Okay, everyone take a deep breath and then we’re off to the races in November.
Well, okay, at least try to pretend that you know there is an election in six weeks and what it is all about.
Except in cases where there is not an incumbent in office, Election Day 2017 is looking like – nothing. There are no hotly contested campaigns. There are no issues that anyone other than a dyed-in-the-wool political junkie could identify. It’s almost like an incumbent protection program. Continue reading
Without getting too philosophical, when someone reflects these days on the state of the union and the state of politics, money – its pursuit, its use, its impact – is right up there with power as a golden ring that a whole lot of people spend their days obsessing about. It probably has always been so, but in the 21st century the obsession seems overwhelming. Continue reading
Tuesday’s primary elections were some of the most anticlimactive political events that I have ever seen – a very boring day. It was like Erie County voters collectively sighed, “whatever!”
The race for Mayor of Buffalo in the Democratic primary seemed pre-ordained for a long time. Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant gave spirited efforts. Schroeder’s TV ads were very well done and he put the best effort into telling voters what he would do in the next four years. For the most part Schroeder and Grant’s attacks on Mayor Brown’s record were professional and controlled. Continue reading
The Democratic primary election for Mayor of Buffalo will occur next Tuesday, September 12th. The candidates were required to file financial disclosures on September 1 for transactions closing on August 28th. Continue reading
Some people like to say that Donald Trump is totally unpredictable. I think that is wrong. No matter what the issue, no matter where the place, Trump will consistently side with his base, no matter what.
As the words and actions get more obnoxious the base is beginning to shrink, as indicated by recent polls. In the most significant recent play to the base, Trump pardoned his brother in spirit, former Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Continue reading