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Attack on Zeldin gives GOP candidate needed name recognition

By Richard Lee

When a man walked onstage and confronted Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin during a campaign event in Fairport on July 21, Zeldin emerged unharmed.

He also emerged with a powerful personal story — complete with visuals — to underscore one of the central themes of his campaign.

Zeldin has placed crime at the forefront of his agenda, charging that his opponent, Gov. Kathy Hochul, is soft on crime.

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Hochul and Zeldin haven’t given up their day jobs

By Richard Lee

While Kathy Hochul and Lee Zeldin trade barbs on the campaign trail, the two gubernatorial candidates are making good use of the elected positions they already hold.

As governor, Hochul is effectively employing a Rose Garden strategy, using her office to announce grants, new programs and other positive developments.

In just the past seven days, she has:

  • Signed a bill enhancing airport safety;
  • Dedicated portions of a state roadway to veterans and first responders;
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Political campaigns should take a break the way baseball does

By Richard Lee

Major League Baseball will take its annual mid-season break for the All-Star Game this week. Wouldn’t it be great if political campaigns did the same?

In political campaigns, the stakes are high and time is always short. At first glance, a brief hiatus such as baseball’s three-day All-Star break appears unwise and impractical.

But think about it for a moment.

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Is a focus on crime a path to victory in NY?

By Richard Lee

Lee Zeldin’s Twitter feed leaves no doubt about what the Republican gubernatorial candidates believes is the top issue in his race with Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Crime has been the major focus of his campaign. Over the past few days, he has tweeted that he will fire Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for being soft on crime, linked Hochul with the “Defund the Police” movement and touted the law enforcement career of Alison Esposito, his lieutenant governor running mate.

But is this the best strategy for a Republican hoping to become New York’s first GOP governor since George Pataki, who served from 1995 to 2006?

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Hochul, Zeldin – and the Beatles?

By Richard Lee

Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour...

Those lines from the Beatles 1967 film and album “Magical Mystery Tour” are my way of inviting you to join me on a journey through this year’s New York gubernatorial contest — a race that already has had a share of unusual and unpredictable twists and turns.

A year ago, Andrew Cuomo was eyeing a fourth term as governor. Kathy Hochul was lieutenant governor and an unlikely candidate for the state’s top post. All of that changed on Aug. 10 when Cuomo announced his resignation amid a flurry of accusations of sexual harassment, and Hochul became New York’s 57th governor. 

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Breaking down coverage of the war in Ukraine

By Richard Lee

The long-standing journalism mantra “If it bleeds, it leads” holds true for the media’s coverage of the war in Ukraine, according to data compiled by students in a journalism course at St. Bonaventure University.

The data showed that, during the month of April, stories about military action and atrocities in Ukraine outnumbered reports on diplomatic efforts to end the war, humanitarian items and debate and discussion about the conflict.

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Poll shows New Yorkers favor Yankees over Mets

By Richard Lee

When it comes to politics, New Yorkers mirror national patterns, differing on most public policy issues.

But when the topic is baseball, the state’s residents are in agreement.

According to a March 28 Siena Research Institute poll, nearly twice as many respondents (40%) identified as Yankees fans than Mets fans (21%). Seven percent were fans of other teams, and 29% were not fans of any team.

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Radio: April Fools’ Day

For his April 1, 2022, radio show, Jandoli Institute Executive Director Richard Lee played songs inspired by April Fools’ Day. Lee was joined in the studio by St. Bonaventure University Lenna visiting professor Mark Sickles.

Lee’s show streams live on Fridays at 1 p.m. on the WSBU livestream site.

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How terribly normal to be 70

By Richard Lee

Motion pictures such as La Bamba, The Buddy Holly Story, The Doors, Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody tell the stories of some of rock’n’roll’s most influential artists.

In these films and other rock’n’roll biopics, audiences see individuals growing into celebrity and coping with all that fame and fortune brings – the good as well as the bad.

What audiences do not see are the issues entertainers confront when they grow old and struggle to remain successful and relevant in an industry whose biggest stars often are its youngest.

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