The Albany Update with Jason McGuire

The Albany Update with Jason McGuire

Jason McGuire serves as the executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF). Founded in April 1982, NYCF has spent decades serving as a statewide lobbying organization on behalf of the Empire State's evangelical Christian community. The Albany Update podcasts offer weekly insight and information pertaining to the New York State Legislature from a distinctly Christian perspective. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

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May 10, 2021 14 min

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We’re down to the final five weeks of the legislative session and today we’ll tell you about five bills we’re watching in the last lap.

First, there was motion last week on the Public University Emergency Contraception Education Act. It has members of the pro-life community concerned.

There are also indicators that Planned Parenthood and their political allies in Alban...

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The Biden Administration is wasting no time in rolling back the pro-life advances made during the Trump presidency. This time, it’s targeting the Title X Protect Life Rule.

Next, a group of pro-life churches and organizations are taking New York’s requirement that employers provide abortion coverage in health insurance plans to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Then, our state h...

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Last week, the President of Planned Parenthood released an op-ed indicating that the abortion conglomerate would stop apologizing for its racist history under founder Margaret Sanger. Planned Parenthood is finally reckoning with its past, but it’s still failing to reckon with its present, and that is a problem.

Then, in Albany, Planned Parenthood’s political allies con...

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There is undoubtedly an attempt to remake America in the progressive mold in the modern Democratic Party. Case in point, is the conversation regarding the left’s attempt to pack the Supreme Court with thirteen justices, up four from the present nine.

Then, with an eye toward New York City’s mayoral race, we’ll see that the frontrunner Andrew Yang, an abortion supporter...

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Last week, Arkansas became the first state in the nation to ban the performance of gender transition procedures upon minors. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we hope this is the first of many states to come.

Then, in Ohio we’ll look at a federal case that protects the free speech rights of faculty at public universities—even when that speech is politically i...

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For those of you keeping track of the issues surrounding transgender athletes participating in girls’ competitive sports. You might be interested in something strange going on in South Dakota where Gov. Kristi Noem has been practicing the ‘South Dakota Shuffle’.

Then, we’ll bring it back home and look at the New York news story of the week, where we became the latest s...

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Our office has been fielding requests about H.R. 1. The measure is being billed as a voter reform proposal, but our organization believes it would the opposite and leave our election process more vulnerable to political corruption.

Then, we’ll take a look at Rep. Tom Reed’s response to an allegation of sexual harassment.

Third, it just doesn’t stop with the scandal sur...

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Starting at the federal level, last week the U.S. House of Representatives reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and passed a resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Both of these innocuously named bills sound good at first blush, but leave social conservatives with significant ...

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Regular listeners know that our organization traditionally holds our largest advocacy day of the year on the third Tuesday of March. It’s not uncommon for us to welcome 1,000 or more attendees to the New York State Capitol. Unfortunately, COVID cancelled last year’s event and it has cancelled an in-person event this year as well. Still, New Yorkers for Constitutional F...

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Recent conversation has revolved around the so-called Equality Act. As previously reported, the (In)Equality Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and has advanced to the U.S. Senate. Allies across the nation are working to make sure the measure falls shorts of the likely ten Republican votes it would need to become law. However, there is a new threat develop...

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While most of our organization’s attention is focused on the State Legislature, we do engage on key federal issues as well. Last week’s vote regarding the so-called Equality Act was a prime example. We’ll learn more about the bill and which congressional members were for and against this dangerous piece of legislation.

Then, we’ll take a look at the Dignity for All Stu...

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February 21, 2021 14 min

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Early in the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo was praised for his handling of the Coronavirus crisis, but new facts are emerging and along with the facts—there’s a newly-empowered Legislature emerging as well. No longer cowering in its shell, a legislative turtle that has been slow to take action may—as early as this week—clip Cuomo’s wings.

Then, while tensions couldn’...

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February 12, 2021 14 min

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We’ll begin today’s program by shining a light on the bombshell report that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration intentionally covered up the death count numbers in New York’s nursing homes to shield the information from the U.S. Department of Justice. The inadvertent admission is sending shockwaves through the state.

Then, we’ll look at some positive legislat...

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We’ll begin today’s program by taking a look at the early anti-life actions President Joe Biden’s Administration is taking.

Then, we pivot to discuss Twitter’s hateful policy toward traditional views of human sexuality.

Third, the bulk of today’s program will focus on a more detailed analysis of the news regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s underreporting and appar...

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The news has been riddled with Twitter’s attempt to silence voices that are viewed as politically incorrect, but it isn’t just big tech seeking to silence truth. Recently, Pres. Joe Biden issued executive orders that deny basic biological realities and now even the National Association of Realtors has taken troubling action in this regard.

Next up, New York Stat...

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Last week, we saw the inauguration of President Joe Biden. We’ll take a look at some of the President’s early actions and his stated plans for his first 100 days in office.

Second, cancel culture is strong. There are some who would seek to publicize and doxx donors who give to causes that may not be politically correct. I’ll update you on a court case that seeks to protect your privacy as it pertains to your charitable donations.

T...

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It is anticipated that President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated this week. Tensions are high across America and Christians should be especially focused on praying for our nation this week.

We also are going to see some changes in the U.S. Senate. We’ll be taking a look at the expected incoming Majority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

One of the items ...

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We’ll begin reflecting on the events of the past week. It was an ugly one for America.

Then, we’ll let you know what happened with those U.S. Senate races in Georgia.

Next, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms released our 2020-2021 Legislative Agenda. We’ll tell you more about our organization’s legislative priorities for the next two years.

Then, we’ll see ...

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We’ll begin today’s program by looking at President-elect Joe Biden’s bad pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. If Joe Biden is inaugurated and the U.S. Senate approves the nomination, it could strike a blow to many of the pro-life gains made under President Donald Trump’s tenure.

On a more positive development, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill...

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I’m Jason McGuire. I serve as Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), New York’s evangelical Christian advocacy organization. Our mission is to influence legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.

In 2021, with God’s help, NYCF will advocate in Albany, NY and in Washington, DC for four Biblically-based policy goa...

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