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CONGRESS: Appearances matter in race

December 30, 2013

A special visitor made her way to Dunkirk on Dec. 15. Candidate for Congress Martha Robertson started her journey from Tompkins County just before 6 a.m. that day....

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Dec-30-13 7:35 AM

Oh yes the Tea Bagger Tom Reynolds who voted twice to keep the federal government closed. Doesn't know the word compromise so this Republic can move forward for The People. Mind you the Ithaca/Tompkins County liberal is a sold person and caring I will be voting for her and against Reynolds The Tea Bagger, he is way more beholding to the Tea Bagging Party than the Republican Party. If you want to be a Tea Bagger then remove yourself from the GOP. WE need moderate Republican leaning toward conservatives willing to listen and compromise for our nation not ideologues.

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Dec-30-13 8:22 AM

Let's not forget that Roberts is from ultra-liberal Thompkins county where members of her party in their legislature are opposing the re-powering of their own power plant. She is also the person that made the recommendation that Dunkirk convert to burning refuse wood and garbage instead of natural gas. She gave the ridiculous recommendation without doing any research into it. If she had, she would have realized that both NRG and National Grid had long ago determined that to be a bad idea.

Her poorly-thought-out attempt to gain some support here doesn't mask her radical left-wing roots. Had she been our representative, Martha Roberts would have bowed to the demands of the Sierra Club and would not have been working to keep the NRG plant open. Look at what's going on in Thompkins county right now for proof that.

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Dec-30-13 9:30 AM

Just wondering if Reed was in Dunkirk on Dec 15th.

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Dec-30-13 10:24 AM

No vote for her from me. Stop being stupid. Learn something before you vote.

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Dec-30-13 11:25 AM

I'd have to say, the lack of inspiration to anyone with a capability for truly independent thought by EITHER of these candidates is nothing short of amazing. No wonder we're (NYS) in the shape we're in.

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Dec-30-13 12:19 PM

confused bob is at it again. Hey bob, what you mean by c o mp romise is that the right wing must agreee with the left wing. I see NO EFFORT at c o m poromis by the crazy left. robertson is just another witless , clueless, unscientific woman. one would have to be nuts to support her. but being mentally ill is what liberals are all about.tell me wherre the left has compromnised lately bob. I thas not. Why should learned people like myself c o mpromise with scientifically illiterate people like you and the libs bob ? got any reason to? other than caring and sharing, i am weeping aleady bob.

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Dec-30-13 2:08 PM

Reed is doing a fine job.Martha is an anti-second amendment,tree-hugging,big-spending progressive.Not someone we need speaking for us.

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Dec-30-13 3:04 PM

I don't agree that "appearances are everything in the race for the 23rd District of Congress." The voters should consider that Tom Reed and his fellow Republicans have done little if anything for the people of this district. They have been too busy fighting among themselves to pass even a farm bill. Tom is well practiced with photo ops., but has done little more than that.

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Dec-30-13 3:10 PM

Congress passed 56 bills this year, even though over 5,600 were introduced. "Crossing the aisle" and "compromise" were wiped from the lexicon.

Yeah, sure, let's reelect all these bozos...

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Dec-30-13 3:47 PM

No Captain, Rep Reed was not in Dunkirk on the 15th but his Rep was.

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Dec-30-13 5:54 PM

Power plants are not the only issue. Get your eyes open, George. Liberals are Americans, and numerous, by the way. And Constitutionally protected. Ain't it a pity!?

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Dec-30-13 5:55 PM

Nothing to rival a Big Spender like a Republican with a war. Think George.

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Dec-30-13 6:29 PM

Yes, Martha has been very busy indeed! She’s been fundraising with a convicted sex offender, wasted one million dollars in taxpayer money for office renovations, defended doubling your property taxes, and even advocated for expanding Obamacare to a single-payer system! Oh yes, sweet Martha! She has a lot of explaining to do.

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Dec-30-13 7:27 PM

Fat Uncle Fester Tom "I got my lap band 100% paid for US taxpayers" Reed came this close to losing to Nate Shinigawa -- a Japanese American from Tompkins County.

Fat Uncle Fester Reed is a weak, weak, WEAK candidate who has done zero-nada-zilch for this district -- except for his leadership-inspiring "listening" tour....if anyone can name one big thing he did...

Martha has a serious solid opportunity to win next year and the RW/GOP/TPers know it.

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Dec-31-13 6:49 AM

Weep Steiner weep. Weep as the citizens refuse to elect tea baggers our party looses elections and The GOP is reduced in influence in The House. Keep espousing your foolishness keep it up as we loose election after election because the only good Republican is a Conservative moderates don't belong. Actually, your the reactionary you are, join another party if you wish but, your opinion and that of so few others has damaged the GOP. Compromise, how about the recently passed Federal Budget and how about the extension passed before that. Oh but wait, nothing works unless you reactionaries get everything you want or your going to vote to keep Our federal government closed. That is neither American nor Republican it's a group of reactionaries that care little for anything except Their Grand Opinions knowing all.

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Dec-31-13 8:46 AM

joew..No Captain, Rep Reed was not in Dunkirk on the 15th but his Rep was.

You mean the one who has health insurance due to OBAMACARES!!! When she told me she was still on her parent's insurance...I asked if she knew that was due to the ACA. She had NO idea.

Wonder if Rep Reed has ever read this law...and how it might benefit the people of his district. Apparently he has not shared this info with his staff.

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Dec-31-13 8:51 AM

Rep Reed voted to shut down our government. The shut down that cost us all 24 million dollars. So much for fiscal responsibility huh?

Think I will go make another donation to Robertson campaign. I just cannot take any more of a tea compromise...kind of rep. I want one that will represent THE PEOPLE not BIG MONEY.

Go Martha!!!!

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Dec-31-13 11:00 AM

We Tompkins County residents know Martha Robertson best. What do we see? She made accusations that Reed operatives had hacked her website. She has been unable to offer one bit of evidence that this was true. She made it up out of whole cloth. She took salary as legislative chair in Tompkins for a period before she was actually elected to the job. She spent 100K+ on a desk. She brought in a ex-con child abuser to raise funds. She tried to strip corporations of the right to free speech. She supports Obamacare and would go on to single payer. She spoke under the Democrat Socialist banner. She is an ardent anti-energy fractivist and lobbyist. She voted for the hastily passed SAFE Act on guns before she voted against it. Robertson, wrong even in Tompkins, and when you know the real Roberson, too radical for the western southern tier!

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Dec-31-13 11:04 AM

The Teapbulicans have had their moment in the sun; now its time to send them, and Reed, back to reality. If anyone out there thinks that the Teapublicans have done anything more than tie up the Congress in a 'knot' (i.e., anything 'not' Obama, not cooperative, not compromising, not realistic--shall we not fund the agencies that protect small people from big business and even big government?), they're not paying attention or too into ideology. Teapublicans have no agenda, (except just say no) and for those whose unemployment compensation has just ended, or for the seniors who no longer can get food stamps or meals on wheels (while the Big Farms get subsidies and tax breaks), they know this is no way to run a country. Listen to the Pope: This kind of political economics is insane and immoral.

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Dec-31-13 1:03 PM

Regulateski,the Democrats are the "Bread&Circus" party.Let everyone have freebies that "they" don't have to pay for.Vote for Martha.Thanks anyway,I'd rather keep my "freedoms",than sell my vote for freebies.

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Dec-31-13 5:54 PM

Judeye you never cease to amaze me with your ridiculous comments. Have you read the law and if so which version? The original version or the version(s)illegally changed in violation of the constitution? Please tell us how the illegally oft changed law will benefit those in our district? You still have not reported to us(as promised)about your plan. Why the holdup?

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Dec-31-13 6:08 PM

Regelski could you please tell us what Seniors are being denied SNAP and meals on wheels? Whom do you think will be carrying the burden(financial)for funding Obamacare?

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Dec-31-13 7:35 PM

Of course Judblindeye is for Robertson. She is one getting govt money and who knows what other freebies like pic and wick. The takers are Obama lovers and Robertson lovers. If you are a smart voter you won't vote for Robertson or any Democrat!!!!

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Jan-01-14 8:02 AM

I have not completed and signed up yet for the complete insurance. When I do I will report here clearly. So far, I have had NO difficulties meeting with the local navigator or talking directly with someone from the State on my options.

As for taking govt mean our social security? The money that we contributed to for the past forty plus years? You really think that makes me a "user" of the system? Good grief

Look at all those who disagreed with me when I pointed out that staff of Rep Reed benefit from Obamacares...directly. Ha ha...

Do you disagree that they should get health insurance under their parent's coverage...or disagree that Rep Reed failed to explain the benefits of the law to them?

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Jan-01-14 9:17 AM

Poor racist, chauvinstic Stiener belies everyone else is wrong if they are not white and a scientist. ( per his recent quotes posted against women and the civil war ) This is so funny its sad. he completely knocks solar power as a waste for the greenheads, while he post how is is a scientist working on green power. Which is it Stuper, for or against ? make up you 100 IQ mind !

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