Good News

good news

  • Rob Astorino was not elected NYS Governor.
  • Gov. Tom Corbett was defeated in PA
  • All three NYS ballot proposals passed.
  • Initiative 594, designed to close the “gun show loophole,” passed with 60 percent of the vote in WA.
  • Sean Patrick Maloney was reelected in NY-18 defeating Nan Hayworth
  • New NY23rd reached more viewers than ever before.



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29 Responses to Good News

  1. josephurban says:

    And the BAD News ? the Good News list is pretty darn short !


  2. whungerford says:

    Sometimes it’s better to see the glass as half full.


  3. Barbara Griffin says:

    Thanks. I needed that.


  4. solodm says:

    Rob Astorino was not elected NYS Governor. -Hooray!
    Gov. Tom Corbett was defeated in PA -Hooray!
    Initiative 594, designed to close the “gun show loophole,” passed with 60 percent of the vote in WA. – big Hooray!
    Sean Patrick Maloney was reelected in NY-18 defeating Nan Hayworth – Hooray
    New NY23rd reached more viewers than ever before. – A very well deserved – Hooray!

    All three NYS ballot proposals passed. Not so much. My reasons:
    Prop 3 –the ballot initiative to take out huge bonds for so called school improvement, got starry-eyed voters by mentioning upgrades in computer/digital upgrades. In my opinion, if billions of dollars are going to be paid back by NY taxpayers for schools, I believe the funding ( if passed at all) should go for structural improvement and better pay for teachers first. It also puts taxpayers and school districts in a bind to pay off those bonds during an ever increasing call to cut property taxes- how do the bonds get paid off? The better answer in my opinion, would be to raise property taxes, and eliminate borrowing, period. We get what we pay for – no more state siphoning off to charter schools at the expense of public schools.

    Prop 2 – Hooray!

    Prop 1-
    I believe two elements of this proposition are flawed:
    1) the “independent commission” is chosen by sitting legislators ( no bias there, I’m sure…), and can veto the results offered by the commission.
    2) Changing the state constitution entrenches the the result. I don’t believe this proposition was well thought out, advertised far enough in advance for serious open public discussion. I’m aware of the list of proponents- including the League of Women Voters.
    In my opinion, this proposition is a compromise that smacks of status quo, not a real tool for fairer district composition.


  5. whungerford says:

    I believe this year was a unique opportunity for reform of redistricting. When Democrats finally overcome the gerrymandering and take firm control of the NYS Senate, any interest they might have had in reform will evaporate. In NYS politics, we should not hold out for perfection–any possible reform is welcome.


  6. whungerford says:

    More good news: Democrat Jeanne Shaheen bested Republican Scott Brown in New Hampshire.


  7. josephurban says:

    I agree that Prop 3 is going to be a disaster. Spending on “new technology” in schools is little more than a cash cow for selected technology companies. Tech is outdated before it arrives. All schools need are very basic computer systems. Good teaching and effective learning has very little to do with high tech. I have never voted against a school-related funding proposal or school budget until this year. If you want to help schools give them funding with no strings attached so local school districts can spend where needed.


  8. solodm says:

    Normally I agree with the “perfect being the enemy of the good” – but I have been radicalized by the realisation – Democrats and Liberals just “compromised” themselves right out of control of the US Senate, and more so in the US House. I’m not suggesting lock- step blindness, I’m suggesting getting tougher on standing for our principles.


  9. josephurban says:

    I think that Brown is going to move to NY so he can run against Gillebrand . Then he will be defeated by three different women in three different states !


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  11. solodm says:

    Joe, do you think there enough carpetbags available for Scott Brown?


  12. josephurban says:

    Frankly, I think many of the Dem losers in the Senate got what they deserved. They completely abandoned Mr Obama in their attempt to win elections. I suspect if they had shown some character and had the POTUS campaign for them they would have driven up the Dem vote count. NC, LA, ARK, ALASKA all come to mind. They rejected Obama so the Obama voters simply stayed home. Same mistake Gore made in 2000 by not letting Clinton campaign for him.


  13. josephurban says:

    Always something available on ebay !


  14. whungerford says:

    Al Franken won in MN; Jeff Merkley won in OR.


  15. BOB McGILL says:

    you guys are just avoiding the fact that Martha got creamed.


  16. whungerford says:

    That’s good news for Tom and not so good for his constituents.


  17. josephurban says:

    You are correct. the Dems got only 4 out of every 10 votes in this district. As in any election, the people are divided. That is just the way it is. In a predominately rural, GOP district it will be difficult for any intelligent progressive to get more than 4 out of 10 voters. That is just the way the deck is stacked in the outlying districts. And the case is opposite in the urban districts. So be it.


  18. whungerford says:

    Is there a reason that rural areas lean Republican?


  19. solodm says:

    I seem to remember decades ago, farmers and rural families majorities voted Republican because of socially conservative “values” ( anti abortion, anti LGBT, pro religion).
    Below is an opinion of what happened this time:


  20. whungerford says:

    I can’t see a reason for rural voters to prefer Republicans other than they may think Democrats favor urban areas. But then business likes Republicans even though Democratic administrations are better for business.


  21. josephurban says:

    1. Rural areas tend to lack racial and cultural diversity. I know some people who have had little real contact with folks of different ethnic groups . What they see on TV drives their stereotypes.
    2. Rural areas tend to be more conservative and church going and patriarchal in attitude.. The Christian right wing plays to this idea of religious dogmatism. (If I follow God I cannot be wrong) The idea that there can be no compromise with MY morality. Does not lead to openness to new ideas or to compromise politically.
    3. Rural areas tend to be blind to all the ways government helps them. Roads, farm subsidies, schools, etc. because they do not have a concentration of poverty as in the cities. It is easy to see poverty in cities and blame the poor for their condition. They resent what they see as too much emphasis being put on cities.
    4. Many people in rural areas live under the delusion that they are self-made men. Yet, in many cases they have actually inherited family farms, family businesses, etc. They often have financial support systems that people in cities do not have. They are not able to understand what it means to start with nothing. While generous on an individual basis, they lack empathy for the real problems of the “anonymous” other.
    Of course these are generalities but I think there is a definite divide between city and rural. We see this in our elections all the time.


  22. BOB McGILL says:

    that’s your opinion, and the results of the election tell me what people think of your opinion. 🙂


  23. whungerford says:

    The results of the election may suggest what some of the people who voted think, but most didn’t vote.


  24. whungerford says:

    Then too unprincipled politicians promote divisiveness, in upstate NY pointing the finger at NYC as the source of all ills.


  25. BOB McGILL says:

    save it for 2016, your twisted views aren’t going to change anything now 🙂


  26. BOB McGILL says:

    then I would have to say it was because they didn’t support your ideology. You offered a free ride with a wheel missing from the cart and a dead horse.


  27. BOB McGILL says:

    could it be that the younger generation, who aspire to enter the coroprate world and become rich, see that if they support the democrats now, the same democrats are the ones that will be out to destroy them in the future.


  28. BOB McGILL says:

    ” Democratic administrations are better for business.” BALONEY business will always find it’s way around either party. Ford is building new plants in China, does China have democrats and republicans ? As foreign markets emerge the US becomes more irrelevant.


  29. josephurban says:

    Correction: Democrats are better for “small business” and mom and pop business. Republicans are MUCH better for big business and international corporations.


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