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How Bill de Blasio can help solve the twin problems of over-policing and under-educating in one swoop

What Bill de Blasio can learn from Antonio Villaraigosa

The outlook for Mayor de Blasio’s signature initiative just got a whole lot brighter.

In the Bloomberg era, the woes of wealthy parents eclipsed those of everyone else. Now we’re talking about what most families are up against. 

Bill Bratton and Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio touts his police commissioner pick as a “progressive visionary,” but Bill Bratton’s record tells a different story.

The late organizer helped pave a progressive path forward for New York and elsewhere.

Kshama Sawant, right (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Kshama Sawant’s City Council victory reflects broad trends: polls show voters are increasingly immune to redbaiting.

Gayle McLaughlin (Credit: Francis Reynolds)

The fearless Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, California, has taken on Chevron and big banks on behalf of taxpayers and underwater homeowners. 

Blogs

The mayor-elect is getting pressure to include more blacks and Latinos among his appointments.

 

December 30, 2013

Forget what the talking heads tell you: our current mayor was often a lot more, and often a lot less, than just a manager.

December 28, 2013

It’s one thing to control a sensitive story about a child’s private struggles. It’s another to package it so slickly that a genuine and inspiring message gets drowned out.

December 27, 2013

The mayor-elect also named an aide as his chief of staff.

December 23, 2013

And maybe that's perfectly OK.

December 23, 2013

Before his mayoralty and after, The Nation repeatedly held La Guardia up as the model of how powerful and progressive a mayor can actually be.

December 21, 2013

The mayor-elect's calls on behalf of Mark-Viverito have infuriated county Democratic chairmen, who back another candidate.

December 18, 2013

New York City's mayor-elect is looking to become a national spokesperson on urban issues. That's not ambition. It's necessity.

December 16, 2013

What does a publicly traded corporation do when its defense-contracting business is flat? Move more aggressively into the privatization of city services. 

December 13, 2013

The mayor-elect will have to manage a huge budget, labor talks, an aggressive press and a cagey governor. Oh, and he might just carry the hopes of the progressive movement.

December 13, 2013