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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.

Rep. Chris Jacobs pushes back

“As I have read more and learned more about it, it’s clear that this (replacement theory) is just a vile and disgusting conspiracy theory rooted in racism and antisemitism. In my mind, it has no place in this country.”— Rep. … Continue reading

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Three background check bills

Three background check bills (H.R. 8, H.R. 1446, H.R. 1518) have been introduced in Congress. H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 have passed the House; none have yet become law. H.R. 8 has 201 cosponsors including 3 Republicans; H.R. 1446 has … Continue reading

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Rep. Claudia Tenney on firearm violence

There is something so deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you refuse to resolve. — Miroslav Volf,  Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture May 24 “We are absolutely devastated … Continue reading

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New York’s Congressional Districts 2022

I am surprised at the new congressional districts defined by the court. I expected they would be more compact and competitive. The new districts are much the same as before, at least in upstate New York. NY-24 is anything but … Continue reading

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Should Ukraine trade territory for peace?

How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing. –Neville Chamberlain Sept. 27, 1938 Reportedly, Henry … Continue reading

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Abortion, Common Core, CRT, …

Abortion, Common Core, Critical Race Theory, and now ESG–Environmental, Social, Governmental–is the new war cry. Should business consider only profit, or are decisions which take social and environmental consequences into account now acceptable? When our children are prematurely pregnant, poorly … Continue reading

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Rep. Tenney responds to mass murder with a fundraising message

Rep. Tenney responds to mass murder with a fundraising message. She writes: According to the president, the MAGA crowd is the most extreme group in history. More extreme than Nazis. Worse than the KKK, even! Those groups (MAGA, Nazis, KKK) … Continue reading

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Hard to believe

If something seems wrong, it likely is wrong. A guest columnist, writing in a local paper, complained about historian Heather Cox Richardson. He wrote “her blanket condemnation (of white American evangelicals) is dishonest partisan demagoguery.” Heather Cox Richardson is a … Continue reading

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Leaked or Hacked

Fifty years ago news of Roe v. Wade was leaked to the press. News, not a draft or the written opinion. A clerk talked to a reporter without realizing that the story would appear hours before the decision was announced. … Continue reading

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Leaks from the Supreme Court are rare.

Leaks from the Supreme Court are rare. Surprisingly, the 1972 Roe decision was leaked. The following quotes are from Woodward and Armstrong’s 1979 book: The Brethren. The day of the scheduled abortion decision the Chief sat in his chambers reading … Continue reading

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