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Hal Stomach-Turner: New Jersey’s Homegrown Hatemonger

You can’t have a carnival without a geek, so it’s no surprise that yesterday’s immigration reform rally in Liberty State Park was visited by one of New Jersey’s most vicious and pathetic hatemongers, Hal Turner.

“Visited” isn’t the right word: Turner hired a small plane to circle the park, towing a banner that read: NO AMNESTY — BEANERS GO HOME, with his Web address at the end. “Beaner” being his word for Latinos, I guess. Considering the slurs he routinely launches against blacks, Jews and gays on his shortwave radio show, “beaner” is comparatively mild.

Turner spends his time ranting about “savage Negro beasts,” “bull dykes” and “faggots” from his perch on WBCQ, a shortwave radio network based in Maine. As these profiles from David Neiwert and the Southern Poverty Law Center show, Turner first slithered into view as a supporter of radio bigot Bob Grant, organizing rallies on Grant’s behalf when the old creep was bounced off WABC in 1994 for using racial slurs on the air. Sean Hannity, who succeeded Grant on WABC, made Turner a fixture on his program, always ready to open up the phone lines for “Hal from North Bergen” and giving him air time for such witticisms as “If it weren’t for the white man, blacks would still be swinging from tree” and “the problem with police brutality is that police don’t use it often enough.”

(I’d like to know what company accepted money from Turner to display that banner. I’d love for some enterprising reporter to track him down and ask him why he let his plane be used to display a racist epithet. Maybe if there’s ever an outdoor ceremony honoring Holocaust survivors, this joker could fly around it with a swastika banner trailing behind.)

Si, se puede/pueda?

I was trying to remember who else got it wrong when they tried to use the expression, Si, se puede, and digging through the archives (thanks, Juan, for providing them) I found it was Forrester, or his campaign, mistranslating Si, se puede, as Yes, I can.

Today, as I heard it on NJN, Holt was out at Liberty State Park with all his heart, saying, Si, se pueda.  Which I don’t think translates, but if it does, it means, Yes, we MIGHT be able to, which I don’t think gets it all that wrong when it comes to the Dems these days.

Bergen Grassroots Launches Bergen County’s First Antiwar Billboard Campaign


Photo by Keith Krebs

Written by Paul Eisenman

  Bergen Grassroots has posted what we believe is the first antiwar billboard sentiment in our home county, Bergen.

  We have launched this advertising campaign to underscore our commitment to continuing to pressure the Bush administration, as well as our Congressional representatives in the 5th and 9th Districts, to bring the troops home from Iraq NOW.

  With funds raised from Bergen Grassroots members, we have rented a total of four billboards over the next three months. We are profoundly grateful to all who made this first stage possible.


Meet the Candidates

This is the most recent listing of candidates that have filed petitions for federal office. The first candidate listed in each category is the incumbent. The number after their names indicates the number of petition signatures submitted, and I also included the slogans of some of the candidates running without the party endorsement.

US Senate:
    Bob Menendez (D) 8029
    James D. Kelly Jr (D) 1300
    Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R) 4202
    John P. Ginty (R) 1742

House Districts
1:  Rob Andrews (D)

2:  Frank LoBiondo (R) 804
    Viola Thomas-Hughes (D) 298
    Henry David Marcus (D) 207 "Change the Course!"

3:  Jim Saxton (R) 949
    Richard Sexton (D) 293

4:  Chris Smith (R) 675
    Gary Schiavone (D) 310

5:  Scott Garrett (R) 513
    Michael Cino (R) 300
    Paul Aronsohn (D) 495
    Camille M. Abate (D) 427 "A New Spine For Congress"

6:  Frank Pallone Jr (D) 310
    Leigh-Ann Bellew (R) 278

7:  Mike Ferguson (R) 896
    Linda Stender (D) 532

8:  Bill Pascrell (D) 4301
    Jose Sandivol (R) 407

9:  Steve Rothman (D) 1020
    Vincent Micco (R) 321

10: Donald Payne (D) 1244
    Deshon Porter (D) 211

11: Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) 699
    Tom Wyka (D) 332

12: Rush Holt (D) 1216
    Joseph Sinagra (R) 225

13: Special election for unexpired term
    Albio Sires (D) 530
    James Geron (D) 268

13: For full term
    Albio Sires (D) 3229
    Joseph Vas (D) 594
    John Guarini (R) 255

Pat Buchanan in New Jersey on Wed (4/12)

The TCNJ ACLU Student Organization is organizing a protest to Pat Buchanan’s visit this week

Sponsored by the College Republicans, Pat Buchanan will be speaking on Wednesday, April 12 at 730 PM in Kendall Hall.  Tickets are FREE, but should be obtained ahead of time at the TCNJ box office.

In an effort to demonstrate to Pat Buchanan and the campus community that his bigoted views do not represent the majority of our campus, we are working on a few initiatives:

Tuesday, April 11 in the SSB Atrium, there will be a info meeting on Buchanan where we will make a leaflet regarding his offensive views and prepare for his appearance.

Wednesday, April 12, 30-45 minutes before the start of the event, volunteers should come out to demonstrate against Buchanan.

During the event, we’re asking that anyone disagreeing with Buchanan’s views wear a BLACK SHIRT.  If successful, we’ll make a strong visual statement that a majority of TCNJ students, even if they listen to him speak, do not agree with his platform.  Subsequently, feel free to ask tough questions if he has a Q and A.  He should be capable of making a fool out of himself.

Every NJ Congressional District Will Be Challenged

Update 3 (A big one, so I’m posting it up top): There WILL be two Democratic challengers to Frank LoBiondo in NJ-2. Fairfield Township councilwoman Viola Thomas-Hughes and Henry David Marcus will compete in the primary. This now means that every Republican House member in New Jersey will face a challenger in November.

According to the Division of Elections, Gary Schiavone has filed to challenge Chris Smith in the 4th Congressional district. With about two hours left until the filing deadline, no Democrat has filed in the 2nd yet to challenge LoBiondo.

The GOP has failed to file challenges to Rob Andrews (NJ-1) and Donald Payne (NJ-10).

Update 1: Donald Payne (NJ-10) will have a challenger in the primary, and Michael Cino has just filed to challenge Garrett in the primary. Assemblywoman Oadline Truitt (D) from the 28th legislative district will face a primary challenge.

Update 2: (via politicsnj)

Joe Vas filed petitions to run for the full 2-year term in the 13th district, but not for the Special Election.

John Ginty filed petitions to seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate today.  Ginty filed with 1,742 signatures.

James Kelly, a resident of a group home for the mentally disabled , filed as a U.S. Senate candidate in the primary against Bob Menendez.

4/10/06 News Roundup

  • 4:00 pm today is the deadline for filing petitions for County Committee. The County Committees are the backbone for the parties when it comes to Get Out The Vote organizing, nominating candidates to run on the county’s party line, and helping decide party platforms.
  • Jose Delgado, a Democrat running for Camden County sheriff, is starting a revolution by only accepting one dollar from each of the donors to his campaign.
  • State senators begin dissecting the budget today. State law requires a balanced budget by July 1st.
  • NJ’s smokers get hit again with online cigarette merchants releasing their names to the State Division of Taxation. This is in an attempt to collect on the $2.40 a pack cigarette tax New Jersey has, and maybe generate a bit more revenue for the state.
  • An Open Letter to Paul Aronsohn


    Sunday, April 9, 2006

    Dear Paul,

    As my Democratic opponent in the 5th Congressional District primary, June 6th, you complain that my staff and I are making personal attacks on you.

    I am writing to clear this up.

    I define “personal attack” as an attack that is irrelevant to the issues at hand, and that contains meanspirited, exaggerated, untrue or unfair comments meant to poison the minds of listeners and prejudice them against you. I do not engage in, nor do I authorize, such attacks. My sole concern, in this primary race, is that the voters in the 5th Congressional District understand the substantial and important differences between you and me.

    Ledger: Ferguson “Still Singing To DeLay’s Songbook”

    It looks like the media is figuring out who Mike Ferguson is and what kind of representative he’s been in Congress.  Two articles in the Sunday papers paint him as more beholden to Tom DeLay and the Republican leadership in Congress than to his constituents.

    In the Star Ledger’s Auditor column, they note that he has been a reliable vote to protect Tom DeLay and against tough ethics rules:

    Ferguson is usually loyal to the GOP leadership. He was among those who voted to change the House ethics rules to allow DeLay to keep his post as majority leader even after he was indicted on corruption charges.

    This week, Ferguson was still singing from the DeLay songbook on that vote.

    “It’s wrong to allow a district attorney, through a politically motivated indictment, to change the leadership of the House,” he said in an interview.

    The New York Times, in an article entitled “A Vulnerable Republican,” also notes that Ferguson is unwilling to cast off his connections to Tom DeLay:

    Democrats have even sought to tie him to the financial scandals on Capital Hill, saying that Mr. Ferguson received more than $54,000 from Mr. DeLay and his political action committees — a claim the Ferguson camp does not deny. ”Each of those contributions were lawful and appropriate,” said Chris Jones, Mr. Ferguson’s chief of staff.

    Of course, regular readers of Dump Mike know that Ferguson has received almost $250,000 from DeLay, Inc. including indicted and convicted current and former staffers.

    New Research & Theory ‘Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling’

    David Broder of the Wash Post reviews a book that will be out in June, called Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling, Women and Congressional Elections, which has some interesting theories about why women don’t have more seats in Congress and how to gain equal representation.

    Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, 67 are women — far more than were there five decades ago but obviously far fewer than their proportion in the population. In their new book, “Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling: Women and Congressional Elections,” two political scientists come up with some genuinely surprising explanations — and a radical idea for accelerating a change.

    Barbara Palmer of American University and Dennis Simon of Southern Methodist University have looked at every race with a female candidate from 1956 through 2004, searching for the characteristics of the places where women won — and why.

    One finding was predictable. The single biggest barrier to success was simply the fact that most incumbents are men — and almost all incumbents win. The success rate of women running against incumbents is minuscule. In 10,866 House elections during this period, they found only 13 female Democrats and eight Republican women who defeated incumbents.

    But beyond that, it turns out that there are specific characteristics for districts that are friendly or hostile to female candidates — at least as far as white women are concerned. The scholars could find no significant differences in terms of geography or social characteristics between those districts that elected African American men and African American women. Almost without exception, they were heavily Democratic, urban and working class.

    But the picture is very different for white women running for Congress. “Female Democratic House members tend to win election in districts that are more liberal, more urban, more diverse, more educated and much wealthier than those won by male Democratic members of the House,” they write. “They come from much more compact, ‘tonier,’ upscale districts than their male counterparts.”

    The map they showed me … depicts the clustering of those districts in California, the Northeast corridor and urban areas from Cleveland and Detroit through Chicago, St. Louis and Denver to Portland and Seattle.

    Their ranking system which is explained in the text below, yields the following ranking for NJ’s districts.  Their website ranks every congressional district in the country.

    The higher the score, the more friendly the district is to women of that party.

      Democratic Score
    NJ-1  5 
    NJ-2  2 
    NJ-3  5 
    NJ-4  3 
    NJ-5  4 
    NJ-6  6 
    NJ-7  4 
    NJ-8  8 
    NJ-9  7 
    NJ-10  7
    NJ-11  4
    NJ-12  5 
    NJ 13  7

    Republican Score
    NJ-1  5
    NJ-2  6
    NJ-3  8
    NJ-4  7
    NJ-5  9
    NJ-6  9
    NJ-7  9
    NJ-8  9
    NJ-9  9
    NJ-10  6
    NJ-11  8
    NJ-12  8
    NJ 13  6