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.
4:22 PM, Dec 17, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeb Bush is considering running for president in 2016, but he might have run in 2008 if not for the reasonable belief the country wouldn't elect brothers to the White House successively.
In 2006, Fred Barnes wrote about Jeb as America's "governor in chief"—a popular, conservative reformer who could lay claim to the title of best governor in the country. Here's an excerpt:
10:27 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Charlie Crist has lost his race for governor in Florida, falling short to Republican incumbent Rick Scott, the Associated Press projects.
Crist, who ran this year as a Democrat, won his first bid for governor in 2006 as a Republican. He left the GOP in 2010 in the midst of losing a Republican primary for U.S. Senate to Marco Rubio, running and losing in the general election as an independent.
Scott was first elected governor in 2010.
An electoral blind spot for conservatives.Jul 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It looks like Florida legislators are heading back to the drawing board—literally. On July 10, Tallahassee circuit court judge Terry Lewis ruled that the GOP-run legislature violated the state constitution by redrawing two congressional districts “with the intention of obtaining enacted maps . . . that would favor the Republican party.” The state won’t be appealing the decision, and, following the 2014 midterm elections, the legislature will have to approve a new map.
4:04 PM, Apr 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll shows Florida Republican governor Rick Scott behind his most likely opponent, Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, by 10 points. The Quinnipiac poll of registered voters found 48 percent support Crist while 38 percent support Scott. Scott's fortunes would improve if he ran against former Democratic state senator Nan Rich, who polls 36 percent to the Republican's 42 percent.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:25 PM, Mar 12, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the GOP win in the special election in Florida, and what it means for 2014.
1:54 PM, Mar 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican David Jolly won Tuesday's special election for an open House seat in Florida over Democrat Alex Sink, a former chief financial officer for the state and a 2010 candidate for governor. Jolly, a lobbyist and one-time congressional staffer, is succeeding his former boss, the late Bill Young, a 43-year House veteran and Republican. Young died in October of last year, opening up the St. Petersburg-area 13th district for the first time in decades.
'More than six weeks later after spending 50 to 60 hours on the phone his policy is still not canceled.'7:01 AM, Feb 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Florida TV station reports that a man has spent 50-60 hours trying to cancel his Obamacare plan, and he still can't get off it:
4:00 PM, Jan 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A new ad slated to start airing this weekend targets Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for opposing Iran sanctions:
The ad is being sponsored by the Emergency Committee for Israel.
"The ad contrasts Rep. Wasserman Schultz's very public pro-Israel rhetoric and tough talk on Iran with her behind the scenes obstruction of a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill," ECI says in a press release accompanying the release of the ad.
11:27 AM, Dec 27, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Seems that New York is about to be overtaken by Florida as the nation’s third most populous state. As Jesse McKinley of the New York Times reports, this is:
"I just want to know why I can't keep what I have. ... Why do I have to be forced into something else?" 8:44 AM, Oct 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
One Florida woman is going from paying $54 a month to $591 under Obamacare, CBS reports:
"For many, their introduction to the Affordable Care Act has been negative: A broken website, and now cancellation notices from insurance companies, followed by sticker shock over higher prices for the new plans," says a CBS reporter. "It's directly at odds from repeated assurances from the president."
1:01 PM, Oct 25, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Charlie Crist, the former governor of Florida who lost a race for U.S. Senate in 2010, has a new ad that looks a lot like a campaign ad. Watch the video below:
10:14 AM, Oct 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic congressman Alan Grayson of Florida used an image of a burning cross to spell "Tea Party" in a recent fundraising email:
The email was first noticed by Dave Levinthal: