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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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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

    Episode 1705: RNC Embraces LGBT Pride and Life After Roe

    Episode 1705: RNC Embraces LGBT Pride and Life After Roe

    Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update.

    We have some troubling news to share. Despite knowing that its evangelical base is not on board, Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, announced that the GOP was launching an LGBT initiative.

    The big state news of the week was the release of the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s Cuomo investigation—and it’s damning.

    Next, and on a more positive note, Nourish New York, a bill supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, was signed into law.

    Then, with the oral arguments in a case that could take an axe to the very root of the 1973 Supreme Court decision known as Roe being heard this week, we’ll spend a few moments talking about life after Roe.

    Let’s get started.


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    Episode 1704: Hochul's Health Care Vaccine Mandate Hurts Livelihoods

    Episode 1704: Hochul's Health Care Vaccine Mandate Hurts Livelihoods

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    On Monday, November 22, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s vaccine mandate for health care workers takes effect. As a result, it appears that those seeking religious exemptions from the mandate will be fired just as they head into the holiday season.

    Gov. Hochul isn’t only denying religious liberty, though. She’s also denying basic biology. Last week, she signed into law two bills sought out by transgender activists.

    Next, we’re only days away from the Supreme Court hearing a monumental pro-life case. Potentially, it could overturn the 1973 abortion decision known as Roe v. Wade. If you aren’t already, please dedicate prayer to these vital oral arguments, the attorneys making the case for life, and the justices of the United States Supreme Court.

    Finally, it’s Thanksgiving week and I’ll offer a few thoughts on what we all can be grateful to the Lord for on this special day.

    Let’s get started.


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    Episode 1703: Biden Gets Infrastructure Bill, But 'Build Back Better' Far From Finished

    Episode 1703: Biden Gets Infrastructure Bill, But 'Build Back Better' Far From Finished

    Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update.

    This time of year, our organizations’ attention often turns from state to national issues. State legislators aren’t in session, but members of Congress are still in Washington, D.C. Two issues we’ll be reporting on this week include the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act.

    Those aren’t the only federal issues we’re dealing with, though. A federal court issued an emergency stay of President Joe Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate.

    Then, a little closer to home we’ll be looking at a religious liberty issue in Brooklyn. There, the Catholic Church let one of its parochial schoolteachers go after the teacher ‘married’ his male partner. Some are not happy at the teacher’s release, but doesn’t a church have a right to only employ people consistent with the church’s teaching?

    Finally, we’re only about six weeks away from the end of 2021 and our organization still has a lofty goal before the end of the fiscal and calendar year.

    Let’s get started.


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    Episode 1702: What Hath The 2021 Election Wrought?

    Episode 1702: What Hath The 2021 Election Wrought?

    Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update.

    Last week was a tremendously busy week for numerous reasons.

    First, the United States Supreme Court showed movement on not one, but two cases, the pro-life and religious liberty communities are watching. We’ll look at both actions and consider what it might mean for the court facing the big case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Then, Democrats are reeling from the shellacking their party took at the polls last Tuesday. On today’s program we’ll highlight some of the election results here at home and across the nation. We’ll also report on what happened to those five ballot proposals and discuss the implications of the 2021 Election on the 2022 mid-terms.

    Let’s get started.


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    Episode 1701: Where, O Where Is the Cuomo Report?

    Episode 1701: Where, O Where Is the Cuomo Report?

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    Late last week news broke that former Governor Andrew Cuomo was being charged with a misdemeanor in the alleged groping of a former aide. It’s unlikely that Cuomo will receive any real consequence. It’s a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a year behind bars, but as a first-time offender the ex-governor will likely only see a slap on the wrist. However, the larger question is, where is the Assembly Judiciary Committee report regarding the investigations into Andrew Cuomo? The taxpayers paid for it, deserve to see it, and that report might just reveal what was truly going on during Cuomo’s disgraceful tenure.

    When Governor Kathy Hochul ascended to the vacancy created by Cuomo’s resignation, she made it clear that she would be seeking a full term. However, State Attorney General Letitia James is inching closer toward an imminent announcement of her own run. When the AG jumps in, life just became a lot more complicated for Kathy Hochul.

    Changing topics, we’ll look at the effort to bring sports betting to New York before the Superbowl. Suffice to say, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is not excited about this state scam to deprive its citizens of even more income and enable greater gambling addiction.

    Then, we’ll look at what has been happening in Loudon County, VA. In that state, concerned parents are standing up to the elitists in education. Moms and dads have had enough and are going to school board meetings and engaging in ways they haven’t before. 2010 saw the rise of the “Tea Party”, a movement centered around previously politically uninvolved people getting politically involved. Now, could we be seeing the rise of a “Parent Party” movement across America?

    Finally, it’s November. A month in which our organization likes to step back and just give thanks for the goodness God has shown to us throughout the year. We’ve got several praises to share with you.

    Let’s get started.


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    Episode 1700: Ethics, Endorsements and Efforts to Redistrict

    Episode 1700: Ethics, Endorsements and Efforts to Redistrict

    Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update.

    There is a reason why some Albany insiders refer to JCOPE (the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics) as “J-Joke”. What happened last week regarding former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $5 Million book deal is only the most recent example of why no one takes this ethics commission seriously.

    Speaking of ethics, many are calling into question a Virginia campaign ad with Vice President Kamala Harris promoting the Democratic candidate for governor in hundreds of predominantly African American churches.

    On the endorsement front, Governor Kathy Hochul has picked up the support of another major pro-abortion political player.

    Then, we’ll look at the rise of authoritarian government demonstrated by the continuing COVID mandates.

    Finally, we’ll update you on the latest regarding efforts to redistrict our state ahead of next year’s elections.

    Let’s get started.


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