Catching up on some stuff — Obamacare bounce back; some books; No. 24; and a dead rat

Obamacare issues

A previous post (“King v. Burwell: Will Obamacare Survive?” March 31, 2015, posted below) noted the run-up to the anticipated Supreme Court decision in June about whether residents of states that have not set up state exchanges for the purchase of medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act will qualify for federal subsidies to help pay for their insurance coverage. If the Court rules for plaintiff King, then residents of 27 states will lose their subsidies and many likely will not be able to afford their insurance. Continue reading

Presidential campaign politics and baseball teams

Baseball season is finally here. Compared to football and hockey, watching baseball is a pretty serene and calming activity.

One of the late George Carlin’s funnier and non-profane skits concerned comparing the differences between baseball and football. “In baseball you play on a diamond, in a park. In football you play on the gridiron, at the stadium, sometimes called War Memorial Stadium.   … In football you are concerned about ‘downs.’ In baseball, you discuss who’s ‘up.’” And so forth. Continue reading

What Ever Happen to the Eleventh Commandment? In Memoriam, Louis J. Russo. Some Other Stuff

“With malice toward none; with charity for all …” A. Lincoln(R), March 1865

“Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”   R. Reagan(R), 1966

The patron saint of the latter day Republican party is Ronald Reagan. Forget that he raised taxes several times, signed an abortion bill, compromised with and be-friended Tip O’Neill. Distance in time sometimes fogs the memory. Continue reading

Six Reasons Why There Won’t Be a Serious Contest for Erie County Executive in 2015

In Erie County this year there will be 153 offices on various election ballots. All members of the County Legislature will be elected this year, as well as all members of the Buffalo Common Council. Supervisors will be selected in Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Tonawanda, West Seneca and other towns. A mayor will be elected in Lackawanna. Two seats on the Erie County Court, a new Family Court seat and two Supreme Court justices for this district will be selected. The major contest in the county, however, should be for Erie County Executive. Continue reading

Erie County Executive Race, Politics in Albany, Erie Community College, and a Tank

Erie County Executive Race, 2015 Edition

Bob McCarthy updates the Republican quest for a county executive candidate.

And thus Stefan begot Christopher; and Christopher begot Raymond; and Raymond begot – who can Raymond begot? Steve? Ed? Continue reading