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There’s a ‘rumble in the jungle’
By : XAVIRA NEGGERS CRESCIONI
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Edition: September 18, 2014 | Volume: 42 | No: 36

Two Puerto Ricans face off for New York’s 7th district



José Luis Fernández, a Carolina native who is seeking to oust U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez from her 22-year post representing New York City's 12th and now 7th district, said his contender may be her own worst enemy.

"About 90% of the people have no clue who their member of Congress is. [Velázquez] has been absent from the community. She only comes around when it's election season and I think people begin to resent that," said Fernández, who this year has been pounding the pavement in the district made up of Manhattan's Lower East side and a portion of Brooklyn and Queens.

Fernández visited the island for a fundraiser Sept. 4 at Antonio's restaurant to bolster his campaign coffers and spread the word that Puerto Rico will have another friend in Congress if he is elected. Before entering politics, Fernández hosted the San Juan-based Univision radio program Mesa Presidencial and directed the Washington-based Córdova & Fernós congressional internship program for Puerto Rican students.

At the behest of the National Republican Party, Fernández relocated to New York in the summer of 2012 with his sights set on becoming the second Republican stateside Puerto Rican member of Congress, alongside Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho, who is seeking a third term in 2014.

The other stateside members of Congress— Velázquez, fellow New York Rep. José Serrano and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Chicago—are all Democrats.

PRESIDENTIAL VOTE AND STATEHOOD

"I think it's really hypocritical that Velázquez, while promising to defend immigrants' rights and favoring a vote for residents of Washington, D.C., spends her time lobbying against a vote for Puerto Ricans who live on the island," Fernández said.

"Congress is ready to give statehood and the vote to Puerto Ricans on the island. I think it's really unfair that Velázquez uses her influence to show otherwise," he added.

Puerto Rico's status issue must be dealt with in "nontraditional, nonconventional ways" to enable the creation of a Puerto Rican coalition stateside— regardless of who favors statehood, commonwealth or independence for Puerto Rico—that will strengthen the island's role in U.S. politics, Fernández said.

Fernández also supports increased funding for education; lower taxes, in general, and for entrepreneurs, in particular; he also supports moves to promote renewable energy projects; and a "progressive" fixing of the problems in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act.

Fernández is focusing on old-style neighborhood campaigning in the hope of getting out sufficient votes for a victory. New York's 7th district has among the lowest voter turnout rates—28%—in the nation, and Velázquez beat out her opponent Jeff Kurzon in party primaries in August by a mere 5,299 votes.

This unstable political landscape is underlined by 2012 tally results, where blank, void and scattered ballots took second place, or 16.6% of all votes, for New York's 7th district, which Velázquez won with 79% of a total 178,825 votes cast. Conservative candidate James Murray came in third, trailing empty ballots cast for the post of U.S. representative, with 4.4% of all votes, reported the New York State Board of Elections.

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http://www.caribbeanbusiness.pr/prnt_ed/theres-a-rumble-in-the-jungle-10409.html

Como me encantaria que sacaran a Nydia de ahi...
 

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^^ A mi tambien. La hipocrita esa. Ella disfruta todos los beneficios de la estadidad mientras se la niega a los ciudadanos de la isla. :eek:hno:
 

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God, how I despise the Koch brothers...

American Future Fund Goes to the Islands

by Viveca Novak on September 12, 2014



Alejandro Garcia Padilla, governor of Puerto Rico, is under attack by American Future Fund. (GDA via AP Images)

A politically active nonprofit that spent more than $25 million on ads to help Republicans in the 2012 elections has stepped into a messy dispute between the government of Puerto Rico and a bank that claims the commonwealth owes it money — not something that fits neatly with the group’s activities in previous election cycles.
Doral Financial Corp., which has had financial and regulatory woes in recent years, sued the Puerto Rican government in June for voiding a 2012 agreement to pay the company nearly $230 million. The money is due as a tax refund in connection with Doral overstating its earnings from 1998-2005, according to a lawyer for the firm.
In Doral Financial Corp. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the company demands reinstatement of the agreement, which was signed by the government under the previous governor, Luis Fortuno, a Republican. Administration officials under Democratic Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who took office in 2012, nullified the contract.
Taking Doral’s side, American Future Fund is sponsoring an ad that goes after Padilla with a sledgehammer and ran in Politico on Thursday and the Wall Street Journal today, Superimposed on a large photo of the governor are the words “Puerto Rico’s Culture of Corruption.” It goes on to accuse him of running the country in a way that resembles “the rogue governments” of Argentina and Venezuela; turning Puerto Rico into a major transit point in the drug trade; destroying the rights of creditors and pensioners with “an illegal bankruptcy law”; and “trumping up charges against a private bank,” among other misdeeds.
Why does AFF suddenly care about the interests of a bank in a U.S. commonwealth? And why now, since Padilla isn’t even up for re-election until 2016?
The timing question is easiest to answer: The bank’s lawsuit heads to court next week, on Sept. 17. As for motive, that’s less clear. Messages left on AFF’s phone asking whether it was being paid for its involvement on behalf of the bank went unanswered.
But why? A possible answer, Padilla’s allies suggest, is that Doral hired a top Republican lobbying and PR firm, DCI Group, to help make its case earlier this year. DCI is well-known in GOP circles and to AFF, which previously contracted with a fundraising firm run by a former top executive at DCI.
“The links between Doral and AFF have become clear to us,” said Luis Vega Ramos, a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, who accused Doral and its surrogates of “trying to prevail through the dissemination of false information” about the commonwealth. Vega Ramos, who is leading a legislative investigation of the circumstances leading to the original agreement, noted that the previous Treasury Secretary went to work as an executive vice president for Doral shortly after the deal was struck. In addition, he said in an interview, Doral’s claims rest on tax filings later shown to be inaccurate, and if anything the company should have been given a tax credit of a much lesser amount, rather than a reimbursement
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Por mi está perfectamente bien que hagan eso. Digo, bien en lo que la prensa amarillista como esta se trata. Puerto Rico necesita un poco de este lado para balancearse.
 

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Por lo menos 38 boricuas aspiran hoy a puestos federales y estatales
El listado incluye a los cuatro puertorriqueños que son miembros con plenos derechos en el Congreso



WASHINGTON – En las elecciones legislativas y estatales estadounidenses de hoy hay por lo menos 38 boricuas que aspiran a puestos federales y estatales.

El grupo está encabezado por los congresistas demócratas José Serrano (Nueva York), Nydia Velázquez (Nueva York) y Luis Gutiérrez (Illinois), y el republicano Raúl Labrador (Idaho), favoritos para retener sus escaños.

A Velázquez, en el distrito 7 de Nueva York le reta el republicano boricua estadista José Luis Fernández.

Contra Gutiérrez compite el republicano boricua Héctor Concepción, quien no había ni siquiera informado a la Comisión Federal de Elecciones (FEC) haber recaudado fondos de campaña.

La mayoría de los candidatos a puestos estatales estarían en Connecticut, con por lo menos 13, de acuerdo a la información oficial y los datos provistos por otras fuentes.

En Nueva York, el total de candidatos a puestos estatales electivos ronda la docena.

Mientras, en Rhode Island, un estado demócrata y liberal, la puertorriqueña Nellie Gorbea es favorita para ser la próxima secretaria de Estado.

La abrumadora mayoría de los candidatos – no se incluyen candidatos a puestos de comisionados de condado y otros puestos locales -, son demócratas y aspiran a la reelección:

Candidatos boricuas

NUEVA YORK

Congreso

José Serrano (congresista demócrata)

Nydia Velázquez (congresista demócrata)

*José Luis Fernández (candidato republicano que reta a Velázquez)

Senador estatal

Rubén Díaz, padre (demócrata, incumbente)

José M. Serrano (demócrata, incumbente)

Martin Malavé Dilán (demócrata, incumbente)

Gustavo Rivera (demócrata, incumbente)

Representante estatal

José Rivera (demócrata, incumbente)

Félix Ortiz (demócrata, incumbente)

Marcos Crespo (demócrata, incumbente)

Luis Sepúlveda (demócrata, incumbente)

Erik Dilán (candidato demócrata)



ILLINOIS

Congreso

Luis Gutiérrez (congresista demócrata)

Héctor Concepción (republicano que reta a Gutiérrez)

Senador estatal

Iris Martínez (demócrata, incumbente)

William Delgado (demócrata, incumbente)

Representante estatal

Luis Arroyo (demócrata, incumbente)



IDAHO

Congreso

Raúl Labrador (congresista republicano)



FLORIDA

Senador estatal

Darren Soto (demócrata, incumbente)

Representante estatal

Victor Torres (demócrata, incumbente)

David Santiago (republicano, incumbente)

Roberto “Bob” Cortés (candidato republicano)



CONNECTICUT

Senador estatal

Andrés Ayala (demócrata, incumbente)

Representante estatal

Angel Arce (demócrata, incumbente)

Juan Candelario (demócrata, incumbente)

Victor Cuevas (demócrata, incumbente)

Minnie González (demócrata, incumbente)

Jason Rojas (demócrata, incumbente)

Robert Sánchez (demócrata, incumbente)

Hilda Santiago (demócrata, incumbente)

Ezequiel Santiago (demócrata, incumbente)

Edwin Vargas (demócrata, incumbente)

Rubén Rodríguez (candidato republicano a representante)

Pablo Soto (candidato republicano a representante)

Eva Maldonado (candidata republicana a representante)



GEORGIA

Senador estatal

Pedro Marín (demócrata, incumbente)



PENSILVANIA

Representante estatal

Ángel Cruz (demócrata, incumbente)



MASSACHUSETTS

Representante estatal

Jeffrey Sánchez (demócrata, incumbente)



RHODE ISLAND

Secretaria de Estado

Noemí Gorbea

http://www.elnuevodia.com/porlomenos38boricuasaspiranhoyapuestosfederalesyestatales-1885930.html
 

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Well kids the REProbate just won the senate with Joni (Bobbitt) Ernst & here comes the crazy derailed Boehner train from the house.... Poor donkey esta en coma
 

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Boricua Leslie Acosta primera en la Cámara de Representantes de Pensilvania
Se une allí al también puertorriqueño Ángel Cruz

POR ELNUEVODIA.COM

WASHINGTON – La puertorriqueña Leslie Acosta, quien no se enfrentó a oposición de los republicanos, fue electa anoche como nueva representante estatal del distrito 197 de Pensilvania.

Acosta es la primera boricua e hispana en alcanzar un cargo en ese cuerpo legislativo.

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www.elnuevodia.com/boricualeslieacostaprimeraenlacamaraderepresentantesdepensilvania-1886674.html
 

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After Obama … the 2016 White House race begins

The president is isolated after the thrashing of the Democrats in last week’s midterms. Both sides of the political divide are already planning for the future


Possible presidential contenders for 2016: from left, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Elizabeth Warren, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie. Photograph: Observer

Even by the high-octane standards of US politics, it was a breathtakingly abrupt change of gear. One hour and 50 minutes after polling closed in the most expensive congressional election in history, jostling broke out instead for the next contest: the race for the White House in 2016.
The first politician to break the midterm spell last Tuesday – the Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul – was in no mood for subtlety. Asked by Fox News what he thought about the victory, minutes earlier, of his fellow Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell over the Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, it took him only 14 words to identify another target entirely.
“Here in Kentucky it was a referendum not only on the [current] president, but on Hillary Clinton,” replied Paul, who grinned coyly when asked if this claim had anything to do with the former secretary of state being his most likely opponent if he wins the Republican nomination.
Congress has long been trapped in campaign mode. The average new lawmaker arriving in Washington is expected to spend an estimated 40% of their time fundraising for the next election. Seldom do second-term presidents have much power left after fighting their last midterm, especially if, as Barack Obama did on Tuesday, their party loses control of both houses of Congress.
But Obama’s failure to overcome an intransigent House of Representatives even before his thrashing makes his loss of the Senate doubly debilitating and the race to fill the power vacuum ever more pressing. In an era when even his foreign policy is likely to be constrained by the need to keep Congress on side, America and the world will be watching carefully to see who emerges as the next putative commander-in-chief.
Paul’s use of the Clinton name was not without justification. Ever since the unpopular Obama had been banished from campaigning in swing states by nervous Democrats, it was left to Bill and Hillary Clinton to do much of the support work in Republican states such as Kentucky, Iowa and Arkansas where their brand of centrist politics was seen as more palatable. And, though neither has yet officially declared they are running, Clinton and Paul were not the only likely 2016 candidates successfully hitching their wagon to the midterms.
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Revalidan los congresistas Velázquez, Serrano, Gutiérrez y Labrador
Boricuas ganan las elecciones en Rhode Island y Florida

WASHINGTON – Nydia Velázquez, Luis Gutiérrez, José Serrano y Raúl Labrador volverán en enero al Congreso.

Los cuatro congresistas boricuas - de ellos Labrador republicano y los demás demócratas -, revalidaron esta noche fácilmente en las elecciones legislativas y estatales de Estados Unidos.

Velázquez, en el distrito 7 de Nueva York, obtuvo el 89% de los votos, para barrer al republicano boricua José Luis Fernández, quien, entre otras cosas, hizo campaña a favor de la estadidad para Puerto Rico. Fernández se quedó con alrededor del 9% de los votos.

Serrano, por su parte, acaparó el 97% de los votos en el distrito 15 de Nueva York. Gutiérrez consiguió el 78% de los votos, para vencer cómodamente al republicano boricua Héctor Concepción.

El republicano Labrador, mientras, revalidó con cerca del 60% de los votos.

En Rhode Island, mientras, la demócrata puertorriqueña Nellie Gorbea fue elegida nueva secretaria de Estado, también con el respaldo del 60% de los votos.

“Para mí es un honor y una bendición haber recibido el apoyo de los votantes del estado de Rhode Island. Estoy emocionada y lista para hacer cambios”, dijo esta noche Gorbea, quien sostuvo que entre sus objetivo están modernizar el sistema electoral, facilitar la puesta en marcha de nuevas empresas y promover un gobierno transparente.

El republicano Robert “Bob” Cortés, por su parte, fue elegido nuevo representante estatal por el distrito 30 de Florida. Cortés es actualmente alcalde de la localidad de Longwood.

Otros que esta noche fueron declarados vencedores, en Florida, fueron el senador estatal demócrata Darren Soto, con el 75% de los votos, y el representante republicano David Santiago.

http://www.elnuevodia.com/revalidanloscongresistasvelazquezserranogutierrezylabrador-1886144.html

En NYC son igual que aqui, votan por la misma basura como focas.
 

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Regresa a la secretaría de Estado de Pensilvania el puertorriqueño Cortés
El gobernador electo Tom Wolf anunció su nombramiento



WASHINGTON – El puertorriqueño Pedro Cortés va a regresar a la secretaría de Estado del gobierno de Pensilvania.

Hace unos días, el gobernador electo de Pensilvania, Tom Wolf, anunció la designación de Cortés, quien fue secretario de Estado entre 2003 y 2010 durante el gobierno de Edward Rendell.

Cortés, de 48 años, fue el primer hispano en el cargo y ha sido la persona que más tiempo ha ocupado esa secretaría.

“Pedro mejoró tremendamente las operaciones del Departamento de Estado durante su tiempo en el puesto”, indicó Wolf, quien asumirá su puesto el próximo día 20.

Antes, entre 2000 y 2003, Cortés fue director ejecutivo de la Comisión Asesora del Gobernador sobre Asuntos Latinos. Obtuvo su maestría y su grado en Derecho en Penn State, Reside en Harrisburg, capital de Pensilvania.

Con el nombramiento de Cortés, son tres ahora los secretarios de Estado boricuas de gobiernos estatales en Estados Unidos.

César Perales es el actual secretario de Estado de Nueva York.

Mientras, Nellie Gorbea juró el martes como secretaria de Estado de Rhode Island, tras ser elegida en noviembre pasado.

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http://www.elnuevodia.com/regresaal...ensilvaniaelpuertorriquenocortes-1925391.html
 

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Gobernador de Virginia nombra boricua a comisión asesora
La ingeniera Gianna Fernández trabajará con la comisión de industrias de simulación y modelización

WASHINGTON – El gobernador de Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, nombró a la ingeniera puertorriqueña Gianna Fernández a su comisión asesora sobre la industria de simulación y modelización.

Graduada del Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez (RUM), Fernández trabaja con la empresa de ingeniería Leidos, en la zona metropolitana de Washington D.C..

La comisión asesora está integrada por 15 personas y tiene como propósito asesorar al Gobernador en torno a política pública y prioridades de financiamiento sobre la industria de la simulación y modelización.

Otros puertorriqueños nombrados anteriormente por el gobernador McAuliffe son Edgardo Cortés comisionado del Departamento de Elecciones, y Jaime Areizaga Soto, subsecretario de Asuntos de Defensa y del Veterano.

http://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/...irginianombraboricuaacomisionasesora-2008165/
 

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Kate Brown: US's first LGBT governor has more important things to worry about

Just two decades ago Brown lived in constant fear of her sexuality being made public. Now, after making history, she has two years to make her mark in Oregon


Kate Brown. The sudden advent of an openly bisexual governor in Oregon may provide a chance to broaden understanding of America’s bi community. Photograph: Michael Lloyd/AP Chris McGreal in Portland, Oregon
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Kate Brown was sworn in as the first openly LGBT governor in the US on Wednesday in a state where the sexual orientation of politicians has long ceased to be an issue. The current speaker of the Oregon house of representatives, Tina Kotek, is a lesbian and Portland’s previous mayor, Sam Adams, is gay.

The fact that the new Democratic governor of Oregon is bisexual is so well known in the state that it has generally only been a footnote, as her predecessor was forced out by an escalating corruption scandal.

But a little more than two decades ago, Brown, 54, lived in fear of her sexuality being made public. She has described being “terrified” that she would lose her job as a family lawyer if it was discovered she was in a relationship with a woman.

“I was walking on eggshells the whole time. Like I couldn’t be who I am. I’m not free to be myself. It feels like you’re cutting off your legs or your arms. It feels like you can’t be a whole person,” she said in Breaking Through, a documentary about LGBT politicians.
 

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En debate el voto obligatorio en Estados Unidos
El cambio beneficiaría más al Partido Demócrata

El presidente Barack Obama abrió esta semana el debate sobre si es momento de que EE.UU. considere establecer el voto obligatorio, siguiendo el ejemplo de naciones como Australia, al afirmar que podría ser algo "transformador" y reducir la influencia del dinero en la política.

"En Australia y otros países el voto es obligatorio (...). Sería transformador si todo el mundo votara, eso contrarrestaría (la influencia de) el dinero más que ninguna otra cosa", reflexionó Obama durante una visita a Cleveland (Ohio), donde dio un discurso económico y respondió a preguntas de los ciudadanos.

El sufragio obligatorio, presente en países como Bélgica, Argentina, Brasil, Egipto o México, "cambiaría completamente el mapa político en este país", subrayó el presidente.

Un cambio en esa dirección en Estados Unidos beneficiaría más a Obama y su partido, el Demócrata, que a los republicanos, dado que sus potenciales votantes -jóvenes, minorías y mujeres solteras- son los que más tienden a no acudir a las urnas.

Esos jóvenes, minorías y mujeres solteras contribuyeron en gran parte a las dos victorias electorales de Obama (2008 y 2012), pero muchos de ellos se quedaron en casa en los comicios legislativos de noviembre pasado, ganados ampliamente por los republicanos y en los que la participación fue de solo un 37 %.

Varios republicanos, entre ellos el senador por Florida y potencial aspirante a la Casa Blanca en 2016 Marco Rubio, y medios conservadores reaccionaron enseguida contra los comentarios de Obama.

No votar "es una opción legítima (...) Yo desearía también que más personas participaran en la política, pero es su elección y es la elección de vivir en una sociedad libre", opinó Rubio.

Expertos en leyes han dejado entrever que establecer el voto obligatorio en EEUU es algo que "no va a ocurrir".

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http://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/...bateelvotoobligatorioenestadosunidos-2023536/
 

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Hillary Clinton launches second presidential bid

By Dan Merica, CNN
Updated 3:23 PM ET, Sun April 12, 2015


Hillary Clinton announces 2016 presidential run 01:05

(CNN)Hillary Clinton put an end to months of speculation on Sunday by officially announcing her candidacy for president, giving the former secretary of state another shot at cracking the highest glass ceiling in American politics.

The initial word came in an email to supporters from John Podesta, a longtime Clinton ally, then a video launched on YouTube and a newly launched Facebook page.
Clinton's second presidential run is another chapter in a life that has seen the former first lady go from a child raised in a conservative home outside Chicago to one of the most recognizable women in the world. Clinton became a household name in 1992 when her husband, Bill Clinton, won the presidency.


READ: How Hillary Clinton's campaign will be different
Since then, Hillary Clinton has become a force in her own right, serving in the Senate for eight years, unsuccessfully running for president in 2008 and leading the State Department from 2009 to 2013.
Over the coming months, Clinton's campaign will plot how to reintroduce the former first lady -- on her own terms -- to the American people. Democrats close to Clinton have started to call her the most unknown famous person in the world. Their argument is that people know of Clinton -- she has near 100% name recognition in most polls -- but they don't know her story.
Using small, controlled events with everyday people, the campaign will hone in on Clinton's personal story, using themes such as her Midwestern upbringing, her mother's perseverance in the face of neglectful parents and Clinton's own time raising a daughter to cast the presidential hopeful in a more favorable, softer light than she was seen during much of her 2008 presidential run.
Clinton's candidacy has been widely anticipated. Even since before Clinton left the State Department in early 2013, speculation that she would take another shot at the White House has followed her.
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Otra corporatista como candidata. La unica persona sana en el partido democrata es Elizabeth Warren y ella no va a correr para presidente.
 
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