Campaign on for 2016 as Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers a decidely "progressive" themed State of the State speech calling for an "end to madness" on guns, higher minimum wage, more greenhouse gas standards and even a network of electric charging stations to promote greener cars (oops).
Last November's election may have signaled to Mr. Cuomo its OK to back off on the more conservative mantra assumed in his first two years, as he angles to position himself for an expected run at the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination.
He will need to use liberal dog whistles to win the nod and yesterday's speech seems to be a move in that direction.
On gun control, the Governor wants to pass a state law ahead of federal legislation to be seen as the nation's defacto leader on the matter.
Legislative sources say a law in Albany is close to being drafted.
Meanwhile, in a return to the norm, local political gadfly Middle Class Mike, has dropped his recent bashing of the Governor over the Senate fight and is embracing the speech as the lurch to the left we've been waiting for....That's more telling than any NY Times analysis.
Cuomo Calls for State to Return to Progressive Ideals - NYTimes.com