Links of the Day:
– Maggie Brooks is pro-life. The candidate for the 25th district congressional seat did not reveal to the Democrat and Chronicle how she would vote on abortion-related issues (or much else):
“I have not let social issues define my governing ability or style here in Monroe County and that would continue,” she said.
On abortion, Brooks said she has a “personal pro-life position” but that she governs for “everyone” and tries to balance different interests. Asked if she would seek to change access to abortion, Brooks said she wouldn’t talk about “hypotheticals.”
“Until you’re faced with a piece of legislation that has specific language and specific detail, I don’t think it’s fair to sit here and say I would or I wouldn’t,” she said. “Because most often it’s not a yes or no answer.
Meanwhile, Brooks’ opponent, Louise Slaughter, is co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus.
Brooks’ position on social issues could factor big into the race. One GOP insider told me “east side Monroe County Republican women” are very moderate and may not go for a pro-lifer. This person thought the abortion issue could bring a lot of outside campaign money into the race on both sides. Although Brooks hasn’t been very specific about her social views, we knew they were conservative after she opposed benefits for the same-sex spouses of county workers legally married in other states. (The county lost in court.)
I couldn’t find a poll about Monroe County voters’ views on abortion. But a recent Voice of the Voter poll showed local voters don’t place a huge premium on social and moral issues.
Could that change in this election?
– The Buffalo News opposes a downtown casino, saying local patrons would create local problems. The paper doubts it will be a tourist destination.
– Some states allow certain companies to keep the state income tax they collect from employees. Say what? Rochester’s own David Cay Johnston breaks it down.
– Should movie theaters charge more for hits and less for flops? Pricing based on demand seems so obvious, doesn’t it?