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Chairman Kassar wraps up the weekly news on our day in court, the Green Light law and Impeachment.


On Thursday in Niagara Falls the hearing on our lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of the NYS Public Finance Committee was held before NYS Supreme Court Judge Ralph A. Boniello, III.

The essence of our arguments addresses the question of the NYS Legislature having the authority to delegate its lawmaking responsibilities to an appointed nine-member commission. These nine members were given unabridged authority to rewrite New York State Election Law.  In the weeks prior to the hearing our legal team, led by Bill Savino a senior partner in the Rochester/Buffalo firm of Woods Oviatt, filed with the court legal memo’s and numerous citations demonstrating the strength of our case.  Internally our efforts were coordinated by Erie County Attorney and County Chairman Ralph Lorigo.

Due to a communality of interests on this one issue the Working Families Party shared the plaintiff’s table with us.  They were represented by Richard Brodsky.

The Commission itself was not represented.  Their attorney James McGuire failed to show. No reason was given to our side, but certainly it was noteworthy.  The arguments against us focusing on process were primarily made by outside attorneys representing the State Assembly Speaker, the State Senate Majority Leader and the NYS Attorney General.  It should be noted that in the days following our initial filing in July the State Attorney General indicated that her office would be seeking outside representation for the defendants. As such all of the opposing attorneys have been paid with taxpayer dollars.  Our team is paid for solely with party funds. The Attorney General’s recent direct intervention raises in my mind the issue of why did she wait? If she had represented the state on day one, hundreds of thousands in legal bills to the taxpayers could have been prevented.

The Judge at the beginning of the hearing did inquire about the charge we made concerning the failure of the commissioners to file their oaths of office within the thirty-day required period. The State Senate Democratic Attorney acted as though he had no idea what the Judge was referencing.  Considering that it appears in the Commission report and has been covered statewide, the attorney’s response either reflected ignorance or subterfuge. The Governor’s spokesman maintained the Commission Members were not required to file oaths swearing to uphold the Constitution and laws of the State of New York, however, they did file several months late.

We anticipate a ruling in the form of a summary Judgement within the next two weeks.


Tomorrow, New York State will take the first steps in creating a sanctuary for those who break the law, as they will begin to issue drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

The new “Green Light Law,” voted on and passed through a State Democratic majority in the Senate and Assembly, is a reversal on policy set forth by the Pataki administration after the September 11, 2001 attacks. In an effort to stop document fraud and enhance security, anyone seeking a license was required to present a social security number. Saturday, that requirement is no more.

While lawsuits are pending throughout upstate New York to block the law, many County Clerks are concerned  their offices are not prepared for the law change.

“Here we are at the 11th hour, they’ve thrown these one-hour webinar trainings at us and then these authentication machines with no real information, expecting us to be ready in less than a week for these transactions, which are very complicated,” Oswego County Clerk Michael Backus said.

With State Democrats undermining federal immigration laws and the end of cash bail effective January 1, 2020, one party rule continues to put law breakers above the hardworking citizens of this state.

House Judiciary Committee Votes to Impeach President Trump

 In a move that surprised no one Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve two articles of impeachment against the President. The committee adopted the articles on a party line vote of 23-17

Democrats have been working tirelessly to undermine this administration well before President Trump was even sworn into office on January 20, 2017. This latest stunt is a clear indicator that they do not believe any of their candidates has what it takes to beat the President in an election.

Further seeking attention, Rep. Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the Judiciary Committee, abruptly called an end to the hearing late Thursday night in favor of a Friday morning vote so that news cameras would be present.

Ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA), objected immediately calling Nadler’s move “the most bush-league stunt” he has ever seen.

“Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow, you just blew up schedules for everyone?” Collins asked. “You chose not to consult the ranking member on a scheduling issue of this magnitude? This is the kangaroo court we’re talking about. Not even Consult? 10 a.m. tomorrow?” he continued.

Democrats clearly do not feel comfortable with their game plan heading into November 2020. Recent polls show President Trump gaining approval as Democrats on the Hill continue with their partisan game to remove a dually elected President.

‘Celebrate Boris!‘: Trump lauds Johnson’s UK election victory, hints at a ‘massive’ trade deal

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The House Impeachment Hearings Failed to Move Public Opinion

Impeachment Deeply Unpopular In Key Swing Congressional Districts


Michael Bloomberg is no Edward St. John

Michael Bloomberg, is obviously a great businessman.  Not everyone can build a business that makes one a billionaire; Michael Bloomberg did.  This ability has him believing that he is the smartest person, not only in the room, but in the United States of America; and therefore, he knows what is best for every single person who lives here.  Mr. Bloomberg:  You don’t know what is best for me!  I think; I examine each side of an issue and, and once I reach a conclusion, unlike you, I stick to it.  I wouldn’t be flip-flopping on issues just to be elected, nor would I try to buy the Presidential Office by making huge donations to organizations that would be beholden to me.   The more we read about where you are making campaign stops, the more it seems like you are collecting votes for your donations.

Jim Jordan Lists the ‘Scary Stuff’ Dems Have Said and Done to Remove Trump from Office.

The NY Post editorial:  Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ ridiculous excuse for endangering public safety.  “The state Senate majority leader this week nixed the idea of fixing dangerous flaws in this year’s criminal justice “reforms,” which scrap bail for most offenses and slap stiff new requirements on DAs.”

William Z. Nard, writes in National Review that Jails Exist for a Reason.  While the article is based on the problems at Rikers, it also makes the case that public safety must be considered.  “Surely tailoring jail-population estimates to appease prison abolitionists will not reduce the number of dangerous criminals. ‘In 35 of the city’s 75 precincts, shootings are up. Many of the city’s most serious crimes are already committed by criminals on probation, parole, or who have pending cases,’ Manhattan Institute scholar Rafael Mangual argued recently.”

Even a NYC judge lamented the new reforms.

How will public safety be protected if the recommendations in this report that calls on new NYPD top cop Dermot Shea to abolish gang database?

Criminal Justice Reform is an issue that Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic controlled Legislature must reexamine in the up-coming legislative session.

Those who commit crimes obviously need to work when released, but I doubt they will all get one as good as this:  Buffalo Billion felon Schuler hired as Niagara County spokesman.

Despite what government tells you, money does not resolve all of the nuances that cause educational problems.  Students’ Test Scores Unchanged After Decades of Federal Intervention in Education.

The NY Post editorial says Team Cuomo’s insulting bridge toll hike show.

E.J.  McMahon examines the Board of Regents push for a reckless spending spree.

Liberals Setting the Stage to Claim 2020 Election Results Illegitimate.

Native Venezuelan, Now Proud American, Warns of ‘Fruits of Socialism’

The more Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez speaks and votes, the more we learn how ill-informed she is.  AOC Votes Against $700 Billion in Defense Spending, Blast Pundits for Not Calling It ‘Free Stuff’.  And then there is this:  No, AOC, Dogs Don’t Have More Time with Their Children Than Women.

The time is now to seriously slow down government spending; Feds Collect Record Taxes Through November; But Still Run $343.3 Billion Deficit With Second-Highest Spending in Nation’s History.

File this under:  An employer who respects his employees.  Kudos to Edward St. John for being a truly good person; displaying generosity, without looking for anything in return.

From a Hallmark Movie, a Powerful Pro-Life Message.

Words of Wisdom from Walter E. Williams.

Democrats have cast the die, Articles of Impeachment are unveiled.

What a surprise, the Democrats have announced the Articles of Impeachment.  House Democrats Announce Two Articles of Impeachment against President Trump.  “A third charge based on information in the Mueller report, obstruction of justice, was not included over concerns that it would backfire among some moderate House Democrats, who see it as a politically motivated overreach,” reported the National Review.  No doubt it is politically motivated, but those blinded by their intense dislike of President Trump fail to acknowledge that fact.  The Democrats who are driving the Impeachment are so deep in the swamp that they fail to see they are the obstructers of truth, the values of our Founding Fathers, and the will of the 63 million voters who elected President Donald J. Trump.  Congressman Jerry Nadler said Trump “constitutes a continuing threat to the integrity of our elections and to our democratic system of government.”  Congressman Jerry Nadler fails to see that he is the real threat to the integrity of our elections and our Republic.

Fox News links to the Articles of Impeachment here.  The NY Post is reporting the abuse of power was “the president exercising the “powers of his public office to obtain an improper personal benefit while ignoring or injuring the national interest. That is exactly what President Trump did when he solicited and pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 presidential election.”  That may be what Congressman Nadler assumes, however, many reasonable thinking people believe that no pressure was placed on the new administration of Ukraine to interfere in the upcoming elections, but that reassurances were needed to be certain the corruption that had permeated in the old administration was truly eliminated.  Katie Pavich, reporting for, writes this: Democrats Officially File Articles of Impeachment, Here are the Charges.

Why does former Vice-President Joe Biden react so defensively when questioned about his son’s role as a member of the board of Burisma?  Julie Kelly, writing in American Greatness, may have some answers in her article Obama and Biden: Three Scandals, One Day.

Really Joe?  He is your son, why would your staff have to warn you about Hunter’s board position?

Does anyone believe that Speaker Pelosi, announcing an agreement on USMCA, about 2 hours after the Articles of Impeachment were announced, really thinks the Democrats have a “winning hand” with the Articles of Impeachment?  If you do believe Speaker Pelosi is suddenly (two years after being proposed) taking an active role in the ratification of USMCA for the right reasons — good for Americans — (not purely political reasons, what a great job we did in changing it) we will sell you a bridge in  Brooklyn.

The Heritage Foundation has 6 takeaways from the IG Report on FBI’s spying on Trump campaign.

Barr criticizes FBI, says it’s possible agents acted in ‘bad faith’ in Trump probe.  AG Barr Weighs in on IG Report and FISA Abuse in New Interview

Charles Hurt writes in the Washington Times:  Obama spied on an opponent and the FBI lied repeatedly. Trump is being impeached?

Here is Michael Goodwin’s take on the IG report: IG report proves whole investigation was as corrupt as Comey.

E.J. McMahon explains that Regents flunk finance (again).

Pro-Life has a major win!

Pro-Life has a major win!  Supreme Court leaves in place Kentucky abortion law mandating ultrasounds.

Third parties aren’t going down without a fight.   In all honesty, anyone who thought they would, should not be in the political world.

John DeLessio, our Orange County Chairman, has an excellent Letter to the Editor:  Impeachment has no basis in fact; nothing happened.

The Burden of Impeachment.

Dems’ only answer to Trump’s economic success seems to be… impeachment

Jobs report delivers ‘stellar’ news — so why do Dems want to impeach Trump?

Hmm, do you think Chris Cillizza will be reprimanded for writing this?  Donald Trump now has an obvious path to a second term.

Trump Administration concerned about law giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses

Trump credits ‘common sense’ regulatory agenda for boosting economy.

Is anyone really surprised by this?  2020 Dems to Attend Forum Hosted by Scandal-Plagued Union.

Unfortunately, this is how most of those in the Democratic Party think:  Warren Pressed on Spending: ‘There’s Always Money’.

WSJ Columnist: Adam Schiff’s Secret Subpoena Adventure Could End with Legal Buckshot in His Face.  David  Harsanyi has this to say:  Democrats have embraced the exact surveillance tactics they used to warn about.   Here is more on Cong. Schiff’s shifty abuse of his power: Adam Schiff’s Release of Phone Records Invites Legal, Ethics Scrutiny.   Mr. Harsanyi also writes that Trump’s supposed abuses pale in comparison to past presidents .

EXCLUSIVE: Mexico comes through for Trump, tackles border crisis when Congress wouldn’t.

Why is it that bleeding-heart progressives, only have a bleeding-heart for the perpetrator and never for the victim?  Deadly consequences of the ‘social justice’ war on bail.

Elizabeth Warren has ‘a plan for that’ — more than 50 expensive ones.

DOB issues subminimal wage analysis.

The Labor Virtues of Growth; A bad jobs report for the anti-capitalists on the left and right.  “As Friday’s blowout jobs report for November showed, the best way to lift Americans from the bottom up is a growing economy that produces a robust labor market.”

Lawmakers Map Out Conservative Solutions to End Poverty  “All the agencies and programs that government tries to offer can’t replace instilling the American ideal in those who have been caught in a cycle of poverty,” said Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)  addressing Heritage’s 2019 Antipoverty Forum, an annual gathering of researchers, educators, and government staffers and officials organized by the leading think tank.

GOP beware; go back to the drawing board!   ‘Fairness for All’ Is Well Intentioned but Inadequate and Misguided.

The Progressive Left condemns billionaires and wants to tax their earnings so they can spend their money the way the Progressives want.  To his credit, Mayor Bloomberg, freely gave to the causes he cared about, which is certainly his prerogative.  Now, Mayor Bloomberg, is looking to collect on his largess.

More on Governor Cuomo’s true legacy:  New York’s super-rich migrating south for better value.  This does not help his legacy, rather it enforces the fact that people will leave for a better future in another state.  New York’s $4B Medicaid mess shows why push for single payer is insane.

President Trump, on the other hand, does all he can to empower the individual.  The Truth About the New Food Stamp Work Requirements’ Effects.

Will New York Legislators heed New Jersey’s warning, or will they only see more money to fill their coffers?

Did Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez take even one course in economics?  Business Management?  Common-Sense?

Don’t let others interpret the IG’s report on FISA abuse for you:  Read it yourself here.  More on this tomorrow – from trusted reporters.

Chairman Kassar wraps up the weekly news on the Impeachment, Democrats raising taxes and our ratings.

 Pelosi, Schiff full steam towards articles of impeachment

 It is clear Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff do not have confidence in their party or any of its candidates to win in November 2020 as evident by their continued efforts to impeach President Trump out of pure hatred. Something Democrats charged Republicans with during the 1998 President Clinton impeachment hearings.

Pelosi announced Thursday that House Democrats would indeed proceed with articles of impeachment a day after the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from four respected legal scholars.

“I suggested that Democrats drop the arbitrary schedule of a vote by the end of December and complete their case and this record before voting on any articles of impeachment,” said Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley. He added “in my view, they have not proven abuse of power in this incomplete record.”

This stunt held in a kangaroo court by House Democrats is no surprise, they have been actively working to overturn the results of the 2016 election while putting off the real work they were sent to Washington D.C. to do.

The American voter is smart and I suspect they aren’t too thrilled with the House’s effort to impeach a dually elected President on no merit.

Hold on to your wallets

 State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) announced this week the State Legislator will look into raising taxes to offset the $6.1 billion state budget deficit.

“This is gonna be a tough budget year, unless money’s gonna fall from the sky,” Heastie said to reporters.

Money will not fall from the sky, instead, it’s going to fall right out of your pockets as Democrats look once again to New York residents to fix their spending problem.

The Speaker conveniently had nothing to say about a cut in spending, but was very quick to talk about the need to raise your taxes.

In 2009 when Democrats controlled both the State Assembly and Senate they increased spending by 1.1% or $1.3 billion. With one party control again in New York State, there’s no telling how much they will spend next.

Three Senators and Two Assembly Members Have Perfect Score

 As per tradition, the party released their ratings for the past legislative season this week in an effort to keep New York voters informed and knowledgeable on how their state representative voted on the 25 key bills passed in the 2019 session.

“We believe that it is necessary to keep the public informed of key votes and let the taxpayers be aware of how elected officials spend our hard-earned money,” Chairman Kassar said. “Every bill is considered, and then we narrow the number to give voters a fair assessment of what transpires in Albany,” he added.

Those who received a perfect rating from the Conservative Party in the Senate were Daphne Jordan (43rd SD), Senator Thomas F. O’Mara (58th SD), Senator Robert G. Ortt (62nd SD). In the Assembly David J. DiPietro (147th AD) and Kieran Michael Lalor (105th AD) joined their Senate colleagues with a perfect score of 100%.

The overall Senate ratings dropped 15% from the 2018 session average of 55% to a new low of 40%. The Senate, now under full democratic control, explains the dramatic drop.

Jonathan Turley, GOP witness, says he’s received threats after impeachment testimony.

U.S. Jobs Report Breaks Expectations, Unemployment at 50-Year Low.

Impeachment Witnesses Have Failed to Prove Trump Guilty.

Trump-Hating Leftists Are No Friends of the Constitution



Speaker Pelosi pushes impeachment; but doesn’t “hate” anyone.

First, the free spending democratic controlled Assembly spends money lavishly and helps creates a $6B budget deficit, then Speaker Heastie wants to raise your taxes to close what they created.  Now Speaker Heastie says there’s no appetite to delay NY criminal justice laws amid cost concerns.  So the democrats in the Legislature spend our money without concern, will raise our taxes to pay for their spending, and then say our safety, which is in jeopardy, doesn’t matter despite the fact that the majority of law enforcement and the courts don’t have enough revenues to hire the people needed to comply with the new demands made by criminal justice reforms.   How much longer will NYS voters put up with this nonsense?  You have 333 days until November 3, 2020.

As if they haven’t spent enough of our money, some state agencies keep coming back for more; NYSERDA Seeks $573 Million and Policy Changes to Reboot NY-Sun.

I guess when your political party controls the state government you begin to believe you can do anything you want without repercussions.   Heastie contacted JCOPE commissioner following January meeting.

Jim Geraghty reminds us the world is getting better. it’s just that no one tells you about It.

Former State Chair, Mike Long, speaks out about Bishop  Scharfenberger who is a passionate advocate for his beliefs and is adding Buffalo’s  diocese to his portfolio until a new Bishop is named.

Victor Davis Hanson opines on corruption at the FBI, CIA and DOJ.

‘Dirty cops’: FBI leaves trail of lies, leaks, lapses in Trump era.

I really think Speaker Pelosi has lost her mind:  Pelosi lashes out at reporter: ‘Don’t mess with me’.  “I don’t hate anybody. I was raised in a Catholic house; we don’t hate anybody — not anybody in the world.”  Being a self-proclaimed catholic, you may not “hate” anybody, Ms. Pelosi, but you certainly do not show any love or compassion for unborn children.  #retireNancyPelosi

Impeachment hearing: Nothing is more convincing than liberal professors yelling at you.

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) writes about Mr. Schiff’s Impeachment Opus.

Scott Walker thinks the democrats in Congress may be overplaying their hand.

Isn’t it frightening knowing that these are law professors teaching future lawyers about the Constitution; Heaven help the United States of America.

I’m guessing the Congresswoman was missing the spotlight:  AOC Falsely Claims She Fast-Tracked HIV Drugs to Market.

Words of wisdom from Walter E. Williams.

Phase two of the impeachment begins…

As we noted in yesterday’s blog, the criminal justice reformers want more.  Today’s NY Post editorial, Why New York needs to pause criminal-justice reform,  also believes that “… New Yorkers should get to see the impact of the changes already baked into the cake before lawmakers drop yet more wholesale ‘reform.’”

Zack Fink reports that NY lawmakers face calls to reject vote on system of publicly-financed campaigns.  We staunchly believe that your tax dollars should not be used for the campaigns of candidates you do not necessarily support. As Chairman Kassar noted in his statement issued yesterday; “Of all the insults heaped upon New York taxpayers, this one may be the cruelest. Governor Cuomo is forcing New Yorkers to pay for other people’s careers, with money they need themselves. And he did it without the required consent of our duly-elected state legislature.”

Chairman Kassar was on WCNY’s Capitol Press Room yesterday.  You can listen to the program here.

Is anyone shocked by this?  Cuomo has ties to official who dismissed whistleblower’s claim.

No one will be shocked by this either.  Bob McManus explains how Andrew Cuomo stands with America’s energy enemies.

Governor Cuomo caved to the progressive movement once again:  Cuomo Signs Bill to Widen Potential Criminal Liability for Landlords Who Harass Tenants.

The NY Post editorial:  Cuomo must start explaining how he’ll close New York’s $4B Medicaid gap.

9 of the 10 Richest People in the World Are Self-Made Entrepreneurs; and 7 of the 9 are Americans that have created an untold number of jobs that make it possible for families to live a better life.  Yet they are vilified by those who believe government should take the majority of their profits in taxes.

He Grew Up Poor in Chicago. Then Conservative Values Helped Transform His Life.

If it were up to Sen. Warren, the left and right coast would choose the next president, and middle America would be left out.  Warren Plans to End Electoral College by 2024.

The NY Sun opines on the Bloomberg Blackout.

Blinded by extreme dislike of what President Trump is accomplishing, Democrats release Trump impeachment report, blast scheme to ‘solicit foreign interference’ in 2020 race.

Here is Katie Pavlich’s take on the Adam Schiff submission regarding impeachment.

John Stossel gives us an example of how government creates problems.

Did you miss any of these articles over the Thanksgiving break?

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the company of family and friends while keeping the economy going when shopping on Black Friday.  Today is a catch-up day on our blog; short notations for some of the items you have may have missed over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Kudos to President Trump (and every preceding president) who visits our deployed troops on holidays.  Trump surprises U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving, announces new talks with Taliban.

‘Unprecedented’ impeachment in election year forces Trump to fight on two fronts.

Democrats’ ugly Christmas present to the nation.

This impeachment drive is a huge political bust for Democrats.

David Limbaugh on New Far Left: Americans Must Resist ‘Tyrannical Bullying’

Anti-Capitalism: Trendy but Wrong

Some British Lessons on ‘Single Payer’ Health Care.

It pays to believe that you can change what goes too far:  In a Blue State, Parents Beat Planned Parenthood’s Sex Ed Push.

Millennials Are Fleeing Cities for Refuge from Democrats’ Disasters.

Heather MacDonald wants to know:  Why Are College Students So Afraid of Me?  (Wall Street Journal article, subscription required.)

Your tax dollars are paying for this:  New York City leads the country in illegal Medicaid enrollment.

Jimmy Vielkind write this in the Wall Street Journal (Subscription required) State Comptroller to Cuomo: Come Clean on Medicaid Cuts.

Why Cuomo’s victory over National Grid is a loss for you

One of many of Governor Cuomo’s legacies.  Tom Precious:   Economics aside, a soaring deficit takes shape in Albany

Wow, the fact that innocent New Yorkers will be at risk with the criminal justice reforms just enacted, doesn’t matter at all to these legal defense groups.  NYC legal defense groups want additional criminal justice reforms from Albany.

New York’s new bigots are its anti-Christian lawmakers.

Robert Knight writes about ‘Conservative Obama,’ pregnant men and other liberal media fantasies, in the Washington Times.

Words of wisdom from Walter E. Williams:  Who Are the Racists?

Don’t worry Gov. Cuomo, the third-term curse, is solvable, provided you accept that you caused it and stop catering to the progressive wing of your political party.

The progressive arm of the democratic party pushing for a “wealth tax” is promoting an agenda that will ultimately harm all Americans.

From Bloomberg News:  Give Thanks, Americans. You’re Back to Work.  Perhaps the former NYC Mayor and current presidential candidate should note the headline from the news organization he formed and still plays a major role in how it operates.  (Alas, true to form, it takes an un-necessary poke at President Trump, Mr. Bloomberg’s current nemesis.)

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) in their editorial Bloomberg No News; His reporters won’t investigate Democrats—but Trump is fair game points out the problems that could/will probably occur with Bloomberg’s news organization and Mike Bloomberg’s run for president.

Governor Cuomo, reading some out of state editorials may help you get back on the right track for all New Yorkers.

It is good to be king, isn’t it, Governor Cuomo; everyone does your bidding.  State panel proposes rules for lower fat cat donations in NY races.   (Notice how the change in limits for the gubernatorial races don’t begin until 2026.)

Some things, Governor Cuomo, just cannot hide from:  Ginormous budget holes look to be Andrew Cuomo’s third-term curse.

Ken Girardin writes in the NY Torch how the Grid fails under pressure.

Bill Mahoney writes in Politico:  Everybody — except minor parties — gets something in campaign finance deal.  (Not everybody.  More of your tax dollars will be spent on campaigns that you might not want to support…everyone is so eager to spend our tax dollars.)

From the Daily Signal:  4 Big Questions About the IG Report on FBI Surveillance of Trump Campaign.

Victor Davis Hanson asks the question:  Are Thought Crimes Impeachable?

Obviously, Democrats cannot call for transparency in campaign financing when this is going on.  Dark Money Network Funneled $600 Million to Liberal Initiatives in 2018, but they will when it comes to republican campaigns…or they will have their shills call for transparency.

5 Things to Know About Rep. Elise Stefanik as GOP Lawmaker Fights Democrats on Impeachment

Trump’s impeachment hinges on ‘national interest,’ legal scholars say, writes S.A. Miller in the Washington Times.  The ‘national interest’, as far as most people believe, is that our tax dollars should not be going to a corrupt government, which Ukraine was when Hunter Biden was employed.  Most people, if questioned directly, would believe that President Trump had a moral obligation to protect the tax payers and establish that he knew about the corruption, and wanted them to know he knew, and to be certain it would never happen under his watch.

However, some in the Democratic Majority are blinded by hatred and They Won’t Stop: Jerry Nadler Announces Another Impeachment Hearing with a Special Invitation.

Happy belated (11/24) birthday to Bill Buckley.

Have a safe, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving.  Our daily blog will return on Monday, December 2, 2019.

How will New York face its looming budget shortfall?

Cuomo’s posturing on Long Island natural gas crisis is a real jobs killerBreaking news on the Cuomo National Grid feud:  Cuomo, National Grid reach agreement to lift gas hookup moratorium.

Be prepared:  This will lead to higher taxes, cuts in programs and the budget hole is before the democratic controlled legislature’s wish list in an election year.  New York state faces $6.1 billion budget hole next year: officials.

As if the above isn’t bad enough, add the fact that debt for NY’s local governments tops $43B.

In case you didn’t read yesterday’s NY Post editorial:  The commission rewriting NY campaign law has lost all legitimacy.    Oh, and if the Commission passes campaign finance “reform” it will only add to the huge deficit.

I don’t remember seeing this in any New York papers.  Obviously, this is part of the reason we have a huge budget deficit.  I think New Mexico has the right idea when it comes to pay for legislators; New York should take their lead, but, alas, they followed California’s lead.

The Conservative Party made the difference in Cayuga County by providing the margin of victory to Republican Mike Didio, thereby giving the Republicans a narrow majority in the Legislature.  Kudos to Cayuga!

Justice Reform Coalition Launching ‘Seven Figure’ Educational Campaign About Cash Bail, Discovery Laws.  “The group plans to spend more than a million dollars to get its message directly to citizens. It’s launching a public education campaign that will include video, digital advertisements, direct mail and phone efforts.”  In other words, citizens are too dumb and callous to understand that criminals belong behind bars.  If you don’t want to be in prison, don’t do the crimes that put you there.  Their money would be better spent in helping to prevent the crimes that put people in prison.  As, The Beat notes, the dangers are real!  Even state attorney general Letitia James, a noted progressive, has expressed concerns.

City blocked investigations of de Blasio, Richard Carranza: whistleblowers.

New York’s pathetic excuses for ethics cops.

China going big on coal guarantees the world won’t meet its carbon-cutting goals.  I think we should send Greta Thunberg to China so she can Preach the Gospel of Climate Change there.  Does anyone think she would make that trip?

Larry Horist opines on his blog: Should Trump be concerned about investigations in Ukraine?

From the Daily Signal:  Why the ‘Whistleblower’ Should Testify.

By the way:  Impeachment witnesses agree on one thing: Delay of foreign aid is common practice.

The miracles of modern medicine:  Miracle boy tossed off Mall of America balcony is now ‘walking perfectly’.  We really are the greatest country in the world…with so much to be grateful for as we approach a unique American celebration:  Thanksgiving.

Chairman Kassar’s wrap-up discusses Gov. Cuomo’s reaction to Syracuse University’s crisis; Our Rising Star, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and the ban on Hydrofracking in NYS.

Cuomo’s Silence is Deafening for Binghamton University and Conservatives Throughout New York.

It wasn’t long ago that Governor Cuomo told conservative minded residents they “have no place in the state of New York,” with that said, it should come as no surprise that the Governor has conveniently remained silent regarding the disgraceful behavior shown on campus at SUNY Binghamton earlier this week.

Arthur Laffer, a renowned economist, was quite literally chased off campus Monday night as bullhorn touting protestors stormed the room and interrupted the speech hosted by the Binghamton University Republican Club.

The Governors silence is especially deafening since he had no problem condemning Syracuse University, a private institute, and its Chancellor Kent Syverud even after the Chancellor and University ordered a full investigation into a white supremacist manifesto that was airdropped to students.

The incidents “have not been handled in a manner that reflects this state’s aggressive opposition to such odious, reckless, and reprehensible behavior,” Cuomo said. Failing to mention that Chancellor Syverud has ordered a full investigation to be carried out by campus safety, Syracuse police and nine officers from the student senate.

I can only imagine Governor Cuomo would be just as interested in the safety of the students at SUNY Binghamton, a state funded University, as he is of the Syracuse University student body. Unfortunately, imagining is the best I can do as the Governor has not mentioned SUNY Binghamton once, sending the same message loud and clear conservatives have “no place in the state of New York.”

Stefanik Shines as Democrats attempt to buy New York’s 21 Congressional District.

 Rep. Elise Stefanik continued to take on her Democratic colleagues this week on Capitol Hill saying the entire impeachment process “reeks of political desperation.”

Rep. Stefanik has received high praise from Conservatives around the country, including President Trump who tweeted “A new Republican star is born,” on Sunday. Her cool and calm demeanor on the Hill, along with her effective questioning and cross examination.

While a guest on the Sean Hannity Show Thursday night, Hannity told Stefanik Republicans were “at their best this week.” That is true and it is true because of the incredible leadership role Rep. Stefanik has taken.

While Stefanik carried out her duties on behalf of the people in NY21, a democratic challenger, Tedra Cobb, officially launched her campaign. Cobb, backed by the liberal Hollywood elite and former Hillary Clinton Senior campaign advisors, have been working overtime to pump cash to Cobbs campaign in an attempt to buy the 21st Congressional seat.

It is clear Tedra Cobb is out of touch with the North Country if she believes Hollywood donors and coastal elite are the keys to winning an election in upstate New York. Stefanik defeated Cobb by 14% just a year ago, I expect an even stronger performance from Rep. Stefanik in 2020.

Conservative Party Holds Press Conference on Hydrofracking

 I was pleased to be joined by members of the Conservative Party Executive Committee, Binghamton’s Mayor Richard C. David, Windsor Town Supervisor, Carolyn Price, and Vice President of the Joint Landowner’s Coalition, Julie Lewis, this past Saturday in Binghamton where we held a press conference to call for the immediate lifting of the statewide ban on hydrofracking.

Recently, the Empire Center for Public Policy reported “newly released federal data on personal income growth last year point to the continued economic weakness of upstate New York.”

In December, 2017 Strata.Org issued a report on A Tale of Two States: The Economic impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing in New York and Pennsylvania. Under the Economic Impacts in New York, the report states “The Hastings paper found that ‘New York’s fracking moratorium is associated with a statistically significant increase in unemployment.’ ” They conclude that their findings are consistent with claims that fracking increases employment opportunities. New York residents are missing out on these opportunities because of the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing.”

It is incomprehensible that we allow upstate New York’s economy to die because the progressive, left-wing movement has convinced Governor Cuomo that banning hydrofracking is in the best interest of New Yorkers. But it is not just upstate feeling the effects. Long Island, who is experiencing a severe gas shortage, would greatly benefit from lifting the ban.

It is in the best interest of New Yorker’s to lift the ban and allow residents all over the state to prosper. I, along with the Conservative Party, will continue to fight until the Governor does the right thing.

Cuomo’s disgraceful silence on the outrages at SUNY Binghamton

Exclusive: Elise Stefanik Reflects on Her Two-Week Whirlwind

Commentary: Gas pipeline embargo stifles growth, hurts New Yorkers

UPDATE: Lower Level Lawyer Did It?; CNN Senior Legal Analyst: FBI’s Peter Strzok Altering a FISA Warrant Is Alarming, ‘Doesn’t Get More Serious

Chick-Fil-A, Your Compromise Is Demoralizing

Bronx pol got taxpayer reimbursements for political trips.

Will former VP Joe Biden’s faux pas be his downfall?

This makes it very evident that there is more work to be done by the Trump Administration to weed out the misuse of taxpayers dollars:  Feds Hosted Meditation, Massage, and Social Justice Retreat for 450 Employees, Including IRS Workers.

JCOPE is NOT an independent government agency. Simple fact of life; anytime elected officials name who will be on a commission, a temporary commission or the controlling body of an agency, that entity will not be independent.  Heastie’s counsel contacted ethics commissioner after Percoco vote.

Bob McManus shines the light on Cuomo’s disgraceful silence on the outrages at SUNY Binghamton.

The Wall Street Journal’s (subscription required) editorial board:  Adam Schiff, Founding Father;

The chief impeacher tries to redefine ‘bribery’ under the law.

James T. Knight II reminds us of the importance of the Ninth Amendment in his National Review column.

Former Mayor Bloomberg files papers to run in 2020, but his team says he still hasn’t decided to run.  (Just what America needs, a man who can’t decided what to do…unless it is a large soda or how much salt one can put on/in their food!)  But, run or not Bloomberg will drop $20M to defeat Trump in battleground states.

Why did he even accept the invitation, didn’t he know that Atlanta was hosting the debate across town?  Deval Patrick Cancels Atlanta Event After Only Two People Show Up.

Former VP Biden, according to the latest Siena Poll, is the favored candidate of New York’s democrats.  Maybe, New York democrats are not paying enough attention to his most recent debate faux pas:  Biden Slams Trump for Withheld Aid, Ignores Obama Admin’s Ukraine Policy and Joe Biden says we need to ‘keep punching’ at domestic violence.

Steyer Spent $6.2 Million for Every Minute of Debate Speaking Time.  Do we really want him watching over our tax dollars?

Do Americans really want to go down this road? What High-Tax Europe Really Looks Like

The Secular Religion of Socialism.  Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should read this, especially the very last sentence.

Chris Stigall introduces us to two men in the professional world of sports world who can (and should) be admired:  Character Makes A Comeback.

Words of wisdom from Walter E. Williams.