Thursday’s Newsbits:





Out of the goodness of his heart

CNBC reports, “NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to open his formidable fundraising network to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign“:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has raised millions of dollars during his campaigns over the years, has indicated to associates in recent days that he will be opening his vast and powerful fundraising network exclusively to Joe Biden, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter … Cuomo’s support could be a game-changer for Biden. While the former vice president has consistently led Democratic primary polls, he has been aggressively courting donors in a bid to catch up to an already crowded primary field … Cuomo has raked in $100 million in campaign contributions since he first ran for governor in 2010. At least 80 percent of his backers have given him $10,000 or more …”

Cuomo obviously expects something in return for helping Biden, the VP slot, cabinet position, etc.

What is disturbing is that, compared to the current crop of Democrat candidates, Cuomo looks competent and sane.


Wednesday’s Newsbits:




Ulster Co. special election recommendation

There will be a special election for Ulster Co. Executive on Tuesday, April 30th.

The choice is between Democrat Pat Ryan and Conservative Jack Hayes. The Republicans could not put up their own candidate and are backing Hayes.

Ryan is an antigun ideologue.

Hayes does not have a record on the issue that I am aware of. He was rated ? by NRA for his previous bid for State Assembly in 2016.

Considering Ryan’s public statements on 2A, Hayes is the better choice for gun owners although I expect Ryan is going to walk all over him in the election. Hayes does not have a functioning website and has not filed any fundraising paperwork with the BoE.  Turnout will be low so an upset is not inconceivable.

Not again

Not again:

“A little more than 5 months after Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was re-elected to her third term, the 2020 campaign has started, with Democrat Tedra Cobb officially entering the race on Monday to unseat her … Cobb lost to Stefanik, 42% to 56%, in 2018. Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn received 1.4%. Stefanik won 10 of the 12 counties in the district, but Cobb outpolled Stefanik in Essex and Clinton counties, where the number of registered Democrats outnumbers registered Republicans …”

Based upon her poor showing last time around, plus the fact that New York will likely lose 2 Congressional seats after the 2020 redistricting, I don’t think either the state or national party is going to give much support to Cobb.

Borelli running for Public Advocate

Councilman Joe Borelli announced he is running for Public Advocate against Jumaane Williams.

Borelli is legitimately pro-gun and one of the few New York Republicans I have any respect for.  Because of the enrollment disadvantage it will be an uphill battle to unseat Williams, but local 2A advocates should definitely support his campaign.


Saturday’s Newsbits:

At 1:00pm today New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will speak on a gun violence panel, 2019 National Action Network Convention, Sheraton Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

Armed Citizen:






No sleep ’till Brooklyn

Bklyner offers up this “Exclusive”:

“It’s fundraising time for the NRA, and they’re making their usual rounds—among them, Southern Brooklyn. Signs posted outside of a Brooklyn eatery show the fundraising arm of the NRA (National Rifle Associaton) Foundation is having an event at the Rex Manor Catering Hall which sits at the border of Borough Park and Bensonhurst … This marks the third annual Brooklyn event of the NRA affiliate …”

There are several things NRA HQ ought to learn from this.

First, they have members in Brooklyn.

Second, since they have members in Brooklyn, NRA can be involved in local politics. The PVF is fully capable of doing this and it does not require spending a ton of money.  Nothing good will come to the NRA in New York until they become involved with Democrat politics in places like Brooklyn.

“… Undeterred by protesters, gun-supporters argued their First Amendment guarantees them a right to assemble. The signage promoting this event touts another Constitutional Amendment. “Gather second Amendment supporters in your community and attend your local Friends of NRA event,” reads the poster …”

Third, when confronted by antigun assholes, don’t back down.  Be open about supporting gun rights in a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 8 to 1.

As for the rest of the article:

“… The announcement comes days after a suspected white supremacist shot and killed 49 Muslims at two New Zealand mosques …”

The author confuses the NRA, which helped blacks obtain firearms for self-defense, with the Democrat Party, which was founded by the KKK.

“… Councilman Kalman Yeger, whose district includes Rex Manor, did not respond to requests before post time.”

Yegar has supported antigun positions in the past, but I don’t see anything about this.

Winning politically

Harold Hutchison writes at Ammoland:

“With all the threats of “red flag” laws and criticism about the NRA, maybe we need to take a look at what the bigger picture is showing. It is always easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, but you sometimes have to take a step back – and a look at the big picture shows that Second Amendment supporters have been winning the arguments …”

Winning arguments is not the same as winning at the ballot box.  Case in point, Governor Cuomo.

“… For starters, let’s look at Andrew Cuomo. His track record of wrongfully blaming and trying to punish law-abiding gun owners is very extensive. He’s tried so many times to use back door approaches to get the types of policies he has wanted, whether through quarterbacking lawsuits against gun manufacturers or by his abuse of financial regulations to target the NRA … The fact that he is not trying to persuade people to see things his way but instead choosing to try and bully his political opposition into silence speaks volumes. One does not do this if they are winning an argument on the merits …”

Cuomo isn’t trying to win based upon the merits of his arguments.  All he, and most other gun control advocates, care about is winning elections so they are able to implement their legislative agenda.  This is why it is pointless to debate them.  Gun owners should ignore them and focus solely upon defeating them at election time.


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