Malcolm A. Smith, senator for the 14th district, is at the center of a pay-to-play scandal to get a place on the New York City Mayoral ticket.
*Big metropolitan areas are not strangers to scandal in city government.
Detroit has almost become known for its city’s corruption, but the biggest city on earth is attempting to rival their reputation with a “massive pay-to-play mayor’s race conspiracy.”
New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg is serving his last year as mayor and potential candidates are scrambling for the opportunity to run. Malcolm A. Smith, New York state senator representing the 14th senate district, has been caught trying to buy his way on to the mayoral ticket. Instead of appearing on the ballot, he’s now the face of a criminal complaint.
On Tuesday, Smith, a Republican City Council member from Queens, Daniel J. Halloran III, and two Republican leaders from Queens and the Bronx, Vincent Tabone and Joseph J. Savino were charged with wire fraud and bribery.
*Quoting anonymous sources, Us Weekly reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is being fired from “The View” after internal research found that her political views are turning away audiences.
Co-host Joy Behar announced last night that she will leave the show when her contract is up at season’s end. According to multiple sources, it appears as if Hasselbeck will follow – except she’s being pushed.
Deadline was the first to report that Hasselbeck’s future on the ABC show was “unclear.”
Following Us Weekly’s report, TV Newser posted a similar story. The site’s Alex Weprin cited two sources who said Hasselbeck was leaving. But, a spokesman for the show told Weprin that Hasselbeck has a “long-term contract.”
Hasselbeck, who has offered the conservative counterpoint on the show for 10 years, would leave “The View” with co-hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd, the latter two brought in to replace Rosie O’Donnell and Star Jones.
*I’m out here in Phoenix on business and my hotel just happens to be the hub for the Democratic election watch party.
The lobby was crackin’. Special election drinks were being served, all kinds of unexpected characters were in the building. Excuse my ignorance, but I didn’t expect to run into as many gays and Blacks as I did simply because I was in what I think is one of the most conservative states in America (on the verge of becoming its own country).
Anyway, I chatted with a few Democrats in the building, most of which were excited of course, to see the numbers favor Obama over the course of the night.
It’s been a tough election for everyone, watching as both candidates battle it out for the presidency (I’m totally not ignoring the fact that Roseanne Barr and a few others were also up for the presidency – I’m just focusing on the major competitors).
*Both Obama and Romney have been making a big push to register voters during the past few months, says BCNN1.com.
And the Rev. Anthony Evans said it is going to be a very difficult election for Obama in a time when every single vote matters, due to high black unemployment figures, opposition to the war in Afghanistan, and some in the black community disagreeing with his stance on same-sex marriage. But, regardless, he said that his organization is “urging all our members to vote.”
*Is Obama losing support from his younger Hip Hop generation?
Rapper Shyne is not on the Obama bandwagon and he’s making that very clear. Instead, he’s supporting the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney.
Shyne was deported in 2009 following his release from prison where he served nine years for the 1999 Club New York shooting.
The rapper is so much against the current president because he’s holding a grudge. He says the two of them share a mutual friend, Harvard Law professor Charles J. Ogletree. And he says Obama is well aware of his situation.
“He knows who I am, he knows what’s happenin’,” the rapper said of Obama. “He’s always talkin’ about he listens to hip-hop and his daughter listens to hip-hop. He knows who Shyne is, he knows I’m deported.”
So it looks like he’s expecting a personal favor from the president.
He also feels that he’s the key to calming the violence in Chicago, so he needs to be back in the U.S. to save the inner city. With or without his old friend’s help, Shyne professes that he will be returning to the states in due time.
“I should be in America in a couple of months. We working to try and get this visa,” he said. “Obama is playing games, he frontin’, he better do the right thing.”
Unlike many who make a religious conversion in prison, Shyne is now a devout Jew. Shyne believes that because of his faith and influence that his “voice is too powerful.”