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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

A republic, not a democracy: Charter reform is dead for this year. Honestly, I can't get all in a twist about it like some people can. It's not like this was landmark change. And it's not like it was a huge favorite to pass the voters either. Furthermore, it's not like the common council isn't a democratic body - they can be voted out of office if people don't like their stance on reform. And besides, if the ACA has the citizen support it claims, then the normal democratic process of elections will see that they achieve their goals eventually. You can't hope to govern through initiative and referenda. Eventually, any movement must turn to candidate production and electoral victory. Personally, I would have voted to put it on the ballot, but it's disingenuous to call this an undemocratic result. The elected representatives of the people are at least as important as a 3500 person petition. At any rate, I've said it before - losing in this manner may be the best thing that could have happened to the ACA/Progressive movment.

But on it's face, the score at the end of one inning: Jennings 1, ACA 0. [But they did get a few hits.-ed Sure, just nothing with runners in scoring position. And it looks like the opposing pticher is tiring quickly-ed. That seems true. Agreed. And they have a great farm team...just wait till next year! -ed. Enough already.]

In other political news, the TU endorsed Morris for CC president (yawn) and the Albanyeye is laughing at (lamenting?) Goodbee (and discussing Albany Toast!).
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