Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What to do when your nose goes on strike ...

This morning on Dialog, I discussed the ongoing saga at LCTV.

I brought this up a couple weeks ago, upset over the way they're handling their affairs - and specifically how they're treating Tom Christy, host of Legislative Journal, the TV group's most popular show.

And this morning, I spoke with a Town of Lockport woman who felt harassed by the organization after she asked for a copy of LCTV's bylaws - which they were obligated to give her, but never did.

Several callers felt that LCTV is abusing the powers given to it by our tax dollars and cable bills.

One called for a picket.

I sort of brushed that aside, but after thinking about it, realized that it might just do the trick. If nothing else, it would cause the rest of the local media - which has completely ignored the issue - to finally take note.

What do you think? Picket? Cause a ruckus?

I'm not nearly the rabble rouser that people peg me as ... but wonder if it might help this situation if I were.

Any picket would have to have a serious number of people to be of any significance. A couple dozen minimum.

Want to be one of 'em? I'm down if you are ...

How ’bout them apples?

Looks like the Democrats in the state senate picked up another seat with their special election victory on Tuesday.

If you've been following Albany Update on Dialog, you knew all about this election. Otherwise, it might shock you to hear there was one ...

This is the Democrats second seat pick-up in less than a year. It narrows the GOP control of the senate to just two seats (any GOP to Dem switch will be a 31-31 split).

Will heads roll? Rumor had it that Joe Bruno's future could depend on yesterday's election. He's certainly part of the problem. Getting rid of him could only be a good thing.

How will the local delegation react? What's State Sen. George Maziarz going to do? He had relied on George Pataki for his power and now that well's run dry. If he loses Bruno, might the 62nd district's constant flow of pork funds dry up as well?

And that pork and power that flowed to Pataki to Bruno to Maziarz to the 62nd has made Maziarz the most powerful man in Niagara County. What will become of him now? Might we find out that without the backing of a Republican governor and Joe Bruno, the emperor wears no clothes?

Only time will tell ... but I'll have fun speculating in the mean time.