The Flacks Report [Mar. '11]
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V.R.D.C Takes the Cake
The food at the February Village Reform Democratic Club holiday pot-luck pah-tee deserves mention. There were two excellent home-made dishes: perfectly cooked turkeys by Ray Cline and superb pasta al dente piquantly seasoned with garlic by Joanna Saccone. And there was Omega-3 oils provided by the restaurant (delicious broiled salmon).
Sample Ballots on Line
Prompted by Citizens Union's release of its study of sample ballots practices in New York which found that 27 counties posted sample ballots online prior to Election Day, the Board of Elections in the City of New York passed a motion in December 2010 to put sample ballots online for future elections. The motion also specified that ballots would be provided through the board's online poll site locator, meaning that voters will be able to find their poll sites and ballots by simply entering their addresses for this important reform, which will allow voters to see the design of the ballot in addition to the contests they will vote for prior to Election Day, and avoiding many of the problems seen during the Primary Election in 2010.
The Ubiquitous "Tweet"
Your correspondent was reading in the Hansard reports a recent debate on education in the Commons whereupon he found this point of order of one Member objecting to another's "tweeting":
Kevin Brennan: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member for Cambridge (Dr Huppert) is tweeting from the Chamber right now that the shadow Secretary of State has refused to meet the right hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Simon Hughes), but in fact the shadow Secretary of State has already met him, and is prepared to meet him at any time. Is it in order for a Member, in the course of a debate, to make points about participants in the debate without doing it here so that everyone can hear the point they are making and have an opportunity to rebut it?
Mr Deputy Speaker (Mr Lindsay Hoyle): What I can say is that it is for me to keep order in the Chamber. I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has brought this to my attention, and I am sure that no hon. Member will be tweeting from the Chamber to let people outside know what is going on.
Michael Gove [the Secretary of State]: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for making his point, but I do not know what it says about my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) or the right hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock) that while they were making their interventions,
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he thought his own Twitter feed was more intriguing than the points they had to make. However, he is a genial soul and I know they will forgive him everything, as will I.
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An Encounter with the Kings County Dems
Your correspondent had occasion to contact the H.Q. of the Kings County Regular Democratic organization on Court Street (where else?) recently. I asked the young woman there for some information, and she said that she'd get back to me, but when I hadn't heard, I telephoned again, and she told me that she checked me (on the World Wide Web) and saw that I said some bad things about her boss, Vito Lopez, and she wasn't going to give me what I requested (the name of a committee chair). Well, I wonder what the Post and the Daily News have said about Vito. [Actually, I didn't say anything about Lopez, but referred to Gary Tilzer's article about the Kings County Leader.] All in a day's work.
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N.Y. TIMES / REGION, | March 16, 2011 By C. J. HUGHES
Andrew J. Stein, a fixture in New York politics for a quarter of a century, was sentenced on Tuesday to three years' probation for tax evasion. Link to: