instead go towards actually helping the district. Comment

Public Advocate Tish James launches campaign for state attorney general

The city’s head advocate officially wants to be the state’s top attorney. Comment

Field shapes up for Harris seat battle

Two competing candidates threw their hats into the ring to fill the now-empty Bay Ridge-to-Coney Island seat vacated by disgraced former Assemblywoman Pamela Harris (D–Coney Island), whom the feds charged in January with stealing from the city and storm-recovery agencies. Comments (1)

Beep launching run for mayor

From Borough Hall to City Hall? Comments (1)

April, 2018


Alleged neo-Nazi to headline county GOP’s spring gala

The two Democratic candidates challenging state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) are joining locals in slamming the Brooklyn Republican Party for inviting former President Trump staffer Sebastian Gorka — a firebrand Islamophobe with alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups — to headline its spring gala next month. Comment

First candidate for open Assembly seat

Coney Islander Mathylde Frontus threw her hat in the ring to fill the vacant seat left behind by disgraced former Assemblywoman Pamela Harris (D–Coney Island), who resigned three months after the Feds charged her with stealing cash from storm-recovery agencies. Comments (6)

Dem boss takes sides in state Senate primary

Brooklyn’s Democratic Party Boss is throwing his support behind Bay Ridge Democrats member Andrew Gounardes in his campaign to again unseat longtime state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) over his Democratic primary opponent, Ross Barkan. Comments (1)

State Senate Dems reunite — but will it matter?

Back to where they came from. Comment

March, 2018


Golden nixes tarnished staffer

State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) axed his longtime staffer for sharing posts on social media comparing Democrats and survivors of the February Parkland shooting to Nazis. Comment

Musical chairs with Harris seat

The drama continues. Comments (3)

Council’s women aim to multiply

A newly elected East Flatbush pol has joined a group of activists fighting to get more women elected to the Council. Comment

February, 2018


’Tis the season for Democratic challengers

An upstart challenger is mounting a serious campaign to oust long-time Rep. Yvette Clarke (D–Flatbush), having already raised about a quarter of the incumbent’s cash on hand. Comments (1)

Dem boss calls primary ‘waste’

Brooklyn’s Democratic Party Boss is angry that two different candidates have thrown their hat into the ring to oust the Republican Bay Ridge state Senator who has held the seat for the last 15 years. Comments (2)

January, 2018


‘Independent’ Dem chummy with Hizzoner

He’s Brannan’s buddy! Comments (29)

Coney Island Assembly seat may be up for grabs

It’s a hot seat! Comments (2)

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