The Cyrus Vance Rules

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s campaign finance practices appears to have inspired new legislation.

Assemblyman Dan Quart

Assemblyman Dan Quart, a Manhattan Democrat, has introduced legislation that would impost special restrictions on campaign contributions for district attorney candidates. Candidates would be required to disclose any contributions from law firms that represents defendants in criminal proceedings and there will be limits on contributions from people or corporate entities that have “legal dealings” with a district attorney’s office. Continue reading “The Cyrus Vance Rules”

(Google) Survey Says…

What can’t Google do?

Well, at this time, it might not be the best source for election poll information, according to Dr. Don Levy, director of the Siena Research Institute.

He joined Poozer Politics to talk about the benefits and challenges of online surveys, including the possibility of Facebook polls, and explored the generic ballot question, which pollsters use to predict control of Congress.

Levy also hinted at an exciting new project for the Siena Research Institute and the first Poozer Politics poll is teased.

Don’t miss previous conversations with Levy, including an episode on likely voters and an episode that addressed the future of polling. Continue reading “(Google) Survey Says…”

EXTRA EXTRA: A Primary Win, Loss and a Tar Heel

If at first you don’t succeed, maybe an Assembly seat will open up.

Four years after an unsuccessful bid to be the Democratic nominee for an open-congressional seat in the Capital Region, Phil Steck was victorious in an effort to be his party’s representative in a race for the 110th Assembly District (Spoiler Alert: He still has that seat).

For a bonus episode of Poozer Politics, to celebrate Primary Day, we turned to the assemblyman for insights about these unique electoral bouts. He shared stories about his past primary campaigns, reflected on mistakes, and explained his endorsement from Sam Perkins.

Steck also talked about his affinity for door-to-door campaigning, the role of endorsements, and fundraising. Continue reading “EXTRA EXTRA: A Primary Win, Loss and a Tar Heel”

Not so Special Election

A harbinger of future Democratic victories or an electoral anomaly?

Those are the two conflicting viewpoints following a surprise win by a Bernie Sanders supporting candidate in a special election this week for an Assembly seat that went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016 and has traditionally been easily held by Republicans.

Republican strategist Jessica Proud weighed in on the results, with a focus on issues that dominate special elections, the importance of a good ground game and the enthusiasm gap.

She also talked about areas for Republican growth in New York, laid out a path for members of Congress to avoid getting swallowed up in national trends and waxed nostalgically about past mayors of New York City. Continue reading “Not so Special Election”

What’s Voting Got to Do with It?

“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”

After the vote to adopt the American Health Care Act, Congressional Democrats taunted their colleagues with that chant on the assumption that many of the Republican supporters had just jeopardized their jobs.

But did they really risk re-election?

“It’s too early to tell. It looks really bad right now … but it’s a long way to the election,” says Morgan Hook, a senior vice president at SKD Knickerbocker, who is actively involved with Democratic candidates. Continue reading “What’s Voting Got to Do with It?”