The following Limits will apply to New York Campaign Contributions until such time as the State Board of Elections Adjusts the Limits to Reflect Changes in the Consumer Price Index: Previous Limit Current Limit Office/Election $7,000.00 $7,500.00 State ...


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NY Campaign Donation Limits Update

The following Limits will apply to New York Campaign Contributions until such time as the State Board of Elections Adjusts the Limits to Reflect Changes in the Consumer Price Index:

Previous Limit Current Limit Office/Election
$7,000.00 $7,500.00 State Senate Primary/Statewide Primary Minimum/NYC Citywide Primary Minimum
$21,100.00 $22,600.00 Statewide Primary Maximum/NYC Citywide Primary Maximum
$44,000.00 $47,100.00 Statewide General/NYC Citywide General
$11,000.00 $11,800.00 State Senate General
$4,400.00 $4,700.00 State Assembly Primary/State Assembly General
$109,600.00 $117,300.00 Party Committees

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


Trump Orders All Agencies to Cut Scientific Advisory Boards by at Least One Third

On Friday Evening, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing All Federal Agencies to Evaluate and Reduce Scientific Advisory Committees by at least a Third.

This Order comes after some Agencies, including the EPA and Interior Department, have already Completely Eliminated some Advisory Boards and Replaced others with Groups of Industry Lobbyists.

Under Trump, Agencies have also Forced Scientists Out of Advisory Boards by putting in Rules that those who sit on such Boards cannot Apply for Federal Research Grants, Opening up spots for Corporate “Experts” to Replace Academics.

The New Rule will mean:

- One Third Less Scientific Advice on Drug Trials by the FDA

- One Third Less Scientific Advice on Handling Nuclear Waste at the Energy Department.

- One Third Less Advice on Food Safety

- One Third Less Advice on Product Safety

- One Third Less Advice on Health Care

- One Third Less Advice on Climate Change.

- One Third Less Advice on Handling Pollution and Pesticides

But then the Trump EPA has already Demonstrated that it can easily Ignore even Unanimous Advice from Advisers. This Friday Night there was No Signing Ceremony of an Executive Order after Scientists keep Irritating Trump.

For example, One Scientific Review Board suggested Revisiting Trump’s Decision to Roll Back Emissions Standards on Automobiles. And more than One Board has Opposed the Regulations put in place under Trump that Throw Out almost All Public Health Data when evaluating the Impact of Products or Environmental Action.

The Advisory Boards that made those Recommendations are on the Chopping Block thanks to this New Executive Order.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


Trump May Lose D.C. Liquor License for Lack of Good Character

Seems D.C. gives Citizens to the Right to Challenge the Liquor Licenses for the Owners Lack of Good Character and the Washington's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board just Refused a Trump Request to Dismiss a Valid Challenge.

The Board Issued an Order Denying the Trump International Hotel's Motion to Dismiss a "Protest" from a Group consisting of an Attorney, Two Former Judges and a Handful of Religious Leaders who assert that Trump is not of "Good Character" and therefore should Not be able to Sell Alcoholic Beverages in Washington.

In the Documents, the Group wrote that it is "focusing on certain lies (Trump) has told, his involvement in relevant fraudulent and other activity demonstrating his lack of integrity, and his refusal to abide by the law or to stop associating with known criminals."

Joshua Levy, an Attorney who is Representing the Group Challenging the License Renewal, said the Board's Order is "a solid victory for the rule of law. Despite Trump's efforts to silence the public and hold himself above the law, the board correctly denied his motion to dismiss and found that the public can 'protest' the owner's character on renewal of their liquor license. Stranger things have happened but based on the thousands of documented lies Trump has spewed I don’t see how a D.C. board can rule he is a person “of good character”. Levy said.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, all Appointed by the D.C. Mayor, is an Independent Adjudicatory Body. Under Title 25 of the D.C. Official Code, the Board is Responsible for Overseeing the District's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and Hiring its Director, conducting Investigations, the Licensing Process, Handling Complaints, Keeping of Records, and Referral of Evidence of Criminal Misconduct to the Proper Authorities.

The Board is composed of Seven Members Confirmed by the Council of the D.C. Their Terms are for Four years. The Current Chairman of the Board is Donovan Anderson.

This is not the only problem Trump faces with the Hotel. His other problem is the Lease.

Since he is still the Majority Owner of the Company who has the Lease, He is in Violation of the Lease. The Lease states No Elected Official can be the Lease Owner.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


Supreme Court Affirms State and Federal Trials Don't Violate Double Jeopardy

The Supreme Court voted 7-2 to say Charging someone on Federal and State Levels for the Same Crime doesn't Violate Constitutional Protections against Double Jeopardy.

The Case involved Terance Gamble, an Alabama Man who was unable to Possess a Firearm because he was a Felon and who was Charged by both State and Federal Prosecutors. He argued both Prosecutions Violated the Double Jeopardy Rule.

The Court, however, said Established Law says State and Federal Governments are Separate Sovereigns and can each Prosecute for the Same Offense.

Justice Samuel Alito delivered the Majority Opinion. "We have long held that a crime under one sovereign's laws is not 'the same offence' as a crime under the laws of another sovereign," Alito said. "Attacking this second prosecution of double jeopardy grounds, Gamble asks us to overrule the dual-sovereignty doctrine ... but the historical evidence assembled by Gamble is feeble; pointing the other way are ... 170 years of precedent. Thus, where there are two sovereigns, there are two laws and two 'offences.'"

The Decision may Impact former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, who has been Convicted on both State and Federal Levels. A Presidential Pardon would only Absolve him of the Federal Offense.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Neil Gorsuch voted against the Majority.

The other place in the Constitution talks about Double Jeopardy is Impeachment.

The Constitution, Article I, Section 3, provides that “the Party convicted [by the Senate in an impeachment proceeding] shall nevertheless be Liable and Subject to Indictment, Trial, Conviction, and Punishment as provided by Law.” Indicating there is No Double Jeopardy issue. A President can be Indicted after Impeachment of No Longer Serving as President, and be Charged for the Violations stated in the Impeachment.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


Supreme Court Hands VA Democrats a Win in Gerrymandering Case

The Supreme Court has Ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a Racial Gerrymandering Case that represents a Victory for Democrats in the State.

In the 5-4 Ruling, the Justices found that the House didn't have the Standing to Appeal a Lower Court Ruling that found that the New District Maps Must be used Ahead of the 2020 Election. Those New Maps are already in use.

The Suit was supported by the National Redistricting Foundation.

The New, Fair Districts Replaced 11 Racially-Gerrymandered Districts that had been thrown out by the Lower Court. The New Districts have already been used in Virginia's Primary Elections this June.

Republicans had Manipulated the Old Districts to Pack African-American Voters together and Diminish their Overall Voting Power, but that Plan was Struck Down by the Lower Court, and Today the Supreme Court left that Decision in place.

It ensures that every Virginian has an Equal Voice in their Government and that Every Vote Counts.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the Majority Opinion and was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch.
Justices Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer, and Brett Kavanaugh Dissented. Alito wrote in the Dissenting Opinion that "the new districting plan ordered by the lower court will harm the House in a very fundamental way."

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) said in a Statement that it is “unfortunate that House Republicans wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and months of litigation in a futile effort to protect racially gerrymandered districts.”

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


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