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  •  I live in NY state, near Rochester. (4+ / 0-)
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    I haven't seen or heard of any concerted political effort against minorities per se. Nor have I heard of any suggested legislation on the state level or denial or defeat of legislation that adversely affects minorities.

    So I'm wondering if the jockeying for power truly is a bid to keep power in the hands of whites or away from minorities or if that is just how it is playing out.

    It could be that it is. I just haven't seen or heard anything until now that suggests that.

    Andrew Cuomo's larger problem regarding a foray into national politics, I think, will be his conservatism. He is much more conservative than his father was. Yes, these are different times and the pendulum has swung rightward (for too long, IMO.) But I see him as being on the rightward edge of the party. In a national climate that shows every indication of growing more progressive, that could hold him back unless he plans on making a move nationally within a year or two.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 01:50:54 PM PST

    •  I don't think it matters much (11+ / 0-)

      whether the exclusion of minorities is concerted or whether it is just how it is playing out. What matters is that the result of the move to keep the Senate out of Democratic control is the almost total exclusion of Black and Latino voices in the Senate leadership.

      "It doesn't matter what I do....People need to hear what I have to say. There's no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn't matter what I live."--Newty

      by Vico on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 01:57:40 PM PST

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    •  His behind-the-scenes role has actively (3+ / 0-)
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      Gamblndan, am, PapaChach

      subverted the will of New York State's voters. He supported a GOP-friendly gerrymandering of the State Senate that included a brand-new district to protect GOP'er George Amedore, who appears to have lost anyway (it's one of the two recount districts)--because the voters of the district apparently preferred the Democrat.

      New York State's voters would like the Democrats to control the State Senate. Why can't the governor accept that? Overturning the will of the voters sets a very bad precedent and in my opinion disqualifies him for ever becoming POTUS.

      And the will of NYS's voters includes people of color and women in leadership positions. That's part of a free and fair election that Cuomo and his allies overturned.

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