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Larry Hirsch
Larry Hirsch has been active for over two decades in New York City politics.
He is the Former President of Community Free Democrats and was the State Committeeman for the 69th Assembly District .
After spending the first 50 years of his life in New York City, Mr. Hirsch and his family have moved to New Jersey, where he expects to get active.

Entries by Larry Hirsch

Formula for Hillary: Lead With Beliefs and Disprove the Stereotype

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 12:18 PM

One of the truisms about politics is that if people have stereotype of you, any action you take to remind people of it, no matter how small, will make the stereotype stick. An example I always use is of Andrew Cuomo in his first campaign for Governor in 2002. People...

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The Apprentice Responsible for the Strength of Trump Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2015 | 5:59 PM

Think of Donald Trump before The Apprentice. He was a New York real estate developer who also owned casinos and golf courses and a big house in Florida. He was mostly known in the New York area but due to his outsize personality and relentless self promotion was becoming a...

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The Left, The Right and The Encyclical

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:24 AM

Mike Huckabee on Meet the Press this morning while continuing to not commit on climate change even in the face of the Papal encyclical declaring it a danger. In his comments he noted how the left might embrace the wording climate change but would not look so favorably on the...

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It's More Than the Bridge: Why We Don't Like Christie in Jersey

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 10:31 PM

If Chris Christie runs for President he will be going around the country telling people he's done a great job in Jersey, we love him here and he wants to do the same for the rest of the Country. As those of us who live here know, the picture he...

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Senate Dems Should Invoke 60-Vote Rule

(653) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 6:45 PM

For most of the Obama Presidency many good pieces of legislation either languished in the Senate or had to be substantially changed as Democrats, despite holding a majority, needed 60 votes to get a bill passed. This is all because the Democrats feared that the Republicans would filibuster any good...

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Obama Is Right to Ignore Saber Rattlers on ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:06 PM

John McCain and some of the louder pro-war voices in Congress have been criticizing the president for ruling out putting American boots on the ground in the battle against ISIS. These people want to see Iraq War 2 and feel that the Bush Doctrine that the only way to resolve...

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Foreign Policy Focus Should Move From Middle East to Africa

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 11:37 PM

Hey everyone, remember Darfur? The massive murder, rape and torture of tens of thousands pf civilians by the government and their agents was termed a genocide by both President Obama and Bush. Darfur was the focus of the world's attention, and millions fled to refugee camps. The spotlight increased when...

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Bridgegate Has Awakened Christie's Critics

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 11:23 PM

Like never before, Governor Chris Christie is being called out on a number of questionable actions by his administration. The once compliant legislature is now challenging him on a number of policy issues. His famous town hall meetings are now being overrun by protestors demonstrating just how controlled they have...

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Like With E-Z Pass Obamacare's Problems Should Be Forgotten

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 10:53 AM

If you remember when E-Z Pass and other automated payment systems were introduced to the nation's toll plazas, you remember the chaos that ensued. Long lines at toll stations, delays and confusion led to pronouncements of doom for the new system. By now, E-Z pass has become a part of...

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NY Mayor Matters More Than Police Commissioner in Setting Policy

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:27 AM

I read now that New York Mayor-elect de Blasio is considering bringing back Bill Bratton as Police Commissioner to replace Ray Kelly. This continues an odd cycle of reinvention concerning these two men that demonstrates to me that when it comes to setting NY Police Department policy, it may matter...

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Between the Extremes on Charter Schools

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 6:24 PM

As the campaigns for mayor of New York and governor of New Jersey enter the home stretch, few issues draw more heated rhetoric. To hear the candidates and advocates speak, you would think that charters are either the savior of urban school systems or the seeds of demise of the...

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Moderate Republicans Should Oust Boehner

(7) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 9:31 AM

As the budget battle and shutdown drag on, it is clear that Speaker John Boehner is demonstrating an absolute failure of leadership. Instead of leading Congress to a budget agreement, perhaps even a grand bargain, he is being lead down the road to fiscal disaster by a minority of Tea...

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Keep Eye on Funding Levels in Budget Talks

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Currently, all attention on the budget negotiations in Washington is centered on the Republicans outrageous attempt to tie funding the government to delaying funding for Obamacare. This tactic will likely result in a government shutdown for an indeterminate amount of time and deserves to have the spotlight focused on it....

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In Deblasio NY Dems Have Cause Candidate

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Bill de Blasio's rise to the top of the New York Mayoral polls should not be a complete surprise. In primaries voters will gravitate to the candidate that represents the cause worth fighting for. This can lead to the right's embrace of the Tea Party and New York Democrats' embrace...

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WIll Republicans Feel the Sequester Pain?

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 1:25 PM

The first effects of the sequester were felt by most Americans when air traffic controllers were furloughed. Flights were delayed and Congress got alarmed. Republicans, most of whom felt that there would be no pain caused by the sequester, felt the pain this time. Flights were delayed and a visible...

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Chavez Led Latin America Forward

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:14 PM

Hugo Chavez was a lot of things. To some a hero, to some a villain. One thing cannot be denied, however; Chavez was the first to show that a left-wing leader in Latin America could be elected president, enact leftist policies to redistribute wealth and get re-elected multiple times.

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Senate Democrats Should Stop Fearing Filibuster

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:33 AM

By not including the Assault Weapons Ban in the Senate Gun Control Bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wanted a bill that could pass. In essence he didn't want the bill stuck in another filibuster. The math in the Senate has been that you need 60 votes to get...

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GOP Endgame -- Privatization of Government?

(7) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:00 PM

A line in a recent New York Times article on the sequester caught my attention. The gist of it was that the short term economic pain of the sequester could be made up for by long term benefits for business. This got me to thinking. Is the Republican zeal for...

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Some NY Dems Need to Put Ideals Before Ambition

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 12:31 PM

As a former active New York Democrat (I now live in New Jersey), I look on in amazement as some of my past colleagues turn their backs on their party to further their personal ambitions. First are the group of five State Senators in Albany. When the Party is likely...

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The Fiscal Cliff: Obama's Opportunity for Leadership

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 12:02 PM

President Obama's re-election provides him a great opportunity. Not worried about the next election, the president can focus on his legacy and getting an agenda through that will cement it. He can take the momentum generated by his re-election to get a progressive legislation passed that reflects his beliefs and...

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