LIPA hearing in New York State Senate

LILCO failed Long Island! We tried privatization years ago. Then, we were promised a “people’s power authority” with elections. That was squashed. And, Governor Cuomo and others want to go BACKWARDS to privatization. See the discussion live from the NY State Senate. There is some spunky questioning going on now (Wednesday morning and lunchtime). See […]

In NY: Democratic Party Governor defies public, will stand with Republicans to oppose millionaire’s tax

Update on 10/19/2011: While one organization tried to honor Andrew Cuomo, Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered outside. An attendee, feminist author Naomi Wolf, realized their point, and she was arrested for standing on the sidewalk to draw attention to Cuomo’s objection to the millionaire’s tax. Great video! She was arrested in her fancy dress for […]

Same sex marriage passes in NY!

After-the-news-update: At the Gotham Gazette, there is an interesting story of things that happened behind the scenes during the same-sex marriage vote, which those of us watching and celebrating were not privy to. It seems that even when our government is doing some things fairly, they employ games and locked doors to make sure things […]

Election Outcomes: How the 2010 elections made history, affected the political landscape, and shaped my world

The facts and figures in this piece are largely from two places: “Twenty ways the 2010 election made history“, (posted at San Francisco Chronicle) and posts and links from “Endgame” daily roundup) and other articles at the Daily Politics blog. Kimberly writes: Yesterday, I discovered that the overall affect that this election had on me […]

A Hopeful NY Primary Result: Monserrate and Espada out of the race

Kimberly writes: The quote I found for the voting results is from the NY Daily News: Bronx voters send state Sen. Pedro Espada packing; Hiram Monserrate loses Assembly bid… The quote I found for background comes from NY1:

Backwards compliment to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

KW writes: Egads! This is a new low for sexist, chauvinistic attitudes towards women candidates. Is this guy for real? (excerpt from) Capitol Confidential/Time Union Blog Gillibrand challengers debate, one calls her ‘attractive’ Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 9:24 PM by Jimmy Vielkind SCHENECTADY — Bashing Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the one issue the three […]

NY State budget passes

(excerpt from) The Times Union (Albany newspaper) It’s a state budget! Full story: here. by RICK KARLIN Capitol Bureau Published: 01:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 4, 2010 ALBANY — Four months late and hundreds of millions of dollars in additional taxes later, the state Senate finally completed the 2010-11 budget on Tuesday evening.

Pete Seeger speaks out against hydrofracking

Found this interesting. At the official NY State Senate site, there is video of Pete Seeger speaking out against hydrofracking and singing “This Land is Your Land”. And, there is another video of Pete Seeger singing a specific song against hydrofracking (not sure if it is at a rally or at the legislature?). Both videos […]

Huffington Post helps create race-issue smokescreen

KW: This is a slightly modified version of a letter I sent to the Huffington Post.  You can see the Huffington Post article, “Sen. Kevin Parker’s Rant On Race Video”, with their ridiculous and off-topic poll: here. Re: Your article and poll about Kevin Parker Dear Huffington Post, I am surprised and upset that you […]

Mark O’Luck, Kevin Parker, John DeFrancisco and Governor Paterson

A June 2011 story about Kevin Parker and the NY State Legislature: here. _______________ April 2010 post: I am happy that Governor Paterson took a reasoned approach to commenting on the O’Luck/DeFrancisco/Parker/Kreuger argument. Paterson wisely explained what Parker was trying to say in calmer language. Great move by the Governor. When everyone is fighting, it […]

Is NY State Government post-racial? Viral video shows we are not…

KW: During a Finance Committee meeting with the appointment of an African-American man onto a board, some NY State Senators became hot over racial issues. Evidently this has struck a note, because the video of this incident has gone viral (for a political video.) Here are the stats from the official youtube site where NY […]

State Senator Kevin Parker calls out white privilege: Caught on video

In a scene from a committee meeting of the New York State Senate, racial issues create controversy. It all starts when a white State Senator compares his experience of being the first in his family to go to college to the black struggle in America. The characters in this scenario: Committee Chair Carl Krueger (white); State Senator DeFrancisco (white); appointee Mark O’Luck (African American); State Senator Kevin Parker (African American).

Monserrate loses State Senate seat (in a landslide against him)

(excerpt from) The Daily News/AP Ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate loses bid to regain seat as Assemblyman Jose Peralta triumphs Tuesday, March 16th 2010, 10:35 PM A New York state senator who was expelled after a domestic violence conviction has lost his long-shot bid to get his seat back in a special election. Assemblyman Jose […]

Fight Monserrate/Siegel: Make NY legislature safe for women

KW writes: Oh…my…goodness… Former State Senator Hiram Monserrate — found guilty in the incident with his girlfriend which involved allegations of domestic abuse — just will not go away. The women of New York finally got a reprieve from a man who commits violence against women roaming the halls of our government. But, Monserrate is […]

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