14 April, 2006

Santorum Scoring Funds From New York

Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the Republican who is fighting for his political life against Democratic state treasurer Bob Casey Jr, is getting some help from friends in the Big Apple.

The New York Observer's political Blog, The Politicker, says Santorum, who trails Casey
by 11 points in the latest Quinnipiac University poll for Pennsylvania, has listed several New York funding sources in his first-quarter campaign finance report with the Federal Elections Commission.

Endorsement Ledger Strongly Favors Spencer In GOP Senate Battle

The folks at Urban Elephants have been keeping a running tally of support for the two GOP candidates for U.S. Senate here in New York. Based on announced endorsements and the weight assigned to each county at the party convention later this spring, former Yonkers mayor John Spencer has the support of just under 40% of delegates while former Reagan Administration official KT McFarland has the backing of about 9%. Under party rules a candidate must have weighted support of 25% of the delegates to be placed on a primary ballot. McFarland can petition her way onto the ballot if she falls short of the 25% cutoff.

New Rudy Movie On The Way Paints A Not-So-Flattering Picture

'Giuliani Time' a documentary about former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is on its way. Judging from this quote from the film's Web site, I don't think Hizzoner is painted as a hero in this movie.

Kevin Keating's chilling documentary examines Giuliani's rise to power, his policies and his so-called turnaround of New York City. Interviewing journalists, activists, legal experts, and many of the city's poor, "Giuliani Time" reveals that while the Mayor touted his Broken Windows, Quality of Life and Zero Tolerance policies, the reality on the streets was police brutality, violations of the First Amendment and racist actions.

Then 9/11 happened and Giuliani's actions endeared him forever to Americans. Should we allow that to overshadow the darker moments of his administration?

Click here for a synopsis of the film by its producers, and here for a review by Variety and this one by the New York Times.

The film will be released commercially in New York next month.






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