New York Primary Voting

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not perfect, but he has shown the ability to govern. (Cynthia Nixon is simply not ready to govern. Maybe someday, but not until she’s shown some semblance of governing experience.) We should surround Cuomo with progressive reformers who will hold him to the things he promised and that NYers need, particularly by reeling in the rogue Dems who have sided with Republicans to prevent meaningful change to things like corruption reform, criminal justice reform, subways and election reform.

In my opinion, we should re-elect Gov. Cuomo and surround him with these state candidates:

* Lt. Gov: Jumaane Williams. While the lieutenant governor holds an essentially ceremonial position, Mr. Williams has vowed, if elected, to do what he can to add to that pressure. He will be a fresh face in Albany but not a stranger to how government works. (He’s currently a three-term City Councilman.) What’s more, the current lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, has served as little more than an echo for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. During a debate with Mr. Williams, Ms. Hochul could not name a single instance in which she had changed the governor’s mind on an issue, or opposed one of his policies.

* State AG: As I mentioned yesterday, Zephyr Teachout is the best-positioned candidate to clean up the corruption in Albany and to keep in check an out-of-control president. She’s a political corruption expert and I believe she will be an effective champion for democracy and civil rights, good government and the environment, workers’ rights, fair housing and gender equality.

Closer to home, the nomination for Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court Judge will be on the Democratic ballot. But beware: there is only one Democrat: Theresa Whalen. The other candidate, Tara Scully, is a Republican who’s only on the ballot to mislead voters and create a no-contest scenario in November. How did she get there? The Republican Party paid over $35,000 to a firm called Red Elephant, who gathered signatures to put their candidate on the Democratic line. Make no mistake about it: their person, Tara Scully, is no Democrat. That’s a lie. Be sure to vote Whalen and prevent the Republicans from being handed the seat in November.

Safety and Opportunity Are Not Mutually Exclusive

I’m of the opinion that we can protect our country while remaining a land of opportunity. It’s not an opinion shared by many conservatives, so when a powerful one agrees, I’m intrigued.

The Koch brothers, who lead the political network that donates hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative politicians, today denounced Trump’s executive order. From ABC News:

“We believe it is possible to keep Americans safe without excluding people who wish to come here to contribute and pursue a better life for their families,” Brian Hooks, who oversees the Koch network’s bi-annual seminars, said. “The travel ban is the wrong approach and will likely be counterproductive.

“Our country has benefited tremendously from a history of welcoming people from all cultures and backgrounds. This is a hallmark of free and open societies,” he added.

Maybe Trump will take note if more powerful donors speak up. Now is not the time to be silent.

‘Up is Down’

David Barstow with a great piece in today’s New York Times on the “bogus claims that gushed from President Trump during his first days in office.” This quote is especially notable:

It is one thing when the hyperbole comes from a reality TV star exaggerating his ratings to a roomful of television critics. The stakes are infinitely higher when it comes from the leader of the free world, and this reality is provoking alarm from many across the political spectrum.

Now Is Not The Time To Be Silent

Like many Americans, I spent last night following the news of the detainment of refugees seeking a better life in America…the same America from which our immigrant ancestors sought – and were granted – a better life. I was first appalled by the developments and then relieved when a federal judge became the voice of reason. Following the news on TV and social media, I kept to myself, seeing as I had nothing of value to add. But then I saw a tweet which hit home.

The essence of the tweet (which I unfortunately can no longer find) was that the poster had been waffling between staying informed about what the new administration is doing and shutting down completely from the insanity. But the events of last night convinced her that now is not the time to remain silent.

For my part, I’m going to stay informed and remain objective. And I will not be silent.