Ross Barkan

Ross Barkan is a Nation contributing writer. He also writes a column on national politics for The Guardian and is a contributing writer at New York magazine.

Ana María Archila poses for a photograph.

New York’s Lieutenant Governor’s Race Has a New Addition: Competition New York’s Lieutenant Governor’s Race Has a New Addition: Competition

Though the role has little power, in recent years the state’s governors-in-waiting have often moved up. Can Ana María Archila make the road from activist to statewide office?

Mar 15, 2022 / Ross Barkan

Will New York’s Redistricting Be Enough to Save the Democrats?

Will New York’s Redistricting Be Enough to Save the Democrats? Will New York’s Redistricting Be Enough to Save the Democrats?

The state’s proposed maps could add at least three blue seats.

Feb 2, 2022 / Ross Barkan

Eric Adams Election Party

The Mayor Nobody Knows The Mayor Nobody Knows

Eric Adams takes office without having had much to say about how—or in whose interests—he’ll govern New York City.

Dec 27, 2021 / Editorial / Ross Barkan

Rep. Jamaal Bowman

Purge at DSA: Why Are Activists Trying to Expel Representative Bowman? Purge at DSA: Why Are Activists Trying to Expel Representative Bowman?

Jamaal Bowman’s victory over Eliot Engel, former chair of the House Foreign Relations committee, was celebrated by the left. Now, some in the socialist organization are calling for...

Nov 22, 2021 / Ross Barkan

Hakeem Jeffries

NY State’s Redistricting Might Just Save Joe Biden’s Presidency NY State’s Redistricting Might Just Save Joe Biden’s Presidency

Though the state continues to lose population, in the zero-sum game of American politics subtraction could work in the Democrats’ favor next year.

Oct 7, 2021 / Column / Ross Barkan

Kathy Hochul’s Future Ambitions Create an Opening for the Left

Kathy Hochul’s Future Ambitions Create an Opening for the Left Kathy Hochul’s Future Ambitions Create an Opening for the Left

To win reelection, New York’s governor will need to reinvent herself as a progressive Democrat. The state’s housing activists can show her how.

Sep 9, 2021 / Ross Barkan

New York Governor Cuomo

The Friends of Andrew Cuomo The Friends of Andrew Cuomo

If incoming governor Kathy Hochul wants to get off to a fresh start, she’ll begin her housecleaning by giving these holdovers the heave-ho.

Aug 16, 2021 / Ross Barkan

Andrew Cuomo Resigns

Cuomo Resigns! Cuomo Resigns!

The politician who governed without mercy does not deserve any now.

Aug 10, 2021 / Column / Ross Barkan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo Is the New Crown Prince of Denial Andrew Cuomo Is the New Crown Prince of Denial

While any ordinary politician would slink off stage, New York’s governor will only go down fighting.

Aug 3, 2021 / Ross Barkan

The Working Families Party’s Amazing Disappearing Ballot Line

The Working Families Party’s Amazing Disappearing Ballot Line The Working Families Party’s Amazing Disappearing Ballot Line

Thanks to the city’s notoriously incompetent Board of Elections, when New Yorkers go to the polls in November, the WFP will not be on the ballot.

Jul 27, 2021 / Column / Ross Barkan

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