Special Election Bracket Busters

Cinderella stories are common in March, but what about in April?

On April 24 the state’s political season kicks off with special elections from Long Island to Buffalo. There will be 11 potential upsets, with nine Assembly races and two in the state Senate.

Most eyes are on the 37th Senate District because it’s viewed as a pivotal battleground for control of the state Senate. The district leans Democratic, but Republicans are hoping they can wrestle back control and pad their majority. Michael Lawler, campaign manager for Republican hopeful Julie Killian, joined the podcast to talk about their path to an upset victory.

The Assembly seats could also be ripe for surprise victories, as was the case in last spring’s special election on Long Island. Melinda Person, political director for NYSUT, came on the show to talk about the possibility of repeating that win on a larger scale.

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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”