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2016-06-08 / Political Page

Clinton-Sanders bickering still; Trump gripes ANNOY:

John Toscano

Clinton-Sanders bickering still; Trump gripes ANNOY:

As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continued their furious fight for California’s 476 delegates in yesterday’s Tuesday, June 7 final Democratic Party presidential primary of 2016, it was all anti-climactic as Clinton had virtually sealed the deal for the party’s Democratic nomination during last weekend’s activity.
Clinton had won weekend primary elections in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to put her unofficially within about 28 delegates of the 2,383 delegates needed to claim the party’s nomination as the presidential nominee. But Sanders still was fighting windmills as well as Clinton Tuesday June 7 as yesterday’s final primary elections arrived in California, New Jersey and four other states to end the primary election season.
Final results from California would not begin to stream in until about midnight Tuesday because of the three hour time difference between the two states.
Meanwhile, presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was giving his supporters fits as he continued sniping at Federal Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an American-born jurist, whom Trump has steadily blasted after Curiel issued what Trump considered an unfavorable decision growing out of the Trump University civil case.
Trump’s disrespectful comments aimed at the judge set off a barrage of anti-Trump complaints from Republican Congressional leaders Speaker Paul Ryan And Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, both Trump supporters. Another supporter, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, also weighed in against Trump, who feels Judge Curiel is prejudiced against him. Trump continuously refers to Justice Curiel as “Mexican” although he is an American born in Indiana.
Curiel faced death threats when prosecuting a Mexican cartel chief. Trump also said any Muslim judge would be biased against him as well, in response to an interviewer’s question.
Meanwhile, as Sanders faces the end of the road against Clinton, he is now beginning to harp on the “super” delegate load Clinton has amassed, although she is far ahead of him in pledged delegates won in the primary elections. Sanders is also beginning to threaten that he will consider that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July will be “contested,” forecasting a lot of problems he’ll raise there.

CAN LIBERTARIANS TILT CLINTON-TRUMP RACE?

Some Libertarian Party leaders have reportedly expressed the possibility that their organization might be able to affect the outcome of a Clinton vs Trump national election.
The tough talk came as the Libertarian Party met last week in Orlando, Florida and elected Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, as the political party’s new Presidential nominee. Also elected as Vice Presidential nominee was William Weld, the former Governor of Massachusetts.
According to published reports, this possibility is based upon the fact that the party has the third highest national party registration – 411,000 as of this past February, according to a recent New York Times story – and aims to be on the ballot in all 50 states on election day, November 8th.
Other reasons that party leaders and members feel confident that they can have a meaningful effect on Trump and Clinton outcomes in the presidential election are:
•Dissatisfaction within the Republican Party with Trump’s candidacy because of his anti-immigration stance, certain trade policies and just his now presidential manner.
•At the same time, they deride Clinton’s chances because of her email fiasco and her generally poor showing against Bernie Sanders throughout the Democratic Party primary elections.
Summing up Libertarian Party members’ anti-Trump and anti-Clinton feelings, the party’s national Chairman, Nicholas Starwalk, was quoted as saying: “There are Republican voters who are going to feel cheated by the fact that their presidential nomination has been taken by a reality show star, and there are Democratic voters who are going to feel cheated when that corporate shill boxes out Senator Sanders at the convention in that rigged process. When those people feel cheated, we present an option for them.”
These same feelings are the reasons that party members feel they might carry a state in the elections and/or show the party true national strength. They point out Libertarians received more than a million votes in 2012, their most ever.
At the same time the membership and leadership feel the party will elect many statewide candidates this year.

VAN BRAMER’S STATEMENT ON CLOSURE OF CLUB PURLIEU:

In response to the closure of Club Purlieu in Dutch Kills, the site of numerous violent incidents including the shooting of livery driver Roberto Castillo in March, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer issued the following statement:
“Club Purlieu was a bad business and a bad neighbor that brought violence and disruption to our community. Just two months ago, a fight outside the club left an innocent cab driver clinging to life after he was shot in the head by a patron, and this was far from the first violent incident. Club Purlieu was a clear and present danger to Dutch Kills, turning a residential neighborhood into a violent hotspot. In March, I rallied with community members and my colleague, Council Member Constantinides, calling for the club’s closure, and I’ve worked with the Dutch Kills Civic Association and the 114th Precinct to help get the club out of the neighborhood. This was an incredible community effort, and I want to thank Council Member Constantinides, the Dutch Kills Civic Association, and the 114th Precinct for all the work they did to get this club shut down for good.”


STATE AFL-CIO PRESIDENT ‘BIG VICTORY FOR VETERANS’:

After Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation deemed a “big victory for veterans,” NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento issued the following statement thanking the governor for his action:
“Just two days after Memorial Day, it is fitting that we honor those who served our country, not just in words, but in actions. We thank Governor Cuomo for signing the veterans’ service credit bill, recognizing honorably discharged service men and women who sacrificed so much for all of us.
By approving this bill the governor is validating the service of all of our veterans and for the first time equally recognizing the women who proudly served our country.
We also thank Speaker Heastie, Majority Leader Flanagan, and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Klein for understanding how critically important this legislation is to our veterans.
We are particularly appreciative of the years of leadership from Senator Larkin and Assemblywoman Paulin on the veterans’ buyback bill. They never gave up, fighting hard to make this day a reality.
This is a big victory for labor as we stood in solidarity on this issue year after year; but more importantly, this is a huge win for our veterans.
While we can never show enough gratitude to our veterans who provided the ultimate public service, this law will help to honor them with the deep respect and appreciation they so deserve.”
The New York State AFL-CIO is a federation of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families. For more information on the Labor Movement in New York, visit www.nysaficio.org.


GOLDFEDER NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION:

Citing family obligations, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced he will not seek reelection in November to his Rockaway seat. But, he said, he will complete his third term before resigning his position at the end of the year.
However, the lawmaker did not divulge his future plans as he returns to private industry next January.
Goldfeder, who served on U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s staff before becoming a State Assemblymember, ran for the vacant Rockaway/Ozone Park seat vacated by former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer after she resigned in May 2011. A native Rockaway resident, Goldfeder won the off-year election easily.
Recently, Goldfeder and his wife, Esther, had a second son, Gabriel, who joined an elder son and daughter in the Goldfeder household.
The lawmaker explained: “The birth of our son makes me think about the Rockaway he will come to know – the place where he will grow, learn and hopefully, have his own family someday. My wife and I are able to raise him and his big brother and sister in the same neighborhood where I grew up because of the opportunities that Rockaway provided for us.”
But Goldfeder did not immediately share his plans for the future.
Since his start in office as the 23rd AD representative, Goldfeder has gained a reputation as a hands-on representative. Early on, he fulfilled a campaign promise to institute a residency rebate for residents who ride the Cross Bay Bridge ferry regularly.
The Breezy Point homeowner is also a strong advocate for reactivation of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, more popularly known as the Queens Rail.
Along with thousands of other Rockaway homeowners, Goldfeder was forced to abandon his home by Superstorm Sandy, but he moved his local office to the 101st Precinct as he helped to coordinate the island’s recovery effort.
A successor to Goldfeder will be chosen by the Queens Democratic Party organization when it meets before the Primary Elections scheduled for September 13. The general elections, which will include the Presidential, Congressional and Statewide elections, are scheduled for November 8th.


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