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  • Sherman beats Berman, 60-40

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 7, 2012 | 7:12 am

    Rep. Brad Sherman won reelection by a large margin over fellow incumbent Democrat Rep. Howard Berman on Election Day, taking 60 percent of the votes cast in the new 30th district.

    The results took time to trickle in, leaving both candidates to give noncommittal speeches on...

  • 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...

  • In their own words: What Berman and Sherman would do with another term

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 5, 2012 | 8:45 am

    As is to be expected when two incumbents with more than 40 combined years in office face off against one another, a lot of the back and forth in the campaign between Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman has focused what each has done in the past.

    But what would each of these...

  • Pro-Sherman mailer labeled 'despicable' may have ties to former Sherman staffer

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 1, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    A pro-Brad Sherman mailer sent out in October to Republican voters in the San Fernando Valley’s new 30th Congressional district features a shadowy and ominous-looking image of Rep. Howard Berman, Sherman’s Democratic opponent for Congress, shown alongside Rep. Maxine Waters...

  • With a week to go, some thoughts on the (final?) Berman v. Sherman debate

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 29, 2012 | 10:15 pm

    On Monday, the same day Howard Berman’s campaign accused fellow Democrat-turned opponent Brad Sherman of dodging debate invitations (L.A. Times) and BuzzFeed ran a piece about an anti-Berman mailer, the two Congressmen mixed it up in what may turn out to be their last debate on...

  • The Howard Berman-Brad Sherman campaign war

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 24, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    I’ve covered many political campaigns, but none quite like Berman versus Sherman.

    Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman really seem to hate one another. When Sherman put his arm around Berman’s shoulders in a belligerent manner during their recent debate, he edged close to the...

  • [UPDATED] Berman v. Sherman: how Obama and Clinton fit in

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 24, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    President Bill Clinton was in Irvine yesterday, supporting a number of Democratic congressional candidates. And though Brad Sherman has touted Clinton’s signing on as his highest profile supporter, Sherman wasn’t on the list of candidates Clinton was pushing.

    Yesterday evening,...

  • Sherman-Berman fracas

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    As far as policy matters go, Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman agree far more often than they differ. Over the course of their yearlong heated contest for re-election in the newly drawn district in the West San Fernando Valley, the few points of disagreement between...

  • As new Berman ad hits Sherman with debate footage, voters ask: Who?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    Over the course of the past 15 months, the reelection campaigns for Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman have spent a combined $9 million trying to convince voters in the West San Fernando Valley that one Jewish Democrat is a better Congressman than the other.

    But even as the...

  • Berman did write DREAM Act, immigration activists say, contradicting Sherman’s heated denials.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 12, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    During a debate on Oct. 12, Rep. Brad Sherman, in a bizarre outburst, threw his arm around Rep. Howard Berman, yelling, “Do you want to get into this?”

    “This” might have been a physical fight, or it might have been what the two Congressmen were arguing over before Sherman got...

  • Throwing arm around Berman, Sherman gets physical in debate [VIDEO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 11, 2012 | 10:08 pm

    Rep. Brad Sherman didn’t throw any punches at Rep. Howard Berman during their debate Thursday at Pierce College, but at one point, he certainly looked angry enough to.

    In an exceptionally heated moment near the end of a debate, Sherman placed his right arm around Berman’s...

  • Analysis: On first big loan, Sherman collected 5.4% interest

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 3, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    Two days ago, Rep. Howard Berman’s reelection campaign unveiled its latest line of attack against opponent Rep. Brad Sherman, drawing attention to Sherman’s practice of charging interest on personal loans he made to his campaign committees and accusing him of using those accounts...

  • The Berman-Sherman switcheroo

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 2, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Note (10/3/12, 11:41 pm): This post has been updated to reflect the more accurate mathematical calculations described in a subsequent post

    The race in the 30th district has come a long way since Rep. Howard Berman was touting his effectiveness and Rep. Brad Sherman was...

  • Berman blasts Sherman for taking over $425,000 in interest on loans to campaigns

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 1, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    The reelection campaign for Rep. Howard Berman (D) is launching a multi-media attack on Rep. Brad Sherman (D) highlighting Sherman’s having collected at least $425,000 in interest – and perhaps as much as $461,000 – on personal loans made to his various campaign committees over the...

  • High holy days and high political offices: an L.A. roundup

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 27, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Jewish and non-, Los Angeles’s politicians were out in the packed pews of synagogues around Los Angeles these past couple of weeks.

    California Gov. Jerry Brown may have commanded Yom Kippur’s highest profile gig, speaking about Prop. 30, his ballot initiative that would raise...

  • Valley business group hosts Sherman-Berman debate

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 25, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    At a debate on Tuesday morning, Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman each put forward – yet again – the reasons why each feels they should be sent back to Washington, D.C., for another term in office.

    The debate, sponsored by the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA),...

  • KABC Poll: Sherman 45%, Berman 32%

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 21, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    With less than two months until Election Day and only three weeks before early voting begins, Rep. Brad Sherman is still polling well ahead of Rep. Howard Berman.

    According to a poll conducted earlier this week for KABC and first reported on Sept. 20, 45 percent of voters would...

  • Bipartisanship! Everybody’s talking about it!

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 18, 2012 | 12:49 am

    Happy New Year, dear Jewish readers! Anyone see a Congressman (or two) in synagogue this Rosh Hashanah?

    This won’t be quite like the usual business on this blog. Unlike every other post, this one won’t be primarily about the race between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman....

  • Three Senators—2 GOP, one Independent – go for Berman

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 11, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    When Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Joe Lieberman announced on Monday that they were going to support Rep. Howard Berman in his race against fellow Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman, the press couldn’t stop talking about “unusual,” “rare,” and “surprising” it was to see Republicans...

  • Berman versus Sherman, by the numbers

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 29, 2012 | 11:50 am

    The biggest challenge in covering the congressional race between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman lies in determining how to judge the two men and compare their performances in Congress.

    In their increasingly intense contest, the two veteran Democrats each has portrayed the...

  • Berman or Sherman? No thanks, says Valley Republican group

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 10, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    The San Fernando Valley Republican Club (SFVRC) has decided not to endorse either Rep. Brad Sherman or Rep. Howard Berman, the two Democratic incumbents who will face off in November in the hotly contested and closely watched race to represent the newly redrawn 30th Congressional...

  • Rep. Barney Frank: Brad Sherman “not a very good legislator”

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 7, 2012 | 5:30 pm


    That’s how Rep. Barney Frank (D – Mass.) described the role played in Congress by Rep. Brad Sherman (D – Sherman Oaks) on a conference call with reporters on Aug. 7, organized by Rep. Howard Berman’s (D – Van Nuys) reelection campaign.

    Frank described...

  • Residents make noise at Berman’s hearing to silence helicopters

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 7, 2012 | 1:36 am

    Windows of houses in Holmby Hills have been rattled. Horses near Glendale have been spooked. A recent Beethoven concert at the Hollywood Bowl was all but ruined.

    These are among the annoyances that have been caused by noise from helicopters, which was the subject of a community...

  • It’s town hall season for Sherman, Berman

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 5, 2012 | 11:52 pm

    Congress is in recess, which means it’s town hall season—especially for voters in the West San Fernando Valley.

    Rep. Brad Sherman addressed more than 200 of his constituents at The Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies at a town hall on Sunday afternoon, August 5. Six days...

  • Under new strategist, Berman campaign goes negative with new website

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 25, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    In the first big move since promoting a new senior strategist to lead Rep. Howard Berman’s bid for reelection, the Berman campaign went negative today, launching a new website attacking opponent Rep. Brad Sherman for what it called his “dismal record.”

    On a new website...

  • Is the Berman v. Sherman race actually important? Or just interesting?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 20, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    When November finally rolls around, there will be some hugely important choices to make.

    Aside from the obvious one—Presidential election, anyone?—there are also some big decisions for voters to make on the 11 state propositions that will appear on the California ballot. Should the...

  • 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 gaining pro-Israel, Jewish vote

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 5, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Eve Kurtin didn’t intend to take a side in the race between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman.

    In mid-2011, right around the time it became clear these two Jewish, pro-Israel Democrats would be running against one another for reelection in the newly drawn 30th Congressional District that includes her neighborhood of Mulholland Estates, Kurtin contributed $500 to each candidate’s campaign committee.

    Then Sherman began criticizing Berman.

    Read more at jewishjournal.com/berman_v_sherman.

  • Berman gaining pro-Israel, Jewish vote

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 5, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Eve Kurtin didn’t intend to take a side in the race between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman.

    In mid-2011, right around the time it became clear these two Jewish, pro-Israel Democrats would be running against one another for reelection in the newly drawn 30th...

  • Study: Berman won among Jews in June primary, Sherman won everyone else

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 27, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    According to a new study of the results of the 30th district primary held earlier this month, Rep. Brad Sherman, who finished first overall, was bested among Jewish voters by his opponent, Rep. Howard Berman.

    “Voters with Jewish surnames supported Berman very strongly,”...

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