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  • Emanuel Pleitez: From East L.A. to City Hall?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 8, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election.  See below for a video analysis.

    Before delivering an extended policy speech on Feb. 5 at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, Emanuel Pleitez walked around a...

  • Jan Perry, “tough” mayoral candidate, faces challenging route

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 6, 2013 | 9:22 am

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election. See below for a video analysis.

    Following a recent televised debate featuring the five top candidates running for mayor of Los Angeles, some campaign watchers...

  • Kevin James: The still-evolving outsider runs for mayor

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 6, 2013 | 9:04 am

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election.  See below for a video analysis.

    As the race for Los Angeles mayor heats up, many descriptors have been applied to Kevin James, one of the least-known of the...

  • L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel’s coalition building

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 23, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, born and raised Christian, is married to a Jew. The couple’s 10-year-old son studies Hebrew and is being raised in the Jewish tradition. The family attends synagogue.

    “So with all this Jewishness around you, why haven’t you taken the next step and...

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  • Voters to Netanyahu: Get new friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 22, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    These were the most interesting-boring elections one could ever hope for. Boring – as the top job was secured early on by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fascinating – as the parties, unburdened of having to compete for the top job, were free to combat one another for votes....

  • Rosner’s ‘Voter’s Guide’ offers an insider’s view

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 8, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    Every four years, the same question is asked in America: Which candidate will win the Jewish vote? With the 2012 presidential election teetering on a razor’s edge, however, the question takes on new importance and even a certain poignancy. That’s exactly why it caught the attention...

  • Rand ... Rosenbaum?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 15, 2012 | 10:54 am

    The first public cause to which Ayn Rand donated her own money was the State of Israel.

    I find this little-known nugget fascinating for two reasons.

    One, it contradicts the idée fixe of Rand as not really Jewish. And two, it contradicts the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

    Rand’s...

  • Romney ad raps Obama for not visiting Israel [VIDEO]

    August 6, 2012 | 11:31 am

    A Mitt Romney campaign ad criticizes President Obama for not visiting Israel during his presidency and refusing to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

    The 30-second television ad rolled out Aug. 5, which features American and Israeli flags and Romney at the Western Wall, is titled...

  • Rick Santorum drops out of GOP race

    April 10, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Rick Santorum ended his presidential campaign, effectively leaving Mitt Romney as the GOP candidate most likely to face President Obama in November.

    “This presidential race is over for me,” he said Tuesday in a speech in Gettysburg, Pa., in his home state. “We will suspend our...

  • Candidate calls rival ‘whore for AIPAC’

    April 6, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    A candidate for the Democratic nod for Connecticut’s U.S. Senate seat called a rival a “whore for AIPAC.”

    Lee Whitnum, an anti-Israel activist, in a televised debate Thursday night referred to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), as the “whore here who sells his soul to AIPAC, who will...

  • Can't buy me love

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    March 15, 2012 | 10:39 am

    It feels like spring, but there’s little love in the air for Mitt Romney.  The GOP frontrunner expected to have his party’s nomination sewn up by now so he could focus on sending Barack Obama back to Chicago.  But too many Republicans just can’t find it in their hearts to embrace the...

  • Santorum’s Southern sweep mars Romney’s front-runner status

    March 14, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Rick Santorum swept two Southern states in Republican primaries, complicating Mitt Romney’s status as front-runner and all but burying Newt Gingrich’s chance for the nomination.

    Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who emerged from last place in polling as recently as December...

  • ADL again slams Santorum on church-state issue

    February 27, 2012 | 6:19 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League once again reprimanded Rick Santorum for his advocacy of a church role in governing.

    Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator vying for the GOP presidential nod, told ABC over the weekend that a landmark 1960 speech outlining church-state separations by...

  • 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...

  • Perry set to drop out of presidential race

    January 19, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Rick Perry reportedly is dropping his bid to become the Republican presidential nominee.

    CNN and The New York Times reported Thursday that the Texas governor will announce later in the day his decision to bow out; a news conference reportedly is scheduled in South Carolina.

    Perry,...

  • Opinion: Boyarsky’s teachable moment

    January 9, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    Bill Boyarsky’s recent column discussing the Republican Presidential candidates’ support for Israel provides a stark example of the dangers of proffering an opinion founded on stereotypes.

    In an effort to delegitimize Christian Zionism, Boyarksy employs two methods to demonize...

  • Mitt Romney embraces the neocons

    January 5, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    The top three vote-getters in the Iowa caucuses — Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tx.) — responded to success in very different ways.

    Santorum, best known for his antediluvian views on gay rights and choice, emphasized the economy and job creation. Paul, keeping...

  • Jon Stewart: The Matzorian Candidate [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 9, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    At the Republican Jewish Coalition forum, Jews commemorate the miracle of incredibly religious Christian presidential candidates fighting over who loves Jews more.

  • Wasserman-Schultz to JFNA: defend Obama’s record

    November 7, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic Party leader, urged Jewish leaders to push back against what she said were distortions of President Obama’s Israel record.

    Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, defended Obama to the annual...

  • Jon Huntsman visits the Lubavitcher rebbe’s gravesite

    November 1, 2011 | 11:16 am

    Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman visited the New York gravesite of the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

    Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, visited the Queens gravesite of the late leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement last week. He was accompanied by...

  • GOP candidates push back on cutting aid to Israel

    October 19, 2011 | 11:47 am

    Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain pushed back against a proposal by Ron Paul to cut funding to Israel.

    Paul, a Texas congressman, during the GOP debate Tuesday in Las Vegas repeated his proposal to cut foreign aid, including the $3 billion Israel...

  • With Perry surging and Romney slipping, GOP Jews grapple with a changed field

    August 30, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s surge to the front of the GOP presidential pack has Jewish Republicans reckoning with a field that suddenly looks much different than it did just a few weeks ago.

    According to the latest Gallup poll, 29 percent of likely Republican voters favor Perry, with...

  • Palin on Israel visit to meet with Netanyahu

    March 21, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Potential 2012 presidential contender Sarah Palin is scheduled to have dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on her second and last day in Israel.

    Palin will dine with Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on Monday before returning to the United States.

    “As the world confronts...

  • Jewish candidate favored for PM, Dutch poll shows

    March 17, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    Opinion polls in Holland show that a majority of voters favor the Jewish former mayor of Amsterdam for prime minister.

    Some 52 percent of those polled last week would vote for Marius Job Cohen as prime minister in national elections scheduled for June, the European Jewish Press reported.

    Cohen was selected from a list that included current Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and extreme-right, anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders.

    Cohen, the mayor of Amsterdam for nine years, was chosen as the new leader of the Dutch Labor Party on March 12.

  • Attack dog? Fresh meat? Quest for Jewish vote flips Biden and Palin roles

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 10, 2008 | 3:13 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Joe Biden, all wrong on Israel? Sarah Palin, a Jewish woman’s worst nightmare?

    Republicans and Democrats campaigning for the Jewish vote have flipped the traditional role of the vice-presidential candidate from “attack dog” to fresh meat.

    Campaign attacks typically...

  • State Assembly hopeful is a political and personal bridge builder

    By Tom Tugend

    July 23, 2008 | 3:58 pm

    When Robert J. Blumenfield was 12, he covered the 1980 Democratic and Republican conventions as a reporter for a youth-oriented magazine, and he has been hooked on politics since.

    In June, Blumenfield, 40, always addressed as Bob, won the Democratic primary to represent the 40th...

  • Racism colors judicial bid: Candidate Bill Johnson advocates deportation of ‘non-whites’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Because voters are notoriously uninformed about judicial races, the June 3 Los Angeles County election could see the election of a white-supremacist candidate who advocates restricting U.S. citizenship to non-Hispanic whites and deporting most non-whites, including anyone with more...
  • Diversity lost

    By Gina Nahai

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Forgive me for going on about this. I keep promising myself I'll stop being outraged, turn off the radio and stop reading the papers. But if you'll permit me one more question here:
    Whatever happened to the Democrats being the party of tolerance and diversity?
    These days, it's...
  • Rev. Wright’s outreach to Jews still unsettling for many

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In a series of speeches otherwise notable for their defiant tone against his real and perceived enemies, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. sounded some conciliatory notes toward Jews, casting them as fellow strugglers against inequity and for peace.

    But an outburst in a Q-and-A session...

  • 20 questions with John McCain

    By Rob Eshman

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Hey, Rob, how are you!" John McCain said on the other end of the phone. He sounded like he'd been hovering over his cell phone, just waiting for me to dial his number.

    I spoke to the senator, now the presumptive Republican candidate for president, last Wednesday, while he was in Los...

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