Below all of the posts that have a category “urban politics,” “CD 9,” and 2020 Elections.

Connect the Council

City Council The New York City Council has 51 members with two-term limits of four years. The relationship between the city, the state and national government is complicated. A close examination of issues that confront the City Council Members should include those the state and federal government share. The focus here is on the eight … Continue reading Connect the Council

Connect Senate

Connect Senate Members & CD9 NYS-63 Senators The relationship of constituents to the State Government’s 63 members of the NY Senate can last a long time. They have two-year terms but there are no limits. This section seeks information that contributes to a better understanding of issues that confront our state representatives that share a portion of … Continue reading Connect Senate

Connect Assembly

Assembly Members NYS-151 Assembly MembersYou know where you live.  Use the map and report your Assemblymember in the comment section below.  Before selecting your Assemblymember within the Ninth Congressional District take a moment to review: Session Four “How to Sustain the Resistance Long Term” presented by New York Assemblyman and DNC Vice Chair, Michael Blake. … Continue reading Connect Assembly

Connect Community Districts

Seven Community Districts share the geography, interests, needs, and concerns of the Ninth Congressional District.  The map and links below seek participants. Engaging residents the relationship local to federal money in community development dates to the 1950s with the formation of Community Planning Councils. The most recent change in this practice occurred in 1989 when the … Continue reading Connect Community Districts

Connect School Districts

There are three school districts that share a portion of the Ninth Congressional District. How will changes in Federal and therefore state and city policy affect schools in these districts? The objective would be to identify parents, the primary self-interest group.  There are not links (yet) to these constituents. The start of developing this idea … Continue reading Connect School Districts

SamplerII: Local

Below all of the posts that have a category “urban politics,” “CD 9,” and 2020 Elections.

Need Facts?

When confronted with an obvious untruth you need facts, that is of course if you haven’t been talking with one of Paul Krugman’s zombies, an excellent book by the way. Every voter has elevated emotional triggers because voting has changed from a handshake into an algorithm of who you are and what you think. The … Continue reading Need Facts?

Election Districts

I have an interest in working for Adem so I’ve moved the d-base driven map to a “view only” link. That means it will become more strategic than the digital toy it has been up to now. If any of you have skills in this area let me know and read more below. Doing more … Continue reading Election Districts

June 2019

Two rules embedded in the culture of politics as sport say people get nothing without a “win,” and second people must protect themselves and others from what they want. The inherent contradictions of these two rules in the context of this summary comes from tweets by the Social Policy People (SPP), the Tax Accountability People … Continue reading June 2019

Looking for Justice?

Long live Mother Jones. They know they cannot fix all of the new forms of corruption destroying American democracy, but they are going to give it a try. You already know this to be their honest work, so click here to make a tax-free donation to the Corruption Project. The goal is $500,000. Click (<a … Continue reading Looking for Justice?

Political Waters

Jeff Goodell at Long Now Foundation Goodell is a journalist focused on energy systems and climate change. At the end of his talk Jeff Goodell was asked what he would do with $200 billion. His answer was surprising. He said he would spend it all on finding ways to improve the quality of political change … Continue reading Political Waters

The Wrench JCOPE

 A modest step toward transparency began implementation in January 2019.  Currently overseen by Seth Agata, Executive Director of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), lobbyists in New York must disclose all the public officials they target. The purpose of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is to eliminate conflicts of interests … Continue reading The Wrench JCOPE


I recently met some smart people from RepresentUS-NY who focus on the question of corruption in all its forms and seek to remove its occurrence with the aid of law enforcement and community activism. I want you to join them, get the emails and subscribe. Related stories are: “My Represent Us Story,”a bit to promote … Continue reading Representanators

9th Congressional Data

The data about the Ninth Congressional is very revealing, and worthy of spending the time to understand it by size, shape and its many places as defined by our representative to Congress. go ahead drop me a line or comment below:


A look at the last few years in NYS to go forward. “The examination of people that get swept-up in offering or receiving a corrupt benefit reminds me of the punchline in a joke describing a negotiating process.  ‘You and I have already decided what you are; now we’re just haggling about the price.” The … Continue reading Corruption

Ranking Leaders

“Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) improves democratic participation for three reasons. First, it feels ethical and principled; second; it reduces conflict through majority rule by supporting more choice. Third, RCV supports a politics of joy and civil argument.  Finally, in a society that tends to leave the critical things unsaid, RCV is cheaper. It avoids the … Continue reading Ranking Leaders

My Represent Us Story

The folks at Represent Us in local and state elections all over the United States present three major issues in Unbreaking America (above). Every once in a while people get their act so together that you know exactly why you have to do what you have to do. Watch it. In 2018 When Indivisible established … Continue reading My Represent Us Story

April 2019/2020

“The tweets on April 1, 2019, from the think tank people (TTP), are unlikely to be taking advantage, but I’ll leave that for you to judge. Many of the observation are through to the end of the month and new ones for 2020 are noted. I also recommend looking at the tweet rate as another … Continue reading April 2019/2020

Paradise and Panama Jitters

“Global finance has expanded without accountability. Good news though, the attempts to take down journalism as an agent of facts is failing. A network is lining up like dots across a landscape of searches for truth. It is sustained with anger, vengeance, honor and integrity and it looks to me like two things. First, the … Continue reading Paradise and Panama Jitters

Need to Know List

An Essay for Tweets from the Left The United States is composed of thousands of institutions and organizations drawn from the profound beliefs and principles of liberty outlined by The Founders. Since then the founding, the laws of protection for the growth of liberty and development of American principles have flourished. The continuous emergence of … Continue reading Need to Know List


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