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 about the Children

The state budget was bittersweet for New York families and children this year.

“Raise the Age” was one of the sweetest parts and cuts to child care subsidies were a bitter pill to swallow, according to Dede Hill, the director of policy for the Schuyler Center.

She came on the podcast to talk about both measures, including the practical changes of raising the age of criminal responsibility. Hill also talked about state child care tax credits for middle class families and proposals on the federal level from President Donald Trump. Continue reading “What about the Children”

Trump and his Taxes

Could New York post President Donald Trump’s state tax returns online?

That’s what a bill from Sen. Brad Hoylman would require the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to do.

Following up on his proposal to require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to qualify for New York’s votes in the Electoral College, Hoylman has introduced a bill that would require the state to post online the income tax returns for the president, vice president, the state’s senators in Congress and any other statewide elected officials, such as the governor.  The state income tax returns would be posted for every year the elected official remains in office, according to the legislation.

“New Yorkers deserve to know whether elected officials represented the state are paying their fair share of taxes or hold potential financial conflicts of interest,” reads the bill memo. Continue reading “Trump and his Taxes”

History 101: Podcast Norms & Frederick Douglass

We live in exciting political times, but are they historic?

To put our politics into perspective I turned to SUNY Geneseo Prof. Justin Behrend (Editor’s Note: He was my favorite college professor).

Professor Behrend provided background on Frederick Douglass, who is getting recognized more and more, highlighted the role of political norms and talked about our relationship with the news media.

If you can’t get enough of nullification, Millard Fillmore and Donald Trump, then this is the show for you! If this sounds like a non-traditional episode of Poozer Politics, well, that’s because it is.

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Assembly responds to Trump’s immigration threats

The Assembly majority is swinging back at President Donald Trump’s attack on sanctuary cities with their own  legislative counter punch.

A bill from Assemblyman Francisco Moya would restrict state and local agencies from inquiring about the immigration status of any person seeking medical or police assistance. The bill was introduced late Wednesday night and referred to the Codes Committee. There are more than 30 co-sponsors, including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

The bill also prevents state and local law enforcement officials from arresting an individual for suspected immigration status violation. It prohibits state and local law enforcement officers from assisting in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

On Tuesday evening, Moya joined protests in Jackson Heights that were in response to actions signaled by Trump, including plans to move ahead with a wall on the Southern border with Mexico. Moya also penned a letter to Trump about the recent actions and rhetoric.