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Nassau County – Poll: Jewish Democratic Senatorial Candidate Trails Incumbent By 15 Points

adam haber senateTwo-term incumbent Republican State Senator Jack Martins leads his Democratic challenger Adam Haber by 15 points (52-37), according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College poll of likely voters in the 7th Senate District, located in Nassau County.

Haber, who’s Jewish, has a large lead among Jewish voters – who make up 17% of the electorate – by a 63-24 percentage margin. However, Martins lead with independent voters has increased from 57-30 percent to now 68-19 percent, the poll shows. Read more »

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MAGov – Republican Baker Opens 9 Point Lead Over Coakley

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Photo: Jaime Bennis/Daily FDree Press

Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has opened up a 9-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley (45-36), according to a new Boston Globe poll published on Thursday.

Baker has moved from 38 percent support to 45 percent since late August, almost entirely from voters who have made up their minds since the beginning of September, the pollster noted. Coakley dropped 5 points in one week. Read more »

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Kiryas Joel, NY – Feds Settle With NY Slaughterhouse Over Pollution

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Kiryas Joel, NY – Federal prosecutors say a New York slaughterhouse that supplies kosher chicken to Orthodox Jews discharged chicken parts and other waste into storm drains and sewers.
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The U.S. attorney’s office announced a civil lawsuit and proposed settlement Thursday. It said the Kiryas Joel Poultry Processing Plant Inc. admitted violating the federal Clean Water Act between 2008 and 2012. Read more »

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Jeb Bush Receives High Praise from SC Gov. Nikki Haley During Campaign Appearance

Jeb BushFormer Florida Governor Jeb Bush received high praise from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as he was in the state with the Governor campaigning for her reelection.

Gov. Haley told a crowd that  she would never be leading South Carolina without former Bush’s help. Read more »

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Sen. Warren ‘Doesn’t Think’ She’ll Run for President in 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren(AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tends to stick to the script when she’s asked about a potential 2016 presidential campaign: “I am not running for president.” So her latest response has touched off new speculation about her future.

When asked if she will run in 2016, the first-term Democrat and liberal favorite told People magazine, “I don’t think so.” Read more »

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Midwood – Hikind Charges Job Seekers Entry Fee To Joint OU Job Fair

dov hikind Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) charged job seekers a fee of $20 to attend a joint job fair on Thursday in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

The fair was organized by the OU Job Board in conjunction with Yachad, the Jewish Union Foundation (JUF), and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, in order to connect job seekers with employers and create a network of communication between those seeking to fulfill the skills they have and employers looking to hire. Read more »

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Billionaire Adelson May Focus $$ on Former Gov. Huckabee For 2016 GOP Nomination

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Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam laid out an unprecedented $98 million to bankroll politically conservative Republican candidates during the 2012 election cycle. More than a fifth of that amount was sunk into Winning our Future, a super PAC supporting Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. As the current crop of potential GOP candidates for the White House likely looks to Adelson for future support, word has it that the mogul may focus his financial sights on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is renowned for his passionate support of Israel.

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NYGov- Cuomo Releases Policy Book That Outlines 2nd Term Agenda

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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday released a detailed245-page policy book, outlining a comprehensive agenda for a second term in office. The  book included more than sixty policy proposals, several of which have already been announced by Governor Cuomo in the past months.

The book was released 11 days before voters head to the polls to choose to reelect Governor Cuomo or replace him with Republican candidate Rob Astorino. Read more »

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AD48 – Caller Hits Hikind On Education Tax Credit Bill: ‘You Had Your Time’

2014-10-21 21.28.25On Thursday, the campaign of R’ Nachman Caller for State Assembly issued a blistering attack on Assemblyman Dov Hikind for campaigning on a promise to fight in Albany for the Education Investment Tax Credit, thus admitting nothing has been done over the past 3 decades to solve the tuition crisis.

In recent campaign events and in print ads, Hikind touted his record of acquiring TAP and Special Education legislation as a reason to re-elect him in November. Read more »

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NYgov- Cuomo, Astorino Point Fingers At Each Other Over Race, Ethics At TV Debate

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(AP). New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger traded insults and clashed over the economy and corruption during the only scheduled debate of the governor’s race.

During Wednesday’s hour-long exchange Cuomo, a Democrat, cited his work to cut taxes and make government more efficient. He said Rob Astorino’s views on abortion, immigration and housing desegregation make him too conservative to lead New York. Read more »

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DSCC Reverses Course, Buys Ad Time in Kentucky Senate Race

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Just a week after they’ve pulled out of the Kentucky race, Senate Democrats have now reversed course and decided to go back up on the air with TV commercials in support of Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes is running against Senate minority leader Mitch McConell. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last week stopped paying for television ads in Kentucky, a decision many saw as a sign that Grimes is losing support. Read more »

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More Americans Trust GOP to Protect the Country from Terrorism

nypd counter terrorWith the rising threat posed by the Islamic State and other terror factions, Americans trust the Republican Party to protect them, more so than Democrats, an issue that may lead the Republican Party to a win on Election Day.

A recent AP/Gfk poll, showed that more Americans (52%) disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the threat of terrorism, than approve (47%). Among likely voters, the difference is slightly larger, with 55% disapproving while 45% approve.

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NC6 — GOP Hopeful Mark Walker Promises Jewish Voters to Represent Them in Congress

Mark Walker North CarolinaAppearing on the Triade Today TV program together with his opponent for the North Carolina Sixth Congressional District, Republican hopeful Mark Walker, who’s a Protestant Minister, said that if elected, his votes in Congress will reflect the views of all his constituents, including Jewish voters.

Walker upset high-profile candidate Phil Berger Jr. in a bitter Republican runoff, even though retiring Congressman Howard Coble (R) endorsed Berger. Walker is now facing his Democratic opponent Laura Fjeld, but Walker seems to be the favorite candidate to win the general election, considering the district’s  heavily conservative tilt. Read more »

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Record-Breaker: Billionaire Steyer Surpasses Adelson With $55M Super PAC Donation

adelson-190Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson – a major financial supporter of Israel-related causes as well as Republican candidates for elected office – garnered headlines during the 2012 presidential campaign for contributing a record-setting $50 million of his own fortune into super PACs, for the purpose of choosing a Republican candidate generally aligned with Adelson’s views who could unseat President Obama. But Adelson’s $49.8 million record was overtaken in September by fellow billionaire Tom Steyer, who donated $55 million to his NextGen Climate Action Committee super PAC.

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AG Hopeful John Cahill: Schneiderman Has Ignored The Orthodox Jewish Community In Brooklyn

2014-10-21 21.15.48Republican candidate for New York State Attorney General, John Cahill on Tuesday introduced himself to the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, as he fights an uphill battle to defeat the Jewish incumbent, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Cahill, a former chief of staff to the community’s darling – former Governor George Pataki, addressed some 50 activist at the Orthodox Jewish Political Club (OJPC) monthly meeting at the Seville Manor in Borough Park. Read more »

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DNC Chairwoman Wasserman-Schultz Calls Midterm Election For Senate ‘Neck And Neck’

Debbie-Wasserman-Schultz(AP). The head of the Democratic Party says the mid-term campaign for control of the Senate is “a neck and neck” situation.

Florida Congresswoman Deborah Wasserman-Schultz says Nov. 4 isn’t a referendum on President Barack Obama. And she’s brushing off talk that endangered Democratic Senate incumbents are trying to avoid associating with President Barack Obama. Read more »

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NYGov – Poll: Astorino Gains As He Gets More Known To Voters, Still Trails Cuomo By 21 Points

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorinoi is gaining support with less than two weeks until Election Day, though he still trails incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo by 21 points (54-33), according to the latest Siena College Poll of likely voters. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received nine percent and 4 percent remain undecided.

Astorino leads Cuomo 43-41 among men and 46-44 in the suburbs. Cuomo has a large 65-25 lead among women  and a 72-16 lead in New York City. Read more »

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AD48 – Caller: Hikind Permitted ‘Unconcealed Discrimination’ Of Housing For BP/Flatbush Community ‘To Flourish’

2014-10-21 21.28.14The election for the 48th Assembly District – that consists of Borough Park, Midwood and parts of Flatbush – is in high gear. For the first time in decades, a sitting Assemblyman is being challenged by a member of the community, in what seems to be an exciting and competitive race in one of the largest Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods outside of Israel. Read more »

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Christie: I’m Tired of Hearing About Minimum Wage

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie took a hard line against President Obama and the Democrats for trying to increase the minimum wage at every available opportunity, and using the issue as a main campaign point for the midterm elections.

Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Christie told the audience that he’s ‘tired’ of all this minimum wage talk. Read more »

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Top Party Officials Head to Iowa to Garner Early Votes

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As Election Day comes closer, high-profile party officials are emerging in swing states trying to garner the most support, and early votes, for their party’s candidate.

In Iowa, Bruce Braley had once been a favorite to win the seat held for 30 years by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. But now he’s running even with Republican Joni Ernst, a first-term state senator. Read more »

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Montgomery GOP Drops Support of County Council Candidate Over Anti-Semitic Email

Jim KirklandJim Kirkland who’s running on the Republican line against incumbent Roger Berliner (D), for County Council in the 1st District, has lost his support from the official Republican Party after they reviewed an ant-Semitic email he sent.

In an email sent to the Washington Post back in February, Kirkland was complaining about a fine his elderly mother received from the County, for failing to repair her roof over the Christmas Holiday. Read more »

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NYGov – Cuomo Lowers Expectations: 51% is OK

Andrew CuomoWhile Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to win his re-election bid on November 4th, he made sure to lower expectations on Monday, telling reporters he’s ok with winning 51 percent of the vote against Republican Rob Astorino.

“Fifty-one,” Cuomo said when asked for his definition of victory this November. “These are complicated times — there are a lot of issues on that ballot that have nothing to do with the personalitiies on that ballot. We have fracking on the ballot, we have Common Core on the ballot.” Read more »

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Report: Netanyahu Eying 4th Term In 2015 As head Of Right-Wing/Haredi Coalition

bibi primariesPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to lead Israel for the 4th time as head of a right-wing/Religious parties’ stable coalition, a report published by Ynet Monday night suggested.

“All the signs indicate that Netanyahu is preparing for elections,” a senior Likud official was quoted on Monday ahead of the Knesset winter session. “It is safe to assume that he will move for an election before Lapid succeeds in passing his (flagship) 0% VAT bill. He is not lacking in issues that could lead the coalition to fall apart over.” Read more »

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Hillary: Working Women Will Lose Out If Republicans Win Senate

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(AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Democratic voters not to be complacent about the November midterm elections, saying Monday that working women and their families will lose out on a better future if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress.

The former secretary of state made the remarks during a sold-out women’s luncheon in San Francisco that raised $1.4 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Read more »

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