Newsbits

Thursday’s Newsbits:

Armed Citizen:

Elections:

Jurisprudence:

NRA:

Politics:

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Super-duper majority

John Mannion has won the SD-50 seat giving Democrats a total of 43 seats in the State Senate for the upcoming 2021-22 session, a super-majority +1.

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A bright spot

There wasn’t much good news for New Yorkers this past election, but there was one bright spot in AD-97 in Rockland where Mike Lawler defeated incumbent Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee:

“… This morning, the Rockland County Board of Elections counted 4,673 of the remaining 5,125 absentee ballots to be counted. After the votes were counted, our lead held at 3,067 votes. With only 452 ballots left to be counted (excluding special federal), our campaign can now declare victory with 100% certainty. In the coming days and weeks, the Board of Elections will finish counting all absentee ballots and certify the election results, so that I can be sworn in on January 1st …”

Even more remarkable, Lawler won a district that has just over a 2-1 Democrat enrollment advantage.

Jaffee is a hardcore gun control advocate so it’s a blessing she’s going.

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Saturday’s Newsbits:

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Jurisprudence:

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NRA took themselves out of the 2020 election

An excerpt from last night’s Tucker Carlson:

“… They used the courts to neutralize the Republican Party’s single most effective get out the vote operation, which for generations had been the National Rifle Association. Not enough has been written about this, but anyone on the ground saw it. Thanks to legal harassment from the left, the NRA played a vastly reduced role in this election, and that made a huge difference in swing states like Pennsylvania and others …”

Anyone paying attention knows the NRA has brought the majority of their problems upon themselves, first through the lack of proper oversight by the Board of Directors of NRA’s executive staff and the questionable ethics of some of the Board members, and second by turning the Second Amendment and gun rights into a partisan Republican issue.

The first issue can easily be addressed if the Board took corrective actions, removed Wayne and cleaned house. I predict they won’t do that. However, one way or another that is going to happen:

“… Nonprofit law experts told The Trace that LaPierre’s removal is assured if James can prove even a fraction of her charges. While dissolution is unlikely, they said James won’t be satisfied with the ouster of LaPierre alone and expect fines, overhaul of governance procedures, and removal of complicit board members …”

The second issue also has an easy fix: NRA needs to stop blowing off Democrats, their own members, constituents and politicians, tell gun activists to be involved with Democrat party politics especially their primary elections, and stop pretending large urban areas and states with Democrat majorities like New York do not exist.  It’s not about money, although they have plenty of that.  It is about spending resources wisely which NRA does not have a history of doing.

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Democrat super-majority in Albany

Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced Democrats will have a super-majority in the State Senate for the 2021-22 session in Albany.

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Newsbits

Monday’s Newsbits:

Elections:

Gun Industry:

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Election update

A reminder to always vote: Former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney defeated the man who beat her two years ago by 106 votes out of more than 300,000 cast.

With Michelle Hinchey declaring victory in SD-46, Democrats will have at least 41 seats in the State Senate next year. 42+ are needed for a super-majority. There are three races still pending.

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Vivek Murthy’s role in Biden administration remains up in the air

Found this nugget buried at Politico:

“… [Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy] still under consideration to run the Department of Health and Human Services … despite concerns that the 43-year-old lacks the experience needed to run the massive agency and could face confirmation hurdles over his calls to make gun control a public health priority … others in Biden’s orbit and in the health care world say it’s much more likely that Murthy gets tapped to serve as a White House adviser on health care or a Covid czar — positions that wouldn’t require Senate confirmation … Murthy also faced difficulties in getting confirmed for that post back in 2014. It took more than a year and a half after he was nominated for the Senate to confirm him on the slimmest of margins, with the vast majority of Republicans and a handful of Democrats voting against him over concerns around his gun control advocacy. But since then, the idea that gun violence is a public health issue has gone mainstream, and a senior Senate Democratic aide [said] that it isn’t likely to be a hurdle this time around …”

“Gun violence” as a public health issue is not a mainstream idea and Democrats are still in the Senate minority.

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Mayoral candidates talk guns

The Central Brooklyn Political Action Association held an online forum with the current crop of announced Democrat candidates for Mayor.

On the issue of guns two participants made statements of note: former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and current Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams:

“… Donovan said “we need a mayor who’s going to lead a national coalition of mayors against the gun industry” and that “if we can cut the supply of guns, we can dramatically change this situation.” …”

He’s just regurgitating the old MAIG line. Boring.

“… “I’ve dedicated my life to the issue of gun violence,” Adams said, adding he “would reinstitute the [NYPD] crime prevention unit, which would…target the specific shooters.” He also said “we need a tristate approach to stop the flow of guns to this city.” …”

Adams has a long history of promoting gun control schemes going back to his time in the Senate. The last nonsense he was pushing was smart guns/smart holsters.  Do not what exactly he’s talking about now, but I’m sure it is more of the same failed ideas.

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