|Confirmed primary challenges||44||35||79||2||3||5|
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|NY-09||Anthony David Weiner||Democratic||Yes||No|
|NY-23||Bill OwensNo photo on file.||Maybe||No|
|NY-28||Louise McIntosh Slaughter||Democratic||Maybe||No|
The purpose of the proposal is to eliminate the requirement that disabled veterans be receiving disability payments in order to qualify for additional credit on civil service examinations. The State Constitution currently requires that, in order to qualify for additional points on a civil service examination for appointment or promotion, a veteran who was disabled in the actual performance of duty in any war must be receiving disability payments from the United States Veterans Administration, and the United States Veterans Administration must certify that the veteran's disability exists at the time that the veteran applies for appointment or promotion. The proposed amendment would change the reference to the "United States Veterans Administration" currently in this section to the "United States Department of Veterans Affairs" to reflect the Veterans Administration's redesignation as the Department of Veterans Affairs under federal law. The proposed amendment would also eliminate the requirement that a veteran who was disabled in the actual performance of duty in any war be receiving disability payments from the federal veterans department in order to qualify for additional points on a civil service examination. Instead, the proposed amendment would only require that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs certify that the veteran's disability exists at the time that the veteran applies for appointment or promotion.
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Fueled by Scott Brown’s stunning ‘Massachusetts Miracle,’ the New York political scene is buzzing with talk of a movement to draft Larry Kudlow to challenge liberal New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Some grassroots activists in the Empire State have gone so far to establish a Draft Kudlow committee to encourage the top-rated CNBC talk host to join the political fray.
Lawrence “Larry” Kudlow is a well-known economist and former Reagan adviser.
Schumer’s Senate seat is up for grabs in November.
Conventional political wisdom has been that Schumer would be unbeatable this year, an incumbent as he is in one of the nation’s bluest states.
But Massachusetts has changed the political chessboard.
Newsmax has learned that a coalition of conservatives, tea-party activists, and Republicans are joining forces to draft Kudlow to take on Schumer, who is considered one of the more liberal members of the Senate.
“It’s time for Chuck Schumer to be sent packing,” Draft Kudlow co-chairman Mike Caputo tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “It’s very clearly been time for quite a while, but with Scott Brown’s victory, the alarm clock is going off.
“Until Tuesday night, the idea of running Larry Kudlow for Senate was a wish. And thanks to Scott Brown, we now know that wishes can come true.”
Larry Kudlow would obliterate Chuck Schumer on fiscal conservatism and common sense limited government. From Draft Kudlow:
Many New Yorkers agree: it would be difficult to find a federal legislator as bad as US Senator Chuck Schumer. Schumer is personally responsible for much of the bad policy that led to the economic melt down of the United States. He stands firmly in favor of health care reform that is bad for New Yorkers. He supports a tax on banks that is poison for the Empire State. And now, petty bully Schumer is muscling members of his own party, pretending only he may decide who can and cannot run against his hand puppet, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Until Scott Brown was elected to the US Senate by the loopy liberals in Massachusetts, nobody thought it was possible to beat Schumer. Now the game has changed
Monday, January 18th 2010, 4:00 AM
"I'm running for Senate because I share the anger, frustration and worry of the hardworking families of New York, and I know I can make your voices heard," Blakeman told a cheering crowd at a Nassau County American Legion hall.
He's been on the Port Authority's board and lost a race for state controller to Carl McCall.
Blakeman said he isn't intimidated by Gillibrand, who has raised $7.1 million, or by her potential Democratic challenger, ex-Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford.
Blakeman said his fund-raising tally is roughly zero. But he vowed to raise the funds and do the work needed for victory.
"I will be the only candidate in this race that has run statewide in New York," he said in a dig at Gillibrand, who was appointed to the seat by Gov. Paterson after Sen. Hillary Clinton became secretary of state.
Blakeman was joined by former GOP Sen. Al D'Amato, who prominently stood by Gillibrand when she was sworn into office last year. D'Amato said she's since become a Democratic "party functionary."
"She interned in my office. Her dad is a great and good friend," D'Amato said. "She's going with the party as opposed to with the people, and I don't think that party is being fair to New York."
A spokesman for Gillibrand said she "welcomes the competition."
(NOTE: Blakeman will go forward to gain the endorsement of the Conservative Party and Chairman Mike Long, and he will also be seeking the Independance party endorsement.)
Latest from the New York Senatorial Races: More Bad News for Dems
Never mind the prognosticatory powers of Punxsutawney Phil if you’re a Democrat. Predictions for a dark, cold Democrat winter are coming from New York State voters. RealClearPolitics Politics Nation Blog has the latest on the New York State senatorial race, in which former governor George Pataki leads both incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand and Democrat challenger Harold Ford Jr. by double digits. Pataki leads Gillibrand by a margin of 13 (his 51 percent to her 38) and Ford by a margin of 22 (54 percent to 32 percent).
The news for Ford doesn’t get any better within his own party. Polling data has him trailing Gillibrand 41% to 17%. Perhaps he spoke a little too soon when he renounced his conservative views in preparation for a run for the Senate. Or maybe he should have consulted with Scott Brown who seems increasingly to have read the political mood of Americans of late better than the Democrats.
The irony that Gillibrand was appointed to the seat Hillary Clinton vacated to run for president should not be lost on Democrats. The same pattern was reflected in the Brown victory in Massachusetts and appears poised to happen in other key races, not the least of which involves the Senate seat in Illinois that Barack Obama gave up (after sitting in it for about 35 seconds) to run for president.
The data reported here was gathered before Obama’s bizarre State of the Union address. It’s anybody’s guess how dramatically the poll numbers will shift in favor of the Republicans now that the president has effectively declared war on the American electorate.
Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 3:35 PM EST
|Marist (pdf): (1/13-14, registered voters, 11/16-17 in parentheses)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-inc): 43