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Re: “Monroe Dems get a taste of victory

This certainly doesn't taste like a victory for this Democrat.

I listened to Baxter at the debate and on WXXI today. If someone outside of Rochester heard it, they would have no idea he was a successful Democratic candidate. Don't try to claim the sheriff's office isn't political; it's an elected position with political parties attached to candidates. He dismisses the need for investigations of the use of force and his metaphor today about not telling a doctor they're cutting the wrong part (in regards to civilian involvement in police accountability) completely ignores the fact that there is a victim on the other side on the knife.

One of his last questions today, from a man named Sam, was a feel-good "everyone has rights" answer that is the complete opposite of his recent comments. He claimed no one knew his which side of a protest he was on when he was a uniformed officer at a rally, but he has been very vocal about Colin Kaepernick to the point where it seems he is obsessed. For two years, he has tweeted at Kaepernick, pointing out every instance of police officers being injured and police officers doing good work, ignoring the reasons for Kaepernick's protest and suggesting it is meaningless. He purged many of the tweets that would rightly offend Democrats, but stands by everything he's said about (or to) a peaceful protestor he's never met.

Baxter was a good officer - I've never seen anything suggesting he wasn't - but his statements over the past few years make me question how he will respond in an era of increasing scrutiny of law enforcement. He's already called it a "mantra of police hate."

He probably could have won a Republican primary, and the same Democrats that have defended him after having "private conversations" would have torn him apart if MCDC had a candidate from within their own party.

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Posted by EricStevensINO on 11/16/2017 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Kodak releases ‘camera-first’ smartphone

Does it actually work as a phone? The frequencies it supports only seem to include voice and 2G/EDGE data... like we're back in 2007.…

Posted by EricStevensINO on 06/05/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Politics, violence, and the city’s mayoral race

Here's a statement from someone who has actually declared her candidacy, addressing exactly what this article calls for.

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Posted by EricStevensINO on 02/20/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Barnhart says big tax cut will lead to more prosperous city


The Barnhart event was a press conference where she discussed a platform. There were some invited supporters, but it was not meant as a two-hour festival celebrating someone who didn't present any actual plan for Rochester.

If you're so concerned about a candidate running a negative campaign against an opponent - though I should say that the assembly campaign was on her opponent's record, certainly a fair target - you should be very concerned about who supports Sheppard. They're the same groups that ran smear campaigns against Barnhart last year.

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Posted by EricStevensINO on 02/07/2017 at 11:37 AM

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