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I gotta say, I’m pretty flipping stoked about this. It’s got a lot of proposals I’ve been saying need implementation (or at least, trace beginnings of said proposals) for quite some time now. It’s not perfect,I know, and it’s got some pie-in-the-sky ideals, and some things that some entrenched interests will probably hate, but it is a step in the right direction. It’s proposals like these that illustrate the points I made in my last post – I’m excited for the future of New York.

I thought I had more articulate things to say on the matter, and I’m sure I do, but I’ll save it for *after* Wednesday’s budget address. My cat is currently parked on my lap, purring up a storm, and head-butting my hands as I’m trying to type. I think he’s trying to tell me something, no?

In the meantime, here’s some food for thought: Eliot has until February 1 to submit his budget, but he’s submitting it on January 31. Why? Because February 1 is a Thursday, not a session day, and the legislators don’t want to come in on their day off. Nice.

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Addicted to politics

I hate the nitty gritty of campaign work, or lobbying work. The phone calls, the door-knocking, the exhaustion. But I will say this: I do LOVE to watch it unfold. I love reading the politico blogs and commenting on them. I love seeing where candidates stand on the issues, and I LOVE it not only when good candidates run, but when they stand a good shot of winning.

Hence why I am addicted – ADDICTED – to the Craig Johnson/Maureen O’Connell race in Nassau County. Guess who I’m rooting for. I’ll give you a hint: the link is telling.

Now, granted, I live about four hours away from this particular Senate district, but good representatives in the NY Senate mean good things for all New Yorkers. And, I won’t lie, after many years under an (albeit progressive in comparison to the rest of the nation) Republican regime in New York, this little liberal Democrat feminist political nerd is pretty excited about what’s been going on in Albany as of late.

I saw this great icon on Live Journal a while back describing some of the ideals of the Democratic party, such as good schools, affordable healthcare, and good jobs for all Americans. I’ll have to see if I can hunt it down and share it with my readers – it represents why *I* am a Democrat, even if “the party” may have lost it’s way for a while.

It’s coming back, though. I saw it on election day. I’m seeing it with Eliot’s first weeks in office. And hopefully, I’ll get to see it with Craig Johnson, too. I can’t help but get excited. I think Good Days are ahead for New York.

In the meantime, check out this post over at the DailyKos. Good stuff.

Perhaps I spoke too soon

Quick post this morning, as I don’t have a whole lot of time (don’t worry – this weekend I’ll make up for it!).

After my initial rant about The Albany Project, one of the editors called me on it. He was right – rather than ranting off in my online blog, I should have shot off an email noting the mistakes. Truth be told, I enjoy political geekdom, and I enjoy ALBANY political geekdom that much more.

So, I started visiting the site again. They now have a blog up and running, and it’s pretty good. Lots of active commenters, including myself. I recommend checking it out.

Odds and Ends

I apologize. I know that I promised, upon graduation, that I would be posting more frequently, and suffice it to say I have not – this can be attributed to nothing more than my own laziness, for lack of a better word. I’ve found that with my newfound “freedom” (as in, *only* working 40 hours a week), I’ve actually been able to find plenty of ways to fill my free time.

I did not Blog for Choice on Monday, something I had intended to do. Though, after reading my good friend on Academia as an Extreme Sport, I’m kind of glad I did not. I do not feel quite as strongly as she does on the subject, however she brings up some excellent points about how the politics of this issue have left the middle ground feeling alienated. When the issue is so grey and confusing, it’s easy to skew the poll numbers one way or another.

However, instead of writing about these poignant issues, I’ve been occupying my time with frivolous things such as going to the gym, enjoying my Netflix account, reading, and playing with my cat. This, of course, was in addition to prepping for an oral exam which could lead to, for all intents and purposes, a promotion at work. I went last week, and I find out next month if I passed. Please, keep your fingers crossed for me.

I also forgot that words can inflame, and I inadvertently did so with my last post. Okay – so perhaps I wasn’t not trying to be inflammatory, but I suppose I did not expect to be called on it. How easy it is to forget – when you have not done it in a while – that when you write something, you should expect people to read it.

I am not going to address the State of the Union, because as a rule, I do not watch when the President speaks. It often does nothing more than make me angry and have me calling my mother, ranting about the state of the country. I’m sure upon reading news reports this morning, I’ll have a good summary of what was said.

In sum, as you can see, I’ve had quite a bit on my mind. There are one or two other things I’d like to add, but perhaps those will be separate posts. This week. Because I need to deliver on a promise to my readers.

Wiki no more

There’s nothing I dislike more than the sloppy spread of misinformation.

Granted, slip happens. I’m guilty of it myself (which is why I encourage my readers to point out to me if they do see a mistake, and I will address it). However, some things are just plain careless, and that irritates me.

The Albany Project has a new Wiki.

As I noted in the Capitol Confidential blog, my comment:

Just at glancing at the Senate page of the Wiki, I found four glaring mistakes:

1&2. Both Jeff Klein and Jose Serrano are Bronx Democrats;
3. Joe Griffo, not Ray Meier, is the Senator for the 47th, as Meier didn’t run for reelection in favor of his unsuccessful Congressional bid; and, my personal favorite,
4. NYS Senate District 49 – David J. Valesky (R-Fabius)
R??? Last time I checked, Valesky was a Democrat. This is news to me.

A Wiki is a great idea, yes, but with mistakes like these, they add fodder to the fire that Wikipedia is unreliable.

The first two don’t bother me quite as much, as they were merely left blank. If it is common sense to me that those two Senators are Bronx Democrats, I’d think it would be to the Albany Project as well, but it’s more mockworthy than it is infuriating. The third piece – irritating at best, but up until Dec. 31st, Ray Meier WAS the Senator, so it isn’t exactly false.

It was the fourth one that got my blood boiling. HELLO! That was one of the biggest political snafus of the New York Republicans in 2004. They had a powerhouse candidate that would have easily won reelection by a landslide – Nancy Larraine Hoffman – because she was a woman, she was moderate, and the Republicans easily took the national stage. But, no. They primaried her, and because one won the Conservative line and the other won the Republican line, the votes were split.

Giving the Democrats a golden opportunity – to re-take the 49th Senate seat with a strong candidate. And, they did. And, Valesky won by a large margin this past election year.

The Albany Project, a citizen Journalism initiative, was born on November 4, 2006 out of the frustration felt by lipris, NYBri, and am upon the realization that New York, with all its apparent governmental dysfunction, elected only one new state senator,Andrea Stewart-Cousins in 2006.

This election result proved that the real problem in Albany isn’t a partisan problem, it’s an incumbency problem. With that in mind, The Albany Project is dedicated to bringing transparency and accountability New York State government and returning it to its rightful owners, the people.

Oh, gee, an incumbency problem? It took you this long to figure that out? I could have told you that five years ago, when I first worked in Albany myself.

Sorry, I’m unimpressed. If you want people to stand up and listen to you, make sure people can rely on you as a source of information.