Category Archives: Jewish Vote
Republican 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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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 »
(By Dmitriy Shapiro/JNS). As Republicans look poised to take control of the U.S. Senate after November’s midterm elections, Senate races in a couple of states have tightened, with both political parties re-directing their funds toward key toss-up races before Election Day. In Georgia, a state with a sizable Jewish voter block, the race to fill the open seat of retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is attracting truckloads of cash from outside the state for advertising buys. Read more »
The 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 »
For the first time in four decades, the Jewish population in Miami is on the rise, according to a new study released Monday by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
The study shows that the Jewish population of Miami-Dade County has increased 9 percent over the last decade, to 123,000 from 113,000 in 2004, making it the eleventh largest Jewish community in the U.S. Read more »
The imminent national midterm elections have yielded four races for the House of Representatives that bear specific Jewish interest, The Jewish Daily Forward highlights.
Los Angeles is witnessing a spirited fight between Ted Lieu and Elan Carr for the seat of retiring Democratic veteran Henry Waxman, while in the New York area, a Republican Jewish candidate is waging a tough challenge for a Long Island seat. A close race for an open seat in swing-state Colorado also features a Jewish element, while the suburbs of Chicago see Democrat Brad Schneider attempting to keep his seat.
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(AP). Republican Congressman Michael Grimm and Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia engaged in a combative debate Friday in their race to represent Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, with Recchia repeatedly bringing up Grimm’s federal indictment and Grimm insisting he is the best choice for the district.
Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent, is accused of evading taxes by allegedly hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages, while running a small Manhattan restaurant. He has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts and has a December court date. Read more »
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Monday joined hundreds dancing on the streets of Borough Park in a traditional ‘Simchas Beis Hashoeva’ Sukkoth celebration.
Accompanied by the Republican District Leader of the 48th Assembly District, and a candidate for the Assembly, R’ Nachman Caller, the Republican hopeful joined a ring of energetic Hasidic youths dancing on 13th Avenue in Borough Park.
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Blakeman receives a blessing from Chief rabbi Harav Yitzchok Yosef during Israel trip
The Republican Jewish Coalition is coming to the aid of the campaign of Jewish Republican Bruce Blakeman, who’s running in the open seat to replace retiring Representative Carolyn McCarthy in NY’s 4th congressional district, according to an invite obtained by JP.
Blakeman, like Long Island’s Lee Zeldin, are being viewed as possible successors of former House majority leader Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a June primary, as the Republican’s house Jewish representative. Read more »
Former Republican presidential candidate is expected to address the inaugural IAC National Conference in Washington DC on November 7-9, 2014.
Romney, who is currently denying rumors that he’s considering a third run for president in 2016, will join an array of speakers over the weekend, such as Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor, former Senator Joe Lieberman, Israel’s minister of communications Gilad Erdan, as well as billionaires Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Monday asked mayoral candidates not to take out any retribution of his previous sins on his brother Doug, who replaced him as a candidate for mayor in the October elections.
“Doug is a good guy and is not what was being said,” Mayor Ford said Monday night, according to the Toronto Sun. “It’s not fair that he takes the blame for my past errors.” Read more »
Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice in NY’s 4th Congressional District on Monday called for aggressive federal investments in public education and blasted her Republican opponent, Bruce Blakeman, for supporting the latest Republican budget proposal, which would cut hundreds of billions of dollars in federal education funding over the next ten years. Read more »
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray on Monday threw her support behind Republican Assembly candidate Avi Fertig.
Fertig, the Republican, Conservative & Tax Revolt nominee for the open 20th Assembly District seat, was endorsed by Senator Dean Skelos, the Senate Majority Leader, in September. Read more »
Mayoral candidate Doug Ford, the brother of the infamous retiring Toronto mayor Rob Ford, was booed for using Jewish stereotypes at a Jewish organizations’ sponsored mayoral debate.
During the debate, sponsored by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, at the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto in North York, longshot candidate Ari Goldkind, who is Jewish, told the crowd that Toronto cannot have a mayor who uses anti-Semitic slurs. Read more »
Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on Tuesday hosted a large group of Jewish leaders, including many insiders, at their Naval Observatory residence for a poolside reception celebrating the Jewish new year and the community’s contribution to society.
First thanking the people who have helped him throughout his political career, the veep joked that perhaps he would have been a successful businessman instead. Read more »
Ben Akselrod, who ran two times as a Democrat in the primaries, has won the Republican nomination for the 45th Assembly race, granting him a third opportunity to challenge incumbent Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz in the November 4 elections, Sheepshead Bites reports.
Akselrod broke the record for the second time in receiving am major party line with less than 50 votes (in 2012 he won the Independence Line with 20+ votes). He garnered 46 write-in votes, to Cymbrowitz’s 27 votes, with the rest going to other individual write-ins, after he filed petitions requesting an “opportunity to ballot.” in the Septemeber primaries. Read more »
Republican Senate Co-Leader, Senator Dean Skelos announced last month his backing of Republican Assembly candidate Avi Fertig for the open Assembly seat held by retiring Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg in Long Beach.
“I’m happy to endorse Avi Fertig for New York State Assembly. Avi will be a great partner in the Assembly. His priorities are our priorities,” Skelos said in a statement. Read more »
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder on Thursday announced his support and endorsement for Democratic Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky in his neighboring Assembly District of Long Beach, that includes the 5 Towns.
Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, is running to succeed retiring Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg in the 20th Assembly District. As a community advocate, he organized free legal clinics for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and helped bring tens-of-thousands of dollars in relief funds to local residents Read more »
The Baltimore County Republican Central Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of Israel’s self-defense on Sept. 8, it was reported in the Jewish Times.
“The Central Committee is effectively the face of the Republican party for the county,” Rudy Stoler, the primary author of the resolution and a county council candidate for District 2, commented “We wanted a way to connect with our Jewish voters.” Read more »
(By Dmitriy Shapiro for JNS/Washington Jewish Week). As the Republican party pushes to retake the majority of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming November midterm elections, which would give it control of both houses of Congress, a partisan shift in power may significantly affect a broad range of foreign policy and domestic social issues that are prioritized by American Jews.
Midterm elections in the Senate and House of Representatives have been historically difficult for the party holding the presidency.
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Are Jewish voters in the Sunshine State the important voting bloc that could keep Governor Rick Scott in office for another 4 years? The answer lies in two new conflicting polls in the Florida governor’s race.
A state Chamber of Commerce poll, conducted between Septemeber 18-21, shows Republican Gov. Rick Scott with a narrow but statistically significant lead against Democratic challenger and former Gov. Charlie Crist 943-39). Read more »
Ramapo residents are voting today ‘yes’ or ‘no’ whether to increase the number of Town Board members from four to six, and whether to separate the town into geographical districts (wards) to elect a Town Board member from each district.
Some confusion was reported at some polling places as Ramapo poll employees were not aware that all residents can vote, whether or not they are registered voters, The Journal News reported. Read more »
Voters in the eastern Sullivan County Village of Bloomingburg are voting today in a referendum on whether or not to dissolve itself and merge with the Town of Mamakating.
Supporters of the dissolution include the Rural Community Coalition and the Superviser of Mamakating, who are opposed to the 396-home Hasidic development being built by Shalom Lamm. Read more »
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo had yet another day to campaign over his recent Israel trip, just moments after he had landed from a weekend visit to Afghanistan.
Cuomo attended a reception for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hosted by the Israeli Consulate and the Conference Of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, at the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue Tuesday morning. Read more »
In an effort to court Jewish voters, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan appeared before the Baltimore Jewish Council’s board meeting, during a campaign stop in Pikesville, Baltimore County, Maryland.
“He talked about his general campaign themes and his background,” Arthur Abramson, executive director of the BJC, told the Jewish Times. “He said the election is a lot closer than people believe, and he thought that his campaign has a lot of shared values with members of the Jewish community.” Read more »