Former Government & State Officials

Posted on April 04, 2011 in Arab American Institute

The following Arab Americans are among those who have held elected or appointed office in selected categories

Former Government Officials Senior Administration Officials E. Spencer Abraham, U.S. Senator, Michigan (1994-2000) Mitchell E. Daniels, Director, Office of Management and Budget (2001-2004); Jr. Asst. to the President, Political and Intergovernmental Affairs (1985-1987) Judith Rainey Baroody, Director of Strategic Planning and External Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State George Doumani, Director of Technology Policy, Department of Energy, George Bush Administration Zead A. Haddad, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Energy (2001-2008)...

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Mitch Daniels Setting The Standard

Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog

With no leading Republican yet officially declared for president and only two exploration committees formed, the 2012 field remains wide open.  However, as one surveys the list of potential candidates, one sticks out for a very simple reason. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, in contrast to most if not all of his compatriots, has kept his rhetoric on an even keel. He hasn’t pandered to or sought out the political benefits of engaging in the hyper-partisan arena of campaign politics.Daniels has separated himself from the emerging GOP field by avoiding the traditional politics of pandering to the party’s base and has...

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Daniels:  “Substance over Ceremony”

Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Blog

Tea partiers are “choosing substance over ceremony, character over charisma, and Gov. Daniels fits the bill,” according to Dick Armey.

So says Maggie Haberman in today’s Politico. She quotes the former House Majority Leader as saying that Daniels, who will receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at our 2011 Gibran Awards Gala, has an “outstanding track record” on the practical issues that Tea Partiers care about most.

His appeal to the GOP leadership and tea partiers notwithstanding, Daniels has yet to officially announce whether he’ll throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 Republican Presidential...

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Know Your Florida Arab American Candidates: Robin Rukab & Tom Korge

Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Blog

Robin Rukab is not afraid to speak her mind. And she’s hoping that her confidence and plan for the city are exactly what the voters of Jacksonville want as they head to the polls on March 22nd.

Rukab has a long history with the city of Jacksonville. She was born in Jacksonville, and began her career with the city right out of high school, then later worked as Division Chief for Mayor Tommy Hazouri from 1987-1991. After that she started a new communications business. From there she begin working campaigns, lived overseas for a few years, and then returned to...

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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Steering Committee

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

Chair Jean R. AbiNader Moroccan American Center

Amjad Atallah New America Foundation

Maya Berry

Ahmed Chebbani American Arab Chamber of Commerce

George DeBakey Atomic Learning

William Farah, Esq. Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, LLP

Hani K. Findakly Potomac Capital

Randa Fahmy Hudome Fahmy Hudome International, LLC

Michele Forzley Forzley & Associates

George N. Jalinos The Galen Group

Dr. Raymond Jallow U.S. Omen Trust

Dr. Al Johary Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs

Roxana Chahin Jordan Jordan Development Group

Reema Jweied-Guegel U.S. Jordan Business Council

Victoria Linden Midwest Federation of Syrian and Lebanese-American Clubs

Martha Toma Morrison World Affairs Council

Steve...

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Patriot Act Extended

Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Blog

After last week’s stunning House vote rejecting the extension of key Patriot Act provisions, this week both the House and Senate passed extensions of those provisions. Those provisions include the “roving wiretap” provision, the “libraries provision,” and the “lone wolf” provision. The House sent the bill introduced by James Sensebrenner (R-WI) to the Senate by a vote of 275 to 144, granting a nine month extension to those provisions. 27 Republicans voted against the extension, including Arab American freshmen members of Congress, Justin Amash (R-MI) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). Congressman Amash released a statement following the vote stating...

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Gov. Daniels: A Voice of Reason at CPAC

Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Blog

Governor Mitch Daniels (R- Indiana) gave a compelling address to the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this past Saturday. Attended by 10,000 or so prominent Republicans and by several viable presidential hopefuls, the CPAC gathering is often viewed as an opportunity to establish a profile of a possible candidacy. Branding himself as a pragmatic politician with an impressive fiscal track record, Daniels laid the ground work for what he hopes to be an effective GOP platform for the 49 other states to follow in the electoral college of 2012. Daniels cited the economic...

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Gov. Daniels: A Voice of Reason at CPAC

Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Blog

Governor Mitch Daniels (R- Indiana) gave a compelling address to the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this past Saturday. Attended by 10,000 or so prominent Republicans and by several viable presidential hopefuls, the CPAC gathering is often viewed as an opportunity to establish a profile of a possible candidacy. Branding himself as a pragmatic politician with an impressive fiscal track record, Daniels laid the ground work for what he hopes to be an effective GOP platform for the 49 other states to follow in the electoral college of 2012. Daniels cited the economic...

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Arab Americans on the Ballot 2012

Posted on February 10, 2011 in Arab American Institute

ARIZONA

• State Representative Matt Heinz (D) for US Representative (AZ-2)www.heinzforcongress.comAug 28 primary result: Lost

• State Senator Michele Reagan (R) for reelection (23rd District)http://votereagan.comNov. 6 Election Result: Won (unopposed)

  CALIFORNIA

• US Representative Darrell Issa (R) for reelection (49th District)www.issaforcongress.comNov. 6 Election Result: Won

• Khalid Jeffrey Jafri (R) for California State Assembly (13th District) www.jeffreyjafri.com Nov. 6 Election: Lost

• Johnny Khamis for San Jose City Councilhttp://johnnykhamis.orgNov. 6 Election Result: Won

• Ferial Masry (D) for California State Assembly (37th District)

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Patriot Act Rejection

Posted by on February 09, 2011 in Blog

Tuesday evening, the House voted against extending key Patriot Act measures. Those measures were the authorization for the FBI to continue using roving wiretaps on targets of surveillance; the “libraries provision” authorizing the government use “any tangible item” in surveillance; and the “lone wolf” provision, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act measure that permits surveillance of those who are not connected to an identified terrorist group. In the breakdown of the vote, surprisingly 26 Republicans and 122 Democrats voted against extending the above-mentioned measures.  Freshman Congressman and Arab-American, Justin Amash (R-MI) was one of the 26 Republicans who voted...

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