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NYGov- Astorino Suggests Christie Should Consider Stepping Down As RGA Chair

christiecuomoRepublican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Tuesday angrily responded to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s comments that he would not campaign for the Republican in the Empire State due to sluggish poll numbers.

“I will spend time in places where we have a chance to win, I said that right from the beginning,” Christie told reporters in Connecticut, during a campaign stop for Tom Foley. “We don’t pay for landslides and we don’t invest in lost causes.” Read more »

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NYGov – Christie Calls Astorino’s Gubernatorial Campaign A ‘Lost Cause’

bdb christieGov. Chris Christie, campaigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said on Monday he’s unlikely to cross the bridge to campaign for Republican Rob Astorino’s gubernatorial campaign.

“I will spend time in places where we have a chance to win, I said that right from the beginning,” Christie told reporters in Connecticut, during a campaign stop for Tom Foley. “We don’t pay for landslides and we don’t invest in lost causes.” Read more »

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NY18 – Poll Shows Hayworth With 4 Point Lead Over Rep. Maloney

nan hayworthA survey conducted by Gravis Marketing for conservative publication Human Events shows former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth leading incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) by four points. In a rematch in November, Republican Hayworth would garner 44% of the vote compared to Congressman  Maloney’s 40% share of the vote. 16% remain undecided.

Both candidates have positive favorability ratings. Hayworth has a 41/40 favorable  opinion, while Congressman Maloney has a 37/34 favorable opinion. Read more »

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UK’s Jewish Labor Pary Head, Milliband Opposes Israel’s Ground Op in Gaza

ed miliband meets NetanyahuNone other than the British Labor Party chairman, Ed Miliband, who’s Jewish, said Monday he opposes Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

Miliband met with President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the White House Monday afternoon, and told the Huffington Post, following the meeting, that Gaza was among the issues discussed. Read more »

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CNN Poll: A Clear Majority of Americans Justify Israel’s Actions in Gaza

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A clear majority of Americans believe Israel’s military actions in Gaza are justified, with only a third saying that Israel has used too much force, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday.

According to the poll, 57% of the US public said the Israeli actions against Hamas in the Gaza Strip are justified, with 34% saying they are unjustified. Read more »

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2016 – Rand Paul’s Jewish Charm Offensive Bearing Fruits

Paul and Rabbi Nate Segal after the meeting

Paul and Rabbi Nate Segal after the meeting

In a lengthy profile of Sen, Rand Paul’s charm offensive in the Jewish community over the past year, gearing up for a WH run, the National Journal reports of Paul’s political operation capitalizing on his recent pro-Israel speech on the Senate, e-mailing copies of it to a host of influential Jewish and pro-Israel Republicans across the United States.

This entire episode serves as a prime example of Paul’s aggressive outreach efforts to the Jewish community Read more »

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NYGov – Team Astorino Accuses Team Cuomo of Biased ‘Push Poll’ To Smear Astorino

NYGov Astorino CuomoGov. Cuomo’s campaign operatives are being accused of dirty tricks for allegedly sponsoring a biased “push poll’’ to convince voters that Rob Astorino, the governor’s Republican opponent, holds politically unacceptable views, Fred Dicker writes in the New York Post.

Astorino’s spokeswoman Jessica Proud said push-poll calls claiming to be emanating from a legitimate polling firm but actually intended to plant false information to “push’’ voters away from Astorino were received last week by Republican voters who reside in Suffolk County. Read more »

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Politic poll: Voters Give Hillary Thumbs Down On Performance At State Department

hillary clintonA majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state, a new poll conducted by Politico shows.  Just 14 percent described her time at the State Department as “excellent.”

The rest defined it as “poor (32%) “good” (28%) and “fair” (21%). Six percent weren’t sure or declined to answer. Read more »

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Three Days After Non-Israel Speech, Adelson Gave $2.5M to Christie’s RGA

christie israelThe website North Jersey is reporting that billionaire casino mogul – and prominent supporter of both Israel- and Republican-related causes – Sheldon Adelson has apparently not been affected permanently by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s somewhat controversial omission of any mention of the Jewish state in his Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala speech in May. Read more »

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Robert Akleh Responds To Report, Apologizes For Anti-Israel Posts

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The following is a statement from Robert Akleh, Managing Partner for Patch In Strategies, in response to Former Koppell Staffer Fired Over Anti-Israel Views Consulting For Teachout’s Campaign:

For weeks, I have sat by and allowed organizations and politicians to speak about my character and my opinions without responding. Articles in the New York Post and on JP Updates have claimed that that I was fired from Oliver Koppell’s campaign for New York State Senate. Read more »

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Cuomo Leads Astorino By 37 Points; Loses Some ground Among Jewish Voters

NYGov Astorino CuomoFifteen weeks until Election Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo maintains an undefeatable 37-point lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino (60-23), according to the latest Siena College Poll of likely voters. 59 percent say Cuomo has made New York a better place to live, compared to 15 percent who say he’s made it worse and 21 percent who say it has remained the same as it was four years ago. Read more »

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Hispanic-Jewish Woman Makes Waves in Fla. As Crist’s Running Mate

annette - Charlie crist running mateThe front-runner in Florida’s Democratic race for governor, Charlie Crist, announced Thursday that his running mate will be Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Colombian-American, Jewish business owner and Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairwoman.

As reported by the Palm Beach Post, Taddeo-Goldstein, 47, appeared at a news conference and emphasized her background as a small-business owner and working mother. Read more »

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NYGov – Jewish New Yorkers Blast Teachout For Hiring Anti-Israel Consultant

zephyr TeachoutProminent members of the Jewish community in New York on Sunday ripped Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout for hiring an anti-Israel consultant. The story was first reported by JP.

According to our report, published last Wednesday, Teachout, a law professor who has is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the September gubernatorial primary, spent as much as two thirds of her total spending to pay consulting fees to a controversial figure accused of anti-Israel views. Read more »

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Poll: Huckabee ‘Most Likable’ Of 2016 GOP Prez Candidates

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Photo via Twitter/@UriKarzen

A new poll has revealed that Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee are the best-liked potential candidates for president in 2016. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 55 percent of Americans express a favorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 36 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of the former Secretary of State.

That net 19 percentage point favorable rating comes in as the highest among any potential presidential candidate that Gallup tested. Read more »

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NY18- Rep. Maloney Under Investigation By FAA Over Use Of Drone At Wedding Last Month

maloneyThe Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s same-gender wedding last month violated the agency’s ban on drone flights for commercial purposes.

The agency’s carefully worded statement doesn’t mention Maloney by name, but said it was looking into “a report of an unmanned aircraft operation in Cold Spring, New York, on June 21 to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions.” Read more »

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Hillary Clinton Opposes Israel’s Ground Operation In Gaza [Video]

Hillary And Suha Credit UnknownFormer U.S. Secretary of State and potential frontrunner for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton would not say whether she supports Israel’s expansion of Operation protective Edge and the entry of ground troops into the Gaza Strip.

In an interview with Charlie Rose on Thursday, Clinton elaborated how she had negotiated a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians in 2012 and the steps she took to avoid an IDF incursion of Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense. Read more »

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UK’s Jewish Labor Head: Death Of Palestinian Children ‘Cannot Be Justified’; Rocket Fire Must Cease

ed milibandThe Jewish head of the UK’s Labor Party, Ed Miliband on Thursday called for an immediate cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, while supporting Israel’s right of self defense.

The following is a statement released Thursday afternoon: Read more »

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FiveThirtyEight: Cuomo Has 100% Chance Of Winning Reelection Bid

Andrew CuomoGov. Andrew Cuomo has the largest lead in the polls among states with gubernatorial races this year, according to FiveThirtyEight’ analysis of the 27 of the 30 states where the gubernatorial elections are taking place.

FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten took an average of each pollster’s polls to figure out the average margin between the major candidates in each race. Read more »

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CA33 – Observant Jewish Republican Elan Carr Outraises Democrat in Waxman District

elan carrElan Carr, the Republican nominee vying for the 33rd District congressional seat being vacated by Democratic icon Henry Waxman, raised $434,873 in the second fundraising quarter of 2014, according to FEC reports filed Tuesday.

Carr, an Orthodox Jew, finished the quarter with $245,822 cash-on-hand, while his Democratic rival Ted Lieu trails with $204,438. Read more »

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Minn. Supreme Court Rules Against Election Judge for Calling Incumbent ‘Old Jewish Lady’

Phyllis KahnThe Minnesota Supreme Court sided with Rep. Phyllis Kahn’s campaign Tuesday when it ruled that an election judge accused of attempting to sway voters toward Kahn’s opponent, Mohamud Noor, should no longer interact with voters.

The court sided with Rep. Phyllis Kahn’s assertion that election judge Fadumo Yusuf should be removed from her duties because she asked voters in Somali at City Hall whether they were supporting Kahn’s opponent, Mohamud Noor. The complaint says Yusuf referred to Noor as “our Somali brother” and Kahn as “the old Jewish lady.” Read more »

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NYGov – Former Koppell Staffer Fired Over Anti-Israel Views Consulting For Teachout’s Campaign

zephyr TeachoutZephyr Teachout, a law professor who has is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the September gubernatorial primary, spent as much as two thirds of her total spending to pay consulting fees to a controversial figure, accused of anti-Israel views, during the July periodic filing period.

Teachout reported spending a total of $91,050, which included two payments (one for $25,250 and one for $35,550) that added up to $60,800 to Patch In Strategies.

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Report: Cantor Spent Major $$ on Primary Campaign – Before and After

Eric CantorAs an exclusive report by politico.com reveals, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spent nearly $762,000 in the days both before – and after – his shocking primary defeat last month in Virginia, as noted in a campaign filing that was made public Tuesday evening.

Altogether, “Cantor for Congress” — the Virginia Republican’s primary campaign committee — raised and spent an eyebrow-raising $6.2 million throughout the period of 2013-14, only to be sorely disappointed when Cantor lost decisively in a GOP primary. Read more »

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Iowa, Here I Come – Christie’s 2016 Profile Rises Amid Multi-City Swing

Chris ChristieAs elaborated on in an extensive article in the New York Times, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will make his most significant and elaborate return to the presidential stage this week amid indications that, despite recent setbacks, his political standing has stabilized and his advisers project a possible path to the Republican nomination in 2016. Read more »

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Maryland Gov O’Malley Raises Visibility as Potential 2016 Dem Nominee

omalleyA special report by Buzzfeed has taken an in-depth look at dark horse Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, who recently attended a press conference for the Democratic Governors Association.

When he was asked a question about the crisis of mass numbers of immigrants repeatedly entering the United States illegally through its porous borders, and the tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant children whose detention in U.S. Read more »

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NYGov – Cuomo Reaches Out To Jewish Donors and Voters

CuomoPer July 15th filings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo drew individual donations from a variety of Jewish real estate, financial and entertainment elites, including $40,000 from Michael Steinhardt, $60,000 from Eli Broad, and $50,000 from Steven Spielberg & Jeffrey Katzenberg each…

Seeking to shore up his standing with Jewish voters, Cuomo also spent $11,419 for print ads in the Jewish papers across the state. That includes about $7000 in Read more »

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