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The Kathy Hochul Effect on NYS Gubernatorial Race - Dave Levinthal

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  1. Cong. Brian Higgins- NFL TV Blackout Tonight

    Thu, 28 Aug 2014

    Another game blacked out tonight for local Buffalo Bills fans. As the final pre season game did not sell out congressman Brian Higgins has been lobbying hard to end the blackouts is on the WB my congressman good morning. Are we gonna have to endure another season of this. Well hopefully. The single handedly equal recognize that the black oval it's unfair to fans support. I directly aimed directly to the tax dollars. That he mentally and by extension. When you know we talk to a couple of weeks ago with one of the FCC commissioners sheet to. Agree that the blackouts should end now with that said congressman. When do you think the FCC is going to take a vote on this. I think it will be your vote this September. nothing to eliminate the black couple then went into public comment period. And commissioner outcry came to buffalo to announce that he would support. An elimination of the FCC rule that requires cable companies to abide by the week's black out policy. That you can remind yourself like a policies mr. professional sport. You know all the teams can that be televised to the fast velocity two hours before the start thinking. So we you know we think it's a forty year old rule and all of the public comment has been taking there's no evidence to support. You know any financial loss on the part of civil war the certificates The question. When that they have and I think they've the FCC elimination of school. Will be a major step toward. And he missed like a policy altogether. cool does benefit from the blackout or initially when it when it. Went into place forty years ago who benefited. I guess the teams did because the teams with the writing most of their revenue from ticket that the longer the case now with television talent in advertising. They think these principles of marketing here reached frequencies so. You know why would lead one fans by not having. By blocking access attitude team because that's a big part. I'm building a loyal fan base success possible deals and making sure absolutely definitely has done. So I just think you know at the wanna be told what to do but when you consider the 75%. 75%. In the stadium improvements throughout the confined to protect our it seems to me that fans are being harmed by these antiquated policy. Had the Federal Communications Commission recognizes that and and believe in that it recognizes as well. You know on the issue of fans being harmed by this policy in the past two really be driven home here in buffalo congressman don't you think because. We are considered a small national football League City. And we have a stadium that's much bigger in capacity than other a big cities around the country and trying to. A sellout of pre season game is not that easy around here. That's director of the league average if for general feeling is that 67 dollars and Ralph Wilson Stadium currently. 73000. The 6000 more. Purging to a point black out. And but let you know as you know the figure this team's performance ahead to carry very loyal fan base. Can't and they also support. So the team through their tax dollars but forty adding to the economic depression or changing economics the NFL has changed. And then I get surprised with the NFL and for their own self interest. Has been limited to black out war altogether because when you really. You know do a thorough review update. There's no evidence to support the black don't rule is beneficial and there's clear evidence that is harmful analyst opinions but that is the team's bottom line so again I think it's the team whether it's legal ground at this. Sooner rather than later but I think this SEC rule elimination could be very very important in this and objectives. If the FCC does vote in September to end the black would it be immediate or is there another layer of votes that need. Need I need is somewhere else. The gonna have to come around this would this would remove the federal government's role in requiring cable companies to abide by black hole. So it wouldn't be eliminated altogether but we think it's a major major piece that one's that temple was eliminated this leak will be forced to. I'll look at you look at this old antiquated rule which goes back 1970. Tree actually. Congressman we're glad you could join us thanks for the update. Congressman Brian Higgins.


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Date eleven solace with us on the WB in lines lines senior political reporter with the Center for Public Integrity mourning day. VA secretary Eric Shinseki weird does this investigation stand with this new week. Well right now it's going to be a pretty bad week for him even though it appears that he's going to stay in his -- and -- -- period that he has -- -- support of and it is guilt that arbitrary as to whether it's his job or not. It's going to be some very very rocky road going forward and there's a lot of people in congress were very concerned about. Its performance in the VA cultures. And the punt and the thousands of people who served in the military. Who rely on the VA medical service and as a result this is going to be. A major issue going forward it's article a lot of people out there are. Feel that you're not -- after the drop -- right you're not performing it's got. Properly about the BA overall is not getting the proper service that veterans who deserve. That this is not. It's going to be a -- it's simply good or any kind. You know David this happens to a lot of top level people. You know if something happens weighed down the line in the chain of command the they have no idea that has actually happened and chances are. That's what may have happened with the -- administering would you agree. And I make a very good point and that whether it's a Republican administration that democratic administration you can find examples with every single president. Every single administration. I think cabinet level secretary Perry having something on typical plot but it goes awry Ambac and no blame for. Somewhat level that does seem unfair happily ever -- On the other and the like at. Stop somewhere. Which is why you're hearing from these cries for for it -- be held a comfortable personally as opposed to somebody who is low on the took all of the functionary. Are you wouldn't have widespread problems under your administration. On your watch ultimately you're gonna be the person. It was responsible and not -- -- there's no better example recently that Kathleen Sebelius. -- all fairness surrogate in here that's not fairness. You ultimately blame for the failure the epic failure the spartans. Of the Obama web site rollout and that even though she wasn't fired could say a this is the resignation. It came up pretty much after everything was all said and done with the web site getting out and the a woman period being close out. Davis a lot of attention on president Obama's speech tomorrow at West Point what's expected to -- To be discussed in the speech. -- -- it's a little bit but it Alcatel are there hasn't been awful lot of you know arm side chatter is below what exactly he's going to say it but. What would have to expect it from that that he is going to talk. About the BA at least to some degree of the despair and a couple of days grade him very very focused. On the military very purpose and military affairs accorsi made it's secretive trip to Afghanistan without the -- out there -- -- states. A Memorial Day itself out but we have a lot of domestic issues that there weren't dealing with that are unrelated to the military. I'm related to the VA at the president take it upon themselves. Really focus on the military permanently that the past week. Before we let you go live on talk you about. Governor Cuomo selection of a former congresswoman -- vocal. To be his running mate for lieutenant governor currently arched a gubernatorial. Election you know. She is a immensely popular person in Western New York but he is also a free spirit she is also an independent thinker. And the one thing to comes to mind the is many many years ago when she was appointed interim Erie county clerk by. The former governor Eliot Spitzer and she at that time. Opposed Spitzer. And I I know. Driver's licenses for illegal aliens and he hit the ceiling. Governor Cuomo is a guy who wants things done his way we know that. Oh I -- no doubt that that there had been conversations. Among the few running -- enough people on the staff. Of the votes that were running -- Cuomo campaign that. Everyone should probably stay on the same page in the shouldn't be a two deviation necessarily from the script. Going forward -- -- -- local definitely it's somebody who is now you're Washington and back on the buffalo and somebody who has a lot to say and that will speak our mind. I expect her to have a fairly low profile going forward but the overall -- -- some -- Obviously is going to play very very well for that the Cuomo a ticket when it comes to. Many people in western York. Obama is definitely. Double B and tripled down on buffalo lately of course you have a billion that being talked about a lot an election right now particularly by up at street has the Republican. Opposition to the quote my ticket. At the local being put -- Obviously everything that happened and what a couple of pillows and he upper from the Obama administration among others should try to keep that they'll. Let it go in buffalo not only further the next couple Beers but for perpetuity. Hey Dave good stuff nice to talk with you again this morning thank you. Absolutely thank -- it's it's an ever -- that. -- Dave Leventhal senior political reporter with the Center for Public Integrity.

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