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  • Specter Switches Sides!

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 28, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    Senator Arlen Specter (PA), has switched parties, announcing that he is now a Democrat.  This rocks the political world.  With Al Franken likely to be seated in June, the Democrats would have 60 seats in the Senate.  Landing right after the 100 day mark in the Obama presidency, it... read on

  • On the Credit crisis, Obama Needs to Change Course

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 17, 2009 | 10:32 pm

    So far, I think Obama has done a tremendous job as president.  He has now gotten two hugely important bills through Congress, the stimulus package and the budget, and has made signal efforts to open up stem-cell research and to overturn various ill-advised Bush orders and policies. ... read on

  • The Fifth District in the Arena

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 6, 2009 | 7:32 pm

    The city elections on March 3 turned out to be more interesting than most of us had expected.  There’s a lot to talk about, and I hope to generate some discussion on this site.  I want to focus first on one thing I find very illuminating and that’s the role of the fifth council... read on

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  • Is the time right for universal health care?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 22, 2008 | 3:14 pm

    Barack Obama has one overriding task: he must restore the strength and confidence of the American economy, and the sooner the better.  But keep your eye on health care.

    When FDR came into office in March 1933 after an even longer and even more unnerving transition period than this... read on

  • Adlai Stevenson, JFK, Obama and the Jewish vote

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 28, 2008 | 2:43 pm

    One of my earliest political memories is the 1960 presidential campaign. 

    We were an Adlai Stevenson family and as a little boy I rooted for the former Illinois governor and presidential candidate to come from behind to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 

    Stevenson,... read on

  • With the Republican base on the ropes, all eyes are on Florida —again

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 8, 2008 | 5:52 am

    Most Jews live in three states, two of which, New York and California, are already in the bank for Sen. Barack Obama.

    It's the third one, Florida, that has the presidential campaigns in a frenzy. There are roughly 650,000 Jews in Florida, out of 18 million residents. Concentrated in... read on
  • Can McCain fix his Palin problem?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 27, 2008 | 6:17 pm

    Ever since the quick burst of celebrity that accompanied her surprise selection for the vice president numination, it’s been all downhill for Palin. 

    Her public approval has been dropping steadily in recent weeks, and perhaps even more damaging has been the general sense in the... read on

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Raphael J. Sonenshein (born 1949 in Nutley, New Jersey) was a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. He is also served as chairman of the...

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