Virginia. Katherine Miller of Buzzfeed explains why Ken Cuccinelli’s narrow defeat tells us very little about the viability of Tea Party candidates in swing states. The scandals plaguing Gov. Bob McDonnell, the Republican incumbent, and the government shutdown, which had an enormous impact on the economy of northern Virginia, tarnished the GOP brand, and that would probably have impacted the campaign of any Republican gubernatorial nominee, regardless of ideological coloration.
Virginia and New Jersey. National Journal contrasts the election outcomes in Bergen County, New Jersey and Fairfax County, Virginia, two affluent, diverse, and densely-populated suburban counties that have drifted left in recent decades.
New York’s inequality is extreme. Manhattan is the most unequal big county in the U.S., and the New York area is the country’s seventh most unequal metropolitan area. The Bronx and Brooklyn are more unequal than 90% of America’s more than 3,000 counties.
But this extreme inequality reflects other extraordinary aspects of New York: the massive global financial markets based here, America’s most accessible public transit system, hyper-dense immigrant communities and broad social services, like public housing. These forces attract both rich and poor to New York, and New York should not be ashamed of that economic diversity.
Rather than seeing the disparity between those at the highest and lowest income levels as a disease, we might consider it a defining feature of a remarkable city with unique assets that attract residents from a range of backgrounds.
If anyone should be cringing, it is our more “equal” suburbs — which often zone out the disadvantaged. New York should never aspire to that kind of uniformity of income.