Wednesday, November 15, 2006

More Updates...

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has expressed confidence in US-Israeli relations after the midterm election results.

I am publically backing Congressman Steny Hoyer in his bid for Majority Leader.

What's the fate of Sen. George Allen's advisors?

NBC's made for tv movie about midterms by way of Conan:
Joe Lieberman - Teller of Penn and Teller
Jon Tester - Biff from Back to the Future
Nancy Pelosi - Martin Short
Rick Santorum - Woody from Toy Story
Chuck Schumer - Grandpa Munster
John Kerry - Easter Island Stonehead
John Murtha - Ernie the Keebler Elf
Robert Gates - Pope Benedict
Donald Rumsfeld - Skeletor
Dennis Hastert - Boss Hogg
Laura Bush - The Joker
George W. Bush - Patrick from Spongebob

Jews in America are back home in the Democratic Party.

So it looks like the elections were "even" in Kentucky.

Congressman-elect John Yarmuth has started his transition from commentator to Congressman.

The Forward named their top 50 of influential Jews. How outgoing Senator George Allen and lobbyist Jack Abramoff made the list is beyond me...
Arnold Eisen, scholar
U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
Abraham Foxman, Anti-Defamation League
Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service
Jon Stewart, comedian

Elliott Abrams, deputy national security adviser
Matt Brooks, Republican Jewish Coalition
U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.
U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

Jill Jacobs, rabbi
Dennis Ross, diplomat
Susan Tuchman, Zionist Organization of America Center for Law and Justice
Mikey Weinstein, Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Sharon Brous, independent rabbi
Elliot Dorff, Conservative rabbi
Richard Joel, president, Yeshiva University
Sharon Kleinbaum, openly gay rabbi
Yehuda Krinsky, Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi
Irwin Kula, Conservative rabbi
Dina Najman-Licht, Orthodox spiritual leader
Zalman Teitelbaum, Hasidic rabbi
Eric Yoffie, Reform rabbi

Wayne Firestone, Hillel
Menachem Genack, rabbi
David Harris, American Jewish Committee
Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Nancy Kaufman, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
Howard Kohr, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Steven Nasatir, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Carole Solomon, Jewish Agency for Israel

Sacha Baron Cohen, comedian
Aaron Bisman, JDub Records
Carolyn Hessel, Jewish Book Council
Scarlett Johansson, actress
Jeremy Piven, actor
Philip Roth, writer
Gary Shteyngart, writer.
Barbra Streisand, entertainer
Elie Wiesel, writer

Jordan Farmar, UCLA basketball
Shawn Green, New York Mets

Charles Bronfman and Roger Bennett
Jennie Rosenn
Alice Rosenwald
Lynn Schusterman
Carol Smokler
Ronald Stanton

Jack Abramoff, lobbyist and felon
Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, American Israel Public Affairs Committee

U.S. Sen. George Allen, R-Va.
The following is a link to Al From's statement on the midterm elections. From also endorsed Steny Hoyer for Majority Leader.

In some sad news, Kathy Groob has stepped down as the Chair of the Kenton Co. Democratic Party. Her successor is my good friend, Jamie Jameson, who managed Merrick Krey's campaign for re-election to PVA. Jameson also serves on the board of the KYD's.
Yet only one of their five candidates for county office, incumbent Property Valuation Administrator Merrick Krey, came out on top.[...]

"I thought we did pretty darn well," said Jamie Jameson, Krey's campaign manager. "Coming from a rebuilding-type position, maybe it wasn't as bad as it first appears."

Still, it's hard to ignore reports of mistakes by Kenton County Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathy Groob, who resigned on Nov. 13, citing family and work reasons.

Jameson is the party's new chairman, and Groob will remain on the executive committee.

During nearly two years as chairwoman, she unified Northern Kentucky Democrats by getting the three county parties on the same page, and she deserves credit for that.

But she reportedly declined help from top state Democrats on get-out-the-vote efforts, and critics say she alienated party members with tactics like cutting off access to an online forum and e-mail group.

Their complaints grew louder with the inexplicable midsummer disappearance of county commissioner candidate Bill Schmiade.

To a nonpartisan observer, it appears that Groob simply lost momentum after the May primaries, and the party suffered for it. Party leaders admit she got "burnt out."[...]

But Steve Hoffman, president of the Kenton County Democratic Club, said Groob and her husband Jeff have done "a marvelous job. They've revved people up."

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