Gillibrand, Udall Publicly Ask Justice Department to Stand Down on DADT

By: Wednesday September 15, 2010 5:50 pm

We still have no indication whether the Justice Department will appeal the US District Court ruling finding the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy unconstitutional. In the meantime, Congress will try to put the finishing touches on a legislative repeal of the policy. But two Senators, mindful of using every avenue possible to end the discharges, are advocating that the Justice Department drop the lawsuit and let the ruling stand.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have written Attorney General Eric Holder to ask that his agency not appeal the decision from Judge Virginia Phillips. Several experts believe that the DoJ has no obligation to defend the policy, and all of the principals in the executive branch: the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the President – oppose it.


Glenn Greenwald and Eliot Spitzer on the Gaza Flotilla

By: Wednesday June 2, 2010 9:30 am

You don’t often get a piece of cable TV this good, so it’s worth transcribing and posting in its entirety. In a rare and contentious eight minute cable news segment, Glenn Greenwald decided to set the record straight with Eliot Spitzer on MSNBC regarding the Gaza flotilla.

NY-Sen: Gillibrand Does It Again; Pataki Opts Out

By: Wednesday April 14, 2010 6:03 am

WSJ gets Pataki’s drop-out and this race completely wrong. Gillibrand was never vulnerable – and that’s why nobody wanted to challenge her. People like George Pataki don’t drop out of winnable Senate races to run some quixotic repeal organization. They decline to run because they know that their first day in the race would represent the high-water mark of their candidacy.

NY-Sen: Ford Flips on Gay Marriage

By: Monday January 11, 2010 6:30 pm

Today was a busy day in the New York Senate race even if you didn’t talk about Kirsten Gillibrand and Harold Ford. Left-wing Democratic candidate Jonathan Tasini launched a campaign to end the filibuster, and both of the top Republican recruits for the race – Rep. Peter King and former Rep. Susan Molinari – dropped out of consideration for the race.

With Gillibrand and Ford included, the day was, in a word, hectic. It started early, with Harold Ford dropping a bombshell – he now supports same-sex marriage.

NY Senate Race to Be Run Only by Women? Talk About Cracks Forming in the Glass Ceiling

By: Saturday January 9, 2010 5:30 pm

In case you haven’t noticed, it looks like there are three women lining up to run for New York’s senate seat. Oh yeah, and some guy might be thinking about it.

Potential Gillibrand-Ford Matchup Already Heated

By: Saturday January 9, 2010 10:30 am

Harold Ford really does look like he’s going to take a run at New York’s US Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand. He’s staffed up with a spokesman and a pollster, as well as Rod Blagojevich’s old campaign manager (!). And the spokesman is already running with an angry statement:

Harold is not going to be bullied or intimidated. It’s good for New York to have a dialogue. It’s good to have credible candidates exploring this race. So what are they so afraid of?

Best Way to Excite Progressives in 2010: Mobilizing Against Harold Ford

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 10:01 am

Amidst all those retirements yesterday, the New York Times floated that a Democrat would get into a race – former Tennessee Rep. and chair of the DLC Harold Ford, being tapped by a bunch of Wall Streeters to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand in New York.

Here’s who is named as supporting Ford, according to the article:

• Uber-rich financier Steven Rattner;
• Merryl H. Tisch, the wife of Loews Corporation CEO James Tisch;
• Richard Plepler, the co-President of HBO;
• Michael Bloomberg, the independent mayor of New York.

Really sounds like the heart of the liberal grassroots, doesn’t it?

Gillibrand: Scared or Stupid?

By: Tuesday February 17, 2009 12:27 pm

Sunday, Newsday reported that Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) keeps two rifles under her bed in her upstate New York home. Monday, Newsday reported the guns had been moved. Why did Gillibrand feel the need to disclose this information in the first place?

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