12:10 PM, Dec 24, 2014 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
Back in the late 1970s, when I worked for Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, our office followed the changing data about the Empire State closely. It was a habit of Pat Moynihan’s, indeed almost an obsession, to chart the state’s decline.
As a senator, he was especially interested in its representation in Congress. In 1850, New York’s 33 members of the House of Representatives comprised 14 percent of the entire House, and even as late as 1940, when Pat was a boy, the figure was still 10 percent: 45 members out of the total of 435. Today, after the census of 2010, New York has only 27 Representatives in the House—a mere 6 percent of the whole.
And just today the Census Bureau has announced that the Empire State has fallen from third to fourth place in population. California passed New York in 1962; Texas passed it in 2001. Now, Florida has 19.9 million residents compared to New York’s 19.7 million. New York won’t drop further, because Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are next and none of them are growing fast. Nor will New York City be toppled from its top spot: the next largest city is Los Angeles, but New York is more than twice as populous and is growing faster.
But fourth place isn’t the New York state that Pat Moynihan had grown up in. Back then the state not only had more people than any other, it had more baseball teams—three. In the 1930s and 1940s it had the country’s best known mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia, and when Pat was a toddler Franklin D. Roosevelt was its governor.
Today’s New York has lost the preeminence not only in baseball but also in politics, sending to Washington and placing in Albany a drab lot of pols, to say nothing of the Big Apple’s new mayor. Falling from third to fourth in population was inevitable given the growth of the Sun Belt, and New York will never have more baseball teams than California (it’s now five to two). But maybe the days of Roosevelt and La Guardia, Koch and Giuliani, can be recovered. After all, back when Texas had two representatives in Congress to New York’s 33, and 70,000 citizens to New York’s 2.5 million, it still produced Sam Houston. There’s still hope.
10:01 AM, Oct 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
California senator Dianne Feinstein told CNN this morning that she'd be "flattered" if Michelle Obama is considering a run for her Senate in 2018:
Can Elan Carr actually win Henry Waxman’s seat?Aug 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45 • By MATTHEW FLEMING
Republicans can’t compete in Henry Waxman’s district. Everyone knows that. Someone would have to be either stupid or crazy to try. But Elan Carr is neither stupid nor crazy, so there must be something else going on in California’s 33rd Congressional District. He actually is competing to replace the retiring Democratic icon. What’s more, he’s winning.
2:03 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A Democratic congresswoman told her colleagues at a House hearing Wednesday morning that the debate over a bill that would grandfather in otherwise canceled group plans under the Affordable Care Act reminded her of a comedy skit about "whiners."
"I don't know how many of you recall years ago on Saturday Night Live, there was a segment entitled, 'The Whiners.'" said Anna Eshoo of California. "You know, they sat on the sofa and all they did was whine. They were a broken record. And I can't help but think of that segment on Saturday Night Live."
10:56 AM, May 27, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It appears that in the age of Obamacare, no health care plan is safe. Not even one covering California farm workers and named after Robert F.
Told to cancel his plan.9:14 AM, May 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's not just veterans at VA hospitals who are having trouble finding care. One young Marine veteran in California can't find a doctor who will accept his Anthem Blue Cross insurance plan he purchased through Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange. KPIX-TV reports:
11:43 AM, May 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Beverly Hills has banned fracking. Which makes it "the first municipality in California to prohibit the controversial technique for extracting natural gas and oil from underground rock deposits," according to Reuters.
Democrats' "culture of corruption" provides an opening for CA GOP.9:20 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Republican party's best chance to win a statewide office in California for the first time since 2006 all started with a check for $800. Pete Peterson’s wife Gina is graphic designer in Santa Monica who owns her own business, a limited liability company. Last year, she was getting ready to pay her company's annual $800 licensing tax to the secretary of state’s office, which oversees business licensing. Only in California are LLCs taxed so much just to keep a license. In Delaware, the annual tax is just $300, and in Missouri, it’s just a one-time $50 free.
Marianne Williamson’s campaign to save America’s soul, starting with California’s 33rd Congressional District Feb 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22 • By ZACK MUNSON
8:34 AM, Feb 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Post reports that Sandra Fluke is preparing a run for Congress in California.
"Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke appears to be moving forward with a run for Congress," reports the Post.
Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Doug Kmiec has had an amazing political journey. Today a chaired professor at Pepperdine Law School, Kmiec has traveled nearly the full gamut of public life: He worked in the Office of Legal Counsel under both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and pursued an active career teaching law, at Notre Dame and Catholic University. He was thought, for a time, to be one of the leading lights in conservative Catholic legal circles.
8:01 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A local reporter finds a California woman who, since enrolling Obamacare, can't find a doctor:
"Beth Kramer says she's running out of options. And out of time," says the local reporter.