Race for White House Wide Open After Hillary Leaves Office In 2024

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hillary-clinton-borowitz.jpgWASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The race for the White House will most likely be “wide open” after Hillary Clinton serves her two terms as President, experts agree.

“What happens in 2024 is anyone’s guess—and if anyone tells you differently, they’re lying,” says political science professor Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota. “The only thing we can say with any certainty is that Hillary Clinton will be elected President by a landslide in 2016 and reëlected by an even bigger margin in 2020.”

Mr. Logsdon says that possible Republican Presidential candidates in 2024 could include Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, with this caveat: “If any of those men have the misfortune of running against Hillary in 2016 or 2020, she will defeat them so soundly that their political careers will be finished and they will vanish from public life forever.”

As for the future of the Democratic Party after Hillary’s two terms are over, Mr. Logsdon offers this prediction: “I can tell you right now that Hillary’s Presidency will be so successful that she will usher in a Democratic dynasty of sorts. I’m not a betting man, but if I had to guess, I’d say that after eight years of Hillary there will be eight years of Michelle, then eight years each for Chelsea, Sasha, and Malia.”

But “not so fast,” says Democratic strategist Tracy Klugian, who believes such predictions sell Hillary short: “Assuming her current poll numbers hold up in 2024, I think it’s safe to say that Hillary Clinton will be the most popular President in U.S. history. In that event, the Twenty-second Amendment, which limits the President to two terms, will be repealed and Hillary will run again.”

Mr. Logsdon, however, scoffs at that scenario: “If the Twenty-second Amendment is repealed, Bill will run again.”

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Blues Legend and Grammy Winner James Cotton Performs at Kleinhans Music Hall

Friday, April 11, 8 PM

With special guests Dive House Union

A WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash Event

James Cotton, the great American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, who has performed and recorded with many of the greatest blues artists in history comes to Buffalo, Friday, April 11, for a perform with the James Cotton Blues Band at Kleinhans Music Hall. Buffalo-based band Dive House Union will open the show, which begins at 8 p.m. with doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Cotton began his career playing the blues harp in Howlin’ Wolf‘s band in the early 1950s. In 1965, he formed the Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet, utilizing Otis Spann on piano to record between gigs with Muddy Waters’ band. In the 1970s, Cotton played harmonica on Muddy Waters’ Grammy-Award-winning 1977 album “Hard Again,” produced by Johnny Winter.

The James Cotton Blues Band received a Grammy nomination in 1984 for “Live From Chicago: Mr. Superharp Himself!” and a second for his 1987 release, “Take Me Back.” He finally was awarded a Grammy for “Deep in the Blues” in 1996 for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Cotton has maintained an active recording and touring schedule for 70 years with upcoming performances scheduled from New York to Australia. His latest album, “Cotton Mouth Man” was released in May 2013. It includes guest appearances by Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Delbert McClinton, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Chuck Leavell and Colin Linden and has just been nominated for a 2014 Grammy.

 

Buffalo’s own Dive House Union will be opening the show. DHU as they are known, recorded their first CD, “Live at Kleinhans” at the historic venue, where they will return for this engagement. DHU has since released their second CD, “Live at the Aurora Theater.” After representing Western New York at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the band’s blend of jam-based Blues, Rock, and Soul earned them the award of Best Cross-over Blues Band in the 2013 Buffalo Night-Life Music Awards.

Tickets are on sale now.

General admission tickets are $35 in advance: $40 day of the show.

Call (716) 885-5000 for tickets or online at www.Kleinhans Buffalo.org

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Greed May Bring These Two Businessmen Down

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I have written several posts sharing how individuals who come to the Town Board meetings can make a huge difference on how this town can save money and be run.

Two months ago two owners of two senior apartment complexes came before the town board asking Amherst officials to renew the tax breaks they have been receiving for the past 30 years.  This is the point where citizen input stirred the Town Board to ask questions.

After the company requested the tax breaks to be renewed for another 30 years Supervisor Weinstein asked if there were any questions from the audience.  It was silent for a minute before I got up and asked some questions.

One question which had the Town Board thinking was, “Why hadn’t the two men paid taxes for the last 17 years?”  Our Town Board then started to question them further.

Our Town Attorney is now digging into why the two men hadn’t paid taxes to Amherst for 30 years.  They should have paid 2.7 million in taxes.

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Williamsville Inventor Touts New Type of Wind Turbine

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A Williamsville engineer, who said he’s invented a new type of wind turbine that beats the usual three-blade windmill in every way, tried to drum up interest from the City of Lockport’s economic development agency Thursday.

Kean W. Stimm told the Greater Lockport Development Corp. that his “Newtonian wind turbine” is smaller, quieter and puts out more power than conventional windmills.

Stimm has visited other local municipalities to promote his idea in the past couple of years. He said his prototype has been tested in a wind tunnel at Calspan in Cheektowaga and performed well.

Stimm claimed that his aluminum turbine, 10 feet in diameter, is 50 times more efficient and turns out 60 percent more power than a three-blade windmill 80 feet in diameter.
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Owners Of Apartments Owe Amherst Back Taxes

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Amherst estimates bill at $2.5 million

Amherst will go after more than $2 million in back taxes owed by the owners of two senior apartment complexes.

The Town Board has directed its attorneys to work with Erie County and the Sweet Home and Williamsville school districts to begin legal action against M.J. Peterson Corp. and the Related Companies to recoup years of back taxes owed on their Brewster Mews and Peppertree Heights apartments.

The issue recently came to light when the companies asked Amherst officials to renew the tax breaks they have been receiving for some three decades.

Not only did the town decline the proposal, but also realized the owners hadn’t qualified for the tax breaks the past 17 years but continued to take them.

Amherst estimated the lost taxes at about $2.5 million, the bulk owed to the county and school districts.
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Licata Tapped To Serve As Erie County Water Authority Board’s Attorney

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Despite many more qualified candidates, including several from Amherst, Amherst Democratic Committee Chairman and ECWA Commissioner Jerry Schad would not help any of us in Amherst, or on our Committee. Nice work, Jerry.

Longtime trial attorney and Buffalo School Board member John B. Licata has been tapped by the Erie County Water Authority Board of Commissioners to serve as the organization’s lead attorney.

Board Chairman Francis G. Warthling said Licata’s appointment was approved Thursday by the board over several other candidates who also applied for the position.

“We felt strongly that Mr. Licata had the best qualifications based on his experience and extensive record of accomplishments as a trial attorney,” Warthling said.
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A Couple of Borowitz “Bitz”

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Posted by Andy Borowitz

A key difference between Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney: Huckabee says things to drive away voters when he knows he’s being filmed.

Good to see Huckabee using lady parts as a political issue – it was such a winner for the GOP last election.

(*Huckleberry, Rush, and Christie get mixed up in my head.)

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KIM JONG-UN: Bieber Just A Few Arrests From Being My Friend

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PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report) — North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un announced on state television today that he believes the pop star Justin Bieber is “just a few arrests away” from visiting North Korea as his friend.

“Justin, if you are watching right now, this is my message to you,” Kim said. “I stand ready and willing to be your B.F.F.”

The mercurial Kim said that he would seek Mr. Bieber’s aid in boosting North Korea’s slumping pop-music industry, which has failed to generate any hits comparable to South Korea’s “Gangnam Style.”

“Justin Bieber could be our Minister of Culture,” he said.

The dictator said he understood that Mr. Bieber’s fans were concerned about the direction the singer was heading of late, but he offered this reassurance: “He is heading to North Korea. It’s all good.”

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Amherst Police Merit Awards ~ Winter 2014

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Amherst Police Merit Awards ~ Winter 2014

On January 22, 2014 during a presentation at the Amherst Police Department, Chief John Askey awarded the following officer’s with the department’s merit award.

Detective Lt JoAnn DiNoto

Officer Corey Brown

Officer Adam Anstett

Officer Marc Gravelle and Officer Adam Karl

Detective Catherine Onions

Detective Cindy Herberger and Detective Mark Pitirri

Read their stories on the FaceBook link here.

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Where Did $12,549.38 From The Erie County Democratic Committee Go?

January 17, 2014

Attention: Campaign Finance Enforcement Unit
New York State Board of Elections
40 North Pearl Street, Suite 5
Albany, New York 12207-2729

Dear Enforcement Officer:

The January 2014 Periodic Summary Report filed by the ERIE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (C21125, 671 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY 14210) shows a closing balance of negative $12,549.38. It is my understanding that these periodic reports of income received and expenditures made cannot have negative balances. As the reports are on a cash (not accrual) basis, a negative balance would therefore indicate the expenditure of money which does not exist. It is likely that this discrepancy is due to a computational error or a failure to report financial data properly.

I hereby request the Board to investigate this situation and require the filing of a complete and accurate report.

Very truly yours,

Peter A. Reese

Peter A. Reese
49 Starin Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14214
Cellular: (716) 870-5450
PReese270@aol.com

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