The local political battles of 2017

As Tip O’Neill once famously said, “all politics is local.” Well, not exactly, but in 2017 it sure is.

Coming in 2017 there is a wide variety of local elections in Erie County and Western New York. Among them are races for Mayor of Buffalo; Erie County Comptroller; Erie County Sheriff; Erie County Clerk; two State Supreme Court seats; the Erie County Surrogate Judge; and dozens of town offices, some of which might rise to prominence during the course of the year. Here’s a more detailed review. Continue reading

Party bases in turmoil

The 2016 election has settled officeholders in place for two to four years. What the election did not do, however, was to create well-organized, efficient and ready-for-the-long-term structures. This is true for both parties.

The Republicans are clearly dominant in national and state politics, holding the presidency, Congress, and at some point in 2017, the Supreme Court. The party holds 33 governorships and a large majority of state legislative chambers. Continue reading

ECC planning for senior management raises and a structural realignment

The Board of Trustees of Erie Community College, at their meeting on Monday, November 21, will vote on a resolution that provides a schedule of salary increases for the School’s senior staff, which is known as the Senior Executive Staff, or SES. The Board will likely also review a re-alignment of its management structure, eliminating, adding and re-titling a number of positions, and changing some reporting arrangements. Continue reading

The Bills at the bye week

The Buffalo Bills have been enjoying their week off. Or as it may be known at NFL headquarters, the opportunity to stretch the NFL season an extra week and collect bigger checks from the TV networks.

Actually that has not been going so well this year. Viewership is down double digits on all the networks. The league blames the distraction of the presidential election campaign. If that were the real reason, they might consider cancelling the 2017 season, because the endless distraction of the campaign will now go into permanent overtime. Continue reading

The Trump administration is a big question mark

Where to begin?

I was blindsided as much as at least half the country Tuesday night. It is going to take an extended period of time to see what this election means. Elections have consequences.

I think the campaign, as a previous post noted, was rigged by some Republican-controlled state governments that worked to restrict voting opportunities. But the polls were open everywhere on Tuesday, with people free to come and vote. Fewer did so than four years ago. More people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump. Imagine what would be going on today if Trump had more votes and Clinton won the Electoral College. Continue reading