Special election wrap-up; ECC’s next budget; overdoing the Bills hype and underdoing Sabres failures

In case you didn’t notice, there was a special election for the State Assembly in the 142nd District yesterday. A total of 11,124 voters (out of 85,579 eligible) came out in West Seneca, Orchard Park, Lackawanna and parts of Buffalo to elect a new representative.

So thirteen percent of those eligible voted. The winning candidate, Erik Bohen, received about 5,831 votes. Less than seven percent of the eligible voters made him an Assemblyman. Continue reading

The minor parties’ shuffles will make the race for Governor more interesting, but it’s not likely to change the expected results in November

The names of the candidates for Governor of New York in 2018 are pretty well set. Now it’s time for a process that can best be described as “minor party musical chairs.”

Yes, there will be a Democratic Party primary for governor and lieutenant governor, with actress Cynthia Nixon and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams challenging Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul. Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has created a financial committee, Miner for NY, but the purpose of the filing is unknown at this point. She had previously been considering a challenge to Cuomo, a former ally. Continue reading

What does it mean to be a conservative in Donald Trump’s Republican Party?

As time goes on it is clear that the Republican Party is now really the Donald Trump Party. Large majorities of affiliated and leaning Republicans support Trump strongly, either because they really, really believe in what he says and does, no matter what; or in the case of many Republican elected officials, because they are really, really afraid of what the Trump base might do to them if they challenge Trump. Continue reading

Emails from Elizabeth and Devin; some observations and heard-on-the-streets

We all get on a variety of email listservs over time. We might sign up for some of them, but many are just a waste of time.

If you’re in to following politics the emails can turn into a flood. From the various media outlets there are dozens of newsletters. Very few of them write original content. Most are aggregators of news and opinion pieces from other sources, and they generally overlap with one another. If you read one of the sites you can probably pass on reading 90 percent of the others available daily. Continue reading