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NY Democrats Get Letter Pressuring Them to Vote

by Associated Press
Vote Sign.

hjl, Flickr 

New York's Democratic Party is writing to registered Democrats telling them that unnamed organizations are monitoring their neighborhood's election turnout and that the party will want an explanation if they do not cast a ballot.

   The letters went out to about 1 million voters this week ahead of Tuesday's election. It represents a get-out-the-vote tactic that is being used increasingly around the country by both parties.

   The letters note that "who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record."

New Poll Confirms Strong Lead for de Blasio

by Connor Ryan
Bill de Blasio.

azipaybarah, Flickr

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio — once thought by many to be too liberal in his policy positions, and too grandiose in his ideas for the city — has earned widespread voter support and is now in a strong position to win the Democratic nomination in New York City's mayoral race, according to two recently released polls.

On the Heels of Rival's Memoir, de Blasio Looks to Humanize Himself

by Connor Ryan
Bill de Blasio.

Flickr

Leading mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s story of alcoholism and bulimia – personal battles conquered with, well, patience and fortitude – has been weaved, bound and is currently sitting on display at bookstores across the city.

Experts say the content and release timing of “With Patience and Fortitude: A Memoir” are strategic political moves, aimed at setting up Quinn to gain widespread name recognition and, thereby, support.

NYC's Biggest Union Picks de Blasio in Mayor's Race

by Associated Press

Azi Paybarah, flickr

The biggest labor union in New York City has weighed in on the mayor's race. Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union is providing a prized endorsement for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in the competitive Democratic primary.

President George Gresham said Friday the health care workers' union sees de Blasio as a champion of working families.

The union represents more than 200,000 workers citywide. It's considered a powerful political ally that can turn out fleets of campaign volunteers.

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