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About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.

Mental Illness, Background Checks, and Social Security

President Obama, according to a July 18 Los Angeles Times article, is pushing to extend gun background checks to Social Security. The article describes the  National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) which was mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act … Continue reading

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Sen. Schumer, Sen. Gillibrand, and Rep. Reed on the Iran Nuclear Arms Deal

The proposed Iran nuclear deal is complex and controversial. There are questions if Congress will approve of the deal or not. Speaker of the House John Boehner even invited  brought Israeli leader Netanyahu to talk to Congress about why the plan was terrible, … Continue reading

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What Do We Do If We Don’t Like A Law?

According to SCOPE we ignore it. And we encourage others to ignore it. “We believe the law is unconstitutional and therefore there is no duty to obey an unconstitutional law.” Chris Edes, Chair of  the Monroe County Chapter of SCOPE,. Edes … Continue reading

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The Mud has been Swung

“Republicans are so scared and desperate that they’ve actually stooped to the low of attacking John Plumb for serving his country for his entire adult life.–Ted Young, chairman of the Seneca Country Democrats A day after John Plumb announced his … Continue reading

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Western New York John Plumb Launches Campaign for Congress in NY-23

Will Bring Record of Independence, Problem Solving, and Service to Washington Jamestown, NY – Today, fourth-generation Western New Yorker and Naval Reserve Commander John Plumb announced his candidacy for Congress from New York’s 23rd District.  Born in Jamestown and raised in … Continue reading

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Rep. Reed & Mental Health–Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Three days after the Charleston Church slayings, Rep. Tom Reed held town hall meetings in Ithaca, Geneva, and Branchport (Town of Jerusalem in Yates County). In Geneva, Reed spoke briefly on the shootings when he was asked the following question: … Continue reading

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Can You Say Why America is the Greatest Country in the World?

Independence Day, July 4, 1776  ” I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God … Continue reading

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