The Mayor won a ruling from the state's highest court - the Court of Appeals - that says he's allowed to, er, ignore certain laws the City Council might pass against his wishes - if he thinks they violate state and federal law. The case they ruled on was the 2004 City Council law that required city contractors to offer domestic partner benefits; the Mayor vetoed it, saying it didn't hold up with state and federal law, but the City Council overrode it. Fast forward to 2006, the Court of Appeals ruled, 4-3, that the Mayor was right not to enforce it. While it sounds bad, pundits say this does not mean the Mayor can do as he pleases. New York Law School's Ross Sandler tells the NY Times, "These issues exist in a political world and neither the mayor nor the Council want to be so far off base that they appear to be acting unlawfully." Yeah - just think what Mayor Giuliani would have done if he knew this! And, from Newsday, Baruch College's Jay Weiser makes the point that this is more about competitive bidding that domestic benefits.

And the Observer looks at rumors of a Bloomberg 2008 campaign with the tantalizing headline, Will Bloomberg Run As Sane Perot? In the searching for the next Bloomberg file, there's NY magazine's thought that Jonathan Tisch is the next billionaire mayor.