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  • Candidates for Waxman seat focus on Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    April 30, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Although numerous topics — health care, housing and the controversy over Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling — were touched upon at the April 28 congressional candidates’ forum staged by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Israel dominated the conversation.

    The...

  • Cory Booker & Lynsie Lee – A Non Story

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    I totally have a crush on Cory Booker. He is smart, funny, aware, charming, and handsome. As the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, he is admired and respected by many, and has a promising career in American politics.  People are trying to make...

  • Israel Factor: Clinton First, Paul Last on Chance-Desirability Combo

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 18, 2013 | 9:32 am

    I was looking at two lists of possible 2016 presidential contenders and their probable chances for success. Surely, making such projections at such an early stage is more sport than science (and maybe even more like gambling than an actual sport). But since we at the Israel Factor...

  • Back to the 50’s

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 4, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    When I read the paper this morning, I found something rather disturbing, which grew worse when I noticed no one else addressed the issue: a magazine called Family Circle held a cookie contest between the incumbent First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the opposing candidate's spouse,...

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  • Social issues keep Jews from supporting the GOP

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 17, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    In the midst of the never-ending debate about whether this will be the election that moves Jews to the right, an intriguing new poll is just out from the Public Religion

    Research Institute. Titled “Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012,” it found that 62 percent of Jews want to...

  • Florida primary is first big showdown for the Jewish vote

    January 24, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    With Newt Gingrich gaining ground on frontrunner Mitt Romney, the stage is set for a crucial Jan. 31 Republican presidential primary in Florida. By playing a significant role in that day’s outcome, the state’s large Jewish population might set the tone for the rest of the GOP...

  • Three winners in Iowa and three takeaways for Jews

    January 4, 2012 | 11:00 am

    There were three winners in the Iowa Republic caucus: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and, not far behind them, Ron Paul.

    There were also (at least) three takeaways for Jewish observers: Foreign policy matters, evangelicals matter—and Ron Paul matters.

    The importance of foreign policy...

  • The Israel Factor 12.2011, Questionnaire

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 18, 2011 | 11:27 pm

    From 1 (bad for Israel) to 10 (good for Israel): Generally speaking, please rate the following:

                                                       
    The Tea Party movement    
    Occupy Wall Street    
    AIPAC
    J Street    

    On a scale of 1...

  • A rebuttal to Mitch Paradise

    December 15, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Ed. Note: This is a rebuttal to an opinion piece by Mitch Paradise: “Obama haters beware…The facts

    Mitch Paradise accused me of misstating the date of the beginning of what would become known as the First Intifada. He ridiculed me for stating that the beginning of the Intifada was...

  • At RJC forum, Republican hopefuls preview their lines of attack

    December 13, 2011 | 4:58 pm

    Iran’s nuclear program appears to be racing ahead. The Middle East peace process is in shambles. And a series of recent flare-ups have highlighted ongoing tensions between the Obama administration and elements of the pro-Israel community.

    It was against this backdrop that six...

  • City Voice: The perfect combination

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    An evening at Shomrei Torah Synagogue got me thinking about Barack Obama and how much the San Fernando Valley has changed since I first roamed there in 1970.

    It's an odd combination of thoughts, I know. Or, perhaps not. The more I thought about it, the combination made perfect sense...

  • Why I support Hillary

    By Rep. Brad Sherman

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Last year, Senator Clinton voted to label the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

    Barack Obama attacked her vote ferociously.

    Hillary stood her ground.

    As a strong Democrat, I was drawn to Senator Clinton's unparalleled and tenacious stands on domestic...

  • So Cal Jews’ primary colors are red and blue

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein had barely slept in days.

    A senior at Beverly Hills High School, he'd spent long hours rallying support for Barack Obama, and as the results from the Iowa caucuses poured in, as fellow Obama supporters packed the presidential candidate's California...
  • And now the ‘Jewish primary’  begins . . .

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    When California moved its presidential primary to Feb. 5, and other big states followed suit, the strategic role of Jewish voters in the nominating process was greatly enhanced. Inadvertently, the states created a "Jewish primary." New York, California, Florida, Illinois,...
  • God, race, and politics

    By Arnold Steinberg

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "I am a proud Christian."
    -- Candidate for President during Jan. 21 debate

    If you guess Mike Huckabee said that, you're wrong.

    It was the South Carolina debate among Democrats: Barack Obama was trying to establish his solid religious credentials in that state, which he went on...

  • Playing a frayed and faded ‘race card’

    By Joe R. Hicks

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is making a truly impressive run for the White House, and in doing so is being considered by many as America's first mainstream "black" candidate -- in other words a "black" candidate not running on a near-exclusive agenda of identity politics.

    In fact,...

  • Israelis keep a close eye on U.S. elections

    By Dina Kraft

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Hillary Clinton is the favorite U.S. presidential candidate at Itzik Nir's tiny juice stand, a veritable neighborhood listening post where opinions pile up as quickly as the signature orange-banana-passion fruit blends are served.

    Customers giggle trying to pronounce Mike Huckabee's...

  • Handicapping the 2008 Presidential Race

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Just one year after the congressional elections, we are nearing the first caucuses and primaries. California votes on Feb. 5. While Jews are expected to vote for the Democratic nominee in large numbers, Republicans hope to cut into that margin, and also to compete for campaign...
  • Democrats have no beitzim

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's not polite to say the English word for cojones in this paper, so I'll use the Hebrew: beitzim.
     
    Beitzim means eggs in Hebrew, but it is also slang for cojones.
     
    And as the midterm election draws near, any clear-eyed assessment of the Democratic Party would have to conclude:...
  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sober and Proud

    A cache of L.A. A-Listers joined attorney Robert Shapiro and his wife Linell to kick-off the first ever observance of Sober Day USA: A Day of Awareness poolside at the Standard Hotel.

    "We want to show America that everyone can have fun without artificial enhancements...

  • Community Briefs

    By Yaakov Katz

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish Candidate Drops Out of Insurance Chief Race

    One of two Jewish candidates seeking the Republican nomination for California insurance commissioner has pulled out of the race.

    Dr. Phil Kurzner, a Westside urologist, told supporters at a Feb. 21 fundraiser that he is withdrawing...

  • Young at Heart Get a Turn at the Bimah

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rose Engel practiced her Torah and haftorah portions with an eager diligence. She studied with the rabbi and prepared an essay. Her passion and excitement matched that of most of the synagogue's bat mitzvah candidates, but at 87, she is far from their peers.

    Engel is the most senior...

  • The Westside Vote

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    There were two "Jewish" debates earlier this month, one in the Valley and one on the Westside. While Mayor james Hahn did not attend the

    Valley session at Temple Judea, all five major candidates came to the Westside debate at Temple Beth Am. My visit to the latter debate allowed me...

  • Voting With an Open Mind

    By David Suissa

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With a couple of weeks left before we choose our next president, I've been reflecting on how the process has affected me, both as a Jew and as an American.

    The biggest thing I have learned is that certain emotions have the power to close my mind and make me intolerant. Because I'm...

  • GOP Shifts, Pursues Immigrant Votes

    By Jill Stewart

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

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  • Racist Repeats Election Stratagem

    By Donald H. Harrison

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Republican primary victory on Aug. 5 of white supremacist James Hart in Tennessee's 8th Congressional District is eerily familiar to Southern Californians.

    It seems like a page out of the 1980 playbook of Tom Metzger, the Ku Klux Klan grand dragon who won the Democratic...

  • Mayoral Evolution

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg's entry into the 2005 mayoral race, the odds of a competitive battle for the city's top political job have increased.

    The combination of Hertzberg, former Police Chief Bernard Parks (considered extremely likely to run), state Sen. Richard...

  • Coalition Lesson

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Community activist Karen Bass' victory in the 47th Assembly District's Democratic primary provides a valuable opening for coalition efforts between the Jewish community and a new generation of African American and Latino activists.

    Los Angeles has a long and distinguished history of...

  • First Election Round Goes to Jews

    By David Finnigan

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While most Jewish politicians easily won Tuesday's primary election, four out of six Jewish candidates in Los Angeles County Superior Court judge races survived the primaries, with two Jewish women competing this fall in a tough judge's race.

    California's Jewish legislators who...

  • Jewish Candidates Fill County Ballot

    By Tom Tugend

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish candidates will be well represented in the March 2 election, with incumbents in Los Angeles County expected to sail through with no -- or token -- opposition in the Democratic and Republican primaries.

    At the top of the ballot -- after the presidential candidates, among whom...

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