How New York voters in 2018 might send a message about Albany corruption

New York State is in the midst of a statewide election for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller. All but the comptroller’s position are seeing hard-hitting, aggressive campaigning.

Overshadowing the elections is a new wave of corruption scandals, trials and convictions involving state officials. For the past ten years or more state residents have seen these occurrences in the offices of governor, comptroller, attorney general, multiple members of the state Assembly and state Senate and a variety of people who held appointive positions with the state or who did business with the state. Continue reading

Trump’s alliance with Putin

Donald Trump’s recent European tour was undoubtedly a smashing success, at least for him and his loyal Trumpkins. “He’s opening up lines of communication.”

Well, here is a news flash: those lines have been open already, for many years, even well before he announced his candidacy for president in 2015. Eric and Donald Jr. spilled the beans about that long along. We are just waiting now for the documentation. Continue reading

Just the facts — the new campaign financial reports for state and local candidates

State and local candidates and others who maintain campaign finance accounts were required to submit their periodic reports to the State Board of Elections on July 16th for receipts, expenses and account balances through July 12th. Here are the latest campaign account balances on file, two days past the filing deadline. I will update this data for the next day or two if additional information becomes available.

There’s no analysis or discussion in this post. I’ll leave that up to the readers for now, but will be back at a later date with some commentary. Continue reading

Unions in 21st century politics

I began my active involvement in politics when I was in college in the late 1960’s. A lot has changed since then. Here are a few things that come to mind:

  • From what I hear from some party leaders, it is harder than it used to be to recruit members for their committees
  • In Buffalo and other places we paid attention to the local news cycle, which meant that in major campaigns in days gone by we had to have separate press releases each day for the News and the Courier
  • And last, but not least, we checked nearly everything that was going on for reaction or comment from leaders of organized labor

Things are different now. Continue reading