I was not impressed with his inauguration speech. It was populism, not principle like Ronald Reagan’s. Nevertheless, now we’re going to see if Trump is going to live up to his promises. This is now on the White House website:
“… Supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves. We will uphold Americans’ Second Amendment rights at every level of our judicial system …”
Knowing this, I will consider Trump’s 2A promise kept if we get this:
If he really wants to Make America Great Again I’ll add the following:
- Remove silencers from the NFA.
- Two good justices on SCOTUS.
If Trump wants America, Fuck Yeah! add this:
- Repeal the Hughes Amendment.
“… Tedisco said he was impressed by what he described as the governor’s candor about their partisan differences. He recalled that someone in the room noted to Cuomo that he had campaigned against a few members of the chamber’s GOP conference in the most recent election cycle. “(Cuomo) said, ‘You can’t call that campaigning,’” Tedisco said — a sentiment sure to warm the hearts of the Senate’s mainline Democratic conference. The governor “mentioned he had $19 million in the bank (for his campaign committee),” Tedisco added. “He mentioned he could use that money very aggressively, and that he didn’t. He mentioned he could have done a lot more in terms of campaigning ….””
Republicans shouldn’t be laughing about this. They won because Cuomo chose not to use his resources against them. There is no way he did this out of the goodness of his heart. Cuomo expects something in return, most likely that the Republicans support his agenda. Cuomo’s agenda does not include modifying the SAFE Act.
Here is the first pushback on that I’ve seen:
“… Democrats have vowed to make sure that should a national reciprocity agreement surface in the senate, they will filibuster until it’s dead. Peter Ambler, executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control super PAC, said his organization plans to fight national reciprocity “tooth and nail,” threatening a Democratic filibuster of the legislation in the Senate … Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat and ardent gun-control advocate, said he believes any version of a national reciprocity bill would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate, due to strong Democratic opposition …”
Here is where Trump will get a chance to back up his rhetoric with action. According to Mike Pence, Trump is planning “ambitious” 100 and 200 day agendas to fulfill his core campaign promises. He needs to publicly say reciprocity is on his agenda.
Dec 1, 2016 Elections 2016
If seated, Long Island would have two Democrat Senators for the first time in decades. Republicans are not willing accept this and will take it to court because, quite frankly, they have nothing else going for them.
Correction: Democrats did have two Senators from Long Island in ’09-’10. Brooks and Todd Kaminsky would be the first two from Nassau in a long time.
Nov 11, 2016 Elections 2016
“… The best data inside the Trump campaign and the RNC had Donald Trump’s chances of winning the presidency as a one-in-five proposition … RNC staffers thought Trump would win 240 Electoral College votes, 30 short of the 270 needed to win … The best data inside the Trump campaign was just as pessimistic …”
Amazing. Even more surprising is that turnout was down a bit this election:
Excitement? Inspired electorate? Voter turnout dipped from 62.3% in 2008 to 57.5 in 2012 to 53 percent and change this year
— Michael Powell (@powellnyt) November 10, 2016
Guess this explains why Hillary didn’t give a concession speech Tuesday night. She didn’t have one prepared.
Nov 9, 2016 Elections 2016
On the negative side Trump didn’t run on limiting/reducing government like Reagan. He ran on running government “better”. Trump supporters are going to find out those aren’t the same thing.
Republicans remain in control of both houses of Congress, albeit with smaller majorities. Chuck Schumer is set to become Senate Minority Leader next year. He is going to be point-man in blocking NRA’s agenda, especially for SCOTUS replacements.
At the state level, it appears the Republicans, with some help, will maintain control of the State Senate. Incumbent Michael Venditto is behind in SD-8, but Chris Jacobs won in SD-60. The Assembly stays pretty much the same so next session will probably be a lot like this session. Fortunately, I still have some tequila left over from yesterday.
No matter what the outcome of tomorrow’s election, there is already one clear winner: Senator Jeff Klein. With Senator Jesse Hamilton announcing that he is joining the IDC, Klein will have at least a seven member caucus next year.
This also reinforces my belief that the Republicans are going to lose seats and will have to form a coalition with the IDC again, only they will be in a somewhat weaker position than last time.