New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

YNN's Capital Tonight: State of Politics Extras by Liz Benjamin



Americans United for Change slammed Romney for having money in a Swiss bank account.

Democrats plan on making an issue about Romney’s tax returns for a long time, regardless of the fact that he finally bowed to pressure and released them.

What to watch for in tonight’s State of the Union address.

More pre-gaming from Obama advisor David Plouffe.

Eliot Spitzer thinks President Obama should scrap the hour-long SOTU in favor of a 10-minute Powerpoint presentation.

The 2012 campaign will be 84-year-old GOP Sen. Bill Larkin’s last.

Another Senate GOP veteran, Owen Johnson, felt compelled to release a statement put end the “swirling rumors” about his intentions. “Let there be no more speculation,” he said. “I am running for re-election for the New York State Senate in 2012!”

Sen. Greg Ball will not challenge Rep. Nan Hayworth in a GOP primary, but will seek re-election to his current seat.

Ben Kallos, who works for Bill Samuels’ New Roosevelt Initiative, is running for the Upper East Side NYC Council seat currently held by Jessica Lappin in 2013.

The Senate passed Sen. John Flanagan’s bill to ban the “dangerous herb” Salvia Divinorum.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is bringing his budget tour to Buffalo tomorrow.

A lot of questions are being raised about the 63rd Senate seat, reportedly located in the Capital Region.

Is Sen. Jeff Kelin in redistricting cahoots with the Republicans?

An Iraq War veteran who lost to Rep. Gabby Giffords by just two points in 2010 is runningin the special election for her Arizona seat.

Rep. Chris Gibson raised more than $245,000 during the last fundraising cycle, a sizable amount of which came from people associated with Paul Singer’s hedge fund.

Rep. Ron Paul is using his son’s run-in with the TSA as a fundraising tool.

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s second-to-last State of the City speech will be on Feb. 9.

The Mandate Relief Council is meeting tomorrow.


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