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Audio Feature: This week in news for Rep. John Faso: 20171024

Oct 20, 2017 9:56 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), the District 19 Congressperson for the WGXC listening area. Faso returned to Washington D.C. this week where Fivethirtyeight.com currently reports Faso votes with Donald Trump's positions 89.6 percent of his votes. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (6:31).

Sahil Kapur at Bloomberg Politics reports Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) is negotiating with House Republican leaders to keep the state and local tax deduction in the GOP tax cut proposal. “We’re narrowing options and they’re paying attention to us,” Faso said after leaving the meeting in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office. “A lot of work has to be done.” The initial Republican proposal calls for eliminating the tax breaks, which would raise taxes for all New Yorkers. Faso said the Republicans may instead limit the tax break to people who earn under a certain amount, perhaps to adjusted gross incomes of $400,000. Read the full story at Bloomberg Politics.

Richard Moody reported for Columbia-Greene Media Indivisible Chatham and the Columbia County Sanctuary November organized a rally Sat., Oct. 14, in support of the federal DREAM Act. Supporters rallied in Kinderhook village to sign petitions and create photographs and video supporting the passage of federal legislation that would direct the Department of Homeland Security to grant permanent residency to certain undocumented immigrants. “We are here in support of [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], and in particular to encourage [U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19] to vote for a clean DREAM Act with no strings attached,” said Joannne Trapanese, who organized the rally. “This affects our area in a big way,” said Indivisible Chatham's Alan Gelb. “There are farms all over the area where this population is working. There are restaurants and the whole food fabric of this community.” Faso has said in the past that he agrees that migrant farm workers and DREAMers are important to the economy of 19th Congressional District. Faso is the co-sponsor of two bills meant to address the issue around DACA and provide paths to citizenship for DREAMers.

Matthew Hamilton reports in Capitol Confidential Democrat Steven Brisee has ended his bid for the 19th Congressional District seat. Brisee was arrested last month for alleged grand larceny, a felony. Democrat Sue Sullivan also left the campaign trail last month, leaving six Democrats currently announced for a primary election next year to eventually face first-term U.S. Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) in November 2018. Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.

The Daily Freeman reports that among all seven candidates for the 2018 19th Congressional District, Democrat Antonio Delgado raised the most money for his campaign in the third quarter of 2017. Delgado, of Rhinebeck, raised $1,053,989.11 in July, August, and September, according to campaign finance filings posted online by the Federal Election Commission. Delgado has spent $173,368.34, and his campaign had $880,620.77 as of Sept. 30. Democrat Brian Flynn of Elka Park raised $1,044,650.66in the same period. But of that, $650,000 came in loans from himself, and only $35,400 was from public contributions. Flynn has spent $133,288.10, and had $911,362.56 as of Sept. 30. Republican incumbent John Faso, of Kinderhook, was next, raising $893,266.20 as of Sept. 30. Almost half of that came from Republican fundraising committees. Faso has spent $424,383.35, with $572,311.84 in his bank as of Sept. 30. Patrick Ryan of Gardiner said he raised $589,769.99, spending $68,113.81, and leaving him with $521,656.18. Gareth Rhodes of Kerhonkson reported raising $297,146.25, spending $40,700.51, and keeping $256,446.44 in cash. David Clegg of Woodstock raised $217,180.81, but more than half, $110,000, came from a loan from himself, and raising just $11,182.18 from contributions. Clegg spent $37,637.67, and reports $179,543.14 in his campaign as of Sept. 30. Jeffrey Beals of Woodstock raised $114,757.72, with a loan of $56,000 from himself. Beals spent $32,389.83, and reports having $82,367.89 as of Sept. 30. Steven Brisee of Walden dropped out of the race Oct. 17 with a campaign fund of 38 cents. And Democrat Sue Sullivan of Plattekill left the race on Sept. 25. Together, the Democrats raised more than three times the amount of the Republican. Residents of Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Sullivan, Delaware, Schoharie, and Otsego counties; most of Dutchess County; parts of Rensselaer and Montgomery counties; and a small piece of Broome County will vote on which candidate represents the area in a primary and a general election in 2018. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.
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