Our interview with Janice Volk

When you think of the conservative movement, you figure most people in the party have very similar views. Well, in the 29th District, in the case of Janice Volk, you’ll see there is quite a staunch difference in where both Ms. Volk and the Republican on the ballot, Tom Reed, stand on the issues. Here’s a taste:

On Hydro-fracturing/Marcellus Shale Drilling: Volk says we have the “brightest, smartest, hard working individuals” in this district and if any district would be a proponent of this, that this could be a precedent. She is in favor of drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

On Social Security: Volk opposes privatizing social security firmly, something Reed once insisted that all options must be on the table, and also vehemently opposes raising the retirement age from where it currently stands to proposed ages like age 70 as some people have speculated.

On Abortion/Stem-Cell Research: Volk is a pro-life candidate, just like Mr. Reed is. However, I attached this excerpt to where Ms. Volk addressed the situation in her own words: “On Thursday, September 23, 2010, Tom Reed spoke to a group of Elmira retired policemen (along with Janice Volk and Matt Zeller). Tom Reed started off saying he was “Pro-Life,” but then went on to say he supports embryonic stem cell research, and abortion in “certain situations”. How can you be “Pro-Life” and support these two practices?”

On the Economy: Volk proposes immediately removing the troops, a saving in which she says would be a $7 million dollar per soldier savings, which would return nearly $3.48 billion dollars to the federal government in her estimation of $7 million per soldier in which there are around 49,700 servicemen and servicewomen. She also is a proponent of eliminating the draft, which she proposes would save the taxpayers $45 million dollars.

On Green Energy: Volk thinks green energy is eventually going to work its way out, because people are “constantly looking for energy.” She doesn’t quite believe in the Zeller claim of this being an “industrial revolution.”

On Alleviating the National Debt: Volk proposes putting the burden back on to the schools to determine what they would like to teach rather than federal mandates from the government. When pressed, the Department of Education would be a program that would basically be wasteful under this policy, and should lose funding.

On Infrastructure: Before getting into the idea of where Ms. Volk stands, Tom Reed has said multiple times that he favors infrastructure to be in the top two of his list in terms of an agenda; well, to say that Volk believes he’s unqualified to do participate in that role is an understatement, saying quote “He left Corning in a mess; the roads were awful and the sewers were, too.”

Related to that, Volk opposes the proposed stimulus money for high-speed rail in Upstate New York based on the fact that we simply cannot afford the stimulus package.

On Outsourcing: Volk has experienced this first hand with her husband losing his job to outsourcing when they were just trying to start their family. She understands the issue and promises to combat it.

On Healthcare Reform: Volk is strongly opposed to the bill, citing she’s spoken with constituents and they’re suffering tremendously from this bill already. If elected, Volk plans to join other tea-party hopefuls in attempting to repeal this bill.

Here’s the thesis: On the 29th District’s potential, Janice Volk states “I don’t really people think they know what they have here.” There’s one way an optimist looks on such a tremendous district.

Note: We are in the process of trying to upload this interview to the blogosphere. We’re not the most technological savvy people in the world, but we’re working on it. We’ll post an update in the next post if the interview is not listed.

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Volk’s response to NY-29 Debate

Janice Volk had issued this statement in response to the debate last night:

“Mr. Zeller and Mr. Reed offered typical partisan talking points tonight. The people are looking for firm stances and specifics that directly address their needs. Two examples where I differ from Matt and Tom are: 1. I am the only candidate that supports immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan & 2. I am the only truly pro-life candidate, unlike Mr. Reed who supports embryonic stem cell research and abortion in certain situations. The war is a drain on our economy, removing our troops will put our nation on track towards a balanced budget and at the same time end senseless deaths.”

We will have a live interview tonight with Ms. Volk starting at 7pm.

Debate Recap – NY’s 29th Congressional District

By Alex Pagliano, Upstate Politics

For the viewers who turned in on FLTV or streamed the debate live online, or better yet attended tonight’s debate at Canandaigua Academy, the positions of both candidates refined a little as a wide-ranging variety of subjects were brought before both candidates on the ballot, Matt Zeller (D-Victor) and Tom Reed (R-Corning), to answer. From infrastructure to health-care reform, the takes from both candidates are listed below (Note: You’ll see that on the economy is not listed below. Why? Because each component drives into what makes our economy flow and then you can make your own independent decision on where you stand):

On Infrastructure:

Reed: Reed states that roads, sewers, and other municipal properties that are old and deteriorating must become one of our focal points moving forward. He listed this as one of his top two issues on his agenda, in large part because this puts local contractors and the unemployed back to work.

Zeller: Zeller supports infrastructure to repair roads, sewers, and other common problems that need renovations like Mr. Reed does. Against Mr. Reed, he supports funding for high-speed rail, which he attributes benefits to both shipping our goods to different markets faster and allow people to quickly reach destinations.

On Health-Care Reform:

Zeller: Zeller states that he would have not voted in favor of the health-care reform bill, but argues that since the bill is in place, that we should keep the statutes that everyone agrees on; making sure pre-existing conditions are not denied by insurance companies, healthcare for kids up to their mid twenties, and closing the loopholes for seniors with their finances in terms of healthcare. Rather than repeal it, Zeller supports keeping them and making amends to the portions that people disagree with.

Reed: Reed supports repealing what he calls “Obamacare” due to the large deficit it would take on our national debt and his support of limited government. He does favor purchasing insurance across state lines, which would force competition and eventually lower rates. This statement is also echoed by Zeller.

On the 2001 “Bush” Tax Cuts:

Zeller: Zeller only supports it for people making under $250,000 and cites constituent support that they would be willing to chip in the extra two percent to help the “little guy”.

Reed: Reed supports extending the tax cuts for all, based on the sole fact that we should not pick and choose who receives higher taxes and whose taxes should remain the same.

On Campaign Finance Reform:

Reed: Reed stands for full disclosure on where all money is coming from for contributions to each respective politician. This would be quite helpful in dealing with situations in where people are wondering in such instances where the US Chamber of Commerce has compiled it’s stash of money to compile attack advertisements. It is known via the FEC that Reed has taken money from large corporations, as well.

Zeller: Zeller acknowledges that the FCC leases time on the airwaves to private corporations and feels that each candidate should get ample time on the airwaves because sometimes the people who are best at raising money are not the best at governing. He believes that anybody who receives the number of signatures required should have an ample opportunity to get air time based because not everyone will rely on doing their homework; sometimes TV ads are the best way to get their message across. As opposed to Reed, Zeller has not taken a dime from any major corporation.

On Jobs being shipped overseas:

Zeller: Zeller criticized Reed for taking money from the Sutherland Group, a principal group that exports jobs to China. He acknowledges that there is a 26% unemployment rate and there needs to be good paying jobs created right here in this district by bringing in green energy and economic development by giving a two year social security holiday for small businesses and punishing companies that send jobs overseas by eliminating the tax breaks.

Reed: Reed acknowledges that this is a problem and has vehemently came out against outsourcing jobs after multiple jabs by Zeller about how he has plans of outsourcing jobs. In his campaign commercials and media, you’ll see he supports a $2500 per new worker tax break, which would be one way to create jobs here.

On Green Energy:

Reed: Reed supports this as a way to create jobs, and expanding off of green energy, he also added that he is in favor of nuclear and other forms of energies. He acknowledges these jobs would bring good paying jobs to this district. He supports the “all the above” approach.

Zeller: Zeller claims that this is the “industrial revolution” of the 21st century and that with the global demand of clean energy coming around the world, we have the chance to seize the opportunities here to become a super-power in economics. He also believes that this would strengthen our national security as well, relieving our dependence on countries overseas where the money goes to people who may not necessarily like us.

On the Veterans Academies in the 29th District:

Reed: He overwhelmingly supports the VA’s, stating them as places to create jobs and provide much needed services to the Veterans. He would support this in funding, stating his two top issues were defense and infrastructure.

Zeller: Zeller also overwhelmingly supports the VA and believes that the Canandaigua VA should become a full-service hospital. He also notes that more must be done to help Veterans coming home, citing all they want to come home to is employment, social security, and healthcare.

On Education:

Zeller: Zeller does not support charter schools because he has the confidence in the public education system to return to a form when he went through the system. He proposes to eliminate NCLB because it stresses teachers to teach to the test that are mandated by regulations.

Reed: Reed supports charter schools because he has the confidence in the parent’s right to choose where they send their children to school. He, like Zeller, proposes to eliminate NCLB because it stresses teachers to teach to the test that are mandated by regulations.

On Hydrofracking/Marcellus Shale Drilling:

Reed: Reed is in favor of this project as long as it remains safe and feels it’s an opportunity to create jobs in the district.

Zeller: Zeller is completely opposed, citing failures in Pennsylvania, citing the radioactive materials that could potentially contaminate drinking water, the process of drilling being tedious on infrastructure, and the people who get these jobs to his knowledge aren’t from this district – they’re from the south.

On College Affordability:

Zeller: Zeller supports the Friedman plan (it is noted that Friedman was Reagan’s top economic advisor), which would tax students at a higher rate until they release their burden of the student loans. He states that in this, people could go out and have the opportunities to make innovative things happen, and states that if someone was burdened in loans like an innovator like Steve Jobs, we might not have Apple today.

Reed: Reed completely disagrees with that stance, sticking to his guns of conservative policy that Friedman’s plan would only add more to the government to run, and cost money to maintain, and eventually put the government in charge of higher education.

On Stem Cell Research/Development:

Reed: Reed supports stem-cell research and development, and maintains a “pro-life” stance on abortion.

Zeller: Zeller is also in agreement of stem-cell research and development.

On Immigration (Specifically on SB1070 in Arizona):

Zeller: Zeller does not support amnesty, and would punish companies that hire illegal immigrants with stiffer fines and penalties and then on top of that, go to Washington and push for reform so the federal government can do its job effectively.

Reed: Reed also does not support amnesty, and believes that the Federal Government had failed its duty to help Arizona and they had no other choice but to enforce this policy.

On Legalizing Marijuana:

Reed: Reed believes it’s a states right issue to deal with, but overall opposes marijuana for recreational use like in California. For medicinal purposes, there might be some worth.

Zeller: Zeller believes it’s a purely states right issue like Mr. Reed does, as well.

Note: We are in contact with write-in candidate Janice Volk’s campaign. We plan to interview her on all the issues that were addressed at tonight’s debate in part to offer voters the educated decision regardless of finances or ability to spread the message. This blog serves as an open forum for all that want to and intend on receiving votes, and frankly, we’re proud of that; nothing represents a democracy more than the voter’s right to make an educated decision.

Note 2: Addressing the whole how to vote twice controversy and how to fill in a write in campaign, we’ll go over it. The first box you will see is the unexpired term; fill in the oval for either Zeller or Reed, or go to the bottom and write in Volk. The winner of this would serve out the remainder of the term that is unexpired from former representative Eric Massa’s term. The row next to it serves the same purpose in terms of how to vote, however the winner of that would receive the full two year term that most candidates are running for across the country.

Note 3: For those of the Canandaigua students that attended the debate, kudos to you. If the younger demographic ever gets engaged in politics like you well represented tonight, our democracy will only grow stronger, and as a result, our government will, too.

Feel free to weigh-in, below.

Debate Night: NY-29 in Canandaigua

We’ll be live from Canandaigua Academy at the ninth congressional debate for the seat vacated by Eric Massa (D-Corning) between Matt Zeller (D-Victor) and Tom Reed (R-Corning). From the last poll, Reed leads Zeller by 14, 44-30, with more than 20 percent of voters being undecided.

You can follow our tweets at @AR_Pagliano. We’ll post our thoughts online after the debate’s conclusion. Election day is only six days away, and we prepare to make our endorsements on Friday.

NY-29: Analyzing Zeller’s Ad

With 82 percent of constituents unfamiliar who New York 29th Congressional District candidate Matt Zeller (D-Victor) is, his first advertisement takes us into a brief in-depth look on who he is through the eyes of some of his soldiers that he worked with over in Afghanistan.

Overall, I do like this advertisement. What Zeller’s intention to do here is quite simple; he wants people in the district to become familiarized with who he is, what he has done, and what he stands for. This advertisement made perfect sense in the way that he really connected with some voters and really sold the idea of how great a leader he is and what that could bring to the table in Washington.

Here are my other thoughts:

  • For someone who was already who was familiar with Matt Zeller, what does he ideally stand for? I didn’t catch any political points in this advertisement. It’s an interesting strategy because they must feel that getting the name out is more important right now rather than initially making a stand on where he will stand. People need the substance, as well.
  • No one will question Zeller’s service and his tremendous leadership; He’s young, bold, and ready to make the difference that it seems like Washington needs — someone who will go in their open to serving his constituents rather than playing partisan politics

Obviously, in the coming weeks, we will greater detail Matt Zeller, in which we hope to have the opportunity to interview him, as we plan to interview the other person on the ballot, Tom Reed. For more information on Matt Zeller’s campaign, check out zellerforcongress.com.

That will wrap it up for tonight’s post. We encourage your comments and feedback and suggestions are always welcome! Feel free to send us questions to ask all three candidates, as well.

NY-29: Analyzing Reed’s First Ad

Ah, October is finally here. Less than a month from now, voters will be headed to the polls to vote in the midterm elections, one which is heavily expected to bring change to Washington. But, in New York’s 29th District, many voters still don’t know who either of the two candidates on the ballot are, both Matt Zeller (D-Victor) and Tom Reed (R-Corning). Of the two, a recent poll Siena (9/21/10), 57% of voters polled had no opinion or replied with “don’t know” as a response to being asked about Tom Reed, an astounding 82% of voters have the same feeling towards Matt Zeller.
A little foreground on both; Reed’s campaign began last year, where he fully announced his intention of challenging then Congressman Eric Massa (D-Corning). Zeller, the former CIA member and veteran, got the nod of the committees earlier this year. The discrepancy in the time started probably would lead to the percentage differences, but both are still pretty abysmal.
So, in today’s edition, we take a look at Tom Reed’s first campaign advertisement and take a look at what he has to say and how his advertisements affected voters. Note that Reed was drawn in no particular order, and in the following days, we will look Matt Zeller’s primary ad as well.


Overall, this was a pretty tremendous advertisement. The voice of the American people within the past few months have not been pleasant, and the enthusiasm has shifted more to the right than to the left. And the first two things that you associate with what is wrong in this country to a district that has more Republicans registered is to hammer both President Obama and Speaker Pelosi.

Here are some of my other thoughts about this advertisement, as well:

  • In terms of the $2500 tax credit per new job created, this is a very innovative plan. A majority of business owners would like to provide more services to their employees; This would certainly help that. It also gives the businesses a little bit of capital to be enticed with to create more jobs and expand right here in Upstate NY, where jobs are needed the most.
  • The only true curiosity in this advertisement is the theory of “eliminating wasteful programs”. That is awfully vague. Candidates nationwide like to use that phrase often, because frankly, it is an easy way to lower the deficit. But, are the candidates willing to release what programs they would cut? It would be only fair, considering only a few months ago Reed asked both Zeller and then potential candidate David Koon, (D-Fairport, NYS Assembly), to come out and state whether they favored the health care bill or not. Certainly when we talk to Mr. Reed, this will be one of our questions.
  • And on a side note, it certainly helps to have nearly seven times the amount of cash-on-hand than your opponent in a race where more than half the voters know neither candidates. That should certainly swing in the balance to help Reed tremendously.

For further information on where Tom Reed stands, check out his website, www.tomreedforcongress.com.

That will wrap it up for tonight’s post. We encourage your comments and feedback and suggestions are always welcome! Feel free to send us questions to ask all three candidates, as well.