Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

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Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
New YorkNew York CityWestern New York

Cuomo Takes on Republicans (or at least some of them)

Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a campaign to go after Republicans. Standing beside House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Cuomo declared that New York would fight back to take back Congress district-by-district. Yet this "New York Fights Back" is an interesting campaign. Why now? For one, Cuomo has not previously expressed much interest in Congress. In 2011, his first year…

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The Brothers Crowley: Sean and Joe
New YorkNew York City

Power Corrupts: Crowley Delivers

We've mentioned Rep. Joe Crowley, before. He's one of New York's most powerful representatives and leads the Queens Democratic Party. What's new? Now comes the latest story from the New York Post: Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative (in the Bronx) hired Sean Crowley, brother of the Queens representative. In 2013, Rep. Joe Crowley secured $10…

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Chris Collins under investigation
New YorkWestern New York

Conflict of Interests for Buffalo Republican?

Republican Chris Collins is already under investigation for insider trading after reporters overheard him bragging about "how many millionaires I've made." Now, the Daily Beast discovered that a medical device company Collins founded, Audubon Machinery, stands to gain millions if Trumpcare becomes law. He's also the director of another company, ZeptoMetrix, which would benefit from lower taxes…

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Pellegrino, a Bernie Sanders delegate, got support from his organization in winning an Assembly special election.
Long IslandNew YorkState Assembly

Context for a wave? Democrat wins Long Island Assembly seat.

Normally, we don't pay too much attention to special elections for the State Assembly, since Democrats have a massive 2/3rds majority in the chamber. However, progressive Democrat Christine Pellegrino won a resounding victory on Tuesday in this heavily-Republican district around Oyster Bay, a 40 point swing in the Democrats favor after Trump won the area with 60% of…

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