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  The South Asian Times excellence in journalism excellence in journalism  US POLLS 2-6SPORTS 16SPIRITUAL AWARENESS 30 Vol.7 No. 28 November 8-14, 2014 60 Cents New York Edition Follow us PHILANTHROPY 17 Washington: After a stun-ning electoral drubbing,President Barack Obama promised to cooperate withan energized Republicanopposition, but withoutceding ground on keyissues like his signaturehealth law and immigrationreforms. “To those of youwho voted, I hear you,”Obama said at a press con-ference in the White HouseWednesday after the“Republicans had a goodnight” as he put it. “Tothose who didn’t vote, “Ihear you too.”In his first remarks after the verdict that saw the Washington DC: A dayafter the Republicans gainedfull control of both cham- bers of the US Congress, the party leadership outlinedtheir agenda centered around job creation and economy.But while their leadersMitch McConnell and JohnBoehner talked reconcilia-tion, the bitterness of the past six years vis-à-visPresident Obama is notgoing to go away. Indeed,they also warned himagainst unilateral decisionon immigration reform. House Speaker JohnBoehner warned that unilat-eral action by President Washington: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley coasted to victory Nov 4 as her party took over theSenate and House.“It’s a great day in SouthCarolina,” Haley said to a cheeringcrowd, as her family stood besideher. She thanked her husband,Michael Haley, calling him the“coolest partner ever” for serving Despite electoral drubbing, Obama refuses to cede ground With Republicans wresting Senate Control from Democrats and improving their majority in the House, stage is set for their confrontation with the President. Continued on page 4Continued on page 4Continued on page 4 Obama-Congresstussle ahead House RepublicanLeader John Boehner has warned Obama that a unilateral action on immigra- tion would “poisonthe well” for any cooperation with thenew GOP Congress. President Obama addressed a press conferenceWednesday where he said he will work with theRepublicans, but on his terms. More assertive Republicans setting their own agenda Retaining his seat from Kentucky and set to become the US SenateMajority Leader, MitchMcConnell celebrated his victory with his wife on Tuesday night. Though Rep Ami Bera and Ro Khanna were trailing in their Congressional races from California, they were waiting for many thousands of ballots yet to be counted. Nikki Haley wins second term as SC Governor Nikki Haley is congratulated by her mother Raj Randhawa at the victory rally in Columbia.  2 November 8-14, 2014 US POLLS 2014   Joni Ernst, first woman to represent Iowa in US Senate:  Joni Ernst is the new US Senator from Iowa. The Republicandefeated Democrat Rep Bruce Braley in one of the nation’s closest watched elections. There are now 20 women in US Senate and about 80 women in the new House – but no improvement over their number in the last Congress. Bobby Kumar on the ballot: Bobby Kumar Kalotee’s name was on the ballot paper for New York Lt Governor. Chairman of theSapient Party, the Long Islander community leader had lawyer Steven Cohn run for Governor. They did not win but the effort was commendable. “The Sapient Party will contin- ue with more determination in the future to achieves its goals so you, and our kids have a better future in the state of New York,” hesaid thanking supporters. Mia Love – First black Republican woman inUS Congress: Mia Love made history in her second bid for Congress but she is playing down the milestone, saying: “My victory has nothing to do with race”. She attributed her win over Doug Owens (D) in a Utah district to the fact that “Utahans want to make sure that they are electing people who are honest …who have integrity.”  Niraj Antani is one of the youngest US lawmakers: Niraj Antani, a 23- year-old Indian-American student, has been elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, becoming one of the youngest state lawmakers in the US.A law student at the University of Dayton, he defeated Patrick Morris, 62 of the Democratic Party. He is the second Indian American — after Jay Goyal who served 3 terms from 2006 from the 73rd District — in the Ohio House. Saira Blair electedyoungest state law-maker: The 18-year- old economics student,Saira Blair defeated Layne Diehl (Dem), a 44-year-old attorney,in a 63 % to 30 % landslide. She will berepresenting her district in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Kamala Harris re-elected as California Attorney General: Partly of Indian srcin, she defeated Republican Ronald Gold in Tuesday's election. Following U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation in September, her name was floated for the post, but she said she is not interested at this time. Andrew Cuomo cruises to a second term win: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrates withhis running mate Kathy Hochul after defeating Republican challenger Rob Astorino on Tuesday.He is the first Democratic governor since his father to win re-election in the nation's third largest state. But his margin of victory, 54%- 41%, was less than that four years ago when he beat Paladino 63%-33%.   The South Asian Timesframes some prominentfaces of the Nov 2midterm elections.  Washington: As South Carolina's IndianAmerican Governor Nikki Haley andCalifornia's Indian-American-AfricanAttorney General Kamala Harris handilywon their jobs back, many other lesser known candidates of Indian srcinscored lesser victories in several states.At 23, Indian-American law student Niraj Antani, a Republican, became oneof America's youngest lawmakers after defeating Democrat Patrick Morris inOhio's 42nd State House District.In Colorado, Republican Janak Joshiwon from 16th House District, whileRepublican Sabi Kumar became the firstIndian in Tennessee State House of Representatives. A native of Punjab andgraduate of Amritsar Medical College,Kumar has served as a surgeon inSpringfield for 37 years. He was practi-cally assured of the House seat after thewithdrawal of his Democratic opponentseveral weeks ago.In Connecticut, Republican PrasadSrinivasan, a physician, was re-electedas State Representative unopposed.A graduate of Baroda Medical College,he came to the US in 1975 and did his pediatric residency at BrookdaleHospital in Brooklyn, New York, andfellowship in allergy and immunology atMichael Reese Hospital in Chicago.Democrat Latha Mangipudi, 43, wasalso re-elected to the New HampshireState House from Ward 8 constituency,which has only 165 Indian-Americanvoters. Mangipudi who has a Masters inspeech and hearing from the All IndiaInstitute of Speech and Hearing works asa speech-language pathologist. She cameto the US in 1986, and has lived in NewHampshire since 1989 with her husbandKrishna Mangipudi, a computer profes-sional and two children.Maryland House Majority Leader Kumar Barve, the longest-serving andfirst-ever Indian American state legisla-tor, who was first elected in 1990, wonagain. So did Aruna Miller, the firstIndian American woman elected to thestate's House of Delegates. Barve andMiller, both Democrats representingMontgomery County, were victorious inMaryland's District 17 and District 15respectively.In Michigan, Democrat Sam Singhwas re-elected to 69th House District.And in Washington State, DemocratPramila Jayapal was elected to the StateSenate seat. There were Indian-American losers too. Democrat SatpalSindhu lost to Republican LuanneVanWerven in Washington State's 42ndHouse District. Democrat Iraq war veter-an Manan Trivedi, trying his luck for thethird time was trounced by RepublicanRyan Costello, in Pennsylvania's openseat in District 6. In 2010 and 2012,Trivedi unsuccessfully ran againstRepublican incumbent Jim Gerlach, whohas retired. Washington: As the dust settleddown on the US election giving Re- publicans full control of the US Con-gress, two trailing high profile Indi-an-American candidates, Ami Beraand Ro Khanna, both Democrats,were still unwilling to concede de-feat. In the battle for the Silicon Val-ley, incumbent Democrat Ami Bera,only the third Indian-American in theUS House after Dalip Singh Saundand Bobby Jindal, was trailing 48.6 percent to 51.4 percent to Republi-can businessman Doug Ose.But Bera expressed confidence thathe would erase Ose’s 3,011-votelead, noting that he won two yearsago after being virtually tied withRepublican Representative Dan Lun-gren on election day. “We still havethousands of votes left to count, butI feel very good about where we aretoday,” Bera was quoted as saying ina statement Wednesday by San Fran-cisco Gate. A statement from the Osecampaign also stopped short of de-claring victory, noting that there stillare about 60,000 uncounted ballotsin the district. Final result is expect-ed to be declared on Saturday.In the Democrats-only tussle for aSouth Bay congressional seat too,Rohit ‘Ro’ Khanna, a former Obamaadministration official, who has chal-lenged seven-term Democratic Rep-resentative Mike Honda of San Jose,refused to concede.The challenger, who finished elec-tion night 3,549 votes behind Hondasaid a huge number of vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at the polls Tues-day remain untallied. With an esti-mated 40,000 votes still outstandingin the Silicon Valley district, the raceis far from over, Khanna was quotedas saying. “When we started thiscampaign nearly two years ago, Iwas polling at just 3 percent. Now,they’re still counting the ballots. It’sthat close.” Khanna said in an e-mailmessage to supporters Wednesday.But Honda and his backers are confi-dent his current 52 percent to 48 per-cent margin will hold up, the SanFrancisco Gate said. In a statement,Vivek Kembaiyun, a spokesman for Honda, noted that the seven-termcongressman led both among votescast at the polls and in the vote-by-mail ballots already counted. ”Withthe information available, it appearsthat the voters have made their deci-sion,” Kembaiyun said. 3 November 8-14, 2014  US POLLS 2014  Ami Bera, Ro Khanna down, but not yet out At an eleciton rally, former President Bill Clinton supported Ami Bera’s re-election bid for US House from California.Ro Khanna, also seeking a seat in US House, greets supporters at his campaign headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov. 4. Neel Kahskari reflects on losinggovernor race in California Sacramento, Calif: In a 12-page letter released a dayafter his lopsideddefeat to Gov.Jerry Brown,Republican NeelKashkari said hedid not anticipatehow hard it would be to get his nameout in the nation’smost populousstate – and heacknowledgedthat most voterson Election Day probably didn’tknow much abouthim. Kashkari, 41, blamed much of his defeat on his inability to raise suffi-cient amount of money, which he called “the hardest partof this campaign.”“Developing substantive policies, dealing with the press, retail campaigning, and debating Jerry Brownwere all straight-forward,” Kashkari wrote, “but I didnot anticipate the fatigue major Republican donors feltafter very well-funded defeats in 2010 and 2012.”Kashkari, a former US Treasury Department official,fell to Brown 59 percent to 41 percent and the latter willBrown will serve an unprecedented fourth term asCalifornia governor. Kashkari has not indicated whether he will run again. Indian American Neel Kashkari lost to three-term Governor Jerry Brown Many Indian-Americans score in state legislatures Maryland HouseMajority Leader Kumar Barve(D) has wonagain.Aruna Miller (D) is also elected to Maryland’s House of Delegates. Latha Mangipudi (D) was re-elected to theNew HampshireState House.Manan Trivedi (D) lost theCongressional race fromPennsylvania.  Printed Every Saturday by Forsythe Media Group, LLC ISSN 1941-933376 N Broadway, Suite 2004,Hicksville, NY 11801 P: 516.390.7847 Website: Updated Daily Chairman and Co-Founder Kamlesh C. Mehta Co-Founder: Saroosh Gull( President: Arjit Mehta Board Advisors (Honorary) Ajay Lodha, MD, Lakhpat B. 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Continued from page 1 Republicans gaining their biggest major-ity in the House since World War II andwresting back control of the Senate after eight years, the president gave no sign of reshaping his agenda in the new situa-tion. Obama said he would seek compro-mises in the coming months on tradedeals, tax changes, infrastructure spend-ing and an immigration overhaul.“But what I’m not going to do is justwait,” he said vowing to use his execu-tive authority for immigration reform.“What stands out to me is that the mes-sage Americans sent yesterday is oneyou’ve sent for several elections in a rownow,” he said in an open letter to peoplelater.“You expect the people you elect towork as hard as you do. You expect us tofocus on your ambitions — not ours — and you want us to get the job done.Period. I plan on spending everymoment of the next two years rolling upmy sleeves and working as hard as I canfor the American people,” Obama said.Commenting on the “President’s offer”to Republicans, the influential New York Times noted that Obama had refused “tosubmit to the Republican narrative thathis presidency effectively ended with themidterm elections.” Asking the Presidentnot to give in to Republican demands onissues like health care and immigrationreform as he had vowed, it said, “Voterssaid they wanted the two parties to stop bickering and work harder, not erase the progress made in the last six years.”The Washington Post, on the other hand suggested, “Obama should giveRepublicans time to make good on their  promises,” including on immigration.”The cost would not be very high; hold-ing back a provocative executive actiondoes not preclude the president fromissuing one in six months’ or a year’stime, should Republican leaders fail tomake good on their conciliatory tone,” itsaid. More assertive Republicans... Continued from page 1 Obama on immigration would “poisonthe well” for any cooperation with thenew GOP Congress.Reacting to Obama’s remark to reachout to him at a press conferenceWednesday, McConnell, who is in line to become the next Senate majority leader,urged Obama to follow Ronald Reaganand Bill Clinton, who built domesticlegacies despite often having to dealwith a Congress controlled by opposing parties. He said those two presidents are“good examples of accepting the gov-ernment you have rather than fantasizingabout the government you wished youhad.” He also warned Obama againstacting on immigration on his own, say-ing “It’s like waving a red flag in frontof a bull.”Meanwhile, in an op-ed, Boehner andMcConnell co-wrote in The Wall StreetJournal, they even said they would movetowards repealing Obamacare - the sig-nature legislative achievement of President Obama - arguing that this ishaving an adverse impact on jobs.In their joint op-ed, the two top GOPleaders , said their priorities includeaddressing many of the most pressingchallenges facing the country, includingthe insanely complex tax code that isdriving American jobs overseas; healthcosts and a savage global terrorist threat.The Republican controlled Congress,they said, would also take head-on aneducation system that denies choice to parents and denies a good education totoo many children. We'll also consider legislation to help protect and expand America's emergingenergy boom and to support innovativecharter schools around the country, theysaid. These bills include measures author-izing the construction of the KeystoneXL pipeline, which will mean lower energy costs for families and more jobsfor American workers; the Hire MoreHeroes Act, legislation encouragingemployers to hire more of our nation'sveterans; and a proposal to restore thetraditional 40-hour definition of full-time employment, removing an arbitraryand destructive government barrier tomore hours and better pay created by theAffordable Care Act of 2010, theywrote. Will these bills single-handedly turnaround the economy? No. But taking up bipartisan bills aimed at helping theeconomy that have already passed theHouse is a sensible and obvious firststep. More good ideas aimed at helpingthe American middle class will follow, they said. Nikki Haley wins second... Continued from page 1 in Afghanistan and then returning hometo help her with her re-election bid. “Iam very proud of who I am because of my family,” said the nation’s first IndianAmerican woman governor. “My mom,dad, sister and brother have supportedme through everything I’ve done,” shesaid humbly.During the last days of her campaign,the popular governor faced some back-lash from her Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen, but she refused to bedrawn into the controversy.In a rematch of their 2010 race, shewon handily 56-41. The much bigger margin than last time will make her bet-ter known nationally.Besides Haley, Indian American candi-dates met with mixed results. Many wonin state level races, but that was all. InCalifornia, Neel Kashkari, a former Treasury Department official, wasdefeated by four-term incumbentGovernor Jerry Brown.Two other California races were tooclose to call. In Congressional District 7,incumbent Ami Bera – the lone IndianAmerican in Congress – was trailingRepublican challenger Doug Ose buthoped to erase Ose’ 3,000-vote leadwhen thousands of votes more are count-ed by Saturday. Even the first time Berawon two years ago, the result wasdeclared many days after the polling hadfinished.In one of this year’s most-watchedraces, in Silicon Valley, seven-termincumbent Mike Honda was leadingchallenger Ro Khanna with over 3,500votes but an estimated 40,000 votes werestill to be tallied. Republicans sweep to victoryin key gubernatorial races Washington DC: Republican candidates swept key guber-natorial races across the country Tuesday, with WisconsinGov. Scott Walker fending off a Democratic challenger and a GOP businessman pulling off a stunning upset indeeply blue Maryland. In keeping with the trend, GOPalso dominated state races. The gubernatorial contest between Maryland Lt. Gov.Anthony Brown and his Republican opponent, business-man Larry Hogan, shaped up to be a much tighter racethan many had anticipated, leading up to Tuesday’s face-off. Brown conceded shortly after midnight.In Wisconsin, Walker won his re-election by beatingDemocratic challenger Mary Burke in what was billedfrom the start as a nail-biter of a race for the GOP. The vic-tory boosts Walker's presidential prospects in 2016.In Illinois, GOP businessman Bruce Rauner ousted Gov.Pat Quinn, denying him a second full term. BesidesWalker, other GOP governors held on, including SamBrownback in Kansas, Rick Scott in Florida, and Rick Snyder in Michigan. In another talked-about race, Republican Greg Abbotthas been elected as the newest Texas governor in a deci-sive victory over Democrat Wendy Davis.Davis, once the darling of pro-choice liberals, ended uprunning what many in both parties regarded as a lackluster campaign. Davis made national headlines following a 13-hour filibuster over new Texas abortion restrictions in2013. Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu inCongress, wins second term Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a practicing Hindu, was re-elected to Congress from Hawaii's 2nd District, defeating Republican Kawika Crowley by a widemargin. Days beforeher assured win, the33-year-old military police captain was activated by theNational Guard to help respond to lava fromthe active Kilauea volcano threatening a rural town.
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