Jul 102017
 
Gerrymandering Dominates Discussion at June 8 Meeting

Redistricting on Steroids is the gerrymandering model David Daley revealed in his June 8th appearance at VID Erik introduced Dave Daley, author of “Ratf**ked;  the True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy”.  He delivered a riveting talk on how the Republicans took over in 2010 by using computer modeling to gerrymander and steal elections.  Gerrymandering, which can be traced back to at least 1788, has resulted in 69 of 99 state legislatures and both houses in 35 states to be controlled by Republicans in a country in which both parties are pretty evenly represented, with Democrats slightly ahead.  Dave called the new computer techniques, dreamt up by Karl Rove, “gerrymandering on steroids”.  He warned that the hard work is yet to be done to undo this catastrophe, the structural problems are deep and difficult to undo, and the usual electoral solutions may not be enough. Dave recommended […]

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May 042014
 
NYS Candidates Forum

On May 1st VID and eight other Clubs sponsored a NYS candidates forum for Democrats seeking inclusion on the 2014 Primary Ballot. Here are the Minutes of the Forum Ed Yutkowitz, VID  Corresponding Secretary organized the event which included: Keith Wright, Chairman of the New York County Democrats, Assembly Member, and a Co-Chair of the New York State Democratic Party, who will speak on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Randy Credico, Candidate for NYS GovernorFirst Deputy Comptroller of the State of New York, Pete Grannis, representing Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator for the 27th District.Deborah Glick, Assembly Member for the 66th district, who will also represent Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Dan Squadron, New York State Senator for the 26th District.Rachel Lavine, 66th AD; Alan Shulkin, 66th AD and John Quinn, 65th AD Candidates for New York State Democratic Committee.Co-sponsors of the event included Downtown Independent Democrats, Downtown Progressive Democrats, Jim Owles […]

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