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Latest updates from the campaign:

Saturday, September 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Rachel May and Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations

Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Syracuse Post-Standard calls May campaign a Democratic uprising

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 12:00 AM

The IDC, Explained (Brian Lehrer Show)

Azi Paybarah, co-host of New York politics podcast FAQ NYC, and Christina Greer, co-host of the New York politics podcast FAQ NYC and political professor at Fordham University, speak about the Independent Democratic Conference and challengers to its members.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Here Are the Special Interests Illegally Funding Formerly GOP-Aligned Dems in N.Y.

A group of New York State Senate Democrats that aligned with Republicans is refusing to return hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of contributions, mostly from corporations and PACs, that the state Supreme Court ruled illegal in June.

Monday, August 13, 2018 12:00 AM


Equality New York PAC (EQNY PAC), the New York State political entity seeking to elect candidates who support Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex people and their families, is proud to endorse John C. Liu, Jessica Ramos, Zellnor Myrie, Robert Jackson, Alessandra Biaggi, Julie Goldberg, Rachel May, and Blake Morris for New York State Senate.

Sunday, August 12, 2018 12:00 AM

How Trump and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez energized a group of women looking to reshape New York politics

In New York State, progressive insurgents are challenging eight Democratic state senators who spent years voting with Republicans. Five of these challengers are women — and if their grassroots campaigns and left-wing policy platforms succeed in primaries next month, they could remake politics in New York.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Capitol Pressroom: Rachel May interview

Susan Arbetter interviews Rachel about her primary challenge to Dave Valesky.

Monday, July 2, 2018 12:00 AM

Our Revolution Endorses Rachel May and Other New York Candidates

I am proud to receive Our Revolution's endorsement for the upcoming September 13th primary.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:00 AM

IDC-Independence Party campaign finance deal declared illegal

A fundraising agreement between a statewide third party and the state Senate's now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference has been deemed invalid by a state Supreme Court justice.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:00 AM

'Independent' No More, But IDC Still Fundraising

Friday, April 6, 2018 12:00 AM

NY State Senate Candidate Rachel May on the disbanding of the IDC

Thursday, April 5, 2018 12:00 AM

Democrats promise primary challenges against IDC members

Friday, March 2, 2018 12:00 AM

UPDATE: NYWFP is taking on the IDC

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00 AM


The Working Families Party is endorsing three state Senate candidates running in Democratic primaries against members of the Independent Democratic Conference: Alessandra Biaggi in the Bronx, Jessica Ramos in Queens, and Rachel May in Central New York.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM

NY Senate's Revised Sexual Harassment Policy Drawing Fire

The only female leader of a legislative conference in Albany is taking issue with the newly revised state Senate anti-sexual harassment policy because it includes a warning to false accusers. The distribution of the new policy comes amid sexual harassment allegations a former Senate staffer leveled against Sen. Jeff Klein, of the Bronx, the leader of the IDC.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Syracuse University staffer launches campaign in bid to defeat New York state Sen. David Valesky

Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

NY Sen. David Valesky to face primary challenge from SU official

Friday, January 19, 2018 12:00 AM

Challenger Targets Valesky's IDC Ties In Hopes Of Gaining Support

Friday, January 19, 2018 12:00 AM

Democrat to Challenge Valesky Over IDC Membership

Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:00 AM

Community activist Rachel May running for State Senate

Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:00 AM

Rachel May for NY State Senate!

Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:00 AM

Rachel May Mounts Primary Challenge to Sen. Dave Valesky

Saturday, January 6, 2018 12:00 AM

10 Democratic Primaries to Watch in 2018

Huffington Post picks challenges to the IDC in the NYS Senate as a top priority for Democrats in 2018.

Friday, December 1, 2017 12:00 AM

NY Sen. David Valesky unfazed by growing pressure to rejoin mainstream Democrats

Sen. Valesky reiterated his allegiance to the IDC and his close relationship to Senate Republicans, as news broke about potential challenger Rachel May.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:00 AM

State Sen. Dave Valesky May Face Primary Challenge

Syracuse University administrator Rachel May has filed paperwork with the New York Board of Elections to raise money for a Democratic primary campaign in the 53rd Senate District.

May, SU's director of sustainability education, is part of the group True Blue NY-53 that formed this year.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:00 AM

How gerrymandered is the NYS legislature?

By Darla Cameron, The Washington Post. Scroll down for a graph that shows the New York State Senate is one of the 10 most severely gerrymandered legislative bodies in the country, and the Assembly is also heavily skewed to favor Republicans.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 12:00 AM

NYS CPPA Blocked by Rogue Democrats in the State Senate

IDC members seemed to be supporting the Climate and Community Protection Act in 2017, but they pulled their support away at the last minute and the bill never came up for a vote.

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