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Mid-Morning Read: Sweet Caroline, New Yorkers Opposing the Budget, and the MTA

Caroline Kennedy This article is about the daughter of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. For the late wife of President Kennedy's son, see Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (born November 27, 1957) is the daughter and only surviving child of U.S.
 traveled to Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo on her "listening tour."

It was her first ever trip to Rochester, and she vowed to run for the Senate seat later if she's not appointed. She emerged from a meeting with Mayor Byron Brown Byron W. Brown was elected on November 8, 2005 as the first African American mayor of Buffalo, New York. He previously served as a member of the New York State Senate. He is also the first mayor of Buffalo, New York since Grover Cleveland to originally come from the New York City  wearing a gold Buffalo pin.

Sean Kirst pointed out we haven't truly had an upstate senator in 40 years, and one of his colleagues at the Post-Standard gives Kennedy a road map to upstate acceptance.

She has seen a tepid tep·id  
1. Moderately warm; lukewarm.

2. Lacking in emotional warmth or enthusiasm; halfhearted: "the tepid conservatism of the fifties" Irving Howe.
 response in the blogosphere The total universe of blogs. See blog. .

Bloomberg aide Kevin Sheekey is shaking trees on her behalf, even if the mayor is keeping his support more guarded.

Noam Scheiber compares Kennedy's behavior to Sarah Palin Sarah Louise Heath Palin (born February 11 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho) is the current Governor of Alaska. She is the youngest governor in Alaskan history (forty-two years old upon taking office), as well as the first woman to hold the office in Alaska. , and said it's unfair for her to campaign while others don't. Here's a video of Kennedy not taking questions.

The Daily News says that we still don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 what she stands for.

The city's $400 property tax rebates will go out, and also, property taxes will go up.

David Paterson's budget would save money by releasing prisoners.

And would put wine into the grocery store, to the chagrin of liquor store owners.

Tom Golisano's P.A.C. is backing the budget proposals.

Uproar over the many tax increases and cuts continues, and a new poll shows voters are unhappy with the plan.

Many of Paterson's proposals will hurt young people.

E.J. McMahon said it doesn't go far enough.

Investigators subpoenaed a state authority as they probe Joe Bruno.

Kennedy wasn't asked about her pedigree, but said in Buffalo, "I know that I'm fortunate to be in a position where people know who I am, and I want to push that forward." So we offer this video, courtesy of Clone High and Kill Hannah:
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Author:Jimmy Vielkind
Publication:The New York Observer
Date:Dec 18, 2008
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