Thursday, November 20, 2014

Free Pass

Is there anyone who thinks that Robert Duffy’s coronation as head of the Rochester Business Alliance resulted from a fair and unbiased assessment of candidates?

This has been a slam-dunk insider deal since last year.  But back then, rumors leaked out and, just by coincidence, as she told us at the time, RBA CEO and Joe Morelle flunky Sandy Parker announced that she’d hang on for another year.

Then, yesterday, Parker admits that she was lying.  She did it as part of a preordained plan to bring in Duffy.  No doubt wondering when to announce things officially, the RBA siezed the moment, making the announcement while the Buffalo snow storm commands the headlines.

What process did the RBA Board use to select its new leader?
Who were the members of the Selection Committee?
Who appointed the Selection Committee?

Did any of these people run or own businesses that received largesse of any kind from the “Enterprise Panels,” or whatever that sham was called, to which Gov. Cuomo rusticated his Lieutenant to get him out of the way and let him spin his wheels?

We all know better than to expect the house organ of the local Democrats' Morelle faction to ask these questions.

So is there anyone out there in local media willing to ask them and pursue the answers?

Rachel Barnhart, whose B.S. detector is one of the best around, has raised relevant concerns.  Will her inquiries migrate from Twitter and her blog to the much larger audience of the airwaves, for a televised investigative report?

How about you, Brett Davidsen?  Sean Carroll?  Berkeley BreenAnybody?  Why not start calling members of the RBA Board to ask some questions?  They're all listed on the Alliance's website.  Seems like there’s a story here, people.

A story about an inside deal that leaked out about a year ago.  All participants then fell back and regrouped, until the coast was clear, in the cause of appointing Duffy to lead Rochester’s principal professional business organization.

Bob Duffy has never run a private business. Apart from possible high school and college jobs, he’s never so much as held a job in the private sector.  As Mayor he raised taxes on businesses and residents.

Where was Duffy as Lieutenant Governor, when Buffalo got $1 billion from the State and Rochester got bupkis?

We’ve had some minor issues before with Brian Samson, long-time Executive Director of the RBA's Unshackle Upstate project.  Yet he genuinely advocated for business and he’d seem to be a likely successor for the top spot.  Together with Parker, he was one of the two most prominent faces of the RBA.    But the fix was in.  Now we understand why he left RBA earlier this year.  They never gave him a fair shot.

The whole farce is a black eye for the Rochester Business Alliance.  It’s now run by a politician.  Is it anything more than a de-facto arm of the faction of the Monroe Democratic Party that resents and opposes Mayor Warren?

If it’s not, let the RBA prove it.  Let them appoint a Republican as Chairman of the Board.  Not some politically clueless country-club type who happens to be a Republican, but someone with a political pedigree, like Duffy.  Jack Doyle is tanned, rested and ready.

Will people who call themselves journalists and news editors pursue the questions around the Duffy coronation?  We'll see.

Meanwhile, we can all wait to find out what high-level position Mollie Clifford gets from the new head of the RBA.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Funke 51 - O'Brien 42

Siena Institute poll released today.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

One-Way Ticket to Funke Town

Candidates who lose sometimes get a court order after the election to impound voting machines and absentee ballots.  Winners don't do this, because they have no interest in questioning the vote.

State Senator Ted O'Brien isn't waiting for election night.  As if admitting it foresees Tuesday's outcome, O'Brien's campaign didn't wait.  It filed this week for court orders to impound machines and absentee ballots.

A final Sienna poll on the Funke-O'Brien race is expected tomorrow.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Local GOP proves once again it could care less about the City of Rochester

Today Maggie Brooks came out to endorse Lovely Warren for Mayor. I find it odd that the top Republican Executive in Monroe County is quick to endorse a Mayoral candidate from another party when she wouldn't even endorse the Republican candidates for City Council during her last run for County Executive, to include Andy Rau and myself. Further proof that Republican leadership in this County could care less about the City of Rochester.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Odd Mentality in the City of Rochester since Primary

All we learned this week is that registered Dems voted for a certain slate of candidates to represent them in the November election.

What we don't know is how the WFP's, I's, R's, G's and Blanks are going to vote. Anyone suggesting that candidates should drop out, who lost the Democrat primary and appear on another party line, only shows that they are worried their candidate can't pull it off in the BIG election this fall. Any Democrat with another party line who drops out only shows they were never concerned with representing city voters; they were only willing to run on the path of least resistance. If these candidates drop out, they're essentially telling their supporters: You wasted your time.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Upset Night

In Rochester, Lovely Warren beats Mayor Tom Richards for Democratic nomination, 58% - 41%. Warren focused on campaign fundamentals, bringing her campaign to the door. Turned out her base. Richards didn't; relied on TV instead. Also, Warren offered vision and a new approach to education in the City. Those trapped in the Rochester City School District had to find it appealing. More power to her for that.

Result makes Democratic Party Chairman Joe Morelle look politically hapless.

Smugtown Beacon's Aaron Wicks foresaw this, in his excellent analysis on Sunday, which helps explain tonight's result.

In Henrietta, Jack Moore beats Supervisor Mike Yudelson for Republican nomination, 66% - 34%. Moore's people saw this coming; no one else did.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Teacher Knows Best

Some local journalists expressed surprise tonight that New York State Education Commissioner John King sends his kids to private school.

What do they expect? That the commissioner would treat his kids differently than Bill and Hillary Clinton, who sent Chelsea to the exclusive Sidwell Friends School in Washington?

Any differently than President and Mrs. Obama? At about the time the President, an old preppie himself, killed a voucher program allowing poor minority students in Washington to escape the DC school system, he was enrolling Malia and Sasha in private school.

Differently than liberal actor Matt Damon, who vocally protests reform of failing public schools while sending his own kids to private school?

Any differently than 38% of public school teachers in the Rochester Central School District?

You read it right.

What group, by occupation, sends its children to private schools at levels disproportionately higher than the population as a whole? Answer: Teachers in public schools.

A 2004 study tells the story. For the U.S. population as a whole, 12.2 percent of all families send their children to private schools. Nationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children. In some cities, nearly half of the children of public school teachers have abandoned public schools.

In Philadelphia, 44 percent of the teachers put their children in private schools; in Cincinnati, 41 percent; Chicago, 39 percent; Rochester, 38 percent; Baltimore, 35 percent; San Francisco-Oakland, 34 percent; New York City and New Jersey suburbs, 33 percent; Milwaukee and New Orleans, 29 percent; Washington, D.C, 28 percent.

So don't be shocked that New York State's Education Commissioner does the same.


Friday, August 23, 2013

D&C Fires White Woman Reporter

On the morning of President Obama's visit to Rochester, the Democrat and Chronicle fired political reporter Jessica Alaimo, while she was working on the presidential visit.

The D&C's racial obsession prompts us to mention its victim's ethnicity.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

What the Zimmerman trial taught us

1- There are people who keep an eye on their communities where high crime is an issue. 2- Being approached on the sidewalk doesn't give someone the right to smash the persons head into the pavement. 3- The media now calls latinos "white" when they do something they disagree with. Let's face it folks, The reason the defense was able to defend is because they proved that Zimmerman was being assaulted by Martin at the time of the shooting. Zimmerman didn't chase him down and shoot him in cold blood. 18 year old men are old enough to go to war for our country, and often do, so stop calling Martin a child. Had Martin not been shot there may have been a different trial (the assault of Zimmerman). That one, in my opinion, would not be getting national attention though. If people are really worried about young black men being shot, focus on the fact that they are shooting each other in cities across this country at an unacceptable rate. Many of those shootings are not in self defense either.


Friday, July 12, 2013

D&C stoops to new low "Uniting" Rochester

In Jim Lawrence and Karen Magnuson's continuing quest to exploit racial differences in our community for "clicks" that generate revenue, they have published an op-ed accusing the entire Honeoye-Falls Lima school district of RACISM because some students tossed a blow up doll out during graduation. Bruce, the author, is apparently the Executive Director at Friends of Educational Excellence. A NFP that provide volunteer support, enrichment activities, and school resources to help students succeed in school. And we wonder why RCSD is failing? With "help" like this it is no wonder.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

D&C showing bias against diverse voices in Unite Rochester Initiative Part 2

So it is official, I have been banned from contributing to the "Unite Rochester" discussion in their Facebook group. Not only will opposing points of view not be tolerated, they will hear nothing about limiting opposing points of view. In a sad display today, Karen Magnusen accuses me of personally attacking D&C management and hurling mean spirited comments. Care to know the definition of personal attacks and mean spirited comments (according to the D&C)? See below for the conversation, you will only see it here as Karen erased my comments, yet again.


Friday, April 26, 2013

D&C Says: No Diversity Allowed!

A few months ago, to my surprise, I received an email from Jane Sutter, Editor of Community Partnerships & Niche Content at the Democrat and Chronicle. She invited me to join a forum to discuss their coming “Unite Rochester” initiative, ostensibly intended to serve as a catalyst to bring this community together on the topic of race. I was more than happy to offer my opinion as someone who is married to a Thai immigrant, expectant father (at the time) of a multi-racial child and one who is passionate about our community. (My daughter was born on Thursday April 5th. Mom and baby are doing great)

At the time I offered to bring my wife, as I believe her opinion and thoughts would be valuable to the conversation. To my surprise, the forum I had been invited to was to consist of whites only. They had been breaking out small groups of blacks, latinos, asians, and whites to get their thoughts on how to best approach this initiative. My wife and I had a good laugh at the thought of me going to a “whites only” breakfast. At that first meeting I offered the idea of not focusing on race but rather topics of interest to the community which would provide an avenue of people from various backgrounds, races, religions, etc to come together and “unite”. That idea was quickly shot down.

I was asked to return to another breakfast a few weeks ago that consisted of the various groups from before, where the D&C could bring us all up to speed on what was going on with “Unite Rochester”. Among many items brought up that day was the paper's disappointment that more people were not engaging on the topic, especially whites from the suburbs. I again offered my thoughts of focusing on topics of interest and allow for diversity and uniting to happen organically. Many participants, of all colors, in the room agreed but not Karen Magnuson, the paper's Editor, Jim Lawrence, its editorial page Editor, or publisher Michael Kane.

After the meeting I reached out to Jane Sutter to offer my willingness to be a blogger once again for the D&C, this time for “Unite Rochester”. At first, they seemed to be interested. I was the person they wanted to be involved, right? A white guy originally from the suburbs, although now a city resident. Plus, in a multi-racial/multi-cultural marriage and father to a multi-racial/multi-cultural child. Jackpot!, you'd think. But apparently not to the D&C.

I received a call from Jane, essentially saying that they were concerned about what I would choose to write about. She also referred to a "personality conflict" between Jim Lawrence and me. I replied, “When Jim starts accusing you of being a liar and actually takes the time to call you on the phone to complain when you publicly disagree with him, you too would have a personality conflict.” (See my previous posts for examples)

Here was the offer from Jane, on behalf of the D&C: I could try writing a few blogs and she would review them. I guess if she approved I could then post them. After a good laugh, I pointed out that I can comment on any post, as long as I abide by the D&C terms and conditions, and don’t need her permission to participate in the dialogue.

I find it humorous, disappointing, and totally unsurprising that this is how “Unite Rochester” is going. The D&C isn’t at all concerned about uniting anyone or anything. They are rebranding the same ideology that they have been pushing for the last few decades. They are looking for blacks and latinos to author blogs that softly point the finger at whites in the suburbs for causing the issues that exist in the city and for guilty whites to author blogs that agree with those viewpoints. They are not interested in diversity, but rather in their own rigid orthodoxy.