NYAGV tries to intimidate Cahill

Yet another lame attempt at intimidation by NYAGV, this time against Attorney General candidate John Cahill:

“It has come to our attention that you served on the Republican National Committee’s Platform Committee in 2012 and that the final platform document – which you rubberstamped – espoused extreme … anti-gun control positions … The platform opposed common sense gun laws limiting the capacity for firearm clips and magazines, and endorsed so-called “Stand Your Ground” rights – which have been widely criticized for enabling racially motivated violence …”

Antis oppose SYG laws because they seriously believe using a gun in self-defense is morally wrong.  Professional bigots like Al Sharpton jumped on the bandwagon just to make a buck off it.

“… We call on you to renounce the RNC’s 2012 platform or explain what steps you took to defeat these offensive planks …”

If Cahill is smart he will follow Rob Astorino’s lead and ignore them.

Ball v. Wagner rematch

NYAGV Boardmember Justin Wagner is looking to run against Greg Ball again in SD-40.

Despite having lost on the issue in ’12 and watched Noam Bramson go down by 10 points last year, Wagner still believes gun control is a winning issue. Here is his first ad:

One down, one left to go

With Steve Saland conceding defeat, Democrats now have a 33 seat majority in the State Senate.  Ballot counting is still going on in SD-46.

How long the power sharing agreement the GOP has with the IDC will last is questionable.

Coalition government

I have no idea how this will affect microstamping and other antigun legislation in the upper house:

You can’t make this stuff up

On the ongoing chaos in the State Senate:

  • Libous “Would Love Very Much to See” a Senate Coalition“Regardless of the outcome of a too-close-to-call race in the 46th Senate District, Sen. Thomas Libous said Republicans are still open to forming a “coalition government” with a breakaway caucus of Democrats …”
  • View of ballots good sign for GOP – “A judge said he was “inclined” to hear the legal arguments behind the mostly Republican-brought challenges to absentee and affidavit ballots that will decide the winner in the 46th state Senate District …”
  • Liz Krueger blasts GOP ‘contempt for democracy’ – “… State Senate Republicans are intentionally stalling vote-counting in two State Senate districts with bad-faith challenges to legitimate votes, to prevent two duly-elected Democratic senators from being seated in the State Senate. They believe this would allow them to seize power in January and use that power to make deals and buy the loyalty of additional senators …”
  • Dem Smith to join GOP coalitionQueens Democrat Malcolm Smith is joining forces with Republicans in a new coalition to run the fractured state Senate, the Post has learned.  In a stunning move, Smith, the former Senate majority leader, will join the Independent Democratic Caucus, which includes four other renegades who will help keep the GOP in charge …”
  • Court papers filed in Amedore-Tkaczyk fight“As I reported this morning, attorneys for Republican Assemblyman George Amedore and Duanesburg Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk will face off in court today over which of 877 absentee ballots in a close state Senate race should be counted.  Republicans objected to most of these ballots — roughly 680 — and a number of the challenges had to do with voter residency. Challenges were also lodged based on incomplete applications for ballots …”

More on control of the State Senate

As of now, George Amedore holds the lead in the SD-46 recount.  If it holds, Republicans will hold the State Senate 32-27-4. However, it appears likely there will be lawsuits:

Control of the State Senate

It’s been almost two weeks since the election and control of the State Senate is still up in the air.  With Simcha Felder choosing to caucus with the GOP, it’s now tied at 31-31 with one race to close to call.  I suspect we won’t know who is running the show until the legislature returns for start of sessions in January at the earliest.

Learning experience

Buzzfeed has an excellent article on why the GOP blew the election, “A New Republican Generation Gets Ready To Take Over.”  NRA should take note of it as well because their “All In” campaign sucked ass.

Turnout down 15%

Voter turnout was down in New York by 15% from 2008.  Some of this can be attributed to Hurricane Sandy, but nationwide 14 million fewer people voted for president this time around so clearly it’s not just New York.

The AnarchAngel offers some analysis.  The bottom line is that people just did not bother to vote.

… If you chose not to decide you still have made a choice …

Bloomberg FAIL

Despite the fact that the candidates largely ignored their issues, the antigunners are claiming victory with Obama’s re-election.

Mayor Bloomberg is not one of them.  His efforts at throwing money around didn’t work out so well:

“Late in this year’s election cycle, Mayor Michael Bloomberg suddenly announced the creation of a “super PAC,” Independence USA, through which the billionaire mayor could funnel unlimited sums of cash to candidates who support his political agenda of gun control, gay marriage and education reform. Looking at the federal races Mr. Bloomberg aimed to influence through the new political action committee, however, a majority of his candidates narrowly lost last night …”

See, it’s not all bad.

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