NEW YORK — Hundreds of parents and students were sitting on folding chairs or standing against the wall in dimly lit linoleum floored party hall underneath the elevated train on a gray day in Queens. They were there, they said, to rally on behalf of public schools and against charter schools, to learn about how to opt-out of high-stakes testing and how to make more schools less segregated and more equitable. These kinds of civic meetings occur every day in New York, but they don’t attract the kind of attention this one has: half-a-dozen television cameras, a line around the block to get in, reporters from the local press and from national magazines.Story Continued Below “I know you are not here to see me,” said Diane Ravitch, the author of more than a dozen books and one of the leading thinkers on education policy over the last 40 years. “But to see AOC.” And sitting off in the corner, wearing a black blazer pinned with the official congressional … [Read more...] about How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Broke All the Rules of New York Politics
Gop congressman abruptly quits
DES MOINES—The man knows how to make an entrance. During his opening swing through Iowa after declaring his candidacy for president, at his very first campaign stop inside a bustling brew pub here south of downtown, John Hickenlooper arrives to find a crowd of more than 100 voters buzzing about the latest applicant to join the strangest job-interviewing process on Earth. Bending his lanky, 6-foot, 1-inch frame to fit through the crowded doorway of the events room, all eyes on the White House hopeful, the celestial nature of his moment shatters with the pint glass meeting the concrete floor just a few feet away.Story Continued Below It spawns something of a Zapruder film debate: Some attendees say they saw Hickenlooper fumble the glass, others insist he bumped into the man who dropped it, while the candidate himself swears he had nothing to with the accident. Whatever the real explanation, it’s less compelling than what happens next. Hickenlooper instinctively kneels and … [Read more...] about John Hickenlooper Is Running for President As Himself. Uh-oh.