Category Archives: Elections
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on ‘Fox News Sunday‘ today to discuss his Conservative Political Action Committee straw poll win, the crisis in Ukraine, the NSA and a potential 2016 presidential run.
Paul took 31 percent of the CPAC straw poll vote. This is the second consecutive year that he has won.
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HuffPost reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he isn’t worried about tea party-backed candidates challenging GOP incumbents in this year’s midterm elections.
“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell told the New York Times in an interview published Saturday. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.” Read more »
State Sen. Lee Zeldin, one of two Republicans seeking to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in NY’s 1st Congressional district, was honored this year as one of American Conservative Union’s “Top 10 Conservatives Under 40″ for CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists in DC .
“Our focus at CPAC has always been to showcase rising stars in the conservative movement,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “The depth and diversity of these young leaders provides hope for America’s future as we face tough challenges ahead.”
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Rev. Erick Salgado, the colorful socially conservative Democratic mayoral candidate is considering challenging Staten Island congressman Michael Grimm, and Democrat Dominic Recchia in a democratic primary, according to Politicker’s Colin Campbell.
“I might! I might! I might strike back, it’s true,” Mr. Salgado told Politicker when asked whether he in the running, adding that he would soon register a fund-raising committee. “We are putting together the committee, the exploratory committee, and we are going to start to pick up the signatures.” Read more »
Paul and Rabbi Nate Segal after the meeting
Republican Senator of Kentucky and possible presidential candidate in 2016, Rand Paul met Thursday morning with a handful of Jewish leaders at his Senate office in DC. The senator spoke foreign policy and about his position on Israel among many other things, according to a source who was present at the meeting.
When asked specifically about the current situation in Crimea, Senator Paul said no military option should even be considered. There’s really no reason why we should go to war with Russia over this, said Paul according to the source. They have the geographical overhand and it’s simply not worth starting World War III with Russia. Read more »
A group of Orthodox Jewish rabbis and community leaders of Brooklyn are among a diverse group of rabbis that have signed an endorsement of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to expand Universal pre-K by increasing taxes on wealthy New Yorkers.
“As faith leaders, our faith calls on us to speak on the moral obligation that our city has to provide every child, and every family, an equal opportunity for success,” reads the letter released Thursday by UPKNYC and signed by 250 Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy members. Read more »
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), struck a populist tone in a 7-minute speech that received a respectful but not raucous reception at the annual gathering. He promised that if he becomes majority leader next year, the U.S. Senate will be a place that Conservatives “can be proud of again.”
“The same old socialist notions that never pan out will finally be put to rest,” he said. “My friends, never before has it been so hard for the rich to become poor or for the poor to become rich. That’s what is un-American! I can’t stand it, and you can’t stand it, and if we win the majority in November, I will work every day to change it.” Read more »
The Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off Thursday morning in the Gaylord Convention Center. Even though Sen. Cruz was the first official to take the stage and the ballroom was still half empty, the crowd still erupted and welcomed the Senator with a standing ovation.
Sen. Cruz delivered a message of how conservatives can win. He said, “Liberty is under assuage…We can stand for principles.” He went on to address the need to win young people “because that’s how we win elections.” Read more »
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received Thursday a warm reception from Conservative Republicans at the CPAC annual conference. The crowd rose to its feet as Chris Christie exited stage left.
Christie, chairman of the National Governors Association, praised the work of his Republican colleagues across the country. “Republican governors in this country have stood up and done things, not just talked about them,” he said to loud applause. “Our ideas are better than their ideas, and that’s what we have to stand up for.” Read more »
Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate, Rob Astorino kicked off his campaign Thursday in a statewide tour. The first stop of his state tour announcing his candidacy for governor took place on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse at 161st Street and the Grand Concourse.
“The Bronx is where I have chosen to launch my candidacy for governor because it is the richest county in diversity in America, while being the most economically challenged in New York State,” Astorino said.
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“The biggest threat to our national security is Barack Obama,” former ambassador John Bolton told Republican and Conservative activists at CPAC annual conference in DC. “The Democrat Party no longer has a national security plan .. ignoring threats to our national security is the Obama Doctrine.”
Bolton honed in on the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, which he described as paradigm of President Obama’s foreign-policy failures because the president “has done nothing to avenge Chris Stevens’s death.”
“That is a terrible lesson for our adversaries,” Bolton said. “Under Barack Obama you can murder his personal representative and get away scot-free.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo got today his first challenger in his reelection bid in Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. But that shouldn’t bother him as much as seeing his job performance rating dropping to its lowest level since he took office in January 2011, according to an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll.
According to the monthly poll, Gov. Cuomo’s job approval among voters statewide is at all time low – 42% – down from 52% in the fall of 2013. His numbers among key minority groups is even more alarming. Among Latino registered voters, Cuomo’s rating fell by 21 points—to 41% from 62% in November. And among African-American voters, the governor registered a 42% job approval rating, down from 57%.
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Washington Times reports: Rep. Paul Ryan is headed to Iowa next month to keynote the Iowa GOP’s annual Lincoln Dinner — marking the Wisconsin Republican’s second trip back to the Hawkeye State since being part of the GOP’s losing presidential ticket in 2012.
In making the announcement, AJ Spiker, the head of the Iowa Republican party, praised Mr. Ryan, who served as Mitt Romney’s running mate, saying he “brought a tremendous amount of new energy to our ticket.” Read more »
President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at growing the economy, creating jobs, improving health care and the country’s image, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.
For the first time in a Fox News poll, fewer than four voters in ten — 38 percent — approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-four percent disapprove. Before now Obama’s worst job rating was 40-55 percent in November 2013. Last month 42 percent approved and 53 percent disapproved.
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Assembly speaker Shelly Silver had today a slip of the tongue as he incorrectly referred to the GOP gubernatorial candidate by the incorrect name when asked about the campaign, at a news conference Wednesday morning.
“I really don’t know Bob Astorino at all, so I can’t tell you,” Silver said, according to NY State of Politics. “But I think the governor’s record will speak for himself and I anticipate he’ll have an overwhelming victory in this state.” Read more »
Republican Governors Association Executive Director Phil Cox issued the following statement regarding Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s decision to enter the New York governor’s race:
“Rob Astorino’s entry into the New York governor’s race gives voters a strong alternative to the tax-and-spend, big government administration Governor Cuomo has imposed upon his state. New York needs a governor who will place renewed focus on creating jobs, supporting businesses, cutting taxes, reviving the state’s economy and making the state a great place to raise a family and start a business for all New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo has failed to deliver on those priorities, but Rob Astorino is ready to take action and get meaningful results. The Republican Governors Association welcomes Rob Astorino to the New York governor’s race.” Read more »
With jolly music background, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced Wednesday morning in a 6-minute video his run for governor. Read more »
The House approved Tuesday evening legislation to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, sponsored by Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), passed 306-91 under a “suspension of the rules” requiring a two-thirds vote in favor. The measure reverses some of the changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) introduced by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Read more »
Texas Sen. John Cornyn easily won his Republican Senate primary Tuesday, crushing firebrand challenger Rep. Steve Stockman on a Tuesday that was shaping up to be good for the GOP establishment, Politico reported.
Cornyn had 63 percent of the vote, and Rep. Steve Stockman had 17 percent of the vote, when the Associated Press called the election for the two-term senator. The Senate’s No. 2 Republican cleared the necessary 60 percent threshold to avoid a runoff against Stockman.
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The White House is expected to allow health insurance plans not meeting the standards set by the Affordable Care Act to continue to be sold, another major Obamacare delay that would get around plan cancellation notices having to be sent before the midterm elections, The Hill reported.
Reportedly set to be announced as early as this week, the administration would allow insurers to continue selling insurance plans that don’t meet the law’s standards until at least the end of President Barack Obama’s term in office, and possibly beyond that. Read more »
As 2014 gears up today with the first primaries of the year, there’s a Democratic edge on issues – the minimum wage, being in touch with people’s concerns, even health care, in the latest ABC News/WaPo poll, but there’s an emerging preference for sending Republicans to Congress.
The battle for the Senate, where Republicans are six seats away from retaking the majority, tells much of the story. Read more »
A majority of people in New Jersey, New York and Virginia view former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton favorably, polls released Tuesday indicate, UPI reported.
A majority of voters in New York state, 64 percent; New Jersey, 59 percent; and Virginia, 56 percent, name Clinton most often as the one eligible person they would most like to see as the next president. Read more »
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will announce Wednesday whether he will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the fall.
“Announcing decision on whether to run for governor of NY in video news release Wednesday,” Astorino tweeted Tuesday morning. “Time and details to follow. Please Stay tuned!” Read more »
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is continuing to beat up his NYC friend Mayor Bill de Blasio, this time speaking at a rivalry rally and addressing a much larger crowd than the mayor’s less-attended pro-pre kindergarten rally in Albany.
As Gov. Cuomo addressed several thousand charter school supporters in the frigid air outside the Capitol, de Blasio was up the street inside the half-filled Washington Avenue Armory pushing his pre-K agenda to a crowd comprised mostly of union members, The NY Daily News reported. More than 3,000 parents and students turned out at the pro-charter schools rally, while at mayor de Blasio’s rally, half the seats were visibly empty. Read more »