It’s Friday. Not sure about you, CivMixers, but I have Friday brain. Bad. It feels like I’m operating on half speed.

But I persist. I push through. That’s what we do. Because time waits for no woman, and the doughnuts don’t make themselves.

In the headlines…

The jobs market turned in a stellar performance in November, with nonfarm payrolls surging by 266,000 and the unemployment rate falling to 3.5 percent, according to Labor Department numbers released today.

Amazon said today that it’s back to delivering its packages on time after bad weather and a rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday orders caused some delays earlier in the week.

The president said some light bulbs “give you an orange look,” and since he’s a “vain person” he wants those bulbs changed in the White House.

…he also had some interesting thoughts on flushing the toilet too often.

The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act that once required officials in all or parts of 15 mostly Southern states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has squashed claims the Democratic Party is making a hard-left turn — claiming in a new interview that the majority of the party doesn’t support the views of firebrand socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The exodus of state Senate Republicans continues. Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, an Amherst Republican, said today he will not seek re-election to the Senate 61st, a sprawling district that runs from the suburbs of Buffalo into Rochester.

Susan Arbetter wonders if the Senate GOP is suffering from a collective depression, and given recent events, they’ve got quite a bit to be (ahem) blue about.

The author of the Assembly adult-use marijuana bill, Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, a Buffalo Democrat, says she believes the state will legalize in 2020 and likely during the budget process. She met with the governor’s counsel in Albany this week and the discussion was “very encouraging.”

The minimum wage for most of the state will increase from $11.10 to $11.70 on Dec. 31 as part of the ongoing effort to lift the hourly wage to $15.

With state Sen. Betty Little’s announcement yesterday that she would not seek re-election in 2020, the political dominoes will start to fall and the scramble begins to fill her seat representing the 45th Senate District.

Equinox, the Albany-based human services agency, has learned of a data breach that may impact the protected health information of more than 1,000 current and former clients.

A new study finds New York could save roughly 586 lives a year if prior authorization requirements were removed on medications used to treat opioid addiction in the state’s Medicaid population.

The city alerted Albany Water customers that they might temporarily experience discolored water today as a result of water main breaks.

The state Authorities Budget Office said it has requested 23 members of public authority boards across the state to resign after they ignored pleadings from the group for more than two years to take required training.

Two top aides to former President Barack Obama say his administration failed by not officially declaring that the mass slaughter of Armenians roughly 100 years ago constituted genocide — a topic that threatens America’s fragile relationship with Turkey.

K.F.C. is bringing back its fried chicken-scented fireplace log after getting “weekly calls” from fans desperate for its return.

Samoan authorities have arrested a prominent anti-vaccination activist amid an outbreak that has killed at least 63 people, most of them children.

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola expects a ruling in his Green Light lawsuit sometime next week.

A contractors industry group is calling for New York lawmakers to dedicate revenue from sports betting and legalized cannabis to road and other infrastructure improvements.

Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has listened to clergy sexual abuse survivors in that Catholic diocese and is capable of promoting healing in the Buffalo Diocese, according to two Albany area advocates for the victims.

A boil water advisory has been lifted for people in Rotterdam after crews worked for hours to fix a water main break.

A 6-year-old boy shot in Syracuse this week before a deadly officer-involved shooting is out of a medically-induced coma, according to Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner.

An on-duty NYPD officer suffered injuries yesterday after chomping on a razor blade stuffed inside a steak sandwich he’d just bought from a Queens deli. The incident is under investigation.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pick to serve as the nation’s most important taxi regulator can no longer take the job — he’s deploying to Kuwait with the National Guard.

First-term Democratic Assemblywoman Jamie Romeo has announced her intention to run for Monroe County Clerk in 2020.

Law enforcement officials in Monroe County say they will not enforce a controversial new law that makes it a crime to annoy a police officer.

More lawsuits poured today against a Washington Heights housing complex whose cooling tower allegedly gave residents Legionnaires’ disease last year.

The birth rate in the US fell in 2018 and has reached the lowest level in over 30 years, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The Empire State Plaza ice rink is officially open. And the weather is going to be lovely this weekend.

Photo credit: Silvia Lilly.