Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Sue's bill, which managed to attract seven co-sponsors, would start allowing small business owners who have sweep accounts to start collecting interest on their money. Of course, given how low interest rates are, this hardly represents a windfall for Hudson Valley business owners. But judging by what Sue said on the House floor yesterday, she's certainly likely to spin it that way.
One other note about today's marathon round of voting: Sue chose to buck the conservative wing of her party (and President Bush) by voting in favor of stem cell research earlier today, making her 1 of 50 Republicans to vote in favor of the expanded use of stem cells. Guess she really needed to bolster her so-called moderate stance after a long string of votes with DeLay & Co.
Monday, May 23, 2005
The article notes how several Republican Congressmen in New York, including Thomas Reynolds, a Republican congressman from the Rochester area currently in his fourth term, are struggling with President Bush's plans to privatize Social Security. The article also mentioned several other Republican Representatives who are actively trying to duck the issue, including Vito Fossella of Staten Island and John Sweeney of the Albany area. But Sue was conveniently missing from the round-up, despite the fact that like the others mentioned in the article, she has to be feeling increasingly uncomfortable with privatization. Maybe the Times forgot to include her or forgot about her altogether. Or maybe, they had the same problem as many of her constituents have when it comes to talking about Social Security: they just couldn't find her.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Help wanted: wingman!
Perhaps that's why Sue has been so busy raising money now, taking in over $50,000 since the beginning of the year -- with the first donations for 2006 coming in less than two months after she handily defeated Michael Jaliman according to this chart. Given that she still had plenty of money left over from the 2004 race, it seems a bit odd that she started collecting checks on Jan. 1, 2005. Then again, wingmen are expensive these days.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Kelly was in Orlando to talk up the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Insurance agents are eager to see it renewed, primarily because it means millions of dollars in premiums. "Every single person in every single state should contact their officials to make sure TRIA is renewed," Kelly urged. "You are instrumental in making sure enough interest is generated about this and make sure they understand how they will be affected if it isn't passed - take my passion into your own hearts and fight for TRIA!"
Of course, it's good to see that Sue's passionate about something.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Where was Sue (again)?
No matter where you happen to come down on the issue of Social Security, one thing is clear: It's pretty arrogant for an elected representative to blow off her constituents and instruct her staff to blow them off too. If Sue had a different opinion than the majority of the people in the room (who were overwhelmingly against any changes to Social Security) or wanted to shed some light on her own muddled views, this would have been a great opportunity for her to discuss them. After all, that's what democracy is all about. Don't we deserve better here in the 19th?