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[OT-P: November 2013] Home Who wants to make baseball bats in the Catskills — tax free?

Want to buy an office building right under the glow of Rochester’s iconic Eastman Kodak headquarters?

How about starting a business at Sullivan County Community College to develop the next generation of baseball bats? Or use 21,000 square feet of office for a high-tech incubator at Binghamton University?

They are among nearly 100 locations recently listed by the state as potential sites for tax-free zones being pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to boost the upstate economy.

Cuomo officially launched the controversial program last week, and the state is starting with a sampling of sites around New York – mainly empty space on college campuses – to attract new businesses.

“In a tax-free environment, no one can match what New York has to offer,” Cuomo said in a news release Oct. 22. “Businesses that are looking to startup or expand, and most importantly create jobs, should look no further.”

The program allows businesses to pay no income, property or business taxes for 10 years if they locate near a college campus. Some higher-paid workers would have to pay income taxes after five years.

The initiative starts Jan. 1.

In the Hudson Valley, the state is marketing the 7,738 square-foot former president’s home at SUNY Purchase in Westchester County for redevelopment. Two other sites on the Purchase campus are being offered, including a former animal lab space.

Sullivan Community College in the Catskills said it is interested in a company to develop new baseball bats.

“These new technologies will enable the company to produce baseball bats which are superior to those currently available in the market through a unique and sustainable manufacturing process,” the state’s website said.

New politics thread. Still a little bit about baseball.

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   2301. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 27, 2013 at 02:56 PM (#4606908)
And I admit I do sort of wonder how Obama's poll numbers are going today :)

Well since you asked, Obama's Job Approval Rating is Down to 38% in the Reuters/Ipsos Poll and 37% in the Economist/YouGov Poll. That puts him at 40% in the overall RCP Presidential Job Rating poll average, not too good. Perhaps the worst news is that Obama's Job Approval Hit An All-Time Low In Ohio:
The botched rollout of Barack Obama's signature health care law continues to take a political toll on the president. The latest evidence is a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning showing the president's approval rating hitting a record low of 34 percent in Ohio. Obama's disapproval rating has jumped to an all-time high of 61 percent. This represents a significant decline from Quinnipiac's last poll in Ohio on June 26, when Obama recorded a 40 percent approval rating and a 57 percent disapproval rating.

The president's personal credibility has also taken a serious hit, thanks to his broken pledge that Americans would be able to keep their health care plans.  Only 39 percent of Ohioans now believe the president is "honest and trustworthy," a new low, while 57 percent believe he is not "honest and trustworthy," a new high.

The law itself has also suffered in the eyes of the public.  Only 35 percent of Ohioans currently support Obamacare, while 59 percent are opposed.

Might be a problem, no?
   2302. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 27, 2013 at 04:51 PM (#4606970)
Getting close to the November 30 due date on Obama's promise to have the ObamaCare website fixed. Will it happen? Who can say, but today the Administration down-sized the project by again delaying the Small Business Exchange:
The Obama administration is once again delaying the launch of an online small-business health care exchange, pushing the deadline back a full year to November 2014 . . . Consequently, instead of enrolling online through, small employers will have to apply through an agent, broker or directly through an insurer to enroll in plans through the new federal marketplace, for at least the next year.
. . .
The small-business site in the complimenary piece to the individual exchange, where technical problems have been well documented. Originally, both exchanges were supposed to open with full functionality at the start of October.

If this was good news, it wouldn't have been released on the afternoon before Thanksgiving.
   2303. Guapo Posted: November 27, 2013 at 05:17 PM (#4606989)
Curses! We thought we could slip it by on the afternoon before Thanksgiving and nobody would notice! You're too sharp for us, Yankee Clipper.
   2304. Lassus Posted: November 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM (#4607036)
"The small-business site in the complimenary piece..."

Is this 100% incorrect, or sometimes allowable in place of "complementary"? I would say the former, but maybe gef can correct me.
   2305. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 27, 2013 at 07:46 PM (#4607051)
An update on the 2014 Senate Elections from the National Journal:
A lot has happened since National Journal Hotline last surveyed the Senate landscape. Republicans took a significant hit when their efforts to derail the Affordable Care Act resulted in a federal government shutdown. But the struggles in implementing that law have swung the pendulum back in the GOP's favor in recent weeks.

Combined with a favorable map, Republican momentum has put control of the Senate firmly in play. In fact, the 7 seats most likely to switch parties in our latest Hotline Senate Rankings are only Democratic-held. If Republicans flip 6 of the 7 -- without losing any of their own vulnerable seats -- they would control the Senate in 2015. Overall, 13 of the 15 most vulnerable seats are held by Democrats.

   2306. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: November 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM (#4607128)
Now all you need to do is to move the elections up about 49 weeks and you'll be all set.
   2307. Swoboda is freedom Posted: November 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM (#4607209)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. And Happy Hanukkah if you swing that way.
   2308. SteveF Posted: November 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM (#4607232)
Right back atcha Swo. Gobble Gobble.
   2309. stig-tossled, hornswoggled gef the typing mongoose Posted: November 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM (#4607236)
Is this 100% incorrect, or sometimes allowable in place of "complementary"?

The former, I'd say, though I'm sure someone can find a one-time-only exception from some dictionary scribbled on foolscap by a random idiot in 1642 or thereabouts.
   2310. Stormy JE Posted: November 28, 2013 at 12:20 PM (#4607243)
And Happy Hanukkah if you swing that way.

From right to left, no doubt.
   2311. Howie Menckel Posted: November 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM (#4607248)


AckertNYDN 11:52am via Twitter for Android

Kind of surprised there isn't a [Thanksgiving Day parade] float for Mariano Rivera's retirement.
   2312. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM (#4607250)
Now all you need to do is to move the elections up about 49 weeks and you'll be all set.

I think the point is that if you extrapolate from the trend, come election time the American people will be rioting in the street demanding Obama be deported and any who voted for him rode out of town on a rail.
   2313. Publius Publicola Posted: November 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM (#4607252)
Happy Turkey Day all.
   2314. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 28, 2013 at 02:19 PM (#4607270)
Combined with a favorable map, Republican momentum has put control of the Senate firmly in play.

I have been hearing about the Senate being in play for 2014 for years at this point. It still is. Of course 2016 looks awesome for the Dems, so enjoy your chance of two years of getting Vetoed by the President. And don't count those chickens quite yet.
   2315. spike Posted: November 28, 2013 at 04:00 PM (#4607286)
2012 was supposed to be a good year too - Akin, Mourdock, Allen, Berg, Wilson and Thompson couldn't get the job done. Fortunately there's just no way that could ever happen again.
   2316. Publius Publicola Posted: December 01, 2013 at 09:14 AM (#4608141)
Whitey Bulger's belongings will be auctioned off
Bulger also owned a boxing mannequin topped with a hat that was apparently propped in the window of his apartment to make it look as though there was someone keeping lookout. Other items include binoculars, a telescope, camouflage clothing, nine fedoras, 27 pairs of sunglasses, ceramic poodle salt and pepper shakers, assorted porcelain cats and hundreds of books, many with Bulger's handwritten notes scrawled in the margins. There's also a McCain/Palin campaign button and a God Bless America poster.

Whitey Bulger a Republican. Now there's a surprise.

   2317. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 01, 2013 at 02:02 PM (#4608231)
Whitey Bulger a Republican. Now there's a surprise.

Only when in disguise. Perhaps someone is forgetting the party affiliation of those Boston politicians that cozied up to him or looked the other way all those years, including his brother.
   2318. Howie Menckel Posted: December 01, 2013 at 02:38 PM (#4608239)

Trent Lott and Tom Daschle offer a gridlock reliever blueprint:

"First, Congress should return to a five-day workweek and commit to “regular order.” Leadership should schedule votes on Fridays and Mondays to accommodate a more ambitious legislative agenda....

Second, joint caucuses should be scheduled at least once a month...

Third, end the Senate practice of “holds.” Members of both parties have abused this practice, which is now tantamount to a veto.....

Fourth, initiate weekly meetings at the White House and quarterly weekend meetings at Camp David. Regular engagement between the president and leaders of Congress is necessary..."

   2319. zenbitz Posted: December 02, 2013 at 12:26 PM (#4608667)
Perhaps congress should go on team building exercises... I suggest group sky diving. I'll pack the parachutes.
   2320. zenbitz Posted: December 02, 2013 at 12:27 PM (#4608669)

Possibly old news, but Stanford Foreign Policy Wonks like the nuclear deal
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