Schneiderman Survives, Dear Is Defeated

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State Sen. Eric Schneiderman easily fended off a challenge in which his religion was made an issue in Tuesday's Democratic primary for a Senate district that includes parts of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. But another politician who often touted his Jewishness lost a five-way primary for a newly created Senate seat in Brooklyn.

Races To Watch

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Voters across the state on Tuesday will choose candidates in races for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, Congress, state Assembly and state Senate.

Jewish-Latino Sparks In Senate Race

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In a sign of ethnic strife in the race for a gerrymandered state Senate seat in Manhattan and the Bronx, one Dominican activist has lashed out against another for supporting "a Jewish descendant" instead of candidate Guillermo Linares.

Minority Report

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If the black-Latino coalition forged in last year's mayoral race holds together this year, it could spell trouble for state Sen. Eric Schneiderman. The two-term Democrat is facing former Councilman Guillermo Linares, the first Dominican-American elected to public office here, in September's primary for a district that includes areas of northern Manhattan and the Bronx. With African-American gubernatorial hopeful Carl McCall on the ticket and Latinos running in several local races, minority turnout could bode well for Linares.

Clash Over Nazi-Era Policies

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For some Holocaust survivors and their supporters, a Senate subcommittee hearing this week was their last chance to collect on the Nazi-era life insurance policies of their parents. The survivors asked that Congress adopt legislation that would require insurance companies doing business in the United States to publish the names of all policyholders from the pre-war era. If the companies then refused to settle claims on reasonable terms, survivors and their heirs could sue them during the next 10 years.

United In Knowledge

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With the nation riveted to the political turmoil in Washington, Jewish women at a conference in Woodbury were told that the Jewish community's clout depended on their involvement on the political stage. "Political activism is necessary for the preservation of Jewish freedoms and institutions, and for the safety and security of Israel," said Betty Ehrenberg, executive director of the Orthodox Union's Institute for Public Affairs. "Jews have reached a point of privilege in society because they have fought in the political arena and made their voices heard."

Santorum testing Iowa waters for 2012 bid; Jewish Dems happy

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 Today the Politico is reporting that  former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) has “dipped  toes in 2012 Iowa waters.” Here’s an easy prediction: a lot of Jewish Republicans will be happy with the possible return to big-time electoral politics of the former lawmaker, who is hawkishly pro-Israel and who worked closely with some pro-Israel groups during his years in the Senate.

J Street Having Capitol Hill Impact? NORPAC says ‘yes’

Friday, August 7th, 2009 Their opponents claim they’re having absolutely no impact in Congress, but a NORPAC action alert today says differently.

Jewish leaders meet Senate Democrats

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 A gaggle of Jewish leaders met with a record number of Senate Democrats today – 22 lawmakers in all, according to one count, including most of the top leadership. The meeting, put together by the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), demonstrated the breadth of concerns of the community, according to several participants.

Senate passes hate crimes bill - but jet controversy could kill it

Friday, July 17th, 2009 Here’s the good news for the ADL and other Jewish groups that have fought for it for than a decade: the Senate today passed a new hate crimes bill expanding coverage of existing statutes to include, among others, gays and lesbians. The House already passed the measure.
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