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  • Berman leaves Congress

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 9, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    After 30 years, the last day in Congress for Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) was Jan. 2. Unlike some other veteran lawmakers who left office this year — including Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), who penned a retrospective op-ed in The New York Times on his final day, and former Sen....

  • Sherman drops bid for post

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), after winning re-election in a bitter fight against Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), has abandoned his pursuit of his rival’s old position as ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. 

    Among the Democratic representatives on...

  • Letters to the Editor: Berman will be missed, Fight for life, Seeking survivors

    November 16, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Howard Berman Will Be Missed

    Last week’s election was incredibly emotional for me. With the support of my community, a kid from Pacoima won a seat in the United States House of Representatives. But I, like many others, was also very saddened to see Congress lose one of its...

  • Sherman v. Berman: counting the wins, losses

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 6, 2012 | 11:59 pm

    From the start, the rationale by which voters would have to choose between Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) was somewhat murky. The two congressmen have very similar voting records, and, as far as pro-Israel voters were concerned, both...

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  • Letters to the Editor: Berman v. Sherman and Woody Allen

    July 19, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    Berman-Sherman Analysis Falls Short

    As a legislator and a Jewish Journal subscriber, I was deeply disappointed in “Berman vs. Sherman: Evaluating Their Congressional Records” (June 29), Bill Boyarsky’s effort to measure each member’s legislative effectiveness through an...

  • It’s Groundhog Day as Democrats like (but don’t endorse) Berman; Sherman talks up $$$ advantage

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 16, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    Is it just me, or does the Berman v. Sherman news from this weekend feel very familiar?

    Take news item number one, the somewhat confusing – and effectively meaningless – gesture of support the more senior Rep. Howard Berman received from the California Democratic Party this...

  • Berman vs. Sherman: Evaluating their congressional records

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 27, 2012 | 2:20 pm

    Much of the debate in the San Fernando Valley contest between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman has revolved around their congressional records, but I’m having trouble deciphering them. And if it’s hard for me, after spending years writing about legislation, pity the...

  • With Berman, Sherman, and other Dems facing off, Republicans may hold the key

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 13, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    This November, Allan Hoffman is going to have a difficult choice to make on Election Day.

    A registered Republican since Ronald Reagan first ran for president, Hoffman, who lives in Woodland Hills, voted for Mark Reed in the 30th Congressional District primary on June 5. Reed, one of...

  • Susan Shelley: Berman-Sherman’s Republican Jewish opponent

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 15, 2012 | 8:40 pm

    Earlier this month, when the Los Angeles Daily News announced its endorsements in the San Fernando Valley’s 30th District Congressional race, the newspaper tapped two Jewish candidates — but not the same two candidates whom voters have been hearing so much about.

    Along with its...

  • In new TV ad, Sherman tries to differentiate himself from Berman

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 14, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) has a new ad that’s airing on cable TV (see the video here) in the Valley that attempts to draw a sharper distinction between himself and Rep. Howard Berman (D - Van Nuys) in the race to represent the newly redrawn 30th congressional district in...

  • Berman snags newspaper endorsements, Sherman files complaint against Berman campaign

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 9, 2012 | 11:26 am

    With California’s congressional primary election scheduled to take place on June 5, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), has won endorsements from the editorial boards of the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News.

    As a result of redistricting, Berman, who has represented parts...

  • Following Sherman’s lead, Berman will release his tax return

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 20, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Responding to a challenge issued by Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks), who released his federal tax return a few days ago, Rep. Howard Berman (D - Van Nuys) will also release his federal tax return.

    “Howard will accept Sherman’s challenge to release his taxes,” Brandon Hall,...

  • Berman and Sherman vie for credit for 405 expansion

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 19, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    Here’s something to consider when you’re next stuck in traffic: Which incumbent Jewish Democratic congressman running for reelection in the 30th district should get credit for expanding the 405 freeway?

    Rep. Howard Berman (D – Van Nuys) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D – Sherman...

  • Hopeful Dems eye top committee spots

    April 17, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Amid the election season tumult, behind-the-scenes campaigns are also under way for who will be the next top Democrats on two key congressional committees — with Jewish lawmakers in the running for both leadership slots.

    Two veteran congresswomen, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and...

  • Berman Israeli Visa Bill Passes House, 371-0

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 21, 2012 | 12:12 am

    A bill sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D - Van Nuys) that would make it easier for some Israeli investors in U.S.-based businesses to move to the United States to oversee those businesses passed the House of Representatives on March 19 by a margin of 371-0.

    Berman’s bill will...

  • A rundown of Tuesday night’s Berman v. Sherman v. Reed debate [VIDEO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 22, 2012 | 11:59 am

    As advertised, foreign policy matters dominated at Tuesday night’s Jewish Journal-sponsored debate between candidates running for congress in the 30th district.

    Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), and Republican Mark Reed faced off in a 90-minute...

  • No endorsement by Calif. Dems in Berman-Sherman race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 12, 2012 | 11:06 pm

    The California Democratic party isn’t taking sides in the race between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, the two incumbent Democrats facing off in the 30th Congressional District.

    I wasn’t at the state party convention in San Diego this weekend, but according to KQED’s...

  • Hollywood allegiance clear in the Berman/Sherman race

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 25, 2012 | 7:38 pm

    My colleague Jonah Lowenfeld was quick to the draw that is the heated congressional race between Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, both veteran Jewish Democrats that are staunchly pro-Israel, but because of California redistricting, are now competing for the same seat in the...

  • Democratic party vote sends Berman v. Sherman contest to convention

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 22, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    In his race for reelection in the new 30th congressional district, Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) won a victory of a sort on January 22. In a preliminary meeting known as a pre-endorsement conference, more than half of the Democratic party activists from the new 30th...

  • At town hall in 30th congressional district, two insiders and two outsiders trade barbs

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 5, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    The four candidates vying to represent California’s newly redrawn 30th congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley met on stage for the first time in a heated town hall on January 5.

    Two long-serving incumbent Jewish Democratic congressmen who have represented adjacent...

  • Report: 30th district leaning toward Sherman

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 4, 2012 | 7:35 am

    In the race for California’s 30th district, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is running ahead of fellow Jewish Democratic incumbent Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), an independent political newsletter has reported.

    “Look, Sherman has released a poll showing him far ahead,”...

  • Sherman, Berman gun for endorsements

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 16, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    At his fundraising dinner on Nov. 10, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) acknowledged that his race for re-election in the West San Fernando Valley’s new 30th Congressional District is likely to be the most competitive challenge he’s faced in a while.

    As a result of...

  • Berman takes in $1.6 million at Beverly Hills fundraiser

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 10, 2011 | 2:59 pm

    At his fund-raising dinner on Nov. 10, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) acknowledged that his race for reelection in the newly redrawn 30th district, in which he is facing off against fellow Democratic incumbent Congressman Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), is likely to be the...

  • Sherman gets a Democratic endorsement; Berman gets a Super-PAC (part 1)

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 9, 2011 | 9:40 pm

    It’s been an eventful week in the Berman-Sherman race.

    With a San Fernando Valley group of Democratic activists voting on Nov. 7 to endorse Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), and, two days later, the Los Angeles Times uncovering the existence of a new “super PAC” created to...

  • Opinion: Obama’s numbers could swing 30th district race

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 28, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    Rep. Brad Sherman doesn’t intend to follow Rep. Henry Waxman’s advice to give up his San Fernando Valley congressional race against Rep. Howard Berman.

    Instead, he has hired a high-profile campaign manager, Parke Skelton, who has worked for many Democrats, including Los Angeles...

  • Introducing the Berman v. Sherman blog

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 15, 2011 | 6:49 pm

    Is the race between Jewish incumbent democratic congressmen Howard Berman and Brad Sherman splitting the Jewish community in two?

    That was the question posed to me by a correspondent from CNN earlier this week. And while the short answer is no (or at least not yet), a longer answer...

  • 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...

  • Orthodox leaders appear to sway redistricting panel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 9, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    The effort by three local Orthodox community leaders to convince California’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission to include a bigger chunk of one of Los Angeles’ most densely packed Orthodox neighborhoods into an Assembly district that includes many other Orthodox...

  • House Foreign Affairs Committee approves making anti-boycott law permanent

    July 22, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill that would make permanent the ban against participation in the Arab League boycott of Israel.

    The bill, attached as an amendment to the State Department funding bill, passed Thursday in committee, said its...

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