What’s happening (and not happening) with the 2019 elections in Buffalo?

The year 2019 really seems like a strange one in local politics. The state Election Law changes, which shifted the political calendar, seem to make everything a bit off kilter.

A June primary schedule is not new in New York. Such was the case for many years until the early 1970’s, when Albany changed things to set up a September primary. That, of course, means that practically no one involved in local politics today has any history about the rhythm of what an early summer primary means. Continue reading

Journalism in the 21st century; a footnote about changes coming at the County Legislature

You are looking at the future of journalism. Okay, I’m exaggerating – a lot. This humble blog is just a humble blog.

But take a few minutes to consider how you, personally, gather information you need or want about the region, the country and the world. More and more, we all have created or are creating our own individual versions of “the news.” Continue reading

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I would like to thank all the subscribers and readers of Politics and Other Stuff for another great year.  Your continued interest in the blog is much appreciated.

We certainly live in interesting times, and 2017 has been an incredibly eventful year.  2018 may prove to be even more challenging.

I have worked hard to deliver on my original intent for the blog:  to stimulate thought and discussion on public issues and to provide useful information to the readers.  I know that my Democratic leanings are something that occasionally bothers my Republican and other conservative oriented viewers, but they have nonetheless remained subscribers.  Subscriptions have continued to grow.  Thank you!

The blog will be on a break next week and will return after the New Year.  For those who haven’t read it before, or who may want to read it again, here’s a link to a heart-warming Christmas story written by Steve Banko.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Ken Kruly

Welcome to Politics and Other Stuff

Why another blog?

Welcome to Politics and Other Stuff!

So here goes. Your humble blogger has had a great interest in politics for nearly 50 years (dating myself here), since the end of high school. There were many years in my life when I was a very active participant in the world of politics. Everything from envelop stuffing to campaign management. From the local council level to presidential campaigns. On the Democratic side. A whole lot of politicians worked for, fought against, had a beer with. Continue reading