Paul Newell is challenging Sheldon Silver in a NY State Assembly primary. That sounds a bit like a parochial local concern, but Silver is the super-powerful Speaker of the assembly and actually quite reactionary on a variety of issues including an unhelpful posture on the now-dead NYC congestion pricing initiative. Were he to lose -- or even just need to feel the fear -- that would send a loud signal about the rising political prospects of urbanism. Streetsblog has a worthwhile interview.