Category Archives: Jewish Vote
Continuing the tradition of lighting the Chanukah Menorah by prominent public officials, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who announced an exploratory committee yesterday, invited Jason Lyons to light the Menorah on the first night of Chanukah.
Mr. Lyons chaired the US-Israel Security Alliance Congressional Tribute last month on Capitol Hill. Read more »
Leading his announcement with a “happy Hanukkah” and hosting a menorah lighting party, former Florida governor Jeb Bush has already secured the backing of prominent Jewish donors for his potential bid for president in 2016.
“I was back in New York on Sunday and everybody was going up to me: What about Jeb? What about Jeb? What about Jeb?” Jewish bundler Fred Zeidman, a Houston-based fundraiser who he has helped raise money for the Bush family in the past., remarked. Read more »
(AP). Gov. Scott Walker is trying to take his “Molotov” gaffe in stride.
Walker, speaking after a menorah-lighting ceremony at the governor’s mansion Tuesday, said he joked with rabbis about a letter drafted in his name to a Jewish leader about a decade ago that ends with him saying “Molotov” instead of “mazel tov.” Read more »
Entering into an election year, British Prime Minister David Cameron reasserted his support for Israel, at an address to some 700 Jewish leaders on Tuesday, saying the Conservative Party would always stand behind “the homeland of the Jewish people.”
“I’ve been a friend of Israel through thick and thin. I believe in Israel – and that belief is rock solid,” Cameron declared. “Israel is an extraordinary nation – and even more extraordinary when you think of where it is.” Read more »
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As Jeb Bush leads announcement of exploratory committee with a “happy Hanukkah,” Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, also preparing for a potential bid for president in 2016, is on a trip to Israel, touring the country for his first time.
Carson is joined by his wife, Candy, his top adviser Terry Giles, and business manager Armstrong Williams. Read more »
Republican Assembly candidate Karl Brabenec was formally announced the winner in the nail-biting contested Assembly seat in Rockland and Orange County by a mere 38 votes.
The slim victory in the 98th Assembly District came after attorneys ended a six-day court battle over disputed absentee and affidavit ballots. The two sides dropped their remaining objections in order to confirm the final tally.
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(AP). Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he doesn’t remember sending a letter about a menorah that is signed, “Thank you and Molotov.”
“My guess is it was a typo,” Walker said when asked about the slip-up by reporters at the governor’s mansion. Read more »
Scott Walker is mulling to run for president, and already has a Jewish gaffe up his sleeves. In an undated letter posted by the Capital Times Wednesday, Walker wrote to a constituent that he would be happy to display a menorah at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Walker concluded the letter by mixing it all up with a thought-to-be traditional Jewish phrase.
“Thank you for your letter regarding the Menorah Display. Yes we would be happy to display the Menorah celebrating “The Eight Days of Chanukah” here at the Courthouse. [...] Thank you again and Molotov,” Walker wrote. Read more »
Vice President Joe Biden will attend this year’s lighting of the menorah held annually on the Ellipse in Washington DC. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday – the first night of Hanukkah, marking the 35th Anniversary of the National Chanukah Menorah Lighting.
“We are honored that Vice President Joe Biden will be attending the lighting ceremony of the National Menorah on December 16th,” Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Vice President of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), which sponsors the annual event, said in a statement. Read more »
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Hillary Clinton stuck with President Barack Obama’s stance on Iran, despite being given the opportunity to distance herself from the Obama administration during an appearance Friday before a heavily pro-Israel crowd, reports Politico’s Katie Glueck.
Instead, she defended Obama’s dealings with Israel at a time of tense U.S.-Israel relations, insisting the White House is committed to Israel’s security, and supported to US stance demonstrated during negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program. Read more »
Riding high in early polls and mulling a run for the White House in 2016, conservative activist Dr. Ben Carson is already interviewing potential campaign staffers, according to a report by the Daily Caller.
Carson and his top adviser, Terry Giles, are in Washington and New York this week “vetting folks for the campaign” and will be in California doing the same next week, the aide said. Read more »
British Labour leader Ed Miliband defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state, in a speech to a pro-Palestinian group on Wednesday.
Mr Miliband, who’s Jewish, told pro-Palestinian activists at a gala dinner for the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East group that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the British coalition government to acknowledge the Palestinian statehood immediately. Read more »
As the state of Victoria in Australia prepares to hold another election, Premier Denis Napthine and the opposition leader Daniel Andrews have made a final outreach effort to gain support from Jewish voters. The Liberal and ALP leaders have both stressed their pro-Israel records and pledged financial support for Jewish community institutions if they are electorally approved to form the state’s next government. They address more general issues as well.
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British Labour Party head, Ed Miliband, on Wednesday reiterated his opposition to boycott Israel, following a Leicester City Council’s motion to condemn and boycott Israel.
The Midlands Council, which has 51 Labour councillors out of a total of 55, passed the motion condemning Israel for “continuing to ignore and breach international law” and “continuing its occupation of Palestinian territories,” with a resolution on removing goods from “the ‘Israeli Occupied Territories.’” Read more »
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday joined the United States State Department in calling on Israel to continue to respect the rights of its minorities, in light of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s push to define the Jewishness and the nationality of the State of Israel.
Cameron was responding to a question posed to him by to MP Gerald Kaufman during the Prime Minister’s Questions session in the UK’s parliament. Read more »
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who received four standing ovations at Mort Klein’s Zionist Organization of America dinner on Sunday, failed to convince Jewish donors and heavy hitters that he’s a top tier candidate eligible for investment for the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2016, according to the NY Observer.
Cruz, who is widely understood to be considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, reportedly had a private two-hour meeting with Sheldon Adelson Monday morning at the Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue, after appearing together and sitting next to one another at the ZOA dinner Sunday night. Read more »
Potential GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz offered a harsh critique of current United States policy regarding Israel on Sunday night, declaring to the large crowd at the Zionist Organization of America event in New York City that President Barack Obama is endangering the Jewish state by refusing to unequivocally confront Iran and thwart its nuclear ambitions. Read more »
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party’s darling, met on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while on a visit to the region, her first trip abroad as senator.
Warren also met with Israeli government officials and Knesset Members as she toured the Knesset. She was welcomed in the Knesset plenum by Minister Yuval Shteinitz.
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Cuomo meeting Jewish leaders on Tuesday in brieifing on Israel trip
A state-imposed supervisor who would have the power to override East Ramapo school board decisions would effectively disenfranchise voters, Orthodox Jewish leaders in the upstate New York community contended after this week’s release of fiscal monitor Hank Greenberg’s critical report on the district.
Greenberg’s overseer would challenge the Orthodox community’s right to elect board members who fight for their economic viability and support special-education financing and busing for non-public school children, they charged.
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On Thursday, the Sullivan County Board of Elections tossed out 62 of 69 Hasidic voter registration challenges that were filed by proponents of the village of Bloomingburg dissolution.
The voters whose registrations were rejected were all of the incoming Hasidic Jewish community, who were opposed to the plan put forth in a referendum to dissolve Bloomingburg into the Town of Mamakating. Read more »
As Jim Webb, a former Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia, becomes the first candidate to launch a committee to explore running for president in 2016, his Israel record is already being put into question.
According to Morrie Amitay, former executive director of AIPAC, Webb’s Israel record “has to be the worst” he’s ever seen “in 40 plus years following Congress.” Read more »
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday pledged to combat growing antisemitism in Britain “wherever it is found,”
Speaking at an annual dinner for Norwood, UK’s largest Jewish social welfare charity, Cameron addressed the growing antisemitism across the United Kingdom, referring specifically to summertime bias attacks against the Jewish community, in which a couple of Norwood charity shops were targeted as part of a number of “utterly despicable” anti-Semitic attacks. Read more »
Some 30 percent of Jewish voters in the United Kingdom are now ‘less likely’ to vote Labour in next year’s Parliament elections following Ed Miliband’s condemnation of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, according ot a new online poll conducted by The Jewish News website.
Asked how Miliband, who’s Jewish, condemning the military campaign will affect the chances of respondents’ voting Labour on May 7th, 2015, 30 percent said they are ‘less likely’ to back Labour – with 54 percent saying his stance made no difference. Read more »
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign recorded $160,000 in donations Election Day eve, Monday, Nov. 3, mostly from Orthodox Jewish donors, according to 24-hour filings submitted to the NY State Board of Elections.
Cuomo collected as much as $90,000 from four Orthodox Jewish realtors in Brooklyn. He went on to win the Jewish vote, especially the Orthodox Jewish vote, by a significant margin. Read more »
US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday had a message to Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: despite the bad blood between the two leaders and the strained relationship between the Israeli government and the US administration, we are still friends.
At the start of his address at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, at the National Harbour in Maryland, Mr. Biden recognized Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, telling him to convey a message of friendship back to his boss in Jerusalem. Read more »