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Introducing Keith Wofford

NYSRPA - 16 September 2018 - 12:08pm

Republican A.G. candidate Keith Wofford is ramping up his campaign with a multi-million dollar ad campaign:

I assume this is a statewide buy. I saw one of his ads on WRGB.

I don’t know what his position on 2A is and I don’t expect him to bring it up during the campaign. Given that his opponent is an antigun zealot it doesn’t matter so much as his ability to make the A.G. race more competitive due to his fundraising prowness.

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NRA phonebank for Zeldin & Faso

NYSRPA - 14 September 2018 - 12:41pm

NRA is running phonebanks for Congressmen Lee Zeldin (R-1) and John Faso (R-19).  Click on each name for information on how to participate.

The Cook Political Report currently lists CD-1 as Likely Republican and CD-19 as Republican Toss-Up. The latest Siena poll shows Faso with a slight lead over challenger Antonio Delgado while a Monmouth poll has Delgado a little ahead.

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Primary aftermath

NYSRPA - 14 September 2018 - 9:28am

Governor Cuomo has defeated Cynthia Nixon in the Democrat primary as expected. It cost him upwards of $20 million to do it compared to her $500,000 and she still scored roughly 37% of the vote.

Kathy Hochul defeated Jumaane Williams after grossly outspending him and still only received about 53%.

Letitia James received the Democrat nomination for Attorney General with about 40% in a 4-way race.

While not unexpected, none of this good for gun owners especially James’ win as she said she would use the office to investigate the NRA.  As for the Governor, the Daily Beast sums it up, “Andrew Cuomo Is America’s Problem Now.

The Independence Democrat Conference is dead with 6 of 8 losing their primaries including ringleader Jeff Klein.  Good.  Fuck them.  This does mean, however, that there will be a unified Democrat conference next session even if Simcha Felder continues to do whatever he pleases.

In AD-106 challenger Will Truitt leads incumbent Didi Barrett by 3 votes in the Independence Party primary.  This is why I love primaries.

In AD-133 NRA endorsed incumbent Joe Errigo lost the GOP primaryMarjorie Byrnes also supports gun rights so it doesn’t matter.

Ulster Co. Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum lost the Democrat primary, but will continue on the Republican line in the general election. He has been a strong advocate for gun owners.

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Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund

NYSRPA - 13 September 2018 - 6:42pm

Everytown has registered a political action committee in the state, “Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund.”

First disclosure reports look like they are still getting things set up.  No contributions to any candidates yet.

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Seneca Co. candidate Porsch talks pistol licenses

NYSRPA - 12 September 2018 - 11:42am

Seneca County Judicial candidate Barry Porsch talks pistol licenses starting at the 10:00 mark:

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Katko’s ‘red flag’ bill revisited

NYSRPA - 12 September 2018 - 8:44am

Rep. Katko did introduce his “red flag” bill last Friday.  I didn’t see it online yesterday.  Bill number is H.R.6747.

According to this write-up:

“… Katko’s bill is different in that it would allow states to intervene through the creation of a more detailed process for doing so that involves a hearing and requires Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO). It says the state may only deprive a person of a right to possess firearms after a hearing where the person has notice and is given an opportunity to participate. The hearing must include a finding of dangerousness by a neutral decision-maker. It would also limit any prohibition on an ex parte, or emergency hearing, order to purchasing or receiving a firearm. Further, the ERPO would expire in one year and require the same procedure to renew the mandate. It also provides a mechanism to return guns expeditiously when the order expires or is terminated …”

This is still crap.

Never, ever, ever accept the premise put forth by gun control advocates on anything.

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Katko’s ‘red flag’ bill

NYSRPA - 11 September 2018 - 8:15am

Rep. John Katko said back in July he was working on a “red flag” gun control bill.

He still hasn’t introduced anything.

There has to be model legislation written by either Brady, Giffords or some other gun control group Katko could simply stick a bill number on, but that hasn’t happened.  With Congress scheduled for recess the second week in October this idea is clearly not going anywhere at the federal level.


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NYSRPA - 9 September 2018 - 11:11am

Governor Cuomo behaves differently depending upon where he is in the state.

Here he is on Long Island accepting the endorsement of gun control advocates:


Here is the advertisement he is running in the Albany market:


I don’t think either of these will be effective in turning out voters, but with primary turnout always low to start with, Cuomo is looking for tiny percentages.

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Maloney attacks NRA in ad

NYSRPA - 9 September 2018 - 10:31am

At 0:18, “… fought the NRA in Congress …”

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One and only

NYSRPA - 8 September 2018 - 1:55pm

Here is the location of the one and only Cuomo/Hochul Democrat primary sign I have seen:

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16 million

NYSRPA - 6 September 2018 - 9:32am

Governor Cuomo has spent $16 million dollars since mid-July trying to fend off Cynthia Nixon’s primary challenge.  At the rate he is going the total should be $20 million by next week. This plus the $5 million he spent from January through July.

By contrast, Nixon has spent $500,000.

For some reason there has been no polling done on the race since late July.  I have not seen any signs for either candidate, but with roughly 70% of the turnout coming from the City area I think Nixon should pull a third of the vote.

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Think like the Dems

NYSRPA - 5 September 2018 - 1:47pm

Senate hearings on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to SCOTUS have begun.

It’s been every bit the shitshow I thought it would be.

One of the Democrats, possibly DiFi, brought in one of the Parkland parents and, in an attempt to embarrass Kavanaugh, offered to shake his hand in front of the cameras.  The published picture shows Kavanaugh just looking at the outstretched hand and the antigunners, including asshat Chris Cuomo, are claiming he turned away without acknowledging him.  However, video clearly shows that security intervened and moved him away.  Neither the antis nor their political and media allies are interested in the truth so the fact that they would try and pull this sort of stunt is not a surprise.

Republicans should have expected it and planned their own handshake.  Defensive gun use far exceeds that of criminal misuse.  Why weren’t there a dozen defensive gun users in the audience?  Republicans and the NRA need to start thinking like the Democrats to better control the narrative.

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Billboard going up

NYSRPA - 1 September 2018 - 12:45pm

Outstanding effort by the PTRC.

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James attacks Teachout on SAFE Act

NYSRPA - 30 August 2018 - 6:12pm

Letitia James released a video highlighting inconsistencies in the rhetoric of her rival Democrat Attorney General nominee Zephyr Teachout when discussing the SAFE Act:


The last poll I saw showed James leading the pack with nearly half undecided, but Teachout has received the endorsements of both the New York Times and Daily News so it’s reasonable to assume James is worried about her tenuous lead.

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Gounardes’ gun control platform

NYSRPA - 29 August 2018 - 8:46am

Andrew Gounardes is making another run for State Senate against incumbent Marty Golden.

He ran back in ’12 on a gun control platform and was supported by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. He’s back for another round with this ad:

I don’t think it is very effective. The music is annoying and he’s all over the issue instead of focusing on one thing. Plus he did this before and it got him nothing.

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