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USA Today has a very harsh Op-Ed against the Attorney Generals who are conspiring to end free speech.  Read it here.  Maybe the reason the AG’s are trying to crack down on dissenters, is because more studies rebut the causes.

Kudos to the supervisors in Livingston County for trying to defy another state mandate that costs taxpayers.  And it isn’t only Livingston County that is faced with the mandated increases by the NYS Legislative Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation. If you check out short biographies of the commissioners, you can rest assured that they will always see a need to increase compensation.  If the commissioners were elected by the public and not appointed by those seeking increases, taxpayers may have a better chance of seeing their hard earned income being given to others, assuming they are still living in New York State. 

Longtime political reporter, John Gizzi, interviews Chairman Mike Long on the current presidential race and where the Conservative Party stands on the candidates.

Jonathan M. Bydlak, President of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, has a website, here, that is dedicated to advocating for reducing federal spending and balancing the budget.  You can take an active role by suggesting a candidate who will support Reduce the Debt Pledge or a candidate that needs to be held accountable to the Reduce the Debt Pledge.  Check it out here.

Sen. Mike Lee writes in the Daily Signal how Washington’s Bureaucracy Strikes Again.

Ryan T. Anderson, also writing in the Daily Signal, on liberal hypocrisy, has the quintessential question for liberals who choose to boycott Mississippi and North Carolina:  Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams Get to Follow Their Consciences, but the Baker and Florist Don’t?  Read his column here.

The Media Research Center shows how the major media outlets discriminate on the bills signed in Mississippi and North Carolina.

The price of admission to de Blasio’s “One New York”

Pat Buchanan continues to make the case for Trump.

While Tuesdays with Thomas Sowell continues to make the case against Trump.

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According to the NY Post, Mayor de Blasio insisted on Sunday that he knows nothing about the investigation that has made headlines since Friday.  Is anyone surprised at his response?  Politico New York has more on the Mayor’s mess.  Politico also reports that according to the minutes taken at the June 24, 2015 meeting of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, (the meeting was sparsely attended) that no one spoke against deed restriction change that allowed a health care facility on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to become a luxury condo development, another controversial subject the Mayor in embroiled in.  Over the weekend, Michael Goodwin wrote about how de Blasio’s lust for power will be his final downfall.  Sometimes you do not need a crystal ball to tell the future. 

Did Gov. Cuomo’s need to micromanage everything, lead to the resignation of the head of the State Police?

Governor Cuomo loves to grandstand.

So do the AG’s united for clean power.

More than 20,000 students have applied for the 3,228 available spots — in New York City — according to data from the network of charter schools.

What would you think of a company that had no employees or assets, in fact, it seems to exist only to collect and hide large checks to a former president from foreign backers and Wall Street donors?  And it was not disclosed by a certain woman running for president.  Read more about WJC, LLC here.  Then there is this — where WJC, LLC’s physical address is, and another company of interest, ZFS Holdings, LLC. 

President Obama may have said “no influence in Clinton email probe” but all I heard was his influence.

One thing is certain, New York matters for the first time in a long time this primary season and it may very well matter until November 8.

Carly Fiorina, a breath of fresh air, in the rough and tumble world of politics. 

Weekly Wrap-Up

The old saying goes that even a broken clock is right twice a day, and Bill Clinton hit one of the them yesterday when he took on the Black Lives Matter movement.  The strain of the primary season is apparent with his outburst and certainly with Hillary’s meltdowns.  The Investor’s Business Daily has this to say about Hillary’s melting.  Few expected Bernie to be such a thorn in the coronation process, certainly not Hill and Bill, but he is, and the democratic primary is heating up and getting personal.  Even after Bernie dismissed Hillary’s problems with her emails and server, which will become front and center between her and the eventual republican winner

Grover Norquist writes about the 6 new voting blocks that won’t want Hillary in the White House, which also helps explain why the Democrats are worried that the Sanders/Clinton rhetoric risks a White House win. 

Charles Krauthammer says in today’s column that the “coming train wreck” on the republican side makes one think that the candidates are trying to lose the general election in November.

What do you think about the primary season?  Let us know in our weekly poll.

Townhall.com reports that Environmental International has a new report about hydrofracking and is disappointed that the fears of “fracking” seem to be unfounded.  The report is too late for New Yorker’s since we have a Governor who caved to the alarmist who believed a non-scientific documentary.

The NY Post is reporting how the shortened background check — from 12 to 18 months to just 3 months – is letting Syrian refugees into America to reach President Obama’s goal of 10,000 by September, the floor number, clearly not the ceiling.

Corruption in the NYPD is being handled by Commissioner Bill Bratton swiftly with the dismissal of the targets, unlike Mayor Bill de Blasio who believes he is above the law.

On the bright side, baseball is back, which means a summer lull from all the political bickering will be a welcomed relief.  Have a great weekend. 

 

 

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Chairman Long on the upcoming April 19 Presidential Primary.

Mayor de Blasio has some explaining to do says the NY Post and the NY Daily News.

This is very disturbing. The fact that a US Attorney General kept the public in the dark about Iranian hackers until after President Obama had his Iranian Deal, is more than disturbing. One has to ask what other investigations will be manipulated for the benefit of President Obama?  Hillary’s rolls in myriad issues?

The Daily Signal exposes the good side of trade agreements.

US vows to block new Russian arms sales to Iran.  How, President Obama?  Will you draw a red line and tell Russia the arms cannot go past the red line?  Mr. President:  YOU gave Iran the money to make the deal with Russia.  Putin will laugh all the way to the bank.

Townhall’s Katie Pavlich sums up Fox News’ weekend special featuring President Obama’s former Defense Secretaries in one word:  Brutal.

Governor Cuomo:  This is courage.  Banning non-essential travel is so juvenile.

File this under:  Competition Works.

Emmett Tyrrell exposes the changes the Obama Administration is making in your neighborhood under the radar. 

Did you know that President Ronald Reagan had a connection to Merle Haggard?  Some of Haggard’s best music came after Reagan gave him a second chance.

 

 

 

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Governor Cuomo has done it again; he has banned non-essential state-funded travel to Mississippi.  (If it is non-essential, why is anyone going, but that discussion we can leave for another day.)  Governor Cuomo, who recently traveled to Cuba — where diversity is almost non-existent — had this to say “We believe our diversity is our greatest strength, and we will continue to reject the politics of division and exclusion…”  If the politics of division and exclusion is granting religious organizations the ability to practice their First Amendment constitutional rights then Governor Cuomo does not understand our Constitution at all nor does he understand theDeclaration of Independence that began our journey to freedom.  

National Review speculates that the US Supreme Court may try to work out a compromise for the Little Sisters.

Governor Cuomo is not going to be pleased with Michael Goodwin’s latest column in the NY Post.

More guns does not mean more murders.

The Tax Foundation reminds us that we spend more on taxes then we do on food, clothing and housing combined.

Wednesday’s with Walter E. Williams.

 

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Newsday (subscription required) has more of Chairman Long’s reaction to the NYS Budget.

And like us, the Syracuse Post Standard is not supportive of the budget’s slush funds.

Congressional Candidate, John Faso, if elected has an excellent proposal to help beleaguered taxpayers get some relief from burdensome county taxes; he will introduce legislation amending federal law (42 USC 1396a) to eliminate a state’s ability to impose a local government share of Medicaid costs.  Read more about his proposal here.

16 Democratic Attorney Generals are totally out of control, and NY’s AG, Eric Schneiderman is one of them.  Read about the latest inquisition here.  Then read this:  Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare.   Gives you a better understanding why the 16 AG’a are so out of control.

The New York Sun critiques yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the “One Man/One Vote” rule. 

The progressive curse that keeps killing Bronx jobs.

Constitution.Com explains why entitlement reform is absolutely necessary.

Hillary’s flip-flopping is evident while campaigning in New York state.  Read about it here and here.

Regular readers know we end our blog on Tuesday’s with Thomas Sowell’s column.  Today we give you the other side of his column by including Pat Buchanan’s perspective and still end with Tuesday’s with Thomas Sowell.

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E. J.  McMahon begins his Op-Ed in today’s New York Post with this, “The budget adopted by New York’s Legislature last week was described by Gov. Cuomo as “the best plan that the state has produced. . . in decades, literally.”  If this is truly the “best” New York can do, we’re in even more trouble than we thought.”  Read the rest of his Op-Ed here.

Chairman Mike Long thinks Senate GOP members opened themselves up to potential primaries from the right after acquiescing to Gov. Cuomo’s push for a $15 minimum wage and statewide paid family leave program.  Read the rest of Ken Lovett’s article here.

Tom Precious writes in his Buffalo News column how unions were the big winners in the 2016 Budget while small business needs were ignored.  Little did we know that when Gov. Cuomo told us in 2011 that New York was open for business, he only meant businesses run by unions. 

E. J. McMahon also brings up the looming problem of how to pay for the personal income tax the Governor is touting in the budget.  Why do we get the feeling that the “benefit” will cost us more in the long run?

PBA President Pat Lynch has some insight as to why there has been a rise in city shootings and slashing’s. 

Jimmy Vielkind writes in Politico how the discretionary funds in this year’s budget have grown to a total of $1.49 billion.   

Mayor de Blasio is finally livid over the questionable nursing home flip.

George J. Marlin gives us a look at the dark side of progressivism. 

Weekly Wrap-Up

With last night’s budget announcement, Gov. Cuomo declared New York “the progressive leader” thanks to the new $15 minimum wage – showing that his main priority is and always will be politics and ideology, not good policy.

The budget contains new regulations like the $15 minimum wage and paid family leave; a huge spending increase for union-controlled schools, another increase in “transportation spending” that is supposed to fix roads and bridges (a promise New Yorkers have heard time and again) and an overall spending increase; but no ethics reforms to curb corruption in Albany. 

Here is one list of winners (unions, big government) and losers small business owners, good government, democracy). 

Some think the budget’s tax cut is a worthwhile accomplishment – but it doesn’t kick in until 2018, and even then, will it make a difference if more and more taxpayers leave the state?  (Remember, it’s already happening, and “progressive” trendsetter California – an inspiration for Cuomo and the liberals – is leading the way here too.)

What do you think – what’s the worst part of the new state budget? Who gets hurt the most with this new deal? Do you think tax relief is enough to make up for the new “progressive” mandates?  Vote now in our new Weekly Poll.

New York is making national political news with our primary just around the corner. 

Trump leads on the Republican side, and Hillary’s ahead for the Democrats – but is Hillary losing her grip on New York?

Bernie Sanders is breaking fundraising records, and a “Never Hillary” group is forming to match the “Never Trump” uprising on the Republican side.

The New York Post says our state deserves a debate between the left-wing candidates. 

Hillary’s got some nerve, you have to give her that. 

Have a great weekend!

Daily Update

Most news reports are saying there is an agreement on the NYS Budget, but like Obamacare, those who are voting on the Budget will not really know what it contains until after it passes.  The news, however, on the minimum wage is distressing, as it appears that Governor Cuomo’s union-backed increase is included, despite the outcry of many who opposed the job-killing increase.  Former comptroller candidate, Harry Wilson, spoke to Fred Dicker on Monday, (Mr. Wilson begins at the 23:30 mark) countless editorials and economic studies and our own efforts (see previous posts and press releases) on behalf of the taxpayers. The Bully-in-Chief uses his bully pulpit to enforce what he wants. New York’s decline will escalate dramatically if Republicans lose the NYS Senate in this presidential year, as opposed to the death by a thousand cuts it currently is experiencing with the Governor, Assembly Speaker and Independent Democratic Conference Leader coalescing for their agenda. Taxpayers have one hope — give the Republicans the majority.  If not, New York State will become New York City or a modern day ghost town.

Scott Stringer’s empty empathy for small businesses.

How liberal policies destroyed black families.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis harmed residents with illogical demands and now his decisions are seriously skewering taxpayers

Here is an excellent article on why selecting Supreme Court Justices — in fact, all Judges — is so important. 

The Daily Signal thinks the Little Sisters may have some hope– even without Justice Scalia.

What is government’s role in private pensions?  The United Mine Workers of America’s pension fund is nearing insolvency and some lawmakers want to bail it out despite the fact that Social Security is also nearing insolvency and little hope that Social Security will survive.

 

 

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Rob Astorino opines on Gov. Cuomo’s disastrous plan to raise the minimum wage.

This just in from Assemblyman Gary Finch...             “A $15 an hour minimum wage is an extension of the failed policies that have led us to climb down the ladder of success. It is an extension of the failed policies that have made our state dead last in business climate. Instead, we need to cut taxes and reform regulations so that talented job creators and innovative entrepreneurs invest in our communities. They’re the ones who can build ladders of opportunity for the working poor to climb up into the middle class,” said Finch.  

The Empire Center lets us know where Gotham’s money comes from.

Budget talks continue, the State of Politics has the latest here.  Politico New York has more here.

Hillary and the State Department lose again

The North Carolina bathroom debate continues here, here and here.

The CATO Institute opines on the Friedrichs Decision as did the New York Daily News editorial.

Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare

Wednesday’s with Walter E. Williams.

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Unions have a big win in the US Supreme Court today, in great part due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  The 4-4 decision leaves in place the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals favoring the Teacher’s Union.  However, the decision does not does not set a national precedent, which many believe would have changed if Justice Scalia had lived to give his decision. 

How ironic is it that both Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, banned travel to North Carolina — after the state legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a bill overriding a bill passed by the city of Charlotte that gave new legal protections for LGBT individuals, including transgender people the right to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify — despite the fact that they traveled to and celebrate Cuba where freedoms are almost non-existent.

It is looking like the legislative leaders are about to cave to the political pressures of radical unions according to this report on PoliticoNY.com, in defiance of the many strong arguments against such an increase in the minimum wage.  The Daily Signal looks at what will likely happen in California after yesterday’s announcement of going forward with a $15 per hour wage and what will likely happen in Washington, D. C.  Here is what Investor’s Business Daily says about California’s new minimum wage. 

Why is it that so many people have lost their backbone?  Here are articles ontwo republican governors, one a total wimp and one who does not cave to pressure.  Thank you, Governor Pence!

Betsy McCaughey opines on Hillary’s preposterous ideas to fix Obamacare.

The Obama Administration is funding several non-profit groups to naturalize green card holders to vote against Donald Trump, according to the Daily Caller.

If Sheldon Silver ever gets out of jail, he won’t be able to practice law.

Tuesday’s with Thomas Sowell.

 

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More on why the Governor demands a $15 minimum wage was covered in Friday’s New York Post editorial.  Read it here.

Liberty Street Economics shows that upstate job growth, once thought to be expanding, is actually holding steady at a paltry 0.5 percent.  One has to ask what raising the minimum wage would do to the anemic growth rate. 

Apparently, Governor Cuomo is “cautiously optimistic” that his demands for an increased minimum wage will be reached by Friday.  However, with an additional $2.2 billion need for certain state agencies be included, and where is that additional money coming from?  You don’t have to answer because we all know it is coming from New York’s beleaguered taxpayers.

Speaking of beleaguered taxpayers, Enough with the MTA’s multibillion-dollar bungling.

Senate candidate, Chris McGrath,  running in Long Island, takes a strong stand on term limits, a position that we champion.  When term limits are established, toothless, window-dressing commissions like JCOPE could be eliminated.

If you are still confused about Hillary’s “email/server” problem, the Washington Post has a rather lengthy article explaining how Hillary’s email scandal took root.  Here is more about Hillary’s email problem from the

AG Loretta Lynch dutifully follows President Obama’s undermining of the criminal justice system.  Shame on both of them!

Kurt Schlichter gives us a short history lesson on what could be our future if we fail to make the right choices in this pivotal election year.  Read his thoughtful article For America, the Fall of the Roman Empire Is the Best Case Scenario here.