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World Series: Houston win could mean a Democratic year in New Jersey, while history says Washington

World Series: Houston win could mean a Democratic year in New Jersey, while history says Washington helps GOP

One thing politicians and baseball fans have in common is that they are often superstitious.

That’s why the 2019 World Series might be a predictor of next week’s mid-term elections in New Jersey.

The last time Washington won the World Series was in 1924.

Republicans picked up four congressional seats, five State Assembly seats and a State Senate seat the year the Washington Senator became the World Champions.

Calvin Coolidge carried New Jersey that year with 62% of the vote, carrying every county but Hudson. U.S. Senator Walter Edge won a second term with 62% against Trenton Mayor Frederick Donnelly.

Read more: https://newjerseyglobe.com/legislature/world-series-houston-win-could-mean-a-democratic-year-in-new-jersey-while-history-says-washington-helps-gop/

Go Astros!

Beto O'Rourke on Payday Lenders


Beto O'Rourke on Payday Lenders


Jeffrey Dye still posting anti-Semitic rants on NAACP Facebook page

NAACP removed Dye as president, says he’s not authorized to post on social media for the organization

Nine weeks after Jeffrey Dye was removed from his post as president of the Passaic NAACP for making anti-Semitic and anti-Latino comments on social media, it appears that he continues to use his former organization’s Facebook page to comment about Jews.

In a brief, expletive-filled telephone interview, Dye refused to discuss his current Facebook activity, but the posts on the NAACP page mirror the content and style of his personal page.

Safeer Quraishi, the administrative director of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference, told the New Jersey Globe that Dye is not authorized to post on the Passaic chapter’s Facebook page.

“The name belongs to that branch,” Quraishi said. “He shouldn’t have access anymore.”

Read more: https://newjerseyglobe.com/governor/jeffrey-dye-still-posting-anti-semitic-rants-on-naacp-facebook-page/

Menendez raising money for Joni Ernst opponent

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is raising money for Democrat Theresa Greenfield, who is seeking to challenge incumbent Joni Ernst for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat.

“In the last three years, we’ve seen Donald Trump tear this nation apart. To enumerate each of his catastrophically short-sided and hateful decisions would require a couple dozen emails,” Menendez said in an e-mail fundraising solicitation. “And Mitch McConnell has enabled him every step of the way.”

Ernst won the seat in 2014, largely boosted by a 30-second TV ad that featured her talking about castrating pigs on the Iowa farm where she grew up.

“So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” she said. “Washington is full of big spenders. Let’s make ’em squeal.”

Read more: https://newjerseyglobe.com/congress/menendez-raising-money-for-joni-ernst-opponent/

Andrzejczak won't rule out voting for Trump in 2020

State senator says he wouldn’t vote for Sanders, Warren in general

State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak didn’t rule out voting for President Donald Trump in next year’s elections Monday night.

“Look, I vote for the best person regardless of party,” Andrzejczak said. “Our nation was founded on Democracy and it’s about who has the best ideas, who’s willing to work with one another, who’s willing to serve and represent all the people, not just one side or another.”

Andrzejczak, a right-of-center Democrat seeking the remainder of Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s term in the State Senate, is running in the conservative first legislative district.

His opponent, Cumberland County GOP Chairman Michael Testa was named as an honorary state chairs of Trump’s New Jersey re-election campaign.

Read more: https://newjerseyglobe.com/legislature/andrzejczak-wont-rule-out-voting-for-trump-in-2020/

The GOP's nightmare scenario

A growing number of Republicans are privately warning of increasing fears of a total wipeout in 2020: House, Senate, and White House.

Why it matters: All of this is unfolding while the economy still looks strong, and before public impeachment proceedings have officially begun.

• House Republicans in swing districts are retiring at a very fast pace, especially in the suburbs of Texas and elsewhere. (Republicans talk grimly of the "Texodus." ) Rep. Greg Walden — the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the only Republican in Oregon's congressional delegation — yesterday shocked the party by becoming the 19th GOP House member to not seek re-election.
• The Republican Senate majority, once considered relatively safe, suddenly looks in serious jeopardy. Democrats are raising more money, and polling better, than Republican incumbents in battleground after battleground.
• President Trump trails every major Democratic candidate nationally and in swing states — and his favorable ratings remain well under 50%.

The biggest recent change is Republicans' increasingly precarious hold on the Senate.

• National Journal's Josh Kraushaar writes in his "Against the Grain" column that "the pathway for a narrow Democratic takeover of the upper chamber is looking clearer than ever": "If Trump doesn’t win a second term, Democrats only need to net three seats to win back the majority."

Read more: https://www.axios.com/republican-party-2020-election-wipeout-house-senate-trump-3ca4a371-cdfb-4213-9ff0-2cf058aa7537.html

Gillibrand bill would bar Feds from recouping superstorm Sandy grantsi

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is scheduled to introduce legislation Tuesday that would bar federal officials from recouping state-administered grants given to victims of superstorm Sandy who also received federal loans to rebuild their homes.

The bill addresses a “duplication of benefits” that arose after hundreds of Sandy victims who got Small Business Administration loans, mainly before the installation of NY Rising’s homeowner programs, then received more funds through the state-run federal relief program.

Federal law generally prevents aid recipients from double-dipping — or receiving money from two funds to pay for the same item or service.

Gillibrand, (D-N.Y.), said the bill, the Sandy Duplication of Benefits Fairness Act, would authorize the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to waive the law's requirements for Long Islanders. If the bill passes, it would help about 200 homeowners and block federal officials from collecting the debt, which Gillibrand said was unfairly accrued.

Read more: https://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/kirsten-gillibrand-superstorm-sandy-1.37998306

Democrats Have the Most Racially Diverse Field Ever. The Top Tier Is All White.

When the Democratic primary contest began last winter, it featured the most racially diverse field in history, with two black senators, a Latino former cabinet secretary, an Asian-American businessman and the first American Samoan elected to Congress. But 10 months later, the Democratic field has a top tier of four white candidates, three of them men.

Candidates of color are languishing in the low single digits in polls, well behind the four leaders — former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. The divide could become even more pronounced in the coming months: Because of new, more rigorous thresholds for the Democratic debate in December, it is possible that only one nonwhite candidate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, will qualify.

With the Iowa caucuses three months away, it’s a noticeable sorting of the field for an increasingly multiracial party, whose most recent White House victories were powered by a strong minority turnout for a black nominee. It has frustrated the Democrats seeking a more diverse party leadership — not to mention the affected candidates.

“I’ve had lots of crazy things said to me, like, ‘Is America ready for another black president?’” Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey said in an interview. “And I’m confident it’s never been asked of a white candidate, ‘Is America ready for another white president?’”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/us/politics/democratic-candidates-race.html

'El Paso Will Never Heal': Three Months Later, the Border Town Still Reels

Faded American, Mexican, Texas, and German flags ripple in the wind and a single wind chime softly clinks at a makeshift memorial at the Walmart in El Paso where a white supremacist killed 22 people and injured two dozen more on August 3. Prayer candles, bouquets, photographs, and handwritten messages stretch for hundreds of feet behind the fenced-in store, which will forever be known as the site of one of the country’s worst mass shootings and most heinous acts of racist domestic terrorism.

Today, the 6-foot-high covered fence makes it difficult to see the parking lot and front of the store. But catch a glimpse, and you’ll spot the cars of construction workers, who have raced to strip the store’s inside down to its studs and complete a dramatic remodel that will include a permanent memorial for the victims.

The store is tentatively scheduled to reopen in just two weeks, on November 6. “Nothing will erase the pain of August 3 and we are hopeful that reopening the store will be another testament to the strength and resiliency that has characterized the El Paso community in the wake of this tragedy,” a Walmart spokesperson told the New York Times in late August.

Many see the store’s reopening as part of a necessary return of quotidien routines in the city, marking the community’s resolve not to let the shooter disrupt their way of life. Indeed, when traversing the predominantly Hispanic border town, it’s hard to avoid the phrase “El Paso Strong.” Plastered on fast-food restaurant marquees, graffitied wall murals, tattoos, T-shirts, and bumper stickers, it’s come to define the community’s defiant response to the racial violence that attacked the city’s binational identity and its embrace of immigrants and refugees. (The gunman published a manifesto online before the massacre, detailing his intent to murder Latinos “in response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”)

Read more: https://www.texasobserver.org/el-paso-gun-forum-walmart/
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