politics

Textbook Precision

02/08/2007 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor
In full presidential-campaign mode, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton came well prepared to the Northeast AIPAC dinner last week, armed with a speech that touched all the right bases. The former first lady, a Democrat who hopes to be the first female president, blasted Iran’s “pro-terrorist, anti-American, anti-Israeli rhetoric” as well as that country’s ambition to be a nuclear power and the Holocaust conference convened by its president, which she termed “beyond the pale of international discourse and acceptable behavior.”

Door To Door In Philadelphia

10/14/2004 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Philadelphia — Clifford Lipkin is a lifelong Democrat who has been active in local party politics. But with barely three weeks before the election, his vote is up for grabs. “I’m so disillusioned” with Democrats and their candidate, said Lipkin, 71, a retired public school administrator, standing in the doorway of his home in the Sun Valley neighborhood of the northeast suburbs here.

Pressing The Domestic Agenda

09/02/2004 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon got his share of applause when he praised President George W. Bush at the Anti-Defamation League’s East Side offices Monday morning. He was also confronted by a questioner who called Bush “the worst president ever in the White House” because of his administration’s style of diplomacy.

Beyond The Convention

08/26/2004 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Heavily Democratic New York may not be a battleground state in this or any other presidential election, but as the Republicans roll into town for this week’s convention, the newly minted New York regional director of the Republican Jewish Coalition is thinking well beyond November. For Greg Menken, exchanging business cards is as important as gathering votes or checks.

‘Lesbian’ Letter Roils Senate Race

11/04/2004 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Some Orthodox Jews in Borough Park received a letter last week purportedly from a Democratic state Senate candidate revealing that she is a “lesbian American.” But the letter, reminiscent of New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey’s announcement last summer that he is “a gay American,” was fraudulent, said Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a supporter of Diane Savino. The letter claimed that Savino would be a “strong voice for gay rights” and that she favored same-sex marriages.

Nice Guy Finishes Second

11/07/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
He’s visited Israel several times and was the first state comptroller to invest state pension funds there. And he has been as staunch a supporter of Jewish causes as he has been an ally to top Jewish elected officials and community organizations. But on Tuesday, Democrat H. Carl McCall’s effort to win over the Jewish community was about as successful as his overall, uphill battle to unseat Republican Gov. George Pataki.

Mideast War In Gov’s Race

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In a continuing war of words over Israel, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is accusing his rival, state Comptroller H. Carl McCall, of inaction as a United Nations diplomat in the early 1980s while the world body passed anti-Israel resolutions. “As a deputy ambassador to the UN, Carl McCall stood silently by while the U.S. repeatedly took decidedly anti-Israel positions,” said Cuomo campaign consultant Josh Isay.

Brooklyn GOP Seeks Jewish Converts

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
After taking control of Brooklyn’s Republican organization last summer in a messy coup, the new leadership is working to shatter the traditional bond between Jews and the Democratic Party.

Council’s Jewish Caucus Eyes Role

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer

It has no set agenda, an unclear number of participants and a history of inactivity, but the City Council’s Jewish caucus has no shortage of leadership.

When Brooklyn’s Michael Nelson called for a meeting of the Jewish Study Group following Wednesday’s meeting of the full Council, sources say David Weprin of Queens sprung into action, asking to co-chair the group.

As the senior Jewish Council member, some saw Nelson as a natural chairman.

Senate Smackdown Looms

02/21/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Democratic state senators in two heavily Jewish districts in Brooklyn and Queens could find themselves duking it out this fall if proposed redistricting lines become law. But two of the senators insisted the proposals would be changed by Election Day. “This is a proposal by a technician who doesn’t understand the consequences,” huffed Sen. Carl Kruger, whose heavily white south Brooklyn district has been carved up under new lines released by a legislative task force in Albany last week.
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