Mar 15, 2015

Locally Speaking

Feds To File Corruption Charges Against Democratic US Sen. Bob Menendez

The U.S. Senate may grow more Republican after federal investigators file corruption charges against U.S. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.

Federal investigators at the Dept. of Justice are expected to file corruption charges against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. A New Jersey Democrat, Menendez won re-election in 2012. Should he step down or otherwise leave office, Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a likely GOP presidential candidate, would appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Menendez's term. That person could choose to run for election in 2018.

The charges are related to "his relationship with a Florida eye doctor who is a longtime friend and political benefactor," the New York Times reports. "Federal prosecutors said Mr. Menendez did political favors for the doctor, Salomon Melgen."

Menendez is widely known for being the head of the DSCC who was slow to react to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley's disastrous Senatorial campaign, which allowed Republican Scott Brown to take Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts seat.

He was also the target of a fake prostitution scandal reported on initially by the radical right news outlet The Daily Caller. Those charges were found to be unsubstantiated and the women who claimed to be involved later recanted, stated they had been paid to make the accusations. –Source: The New Civil Rights Movement


Muslim Holidays Are Now NYC Public School Holidays

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning that the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha and al-Fitr have been added to the NYC public school schedule, calling it “a change that respects the diversity of our city.”

During the Bloomberg administration, the City Council approved adding the holidays, but Mayor Bloomberg was against the measure, saying in 2008, “The truth of the matter is we need more children in school. More, not less,” and “When you have a city as diverse as we do, with virtually every religion known to man practiced, if we closed school for every single day there wouldn’t be any school.”

Before he took office, de Blasio had voiced his support of adding Muslim holidays to the school calendar (FWIW, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota agreed). Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed a new law allowing local school boards make Lunar New Year an official holiday. This has not yet happened in NYC, but today City Council Member Margaret Chin said, “I will continue to discuss this issue with Mayor de Blasio and his staff, and I will do everything in my power to advocate for the designation of Lunar New Year as an official public school holiday for 2016 and beyond.” -Source: Vision To America

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