Category Archives: Elections
Paul Ryan, the House Budget chairman and architect of the bipartisan budget deal, dismissed criticism from Tea Party groups and conservative activists who suggested his political ambitions would be tainted by the bill that passed the House on Thursday night by a wide majority.
“People always say, ‘Well this could hurt you with your future ambitions,’” Ryan told ABC News. “If I’m not good at this job, why should I ask somebody for another job?” Read more »
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the budget committee, defended moments ago his bipartisan budget deal up for a vote in the house, telling Republicans “elections have consequences.”
“We tried defeating this President, I wish we would have. Elections have consequences,” Mr. Ryan said in his closing remarks on the house floor. “And I fundamentally believe that to really do what needs to be done, we are going to have to win some elections. In the mean time, lets try and make this divided government work.” Read more »
Mike Huckabee today ended his daily radio show heard on 200 stations across the nation, the first predictable sign that he is considering another presidential bid in 2016
Below is Huckabee’s Facebook announcement about leaving his show: Read more »
The most recent rebellion withing the GOP over the bipartisan Ryan/Murra budget has caused House Speaker John Boehner to come swinging against the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. The speaker flew off the handle and bitterly criticized groups like Heritage Action and FreedomWorks for threatening GOP lawmakers who vote for the Murray-Ryan budget pact. Read more »
NEW YORK, NY – Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of Lilliam Barrios-Paoli as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Barrios-Paoli will oversee City agencies that the Mayor-Elect has charged with moving New Yorkers from homelessness to stable housing, expanding community health clinics and cutting red tape in social services.
Barrios-Paoli is an experienced leader known for innovating big ideas. She has managed five City agencies under three mayors, where she spearheaded major reforms like the opening of 10 innovative senior centers – including those servicing the visually-impaired and LGBT populations. She also brings a deep background in working with New York’s nonprofit community, which will play a critical role in delivering on the incoming administration’s agenda. Read more »
A year before voters head to the polls again, it is starting to look all gloom for Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm. While he’s battling the DOJ and energized Democrats from one side, the infighting in the Republican party is causing him some headache too.
According to a Wednesday night report by The NY Post, Republicans are so nervous about Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm’s re-election chances that they’ve quietly reached out to former GOP Congressman Vito Fossella — who quit five years ago after confessing to having an out-of-wedlock family — to make a comeback for his old seat. Read more »
Politico: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are in a dead heat in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup with the recently reelected governor leading by 1 point in a new poll.
Christie leads Clinton 42 percent to 41 percent in a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Christie’s 1-point lead is the same as Quinnipiac’s poll in November, but a far cry from the 13-point lead Clinton held in October. Read more »
Senator Mary Landrieu a Democrat from Louisiana that voted for the Affordable Care Act, just released an ad where she clearly distances herself from Obama, Obamacare and the now infamous ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it’ promise.
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New York, NY – NYC Mayor-Elect Bill DeBlasio has released a statement today on the Transition 2013 website, that he and the first family-elect, have made their decision to move move from their house in Park Slope, Brooklyn to Gracie Mansion in Manhattan.
The following is the statement in full: Read more »
The compromised budget deal announced Tuesday evening by bipartisan House members, increases funding for U.S.-Israeli cooperative efforts, Israel Hayom and Ynet report.
The defense bill included in the new budget authorizes $173 million in added funding for U.S.-Israeli cooperative missile defense programs, including nearly $34 million to improve the Arrow weapon system and $22 million for work on developing an upper-tier interceptor.
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The Minority Report: The Rothenberg Political Report’s Nathan Gonzalez recently wrote that, “Democrats might want to consider opening their minds to the potential of another midterm nightmare.” A quick glance at the latest polls coming out of battleground states reveals that Gonzalez is onto something. Let’s have a look:
Arkansas: Politico’s James Hohmann reports that “Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor trails his Republican challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, by seven points among likely voters in Arkansas, 48-41%…. Cotton is ahead among independents by 21 points and among women by 4 points.”… Read more »
The political damage absorbed by President Obama and his signature legislative achievement appears to have subsided, a poll released Tuesday found.
According to the latest Pew Research Center/USA Today poll, Obama’s approval rating has finally ended what’s been a five-month dip, although his standing is still considerably lower than where it was at the start of the year. The poll showed 45 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, compared with 49 percent who disapprove, Talking Points Memo reported on Tuesday. Read more »
TPM reports: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement opposing the budget agreement reached by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), calling the deal “irresponsible.”
“We need a government with less debt and an economy with more good paying jobs, and this budget fails to accomplish both goals, making it harder for more Americans to achieve the American Dream,” Rubio said in a statement. “Instead, this budget continues Washington’s irresponsible budgeting decisions by spending more money than the government takes in and placing additional financial burdens on everyday Americans.” Read more »
Congressional negotiators announced Tuesday evening ago a tentative budget deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown in January, but also begin to unravel hard-fought spending cuts.
The lead negotiators — Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. — detailed the specifics of the proposal at an evening press conference. Read more »
Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to push back against what he called “the most concentrated effort, in the 40 years I have served, to delegitimize Israel.”
“The preservation of an independent Jewish state is the only certain guarantor of freedom and security for the Jewish people,” Biden said told the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) at a Washington event to celebrate the group’s 100th anniversary. Read more »
Barack Obama’s job approval among American voters drops to a new low, a negative 38 – 57 percent… American voters give the president a negative 40 – 48 percent approval for his handling of the situation in Iran. Voters are divided on the latest agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear weapons, with 44 percent supporting the agreement and 46 percent opposed… The agreement makes America less safe, voters say 45 – 37 percent. – Quinnipiac
In an interview with JNS.org, Former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate in 2008, Mike Huckabee predicted the downtrend trend in Jewish support for Democrats will continue in the 2016 presidential election.
“Why would anyone committed to the safety and security of the future of Israel be supportive of the policies of Barack Obama, which you can call the most frighteningly non-supportive [U.S.] policies on the state of Israel since its inception? I can’t imagine that somebody could look at those policies and say, ‘Boy, [Obama has] really got the Israelis’ back’—because he doesn’t,” Huckabee said. Read more »
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo developed an early posture after his 2010 election of keeping his head down and ignoring national politics, almost never venturing beyond his home turf for the states that settle presidential races…
…Three years later, Cuomo’s political lens is just as narrow. And Democratic activists in early presidential states have come to conclude there’s no way he will run in 2016, whether Hillary Clinton is in the race or not POLITICO has learned. Read more »
New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who has been vocal about his interest in running for president in 2016, is ready to take on the big guys.
“You should ask Chris Christie if me being in the race disqualifies him,” King told City & State when asked whether the New Jersey governor’s likely candidacy will preclude his own. Read more »
“And on the sixth night of Hanukkah, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the Jews all the jelly donuts they could handle,” The forward’s Josh Nathan-Kazis wrote of Mayor Bloomberg’s final Hanukkah ceremony he hosted as Mayor of New York City, Monday night. “No one commented on the apparent hypocrisy of the soda-banning mayor offering only diet sodas at the bar while serving piles of jelly donuts.” Read more »
NEW YORK, NY – Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties. The Mayor-Elect charged Bratton with using the best technology and tactics to deepen New York City’s historic gains in public safety, to continue innovating approaches that protect New Yorkers from terrorism, and to bring police and communities closer together by ending the overuse and misuse of stop-and-frisk. Read more »
Russian voters in Southern Brooklyn abandoned one of their own in an unwavering manner, contributing to Councilman-Elect Chaim Deutsch’s stunning upset on November 5th, official results by the Board of Elections show.
According to certified results released Tuesday evening by the City’s Board of Elections, Democratic candidate Chaim Deutsch bested his Republican opponent, by a margin of 2,561 votes. Mr. Deutsch got 10,169 votes on the Democratic line compared to Storobin’s 7,608 votes on the Republican-Conservative-Independence lines.
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Daily News: Confidential has learned exclusively that disgraced mayoral wannabe and Twitter enthusiast Anthony Weiner is in talks to host a radio show. Sources close to the deal tell us Weiner is mulling an offer to host a 5-6 p.m. drive-time chat show on either WOR or WABC radio, focusing on local politics.
“We’re looking at a lot of people,” says WABC operations manager Tony Mascaro, denying that Weiner is one of them. Read more »
NEW YORK, NY – Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of his senior leadership team, emphasizing that the incoming administration would be defined by progressive government, competence and diversity.
De Blasio appointed Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor. Shorris will serve as the second-highest ranking official at City Hall, and be charged with managing the day-to-day operation of City government and the provision of core services across the five boroughs. Shorris comes to the post as a proven manager at City agencies, public authorities and private sector institutions. Read more »