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About whungerford

* Contributor at NewNY23rd.com where we discuss the politics, economics, and events of the New New York 23rd Congressional District (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, (Eastern) Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben,Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates Counties) Please visit and comment on whatever strikes your fancy.

Tax Return Saga

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the House W&M committee to obtain TFG’s tax returns after a long fight. Here is a brief history: As a result of the delays, the W&M Committee will have little time to act on … Continue reading

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View your ballot NY-23

County Allegany https://www.alleganyco.gov/departments/board-of-elections/ Cattaraugus https://www.cattco.org/board-elections Chautauqua https://chqgov.com/board-elections/sample-ballotsboleta-de-muestra Chemung https://www.chemungcountyny.gov/429/Chemung-County-Polling-Places-Sample-Bal Erie https://elections.erie.gov/VSearch2 Schuyler https://www.schuylercounty.us/128/Board-of-Elections Steuben https://www.steubencountyny.gov/614/Voter-Information NYS https://www.elections.ny.gov/ Boards of Election Note:

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Enrollment by Congressional District in Western NYS

District Dem Rep Blank Total 23 159 198 117 516 24 129 205 121 493 25 207 130 129 499 26 244 107 102 484 Total 739 (37%) 640 (32%) 469 (24%) 1992 Active Voters by District (thousands) There are … Continue reading

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Term Limits for SCOTUS Justices

Most Americans, today, support Supreme Court term limits. Their reasons vary, but one of the more popular ones is that term limits can help lower the temperature of confirmation battles and reduce the nearly existential stakes of any given appointment. But … Continue reading

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NYS Redistricting then and now

A brief history of NYS redistricting: While arbitrary, the new districts are reasonably compact. It is striking that urban districts around Rochester and Buffalo, which lean Democratic, are surrounded by suburban districts leaning Republican. NY-24 in particular has an odd … Continue reading

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The declining cost of renewable energy

Fossil fuels dominate the global power supply because until very recently electricity from fossil fuels was the cheapest. This has changed dramatically. In most places power from new renewables is now cheaper than new fossil fuels. — by Max Roser … Continue reading

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Michigan and New York

Michigan and New York have much in common. There are differences Midterm Election Results were similar, although Michigan has a smaller population. Party Michigan New York Democrat 7 54% 15 58% Republican 6 46% 11 42% Total 13 26 Congressional … Continue reading

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My day as a poll worker

Election Day was uneventful, nothing untoward happened. Everyone who came voted, except for a few who came to the wrong place. There were no long lines, no poll watchers, no voter challenged. There were a few cases of questionable registration; … Continue reading

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Campaign like a Republican

Some common campaign tactics: Don’t be fooled by political propaganda. Vote wisely, avoid voter’s remorse.

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Paul Krugman on Social Security and Medicare

Republicans to the working class: no golden years for you My Thursday column is about the assault on Medicare and Social Security that is almost certain to follow if Republicans prevail on Tuesday. If the G.O.P. wins control of Congress, we can … Continue reading

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