2007_06_bloombgetalife.jpgDon't miss the Observer story that asks City Hall beat reporters what they think of Bloomberg and the possibility of him running for President. The Times' Michael Powell observes, "There comes a point in every Mayor’s political life where they start to get bored with the city and start to kind of look around at what’s next." Yeah, he must be pretty bored to head to swing state Missouri for a speech next month. The Post says he'll be speaking at a forum that has also invited all presidential would-bes. Hmm.

Leave it to a billionaire mayor to herald the upgrading of New York's bond rating by crediting "prudent fiscal planning" - planning that came under his watch, of course. The city now has a AA bond rating from Standard and Poor's, which is third highest, and Bloomberg cautioned, "Nonetheless, we have looming shortfalls in the coming years, and we can't throw away our gains by spending beyond our means." The Sun has a variety of opinions about NYC's financial outlook now versus the 1970s as well as thoughts on what Bloomberg is doing (spoiler: A Cooper Union professor isn't impressed)

In other money matters, Mayor Bloomberg as well as City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a package of campaign finance limitations. The goal is prevent "pay to play" contributions and to help shift power back to small donors and limit the influence of big donors, like real estate developers. Check out the Citizens Union's statement in support of the campaign reform legislation:

And the Mayor's remark about people needing to "get a life" if they are freaking out about terror plots creates ton of buzz.