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Audio Feature: This week in News for Rep. John Faso 20180612

Jun 08, 2018 10:45 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), the District 19 Congressperson for the WGXC listening area. The Fivethirtyeight.com website currently reports Faso votes with Donald Trump's positions 88.3 percent of the time, the same as last week. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (13:10).

• On June 7 Rep. John Faso voted for the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, a Republican bill to cut $15 billion in federal spending, including from the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. The bill passed the House 225-187 with only Republican votes. Otherwise, there were only a few minor votes in a slow week in Washington D.C.

The Associated Press reported in The Daily Freeman that Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) does not agree with the Trump administration's latest tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico, and Canada. Faso called the tariffs “short-sighted” and bad for the U.S. economy. Stock prices fell about 250 points on the news of the administration heating up trade wars with friendly countries. According to the Congressperson, the tariffs, “are going to hurt small manufacturers and their workers by raising the cost of their goods.... I’ve visited numerous businesses across the [state’s 19th Congressional] District that make products such as aluminum window frames, aerospace components, outdoor furniture parts, and specialty metal components. All of these businesses will be harmed by the actions taken today.... This is a short-sighted action which will hurt our economy and sow chaos among our allies and American manufacturers,” Faso said. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

Carly Miller is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Greene County Republicans held their annual picnic at Sunny Hill Resort in Greenville, June 2. The 26th annual Joe Garland Memorial Family Picnic fundraiser, organized by the Greene County Republican Committee, featured speeches from GOP incumbents John Faso, William McCarthy, George Amedore, Chris Tague and Joe Stanzione, as well as Chris Gibson, who represented the 19th Congressional District from 2011 to 2017. Republican officials expressed their support for the party's gubernatorial candidate, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. Molinaro did not attend the picnic. “There’s a real sense we’re moving in the right direction, but in New York state we’re being left behind,” said Gibson, rallying conservative support for Molinaro’s campaign. Gibson touted Molinaro’s promises to limit corruption, abolish the SAFE Act gun control legislation and to “stand up for our freedoms.” Greene County Republican Committee members and local supporters raved about the event and the GOP candidates on the ballot. “It was a great crowd,” said Greene County GOP Chairman Brent Bogardus. “This is a great campaign kick-off event in Greene County...." Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

Roger Hannigan Gilson reports in The Other Hudson Valley that a super-PAC supporting one the the Democrats in a Congressional primary is going negative on another Democrat. A political action committee representing Pat Ryan called With Honor Inc. has hired a company to call voters and test negative information about Antonio Delgado. Ryan's PAC is paying Global Strategies Group LLC $17,500 for the polling, according to FEC filings. Kalamata Research is doing the polls for Global Strategies. So far, the seven candidates who want to challenge Rep. John Faso have only been attacking the Republican. Tara Shafer, a Rhinebeck resident said she received a call on her landline from the "push-poll." The pllster called Ryan “a decorated war hero” and “the son of a school teacher” and it “shows me someone is purposefully propping up Pat Ryan and purposefully slandering Antonio Delgado,” she said. The Delgado campaign said the calls are spreading untruths. “[Delgado] was not a lobbyist and has never been a lobbyist,” according to Delgado spokesman Brendan Welch. Don Levy, the director of the Siena College Research Institute, said, “It is a type of push poll that is relatively insidious, because it masquerades as an objective poll.” Read the full story in The Other Hudson Valley.

Chris McKenna reports at The Fray that Democrat Gareth Rhodes picked up two more union endorsements this week in his attempt to win the Democratic nomination to take on Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) in November. Teamsters Local 445 and Local 456 endorsed Rhodes this week, who was previously backed by the Communications Workers of America Local 1120. Brian Flynn was recently endorsed by the Transport Workers Union, the only other major union endorsement among the seven candidates running in the June 26 primary. “Gareth’s working-class upbringing here in NY-19, his hard work farming and drilling wells, putting himself through college, record of public service, and lifelong commitment to labor unions make him the candidate that organized labor can rally behind to beat John Faso,” Barry Russell, principal officer of Local 445, said in a press release from the Rhodes campaign. “His approach going to all 163 towns in NY-19 shows a commitment to representing all the working people of this community that no candidate can come close to.” Read the full story at The Fray.

• On June 1, WGXC had a live webstream of the "Gun Laws, School Safety and Mental Health" panel discussion at Hudson High that included Faso. Click here to download or play a recording of the event.
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