NY Gov. Cuomo On Post-Election Fears: “We Will Stand Up For You”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo posted the following statement in the wake of the presidential election and the ensuing tensions.

Via Facebook:

The state of New York has a proud legacy as the progressive capital of the nation, and that is more important today than ever before.

As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign.

So let me be absolutely clear: If anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the state of New York – the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor – is their refuge.

Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York.

It’s the very core of what we believe and who we are. But it’s not just what we say, we passed laws that reflect it, and we will continue to do so, no matter what happens nationally. We won’t allow a federal government that attacks immigrants to do so in our state.

We are a state of immigrants.

We are the state that raised the minimum wage to $15.

We are the state that passed Paid Family Leave.

We are the state that passed marriage equality.

We are New York, and we will stand up for you. And on that, I will never compromise.

Count on it.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Donald Trump Praises Heroes Of 7/11

Donald Trump, speaking in Buffalo last night in advance of the New York presidential primary, praised the heroes of 7/11.

I had no idea he was such a fan of the convenience store chain.

From the clip:

“I wrote this out, and it’s very close to my heart,because I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down. And I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.”

Of course, we all believe he must have meant to say 9/11. It’s worth noting the Trumpster never corrected himself.


Donald Trump Compares Campaign Protesters To ISIS

More violence erupted at a campaign rally for Donald Trump last night as a supporter of Trump’s slapped a protester in the face.

Instead of attempting to stop the violence, Trump called the protester out, comparing him to ISIS.

From the New York Daily News:

The attacker, who was only identified as “Mike,” said he pounced on the protester because “he was yelling in my face.”

“I have my personal rights and my personal space,” he told the Albany Times-Union after the rally. “They’re going to start yelling about some bulls–t, I’ll snatch your ass up.”

Video of the mid-event attack showed Mike and the demonstrator facing each other — apparently arguing — as another audience member stood between the two. After a tense standoff, Mike lunged at the protester and smacked him in the face twice.

The protester was eventually removed from the rally at the Times Union Center.

Of the protester, Trump said,  “This is what’s happening on the border. This is what’s happening with ISIS. This is what’s happening to our country, and we can’t let it happen. We’ve got to take our country back, folks.”

That’s right folks – a man yelling “Boo!” is comparable to ISIS. Got it?

Why Bernie Sanders Winning Wisconsin Is Not Like Winning New York

This isn’t an “anti-Bernie Sanders” post. It’s a post about math and delegates.

With Bernie Sanders leading in Wisconsin and Hillary Clinton looking to lead by 12 points in New York, the WaPo explores why a win for Bernie and a win for Hillary don’t serve up the same results.

From the Washington Post:

These states are not equivalent. This is not a tie, with Clinton winning one state and Sanders winning another. It is, instead, a clear demonstration of why Bernie Sanders almost certainly won’t be the Democratic nominee.

After all, it comes down to delegates. Wisconsin has 86 delegates; New York has 247. Since the party distributes its delegates proportionally, that means that Sanders’s slight Wisconsin lead would earn him a slightly bigger portion of the state’s small delegate haul. Clinton’s larger New York lead would earn her a larger portion of the state’s large delegate haul.

There are still a lot of states after New York for Sanders to make progress. Many of the delegates remaining though — more than half — are tied up in three large states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. As we noted earlier this month, Clinton is leading in the most recent polling in those three states, too.

HIllary Clinton Takes Aim At Donald Trump In “New York” Campaign Ad

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton slaps at Donald Trump in a new campaign ad airing in New York.

The ad juxtaposes the state’s wide-ranging diversity with Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims, Hispanics and others, while including images of New York firefighters and rebuilding the World Trade Center.

The ad never mentions Trump by name, but does include an image of a banner saying “Trump: Coming in 2016.”

Here’s the text of the spot, narrated by Hillary Clinton:

“New York. Twenty million people strong.

“No, we don’t all look the same. We don’t all sound the same, either.

“But when we pull together, we do the biggest things in the world.

“So when some say we can solve America’s problems by building walls, banning people based on their religion, and turning against each other… Well, this is New York. And we know better.”

New York’s Democratic primary is April 19th and has 247 delegates up for grabs.

Three of this year’s candidates – Clinton, Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders (of Vermont) call New York home.


Bill Maher On Ted Cruz and “New York Values”

Bill Maher and his guests – Cornel West, Nicolle Wallace and Ralph Reed – discuss Ted Cruz’s comments about “New York values” during the GOP Debate in this clip from January 15, 2016.

Via Raw Story:

“The Republicans who constantly lambaste Obama about dividing America, and then creates smaller and smaller circles about what really is America, “the HBO host said. “Chicago? No that’s thug city. And Hawaii — part of Kenya. And LA is full of q*eers. You know, tell me what New York values are because I don’t know.”

“I was wondering how long after 9/11 before politicians could goad shitkickers into hating New York again,” Maher stated. “And I guess that’s the answer, 15 years, and now you can shit on New York again. Because you certainly couldn’t have said that two years after 9/11.”

Lecturer and activist Cornel West added, “I will admit that Brother Trump, he did tell the truth in terms of there are beautiful people in New York City — so anybody can stumble onto the truth, you know what I mean?”


New York: Gov. Cuomo Will Ban Transgender Discrimination Via Executive Order

Gov. Andrew Cuomo marching in Gay Pride Parade

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced he will use his executive authority to ban discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, credit education, and public accommodations statewide.

Currently, the state prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But after the legislature failed several times to pass a bill protecting transgender New Yorkers, the governor decided to take the apparently unprecedented step of invoking his executive powers on the matter, an administration official said.

Looking for ways to work around the log jam in Albany, lawyers in the governor’s office found that under Executive Law 2995, the New York State Division of Human Rights has the authority to promulgate regulations of the state’s Human Rights Law, the administration official said.

The proposed regulations, which the governor’s office will soon enter into the state registry for a 45-day comment period, would expand definitions of “sex” and “disability” discrimination to include gender identity, gender expression, and gender dysphoria.

Although the Human Rights Law as passed by the state legislature would not itself be amended, the new additions that apply to the law would grant the New York State Division of Human Rights power to enforce the regulations with the force of law.

In 1990, New York passed the Sexual Non-Discrimination Act which bars discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals but not transgenders. Since that time the state Assembly has passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would expand the SNDA to include transgender protections, eight times. But the state Senate has refused to pass the legislation.

Cuomo has long been a champion for LGBT rights including marriage equality.

(via Buzzfeed)

New York: Homophobic mother says “no” to children’s birthday party due to gay dads

Radio station K-98.3 hosts Steve and Leeana have shared what they say is a response from a Long Island mother to a seven-year old girl’s birthday party invitation sent by her two gay dads as a opportunity to showcase her homophobia.

“You’re invited to Sophia’s 7th Birthday Party,” the invitation reads.

And the response:

“Tommy will NOT attend,” the mother wrote on the invitation. “I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your ‘lifestyle.’”

“I’m sorry Sophia has to grow up this way. If you have an issue or need to speak to me call *** ****,” Tommy’s mother, Beth, wrote.

K-83 writes on Facebook the gay dads passed the invitation on to the station, and that Beth “gave us permission to post her phone number and said anyone who has a problem with what she wrote can call her, too!”

(via K-98.3)

UPDATE: The radio hosts have now copped to making the story up.  Details here.

Bill O’Reilly slams gay marriage opponents

Bill O’Reilly: “The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That’s where the compelling argument is. ‘We’re Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.’ That’s a compelling argument, and to deny that, you have got to have a very strong argument on the other side. The argument on the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”