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.
Portraits by the artist of the inner selfDec 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14 • By DANIEL ROSS GOODMAN
In Hermann Hesse’s short story “The Painter,” a young artist experiences the pain of having his works shunned. Because his paintings are so unpopular, the artist becomes reclusive. He decides to stop depicting love, heroes, and celebrations in beautiful pictures that give pleasure to others. Instead, he begins painting discomfiting pictures that express his desire to “turn to nothing and sink, die, and be reborn.”
8:01 PM, Nov 29, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Mark Strand died today at the age of 80. The Montreal-born writer, who served as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1990-1991, was also a brilliant translator. When I was a junior editor at Ecco Press in the late 80s, Strand used to visit the editor in chief, also an excellent poet, Daniel Halpern, to work on a number of projects translating and promoting international poets, especially from Latin America and Central Europe.
3:02 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
The Obama administration is suddenly a champion of states' rights when it comes to the Ebola quarantine controversy.
Only a year ago, there were Democratic fantasies of retaking the House. Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
"Republicans could lose their House majority because of the shutdown,” blared the headline of a story published at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog by Princeton professor Sam Wang on October 8, 2013, midpoint of the 16-day shutdown.
10:20 AM, Oct 17, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
Orange County, N.Y.
Tucked away in the bedroom community of the Hudson Valley lies a late-breaking sleeper race between Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney and former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth. The competition has received little national attention, with most prognosticators giving Maloney a decided edge.
8:01 AM, Oct 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Republican Elise Stefanik was attacked in a debate last night by her Democratic opponent, Aaron Woolf, for never having worked a manual labor job. Woolf is a multimillionaire documentary filmmaker and a health food store owner.
Watch the exchange here:
9:10 AM, Oct 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Elise Stefanik delivered this week's Republican address:
Stefanik is running for Congress in New York's 21st Congressional District. If elected in November, Stefanik will be the youngest woman in Congress.
Hi, I’m Elise Stefanik, and I’m running for Congress in New York's 21st District.
Oct 6, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 04 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook congratulates contributing editor Joseph Bottum on his latest Amazon Kindle Single—The Swinger, a consideration of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as his career comes to a close this season.
Sep 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 03 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Undoubtedly much to the chagrin of the former mayor, more New Yorkers are smoking these days. According to the latest data from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, adult smoking rates in New York City have risen to 16 percent, from an all-time low of 14 percent in 2010.
11:07 AM, Sep 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A New York man was indicted last night for helping ISIS, the terrorist army President Obama has pledged to "degrade" and "destroy."