Kemp protege Paul Ryan is morphing into a Trumpkin

Every now and then a new politician bursts onto the scene and gets lots of people excited. Think Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio. Think Paul Ryan.

Paul Ryan was a Jack Kemp protégé. He learned and believed the value of supply-side economics and what it meant to be a “bleeding heart conservative.” While there are legitimate reasons to challenge Kemp’s way of thinking, it is appropriate to believe that Jack Kemp wanted to improve the lives of more than the top one percent of the country that Republican establishment folks usually concern themselves with. (You can look at this blog’s October 13, 2015 post for more on Kemp.) Continue reading

Crunch time at ECC

At a Board of Trustees meeting earlier this week Erie Community College President Jack Quinn sounded the alarm and asked for more money from the state. For the current year, community colleges in the state receive $2,597 per full-time-equivalent student.

It looks like the Assembly and Senate will compromise somewhere between a $50 and $100 per student increase in state aid for the next fiscal year. SUNY Trustees had proposed $285. Governor Cuomo proposed $0. ECC officials, according to the Buffalo News, need an increase of $125 to match the dollars the school received from the state in 2015-16. Continue reading

Wall-to-wall crowd honors Joe Crangle at Democratic event; more on Panepinto and Wozniak

The Erie County Democratic Party’s annual Chairman’s Council event last evening at Templeton Landing was packed wall-to-wall with officeholders, party leaders, donors and a bunch of people from the Crangle clan, which was very appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day. They all assembled to honor former Erie County and New York State Democratic Chairman Joe Crangle. Continue reading

Another state, another primary

I came down to Florida for a few days with my wife, Sophia, and what do you know, they are having a primary election here next Tuesday.  What a surprise!

Both John Kasich and Marco Rubio face elimination if they lose in their home states.  This does look like a reality TV show, or maybe that cute little number in the Sound of Music where the von Trapp children one-by-one depart the party singing,  “So long, farewell …” Continue reading

Some facts and some heard-on-the-streets

Presidential politics is dominating the news cycles. Folks who usually don’t give the subject a second thought are suddenly interested, amazed and disgusted about all things Trump. And the election is still eight months away!

By comparison, state and local politics are pretty boring. The state Republicans were in town last week to nominate Wendy Long (again) for United States senator. (It was funny that they could not bring themselves to endorse Trump.) I really do appreciate people who are willing to carry the party flag into a race such as this one against Chuck Schumer, but when a person becomes a serial candidate you have to wonder what motivates someone to do that. Continue reading