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MetroFocus

Marijuana Legalization Hold Up

New Yorkers thought marijuana might be legal in the state by now, why the hold up?
New York Magazine Intelligencer

When Did Everyone Become a Socialist?

Ross Barkan, a 29-year-old local political journalist who ran unsuccessfully for State Senate in his native Bay Ridge last fall, told me he aggressively courted DSA’s endorsement as “one of the very few groups anywhere that can put a lot of bodies on the ground.”
Brooklyn Home Reporter

Solidarity Space Opens its Doors

On Nov. 14, former Democratic candidate for state Senate Ross Barkan, his staff and Bay Ridge residents officially opened Solidarity Space, a hub designed to cater to community organizations, artists, workshops, lectures, politics and “whatever else the community can dream up.”
Kings County Politics

Politics, Art & Action Mix Bay Ridge’s Solidarity Space

A former Democratic candidate for state senate in Southern Brooklyn refuses to let his primary loss earlier this year stop the progressive political movement from ending.
BRIC

Insurgents: Adina Miles & Ross Barkan Take On 2018 Primaries

Two political rookies take on the 2018 Primary Elections. Follow Ross Barkan in his race for State Senate and Adina Miles (aka Flatbush Girl) in her race for District Leader all the way up to the election results.
The Atlantic

Who’s Left Covering Brooklyn With the Big Newspapers in Retreat?

“It’s definitely a distressing state of affairs. You have a borough of well over 2 million people without any sustained and expanded coverage from the daily newspapers,” said Ross Barkan, a former journalist who came up short in Thursday’s Democratic primary for a state Senate seat in Brooklyn.
The Nation

New York City Has ‘a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity’ to Create an Internet for All

Progressive candidates could lend the idea additional weight. Ross Barkan, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who is running for New York State Senate, recently tweeted in favor of a public Internet-service option.
AM New York

Young New York State Senate candidates see opportunity after Ocasio-Cortez win

Myrie, a lawyer and former legislative director in City Council, is among a handful of millennials running for the Senate, where most policies impacting New Yorkers are set, including . . . 28-year-old journalist Ross Barkan (District 22). . . .
The New York Times

Caught on Speed Camera, a Senator Who’d Like to Shut Them Down

Then, in May, with the prospect of an opponent in the general election, Ross Barkan, who favored them, Mr. Golden said he supported more cameras.
Newsweek

Opioids Are Not a 'Ghetto Drug,' 'Doctor's Kids' Are Addicted, Too, State Senator Says

Journalist Ross Barkan, who is running for Golden's seat, posted Golden's remark on Twitter.
The New York Times

A Routine Run In, Except for the Senator in the Passenger Seat

Ross Barkan, a former reporter for The New York Observer who announced his candidacy in October, called Mr. Golden unfit for office and a disgrace.
Bustle

Ross Barkan Is An Ex-Journalist Running For State Senate On A Woman's Rights Platform

On Sunday, the New York Daily News reported that New York State Senate candidate Ross Barkan will announce a women's rights platform that focuses on addressing sexual harassment in the political environment and promoting women's issues.
New York Daily News

NYC political journalist Ross Barkan to challenge GOP state Sen. Martin Golden for seat

City political journalist Ross Barkan has decided to see politics from the other side — announcing Tuesday he will be running for state Senate against veteran Brooklyn Republican incumbent Martin Golden.
The Village Voice

Holy Crap, Ross Barkan Is Running for State Senate

Ross Barkan, who has covered city and state politics for the Voice, the Guardian, Gothamist, the Observer, and other publications since 2013, published an article at Medium this morning where he announced that he was entering the 2018 race for Republican Marty Golden’s New York state senate seat, as a Democrat.
New York Magazine Intelligencer

Journalist Ross Barkan on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media

"The odd thing at the Observer is they do give their writers and reporters a lot of independence. I really could decide and craft ways to approach the campaign...."
CNN Money

New York Observer loses top reporter over Trump coverage

Ross Barkan, the national political reporter at the Observer, announced Wednesday that he is leaving the paper over concerns with its coverage of Trump.
New York Post

Observer reporter resigns after magazine’s Trump endorsement

The national political reporter for the New York Observer resigned Wednesday because he was uncomfortable with the way the salmon-colored weekly covered Donald Trump, the father-in-law of publisher and real estate mogul Jared Kushner.
Politico

New York Observer political reporter quits over paper's Trump relationship

On Wednesday, one day after the New York Observer endorsed Donald Trump, the paper’s national political reporter, Ross Barkan, announced that he would leave the paper.