What We’re Reading, Week Ending Aug. 1

What We're Reading, Week Ending Aug. 1

Major news stories of the week

This week – Elections, Gov. Cuomo, Colorado primary and the McDonnell corruption trial.

1. So, how about those elections? – David Russell – The Hill

This is an interesting take on why many citizens don’t vote.  The huge increase in political spending has led to a “manipulation” of political understanding and an oversimplification of issues, Russell argues.

2. U.S. Attorney Warns Cuomo on Moreland Commission Case – Susanne Craig, Thomas Caplan, and William K. Rashbaum – The New York Times

As tensions rise in New York over allegations of foul play in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s termination of his own ethics commission, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan has sent a warning to the governor’s office. This piece details where the governor stands now, what will likely happen next, and what implications this case might have for ethical behavior in state governments.


3. How the Republican Governors Association chose sides in Colorado’s primary – Reid Wilson – The Washington Post

In this terrific piece of reporting, Wilson compiles what we know so far about how money has moved from the RGA to a state-level super PAC affiliate to fund ads aimed at keeping an insurgent candidate from defeating a sitting senator in a Republican primary.


4. Businessman Says Former Virginia Governor’s Wife Sought Money – Trip Gabriel – The New York Times

This article highlights the testimony of Jonnie Williams Sr., the star witness in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption trial.  The trial is opening a window on the real power of big money in politics – and not just in Virginia. Ongoing coverage in the Times, the Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch and Norfolk Virginian-Pilot is worth following.