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
While you are munching on that Fourth of July hotdog or hamburger, here are a few things to think about: Continue reading
So we’re off to the races. The state party conventions are over and the line-ups are set.
The Republicans, Conservatives, Greens, and Reform parties have made their designations for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller and attorney general, although the Reform Party’s nomination of Preet Bharara for attorney general still awaits Bharara’s decision about whether he will run. It doesn’t appear that there will be any primaries in those parties. Continue reading
Even if you ignore this year’s impending national elections (go ahead and try to do that), and even if you ignore the state race for governor which is coming into better focus, an observer has to be mystified by the low energy level of politics on the local level in 2018. Continue reading
Here is a variety of information about politics and other stuff: Continue reading
Another year, another election cycle. The first state election committee reports for 2018 were due to be filed on January 16th, reflecting receipts and expenses through January 12th. Here is a quick look at what’s relevant statewide and locally: Continue reading
As the dust settles from Doug Jones’ stunning upset victory in the Alabama Senate race, inquiring minds are wondering just how much the factors in that race and others in 2017 might figure into races in New York State in 2018.
On the surface, there does not presently appear to be much happening in next year’s local state legislative races. You can’t beat somebody with nobody. On the other hand, there are now four potential Democratic challengers to Chris Collins in the mix. Continue reading