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  • Oscars Ballot 2014

    February 19, 2014 | 5:18 pm

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    *This ballot is closed as of March 2 at 5:30 pm.

    For official rules...

  • Shofars blasting, Bend the Arc urges yes on Prop. 30

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    Bend the Arc is urging Jewish voters in California to rally behind Proposition 30. 

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s measure, which will appear on the November ballot, would collect almost $6 billion in additional revenue to support education, public safety and other public services by...

  • Iran election highlights deepening power struggle

    February 28, 2012 | 9:37 am

    Iran’s parliamentary election this Friday is a potentially decisive battle in the struggle between political and religious hardliners, but it is unlikely to alter Tehran’s stand on its deadlock with the West over its nuclear program.

    It will be the first poll since the country’s...

  • Islamists seek to extend gains in Egypt run-off vote

    December 5, 2011 | 1:10 am

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s party will seek to extend a lead over hardline Islamists in run-offs in Egypt’s parliamentary vote Monday, with liberal parties struggling to hold their ground in a political landscape redrawn by the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

    The Brotherhood’s Freedom and...

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  • Calif. bill would prevent anti-circumcision ballot initiatives

    August 24, 2011 | 10:47 am

    A bill that would prevent local communities in California from banning male circumcision was unanimously approved by the state senate’s judiciary committee.

    The committee approved the bill, proposed by two Democratic lawmakers, on Tuesday. It will head to the Senate floor as early...

  • Proposed circumcision ban not merely a parochial concern

    June 23, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    Circumcision, or “brit milah,” has long been the stuff of cheap jokes and comedy. But in recent weeks, what used to be nothing more than harmless fare has taken on a much more serious tone. So-called “intactivists” on the fringe left of American politics have pushed the radical...

  • Coalition sues to keep circumcision ban off S.F. ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 22, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    The Jewish-led coalition working to defeat a San Francisco ballot measure, which would ban circumcision for boys 18 and under, filed a lawsuit there on Wednesday morning asking the city to remove the proposition from the ballot entirely.

    The ballot measure, which would make...

  • Circumcision Opponent Abandons Santa Monica Ballot Initiative

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 6, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    The proponent of a proposition aimed at banning circumcision in Santa Monica has abandoned her effort to put the question to voters in the beachfront city before beginning to collect any signatures.

    Jena Troutman, a lactation consultant and self-described “children’s rights...

  • San Francisco to put circumcision ban on the ballot

    May 19, 2011 | 12:29 pm

    A measure seeking to ban male circumcision will appear on the November ballot in San Francisco.

    More than 7,700 signatures from city residents on a petition in support of the measure were approved as valid by city officials on Wednesday. At least 7,168 signatures were required, and...

  • San Francisco circumcision ban likely for November ballot

    April 28, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    A proposal to ban circumcision in San Francisco looks likely for the November ballot.

    A group opposed to male circumcision told Reuters that it had collected more than enough signatures on petitions to qualify their proposal for the Nov. 8 vote this fall.

    The measure, which would...

  • Illinois Supreme Court: Rahm Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot

    January 27, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    From the Chicago Tribune:

    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago,  saying in a unanimous decision that he meets the state’s residency requirements despite spending most of the last year as White House chief of staff.

    The...

  • Rahm Emanuel’s name back on ballot, for now

    January 25, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    The Illinois Supreme Court ordered Rahm Emanuel’s name back on the ballot for Chicago mayor.

    A day after a state appellate court panel ordered that Emanuel’s name be removed from the ballot because he had not lived in the city for a year before the election, as stipulated by the...

  • California: Caught in the weeds?

    November 1, 2010 | 2:15 pm

    This is the fourth piece of a weekly series in which the Progressive Jewish Alliance looks at the propositions on this year’s California ballot in light of the weekly Torah portion.

    After stone-throwing media ads from Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman this election season, you would...

  • Jews’ view of the pot initiative? Mixed

    October 27, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    Marijuana is everywhere. Smokers come from every walk of life — from the college student to the cancer patient, from the wealthy older couple to the heroin addict who started out just smoking weed.

    Jews care about this issue because Jews, like every other group, can be found...

  • Trauma System in Critical

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Angelenos in need of emergency care are facing the threat of longer journeys to fewer facilities. Faced with a projected deficit in excess of $700 million in 2005, the L.A. County Department of Health Services has proposed to shut down two of its hospitals, increasing the burden on...

  • Judges Facing Judgment Day

    By Mike Levy

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It is a simple enough question: yes or no? Voters on Nov. 5 will answer the question many times, and the independence of California's judicial system depends on the answer.

    Justices for the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal are appointed for 12-year terms by the governor....

  • Secession War: Both Sides Gearing Up

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Valley secession is finally on the ballot, and observers say the Jewish vote may well be a factor that tips the scale either for or against the biggest break away in U.S. history.

    "We tend to constitute about 15 percent of local city voters in municipal elections," said statistician...

  • Tight Races

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Initially, one cannot help but think that the surge of retired, elderly Jews to Florida, augmented by this year's Lieberman Factor, has redefined Florida politics into an Israel-style method of governance. While the rest of America was voting and deciding on Tues., Nov. 7, Florida...

  • Voter Revolt

    By Joyce Moed

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Alan David never gave his ballots a second thought after voting in dozens of presidential elections during the decades he lived in New York.

    Then, after moving here two years ago, he voted in Palm Beach County for the first time last week."I looked at the ballot and said, 'What the...

  • Butterfly Ballot Blues

    By David Evanier

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Politicos and machers who had given heart and soul (and a lot of cash, in some cases) to their respective candidates saw conspiracy, fraud or betrayal in the ballot crisis in Florida this week. Feeling ran strong, but no one was willing to predict whether Bush or Gore would turn out...

  • After the Election

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For a few strained hours last week, I was afraid we'd be witnessing the Jewish version of Elian Gonzalez, Part II. Could Jewish blood pressure withstand the tension of the Palm Beach vote taken hostage?

    As hours of electoral anxiety passed into weeks, I worried that the world would...

  • “Public Schools Are Today’s Door to Assimilation”

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish community, along with the rest of the citizens of California, have a chance to change the educational destiny of the their children in the upcoming election. Appearing on the ballot is a voucher initiative that will enable parents to choose the school that best fits the...

  • Playing Favorites

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    About six months ago, The Journal published a ballot asking readers to pick their LA Jewish favorites: delis, party places, bookshops, etc. The ballots came back with a few surprises, some familiar old choices, and a lot of fervor. Like the old saying goes, 500,000 Jews, one million...
  • News of the Week

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the people I know in Israel voted for Barak; a few preferred Netanyahu. But on the part of almost everyone, outcome aside, there was a tremendous sense of excitement, of participating in what felt like an intense moment of change.

    In Israel, after all, 80 percent of the...

  • Different Approaches to Zionism

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Bob, a software executive from Long Island,N.Y., is registered to vote in this month's World Zionist Congresselections, but he's having a hard time deciding how to cast hisballot.

    His vote, along with those mailed in by 149,370other registered voters, will determine the makeup...

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