November, 2014

So, Republicans Think They Have a Mandate?

We can be thankful that the 2014 election is behind us. Republicans are dancing for joy, and Democrats are in a state of doom and gloom. Both parties need to shake off their respective delirium and shock and pay attention to what actually happened on Election Day. The winning party likes to think that it got a mandate from the voters, but that isn’t the case this year or, generally, in any year.

The voters don’t like either party because of years of gridlock and bitter partisanship. The 2014 campaign was nasty and vitriolic. It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of the commercials were negative. There’s no doubt that negative campaigns work, but when this year’s battle was over, the Republican brand wasn’t any better than the Democratic label.

The winners can beat their chests, but there are many factors that figured in the final results. This year is known in politics as an off year. Historically, Republicans do better in off years. Their supporters turn out in big numbers, and Democratic Party backers seem to go to sleep until the next presidential election. On top of that, the Republicans beat the Democrats in the ground game.


Arthur “Jerry” Kremer in the Albany Times Union Post-Election Analysis

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer in the Albany Times Union Post-Election Analysis

Empire Chairman Arthur “Jerry” Kremer spoke with the Albany Times Union after last week’s midterm elections regarding the various campaigns run by political parties in the state and why certain issues resonated with voters.


What went right for Republicans and wrong for Democrats in the battle for the state Senate?

Tuesday’s election results dashed the hopes Democrats had of controlling the chamber when lawmakers return to Albany in January, despite a more than 3-to-2 state enrollment advantage over Republicans.

With almost all the results in, Republicans have a bare 32-seat majority, plus the loyalty of Simcha Felder, a Democrat who has caucused with them since winning office in 2012.

Political leaders and strategists on Wednesday morning tried to explain why the Democrats, despite their numeric advantage as well as a promise of help from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fell short yet again.”


2014 Election Recap & Analysis

2014 Election Recap & Analysis

Midterm Election AnalysisThe 2014 New York State midterm election may be over but the decisions voters made last night have a clear implication for elected officials going forward. The landscape has changed somewhat in the New York State Senate and that means certain controversial issues have a greater chance of going forward or being stopped altogether. This election saw a significant infuse of money from out-of-state groups and donors and that’s because of what’s at stake in the coming year.

A new legislative session always brings new challenges but our analysis shows what can be expected and the key players that will be involved. Our 2014 Election Recap discusses the impact of last night and what it means for the future.

Empire Government Strategies has analyzed the results of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Senate, and Assembly races and distilled the information into what industry professionals, developers, stakeholders, and decision-makers need to be aware of going forward into 2015.


Download Our Complete 2014 Election Recap here, for comprehensive analysis.