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New Jersey Democrats condemn racist and discriminatory comments unless it serves a partisan political purpose

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Demarest NJ, An effort by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) to address the incivility at all levels of American politics was ruled “out of order” by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

After ruling an effort by Sen. Gerry Cardinale to increase civility in politics “out of order,” Democrats on the Judiciary Committee adopted a partisan attack on the President of the United States. (SenateNJ.com)

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Newark Hosts Rally for Anti Semite and Terrorist Supporter Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

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We The People, Support Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

“We The People,” stand as a united front with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar against the unfair, extreme, and vicious attacks being leveled against her by the President of the United States and some of his supporters.  Ilhan Omar is a Somali-American Muslim woman duly elected in 2018 to serve as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district.  Rep. Omar has championed the rights of immigrants, the poor and disenfranchised, as well as defended Palestine’s right to exist.  Rep. Omar has been called Anti-Semitic and ridiculously and erroneously linked to terrorism.  She has received numerous death threats since President Donald Trump posted an edited video that suggests Rep. Omar dismissed the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

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Democrats Turn on Israel

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Ridgewood NJ, Recent polls indicate Democrats are becoming more comfortable holding a skeptical view of Israel. A poll by YouGov for the Economist said just a quarter of Democrats see Israel as an ally, compared to 57 percent of Republicans.

One Democratic House candidate has pledged that she will vote against bills that include aid to Israel, denouncing what she saw as the “injustice” of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Another wrote that “Israel has hypnotized the world” with its “evil doings.”Still another helped write a scathing book on relations between the United States and Israel, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive political star expected to win a House seat in New York, condemned the “occupation of Palestine.”

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Democrats on the Hill Vote in Favor of Non Citizen Voting

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Washington DC, House Democrats voted Friday to defend localities that allow illegal immigrants to vote in their elections, turning back a GOP attempt to discourage the practice.The vote marks a stunning reversal from just six months ago, when the then GOP controlled chamber voted against illegal immigrant voting.

The 228-197 vote came as part of a broader debate on Democrats’ major legislative priority this year, HR 1, the “For the People Act,” which includes historic expansions of voter registration and access to illegal aliens , as well as a major rewrite of campaign finance laws.
The measure however will  have had no practical effect even if it had passed. Illegal immigrants and indeed noncitizens as a whole  are not legally able to participate in federal elections.

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FACEBOOK: Video Showing Torture Of Disabled White Trump Supporter “Doesn’t Violate Our Community Standards”

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By Laura Loomer – on January 4, 2017

The Geller Report has obtained a screenshot of the response some Facebook users received after reporting a disturbing video showing the torture and beating of a disabled white Trump supporter in Chicago. Upon reporting the violent video, Facebook replied, saying “We reviewed the video and it DOESN’T go against one of our specific community standards.

http://pamelageller.com/2017/01/facebook-video-showing-torture-white-trump-supporter-doesnt-violate-community-standards.html/

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Sign of things to come : Hundreds of Paterson employees not sure when they will resume work

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BY JOE MALINCONICO
PATERSON PRESS

PATERSON – As municipal employees filed out of City Hall at quitting time on Monday, one of their colleagues stood near the doorway and wished them a “Good Holiday.”

Only 453 Paterson employees hold positions the administration deems essential – mostly police officers, firefighters and sanitation collectors – and were told to come back to work on Tuesday. The rest are supposed to stay home as the budget showdown between the mayor and city council continued toward what now seems like an inevitable partial shutdown of municipal government.

The shutdown will affect school crossing guards, street-cleaning, after-school recreation programs and senior citizen services, officials said.

Paterson’s non-essential employees are in limbo and have been told to call the city’s hotline Tuesday night to find out if the council approves the mayor’s budget proposal, a move needed to allow them to resume work on Wednesday.

“I’m angry,” said Joanne Bottler, a tax search officer. “I have a sick mother I care for and losing a day’s pay is going to be a hardship.”

http://www.northjersey.com/news/hundreds-of-paterson-employees-not-sure-when-they-will-resume-work-1.1519975

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Watchdog group wants investigation of $1M contribution to Super Pac supporting Jersey City mayor

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BY JOHN C. ENSSLIN
STATE HOUSE BUREAU |
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A national campaign finance watchdog group has asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate a $1 million contribution made to a Super PAC said to be supporting Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s potential bid for New Jersey governor.

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/watchdog-group-wants-investigation-of-1m-contribution-to-super-pac-supporting-jersey-city-mayor-1.1515135

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Aronsohn absent from local $2700 a plate Clinton fundraiser?

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Clinton raises about $350,00 at campaign stop in Cresskill

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015, 6:52 PM    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015, 7:31 PM
BY DUSTIN RACIOPPI
STATE HOUSE BUREAU |
THE RECORD

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stopped in North Jersey on Thursday night and left having raised about $350,000 for her campaign from a crowd that included some of the state’s most powerful Democrats.

Clinton, a former Secretary of State, was hosted by Michael Kempner and his wife, Jacqueline, at their Cresskill home. Michael Kempner heads East Rutherford-based MWW Public Relations, one of the largest marketing and public relations firms in the state, and was a top fundraiser for Clinton’s failed 2008 campaign for the White House. The Kempners also hosted President Obama in 2010 and Vice President Joseph Biden in 2011.

On Thursday night, Clinton mingled with the crowd and posed for photos with about 50 guests. She then spoke for about 20 to 30 minutes, touching on a wide range of issues – education, the environment, drug addiction, transportation and issues affecting women and children. She also took a shot at Republicans, telling donors and guests that the GOP is “going from the party of Lincoln to the party of Trump,” Kempner said, referring to the businessman-cum-Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/clinton-raises-about-350-00-at-campaign-stop-in-cresskill-1.1418961

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Senate president’s “Benito” Sweeney’s town adopts protest ordinance squelching free speech

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July 16, 2015

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WEST DEPTFORD NJ,  Town officials have adopted an ordinance that restricts protests in the hometown of New Jersey Senate President Steve “Benito”Sweeney, surprise surprise .A West Deptford committee on Wednesday prohibited picketing within 100 feet of a home and limited protests to 10 people for one hour every two weeks. Violators face fines of up to $2,000 and 90 days in jail. So much for freedom of speech .The police state ruling was voted along party lines with three Democrats pro police state in favor and two Republicans opposed the draconian infringement of rights. Sweeney of coarse a Democrat.

Recent protests by a gun rights group staged in last month outside Sweeney’s home have created acrimony between the town and protesters. Sweeney turned on his lawn sprinklers to disperse protesters. Sweeney has also been getting pressure from a Glassborro Nj group looking to push for his recall .https://www.facebook.com/events/1469404500017150/

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House Dem wants to nearly double gas tax

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By Keith Laing – 07/08/15 12:49 PM EDT

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) is co-sponsoring a bill to increase the federal gas tax to help pay for transportation projects across the nation.

The measure, which was originally sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), would increase the gas tax by 15 cents over the next three years, matching a proposal that was included in the 2011 Simpson-Bowles budget reform proposal.

Larsen said Wednesday that he is becoming the 35th co-sponsor of the measure because the gas tax, which helps pay for the nation’s infrastructure projects, has not been increased since 1993.

“When I talked with local transportation leaders, the message I got was that Congress needs to act quickly,” he said in a statement about the proposed legislation, which is known as the Update, Promote and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act.

“Federal funds make up about a quarter of Washington state’s transportation budget each year,” Larsen continued. “We cannot have a big league economy with little league infrastructure. Raising the gas tax for the first time in more than 20 years will mean states and cities can count on funds to upgrade aging bridges, make rail crossings safer and expand transit options to reduce traffic congestion.”

The new support for the legislation to increase the gas tax comes as lawmakers are searching for money to pay for an extension of federal infrastructure funding that is currently set to expire on July 31.

Congress has been grappling since 2005 with a transportation funding shortfall that is estimated to be about $16 billion per year, and they have not passed a transportation bill that lasts longer than two years in that span.

The 18.4 cent-per-gallon federal gas tax has been the main source of transportation funding for decades, but it has not been increased since 1993, and more fuel-efficient cars have sapped its buying power.

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/247212-house-dem-wants-to-nearly-double-gas-tax