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The Berman v. Sherman race—so far

by Jonah Lowenfeld

September 15, 2011 | 5:16 pm

For those who want to catch up on the Jewish Journal’s coverage of the race between Reps. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) in California’s newly drawn 30th congressional district, here’s a roundup of the articles and entries we’ve published over the last couple of months.

June 10, 2011, “Berman and Sherman may face off in newly drawn districts”
Even the first draft of lines released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission hinted at the possibility of a Berman-Sherman face-off.

July 19, 2011 - “Berman vs. Sherman?
This in-depth cover story, published just before the Citizens Redistricting Coalition released its final draft of the state’s political boundaries, reported what Jewish leaders were (and were not) willing to say about the race—and it was the first reporting of Rep. Henry Waxman’s official endorsement of Berman, his longtime friend and colleague.

August 2, 2011 - “Jewish Journal writer talks Calif. redistricting on KCRW
KCRW’s Warren Olney invited a number of people to talk about redistricting—including Jewish Journal staff writer Jonah Lowenfeld.

August 5, 2011 - “Bill Clinton, state and local officials endorse Sherman in contested West Valley district
Almost immediately after the CRC final lines were released, Sherman released a list of endorsements—topped by a quote from Bill Clinton.

August 17, 2011 - “2 Jewish congressmen, 1 Valley district: Sherman lists endorsements, Berman waits
A closer look at Sherman’s initial endorsements, along with a response from Berman.

August 23, 2011 - “Sherman releases poll showing early lead; ‘Dewey beats Truman,’ counters Berman

August 24, 2011 - “Opinion: Prep for costly fight as Berman, Sherman keep gloves on
Opinion writer Bill Boyarsky looks at the Berman and Sherman race, wonders about how expensive it could get—and then realizes that neither candidate is going to back off.

August 30, 2011 - “Sherman, Berman reveal differences early in race
Following Sherman to a town hall and scanning Berman’s schedule of meetings in an effort to find differences—in substance and style—between them.

August 31, 2011 - “Howard Berman Announces Five Endorsements
Berman announced endorsements from Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Rep. Henry Waxman.

September 7, 2011 - Letters
A letter from Rabbi John Rosove outlining the different reactions that he and other supporters of the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobbying group J Street have gotten from Berman and Sherman.

September 8, 2011 - “Berman and Sherman react differently to Obama’s speech”

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As a result of California’s 2011 redistricting, two Jewish Democratic incumbent congressmen, Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks), have both...

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