CampusReform.org reports on the political climate at Syracuse University and... shock of shocks... the research shows liberal political bias among the school's faculty, student organizations, and administrative policies. The research is part of an ongoing project to research the nation's top 100 universities.
According to the group, "liberal student groups at Syracuse University outnumber conservative groups by 14 to three." The university's sustainability office works with NYPIRG, a far-left lobbying group. The report says 93 percent of the school's faculty and staff who donated in the 2008 presidential election gave to Democratic candidates.
In total, 95 percent of all political donation dollars ($77,071) from Syracuse faculty and staff were given to Democratic candidates and just 5 percent ($3,801) to Republican candidates. In addition, the report cites writing instructor Donna Marsh O'Connor's use of class time to teach students that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were committed by the US government.
If you're bored, the full profile of Syracuse University is available online at syr.campusreform.org/group/blog/59-syracuse-university.
The New York State United Teachers refuse to endorse Andrew Cuomo for governor.
That should tell voters something. Teachers and retired teachers claim a huge share of the budgets of school districts across the state. As a result, school districts levy one of the heaviest taxes on property state-wide. If New York voters really want tax relief, they'd be wise to oppose anything that the teachers union supports.
NYSUT's snit with Democrat Cuomo should be a major boost to his campaign among voters, those who don't work as teachers, that is
Has there ever been an Onondaga County Republican Party chairman as embattled as John DeSpirito? Challengers are lining up around the block to unseat the controversial chairman. Not only is DeSpirito constantly at odds with CNY's most prominent Republican, County Executive Joanie Mahoney, he has also led the usually well-heeled GOP into a deficit.