If you want Bill de Blasio to win more than a Jamaican Jerk chicken cook-off, pay attention. via Facebook
So you’ve been wading through news articles about and hospital closings and sexting and bike lanes and sexting, and you think you know who you’re going to vote for in November. That’s nice and all, but you’re forgetting a very important detail: before the general election, the city holds primaries to determine who’s on the ballot for the general election. The primaries are September 10, and the deadline to register is August 21 (postmarked by August 16). (more…)
So we’ve heard all about how Brooklyn can’t get enough of Sweden and Sweden can’t get enough of Brooklyn. You’d think the political scenes of the freezing socialist kingdom and our own land ruled over by a (mostly) benevolent billionaire wouldn’t necessarily overlap, but today you’d be wrong, because Swedish politics had their own dick pic scandal. But of course everyone was much more laid back and European about the whole thing. (more…)
It doesn’t really help that he’s reading this post right now
For awhile, a bunch of the scandals sticking to the Obama administration were of the “paranoid delusion” variety. “Show us the Benghazi!”, the government taking your guns, hell, even the IRS targeting political groups is something that’d been happening for years. But now with the news that the NSA is basically reading your thoughts, and without a warrant no less, we have an honest-to-god scandal that makes the government look like the Eye of Sauron. So the question is, is this Obama’s fault? And if it is, does he have to go? One debate group will be talking it over tonight in Williamsburg. (more…)
Good luck getting this close. via Flickr user GJB Photography
It’s not 2009 anymore, and Obama’s re-election is more of a collective sigh of relief (for most of us) than cause for a massive celebration. But there’s no shame in wanting to head down to see the swearing-in first hand, and even if you’re not lucky enough to win a free ticket, you can still check out the action from a public viewing spot by the National Mall. Of course, there are the logistics, since getting down to DC from New York might require selling your firstborn to the Lords of Amtrak for a $158 ticket. But, worry not, Obama-loving Brokesters! We’ve got a two cheap ways to head down to the nation’s capital, plus a couple spots where you can celebrate the swearing-in from your own beloved Brooklyn. (more…)
If we could only choose one, to be honest, we’d be pick Handsome Joe to show up. via The Atlantic Wire
Last week we told you about the Brooklyn Young Republican Club having their winter social. We are nothing if not fair and balanced, so for those of you who lean left, here you are: the Brooklyn Young Democrats are having their 2013 Winter Party tomorrow. The party is open to non-members, and presumably will be quite a scene: Bloomberg is on his way out, Obama is staying put and the Republican party looks like it’s imploding. (more…)
Being a Republican in the liberal bastion of New York City must get frustrating some times. You’re outnumbered 6 to 1, and your own national party just knifed you in the ribs for basically no reason. Still, this is America, where everyone’s entitled to their political beliefs. More importantly, this is Brooklyn, where everyone’s entitled to a drink and a good time. Recognizing that, the Brooklyn Young Republican Club is having a party. (more…)
We’re sure everybody could use a laugh amid all the power outages and mop-bucket showers while the city recovers from Sandy. And for laughs, where do we turn but the presidential election, where Squarehead McBainpants has all but faded away from the spotlight while Barack Obama goes around being, you know, actually president. So Jimmy Kimmel, who has brought his show to BAM for a week, went to Levels Barbershop in Clinton Hill to ask about Mitt Romney’s chances in the black community. Biting political hilarity ensues. Oh, and Brooklyn-born Kimmel is wearing a Nets jacket. (more…)
We almost lost a Twitter follower this week who took issue with a Mitt Romney/rich guy joke (which, c’mon, even if you’re voting for the guy, he still looks like this to you, right?). Let it never be said that Brokelyn isn’t an equal opportunity political promoter, because as much as we like to think of our little burg as a hotbed of nothing but 47 percenters, there are of course some would-be red staters here too. Check it out for yourself this weekend: the Brooklyn Young Republican Club will be holding their quarterly meeting on Sunday at Ceol on Smith Street. Guests include congressional candidates Alan Bellone and Christopher Wight, state assembly candidate Joseph Hayon, City Council candidate Andy Sullivan, and the guy who trains the hounds Mitt Romney releases on poor people. C’mon, kidding! Kidding! (more…)
Remember when you didn’t register to vote because you couldn’t find the form/Board of Elections address/mailbox to mail the form? Those days of weak excuses are over! Just last week, Governor Cuomo announced that New Yorkers can register to vote online via the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new web portal. Because yes, to increase turnout on election day, the quintessential democratic act of casting a ballot should be associated with the ease and sense of empowerment one feels when ordering kung pao chicken through Seamless. (more…)
The new voting machine. You know you wanna give it a whirl.
Chances are you’re getting this from all sides, but we have to do our civic part too. This voting thing is important. WNYC’s It’s a Free Country has a pretty comprehensive Insider’s Guide to the Primaries, with info on polling sites, voter registration (too late for today, but still time for November), candidates and the new fool-proof ballot system. There are plenty of important local races on the ballot, but among today’s big-ticket primaries are those for U.S. Senator (D,R), Governor (R) and NY State Attorney General (D). Polls are open until 9 p.m., so make sure to get to yours.