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Former Suffolk Legis. Kate Browning, seeking to challenge

Former Suffolk Legis. Kate Browning, seeking to challenge Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), once was a member of the Right to Life Party. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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Rally Point

Preparing the Mueller fallout shelter

You say you want a revolution? Moveon.org has got your rallying points and placard slogans all picked out! Just in case there is a constitutional crisis, that is.

The left-leaning social action group is organizing hundreds of protest locations across the United States, including five on Long Island, with directions about what time to arrive based on what time President Donald Trump might fire special counsel Robert Mueller, or alternately, eject Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The suggested signage slogan is:

“We demand the truth.”

“Protect the Russia investigation.”

#notabovethelaw

A printable version is here.

A firing before 2 p.m. would call for a 5 p.m. gathering. A dismissal after 2 p.m. would move the meetups to the next day at noon.

On Long Island, the five locations are:

  • Huntington village, northwest corner of Park Avenue and Main Street
  • Massapequa Park, at Rep. Peter King’s office, 1003 Park Boulevard.
  • Mineola, at the Old Country Road entrance of the Nassau County Courthouse, 262 Old Country Rd.
  • Patchogue, at Rep. Lee Zeldin’s office, 31 Oak St.
  • Riverhead, also at Zeldin’s office, 30 W. Main St.

And for anyone looking to do more than just show up, opportunities to be a “marshal/legal observer, social media lead, or chant leader” are available.

Lane Filler

Talking Point

Primary Day calendar problem

Last fall, Todd Kaminsky noticed a problem with the scheduled date of the 2018 state primary — Sept. 11 is a national day of remembrance. Then the Democratic state senator from Long Beach checked a calendar and discovered another issue — it also is the second day of Rosh Hashanah, which would make voting problematic if not impossible for observant Jews.

The state constitution requires the primary be held on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in September, unless the legislature changes it. So on Nov. 27, 2017, Kaminsky introduced legislation to move this year’s primary to Sept. 13. He resubmitted the bill on Jan. 3 for the current session, with companion legislation in the Assembly.

There is precedent for such a move. The primary was changed in 2015 for the Jewish holiday, and in 2007 because it fell on 9/11.

But while the primary date is certain to be changed, the mechanism won’t be Kaminsky’s bill. Sen. Simcha Felder — a Brooklyn Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans and gives the GOP its majority in the chamber to the frustration of mainline Democrats — submitted similar legislation on Jan. 11. And whatever Felder wants, he gets, because he is key to the GOP retaining power.

“It looks like they’ll do his,” Kaminsky said. “I’m glad I had a role in its genesis and passage, but it looks like it’ll be a Felder bill . . . It’s an election-year thing. And it just goes to the pettiness.”

Michael Dobie

Pencil Point

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Pointing Out

Browning labors along

Former Suffolk Legis. Kate Browning may be running as a Democrat in the 1st Congressional District, but she’s finding her long history with the union-backed Working Families Party coming back to help her raise money.

In a filing with the Federal Elections Commission on Wednesday, Browning reported raising $163,738 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Many of the 338 donors listed law enforcement employment — police officers, sheriff’s deputies and correction officers. John Cowie, for example, president of the Suffolk County Superior Officers Association, gave Browning $300 in the quarter.

Municipal, school, fire department and Suffolk County workers also ponied up for Browning, a former school bus driver and union leader who switched her registration to Democrat last summer to make this run.

Individual donors also listed memberships in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Communications Workers of America and the United Food and Commercial Workers. The Metal Lathers PAC was one of the largest single donors, giving $5,000.

Browning, of Shirley, is one of seven Democrats running in the June 26 primary for the spot to challenge Rep. Lee Zeldin in the fall.

Anne Michaud

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