This Week’s Kurly’s Kommentary: Should Politician’s Prior Bad Acts Really Matter?

Kurly’s Kommentary
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Political Ethics: Arrested Political Development & Forgiveness

Published in The Huffington Post on 03/08/2013

          Published in The Florida Squeeze on 03/07/2013 




So voters in Delray Beach this March must decide in the upcoming election whether Carney’s arrest and lack of conviction in 2007 not only reflects on his moral turpitude as an election official, but in addition whether he got a special break that the average voter would not have received in similar circumstances.

Yet, even if Bloomberg is right, I don’t want him or any government leader to limit 

Should Prior Arrest Doom Candidacy for Politician? 
It really depends.
by Steven Kurlander

You know the old saying from British poet Alexander Pope: “To err is human but to forgive is divine?”


Well, in politics, it’s usually a little more complicated than that.
American politics has always been a blood sport of sorts. But in a world characterized by an unforgiving 24/7 news cycle and relentless and political pundits and bloggers, politicians more than ever are subjected to extraordinarily high standards of behavior and severe rebuke for immoral behavior.
Look at former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. Some unrestrained Twitter flirting and he’s forced to quit, his political career is shot to hell. Herman Cain, running for the GOP nomination for president, is accused of having an affair or two, and his 9-9-9 plan is deep-sixed forever.
And in many elections these days, negative campaigning serves up constant reminders of whatever moral shortcomings politicians may have. We are even subjected to “forgiveness” tours by “fallen” politicians looking to make comebacks…Continue Reading


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Transgender Politics: Michael Long & NY Conservative Party Are Short on Tolerance

Published in The Huffington Post on 03/01/2013




“Long’s and the Conservative Party’s opposition to eliminating discrimination and violence against New York’s transgender population is nothing more than an extension of Buckley’s misguided, racist rationale for opposing the civil rights movement>”

Yet, even if Bloomberg is right, I don’t want him or any government leader to limit 

Long should stick to leading a party of small government, not one of small-mindedness.
by Steven Kurlander


In New York, great strides have been made in protecting the civil rights of the gay and lesbian community, like the legalization of same-sex marriage. However, if you ask any of the thousands of transgender New Yorkers, they will tell you that they still face severe discrimination and bullying in their workplaces, and even threats of violence in their communities.


But there’s a new law being proposed in Albany, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which calls for protections against discrimination for New York’s transgender and gender-nonconforming population. It outlaws discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The passage of this law would be a significant step for the LGBT civil rights movement in the state.


GENDA passed the Assembly last week, but New York’s Conservative Party is blocking it in the Senate…Continue Reading

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