The first cases of Ebola in the United States have raised legitimate concerns about the nation’s ability to protect the public’s health. And while the virus is incredibly toxic, the threat posed to Americans is – as yet – quite small.
Last week, New York State Supreme Court Judge Patrick McGrath struck down proposed language for the upcoming Proposal 1, which is a referendum question that amends the state constitution to change the state redistricting process. The vote on Proposal 1 will be on the ballot this November.
Well-known comic Joan Rivers died last week. Ms. Rivers was reportedly undergoing an endoscopic procedure to repair her vocal cords. She was having the procedure in an outpatient setting – meaning it occurred outside of a hospital.
One of the big national political stories last week was the grand jury indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, charging him with abuse of power when he tried to pressure a local district attorney. Governor Perry has argued that he is innocent of the charges.
A member of a government reform group says it’s OK if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo uses his campaign coffers to finance this week’s trip to Israel if the visit is for political, rather than government purposes.
Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, says it’s preferable for Governor Cuomo to use funds from his $35 million campaign fund to pay for his visit to Israel than for state taxpayers to foot the bill. Horner says by using the campaign money, Cuomo is also signaling that the trip is more of a political event than official government business.
Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will make only make gerrymandering worse.
New Yorkers will get to vote on three proposals to change the state’s Constitution this November. An important question being voted on is a plan to change the way redistricting is done in New York. This past week, the state Board of Elections approved the language of the ballot question that will be put before the voters.
The big news last week was the blockbuster story by the New York Times that carefully examined Governor Cuomo’s involvement in the activities of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.