Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jeb Bush’s Money Blitz Makes 2016 Lineup Look Like a Lock

      As a reminder we may be headed back to a Bush era, the 60 event fundraising blitz now being waged by Jeb Bush has been dubbed "shock and awe,"  as the hope is the lining up of all that establishment GOP  $$$  will ward off challengers.
       There are too many Republican big wigs who say Mitt Romney had his chance and what's new this time ?  The other twenty or so candidates probably can't build the traction Mr. Bush already has.
       So, there you have it...Bush v Clinton in 2016.   Pick a running mate like John Kasich of Ohio and the two big electoral prizes that have stymied the GOP the last two times are in play.
Jeb Bush’s blitz to lock in donors aims to squeeze potential rivals - MarketWatch

WDT: Do It Now, Dammit !

    Chill out 260. No one said there won't be a one-way Knickerbocker Drive....and to date no one has proposed it, as in introducing an ordinance. No one is worried about the cost of signage if it happens.
     As panaceas go, this seems like it might help with the twice a day traffic woes and that's an inconvenience homeowners on the street may bear.
     There are other aspects of a solution the School District needs to commit too, and when my female colleagues the other night suggested getting the feedback from homeowners, I didn't think that unreasonable.
     When an ordinance is proposed, presumably by Councilman Jennings,  I will ask a letter be sent to all homeowners on the street, as history has proven to me not everyone reads editorials or blogs.
     The issue will be decided with amazing alacrity, once it's actually proposed.
Watertown Daily Times | Get moving! City Council must finally take action on Knickerbocker Driveema-l

Saturday, January 24, 2015

WDT: Stefanik proves adept in use of social media

          Nobody ever mentions the diligent bloggers bringing a perspective to politics the MSM is unable or unwilling to offer
         This past year, we featured countless photos from everyone's Facebook page to show what candidates are up to. Where they were and who they were talking to. By linking to everything available and using sources and background others didn't have we told a story you could never hear elsewhere.
        Just reporting on things seen or sharing things passed our way.
        I got bored with Twitter and never got into Instagram, but  for a time last year we had a lot of people hanging on what was said here.
        Back in the 90s I did a guerilla email newsletter to state legislators called IP NEWS....It was during our bid to wrest control of the Indy Party from then chair Jack Essenberg. Created quite a stir at the time and we toppled him.
        When blogs came out, I wasn't the first....That honor went to Political IV published by Scott Grey.....The MSM chased him out and for about three years they went after me....It was  a campaign issue in 2011 for me....
       Well, Times and attitudes changed and now MGV is an accepted part of the news landscape.
       So while my millennial friends are up on the latest Internet gadgets, some of us old school journalists still manage to break through the clutter using the tools the good Lord gave us.   
Watertown Daily Times | Stefanik proves adept in use of social media

After taking down Wall Street, Preet sets his sights on Albany | New York Post

    While a complaint is not an indictment is not a conviction....The arrest of Sheldon Silver cuts to the bone, not for what he was doing,  because attorney/lawmakers have been operating this way for years.
     Being able to openly claim income from legal work not done is OK and that is sometimes a source of envy for non lawyers like a Joe Bruno who wanted to play but didn't have the avenues or connections  of the legal world. He was clumsy in getting into trouble all the while the leader of the lower house chugged along.
      Silver got in trouble when a close friend and lobbyist/lawyer sang in exchange for a no-prosecution pledge.
      The word on the street is that Preet Bharara has the goods on others including some in the Administration. That's why the India born prosecutor who had been chasing Wall Street is now fixated on Albany and it was the Moreland Commission that has provided the basis for much of what he is doing.
     Meanwhile, expect Sheldon Silver to stay as Speaker, making for awkward conditions in the three man room as all will be wondering who is rolling on who.
After taking down Wall Street, Preet sets his sights on Albany | New York Post

First Newsletter Out

   I took a peak at the new Stefanik weekly newsletter out today via email and its good to hear from my MOC without using the government printing office or franking privileges.
   https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter.aspx?id=100212&c=NY21ES
Rep. Stefanik Meets Shep Smith

Sheldon Silver and Albany’s Political Swamp - The New Yorker

   Albany stories are eclipsing all other news in much of NY media, pushing aside Yemen, "deflategate", and the royal sex slave.

    Up here Shelly is downgraded to page 3, but it was a hot topic on the talk shows this week and its hard to get anyone excited over Albany stuff anymore.

    There's something about Shelly Silver that riles some people up.

Sheldon Silver and Albany’s Political Swamp - The New Yorker

Sheldon Silver’s arrest sends Albany into a state of panic | New York Post

       Sheldon Silver is not a likeable figure, in appearance or demeanor, so its easy to pile one....But is there a case for the embattled Speaker staying on ?
       The criminal complaint's timing was political. Right after the Governor's budget message and at the onset of the spring legislative session where Mr. Silver, as one of "three men in a room, craft the spending plan".
       If he stays, he is weakened in his dealings with the Governor and Senator Skelos. If he leaves, we embark on a leadership struggle with an uncertain outcome, other than we know one of three or four NYC Dems will be the next Speaker.
      Does Albany need the Devil it knows for the budget season ?
      US Attorney Preet Bharara gave a speech yesterday where he mocked Albany and urged New Yorkers to go after their corrupt leaders.
      Corrupt as he defines the term, labling the capital "a cauldron of corruption" where he say there is a "lack of accountability, a lack of transparency and a lack of principle joined with an over abundance of greed, cronyism and self-dealing."
        It all sounds hopeless.
      Meanwhile Albany is aflutter and worried about who knows what about whom.
      Meanwhile the work of legislating and budget adoption must go on. And it is possible there is no April 1 spending plan this year, especially if Mr. Silver is chased from office.
   Sheldon Silver’s arrest sends Albany into a state of panic | New York Post

Joe Bruno comments on Silver arrest - WRGB

     Former Senator Majority Leader Joe Bruno says the state legislature is "systemically" corrupt with inherent conflicts as members earn outside income to supplement their legislative pay. Mr. Bruno says either legislators need to be full time with no outside income allowed or have to report in detail everything they earn.
    Mr. Bruno said while he doesn't know the details of the Sheldon Silver case, federal prosecutors are out of control and citizens in their sites find themselves pleading out as they don't have the resources to fight a Preet Bharara .
    The former Senator himself fought federal charges for years before being cleared.
     One could argue that whatever Mr. Silver has done is common practice only recently redefined as corruption by a particularly zealous and camera-loving prosecutor.
Joe Bruno comments on Silver arrest - WRGB CBS6 - Top Stories

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Beat Goes On

   Oh my....this fundraiser invitation was mailed this week in Albany....With his $3.3M war chest, Shelly can always use a little more....Bethcha some hedge their bets by contributing in case he survives....
 
      Those close to the Speaker say he will stay and his conference is enthusiastic in its support. Remember, most Members will get no response  back home on the issue.

Russell Tries to Refocus on What Matters

   Today would have been a great day for Assemblywoman Addie Russell. She was doing her job, attending the Regional Council meeting in Lake Placid and a meeting in Potsdam on highway funding.
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     The Assemblywoman needs to abandon public sparring with the GOP over the Silver arrest. It's foolish to defend the Speaker. There are times when the less said , the better. This is one of them.

Effect of Arrest on Cuomo Unknown, But Insiders Say Budget Will Be Delayed

     On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo stood on an Albany stage with Sheldon Silver to outline his proposed budget and herald how he , the Speaker and Senator Skelos had worked through budgets the last four years.

    Hours later the Governor's budget mate is under arrest for alleged corruption. Coincidence ? Not likely.

    Insiders think the budget process will be in disarray and that the Moreland disbanding is still an issue for the Governor, since it was Moreland that formed the basis of the US Attorney probe.

     More shoes to drop ? You tell me.

    Thursday’s indictment of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

South American nun complains of stomach pains and GIVES BIRTH in Italy | Daily Mail Online

Is this grounds for immediate dismissal ? 

South American nun complains of stomach pains and GIVES BIRTH in Italy | Daily Mail Online

Everyone knew about Silver, but no one cleaned it up | New York Post

 ...It's because it's commonplace, and everyone came up in a system where what was "politics"  is now labled a rime.  It's a parties, and loyalty and leadership..Carrots and sticks...punishment and reward.

     Everyone knew about Silver, but no one cleaned it up | New York Post

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WDT: We Told You So

      As expected, Perry has taken off after Assemblywoman Addie Russell, and with reason. Her statements in a WWNY interview have left her supporters puzzled, and her critics salivating.

     Key Democrats have advised her to put distance between her and the Speaker, but she chose to back the Speaker and charge the efforts of the US Attorney are an attempt to pressure lawmakers who are just fighting for school aid and working families.

     As a Democrat in Albany, surely Ms. Russell has been able to get access and consideration on some issues. That's fine, but getting into an implausible defense of the Speaker is in the words of one skilled Democrat, "political malpractice."

Watertown Daily Times | Local News, Sports, Features, and Community Information for Jefferson County, St. Lawrence County, and Lewis County in Northern New York.

Sheldon Silver Saga and a Homage to Al Smith - NYTimes.com

  New York politics is abuzz over the Shelly Silver arrest and in NNY its a feeding frenzy among the legion of anti-Silver voters and those who still support him.  Dem insiders privately say its time to say nothing or back away from the doomed Speaker.

    The ultimate legal disposition is one thing and the US Attorney may be just redefining common practice as criminal acts, but Speaker Silver apparently got caught not reporting referral fees and pushback today from his law firm won't help...Neither do statements like David Paterson saying a lot of people get paid for no work. With friends like that......

Sheldon Silver, a Self-Proclaimed Champion of Disclosure, Now Faces Corruption Charges - NYTimes.com

WDT: The trials of Shelly: Silver must resign as Assembly speaker in light of indictment

            The complaint resulting in the arrest of Speaker Sheldon Silver has prompted outrage and calls for his stepping down as Speaker.
            That begs the question of who would replace him as third man in the room...and also we find it interesting the arrest comes at the dawn of the budget session, so now the other liberal in the room can dominate the process.
             If the Speaker folds, or if the Assembly takes action to remove him (not sure how that works, but someone smarter will surely chime in ), the successor will be another from the five boroughs, who sees the world through the prism of NYC politics.
            The Speaker is a Constitutional office elected by the entire Assembly membership. With 106 of 150 seats, Democrats can pick who they want as long as they stick together for the most part.
           The argument an Addie Russell can advance is that by sticking with the party she will have rapport with whatever NYC Member is chosen. But sticking with Mr. Silver will gain her criticism as we have seen.
           People like Mr. Silver and a Joe Bruno were so legendary in the Capitol and so fawned over by membership and interest groups, they take on god-like status and are untouchable, until somebody is cocky enough to take them out.  At least Bruno got a ball park named after him. Sheldon Silver will get lots of hugs from the caucus but no where else. Meanwhile the people hugging him are jockeying to be his successor.
Watertown Daily Times | The trials of Shelly: Silver must resign as Assembly speaker in light of indictment

WDT: Council Members Worry About Homeowner Blowback Over One Way Street

   Times have changed since I went to Brookview Elementary School in Irondequoit NY. I walked to school, which was nearby. Older kids served as safety patrol at intersections and there were no traffic jams. That was then, this is now and lifestyles have changed.
    Parents drive their kids to school for reasons of distance and safety and that has resulted in a daily traffic jam at Knickerbocker Elementary School, made worse by the layout of the street and its width
    Making the street one way has been proposed which , along with other improvements likely would help.
     In the conflict-averse world of local politics, no one wants to do something and when homeowners see it happening they pack Council chambers. That's how these type of issues evolve..Remember McDonald's ?
      Homeowners may want it...but they may not due to the inconvenience 95% of the time to solve the problem occurring during 5% of the day.
       People worry about property values. They worry about all sorts of things because change is never easy.
       So, propose the ordinance, then table it and instruct a letter be sent to every homeowner on the street describing what is about to happen. Invite their input at a meeting on a specified date and see what happens.
     No one gets engaged on an issue till it's imminent.
Watertown Daily Times | Burns, Macaluso object to one-way street to solve Knickerbocker school traffic

Editorial: "They Got The Bastard"

   Like any bully or despot who tumbles, critics will pile on.  The NY Daily News is case in point with this editorial that leaves no doubt about what Sheldon Silver is all about.

   The News says "he's toast". 

    That realization hasn't permeated the Democratic Assembly Caucus, but it will.

Editorial: Sheldon Silver is bad to the bone - NY Daily News

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Preet to Albany: Stay Tuned

Capitol Confidential » Bharara: After Silver arrest, ‘stay tuned’ for more

Paterson defends Silver, questions Moreland connection | Capital New York

   "People earn money all the time, and don't do any work," said former Governor David Paterson, who now heads the State Democratic Party.
    Meanwhile, as an aside, the Speaker has $3.3M in his campaign account in a district where there is no serious contest.
Paterson defends Silver, questions Moreland connection | Capital New York

Capitol Confidential » Complaint vs. indictment: the distinction in Silver’s case

      A complaint is not the same as an indictment and the distinction may be lost on many...But in the case of the Speaker it was a complaint that will later result in an indictment from a federal grand jury...Likely result, there technically is no certainty.

Capitol Confidential » Complaint vs. indictment: the distinction in Silver’s case

After Speaker Silver’s Arrest, Predicting ‘Chaos’ in Albany Power Balance - NYTimes.com

   Chaos in Albany ?   After 20 years everyone thinks they have to go through the Speaker....He has derailed Bloomberg, backed down Governors, advanced liberal causes, but always cut the deal.

    The devil we know...or just fear....or just laziness, everything was decided by Shelly...With the budget session beginning, the power struggle will be on...Can the Governor take over the liberal agenda from a weakened and distracted Speaker...Or if Silver does step aside, will his replacement easily be rolled.

    The legislative session will be more interesting.

After Speaker Silver’s Arrest, Predicting ‘Chaos’ in Albany Power Balance - NYTimes.com

Forecast for Mary: More Rain and a Cloudy Future

      Now a judgment can happen, especially if there is a dispute over charges or services, but when you are in office such a thing is news, unless the news outlet likes you, and that's no longer the case for DA Mary Rain.

      Meanwhile there's Nicole on TV in ads for the law firm she is in, reminding voters of the choice they made in 2013. As said, all will hinge on the Oral Hillary murder trial.

Ogdensburg City Court judgment

Byrne: Russell's "Mental Fitness" for Office in Question

   In a sign of a candidate who sees blood in the water and can't help himself, Republican John Byrne ripped into Assemblywoman Addie Russell for her curious support for Speaker Sheldon Silver who was arrested today on corruption charges. This is an albatross that needs no help and Mr. Byrne issued the following on Facebook:
“Ms. Russell’s credibility and mental fitness are highly suspect now, and I’m not sure she’s able to perform the duties of an elected official any longer when her judgment is this clouded. We deserve far better than Addie Russell.”
    Ms. Russell's defense of the Speaker came after a 90 minute closed door caucus pep rally in which the NYC crowd surely advanced the bizarre theory that the corruption charges were a bid to pressure the legislature on proposed ethics reform and detract from lawmakers fighting for school aid and New York's working families.
    Senior Democrats concerned over Ms. Russell's tenure advised a different course, and her backing of the Speaker has consequences, but Mr. Byrne would be advised to let others gnaw on her, rather than hastily taking to Facebook to call her crazy.

De Blasio: Sheldon Silver is a ‘man of integrity’ and shouldn’t resign | New York Post

        Mayor Bill de Blasio supports Speaker Sheldon Silver. Like many, the Mayor over the years treated the Speaker with deference. He doesn't want to be on the outs if the Speaker survives, and besides there is this budget season in Albany, where NYC always has a big stake.

De Blasio: Sheldon Silver is a ‘man of integrity’ and shouldn’t resign | New York Post

Fuccillo dealerships pay $1.6 million to settle lawsuit with 5,320 car buyers in Upstate NY | syracuse.com

      It was called "etch" when I was in the business.....and along with road hazard tire insurance and extended warranties, they were ways dealers get the margin they need in the sale of a car.  Its just added in at closing and most people don't pay attention.
     The etching of a serial number in the six window surfaces is supposed to thwart those clever enough to get the VIN removed.
      Warranties you can sort of rationalize, but etch at $295 was a little cringe worthy....but in the end the buyer needs to be aware of what they are buying, and if you are happy with the overall deal, what's the harm.
Fuccillo dealerships pay $1.6 million to settle lawsuit with 5,320 car buyers in Upstate NY | syracuse.com#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2

Brady Talks to Press in Took ....Denies Wrongdoing

   Patriot's future Hall of Famer Tom Brady told reporters he would never do anything outside the rules of the game and never knowingly played with an underinflated football. He did say he likes at ball at 12.5 psi , the lowest allowed.
    Mr. Brady says it's a serious issue but others will have to decide if anything was done wrong.
    
   
   

Listen: Russell Backs Silver After Speaker's Arrest | WWNY TV 7

   Yikes !

Listen: Russell Backs Silver After Speaker's Arrest | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

When Group Think is Not Such a Good Idea - NY Daily News

   Political parties are about loyalty to leadership and supporting the caucus. Those who can't do so are never happy.
    Assembly Democrats came out of caucus supporting the Speaker. Majority Leader Joe Morelle of Rochester led the lemmings brigade.
NY Assembly Dems still banking on Sheldon Silver - NY Daily News

Let's See Who Takes a Stand on Shelly's Speakership - NYTimes.com

      Of course there are the perfunctory calls for him to step down as Speaker from newspapers. That's a no brainer.
    What about leading Democrats ?  Cuomo ? DiNapoli? Schneiderman? Russell ?
     Assemblywoman Addie Russell nearly lost last year largely due to ties to the Speaker and his web.
 OK you do what you have to do to get what you need to get for your district, but the time has come for a clear break with Sheldon Silver.
      There will be no recriminations and he will leave the post. Remaining silent in the interim is acquiescence to his acts.
        Sheldon Silver has the resources to take care of himself. Those he used to maintain his post owe him nothing. No sappy statements about how painful this is to watch, and no continued fealty.
        Addie, time to cut the cord.
Following Arrest, New York Speaker Sheldon Silver Should Step Down - NYTimes.com

US v. Sheldon Silver Complaint

   The gist of the complaint against Speaker Silver is that the millions of dollars he says were received through personal injury work at his Manhattan law firm were actually the result of scheming to use his office to favor interests in the real estate and health care industries.

   When all of this became the subject of the Moreland Commission, the Speaker sought to obstruct the probe, the complaint says.

    While the Governor disbanded the Moreland Commission, the US Attorney kept the probe going. The complaint has allegations that could topple Silver as Speaker, but a crack has to appear in Democratic solidarity. 

     It would be if nothing else good politics for the first crack to appear here.

US v. Sheldon Silver Complaint

Abortion bill dropped amid concerns of female GOP lawmakers - The Washington Post

   On the anniversary of Roe v Wade , Republicans couldn't deliver the abortion bill they wanted due to opposition from female members of the caucus.

    Apparently some folks are tired of debating abortion, rape and incest instead of taxes, immigration and jobs.

Abortion bill dropped amid concerns of female GOP lawmakers - The Washington Post

NY would snuff out e-cigarette use in restaurants, offices under Cuomo proposal | syracuse.com

   What about nicotine gum ? I have noticed use of e-cigarettes lately and seeing people enjoy their use was just waiting for an edict from Albany. Just herd them into the smoking room.....easy enough to do.
NY would snuff out e-cigarette use in restaurants, offices under Cuomo proposal | syracuse.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

Belichick Stonewalls, Brady on Griddle at 4PM

    I have told you everything I know. I don't have an explanation for what happened.
     That's the sum and substance of the Bill Belichick's presser...Why did he hold it then? 
       Quarterback Tom Brady will hold his own presser at 4PM today.
       If its all as innocent as thought, why didn't the Coach and QB appear together ?

Sheldon Silver, Speaker of New York Assembly, Is Arrested in Corruption Case - NYTimes.com

      Sheldon Silver was arrested this morning on federal corruption charges, Sounds bad but we don't know the details. Unreported outside income they say. Is it a small infraction since Mr. Silver did report the bull of his law firm income ?
      The US Attorney is on his high horse after the Governor abolished the Moreland Commission. Many have wanted the Speaker gone and this may be the means to that end.
      Yesterday the Speaker was on stage with the Governor receiving kind words about their work together the past four years. Surely they all knew what was coming.
      The US Attorney is a protégé of Senator Schumer who is no fan of the Governor or the Speaker, or so everyone says.
      Speaker Silver runs a tight ship and was the subject of an attempted coup years back by Assembly Michael Bragman of Syracuse. The coup unraveled and Bragman was quickly gone from Albany.
        Mr. Silver has been criticized for his blind eye to sexual harassment by members, but he still retains lock step loyalty by Members.
       There is no indication he will resign, but at age 70 he now faces lengthy court proceedings with an uncertain result, much like his former Senate colleague Joe Bruno.
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of New York Assembly, Is Arrested in Corruption Case - NYTimes.com

Belichick to Hold 9:30 Presser

      Patriots head coach Bill Belichick  has scheduled a 9:30 presser and since Mr. Belichick is not a fan of talking to the press one wonders what he has to say about "deflate-gate."

#Deflategate: Blame it on the Rain, Or Is There No Defense for Bill Belichick and the Patriots This Time? - Eric Wilbur's Sports Blog - Boston.com

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest on Corruption Charges - NYTimes.com

       The NY Times reports Speaker Sheldon Silver will be arrested today on corruption charges just a day after he sat in the audience and was called out by the Governor at the State of the State Address.

      The charges are said to revolve around unreported income and may or may not be a big deal for Mr. Silver, a powerful Albany power broker and long time member of the triad of leaders who pretty much run things.
         Mr. Silver earns $121K as Speaker, but has reported $650K in income from his personal injury law firm. At issue is money from another firm specializing in tax certiorari, which involves getting assessments decreased on property.
        The probe into Mr. Silver is reported to have begun in earnest after Governor Cuomo sacked the Moreland Commission. That action caught the eye of US Attorney Preet Bharara.
        Mr. Silver's troubles come at the beginning of the Legislature's budget session.

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest on Corruption Charges - NYTimes.com

WDT: Grand Jury Indicts Ham Sandwich

      It's going on four years now since Garrett Phillips was strangled and the person of interest has long been Oral Hillary......Now another indictment of Mr. Hillary after the first one was tossed for prosecutorial misconduct. Undaunted, DA Mary Rain got him indicted again.

     Mr. Hillary seems to have competent counsel, which always helps and with so many years having passed , memories and testimony become fuzzy.

      For Ms. Rain a conviction is essential, or she will never get a second term in 2017. Seldom does a local DA election hinge on one case, but this time it does.

Watertown Daily Times | Grand jury issues new indictment of Hillary in Garrett Phillips’ death (VIDEO)

Cuomo urges civil rights law for transgender New Yorkers | syracuse.com

   Race, gender, creed, and now transgender. Governor Cuomo wants to expand discrimination law in NY to include those getting picked on for "gender identity or expression."

Cuomo urges civil rights law for transgender New Yorkers | syracuse.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cuomo Gives State of the State Address and Outlines His Budget - NYTimes.com

     Governor Cuomo pledged lower property taxes with  a $1.7B program, and pledged $1.25B  to stabilize Thruway tolls and pledged state assistance for the massive tab to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.
     Mr. Cuomo pledged Internet for all....less expensive community colleges....tax breaks for business...
Mr. Cuomo says upstate will continue to get extra care and attention.  He cited Fort Drum and introduced  soldiers from the Post who got a standing ovation. Mr. Cuomo pledged the purchase of an additional 1300 acres for training and $25M in work on Route 26.
     Around the state there is an energy you didn't see four years ago, Mr. Cuomo asserted.
Cuomo to Give State of the State Address and Outline His Budget - NYTimes.com

Cuomo expected to deliver tough message for NY's schools, teachers in 2015 state budget | syracuse.com

   Charter schools, teacher evaluations, changes in aid formulas and more are expected in Governor Cuomo's effort to fix Big Education in NYS.

    Meanwhile down the hall in the Legislature, lawmakers just want to give more money to schools.

Cuomo expected to deliver tough message for NY's schools, teachers in 2015 state budget | syracuse.com#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2

NFL says New England Patriots had under-inflated footballs in AFC championship Game - ESPN Boston

     The only way this kind of cheating will end in Boston is if the penalties are severe.....Look at Pete Rose or Joe Paterno....Fines and loss of a draft pick are not sufficient to halt such efforts to gain an advantage.

NFL says New England Patriots had under-inflated footballs in AFC championship Game - ESPN Boston

WDT: Condition needs a fixin’: Cuomo should include these items in State of the State address

  Governor Cuomo's State of the State address today will give the second term governor the chance to outline the next four years.

   With extra money floating around the capital, Mr. Cuomo can play  Santa....For now.

Watertown Daily Times | Condition needs a fixin’: Cuomo should include these items in State of the State address

WDT: McCurry twins, guests of Rep. Stefanik, humbled and energized by State of the Union

   President Obama's speech was called "inspirational" by the two Carthage women who attended the SOTU as guest of Rep. Elise Stefanik

    Mary and Katy McCurry are seniors at Carthage Central and plan to attend West Point.

Watertown Daily Times | McCurry twins, guests of Rep. Stefanik, humbled and energized by State of the Union

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Inequality and social mobility central to Obama's State of the Union address | US news | The Guardian

Years ago the State of the Union was not even a speech...and it was much shorter. Nowadays its a long affair and there's a rebuttal speech attached.
   Tonight in his six SOTU, President Barack Obama promised the world and outlined a plan that will not be enacted but will by the rallying cry for Democrats in 2016.
Inequality and social mobility central to Obama's State of the Union address | US news | The Guardian

WDT: Feds to pay Watertown woman $134k for fake Facebook page using her identity

     While admitting no wrong the feds a paying a Watertown woman $134K for using her image in a Facebook page to lure drug dealers to DEA busts.

     By the time she pays her lawyers, there won't be much left and given her past there is little reason to think the woman will use if wisely.

    Watertown Daily Times | Feds to pay Watertown woman $134k for fake Facebook page using her identity

Shadow Government Stays in Shadows

    Much of New York's "shadow government" remains shadowy with 136 authorities not reporting their dealings as required.

     Authorities and like entities are unaccountable entities with no direct link to voters.

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Gov. Cuomo sees no need to cap outside income for statewide - NY Daily News

   Governor Cuomo says he wants a cap on outside income from lawmakers from not other members of his administration. The Governor is supposed to introduce a series of measures that will dangle a three person pay commission in front of lawmakers in exchange for other reforms.

Gov. Cuomo sees no need to cap outside income for statewide - NY Daily News

WFP Plays Offense

    With the Working Families Party pushing the Governor back to liberal roots and the President proposing minimum wage giveaways, small business best start doing the math on what its going to cost. This $15 liveable wage proposal would mean everything goes up a dollar at my business. $4 Buds.

    WFP Plays Offense

Finally a Team Worse Than the Knicks | Bleacher Report

      A 161-2 win in girls high school hoop got the coach in trouble. How about the coach who only could get his team two points?

California High School Girls Basketball Coach Suspended After Massive Win | Bleacher Report

Neighbors burn home of accused abductors of Amish girls

     The people who lived next door to the pair who allegedly kidnapped two Amish girls and molested them and others, have bought the ramshackle home and burned it down.

      They said it had become a focus of evil for onlookers and the house bothered their kids. Good for them.

Neighbors burn home of accused abductors of Amish girls | syracuse.com#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2

Monday, January 19, 2015

BBC News - Pope Francis: No Catholic need to breed like 'rabbits'

   Pope Frances continues to be outspoken and candid....The Pontiff, even suggesting  being prolific has to take a back seat to being a good parent.

BBC News - Pope Francis: No Catholic need to breed like 'rabbits'

Cuomo Says Cuba Is About Business, Not Human Rights

  Governor....we agree.

Cuomo Says Cuba Is About Business, Not Human Rights

Carthage Seniors Guests of Rep. Stefanik at the SOTU....That's Exciting

      Rep. Elise Stefanik has again reached out to her friends in Jefferson County by inviting a pair of Carthage High School students to attend tomorrow's State of the Union Address at the Capitol.  Katie and Mary McCurry were born at Samaritan Medical Center and plan to attend West Point.
     Good for them. And good for Rep. Stefanik, who called the HOTLINE today to talk about her first two weeks on the job and her take on DC politics.
     While popular at the ballot box in Jefferson County, there is still a media/political cabal who can't quite get over her election, but need to.
     Our new MOC in engaged on several fronts representing the district and her affinity for the western half is appreciated in this time when issues like the future of Fort Drum loom large.
     We are proud of the McCurry sisters, who represent the best of the upcoming generation. I hope they enjoy their trip to DC and get lots of pictures, and I hope the media runs the photos. We will here.
      I know as an American patriot, Rep. Stefanik will want to take the Patriots in the Super Bowl....So Congresswoman, I'll take the Seahawks, mainly because  I like the uniforms. Maybe lunch at the House Dining Room if I make it down there later this year.

Solid Super Bowl Awaits

   The end result was as expected but the wild comeback by the Seattle Seahawks had to crush cheese heads as victory seemed theirs even though the Packers didn't  capitalize enough on a series of Seattle errors throughout the game.
   Meanwhile New England rolled as Tom Brady blew out the Colts.
   This is a good Super Bowl pairing. East vs West....Brady vs Wilson....
    There is plenty to hype, and Seattle comes in the favorite.
AFC champ Pats up to old tricks »

WDT: Funding reform needed: Surplus revenues are not appropriate for increased school aid

This $5Billion dollar "windfall" is unhealthy for Albany on a  couple of levels. It comes from a settlement from insurance companies which is probably some kind of shakedown...More importantly, the one time infusion of cash is not that large in the scheme of things. It pairs nicely with last year's bond issue that supposedly funds technology in schools.

    These methods of funding do not address long term structural issues in education or state spending in general.

Watertown Daily Times | Funding reform needed: Surplus revenues are not appropriate for increased school aid