Political Currents by Ross Barkan

Ross Barkan
This is Ross Barkan's newsletter on New York and national affairs, dedicated to holding powerful people accountable.
Created 13 May 2020
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  • A Book Update
    19 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    As you probably know from reading this Substack, I write books. Books are wonderful. I feel very privileged to get to publish and hope to continue doing it for a very long time. When it comes to writi...
  • Eichler in the Sand
    17 Nov 2021 • 13 min read • 1 0
    Photo: Getty Images I’ve been coming to you a lot this week! I wanted to let you know that yesterday a great new Substack for short fiction, Works Progress, published a short story of mine. I’ve publi...
  • Eichler in the Sand
    17 Nov 2021 • 13 min read
    Photo: Getty Images I’ve been coming to you a lot this week! I wanted to let you know that yesterday a great new Substack for short fiction, Works Progress, published a short story of mine. I’ve publi...
  • Ten Years As a Journalist
    15 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 7 4
    The author in college. Just over 10 years ago, I became a professional journalist. It was on my 22nd birthday, October 22, 2011, when I found out I would be a staff reporter at the Queens Tribune. It’...
  • What is the Left Doing with the Governor's Race?
    14 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 12 0
    Photo: Getty Images This week, Jumaane Williams will announce his bid for governor. Outside of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, there is no brighter local star among progressives. The public advocate since 2...
  • The Rise of DSA-Lite
    08 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 8 14
    Photo: Getty Images Recently, an editor at a real estate publication remarked to me, in a somewhat fanciful discussion I initiated about the possibility of a primary challenge against Eric Adams, that...
  • The Listless, Very Consequential Election
    03 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 8 2
    Photo: Getty Images On Tuesday, Eric Adams, the next mayor of New York City, held two public events. He cast his vote and greeted Brooklynites shortly after that. Until his victory party at the Marrio...
  • No One Really Knows What Eric Adams Is Going to Do
    28 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 2
    Photo: Getty Images It is sometimes hard to explain to those who weren’t paying attention how different, politically, October 2013 was from October 2021. In a September primary—this year, it was held ...
  • The New York State Democratic Party Really Is a Joke
    21 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 5 2
    Photo: Getty Images This week, Jay Jacobs said that the New York State Democratic Party, which he chairs, should not always endorse the winners of Democratic primaries because sometimes bad people can...
  • What Happened to Defund the Police?
    13 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 6 9
    Photo: Getty Images On October 10th, the New York Times reported that police departments are getting their money back. “From New York to Los Angeles, departments that saw their funding targeted amid n...
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