Friday, September 24, 2010

It Was Worthwhile While It Lasted

The official voting results are in for the Democratic committee people races in the Niagara 32 District.
My wife, Valerie Dunne, received 30 votes, one of our opponents received 29 votes, I received 27 votes and our other opponent (husband of election opponent 1) received 25 votes. So, Val and one of our opponents have been elected the Democratic committee people from Niagara 32, and my service as a Democratic committee person has ended.
I appreciated, was honored by and enjoyed serving as a Democratic committee person in our district, and know that Val will continue our service and representation. I learned a lot about serving people, the Democratic Party, the democratic process, our district and politics in the 6 years I served as a Democratic committee person.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Still Waiting

Although Val and I were informed that the unscanned and affidavit ballots would be counted Tuesday, as of 11 a.m. Thursday, we have not heard word about the new results for the Democratic committee people races in the Niagara 32 Distrct.
The voting results are to be certified as of Friday, September 24, in time for the Erie County Democratic Committee annual reorganization meeting Saturday, September 25, so we will have to eventually know the results, but pins and needles is the current status.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Official Voting Results Tuesday

As I previously posted, Val and I tied with one of our opponents for first place in the race for Niagara 32 District Democratic committee people in last week's voting; Val and I are the incumbents.
If the voting ends up in a tie, as far as we know the seats are declared vacant with no winners and the zone chair will appoint the committee people. But we were informed that 11 unscanned ballots have been found in our district, and these ballots will be counted Tuesday, so there may be a clear-cut winner or winners in this Democratic committee race.
This now gives me two reasons to be nervous starting this week, with both possibly presenting rather positive results. I will let you know about those events as soon as there is a determination.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Death Or Glory at the Polling Place

One great story from yesterday's Primary Day voting: Val and I voted between 7-7:15 p.m., after hours and hours of campaigning and before we went out to Sam Hoyt's campaign result shindig.
As I got up after filling out my voting form to submit it into the scanning machine at our polling place, a couple in their early to mid-30s got into line, with the man carrying a two-month-old child in a carrier. After smiling at the child behaving quite well, I noticed that the man was wearing a t-shirt with the image of the Clash's self-titled debut album.
I commended him on his shirt, and as all of us live on Norwood Avenue, we started talking about the Clash. I mentioned how the first import album I ever bought, in the late 1970s, was the same Clash self-titled debut record, and that it and "London Calling" were on my all-time Top 10 album list.
The man smiled and said that he hadn't gotten into the Clash that early, of course, due to his age, but started in high school and was a major fan. As he went to submit his voting form, his wife noted that their 4-year-old son, who was at home with someone, counted "Wrong 'Em Boyo" as his favorite song, requested it frequently and went around the house singing it.
There is hope for our next generation.

Three-Way Tie for First

Yes, folks, that is how the Erie County Democratic committee person/people race in Niagara 32, the district Val and I represent, turned out last night. Val and I, as well as one of our opponents, received 26 votes; her spouse received 23 votes.
The legalities of what happens to the two seats (I have held one for 6 years, Val the other for 8 years) is being researched and finalized, and things may look good for our return, but damn, it hurts and pisses me off, especially since the candidate we ran with, Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, not only won his Democratic primary but won by a more than 2-1 vote ratio in our district.
So, I am waiting a bit longer before I analyze more so I don't really let out the bile.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fuller Post Coming Soon

I've got a couple of things to write about, including today's Primary Day activities, but Val and I are awaiting the results of several races, including ours as Democratic Committee people in the Niagara 32 District, so I will be filling you fine readers in on more soon.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Eight Freaking Months

Yes, I just hit the eight-month mark for this bout of involuntary unemployment, and while my freelance work is picking up a bit, it really needs to get into a higher gear, which means so do I.
And yes, my job search continues, along with some stressful personal situations, my mother Sheila the main one. I just have to keep working, applying and helping my mom.

Monday, September 06, 2010

I've Been Overtaken

The more I look over the Internet and evaluate things, it appears that I have been succeeded by my niece Kim as the better and more frequent blogger and writer in the family.
First, and this isn't because she is my niece, you should read her quite simply excellent blog, Arizona Writer. Second, search the Internet for Kimberly Hosey (and maybe throw in Arizona) and check out some of her newspaper and magazine articles.
And yes, I should use this as a kick in the ass to get going with my writing more.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Great Blog by a Friend

I just came across and started reading a very cool and well-done blog by a college friend of mine, Alexandra M., Living Without Money.
I was tipped off to it by a mutual friend from college, Leslie Adams, at a party Friday, and Alexandra, who lives in North Buffalo, does a fine job not only in writing about living without a lot of funds or credit, but of how to live right simply without spending money or spending as little as is necessary. Alexandra's dry, often sardonic sense of humor comes through, and among her co-stars are her dog and cat.
So, check it out when you get the chance.