Alan Bedenko

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Jul 17, 2019
Local GOP Silence Reveals Loud Support for Nativism

In a lot of ways, the concentration camps and the daily parade of insults and embarrassments are quite difficult for people to wrap their heads around. It is unimaginable that this is what we have become. It is amazing how far and how fast we fell.…

In a lot of ways, the concentration camps and the daily parade of insults and embarrassments are quite difficult for people to wrap their heads around. It is unimaginable that this is what we have become. It is amazing how far and how fast we fell.…

In a lot of ways, the concentration camps and the daily parade of insults and embarrassments are quite difficult for people to wrap their heads around. It is unimaginable that this is what we have become. It is amazing how far and how fast we fell.…

Jul 8, 2019
No Answers to Stupid Questions

That’s basically the gist of this Buffalo News article by Sandra Tan, which parrots Republican concern-trolling over what, if anything, Mark Poloncarz thinks about the “Green Light” statute the legislature in Albany passed, and which Governor Cuomo…

That’s basically the gist of this Buffalo News article by Sandra Tan, which parrots Republican concern-trolling over what, if anything, Mark Poloncarz thinks about the “Green Light” statute the legislature in Albany passed, and which Governor Cuomo…

That’s basically the gist of this Buffalo News article by Sandra Tan, which parrots Republican concern-trolling over what, if anything, Mark Poloncarz thinks about the “Green Light” statute the legislature in Albany passed, and which Governor Cuomo…

Jun 26, 2019
Chronicling Harassment

A local purveyor of fake news has taken to Twitter, Facebook, and probably your email inbox—and the email inboxes of my current and former colleagues—to label me a “serial harasser” and to solicit people’s stories about my supposed penchant for…

A local purveyor of fake news has taken to Twitter, Facebook, and probably your email inbox—and the email inboxes of my current and former colleagues—to label me a “serial harasser” and to solicit people’s stories about my supposed penchant for…

A local purveyor of fake news has taken to Twitter, Facebook, and probably your email inbox—and the email inboxes of my current and former colleagues—to label me a “serial harasser” and to solicit people’s stories about my supposed penchant for…

Jun 19, 2019
McCarthy Promotes Dixon Push Poll

The task for the Lynne Dixon for County Executive team is a Herculean one — take a little-known, unremarkable county legislator and make her seem competitive against a perfectly reasonable two-term County Executive. After the utter fiasco of the…

The task for the Lynne Dixon for County Executive team is a Herculean one — take a little-known, unremarkable county legislator and make her seem competitive against a perfectly reasonable two-term County Executive. After the utter fiasco of the…

The task for the Lynne Dixon for County Executive team is a Herculean one — take a little-known, unremarkable county legislator and make her seem competitive against a perfectly reasonable two-term County Executive. After the utter fiasco of the…

Jun 7, 2019
The Mychajliw/Kearns Report Gif Recap

With deepest apologies to the Goose’s Roost, who perfected the art, I attempt to recap the risible, juvenile, unprobative Mychajliw/Kearns “report” on the proposed issuance of driver’s licenses to undocumented New York residents. '' The Clerk’s…

With deepest apologies to the Goose’s Roost, who perfected the art, I attempt to recap the risible, juvenile, unprobative Mychajliw/Kearns “report” on the proposed issuance of driver’s licenses to undocumented New York residents. '' The Clerk’s…

With deepest apologies to the Goose’s Roost, who perfected the art, I attempt to recap the risible, juvenile, unprobative Mychajliw/Kearns “report” on the proposed issuance of driver’s licenses to undocumented New York residents. '' The Clerk’s…

Jun 5, 2019
Health Insurance Propagandist: Stick to the Status Quo

The Buffalo News, which has taken something of a sharp turn to the right, published an “Another Voice” column penned by a health insurance broker. The conflict negates the opinion, but it deserves a fisking because it is so fundamentally…

The Buffalo News, which has taken something of a sharp turn to the right, published an “Another Voice” column penned by a health insurance broker. The conflict negates the opinion, but it deserves a fisking because it is so fundamentally…

The Buffalo News, which has taken something of a sharp turn to the right, published an “Another Voice” column penned by a health insurance broker. The conflict negates the opinion, but it deserves a fisking because it is so fundamentally…

May 29, 2019
Dictaphone McCarthy and the Case of the Missing $200,000

News reporting shouldn’t be a “choose your own adventure,” but the Buffalo News’ Bob McCarthy has a tendency to simply write down what people tell him and report that as fact, without checking. It is lazy horse-race reporting that purports to inform…

News reporting shouldn’t be a “choose your own adventure,” but the Buffalo News’ Bob McCarthy has a tendency to simply write down what people tell him and report that as fact, without checking. It is lazy horse-race reporting that purports to inform…

News reporting shouldn’t be a “choose your own adventure,” but the Buffalo News’ Bob McCarthy has a tendency to simply write down what people tell him and report that as fact, without checking. It is lazy horse-race reporting that purports to inform…

Apr 18, 2019
Electoral Malpractice

There are some problems with local designating petitions. The lede in the Buffalo News exclaimed, Five women candidates looking to break the all-male hold on the Common Council charged Tuesday that challenges to their designating petitions stem from…

There are some problems with local designating petitions. The lede in the Buffalo News exclaimed, Five women candidates looking to break the all-male hold on the Common Council charged Tuesday that challenges to their designating petitions stem from…

There are some problems with local designating petitions. The lede in the Buffalo News exclaimed, Five women candidates looking to break the all-male hold on the Common Council charged Tuesday that challenges to their designating petitions stem from…

Apr 10, 2019
Bad Old Days of Bad Old Ways: Pigeon Sine Pigeon

Dear Sir, Thank you for your transmittal of April 8th. Evidently you were responding to a tweet from County Executive Mark Poloncarz that you failed or neglected to reprint in its entirety: Hi everyone! Please watch this important message from me…

Dear Sir, Thank you for your transmittal of April 8th. Evidently you were responding to a tweet from County Executive Mark Poloncarz that you failed or neglected to reprint in its entirety: Hi everyone! Please watch this important message from me…

Dear Sir, Thank you for your transmittal of April 8th. Evidently you were responding to a tweet from County Executive Mark Poloncarz that you failed or neglected to reprint in its entirety: Hi everyone! Please watch this important message from me…

Apr 4, 2019
Mychajliw, Dixon and the Violence Brigade

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that in the era of Donald J. Trump, millionaire, American politics have become incredibly dumb and unconscionably threatening. There exists in the world zero excuse — none — to threaten violence or bodily…

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that in the era of Donald J. Trump, millionaire, American politics have become incredibly dumb and unconscionably threatening. There exists in the world zero excuse — none — to threaten violence or bodily…

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that in the era of Donald J. Trump, millionaire, American politics have become incredibly dumb and unconscionably threatening. There exists in the world zero excuse — none — to threaten violence or bodily…

Mar 21, 2019
Carl Paladino and the Czech Neutral Tourists

On Wednesday morning, prolific e-mail author and equine pornography enthusiast Carl Paladino revealed that his biggest fear is apparently riding a subway car on a Friday afternoon in which he is the only white person. This is a reasonable conclusion…

On Wednesday morning, prolific e-mail author and equine pornography enthusiast Carl Paladino revealed that his biggest fear is apparently riding a subway car on a Friday afternoon in which he is the only white person. This is a reasonable conclusion…

On Wednesday morning, prolific e-mail author and equine pornography enthusiast Carl Paladino revealed that his biggest fear is apparently riding a subway car on a Friday afternoon in which he is the only white person. This is a reasonable conclusion…

Mar 13, 2019
Is This Thing On?

The Trump Crime Syndicate is poised to close all 21 overseas offices of the Citizenship and Immigration Service. Immigrant visa applications will now be handled by already overworked consular offices, and this will result in delay and slowing of visa…

The Trump Crime Syndicate is poised to close all 21 overseas offices of the Citizenship and Immigration Service. Immigrant visa applications will now be handled by already overworked consular offices, and this will result in delay and slowing of visa…

The Trump Crime Syndicate is poised to close all 21 overseas offices of the Citizenship and Immigration Service. Immigrant visa applications will now be handled by already overworked consular offices, and this will result in delay and slowing of visa…

Feb 27, 2019
To Normal People, Rats are the Good Guys

Michael Cohen, convicted felon and former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, is no longer in the thrall of Trump or the eponymous MAGA cult. Liberated through his admissions and pleas, Cohen is now free to tell the truth and “rat” the…

Michael Cohen, convicted felon and former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, is no longer in the thrall of Trump or the eponymous MAGA cult. Liberated through his admissions and pleas, Cohen is now free to tell the truth and “rat” the…

Michael Cohen, convicted felon and former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, is no longer in the thrall of Trump or the eponymous MAGA cult. Liberated through his admissions and pleas, Cohen is now free to tell the truth and “rat” the…

Jan 11, 2019
Conservative Fusion Capo On Voting

As the newly constituted New York State legislature takes up a package of proposed voting and voter registration reforms - including same-day registration and early voting — let us consider for a moment what Mike Long, the state Conservative fusion…

As the newly constituted New York State legislature takes up a package of proposed voting and voter registration reforms - including same-day registration and early voting — let us consider for a moment what Mike Long, the state Conservative fusion…

As the newly constituted New York State legislature takes up a package of proposed voting and voter registration reforms - including same-day registration and early voting — let us consider for a moment what Mike Long, the state Conservative fusion…

Dec 20, 2018
Everybody Panic New York is Losing Population

New York State is losing population! That was the story that blared on the morning newscasts in Buffalo Thursday morning. The Buffalo News, too. Why, we lost loads of people! OK, yes, New York State lost population. We lost a net 48,500 people over…

New York State is losing population! That was the story that blared on the morning newscasts in Buffalo Thursday morning. The Buffalo News, too. Why, we lost loads of people! OK, yes, New York State lost population. We lost a net 48,500 people over…

New York State is losing population! That was the story that blared on the morning newscasts in Buffalo Thursday morning. The Buffalo News, too. Why, we lost loads of people! OK, yes, New York State lost population. We lost a net 48,500 people over…

Nov 21, 2018
Preetsmas Update: Mazurek and Pfaff Guilty

His own felony convictions may have finally ended Conservative Fusion Party operative Steve Pigeon’s yearslong operation to ratfuck western New York Democrats. It’s fair now to call it a crime syndicate. Since Pigeon’s indictment, remnants —…

His own felony convictions may have finally ended Conservative Fusion Party operative Steve Pigeon’s yearslong operation to ratfuck western New York Democrats. It’s fair now to call it a crime syndicate. Since Pigeon’s indictment, remnants —…

His own felony convictions may have finally ended Conservative Fusion Party operative Steve Pigeon’s yearslong operation to ratfuck western New York Democrats. It’s fair now to call it a crime syndicate. Since Pigeon’s indictment, remnants —…

Nov 20, 2018
Cheap Dishonest Shots at Bob McCarthy

On Saturday afternoon, Erie County’s elected Comptroller tweeted the following: I’m a loyal, team player. I worked hard for friends & fellow Republicans at all levels. We fought to keep NY27 in Republican hands. It was my mission to help elect fellow…

On Saturday afternoon, Erie County’s elected Comptroller tweeted the following: I’m a loyal, team player. I worked hard for friends & fellow Republicans at all levels. We fought to keep NY27 in Republican hands. It was my mission to help elect fellow…

On Saturday afternoon, Erie County’s elected Comptroller tweeted the following: I’m a loyal, team player. I worked hard for friends & fellow Republicans at all levels. We fought to keep NY27 in Republican hands. It was my mission to help elect fellow…

Nov 14, 2018
The #NY27 Count So Far...

It might be time for The Buffalo News, Channels 2, 4, and 7, WBEN, WBFO, and Spectrum News all to re-visit whether anything is decided in the race for NY-27 between indicted incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Grand Island Supervisor Democrat Nate…

It might be time for The Buffalo News, Channels 2, 4, and 7, WBEN, WBFO, and Spectrum News all to re-visit whether anything is decided in the race for NY-27 between indicted incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Grand Island Supervisor Democrat Nate…

It might be time for The Buffalo News, Channels 2, 4, and 7, WBEN, WBFO, and Spectrum News all to re-visit whether anything is decided in the race for NY-27 between indicted incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Grand Island Supervisor Democrat Nate…

Nov 5, 2018
Nate McMurray for Congress

Election Day is Tuesday November 6th. Please vote to send Nate McMurray to Congress. Nate McMurray is the smartest and most exciting new Democratic politician I’ve seen in this area in a long time. Two words: Moral leadership. — Studio Moon NY…

Election Day is Tuesday November 6th. Please vote to send Nate McMurray to Congress. Nate McMurray is the smartest and most exciting new Democratic politician I’ve seen in this area in a long time. Two words: Moral leadership. — Studio Moon NY…

Election Day is Tuesday November 6th. Please vote to send Nate McMurray to Congress. Nate McMurray is the smartest and most exciting new Democratic politician I’ve seen in this area in a long time. Two words: Moral leadership. — Studio Moon NY…

Oct 29, 2018
Bob McCarthy: Collins' Dutiful Stenographer.

There is no bigger Buffalo fluffer of right-wing power and talking points than the Buffalo News’ Bob McCarthy. He published three articles Sunday — one on fascist wino Steve Bannon and two concerning the Christopher Collins crime syndicate. Here,…

There is no bigger Buffalo fluffer of right-wing power and talking points than the Buffalo News’ Bob McCarthy. He published three articles Sunday — one on fascist wino Steve Bannon and two concerning the Christopher Collins crime syndicate. Here,…

There is no bigger Buffalo fluffer of right-wing power and talking points than the Buffalo News’ Bob McCarthy. He published three articles Sunday — one on fascist wino Steve Bannon and two concerning the Christopher Collins crime syndicate. Here,…