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Editors Note June 8

DHIRENHello Readers,


People have hailed the legacy of Donald Payne, Sr. and they have appreciated the work he has done. With the hope of keeping it going, they have voted overwhelmingly for Donald Payne, Jr. to fill the remainder of his father’s term and the coming full term. Being in an overwhelmingly Democratic region, Donald Payne, Jr. will not have any problem getting elected in the upcoming November election.

Donald Payne, Sr.’s name and support from Joseph DiVincenzo and the Democratic Party was powerful in the outcome of the election. Now the same might impact in the next election to fill in the remaining term of Donald Payne, Jr. in Newark. Who will be the next council president, and who will replace Payne, as he is heading to Washington D.C. The support from the Democratic Party in Newark, East Orange and Essex County has decided the stronghold of the Democratic Machine, including Stephen Adubato, Sr., behind the scenes as political king of the Essex County.

Before Donald Payne, Jr. goes to Washington D.C., we have to list our demands for him to fulfill our necessary requirement to uplift the quality of life for the local communities. Now the question arises whether the country is going in the right direction or not. Will the new congressman bring more money towards the real programs that help the constituents, and not some political lobbyist?


Editor's Note June 1

DHIRENHello Readers,

The local election on June 5th is drawing the attention of the nation. After the death of Donald Payne, Sr. there was a gap in the leadership. The election will decide in whose hand they want to divert the leadership. Is it Donald Payne, Jr.? He has a great advantage over others that he has the same name as his father. He has not removed the suffix Jr. from his name, he has contacts in Washington and he has a likeable personality. A quiet person, but not aggressive enough to impress people. Ronald C. Rice has the same thing in terms of respected father in the political community, but he is aggressive and easily accessible. Nia Gill has a personality and knowledge, but she has not been seen at the local events the majority of the times. Wayne Smith is good with the people, but does not have a name in the entire 10th District. Dennis Flynn is young and very energetic, but does not have the name and support that a candidate needs. I don’t have any knowledge about Catherine Wright, but I can say that she has the same problem as Dennis Flynn.


Editor's Note 5/25

What nice and beautiful weather lately. In this beautiful weather, we all are looking forward to the Memorial Day weekend to enjoy a few moments of our life. We all are working hard and we all deserve the best. Still, we must remember those who sacrificed for the country.

In 2010, Donald M. Payne, Sr. won re-election by landslide. He received over 85% of the vote compared to his republican opponent, who received just over 12% of the vote. The June 5th election will be crucial for the congressional seat vacated after the death of our beloved Donald M. Payne, Sr. This election will decide which direction the voters want in terms of the politicians’ decisions. Donald M. Payne, Jr,  Ronald C. Rice, Wayne Smith and Dennis Flynn are trying to fill the vacated seat in the coming November 1st week election.


Editor's Note 5/21

DHIRENHello Readers,

 Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards is fighting in court after being accused of breaking campaign finance laws. It is alleged that he used $1 million from his two wealthy supporters to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter. The affair forced him to resign from the Presidential race and confess publicly. Edwards pleaded not guilty. He has said he made mistakes but broke no laws. If convicted on the six counts against him, Edwards could face up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines. Edwards eventually admitted that he fathered a daughter with Hunter, after initially denying paternity. What a tragedy for someone who was once a heartthrob and a contender for the Presidency.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “Romney noted that Obama was a harsh critic of Bush’s spending policies during the 2008 campaign, calling his record on debt ‘irresponsible.’ But without delving into the complexities of the economic collapse that Obama faced after taking office, he charged that the president did not fulfill a promise to cut the debt in half: ‘Instead he doubled it, alright, he doubled it,’ the former Massachusetts Governor said.”  According to some polls Obama is leading, but there are some polls showing that Romney is leading. Polls with Obama leading are: IBD/CSM/TIPP: Conducted 4/27 to 5/1 with a three point spread, Reuters/Ipsos: Conducted 4/27 to 5/4 with a seven point spread, Associated Press: Conducted 5/3 to 5/7 with an eight point spread, Gallup: Conducted 5/8 to 5/14 with a one point spread. Polls with Romney leading are; Politico: Conducted 4/29 to 5/3 with a one point spread, Washington Times: Conducted 5/11 to 5/12 with a one point spread, CBS News/New York times: Conducted 5/11 to 5/13 with a three point spread, Rasmussen Tracking: Conducted 5/11 to 5/14 with a two point spread. It is too early to tell that who is leading the race. It will shape up a little more after the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.


Editor's Note 5/14

Hello Readers,


The Orange election saw an upset for incumbent Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., and brings a new face, Dwayne Warren. The unions supported Warren, as well as the well liked former Orange Mayor Mims Hackett, Jr. Also, the citizens of Orange voted out two of the incumbents, Councilman Hassan Abdul-Rasheed and Councilman Rayfield Morton, but re-elected incumbents Councilwoman Donna Williams and Councilman Elroy Corbitt. The citizens have given their judgment, and it should be accepted by all parties. Now, everyone should get back to work for the betterment of Orange.

In Irvington, the West Ward seat usually was not highly contested due to the strong representation by Councilman John Sowell. Now, for the first time, a Haitian woman - Charnette Orelien - has been elected to the seat after John Sowell declared he would not run again for council. Also, the North Ward election is too close to call. Incumbent David Lyons has a 7 vote lead over Richard Williams (329-322) and provisional votes may still impact the result.

The Essex County voter turnout on Election Day is 20.72%, while Montclair showed a huge improvement with around 50%. Every registered voter should go to the polls and cast their precious vote to the candidate(s) of their choice.


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