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?”

EXTRA EXTRA: Medicaid Monte in New York

Bill Hammond thought he was out, but he got pulled back into Poozer Politics.

For this emergency episode, Hammond provided analysis of a proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would shift the Medicaid burden in New York. He shed light on a  version of this proposal from former-Gov. Mario Cuomo, provided background on Medicaid in New York and speculated about the potential winners and losers in the state if the amendment is adopted (Hint: It’s being pushed by upstate members of Congress).

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NY-19 is Trump Country?

There was not a lot of good news for Hillary Clinton in the Hudson Valley on Tuesday night.

A poll released by the Siena Research Institute on the 19th Congressional District was more notable (to me) for its top of the ticket surprise than its tight showing between Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout in the race to replace WAMC’s favorite Republican member of Congress. According to the poll, Donald Trump is winning the district by five percentage points, with 43 percent of voters going for him and only 38 percent for Clinton. Continue reading “NY-19 is Trump Country?”