Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder Rumored to be Switching Parties

Obama’s personal war on Israel may have had even worse consequences for New York Democrats. New York City Council Member Simcha FelderImage of Simcha Felder by gothamschools via Flickr

The possibility, reported Monday in the Daily News, that Deputy City Comptroller Simcha Felder could leave the Democratic Party to run for a new Brooklyn congressional district on the Republican line has been met so far with little more than silence.
Felder reportedly refused to comment on reports that at a meeting with Republican leaders, he said he’d be willing to run on the GOP line if a district that would unite the heavily Orthodox Jewish areas of Midwood and Borough Park is created. Currently, these areas are split among several congressional districts.

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Southern State Shows White Male Democrat is About as Viable as Smallpox at This Time

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I would also add white MARRIED women to this vanishing group of Democrats. Anyway, here’s what they have to say:

Roger Jones, Tommy Ragland and Mark Craig, Billy Bell and Jim Smith are all white male Democrats holding local elected offices – a categorization that now puts them on the endangered species list.
Men like them once ruled the Earth – or at least politics in Alabama and Madison County – but the atmosphere and the electorate have changed.
A local Democratic Party leader and three elected Democrats have their own ideas about why their numbers are dwindling. Tagging local Democrats with labels associated with the national Democratic Party’s position on issues is chief among the reasons cited.

North Dakota Senate: Heitkamp Leads Berg by 5

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Democrat Heidi Heitkamp reportedly leads Republican Rep. Rick Berg in the first poll of North Dakota’s contested 2012 Senate race.

But that’s not surprising, say Republicans and political observers, because the poll was commissioned by a partisan group motivated to see Heitkamp elected.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a poll last week that found Heitkamp edging out Berg 47 percent to 42 percent.


Democrats Lack Enthusiasm for Voting

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PRINCETON, NJ — In thinking about the 2012 presidential election, 45% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, while nearly as many, 44%, are less enthusiastic. This is in sharp contrast to 2008 and, to a lesser extent, 2004, when the great majority of Democrats expressed heightened enthusiasm about voting.

Washington Governor: McKenna 44, Inslee 38

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McKenna enjoys lead over Inslee:  A new KING 5 poll gives Republican Rob McKenna the edge over Democrat Jay Inslee in the race for governor in 2012.  Among 532 registered voters statewide, 44% tell SurveyUSA they’d vote for McKenna if the election were held today, while 38% say Inslee.
McKenna’s early lead can be attributed in part to his strength in the Puget Sound area.  In King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, he’s even with Inslee at 41% each, which is significant for a Republican candidate.  As expected, McKenna picks up votes in more conservative eastern Washington with a 59%-25% advantage.  But the large population in the Metro Seattle area is key.
The poll has a margin of +/- 4.3% and includes both landline and cell phone users. Later today, we’ll have results of our polling on the state Attorney General’s race.