David Laska

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David Laska

Director of Communications at the New York Republican State Committee, political columnist and commentator. David's writing has been featured in newspapers throughout New York State, including the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Syracuse Post Standard, the Buffalo News, Long Island Jewish World and Crain's New York Business.

He has been writing a semi-regular column for Fox News Latino since September 2012.

David's television credits include "Richard French Live," "Your World with Neil Cavuto," "Glenn Beck," "Fox and Friends," the BBC, CNN International and MTV.

David is a 2009 graduate of New York University where he doubled-majored in Politics and Art History and graduated on the Dean's List. He lives on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

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Posted by David Laska on August 26, 2013
photo illustration by: Todd Wiseman

Kansas and Arizona are suing the federal government over the feds’ refusal to allow those two states to institute voter ID laws that conflict with federal law. The lawsuit asks the federal government to modify its voter registration form in those states to allow for proof of citizenship. Currently, the federal voter registration form only requires prospective voters to verbally declare that they are citizens.

Posted by David Laska on July 24, 2013
Spike Lee

Spike Lee is making a new movie. That wouldn’t raise eyebrows if it weren’t for the method of funding Spike has chosen for the project: he’s “crowdsourcing:” asking the general public to give him $1.25 million.

So why is a man whose last film made $186 million, who himself is worth an estimated $40 million, asking average folks to fund his project? It’s a good question, and it raises a few others.

Posted by David Laska on June 28, 2013
Photo credit: Business Law News

New York City just became the largest city in America to pass mandatory paid sick leave for employees. That means that every employer in the City has to compensate their employees when they’re home sick – whether they can afford to or not.

It sounds like a nice idea. It’s not. And as states and municipalities around the country consider similar legislation, it’s worth taking a critical look at the policy.

Posted by David Laska on June 26, 2013
Photo Credit: Crains New York

For Andrew Cuomo, the 2013 legislative session can best be summed up in four words: all politics, no substance.

The pressing issues of jobs, economic growth and Albany's Culture of Corruption went totally unaddressed.

Posted by David Laska on May 20, 2013
Obama trifecta

Democrats have coupled identity politics with a strong narrative to build a fashionable but unrepresentative coalition of ethnic minorities, the young and the economically disadvantaged. It’s no coincidence that these are the three most politically misled groups in America.

Posted by David Laska on May 14, 2013
Casino

New York needs jobs. But New York has a Governor with neither the experience nor the will to do what’s necessary to create jobs.

You might not know it from listening to his sleek, Robert DeNiro-narrated ads, but New York is still the most taxed, most regulated, least economically free state in the Nation.

Sixty years ago, we had 45 seats in Congress. Today, we have 27, and our unemployment rate is nearly a full point above the national rate. Many upstate counties have unemployment rates of over 10%.

Posted by David Laska on April 17, 2013
Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus gets it.

At the Republican National Committee conference in Los Angeles last week, the Chair of the Republican Party spoke about his vision for a future in which the old caricature of the “Grand Old Party” gives way to the new, more inclusive “Growth and Opportunity Party.”

Posted by David Laska on April 3, 2013

Congress is on spring break through the end of the week, having balanced our budget, ended partisan bickering once and for all and forged compromise to solve all of our Nation’s problems.

Okay, only the part about “spring break” is true.

But with Congress out of the way and a quarter of 2013 already in the books, it’s a good time to take a look at the mood of our Nation. And with spring finally in the air, you might think that the national mood is ticking up. You’d be wrong.

Posted by David Laska on March 21, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Israel

Barack Obama is in Israel this week, doing his best to convince a skeptical public and a more skeptical government that he has their best interests in mind as he crafts America’s policy in the Middle East.

He’s got a lot of work to do. One recent Jerusalem Post/Smith Poll found that only 12% of Israelis consider Obama to be pro-Israel.

Posted by David Laska on March 7, 2013

We’ve all acknowledged that we’re living in the era of the permanent campaign, but the general public is just catching onto the fact that, for Barack Obama, campaigning is the default setting.

Over the past several weeks, Obama has devoted his energy less to negotiating with House Republicans than to casting them as stubborn trolls bent on destroying the Nation via the sequester, a measure that Obama proposed in the first place.

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