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Think before acting

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.― Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack In Travels with Herodotus, Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński tells the story of a Mogul Ruler, Hulagu Kahn (1216-1265) as I remember, … Continue reading

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The Party of Panaceas

What they’re really interested in is chaos.… They want to throw sand in the gears of the hated federal government until it fails and they’ve finally proved that it’s beyond saving.” And they are tied tightly to right-wing media: “Every … Continue reading

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Three Small Business Bills

As a longtime small business owner, I understand that family businesses and farms are the lifeblood of our Upstate economy.–Rep. Tenney The bills: S. 1617 — “To modify the requirements for the Administrator of the Small Business Administration relating to declaring … 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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Reproductive Freedom

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House votes on Sept. 29, 2022

Today the House voted on these bills: Bill Roll Vote Sempolinski Stefanik Tenney Zeldin — 473 296-127 N Y N Not Voting H.R. 8463 472 334-87 N Y Y Not Voting H.R. 8446 471 331-95 N Y Y Not Voting … Continue reading

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Tom Reed’s staff got remarkably lucky

Tom Reed’s staff got remarkably lucky during his last years in office: Staff Member 2019 Salary Increase 2020 Salary Increase 2021 Salary Joe Rizzo — — $105.108 65% $173,900 Sharon Murphy $45,322 15% $51,438 20% $61,568 Tom Hyland $38,450 35% … Continue reading

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Rep. Tenney (R-NY-22) spreads fear

We have nothing to fear but fear itself. — FDR Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY-22) tells New Yorkers what to think spreading fear with insinuations. Here are some examples from September 2022: Lowering the farm worker OT threshold will hurt farmers, … Continue reading

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The Sordid Story of Spiro Agnew’s Crimes

If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because history really is here to help. — “Bagman,” page 19 If I leave this office without enemies, I will not have done the job properly. I think that the public has to … Continue reading

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New York Republicans shift right

What is clearly happening on both sides is turnover: New York is losing a slew of Republican and Democratic House members this year, along with one of its 27 seats due to reapportionment. Nine House members elected in 2020 — … Continue reading

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