Monthly Archives: September 2016

Mapping Site Shows Shift In Mayor de Blasio’s Fund-Raising

From yesterday-  William Neuman presents an overview of the new CUNY Mapping Service’s website enabling viewers to see where political contributions made:

“You can get a sense of where his financial support is coming from,” said Steve Romalewski, director of the CUNY mapping service at the graduate center, who helped develop the mapping website. “You can instantly see that the support is now from all over the city.”

The mapping website was first created following the 2013 city elections, but this month the Campaign Finance Board unveiled a newer version that gives users more tools to view the data.”

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2016 Again Highlights New York ‘Incumbency Protection Machine’

The Gotham Gazette takes a look at last week’s primaries and reports on the reelection rates of the majority of state legislators running unopposed.

William Fowler takes a look at the law, the incumbents and the  reasons why there is so little turnover in Albany: “One, is the gerrymandering that occurs allowing lawmakers to draw their own district lines…[two is] a disgraceful campaign finance system that allows them to hit up special interests for ridiculous amounts of money,” said Blair Horner, executive director at the New York Public Interest Research Group, referring to a lack of “pay-to-play” restrictions on campaign donors with government business. “You overlay that with the lousy system of running elections in general — which is, voter registration laws are cumbersome, we have a closed primary system, getting on the ballot is difficult — and as a result New York has anemic voter turnout, one of the worst in the country.”

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins does not represent part of The Bronx County as the article asserts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Campaign Finance Board Considers Rules Changes, Including Controversial ‘Coordination’ Proposal

In the Gotham Gazette, Samar Khurshid reports “ahead of next year’s elections, the New York City Campaign Finance Board is considering a number of rules changes that would make the city campaign finance system more efficient and clear, and less onerous. One proposal on the list, however, has raised the hackles of unions, nonprofits, and campaign finance experts.”

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GOP Club At Cornell Battle For Instatement

The Wall Street Journal reports on the story of how the Cornell University College Republican Club at Cornell is fighting to have its credentials reinstated after the Ithaca-based club endorsed Gary Johnson for President.

From Mike Vilensky’s article: “..the Cornell GOP club said the decision to go with Mr. Johnson was made by the club’s student board after an informal Facebook poll showed more of its members supported no candidate running over anyone else. Another poll they conducted after that one, Ms. Corn said, showed Mr. Johnson had more support than Mr. Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among likely voters in their club.”

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How New York Election Law Makes Gary Johnson More Marginal

Gary Johnson is running for President in New York on the Independence and Libertarian Party lines. Each party filed different slates of electors. What to do?

Bill Mahoney considers the situation in Politico NY: “The item that people see is electors pledged to support the president and vice president. That’s what the ballot says,” Bob Brehm, the state Board of Elections’ Democratic co-executive director, said during Thursday’s board meeting. “The 29 names of the people that are behind that ballot all need to be the same under our fusion voting system in order to aggregate the votes.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2016/09/gary-johnsons-votes-wont-be-aggregated-in-new-york-105521#ixzz4KjpzFRf7

 

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Pidot Case- Second Circuit Decision Dropping Congressional Primary

The Second Circuit decision cancelling the previously considered October primary in the 3rd congressional district can be read here: pidot_2nd-circuit-sumary-order

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New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee To Meet September 20

 The next public meeting of the New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) will be held at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, September 20, at the offices of the Campaign Finance Board, 100 Church Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10007. 

If you plan to attend and speak, or to submit written testimony, please RSVP by email to Sabrina Juarez at sjuarez@nyccfb.info or by phone at 212-409-1843. Building security requires all visitors to provide photo identification before entering. 

Sign language interpretation is available. Please email sjuarez@nyccfb.info as soon as possible, if you plan to attend the meeting and require sign language interpretation. 

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