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November, 2015

Political Action

A struggle between two views of civilization

Western civilization fought a struggle with the Islamic civilization on and off for 400 years from the 10th to the 14th centuries. During that time the main issue was over the control of the Middle East holy lands during the Crusades. Comment.
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Looking ahead to a lively presidential contest

It looks like Hillary Clinton will be the nominee of the Democratic Party for president. She has important advantages over other prospective candidates, including having served as U.S. senator from New York for eight years and as secretary of state for four years, in addition to having been first lady during Bill Clinton’s administration. Comments (2).
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Setting out a vision for New York City’s future

The Queens Village Republican Club recently had its annual Columbus Day dinner. Among the guest speakers was Joseph Concannon, a retired NYPD police captain who is running in a special election in the 23rd City Council district. He is on the ballot as the Republican, Conservative, and Reform Party candidate and facing the Democratic contender, Barry Grodenchik. Comment.

September, 2015

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For 2016 campaign, outsiders are the in thing

When we consider the three leading candidates in the Democratic presidential primary, including Vice President Joseph Biden, both Bernie Sanders and Biden are in their early 70s. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in her late 60s—as is the leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump. Comments (2).
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The often bumpy road from vice president to the presidency

It looks like Vice President Joseph Biden may be entering the Democratic presidential primary in 2016. Since the closing days of World War II, there have been 14 vice presidents, all of them elected vice president except for Gerald Ford who was appointed vice president and became president when Richard Nixon resigned. Comments (1).

August, 2015

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Why a renegade Republican is Trumping his rivals

When Donald Trump first announced that he was entering the Republican primaries to run for president, a significant number of voters seemed to feel that he was too controversial to run. However, as the polls show, he has gathered a wide range of support. Comment.

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Getting a handle on the ever-expanding election process

American presidential campaigns have usually been long in duration. However, in recent years these campaigns have gone on for at least two years when the primaries and general elections are included. Comment.
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A Supreme Court legacy

It has been indicated many times in the past that the United States government is comprised of three co-equal branches of government, serving as a check and balance on each other. Comment.

July, 2015

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Catsimatidis Honored at County Dinner

The newly created Queens County Republican Organization, led by new chairman, former Congressman Robert Turner, held its first county fund-raising dinner. Comment.

June, 2015

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The Conservative Party has a role to play in 2016

Mike Long has been Conservative Party state chairman for 27 years, guiding the party during that time. Comment.

May, 2015

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The American Military and royal titles

In my last column I referred to Article I, Section 9 of our Constitution which in part states: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” Comment.
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Giuliani, Bloomberg and British royal titles

The United States Constitution stands as a legacy over the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is, and has been, highly respected by both our major political parties. Comment.

April, 2015

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Queens GOPers honor Lincoln with style

The Queens Village Republican Club had one of its most successful fund-raising events March 22 when more than 250 guests attended the annual Lincoln Dinner, which this year marked the group’s 140th anniversary. Comments (2).
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Several women have attempted to reach the White House

Hillary Clinton may well be the nominee of the Democratic Party for the U.S. presidency if she can weather the controversy involving the e-mails she sent out when she was secretary of state. Comments (1).

March, 2015

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Catsimatidis’ reach extends to two talk radio shows

John Catsimatidis’ Sunday morning radio show has now expanded into two programs on AM dial 970. The segment from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. generally includes local, city and state political developments. From 9 a.m. to10 a.m. national and international issues will be stressed. In only a short time the listening audience’s request for a larger program has come to fruition. Catsimatidis’ political trail has grown as he has had numerous guests on his program from both major political parties and also from conservative and liberal backgrounds. Comment.
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This year’s winter snowstorms with ice and high winds have cut down political meetings and social evenings in Queens, in addition to the rest of New York City. Fortunately, this is not a very active political year and the political cycle will not be as seriously threatened as it would be during 2016. Comment.

February, 2015

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Term limits bring other issues into the government

The concept of term limits has made progress in New York from the standpoint that the New York mayor and City Council presently are term limited to two, four-year terms, although former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was able to work the system to his advantage and serve three, four-year terms. Comments (2).
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Fixing schools will require more than teacher evaluations

In Gov. Cuomo’s recent State of the State address, he emphasized education and called for additional teacher evaluation ratings as a means of increasing teacher accountability. Comments (2).

January, 2015

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Regaining respect for teachers and police

In past years, school teachers and police officers were the lynch pins that held society together. Today, that is no longer the case to the extent that it was during the early and middle part of the 20th century. Comments (2).
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End the war on police in New York City

It was during the period after Sept. 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked, that our New York City police and fire departments obtained the overwhelming gratitude of the citizens of our city. Comments (3).
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