2016-07-13 / Political Page

GOP Convention May Get Noisy

The Republican National Convention, where the party will select its presidential candidate in this year’s election in November, is just five days away. The betting is that Donald Trump will be the party’s choice, but it appears it will set off quite a ruckus.

We’ve commented previously that anti- Trump forces have made it no secret that they feel he’s an underdog to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and that Republican candidates running for Congressional seats figure to be at a disadvantage in their races. As a result, there’s a faction within the party toying with the idea to look at other candidates besides Trump that should be considered for the presidential nomination. As we warned, this could stir up a lot of noise in the host city of Cleveland.

The most recent threat to Trump emerged earlier this month, as Trump hit a bad streak in the national polls and sagged a bit further than previously behind Clinton. Also, his cash position was sagging (although he rectified that quickly.)

According to the published report on this latest threat to Trump, the plotters are planning to force a vote among delegates at the convention, who are presently in favor of Trump, to be given the choice of “voting their conscience” and vote for other candidates who would come forward. However, no new choice was mentioned.

Also, the anti-Trump group concedes that it will take some doing to give delegates full freedom to act, but the planners feel there would be enough anti-Trump sentiment in the arena to get their vote approved. They point out that since Trump became the “presumed candidate,” there was very little movement to get on the Trump bandwagon.

The report about these shenanigans added that the Trump forces had braced themselves to fight off the threat, but on the other hand, “it appears there may well be traction” in the movement.

HILLARY NOT OUT OF WOODS YET: When FBI Director James Comey recommended no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton recently, Clinton and her supporters heaved a sigh of relief, feeling that the way was cleared for her to turn her attention to campaigning without distraction.

But Congressional Republicans, dissatisfied with Comey’s “no criminal charges” edict, seized upon Comey’s further comments and are considering keeping alive their pursuit of Clinton and her emails, which might involve further grilling for her.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders finally may be ready to bury the hatchet with his former primary opponent. The pair were scheduled to meet yesterday in Portsmouth, N.H., where he finally would endorse her candidacy.

RUDY WEIGHS IN: In his latest comment on black relations with NYC’s police officers, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani issued a statement saying black people should worry more about being killed by other African- Americans than by cops.

Speaking on “Face the Nation,” he said “the real danger to black children is not the police – and you’ve got to teach your children – that the real danger to them is not the police… but other black kids who are going to kill them.”

The former mayor added “cops should have zero tolerance” for “disrespect” and called the Black Lives Matter movement “inherently racist.”

ADDABBO FAVORS PROPOSAL TO EXPAND RESORTS WORLD: State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D–Howard Beach) issued the following statement last week favoring the expansion of the Resorts World gaming facility in Ozone Park:

“The proposal by Resorts World to expand its facility to include a hotel, spa and convention center has the potential to reap huge economic benefits on not only the surrounding neighborhood of Ozone Park, but the entire borough of Queens and state. This project would create over a thousand jobs in construction, design and other fields during the planning and building stages, as well as thousands of long-term positions at each of the new facilities once the project is completed. Local job creation is crucial to our economy, and such a large influx of job opportunities is rare. With a portion of gaming money from casinos across New York being given every year to fund and support education, an additional 1,000 VLTs and gaming at the site would also benefit schools throughout the state, as that funding would continue to grow. Resorts World is already the biggest contributor to this fund in all of New York state, illustrating the popularity of the gaming facilities at this location, and how expanding the opportunity to play and experience new amenities would only lead to more crucial dollars for state education and revenue. I believe this proposal would have a number of positive impacts on Queens and on New York as a whole and I look forward to working with Resorts World to see how the plan progresses.”

CROWLEY BILL HELPS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES: Congressman Joseph Crowley (D–Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, joined U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D–WI), Marco Rubio (R–FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), in introducing the bipartisan justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act. This bipartisan and bicameral bill will improve efforts to assist Holocaust survivors and the families of Holocaust victims by requiring the State Department to report on the progress of certain European countries on the return, or restitution for wrongfully confiscated or transferred Holocaust-era assets, Crowley explained.

“Several decades removed from the horrors of the Holocaust, a substantial amount of Jewishowned property still hasn’t been returned to their rightful owners, nor have they been compensated. This is unacceptable,” said Crowley. “It’s important that we do what we can to ensure European governments are keeping their word, and I’m proud to join my colleagues in this legislation that will put us one step closer to bringing justice to Holocaust victims, survivors, and their families.”

“We urgently need an improved public accounting of other countries’ efforts to address Holocaust-era property restitution issues,” said Baldwin. “Tragically, we are losing survivors every day, and it is my sincere hope that this legislation, by shining a spotlight and solidifying this issue as an American foreign policy priority, will spur action in countries that are falling short of their obligations, ultimately resulting in a measure of justice for these individuals who have waited far too long.”

“I am pleased to be the lead Republican sponsor of this important bipartisan legislation which, if passed, will play a critical role in ensuring that Holocaust-era property restitution is finally realized,” said Rubio. “Seventy years after this dark chapter in human history, the restitution of Jewish communal, private and heirless property in Central and Eastern Europe, illegally confiscated by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II, remains a largely unresolved issue and a source of lasting pain for many Holocaust survivors and their heirs. American leadership in addressing this injustice is vital, which is precisely what this legislation will provide. I join Senator Baldwin in pressing for swift passage of this measure.”

“Holocaust survivors—witnesses to the brutal murders, torture and heartless thievery of the Nazis and their accomplices—continue to be cheated and defrauded, inexplicably, as they fight for the rightful return of their stolen property,” said Smith. “This bill will help survivors get justice, instead of excuses, from their governments.”

Crowley explained that decades after the Holocaust and the fall of Communism, most formerly Jewish-owned, real properties confiscated by the Nazis and their collaborators have not been returned, nor has compensation been provided to the rightful owners or their heirs.

“The JUST Act will build on the international Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues of 2009, which affirms that the protection of property rights is an essential component of a democratic society based on the rule of law and recognizes the importance of restituting or compensating Holocaust-related confiscations made during the Holocaust-era between 1933-45. Unfortunately, many nations that endorsed this declaration, including many of our NATO allies, have not fully addressed the restitution of Jewish communal, private and heirless property,” Crowley stated.

“The JUST Act permanently amends current law to require the State Department to report on certain countries’ compliance with and progress toward the goals of the 2009 Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets, as well as on what actions those countries are taking to resolve the claims of U.S. citizens. This will enhance ongoing U.S. efforts to urge Central and Eastern European countries to achieve progress on this issue, and will help build on America’s commitment to ensuring justice for Holocaust victims and their families,” Crowley explained.

The JUST Act has received strong support from organizations across the country including World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), American Jewish Committee (AJC), Anti- Defamation League (ADL), J Street, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), B’nai B’rith International, HIAS refugee assistance organization, and more.

MALONEY ON SHOOTING OF DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS: Following the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers and the injury of six others on July 7, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“My heart is broken today. This vicious and targeted attack on Dallas police officers who were working at an otherwise peaceful protest shocks the conscience and troubles the soul. It is a despicable act.

“I grieve for the officers who were murdered and pray for the recovery of those injured. My most sincere condolences go to the family members, loved ones, and fellow officers who are suffering in the aftermath.

“This armed attack on police officers underscores the urgent need for our country to come together and work cooperatively to put an end to the senseless violence that plagues us all.”

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