On August 11, 2020, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) announced that he had selected his running mate: U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Over the past several months, many commentators pointed to Sen. Harris as the most likely 2020 Democratic vice presidential nominee. While the Senator’s pointed attack on Vice President…

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Rochester, NY—Previously, New York State Senate Minority Leader John J. Flanagan (R-East Northport) had announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate this fall. Today, he announced, that effective June 28, he will be ending his Senate career and pursuing a private sector opportunity. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for…

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Recent executive actions taken by New York government have altered both the voting process and the timing of various elections because of the coronavirus pandemic. Executive Order 202.23 cancelled state legislative special elections that had been scheduled for June 23, 2020, as well as a special election for Queens Borough President. Later, Gov. Andrew Cuomo…

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While establishment Democrats prevailed in statewide primaries last week, State Senate primaries were a different story. In several Democratic primaries across the state, insurgent candidates that emphasized grassroots organizing and far-left ideas successfully challenged incumbents. Earlier this year, we reported on the dissolution of the State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC). The IDC was a…

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Last week, the State of New York held primaries affecting statewide offices. The majority of the action on primary day took place within the Democratic Party, which is in the midst of a fight for control between the liberal Democratic establishment and far-left insurgents. (The same struggle was on full display in the 2016 presidential…

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Back in June, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Janus v. AFSCME. In Janus, the Court “barred public-sector labor unions from forcing non-members to pay agency fees.” The decision was a win for social conservatives because it will deprive public-sector labor unions of a significant amount of funds; given that public-sector unions in New…

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Sen. Kathy Marchione (R-Halfmoon) recently announced that she would not seek re-election this fall. Sen. Marchione was first elected to represent New York’s 43rd Senate District (which includes Columbia County and portions of Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington Counties) in 2012. At that time, then-Saratoga County Clerk Marchione challenged Sen. Roy McDonald in a hard-fought Republican…

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Three Members of the New York State Senate announced last week that they would not seek re-election to their respective posts. On April 27, longtime Sen. John Bonacic (R-Mt. Hope) announced that he would retire from the Senate at the end of this year. Sen. Bonacic, 75, has served in the Senate since 1999, and…

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On Tuesday, April 24, 11 special elections were held across New York to fill vacant seats in our State Legislature. The results of those elections will not affect the balance of power in the New York State Assembly, which currently includes 105 Members of the Democratic Conference and 41 Members of the Republican Conference. However,…

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Recently, it was reported that the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)—which has been in existence in the New York State Senate since 2011—was reuniting with the rest of the Senate Democratic Conference. Thus far, it appears that the reunification is taking effect. For Democrats, reunification is not the goal; it is merely a step toward the goal. The…

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