Category Archives: 2018

Silly arguments

Be calm in arguing, for fierceness makes error a fault and truth discourtesy. —George Herbert Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.–Mark Twain I’ll sing like a bird.–John Dean I’m all in favor of serious discussion that’s based … Continue reading

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Our misperceptions

We Americans don’t know as much as we think we do. For example, only 59% of us guess that the most Americans killed by others are killed with firearms. Here is more data from the IPSOS study of misperceptions in … 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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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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Diversity in Congress

For the 2018 mid-term elections, an unprecedented number of women are standing, with more than 250 in the running for Congressional office following the selection of candidates in the primaries.–BBC News Congress poorly reflects the population; in particular, women are … Continue reading

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A campaign mailing

I have an interesting letter from an incumbent on the Chemung County Legislature who is running for reelection. He doesn’t mention his party, but he is a Republican.  He distinguishes country government from NYS government and the Federal Government. He … Continue reading

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