Category Archives: Elections
For the second time in this election cycle, the two rival factions of the Satmar Hasidic community have united in an unprecedented manner to endorse a candidate for Statewide office. On Friday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman received the united backing of both Satmar factions in Williamsburg and Kiryas Joel, JP has learned.
“Our community will show strong support for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Election Day,” Rabbi David Niederman, representing the Zalis Satmar community, told JP. Read more »
On Thursday night, Assemblyman Dov Hikind rallied hundreds of supporters in Borough Park, in an effort to win his reelection bid next Tuesday, amid a challenge by Republican candidate R’ Nachman Caller.
Mr. Hikind, a 32-year incumbent, touted the programs he managed to get approved that benefited the community. He also promised to get the Education Investment Tax Credit bill passed in the 2015 legislative year, not before endorsing a Republican controlled State Senate.
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On Thursday, the campaign of R’ Nachman Caller for the State Assembly demanded that Assemblyman Dov Hikind publicly commits himself to serve as a committee member in the State Assembly, if reelected on Tuesday.
In a statement on Thursday, Assemblyman Dov Hikind shamelessly claimed that a representative elected by voters in the district would be ineffective in Albany. He, however, did not disclose that he has not served as a member of a single committee since elected 3 decades ago. Not to mention him not showing up 47% of the time during the legislative session and voting to increase taxes 539 times. Read more »
(AP). When it comes to potential Democratic primary rivals, Hillary Rodham Clinton is displaying a light touch.
Heading into Tuesday’s midterm elections, Clinton has crossed paths with two possible presidential competitors in the past week: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. By all accounts, the back-and-forth of a debate stage remains a long way off. Read more »
A firebrand conservative Senator said that if the Republican party will elect a moderate Republican to be their nominee for the presidential election in 2016, as they did in 2008 with McCain and 2012 with Romney, the GOP will lose the White House in 2016.
In an interview with CNBC, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that the Republican party needs to learn from history, “If Republicans run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney, we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day, which is what happened for all three of them.” Read more »
In what seemed to be a full fledged endorsement of Assemblyman Dov Hikind in his tough reelection bid in the 48th Assembly District, State Senator Simcha Felder on Thursday dismissed the candidacy of Republican candidate R’ Nachman Caller as illegitimate.
During an interview on the Dov Hikind 2014 campaign radio program on 620AM, Mr. Felder told the 32-year incumbent that there’s no choice in this election, thus endorsing his reelection bid. Read more »
(AP) — In a final-week burst of campaigning, President Barack Obama sought to mobilize Democratic voters Thursday in the race for governor in Maine while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and the nurse who has defied them.
Obama was headlining a rally in Portland for Mike Michaud, a six-term congressman who is running to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a neck-and-neck race. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler is running a distant third. Read more »
A majority of New Yorkers agree with Gov. Cuomo on his handling with the deadly Ebola virus, and his 21-day quarantine for any individual that may have had contact with an Ebola patient, a new poll shows.
A WSJ/NBC New York poll shows that 82 percent of New Yorkers support the 21-day quarantine, even if the person that has come in contact with the virus doesn’t show any symptoms, while 15 percent oppose the policy. Read more »
(AP) — The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced on Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised debate at California’s Reagan Library in September 2015. Read more »
A poll released on Wednesday shows Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley maintaining a commanding lead with early voters in Iowa’s open United States Senate race, over his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. While the poll shows the race to be a dead heat overall, Braley holds a hard-to-beat 15-point lead with those who have already voted. The poll also shows him with a 10-point lead with independent voters.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – regarded by many as a potentially leading candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination – will make appearances in 19 states over the next five days as he engages in a strenuous effort to get out the vote for GOP candidates ahead of the Nov. 4 election.
Christie has been aggressively fundraising and campaigning this year – visiting 36 states and Washington, D.C. – in his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The group announced Thursday that under Christie’s leadership it has raised an impressive total of $102 million, surpassing its goal of $100 million.
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Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is planning a trip to Israel next year, JP has learned.
During a fundraiser in Borough Park on Monday, Mr. Thompson announced that he’s expecting to travel to Israel some time next February, according to one attendee, who wished to remain anonymous. Read more »
A proposal to ease the burden of Yeshiva parents and lower the high tuition costs has met the emphatic opposition of the Democratic candidate running for the open seat in New York’s 20th Assembly District in Long Island, that includes the 5 Towns, JP has learned.
The past Monday evening, during a political debate in Long Beach, Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky said he would not support tuition tax credits for yeshivas, private and parochial school parents, despite the fact that many Democrats, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have expressed their support of the bill. Read more »
(AP). In a possible preview of a 2016 presidential race, former Florida governor Jeb Bush took a swipe at Hillary Clinton on Wednesday evening as he stumped for Republican candidates in the vital swing state of Colorado.
Bush was in Colorado one day after former President Bill Clinton departed the state and a little more than a week after Hillary Clinton was last there — an indication of both the intensity of the state’s top race pitting Democratic Sen Mark Udall against his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, as well as Colorado’s oversized role in recent presidential elections. Read more »
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo got Wednesday a resounding endorsement by the three Statewide elected officials that represent the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn – Councilman David Greenfield, State Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
Just six days before Election Day, Governor Cuomo held a roundtable with some 60 Orthodox Jewish leaders at the Beth Yaakov of Boro Park school in the Borough Park section of Borough Park. His speech was often interrupted by thundering applause and standing ovations, especially when he promised to push for passage of the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill “as a matter of justice.” Read more »
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who most recently ran for president as the 2012 Republican nominee, continues to register as one of the most popular potential 2016 Republican candidates for the White House – but only among Republicans. In a brand new YouGov Poll, 75% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Romney, to a much greater degree than they do regarding nearly all other GOP possibilities.
The only leading Republican to match Romney in personal popularity among the party faithful is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Most of the other possible candidates for president have favorable ratings in the 60s. Only 47% of the GOP rank and file are favorable towards New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
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As Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett continues to run well behind his Democratic opponent, Tom Wolf, in the polls, the Jewish community of Pittsburgh appears to be emulating the rest of the state by preferring the challenger. But a vote that is cast for Wolf may be more correctly described as a vote against Corbett in this election year, according to Kristin Kanthak, associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.
“I think right now what’s happening in Pennsylvania is what’s happening across the country,” Kanthak explained to the Jewish Chronicle PA. “People are just upset and angry. Just look at the national polls and the polls in Pennsylvania. People are unhappy with the way the country’s going.”
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In response to the profane and disrespectful language used by a senior Obama administration official when describing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the National Jewish Democratic Council said it is “surprised and disappointed” for the use of “inappropriate” language.
In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, a senior Obama administration official called Israel’s Prime Minister “Chickensh*t.” Read more »
The level of a candidate’s support for Israel has become a central factor in Long Island’s 4th Congressional District race that has a Republican Jewish candidate attempting to win a rare open seat. Although the district he is running in includes the heavily Jewish Five Towns, former County legislator and Republican Bruce Blakeman is struggling to gain traction against Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, to fill a congressional seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. The polls have Blakeman trailing Rice by a double-digit margin.
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Councilman David G. Greenfield today announced his support for the bold plan put forth by prominent local attorney Nachman Caller which would build as many as 2,000 housing units over the MTA tracks adjacent to 61st Street in Borough Park.
“In the four years that I have been a member of the City Council, I have looked everywhere for opportunities to build housing in Borough Park,” said Councilman Greenfield. “The problem is simple: we don’t have empty land to build on. This Borough Park rail yard housing plan is the best and most thoughtful I have seen since I have been in office.” Read more »
In the midst of the highly competitive race for governor of Florida, the customers at the Bagel Snack restaurant near Palm Aire were treated on Tuesday to an unexpected close encounter with Democratic candidate Charlie Crist.
Crist urged the many Democratic voters eating at the restaurant to cast their vote for the state’s chief executive in advance of Election Day in whatever manner is legally feasible. The challenger knows that getting out the vote on his behalf in South Florida is essential if he hopes to push out Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday. And Broward County is especially critical to that strategy.
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One of the leading potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 took a verbal swipe on Tuesday at someone who – although still unannounced – is considered at present the most viable political figure to ultimately nab the Democratic nomination for the White House.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul made the remark in his home state after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted at a recent campaign stop that businesses and corporations do not create jobs.
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Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) on Wednesday announced the endorsement of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who once held the same assembly seat, as he continues to battle a challenge in the November 4th general election to represent the 45th Assembly District for an 8th term.
“Steven Cymbrowitz has delivered for the people of this district and I am proud to give him my support,” Senator Schumer said in a statement. “He has advocated consistently and passionately for the needs of seniors, children, families, small business owners and our vibrant immigrant community, and I know that he will continue to do so.” Read more »
One of the most closely watched contest race in New York City is NY11 Congressional race. After countless debates, some of a one-man show of Congressman Michael Grimm and a spoof from the Daily Show Jon Stewart mocking this race, this race is not one to be missed.
Republican Congressman Michael Grimm debated Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia in the final face off before voters’ head to the polls next Tuesday for midterm elections. Read more »
An Indiana State Senate candidate is facing heat for comments he made during a recent political forum, where he stated that businesses that refuse customers based on religious beliefs should lose public services.
On October 21, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council held a political forum with the candidates for State Senate District 29, incumbent Mike Delph (R), and J.D. Ford (D). Read more »