Daily Archives: 04/26/2012
According to sources, Democrat NY State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan will face a Primary in September. The candidate, from within Brooklyn Borough Hall, is challenging the forces of Assemblyman and Brooklyn Dem Party Boss Vito Lopez.
Dilan’s district was altered due to redistricting but will still represent sections of the Hasidic Williamsburg. Dilan is the father of NYC Councilman Eric Dilan who is running – with the backing of Lopez - in a Primary against Dem Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez.
Roll Call Reports: California Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman have purchased almost $1.5 million combined in cable television time ahead of their June 5 primary, according to figures provided by the campaigns.
Assemblyman Steve Katz will not challenge State Senator Greg Ball in the Republican primary, opting instead to seek reelection to the assembly. “I regret that I cannot presently offer the voters of our district a clear choice in the State Senate that pursues the integrity, honesty and Republican principles that they deserve,” Katz said. “Instead, I will pursue these values and continue our efforts in the Assembly.”
Katz and Ball ran together in 2010, but their once-strong political relationship turned sour in recent months. Early this month, Ball received the support of the GOP establishment for the first time in his political career, securing the Republican nomination over Katz with 70 percent of the votes at the Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess County Republican convention.
NYT Reports: Carl Kruger, the once-powerful state senator from Brooklyn who resigned his office in disgrace and pleaded guilty to corruption charges in December, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday by a federal judge in Manhattan.
Mr. Kruger, 62, was the first defendant to be sentenced in a widespread bribery conspiracy case that originally ensnared eight people, and was seen as offering yet more evidence of the apparent unending wave of corruption in Albany.
Free Beacon Reports: a top official in President Harry Truman’s State Department threatened to stoke anti-Semitism by publicizing documents that would “do great harm to the Jews” as retribution for the establishment of an independent State of Israel, according to newly unearthed diplomatic cables.
As Jews across the globe celebrate Israeli Independence Day today, the cables reveal that, despite public overtures, the U.S. was highly wary of Israel’s creation. They also provide definitive proof of what experts describe as a profound anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bias at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
City and State Reports: A non-profit founded and chaired by Republican Senate candidate Nachman Caller has launched an effort to register 3,000 new, primarily Republican voters in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park, according to Caller’s political adviser.
The adviser, Michael Fragin, said that Caller’s non-profit, The Family First Organization, was now beginning the efforts to register the voters in the heavily Orthodox Jewish enclave, an effort that also would obviously also be helpful to Caller’s campaign. Fragin said he did not know who funded the non-profit, which Fragin said was a 501(c)4, though Caller, a wealthy real estate lawyer, is himself obviously a likely candidate.
Caller used the same organization to bash Councilman Lew Fidler’s position on gay marriage through newspaper ads, during the Senate special election between Councilman Lew Fidler and Republican David Storobin. That effort, along with the voter registration efforts, could help Caller gain credibility with Republican voters, especially since Caller is a political unknown who previously had been registered as a Democrat. Caller is reportedly willing to spend $100,000 of his own money in the Senate race.
Rabbi David Zwiebel, who is Agudath’s executive vice president and a legal expert, said that a policy of withholding names of perpetrators should not be “across the board” in any community, according to Agudath spokesman Rabbi Avi Shafran. Instead, Zwiebel believes that the release of defendants’ names should be evaluated on “a case-by-case basis,” Shafran said. Although Brooklyn District Attorney Hynes has long resisted requests to identify Orthodox sex suspects, the letter is believed to represent the first time his office spelled out why it specifically singled them out for preferential treatment. – Forward
From the invite: Come to Our 2012 District Campaign Kickoff Party for Randy Altschuler Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party Nominee New York’s 1st Congressional District Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Mill Pond Country Club Medford, New York $35 per person ♦ $100 Campaign Friend ♦ $250 Event Sponsor
A federal judge declared Gov. Rick Scott’s order requiring drug testing for some 85,000 state workers unconstitutional Thursday, saying the governor showed no evidence of a drug problem at the agencies to warrant suspicionless testing. The ruling marks the second blow to Scott’s proposals regarding drug testing. The governor also suspended a state law he supported that required drug testing for welfare recipients last year after a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. A federal judge in Orlando has temporarily blocked that law. – NBC Miami. H/T Drudge Report
Last night, Republican State Senate candidates David Storobin and Nachman Caller met to discuss the current state of affairs in the district that they are both seeking to represent (Super Jewish District SD17), according to multiple sources. Each of the candidates, presumably, would prefer to have an uncontested primary so he could wade into the general election from a position of strength. One source described the meeting as partially a discussion as to who would be the stronger challenger to Democratic candidate Simcha Felder, but Michael Fragin, an adviser to Mr. Caller, described it as more of a general discussion. – Colin Campbell
Who stands out? Here is a table of the most successful fundraisers so far among challengers. The list includes some familiar names, including some former members like Bill Foster in Illinois and Dan Maffei in New York, both Democrats. Several are repeat challengers from earlier races, e.g. Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Amerish Bera and Republican Randy Altschuler, while others are familiar political names like Democrat Christie Vilsack in Iowa, the wife of the former Governor. Altschuler who runs in NY1 raised more than one million dollars so far. – Center of Responsive Politics
Biden delivered a campaign foreign policy speech Thursday at New York University. The vice president said Obama had met the foreign policy challenges facing the United States in the 21st century, including ending the war in Iraq and ordering the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. He said Romney’s foreign policy vision is stuck in the Cold War-era. Romney advisers held a conference call before Biden spoke to criticize Obama’s record on foreign policy. – AP Via Huffington Post
What happiness when people gang up on a Black Jewish Woman? I guess it qualifies to be named a Racist-Anti-Semitic-Sexist act. Correct? Well… who knows. Read this from the Jewish Telegraph Agency:
Preventing Iran from becoming preeminent in its region should guide all U.S. foreign policy, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said. Rubio (R-Fla.), delivering a speech at the Brookings Institution on Washington — a foreign policy testing ground for aspirants to the presidency or the vice presidency — said negotiations and pressure short of force were the preferred options with Iran, but the possibility of military action should be made clear. “Even as we work through the United Nations and with the international community on sanctions and negotiations, we should operate on a dual track,” he said. “We should also be preparing our allies, and the world, for the reality that unfortunately, if all else fails, preventing a nuclear Iran may require a military solution.” – JTA
Nachman Caller, a wealthy but politically unknown Republican, campaign circulated a photo of Caller voting in Tuesday’s presidential primary for Republican Mitt Romney. That was also meant highlight the fact that Felder voted in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary for Barack Obama – a vote could prove problematic in the Senate race, since Obama is deeply unpopular in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community. Felder says he now regrets the decision, and would not repeat it. “He’s been a terrible president,” Felder said of Obama. “Unfortunately, I was wrong, and I will certainly not be voting for the president in the upcoming election.” – Chris Bragg
The video shows a 2010 speech by Obama-appointed EPA Administrator Al Armendariz. Armendariz compares the EPA’s enforcement strategy against oil and natural gas companies to that of the Roman Empire. “I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement,” Armendariz said during a meeting in 2010. “It’s kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: They’d go into little Turkish towns somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they’d run into, and they’d crucify them and then, you know, that town was really easy to manage over the next few years.” – Washington Free Beacon
Fact Check.Org Reports: The president quoted Congresswoman Foxx as saying that she had “very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt.” But Foxx was speaking explicitly about those with very large amounts of debt, a fact that Obama omitted and that changes the meaning of the North Carolina congresswoman’s statement.
Reuters Via Yahoo Reports: A federal judge in Texas released British millionaire Christopher Tappin from custody on Wednesday, but ordered him to remain in the state while awaiting trial on charges he attempted to sell missile parts to Iran.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Castaneda ordered Tappin to surrender his British passport after going through the security checkpoint at the El Paso airport for a flight to Houston, where he will live with one of his attorneys, officials in the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
The judge urged Tappin to follow court rules that include monitoring of any e-mail and he stay within five minutes of his attorney’s home in suburban Houston. He will wear an electronic monitor so officials can track his whereabouts, they said.
Tappin, 65, of Orpington, Kent, was required to put down $50,000 cash to secure his $1 million bail, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. He is charged with attempting to buy 50 batteries for Hawk surface-to-air missiles and ship them to Iran.
Tappin, who has pleaded not guilty, was extradited to the U.S. in February following a lengthy legal battle.