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Sanders, Cruz on Top in Maine, Trump, Clinton in Louisiana

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The American public continued over the weekend to dole out the wins to several contenders, but Donald Trump is still in the lead by a substantial amount for the Republicans and Hillary Clinton for the Democrats.

Starting with a win by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nebraska on Friday, Trump triumphed in Kansas and Louisiana on Saturday, with Clinton besting Sanders in the Pelican State.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in first amongst the Republicans in Maine and Sanders did the same for the Democrats. On Sunday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio beat the Republican pack for a win in Puerto Rico.

Now all eyes turn to Michigan, Hawaii (Republicans only), Idaho (Republicans only), Mississippi and Illinois for the next races which will take place on Tuesday, March 8.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

UPDATE: Super Tuesday: Clinton, Trump Big Winners, Cruz, Sanders, Rubio Eke Out Wins

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

A Democratic candidate needs to win 2,383 delegates and a Republican candidate needs to secure 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination. Going into Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton was way out in front, with 266 delegates pledged, to 136 for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump had 82 delegates, Texas Senator Ted Cruz had 17, Florida Senator Marco Rubio had 16 and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with six delegates and Dr. Ben Carson with five.

The following results are with sufficient results in to call most races, although with fewer than 100 percent of the votes counted. The delegate numbers will change slightly.

ALABAMA  With 50 delegates for the Republicans and 60 delegates for the Democrats at stake, Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) won their respective primaries. Clinton received 30 delegates, Sanders 1, and Trump received 20.

ALASKA Only the Republicans had a primary on March 1. There were 28 delegates at stake. The results were not yet in on this race before this article was published. UPDATE: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Republican primary, pocketing 12 delegates.

ARKANSAS 40 Republicans and 37 Democrats Hillary Clinton won for the Democrats. Clinton received 17 delegates and Sanders six. Donald Trump won for the Republicans.

COLORADO Only the Democrats had a primary on March 1, and there were 79 delegates at stake. The results were not yet in before this article was published to call the race, but with 21 percent of the precincts reporting, Bernie Sanders was leading Hillary Clinton. UPDATE: Sen. Sanders won the Democratic caucus, adding 33 delegates to his total.

GEORGIA  There were 76 delegates for Republicans and 79 for Democrats in play in Georgia. Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) won their primaries. Trump won 30 delegates, Cruz one, Clinton won 57 and Sanders received 21.

MASSACHUSETTS With 42 Republican delegates  and 116 delegates for Democrats, Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) won their respective primaries. Trump received 18 delegates and Rubio received five.

MINNESOTA Has a caucus, not a primary. There were 38 delegates for Republicans and 93 Democratic delegates at stake. Insufficient votes were counted to make solid predictions about the winners before this article was published. With 53 percent of the precincts reporting, Marco Rubio was in the lead and Donald Trump in second place for the Republicans. With 15 percent of the precincts reporting, Bernie Sanders was beating Hillary Clinton. UPDATE: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won for the Republicans, with 14 delegates added to his total, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton, adding 42 delegates to his tally.

OKLAHOMA There are 43 Republican delegates at stake and 42 Democrats in Oklahoma. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders came in first in the Democratic race and Ted Cruz came in first for the Republicans.

TENNESSEE There are 58 Republican delegates and 76 Democratic delegates available in Tennessee. Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) came in first in their respective parties.

TEXAS There are 155 Republican delegates and 252 Democratic delegates at stake. This is not a winner takes all state. Hometown Sen. Ted Cruz won the Texas Republican primary with an 11 point lead over Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton won in the Democratic primary. For his win, Cruz received 32 delegates, Trump 14, Clinton won 120 delegates and Sanders 42 delegates.

VERMONT With 16 delegates for the Republicans and 26 delegates available for the Democrats. Sanders (D) and Trump (R) finished first in their respective primaries. Trump walked away with five delegates, Kasich doubled his delegates to 10 because of Vermont and Sanders received ten.

VIRGINIA There are 49 delegates available for the Republicans and 110 for the Democrats. Donald Trump (R) beat out Marco Rubio in a close race, in a state in which delegates are divided. Hillary Clinton won in the Democratic primary.

 

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Virginia Goes to Clinton with Trump Edging Past Rubio

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Hillary Clinton beat out her rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Virginia Democratic primary.

Although Donald Trump was way out in front of the Republican crowd, Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio was well ahead of Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Virginia. Rubio gave Trump a run for his money in this state.

Everyone is looking forward to the Texas results, which has the largest number of delegates at stake.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Clinton Trounces Sanders in South Carolina

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sailed to an easy win in South Carolina in the Democratic primary there on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Clinton outscored her rival, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, nearly three-to-one.

Clinton’s big base that boosted her for the win was a solid wall of support from black voters. Nearly nine in ten black voters pulled the lever for Clinton on Saturday, according to exit polls.

As the result of Saturday’s win, Clinton has 542 delegates. Sanders has 83 delegates thus far. It takes 2,383 delegates to nail down the nomination.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump remains in the lead with 82 delegates thus far. Vying neck and neck for second place are Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) with 17 delegates and Sen. Marco Rubio, with 16.

“Tomorrow, this campaign goes national,” Clinton declared at her victory rally in Columbia, S.C.

Between March 1 and March 8, primaries will be held in more than a dozen states.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Cruz Cruises into First Place in New National Poll

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took over the front spot in the Republican presidential race, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

Cruz, a conservative Republican, shot ahead of the former frontrunner, businessman Donald Trump, in an NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll.

Ted Cruz         28%

Donald Trump 26%

Marco Rubio    17%

John Kasich     11%

Ben Carson     10%

Jeb Bush          4%

The poll was conducted between Feb. 14 and 16, with a sample of 400.

The next primary will be on Feb. 20, in South Carolina.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Here’s an Easy Way to Find Out if Your Congress Member is Actually Pro-Israel

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Last spring and summer, many pro-Israel Americans were shocked to find out that their own congressional representatives, despite claiming to be pro-Israel, pledged to support the Nuclear Iran Deal.

We know how that went – nearly all Democrats in Congress either readily agreed to abandon their commitment to global – and especially Israel’s – security, or succumbed to enormous pressure and ultimately caved, claiming the Nuclear Iran Deal, while not perfect, was worthy of their support.

Many members of Congress — unable to say with a straight face that the Iran deal was actually “good” — twisted themselves into pretzels trying to justify a position supporting the agreement. Given the high priority assigned to the Iran Deal by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry as emblematic of their political legacies, the pressure to fall in line on this vote must have been staggering.

But now there is another chance for elected federal officials to demonstrate their pro-Israel bona fides, one with much lower stakes for the administration, although that won’t stop it from lobbying against the proposed measure.

In this case it would be hard to understand how a legislator who claims to be pro-Israel could justify any position other than support for the bill introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), on Monday, Feb. 1. That is, unless one is comfortable with being cast as hostile to Israeli Jews and more favorably disposed to Palestinian Arabs.

PROPOSED BILL TO UNDO THE U.S. ANTI-ISRAEL LABELING LAW

The proposed measure, S.2474, was introduced to override this Administration’s latest stealth anti-Israel move: a promise to start strictly enforcing a nearly 20 year administrative agency regulation — never enforced until now, and with good reason — that bans the use of the word “Israel” to denote the source of origin for products produced in the disputed territories: Judea and Samaria (as those areas are called by those interested in  historical accuracy).

The areas are referred to, and the labeling permitted, as the “West Bank” and “Gaza” by those so hell-bent on enforcing a Two State Solution they are willing to overlook the fact that there is not as yet any state of Palestine, nor is the West Bank any more real a “country of origin” notation for the area in dispute than is Israel.

WHAT THE BILL WOULD DO

Cotton’s bill would amend the underlying statute to incorporate what the 1997 regulation allowed, that is, the designation for “West Bank” and “Gaza,” but it would also permit the designation of “Israel” for items produced in Jewish communities in those areas. What it accomplishes, is throwing out a regulation – something decided upon by administrative agencies, not elected officials – and instead incorporates the myriad regulations into comprehensive, and more balanced, legislation.

The bill was referred on Monday to the Senate Finance Committee.

BUT WHERE ARE THE CO-SPONSORS?

So far, only a pitifully small number of U.S. senators care enough about Israel to attach their names to this legislation which is merely an effort to prevent the U.S. from enforcing a boycott against Israeli goods, and every one who has stood up for Israel so far is a Republican.

As of Thursday, Feb. 4, three co-sponsors have joined on to the bill, in addition to Cotton, who is the original sponsor. Those three are Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

People have been claiming for some time that the Democratic party has abandoned Israel. So far, at least with respect to S.2474, that’s true, although it’s also true that not many Republicans have as yet signed on either.

Unless legislators hear from their constituents, they may think this issue is unimportant. Israel certainly does not think so. Neither should pro-Israel Americans.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

US Senators: ‘EU Plans to Label Israeli Products Mere Figleaf for Boycott’

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Sometime in the near future the EU is expected to publish guidelines on consumer labeling of all Israeli products produced over the so-called “Green Line,” the armistice line created when the war against the nascent Jewish State ended.

The EU considers all Jewish cities and towns over the pre-1967 lines to be illegal. As such, anything produced, grown or packaged in either eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria or the Golan Heights will be labeled so that consumers can more easily boycott those products.

The guidelines will be published by the office of Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief. No vote is required for this measure to be taken.

There is pushback to that labeling plan coming not only from Israel, but also from many members of the U.S. Senate.

Three dozen U.S. Senators sent a letter to Mogherini, decrying the decision of the European Union to place labels on all those products imported into the EU which are produced beyond the “Green Line.”

The bipartisan letter, co-sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), calls on the EU to refrain from this labeling effort which, they explained, is a mere cover for boycotting Israeli products.

“As allies, elected representatives of the American people, and strong supporters of Israel, we urge you not to implement this labeling policy, which appears intended to discourage Europeans from purchasing these products and promote a de-facto boycott of Israel, a key ally and the only true democracy in the Middle East,” the letter states.

“We believe strongly that these efforts are unwarranted, dangerous, and damaging to the prospects of a negotiated solution to [the Israeli-Palestinian] conflict.”

The full text of the letter and all the names of the 36 signers follows:

November 9, 2015

Ms. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice-President of the European Commission (HRVP) Delegation of the European Union to the United States Suite 800 2175 K Street NW Washington, DC 20037

Dear High Representative Mogherini,

We write to express our concern over reports that the European Union (EU) intends to move forward with new guidelines to label certain products made by Israeli companies imported into the EU. In April, more than half of the foreign ministers of EU member states sent a letter encouraging you to proceed with this policy, and members of the EU Parliament subsequently voted to endorse this initiative in September. As allies, elected representatives of the American people, and strong supporters of Israel, we urge you not to implement this labeling policy, which appears intended to discourage Europeans from purchasing these products and promote a de-facto boycott of Israel, a key ally and the only true democracy in the Middle East. We believe strongly that these efforts are unwarranted, dangerous, and damaging to the prospects of a negotiated solution to this conflict.

We are also deeply concerned that enacting this policy would lead to the broader boycott of Israel. For decades, it has been the policy of the United States to oppose economic boycotts by other countries against Israel. In the 1970s, the United States Congress enacted legislation making it illegal for a U.S. company to comply with the Arab League boycott of Israel. This year, Congress has passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation requiring the United States to discourage Europe from enacting any politically motivated policies that would boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel when negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Differentiating between products made by Israeli companies creates a troubling precedent that could eventually lead to the type of activities that the TPA provisions aim to address.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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