Stand up for Nick!

Posted by on October 05, 2010 in Blog

Congressman Nick Rahall, an Arab American Democrat, has served West Virginia's 3rd District with distinction for 34 years. As Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Nick has been fighting for jobs, mine safety, energy independence, ending war in the Middle East and caring for Americans veterans.

It should not be surprising that in a nasty election year, he is under attack. What is disturbing, however, is that the line of attack has focused on Nick's national leadership role in the Arab American community.

Listen to this ad (video below) being run on West Virginia television by the West Virginia...

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A Conversation with Secretary Ray LaHood

Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Blog

In Currents this week, New Yorker correspondent Ray Lizza interviews Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. A proud Arab American, longtime friend of AAI, and winner of the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, LaHood retired from his seat in Congress (R-IL) in 2008.  A well respected voice in Washington, he was confirmed as the Obama Administration's Secretary of Transportation in 2009. His commitment to public service and bi-partisanship are legendary and admirable. Take a moment to hear Secretary LaHood's thoughts on the stimulus package, infrastructure development, and the US economy.

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Arab American Vote Courted in Texas

Posted by on September 21, 2010 in Blog

A local television station did a report highlighting the state's gubernatorial candidates reaching out to Arab American voters. Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry is running for reelection to a third term, and his Democratic challenger is Bill White, the former Mayor of Houston. Both candidates appeared before 615 community members at the Arab American Voters Candidate Night last night in Houston, TX.

Arab Americans are hosting Candidate Nights all over the country - Virginia Arab Americans will hear from their candidates on October 10th, with Chicago hosting local candidates on October 14th.  Groups in Los Angeles will soon...

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The Results Are In

Posted by on September 15, 2010 in Blog

Read on for AAI’s summary of Arab American candidates and their primary election results in New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland. For more election results, check out Washington Post’s Winners and Losers of the September 14th primary or listen to the Diane Rehm Show to hear Donna Brazile, David Keene, and Amy Walter discuss the primary results and what it means. New Hampshire

John Stephen won the GOP nomination for governor, beating out 3 other candidates with 62% of the vote.  Rich Ashooh (R) came in a very close second for...

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Losing Iowa

Posted by on September 10, 2010 in News Clips

Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.

There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

And yet, contrary to the coastal...

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Vincent Sheheen: Moving South Carolina Forward

Posted by on September 02, 2010 in Blog

Vincent Sheheen is your friendly neighborhood state legislator, a conservationist, an avid outdoorsman, and a family man – and he just might be South Carolina’s next governor.  On June 8th of this year, State Senator Vincent Sheheen became the official Democratic candidate for Governor of South Carolina.  He intends for November 2nd to be the day he officially takes on that role.  The Sheheen family has a long history in South Carolina.  Vincent’s great grandfather came to the U.S. from Lebanon, arriving in Virginia and walking down to Camden, where he ended up settling down and opening...

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Today is Primary day in Arizona, Florida, Alaska, and Vermont

Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Blog

Elections today in four states. If you live in Arizona, Florida, Alaska or Vermont, make sure you visit your local polling place today. For more information on how and where to vote, click here.  We also have some Arab Americans on the ballot in Arizona -- five candidates in total, including Matt Heinz who we recently featured! Check back for updates on how their races went.  

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“Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum”

Posted on August 17, 2010 in Campaign Statements

[discussing Park 51] "Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington."


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Frontline Democracy: Colorado State Representative Joe Rice

Posted by on August 06, 2010 in Blog

The epithet “dedication to public service” is often overused by politicians to the point of cliché. Yet a recent conversation with District 38 Colorado State Representative Joe Rice (D) presented a rare and inspiring image of a public servant dedicated to his country and constituents.  At the age of 17, Rice signed up with the US Army Reserves and has since served on active duty in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. In public office, Rice first served as a Councilman, then Mayor of Glendale, Colorado, and finally as a State Representative since 2006.

In discussing his heritage, Rice explained...

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More on Sestak-Toomey Race

Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Blog

On July 13, we updated you on the new campaign launched by the Emergency Committee for Israel targeting Democratic candidates deemed not pro-Israeli enough. Their first target was Pennsylvania Senate candidate, Representative Joe Sestak and they began airing attack ads against him in local media markets. The Sestak campaign went directly to Comcast to try to prevent the ad from airing and made an interesting claim in the process. Also Coming to Sestak's defense was J Street who developed their own 30-second spot. It may only be July but it sure feels a lot like November.

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