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Senator Felder Added To Democratic Fold

On Monday, July 1, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) announced that the Senate Democratic Conference was adding a new member: Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn). Sen. Felder has been a member of the State Senate since 2013. While he is an enrolled Democrat, he caucused with Senate Republicans during the first six years of…

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The Narrowing Democratic Field

The field of major candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is one of the largest in recent history. As of July 9, 2019, there are 25 major Democratic candidates in the race, 20 of whom participated in the June debates. The size of the field eclipses that of the 2016 Republican field, which—with 17…

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NYCF’s July 2019 Prayer And Praise Report

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms asks our brothers and sisters in Christ to remember the following thanksgivings and petitions in their prayers during the month of July. We praise and thank the Lord for preventing the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, paid surrogacy, and recreational marijuana in New York in 2019; We ask the Lord to…

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Gay-Rights Group Urges Constitutional Amendment

It has been a while since the U.S. Constitution was amended. In fact, it has been 27 years. The Constitution was most recently amended in 1992, when the 27th Amendment (providing that a law changing congressional salaries cannot take effect until after the next election to the House of Representatives has taken place) was ratified.…

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Speaker Pelosi’s House Lurches Increasingly Left

Under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the U.S. House of Representatives has recently passed several bills that highlight the increasingly radicalized ideology of the American left. On June 13, 2019, the House voted, 225-193, to pass a bill amendment that would “block the Trump administration’s recent ban on using federal funds to…

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Paid Surrogacy Doesn’t Deliver In Legislative Session

Recently, Albany Update reported that the New York State Senate passed paid surrogacy legislation. This week, we are grateful to report that the New York State Assembly declined to vote upon this legislation during the 2019 regular legislative session. On June 20, 2019, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie acknowledged that Assembly Democrats lacked the votes to…

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‘Inevitable’ Recreational Marijuana Fails In New York

The 2019 regular state legislative session in Albany is over, and a highly-touted bill has failed to become law. In fact, that bill failed to receive a floor vote or a committee vote in either house of the State Legislature. That bill is Bill S.1527-Krueger/A.1617-Peoples-Stokes, which would have legalized and commercialized recreational marijuana in the…

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Flatlines In Albany

For several years now, advocates have been working hard to add New York to the list of states that have legalized physician-assisted suicide. They have failed in 2019. This year’s regular legislative session has come to a close without a single vote being held on this divisive, unnecessary, and destructive proposal. Bill S.3947-Savino/A.2694-Paulin would reverse…

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George Borrello Wins Senate GOP Primary

On Tuesday, June 25, a Republican primary was held in State Senate District 57. While state legislative elections are held in even-numbered years, a special election is being held in Senate District 57 to fill a vacancy; that vacancy was created when Sen. Cathy Young (R-Olean) resigned from the Senate in March 2019 following her…

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Democrats Turn Down Dialogue With Iowa’s Evangelical Community

Bob Vander Platts, President and CEO of the Family Leader, invited seven Democratic presidential hopefuls to his organization’s annual Family Leadership Summit “to discuss a vision of unity for America and how their personal faith guides their leadership, their policy, and their governance.” Located in Iowa, the Family Leader is a Christian organization allied with…

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