NPR Planet Money Podcast on Modern Monetary Theory

I know this sounds like a boring wonky economics topic, but this 22 minute podcast is anything but boring. Unusual for NPR it gives voice to a left-wing analysis of government spending that makes conservative economists (and liberals) object. It makes clear that economics and politics is about choices. Things could be done differently. That’s … Continue reading »

The Freedom Come-All-Ye

The Freedom Come-All-Ye Roch the wind in the clear day’s dawin Blaws the cloods heelster-gowdie ow’r the bay, But there’s mair nor a roch wind blawin Through the great glen o’ the warld the day. It’s a thocht that will gar oor rottans – A’ they rogues that gang gallus, fresh and gay – Tak … Continue reading »

JANUS V. AFSCME: LABOR AT A CROSSROADS

New York State United Teachers Hall 30 Union Street Rochester, NY 14607 March 3, 2018 10 AM to Noon. The U.S.Supreme Court has just taken up the case of a union member who claims that having to pay dues violates his rights. If he wins, unions will have to represent both workers who pay dues … Continue reading »

REMEMBERING THE MY LAI MASSACRE

REMEMBERING THE MY LAI MASSACRE 50TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL Sponsored by VETERANS FOR PEACE FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 4:00 P.M. KENNETH B. KEATING FEDERAL BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE 100 STATE ST. ROCHESTER, NEW YORK Please join Chapter 23, Rochester New York, Veterans For Peace in a solemn memorial in remembrance of the approximately 500 innocent men, women, … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, December 22, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Recede and Concur Senate: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Motion to Concur House: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Concur House: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations House: Supplemental Disaster Appropriations Editor’s Note: The House … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, December 18, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Grasz Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Willett Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Ho Nomination – Confirmation House: Mortgage Lender Escrow Requirement Exemption House: Iranian Asset Report Requirement House: Privacy Notice Requirement Exemption House: Iranian Aircraft Purchase Transactions Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: … Continue reading »

Mega Vote December 11, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Nielsen Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Balash Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations House: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Request Conference House: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Between States House: Small Business Mergers Regulatory Exemption House: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 … Continue reading »

Mega Vote December 5, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Proceed Senate: Tax Overhaul – Education Savings Accounts Senate: Tax Overhaul – Passage House: National Forest Mining House: Federal Workforce Probationary Period Extension House: EPA Brownfields Program Reauthorization House: Manufactured Housing Lending Regulation Upcoming … Continue reading »

Mega Vote November 20, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Kan Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Bradbury Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Esper Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Zatezalo Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Otting Nomination – Confirmation House: Flood Insurance Reauthorization House: Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization-Conference Report House: Tax Overhaul Editor’s … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, November 13, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Gibson Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Engel Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Wehrum Nomination – Confirmation House: Joint Employer Definition House: Hydropower Regulation House: Securities Regulations Exemptions Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: Kan Nomination Senate: Bradbury Nomination Senate: Zatezalo Nomination House: Defense … Continue reading »

Mega Vote November 7, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Barrett Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Larsen Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Eid Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Bibas Nomination – Confirmation House: Wildfire Funding and Environmental Reviews House: Independent Payment Advisory Board Repeal House: CHIP and Community Health Centers Funding Reauthorization … Continue reading »

Mega Vote October 10, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Pai Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Quarles Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Cissna Nomination – Confirmation House: Abortion Ban House: Fiscal 2018 Budget Resolution Upcoming Congressional Bills House: Federal Whistleblower Protections Editor’s Note: The Senate is not doing legislative business this … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, October 2, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization Senate: Francisco Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Delrahim Nomination – Confirmation House: Maternal and Infant Home Visit Program House: FAA Short Term Reauthorization, Flood Insurance and Hurricane Tax Adjustments House: Parole Violators’ Benefits Revocation Upcoming Congressional … Continue reading »

Mega Vote September 18, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th, 23rd & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization Senate: Patenaude Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization House: Criminal Gang Members House: Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization Bill Editor’s Note: The House is not in session … Continue reading »

Mega Vote September 11, 2017

Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations House: Emergency Hurricane Harvey Supplemental Appropriations House: Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization House: Complete Consideration of Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations House: Deport Criminal Gang Members Recent Senate Votes Fiscal 2017 … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, August 1, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Bernhardt Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Health Care Marketplace Overhaul – Motion to Proceed Senate: Sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea Senate: Health Care Marketplace Overhaul – “Skinny” Repeal Amendment House: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Arbitration Rule Disapproval House: Four Bill Fiscal … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, July 24, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Shanahan Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Bush Nomination – Confirmation House: Ozone Standards Implementation House: Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure House: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Agency Coordinating Authority House: King Cove Land Exchange Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: Nomination of David Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, July 17, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Rao Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Hagerty Nomination – Confirmation House: California Drought Prevention House: Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: Nomination of Patrick Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense House: Delay EPA Air Pollution Standards House: Gas Pipeline Permits … Continue reading »

Mega Vote July 5, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Svinicki Nomination – Confirmation House: Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitation House: Immigration Law Enforcement Compliance House: Criminal Undocumented Immigrants Sentencing Guidelines Editor’s Note: The House and Senate are not doing legislative business in their respective chambers this week. Recent Senate Votes Svinicki Nomination … Continue reading »