Daily Archives: 04/16/2012

House Votes 377-0 to Give ‘Congressional Gold Medal’ to Raoul Wallenberg’s Name

Wallenberg is credited with saving 100,000 Jews during the Nazi occupation of Hungary in World War II. As of his last known contact in 1945, Wallenberg was in Soviet custody; they produced differing accounts of Wallenberg’s fate, none of which have enough merit to be fully accepted today. Congresswoman Hayworth and other supporters of the bill believe that awarding the Congressional Gold Medal during the centennial celebration of his birth is a fitting memorial to a man to whom so many Americans owe their lives. The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the highest civilian decorations in the United States, awarded to an individual who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States. – Congresswoman Nan Hayworth Press Release

Report: State’s Chief Financial Officer May Jump into #FLSen Race

Miami Herald Reports: It started as a few shaking heads, some whispers, a sense of disappointment in the Republican U.S. Senate race. Now the feeling that Congressman Connie Mack might not be what Republicans need is leading to a draft-CFO-Jeff-Atwater campaign. Read more »

VIDEO: CTSEN Candidate Calls Opponent ‘Whore Who Sells Soul to AIPAC’

These Libs at Mediaite have good stuff. Get this: The battle over the Democratic nomination for Connecticut’s US Senate seat got ugly late Thursday Greenwich author Lee Whitnum ripped Congressman Chris Murphy over his pro-Israel stance. “I’m dealing with a whore here who sells his soul to AIPAC [The American Israel Public Affairs Committee], who will say anything for the job,” Whitnum said. She also referred to state representative William Tong as “ignorant.” Here is the video:

Despite Hysteria, Female Hasidic ‘Rebels’ Gain Custody of Their Children

There is an op-ed today in the NJ Star Ledger by Friday Reiss headlined “Among N.J. Orthodox Jewish women, child custody fears form barrier to freedom.”

In it, the author laments the fact that if a Hasidic woman tries to dress in what is considered amongst Hasidim as immodest, she will be secluded from the Community. The writer wants readers to believe that this is a sort of Hasidic oppression of women when in fact Hasidic men too are required to comply with modest dress codes. Besides, the concept of dress-code is not exclusive to the Hasidic Community. Specific dress codes are required at many schools, churches, dinners, and are a component of professional work place rules. Indeed, Hasidim are stricter with this concept, but Snooki can’t show up at a black-tie dinner in Jersey Shore-type attire expecting not to draw the ire of the organizers and most attendees. Read more »

VIDEO: GSA Official Who Took the 5th Tries to Escape Reporters in Elevator

Opinion: Diplomacy Will Dampen Iran War Talk

Justyna Pawlak Writes: Renewed diplomacy on Iran’s nuclear program will muffle what Barack Obama last month called the “drums of war”, but the beat will soon get louder if warm words do not lead swiftly to action that can defuse the decade-old dispute. Read more »

Trayvon Martin Case Judge Asked to Step Aside

Reuters Reports: The Florida man accused of killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin asked the judge in the case to step aside on Monday because of a possible conflict of interest.

Defense lawyer Mark O’Mara’s office said a motion was filed under seal with the Seminole County Court requesting that Judge Jessica Recksiedler withdraw from the trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who was charged with second-degree murder last week.

Recksiedler revealed at a hearing last week that her husband works with Mark NeJame, a television analyst for CNN who was contacted by Zimmerman’s family as part of their search for a defense attorney. NeJame, in turn, referred the Zimmermans to O’Mara.

Recksiedler’s husband, Jason Jarrett Recksiedler, is the law partner of NeJame. Given NeJame’s role as an analyst on the Zimmerman case, O’Mara said “proper separation” could be a problem unless Recksiedler recused herself from the case.

PHOTO: Obama? Oy Vey!

RJC campaign pin. Not new but brought up-front today by Ran Kampeas

In 45 Words: Why ‘Out of State Contributions’ Should be Encouraged

Simple. More than 90% people affected by actions of Federal-level lawmakers live outside the state or outside the district represented by… lawmakers. As such, it should be welcome, not ridiculed, when a candidate or sitting lawmakers raises most of his/her funds out of state, meaning from the people that will be affected by the actions of this lawmaker.

The NY-Congressional Race That Lasted Less Than 24 Hours

Sunday night, Ruben Dario Vargas, a community activist who has run multiple unsuccessful campaigns for public office, announced he’d be throwing his hat into the race for Congressman Charlie Rangel’s seat and would be launching his campaign today at noon. However, Mr. Vargas’ campaign ended almost as quickly as it began. At the event that was supposed to be the start of his campaign, Mr. Vargas instead announced he will be dropping out of the race he was in for less than 24 hours and giving his endorsement to another candidate, State Senator Adriano Espaillat. – Hunter Walker

.@GovChristie Urges Residents of Lawrence to Block Town That Tries to ‘Get Around’ Property Tax Cap

In the second year since Gov. Chris Christie enacted a 2 percent ceiling on how much municipalities can collect in property taxes, only two towns are asking voters for permission to spend more. Voters in Lawrence and Medford will decide tomorrow between cutbacks in municipal services and a hike in property taxes. The borough council in Demarest, Bergen County will figure out tonight whether it will seek a May 8 referendum vote. Last year, 14 towns asked voters to exceed the 2 percent cap, and 12 voted no — including Medford, where the question was rejected by 84 percent of the voters. – Star Ledger

.@AllenWest Raises More in Q1 for House Seat Than Does FL Senator Nelson for U.S. Senate Seat

West collected more than $1.8 million during the first quarter of 2012, including $857,266 from donors who gave less than $200, according to a report posted Sunday. But the freshman tea party celebrity also spent more than $1.2 million in the quarter, most of it on his direct-mail money machine. West, who has raised nearly $7.8 million overall, ended the quarter with $3.3 million in cash on hand. To provide some perspective, the $1.8 million West collected between Jan. 1 and March 31 for his House race tops the $1.6 million that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson raised over the same period for his statewide reelection bid. – Post on Palitics

Ray Kelly On 2013: ‘Fully Engaged’ In Current Job

Liz Banajamin Reports: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was a guest on WOR this morning – an interview scheduled, according to guest host Rep. Pete King, before the NY Post report this morning that former state GOP Chairman Bill Powers plans to try to draft the Kelly into the 2012 NYC mayor’s race.

King, who was sitting in for John Gambling, asked Kelly to respond to the column penned by Fred Dicker. The commissioner praised Powers, calling him a “terrific guy” and, like Kelly himself, a former Marine. He also insisted he’s “fully engaged in the job I have now; I love it.”

“I certainly appreciate those comments,” Kelly continued. “It’s obviously flattering. But I’m totally focused on what I’m doing now.”

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.@DWSTweets the Jewish Chair of @TheDemocrats Asked to Show Tax Returns

Democratic National Committee chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been called on to release her personal income tax returns. The request was made by her congressional opponent, Republican Karen Harrington of Florida. “This week millions of taxpaying Americans will fulfill their requirement of filing their tax returns by paying any and all taxes due to the federal government,” Harrington’s campaign writes. “Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been asking Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his 2011 tax return even after Governor Romney released his 2010 tax return.” – Weekly Standard, H/T Drudge

RNC Video: ‘Am Not Gonna Make Any Excuses’

.@GovChristie, McCain to Campaign Today for @JoshMandelOhio

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will both campaign in Ohio on Monday for state Treasurer Josh Mandel, the Republican nominee for the Senate. McCain will campaign with Mandel in Columbus on Tuesday morning, according to NewsNet 5. In the afternoon, Mandel and Christie will appear together in the Cleveland area. – The Hill

Average Regular Gas Price at the Pump in 2012 is at Record Annual High

Gas prices at the pump have yet to reach the all time monthly high of $4.06 per regular gas that Americans paid in July 2008. But whereas the 2008 spike that was short lived, the rise in gas prices recently is persistent. As a result, the average price paid for all of 2012 hit a new annual record. Read more »

VIDEO: @TheDemocrats and @BarackObama Raise BIG Bucks in March

President Obama’s re-election campaign and the DNC raised a combined $53 million in March, the Obama camp announced in a video. They raised $45 million in February and $29 million in January. – Political Wire

.@MittRomney 2008 Manager Mayers to Lead VP Search

Beth Myers, Mitt Romney’s former chief of staff on Beacon Hill and the manager of his 2008 presidential campaign, will head up his search for a running mate, Romney told ABC News… Having Myers in charge means the selection of a vice presdiential candidate will be managed by one of Romney’s closest circle of aides, not one of the national Republican operatives who Romney must now bring into his circle as the presumptive nominee. With gender likely to factor in the selection calculus, Myers also gives a female face and voice to the most important single decision Romney will make in between now and Labor Day. – Alex Burns

Jewish Billionaire Contributes $5 Million to House Republicans

Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam donated the combined millions in February to the  Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by House Speaker John Boehner  and other GOP leaders, according to a campaign finance report filed Sunday  night. The GOP super PAC ended the month with $5.1 million in the  bank, positioning the group to be a serious player in targeted House races  across the country — thanks to the Adelsons. The Adelsons and their family members helped keep Gingrich’s campaign alive  by pouring more than $16 million into Winning Our Future, the super PAC that ran  ads to support the former speaker. – Politico

Reporter Who Broke the Secret Service Story Says Agency Driector Should be Fired

Dylon Stableford Writes: Ron Kessler, the author who broke the Secret Service prostitution story in the Washington Post over the weekend, has been making the morning talk-show rounds, saying the director of the agency should be fired after agents were alleged to have solicited local prostitutes ahead of President Obama’s trip to Colombia. Read more »

Obama Responds to Netanyahu’s Iran ‘Freebie’ Comment

JTA Reports: President Obama responded to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that world powers gave Iran a “freebie” by agreeing to hold more talks.

“We’re going to keep on seeing if we make progress. Now, the clocking is ticking and I’ve been very clear to Iran and to our negotiating partners that we’re not going to have these talks just drag out in a stalling process. But so far at least we haven’t given away anything,” Obama said late Sunday during a news conference in Cartagena, Colombia.

“The notion that somehow we’ve given something away or a ‘freebie’ would indicate Iran has gotten something. In fact, they’ve got some of the toughest sanctions that they’re going to be facing coming up in just a few months if they don’t take advantage of these talks,” Obama added.

London Mayor Johnson Campaigns in Jewish Neighborhoods

JPost Via VIN Reports: Mayor of London Boris Johnson conducted a tour of some of the Jewish hotspots of north London on Sunday ahead of the city’s mayoral election next month. Johnson, who is in a tight race with Labor candidate and former mayor Ken Livingstone, dropped into two of the community’s landmark bakeries to shake hands with surprised customers who were out restocking their pantries after Passover.

The election campaign has become increasingly bitter, with Livingstone in particular drawing heavy criticism from the Jewish community for comments he made in a closed meeting with Jewish Labor party activists. The former mayor said that Jews were unlikely to vote for him as votes for the Left are inversely proportional to wealth levels and that the Jewish community is rich.

Cuomo Does Not Like Some Reporters

A top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo assembled a 35-page dossier on the work of an Albany political reporter considered hostile to his administration, highlighting any shred of criticism in a document that reflects the intense sensitivity of a governor on the brink of taking the national stage. The document was provided to BuzzFeed by a New York City political operative who said he believes it reveals Cuomo’s “scary dark side.” And the document does offer a glimpse into Cuomo’s obsessive and often difficult relationship with the media who cover him. Communications Director Richard Bamberger, who acknowledged preparing the document, called it “meaningless” and “garbage,” while warning that its leak set a “dangerous precedent.” – Buzz Feed

Joe Carvin Tosses in $1 Million Vs. Nita Lowey in NY17

Colin Campbell Writes: Joe Carvin, a Rye Town Supervisor and hedge fund manager, has contributed over $1 million into his congressional bid against Nita Lowey, according to his latest FEC filing.

Mr. Carvin, a Republican, had initially begun a campaign against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand promising to invest a similar amount, but that was for a statewide run and it was unknown if he would invest a similar amount into a more contained campaign for a Westchester County-based Congressional District.

In addition to an investment of $1,032,000, Mr. Carvin also raised more than $75,000, but that gigantic total sum might not bring him that far ahead of Ms. Lowey, who last reported having more than $890,000 on hand three months ago.

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