Monthly Archives: November 2018

Does election make one wise?

History has tried hard to teach us that we can’t have good government under politicians. Now, to go and stick one at the very head of the government couldn’t be wise. — Mark Twain, New York Herald, 26 August 1876 Does … Continue reading

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House Rules

Emily Birnbaum, writing for The Hill on Nov. 26 reports: Nine Democratic members of the Problem Solvers Caucus are urging prospective Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to back three rules changes as she aims to drum up enough support to lead … Continue reading

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Did NY-23 candidates do as expected?

With some assumptions, I have computed the expected vote for Tom Reed and Tracy Mitrano. The actual vote is strikingly similar to the expected vote. Assumptions: Republicans, Conservatives, and those registered with the Independence Party prefer the Republican Party candidate. … Continue reading

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First Step Act

The Trump Administration reports: “It’s the Right Time to Pass Criminal Justice Reform” “With President Trump leading the way, the push is on to get serious criminal justice reform done by Christmas. Resisters on the left and right would be … Continue reading

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Automated Propaganda, Weaponized Bots

Sociologist Philip N. Howard, writing in “IEEE Spectrum,” discusses automated political propaganda.  His article “How political campaigns have weaponize social media bots” is readable and important to an understanding of political propaganda. Looking at Tom Reed’s facebook page, I often … Continue reading

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NY-23 Election Results

Well done, Tracy Mitrano. Year Candidate Votes Percentage 2012 Reed/Shinagawa 127/117/243 52/48 2014 Reed/Robertson 113/70/190 59/37 2016 Reed/Plumb 161/110/280 58/42 2018 Reed/Mitrano* 122/100/223 54/44 *Preliminary results https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York%27s_23rd_congressional_district https://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/07/ny-23-election-results-tom-reed-tracy-mitrano-congress/1896127002/

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What they say about themselves

For the over one-third of residents in our district relying on public health insurance, these cuts (to Medicare and Medicaid) would be devastating.–Tracy Mitrano We are fighting to protect Medicare and Social Security, and have never supported a plan that … Continue reading

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