4th-of-July-ParadeFor too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers.--Ambassador Haley


Linda Andrei:

  • DACA immediate citizenship
  • Refugee status clearly defined
  • Keep families together
  • Plan for migrant workers

Max Della Pia:

“Words cannot fully capture the stunning cruelty of the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they cross the border,” Della Pia said. “As a nation, we can disagree about the best policy to address the issue of immigration, but the basic humanity with which we treat those who arrive at our border cannot be up for debate.”

Ian Golden:

  • Support fair trade and labor practices
  • Prioritize sovereign nations and communities over corporations
  • Maintain and better guest worker program and visa program revisions
  • Create and maintain pathways to residency and citizenship
  • Maintain funding for proven border security measures

Tracy Mitrano:

This country was built by immigrants and continues to benefit from the skills and expertise immigrants bring to the U.S. I support immigration reform that provides undocumented people living in the district in good legal standing with a path towards citizenship. Farmers and wineries in this District depend on immigrant workers.

Eddie Sundquist:

As a second-generation American whose grandparents came through Ellis Island, I have seen firsthand why this country is a beacon for the world. We need to embrace the values of diversity and work to continue America’s tradition of being a melting pot for all.

Here in the New York 23rd, immigration drives our local economy. We rely on migrant workers to work on our farms, we have many immigrants working in our world-class universities, and our district was built by immigrants, including my own family.

We must be open to accepting new immigrants and cultures. It spurs our economy and creates innovation. It is never the right time to build walls and shut ourselves off. I support legislation to ensure our immigration policies are clear and simplify the visa process so our workers and immigrant populations are better able to support our district.

Let’s not forget about the half-million DACA recipients (DREAMers) we have in this country. These incredible people work, pay taxes, and improve our communities across the U.S. This nation is their home, and we need to allow them to stay and work toward a path to citizenship.

Note: Except for Max Della Pia, the information is from the candidates’ web site.

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Tom Reed’s 2017 financial disclosure


Reports are due May 15 of the following year. The House has 30 days more to post them. It isn’t clear why they wait till the last minute. It appears that Tom Reed reported the same figures in 2018 for 2017 as he reported in 2017 for 2016 with the addition of a new family business: Twin Tiers Medical Billing.



2015 2016 2017
Corning Inc. IRA <$15,000 <$15,000 <$15,000
Level 3 Communications IRA <$15,000 <$15,000 <$15,000
M&T Bank accounts <$100,000 <$100,000 <$100,000
Mineral Rights None None None
R&R Properties <$250,000 <$250,000 <$250,000
R&R Resource Recovery  <$250,000 <$250,000 <$250,000
Twin Tiers Medical Billing <$15,000


    1. Tom identifies Mrs. Reed’s salary as income, but gives no amount.
    2. Mineral rights are said to have no value until developed.
    3. Level 3 Communications is an internet service provider.
    4. Tom and family visited the Czech Republic in August 2015 at the expense of the Ripon Society and Franklin Center.
    5. Tom and family visited London, England in November 2016 at the expense of the Ripon Society and Franklin Center.
    6. Tom and family visited Berlin, Germany in August 2017 at the expense of the Ripon Society and Franklin Center.

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Who will vote in the June 26 Democratic Primary?

Primaries elections are strange political devices that can be awful hard to predict. Especially in a district that where a primary is rare. Especially with a party which where a primary is rare.  Especially when the race has five qualified candidates.

For a campaign which arguably started more than a year ago, a majority of the democrats in the district can not name any of the candidates. Yes campaigns will be in high gear this final week before the election and try to change that:

  • Be prepared for knocks on the door.
  • Be prepared for phone calls–some with a real person who can answer your questions, and robo calls where you can’t.
  • Be prepared for slick mailing listing endorsements and websites.

Don’t expect a high turnout. According to the NYS Board of Elections only 37.5% of the democrats in the NY23rd voted in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary. Voters will not come out on June 26 unless they really believe that one candidate is decidedly stronger than the other four. Many newspapers articles have pointed out that the candidates’ views on the issues are very similar. That means it is not the message that is important, but the messenger.

It is hard to read the political tea leaves. Is the number of signatures on the nominating petitions an important factor? Is where the candidate lives in the district an important factor? Are the endorsements the candidate receives an important factor? Probably yes, yes and yes.

How many of us believes that the winner of the primary will get 50.1% of the vote? I hope that happens, because if winner received only 30% of the vote then 70% of the voters voted for one of the four losers.  Will the losing candidates, after a long campaign, help the winning candidate defeat Tom Reed? We should remember that Leslie Danks Burke, right after Nate Shinagawa defeated her in the 2012 Democratic Primary, went to Nate’s campaign office and phoned constituents asking for donations for Nate. Having the four defeated candidates hit the phones on June 28 would be a signal to all voters of the NY23rd.

After the Primary, the 19 week real campaign begins. We’ve only just begun.

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Singapore summit

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The American people don’t mistake the absence of a final agreement for the absence of progress. We made progress; we must be patient. We made historic advances; we will not turn back.–Ronald Reagan

In the end, diplomacy can work – as a process, not an event. There is no Big Bang theory of nuclear diplomacy. If no further progress is made toward peace on the Korean peninsula, all this – the back-and-forth, the Moon-Kim meetings, the Singapore summit itself – is at worst another good start that faded. It is more likely, however, a turning point.–Peter van Buren, Reuters

Make no mistake: The world should welcome Donald Trump’s bold move to engage Kim Jong Un. A lasting peace for the Korean Peninsula, if it can be accomplished at all, will take years to accomplish. No one should ever have expected that Trump and Kim could solve a decades-old problem in a single afternoon.-Ian Bremmer, The Hill

Donald Trump deserves credit for doing what few thought possible–pulling off a summit meeting with Kim with aplomb, setting the stage for future progress, and dispelling threats of war.


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Understanding Korea



The American people don’t mistake the absence of a final agreement for the absence of progress. We made progress; we must be patient. We made historic advances; we will not turn back.–Ronald Reagan

Bruce Cumings is an American historian of East Asia, professor, lecturer and author. He is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History, and former chair of the history department at the University of Chicago.–Wikipedia

Do Americans understand Korea? Fifty years of propaganda and North Korean isolation have made that unlikely. Many are concerned that the Singapore meeting might fail due to lack of preparation and misunderstanding; Korea is different from other countries and different from what we imagine. The Korean language is loosely related to Japanese, unrelated to Chinese, and much like no other language. Translators at Singapore may face a difficult challenge in making Korean views clear to Americans.

Bruce Cumings writes:

Visiting Seoul in March, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asserted that North Korea has a history of violating one agreement after another; in fact, President Bill Clinton got it to freeze its plutonium production for eight years (1994–2002) and, in October 2000, had indirectly worked out a deal to buy all of its medium- and long-range missiles. Clinton also signed an agreement with Gen. Jo Myong-rok stating that henceforth, neither country would bear “hostile intent” toward the other.

The Bush administration promptly ignored both agreements and set out to destroy the 1994 freeze. … The simple fact is that Pyongyang would have no nuclear weapons if Clinton’s agreements had been sustained.

American hostility toward North Korea is much like decades of hostility toward Cuba–in both cases bitterness from defeat resulted in decades of sanctions. I am also reminded of a prospective agreement on nuclear arms nearly reached by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev at Reykjavik, Iceland, an agreement which eventually led to progress.

What will come of the Singapore meeting is unpredictable. Do Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton even have a common goal, one wonders? Was Giuliani’s claim that Mr. Kim came begging intended to forestall agreement? Which Donald Trump will show up–Dr. Jekyll who wants a Nobel Prize or the “take it or else” bully, Mr. Hyde?

Perhaps President Trump meeting and discussing with Kim Jong-un will unexpectedly produce progress on peace for Korea. Let’s hope so.






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Pay Equity

gender pay

With our REDUCE Act, we will hold universities accountable for investing back into education for students and not for luxury facilities being built at colleges and universities across the nation.–Rep. Tom Reed

Wage discrimination is not a rare or isolated practice. It affects millions of women and minorities in the workplace at all levels. I’m asking OMB Director Mick Mulvaney AGAIN why he won’t even allow for the collection of basic data on this persistent problem.–Rep. Michael Capuano

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) writes:

I have been pushing the Trump Administration to explain why they won’t require companies to collect wage data which would help illuminate the pay gap that exists for women and minorities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was set to start collecting this information from businesses as part of paperwork they had been filling out since the 1960s. When the current administration took over, the requirement was waved away. Wage discrimination impacts millions of women and minorities in the workplace at every level. This has negative consequences for the employee as well as their families. It’s also an economic issue. In 2016 the Council of Economic Advisors estimated that the United States economy is $2 trillion larger today because more women have entered the workforce and are working more hours. I wrote Office of Management and Budget Director (OMB) Mick Mulvaney about this issue, in follow up to his testimony before the Financial Services Committee. His answers were unsatisfactory, with no valid reason given for failure to collect this basic information. In the letter, which several of my colleagues also signed, we ask Mulvaney to explain why wage data collection is too much trouble, if there are plans to revisit the issue and what the Administration is doing to address the wage gap.

The persistent gender wage gap partly explains why women are disproportionately burdened with student loan debt. Tom Reed uses AAUW data to promote his attack on “luxury education,” but ignores AAUW research on pay equity.

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Tom Reed’s campaign strategy

voteThere are certain things that strict fathers cannot be: A Loser, Corrupt, and especially not a Betrayer of Trust.–George Lakoff

Tom Reed poses as a strict but caring father–he knows best what is good for us. Cut social spending to make us self-reliant, master a trade as an alternative to college, trust him and President Trump. Tom Reed’s more detailed campaign strategy is laid out on his official facebook page:

  • Frequent photo ops show him as a caring person at home in his district.
  • Run against “hippies:” Tom says: “Heroin injection sites are an extreme proposal and they are not the solution to ending the opioid epidemic in our region and across the country. These sites attract drug abusers and criminal drug dealers, making these communities vulnerable to more crime and homelessness.”
  • He has an answer for concern over student loans — force schools to disburse endowments.
  • On the loss of the state tax deduction, he blames NYS Democrats.
  • He has an answer for concern over tariffs–Trump’s negotiating ploy.
  • He has an answer for concern over deficits — optimistic predictions of economic growth.
  • On rising health insurance costs, he points the finger of blame at Democrats.
  • He has an answer for concerns over immigration–bipartisan compromise.
  • On the question of tax cuts for the rich, he posts anecdotes about wage increases and bonuses.
  • On farm policy, he feigns concern.
  • On veterans, wave the flag, attend parades, arrange photo ops.
  • On guns, claim to defend the Constitution, offer to address mental health.

Tom will run on his issues and his proposals. It won’t do to bicker with him on his terms. He has framed the debate to his advantage. His opponents must do better at framing the debate to advantage.


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