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Indian American pharmacist Nirav Patel running for New Jersey Assembly

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Indian American physician Dr. Nirav Patel (D-New Jersey) is running for a District 12 seat on the New Jersey General Assembly.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian American physician Dr. Nirav Patel (D-New Jersey) is running for a District 12 seat on the New Jersey General Assembly.

“I pledge that I am running for Assembly in order to serve the people of the 12th Legislative District. I will be available, I will be transparent, and my door will be open to any constituent with any concern, no matter how small they may think their issue may be,” says Patel on his website.

Among Patel’s platform issues are fiscal responsibility, rebuilding infrastructure and healthcare.

“We must address our opponents’ out of control spending habits to lower our tax bills,” says Patel. He says that after “eight years of a failed Governor, New Jersey is heading in the wrong direction. I am new to politics, but I plan to help fight to put New Jersey back in the right direction.”

Claiming that New Jersey is rated 50th of the 50 states in terms of how much federal funding received against what is paid by residents in federal taxes, he “will do my best to get us the funding we so desperately need.”

Patel says despite being a critical shipping hub on the East Coast, “we have a crumbling infrastructure … Under the failed Christie administration, NJ Transit saw a 90 percent reduction in funding, and the Governor constantly stripped money from our transportation budget in order to fund tax cuts for his wealthy donors. It’s been nearly a decade of cuts and now our infrastructure is crumbling,” he said.

He also says the state is facing an opioid epidemic. Patel says he has a threefold plan to address the issue: working with local law enforcement and healthcare providers to better treat addicts, versus incarceration; creating a system that allows athletic trainers, school nurses, families and doctors to work together to ensure the usage of medication in schools is regulated to prevent addiction from occurring; and working with EMTs to ensure a sufficient supply of Narcan, a drug used to treat overdoses, to bring down the high death toll attached to opioid addiction.

“If we are able to enact this plan, we should be able to address both the root causes of addiction, as well as help those who are already addicted.”

Patel is a lifelong advocate for increasing access to quality, affordable healthcare. His educational background includes studies in chemical engineering and economics at Rutgers University.

He is a member of several philanthropic and community service organizations.

 

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President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali in the White House

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On the eve of Diwali, Indian Americans - Hindus, Sikhs, Jains,, including staff members of the Trump Cabinet gathered to light the ceremonial Diya to symbolize the victory of Light over darkness and good over evil

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — On the eve of Diwali, Indian Americans – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains,, including staff members of the Trump Cabinet gathered to light the ceremonial Diya to symbolize the victory of Light over darkness and good over evil.

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In a keynote address to the South Asian Bar Association, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recounted in detail the weekend he was fired as U.S. Attorney, what he plans to do moving forward and why it's important that attorneys from diverse backgrounds get involved in public service.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a keynote address to the South Asian Bar Association, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recounted in detail the weekend he was fired as U.S. Attorney, what he plans to do moving forward and why it’s important that attorneys from diverse backgrounds get involved in public service.

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Democrat Doug Jones beats Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In one of the most intensely fought elections in 2017, Democrat Doug Jones, a former prosecutor has defeated the scandal-clad Republican Roy Moore. Moore who had the endorsement of President Trump, despite allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour, was defeated on Tuesday in Alabama, a deeply conservative state that last elected a Democratic senator 25 years ago. The upset delivered a surprising victory for the Democrats shaving the Republican Senate majority down to a single seat.

Roy Moore, the Republican candidate who was abandoned by a majority of his own party leaders, lost to Democrat Doug Jones in a battle that wasn’t a battle until the allegations of sexual misconduct began surfacing, including by a woman who was under-age at the time she was allegedly assaulted. Former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney tweeted:


Moore was running to fill a seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions who is Trump’s attorney general and lost to Jones, a former US attorney who had prosecuted two members of the Ku Klux Klan for a 1963 bombing of a church in which four African Americans girls had been killed.
Just hours before the polls opened President Trump tweeted:

But despite the presidential endorsement, Moore was defeated by Jones becoming the first Democrat Alabama has sent to the US senate since 1992. His upset victory owes much to Moore’s flawed candidacy, but was pulled off by the Democratic party machine that poured money and resources sensing a chance, howsoever small at the time, of victory. Including a helping hand from Alabama-native and former NBA star Charles Barkley, who campaigned for Doug Jones. He told CNN “Roy Moore was an embarrassment. I am just so proud of my state. We’ve got some amazing people here and they rose up today”

President Trump congratulated Jones on his victory, over twitter:

After initially holding back his endorsement, Trump had come to fully embrace Moore, arguing that if the allegations were proven, the Republican candidate should step aside. But he needed every vote in the Senate to push through legislative agenda, which has had a patchy run thus far.

Trump broke with most members of his party, including the senior Republican senator from Alabama Richard Shelby who had announced they would not vote for Moore. Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, public announced he had donated to Doug Jones’ campaign. Roy Moore hasn’t conceded to Jones and has asked for a recount stating, “It’s not over. I demand a recount. We need to wait for God.”

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