The Republican commitment to enacting Trumpcare comes to a fork in the road; In Memoriam, Father Vincent M. Cooke, S.J. and Bill Mariani

So this is what all the waiting was for? A warmed over hybrid of Obamacare and the House “repeal and replace” bill is all the United States Senate Republicans could come up with? They hid in a secluded room for weeks to produce this?

I’ll give them this: amending Obamacare is hard and complicated work. Who knew? Continue reading

Dealing with Trump — don’t sweat the small stuff; In Memoriam, JB Walsh

One of the most amazing and unsettling things about having Donald Trump as president is the absolute unending string of stories about him, his administration, such as it is, and his policies, to the extent anyone may know anything about them.

Because there is such a deluge of material to read, see and listen to, it is understandable for more and more people to start to tune him out. That would be a mistake. There is too much at stake. Continue reading

Presidential politics coming to a state near you; a Panepinto issue; Kevin Dillon

With all the attention focused on the very large 2016 presidential election field and the upcoming contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, it is easy to forget that New York State will have its own presidential primary. How big a role our state will play in the process remains to be seen.

New York State has rarely in recent times had a serious role to play in choosing party nominees for president. Going back in history New York governors were frequent candidates (Samuel Tilden; Theodore Roosevelt; Charles Evans Hughes; Franklin Roosevelt; Thomas Dewey).  And we do, of course, have our former United States Senator, Hillary Clinton, as the probable Democratic candidate in 2016.  By the time we get to the New York primary on April 19th Martin O’Malley will be long gone and Bernie Sanders will likely be fading fast. Continue reading

Pigeon issue in Cheektowaga; primary fight in Hamburg; Family Court candidates raising and spending; is Maziarz coming back? Mike Amico. And a thank you

This year’s primary election is Thursday, September 10th. Most of the fighting is on the local level. Here are some updates:

  • In Cheektowaga, the team aligned with Town Chair Mark Wegner and County Chair Jeremy Zellner is making sure that Democratic voters know that supervisor candidate Alice Migierski is supported by Frank Max, and by association, Steve Pigeon. The spending is relatively low in this race thus far, and there is no direct evidence that Team Pigeon is engaged here; of course, that team usually operates in the shadows.
  • This is the mailer that is being distributed by the Wegner/Zellner forces.  I have not attempted to verify any information contained in this graphic, and I am only presenting as a piece of campaign material:

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What Ever Happen to the Eleventh Commandment? In Memoriam, Louis J. Russo. Some Other Stuff

“With malice toward none; with charity for all …” A. Lincoln(R), March 1865

“Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”   R. Reagan(R), 1966

The patron saint of the latter day Republican party is Ronald Reagan. Forget that he raised taxes several times, signed an abortion bill, compromised with and be-friended Tip O’Neill. Distance in time sometimes fogs the memory. Continue reading