With the incredibly exciting local primary elections now in the rear view mirror, political candidates can get down to the nitty gritty details of an election. In the summer time that means endless picnics, fundraisers, parades, etc. It is also a good time for serious campaigns to map out their strategy, targeting, and palm cards. Continue reading
The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Richard J. Malone, has been under siege for the way the Diocese has been handling the sex abuse scandals that are rocking the Church locally, nationally and internationally. The problems are substantial, and they are far from being resolved.
Bishop Malone on June 8th held the first of what is referred to as a listening tour to learn the feelings of Church members. The first session was at St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville. That’s my home parish and I attended the event. Continue reading
Donald Trump last week once again told the world that he is willing to break the law. Evil doers around the world smirked. Republicans throughout the United States mostly observed the latest instance of Trump’s above-the-law attitude in silence.
As Paul Simon sang, “Fools” said I, “You do not know Silence like a cancer grows…” Continue reading
The Democratic presidential field is very crowded, with 24 candidates. The Republican presidential field, not so much, with Donald Trump and Bill Weld. One guy is thinking of running as an independent candidate. There are lots of campaign issues out there, but which ones are really important? Time to take a little look.
This post is asking you to take a couple minutes to weigh in on the candidates and the issues of the day. There are also a couple sports questions at the end. Check back to see how the poll is going. Continue reading
Primary elections will be held three weeks from today, on June 25th. Those events are mostly quiet, under-the-radar activities. Unless, of course, you, or a friend, or a political associate is involved, in which case, things are really heating up. Here is some information, factual or suggested, plus a comment or two on the political scene: Continue reading
If you look up the word “twerp” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is defined as:
noun: a silly or annoying person
A second meaning should be: Stephan Miller. Actually, that would be an insult to all the other mere ordinary twerps of the world.
Yes, that Stephan Miller. Senior advisor to Donald Trump. Supreme czar of all things concerning immigration.
Miller is one of the most obnoxious members of the administration of Donald Trump, nearly in a class by himself. Even some of the Trumpsters are smart enough to understand the toxicity of Miller – not just his policy positions, but his personality. Continue reading
New York State government, to borrow a phrase, moves in a mysterious way. Not always in a good and proper way, but oftentimes, mysterious.
I’m referring to such things as the preparation and approval of the annual budget. While most of the budget is day-to-day management of the government, there are always some surprises.
This year’s surprise was public financing of elections for state office, potentially providing up to $100 million in public funds for campaigns. The stated goal, aside from spending a ton of money, is to drive corrupt “bad” money out of elections. Continue reading