Connecting the Donald’s Dots

The following limerick was penned by my blog editor and longtime friend, Paul Fisk. The opinions are those of the author and not necessarily those of the publisher of the blog (but the publisher agrees with 99.8 percent of them). Ken Kruly

Connecting the Donald’s dots

By Paul Fisk

Once mocked by Prez forty-four

Trump now does things we abhor

If Obama once did it

Of the world he must rid it

He’s trying to settle a score Continue reading

The collateral damage of Wilson’s withdrawal from the gubernatorial race; if you’re explaining, you’re losing; a chance to have a say about Buffalo’s next budget

Farewell, Harry, we hardly knew ‘ya

Last week’s news that Republican businessman Harry Wilson will pass on the opportunity to run for governor certainly has serious consequences for the Republican Party. State Chairman Ed Cox convened a meeting of party leaders on Monday in Albany to interview the remaining potential GOP nominees: former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra; Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb; and State Senator John DeFrancisco. Aside from the interviews, the party is trying to figure out where it is going. The New York Daily News story about the meeting made use of such words as “panic,” “desperate,” and “depressing.” 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

How the suburban wave might play into New York’s 2018 races

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