It's A Free Country ®

Nate Silver on NY-26 and Beyond

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

All but four Republicans already voted for the plan and they're running in districts just like New York 26 (or more Democratic) next year. Six were carried by Obama in 2008. So they probably have to think about an exit strategy, but the collateral damage is done, both to those who already voted for it and those in the Tea Party that wanted to control the direction of caucus.

Nate Silver, blogger for The New York Times' Five Thirty Eight blog, on The Brian Lehrer Show

Comments [3]

It's A Free Country ®

Spinning NY26: What Was Behind the Suprising Democratic Win?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset win in a special election Tuesday that had long been expected to be an easy victory for Republicans. But GOP candidate Jane Corwin lost her early lead after expressing support for a GOP budget plan that would cut billions from Medicare. The close of polls marked the official start of the partisan spinning about what was behind this Republican loss.

Comments [5]

It's A Free Country ®

NY26: Ugly Race Conceals Real Fear of a Region's Decline

Friday, May 20, 2011

For district voters, the question isn’t whether a party, Pelosi or Paul is better for this district. They’re yearning for something more simple and much more difficult: who can stop the region's decline?

Comments [1]

It's A Free Country ®

NY26 Race Brings Washington Budget Battle to Western NY

Monday, May 16, 2011

This special election comes after Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY26) resigned in January after Gawker published shirtless photos that he'd sent in response to a Craigslist ad (while being married). The district has not had a representative in Congress during the pitched budget battles of the last several months, including for the vote on Paul Ryan’s budget.

But the May 24 special election has brought the raging Washington budget debates home to Western New York. As it’s gotten closer, it’s gotten meaner, with everyone from Karl Rove to Carl Paladino to Chuck Schumer entering the fray.