March 27, 2013 |
If you are tired of seeing the debate on guns dominated by the National Rifle Association and yearn for sensible weapons laws, you have to love New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg . When most politicians were caving in or falling silent, there was Bloomberg, wielding his fortune to keep hope alive that we could move against the violence that blights our nation. But imagine that you also believe the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision was a disaster for representative government because a narrow majority broke with long...
January 13, 2013 |
NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg, America's most prominent and deep-pocketed advocate for gun control, would rather rehabilitate Republicans than oust them. "Somebody got them the way they are now," the mayor of New York said in a recent interview as he sat in the bullpen offices of City Hall, surrounded by a buzzing staff, blinking Bloomberg terminals and clocks telling the same time in each of the five boroughs. "Why can't you change them?" On Monday, Bloomberg will headline a summit on guns at the Johns Hopkins...
November 2, 2012 |
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg 's endorsement of President Obama is prompting many to analyze the billionaire's move. Is this a sign that business isn't as anti-Obama as it seems? (Bloomberg is, after all, a highly successful entrepreneur—and business bible The Economist endorsed the president the same day.) How many independent voters might actually be swayed by the mayor's lukewarm praise? And what does this mean about the man's own presidential aspirations, and his...
November 7, 2009 |
Here's hoping that Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) has absorbed the meaning of the close call experienced on Election Day by his political godfather, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. With his billions, a well-oiled campaign machine and supreme self-confidence, Republican-turned-independent Bloomberg narrowly won reelection against an underfunded Democratic challenger who was ignored by the White House and who ran with little organized party support or chance of winning. If Fenty somehow missed the message from Manhattan, it's this:...
November 5, 2009 |
How exactly did the New York press miss the fact that the extravagantly financed Michael Bloomberg express almost got derailed? Local news organizations didn't take the race all that seriously. Nor did many national reporters shuttle in to offer their take. Everyone knew that the mayor would cruise to a third term and that his Democratic opponent, Bill Thompson, was a mere sacrificial lamb. After all, the zillionaire mayor spent about $90 million to win a third term, and Thompson about $6 million.
October 26, 2009
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With one week to go until voters head to the polls, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg leads his main rival in the mayoral race by 18 points, a survey found on Monday. "It's been shaping up all along, and now the new numbers say it looks like a Bloomberg blow-out," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,088 New York City voters between October 23 to 25 and found Bloomberg leading Comptroller William Thompson by 53...