2014 Congressional Election Highlights Jul 29

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2014 Congressional Election Highlights Jul 29

Two candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination to represent the 1st Congressional District in the Aug. 12 primary. The winner will face the winner of the Republican primary in the Nov. 4 general election.
Amardeep “Amar” Singh Kaleka

Age: 36
Address: 6595 S. 46th St., Franklin
Family: Dilpreet (wife), Sahib (son, age 3) and Aaris (son, age 1 month).
Job: President and Director at Neverending Light Productions. Executive of Rainmakr, Portraitivity and Octav8.
Political experience: None
Other public service: Bay View High School president, executive director of Serve2Unite, expert panel member of National Compassion Fund, U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, spokesperson for Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Demand-A-Plan Campaign
Education: Marquette University, BA — arts and sciences, philosophy; Savannah College of Art and Design, MFA — Film & Television Studies (2009)
Website: www.VoteKaleka.org
Rob Zerban

Age: 46
Address: 5406 2nd Ave., Apt 3B, Kenosha
Family: Cornelia Zerban, wife
Job: Former small business owner
Political experience: Kenosha County Board supervisor
Other public service: Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, board member; Wisconsin Business Alliance, board member
Education: Culinary Institute of America, A…

Edward Snowden and others have exposed us to the breadth of unsupervised spying on American citizens who have committed no crimes.
I have a question: What is to prevent an NSA subcontractor from reviewing e-Mail, land-line and wireless communications and passing that information to partisan campaigns? I will discuss two hypothetical examples below.
Congressional staffers are be present during many closed-door meetings in preparation for Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Terrorism, HUMINT, Analysis and Counterintelligence, etc. hearings. Many staffers have developed close working relationships with not only officials of the departments and agencies their boss oversees but many subcontractors who perform the bulk of the electronic data collection and review. Many Congressional staffers are very partisan.  
While I believe the overwhelming number of congressional staffers uphold the highest ethical standards that cannot be said of all Congressional staffers…

New Jersey voters will fill seats in the United States House of Representatives in all twelve legislative districts in November, plus one Senate seat. This column will attempt to provide at least a snapshot of each of the twenty-six major party candidates in these races. Any reader who would like to see coverage of any third-party candidate in any of these races should please contact the author with at least the identity of the candidate and the race in which he is running.
This article covers the major candidates in the 12th legislative district; the series will count down from there to the first, and then cover the senate race. Whether this sequence has been chosen because the author lives in the second legislative district and wants to delay coverage of that until more campaigning has produced better information, or because having lived with the problems of always being at the end of alphabetical lists wanting to invert the list in this case, the reader might guess.
The entire series will be indexed here as articles are added…

Three candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District in the Aug. 12 primary. The winner will take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, in the general election Nov. 4.
Tony Kurtz
Age: 47
Address: 32722 Old Country Lane, Prairie du Chien
Family: Married to Kim; daughter, Kaylin, 16; son, Nick, 14
Job: Army aviator, farmer, small-business owner
Political experience: None
Other public service: Veteran of both Iraq wars, lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America
Education: Bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1989; master’s degree in international relations from Troy State University, 1997
Website or email address:
KurtzforCongress.org; tk4wis@gmail.com
Karen Mueller
Age: 59
Address: 18261 57th Ave., Chippewa Falls
Family: Married to Dean for nearly 40 years
Job: Lawyer focused on civil rights and employment law
Political experience: None
Other public service: Served seven years as a volunteer board member for a nonprofit serving disabled adults
Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance (accounting minor) from Moorhead (Minn…

In a new video recorded for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, first lady Michelle Obama says Democrats need to take this year’s midterms more seriously than they did either of her husband’s presidential elections.
The video, her first effort on behalf of Democrats beyond a few scattered fundraisers so far, launches the DCCC’s 1millionvotesfor2014.com website, timed to coincide with the 100-day countdown until the elections.

“When it comes to the midterm elections this November, we need you to be as passionate and as hungry as you were in 2008 and 2012 — in fact, you need to be even more passionate and more hungry to get Democrats elected to Congress, because these elections will be even harder and even closer than those presidential elections,” she says in the video, sent to donors Sunday morning in a fundraising email with her name on it that repeated the “commit to vote” theme throughout.

The first lady lists equal pay, immigration, an increase in the minimum wage and reproductive rights as the issues that need to get Democrats motivated…

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