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  • Jewish Dems launch super PAC to counter RJC campaign

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 days ago

    Jewish Democrats are set to launch a super PAC to fight the Republican Jewish Coalition’s multi-million dollar campaign among Jewish voters in battleground states across the nation, Jewish Insider has learned.

    In remarks to Pennsylvania Democrats at a Monday morning delegation...

  • Reality ‘Trumps’ preference for much of Republican Jewish Coalition

    By Jared Sichel

    May 16, 2016 | 6:18 pm

    Joel Geiderman’s view of a potential Donald Trump presidency has shifted since March.

    Two months ago, in an op-ed in these pages, Geiderman — the California chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and co-chair of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Emergency Department —...

  • Republican Jewish group congratulates Trump but doesn’t praise him

    May 4, 2016 | 5:14 pm

    The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulated Donald Trump on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, but otherwise withheld praise for the candidate.

    “The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulates Donald Trump on being the presumptive Presidential nominee of the Republican...

  • Fearing Trump, Republican Jews give Cruz another look

    April 11, 2016 | 3:50 pm

    Ted Cruz came here to woo Republican Jews over the weekend, and in the absence of his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination came away with qualified support based not on who he is but who he is not — Donald Trump.

    Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich skipped the spring meeting...

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  • Trump, Kasich to skip Republican Jewish Coalition event

    April 4, 2016 | 4:47 pm

    Donald Trump and John Kasich are skipping a Republican Jewish Coalition forum for presidential candidates.

    RJC officials told JTA on Monday that Trump, the real estate magnate and front-runner for the Republican presidential nod, and Kasich,the Ohio governor who is running third, will not be able to attend the event the group’s leadership meeting this weekend in Las Vegas.

    Both had conflicts, an official said.

    That leaves Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is running second behind Trump, as the only candidate to address the forum.

  • Cruz to speak at RJC Spring Summit in Las Vegas

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    March 29, 2016 | 1:42 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Spring Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas in April, the RJC announced on Tuesday. 

    Governors Scott Walker, Tim Scott, Charlie Baker, Greg Abbott, as well as Senator Ron Johnson and...

  • RJC, J Street heads to discuss Israel in Las Vegas next month

    February 23, 2016 | 1:18 pm

    The Republican Jewish Coalition and J Street are set to put aside their political differences for a brief pause to discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship next month in Las Vegas, according to a news release.

    In a first-of-its-kind event, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and...

  • Trump: ‘100 percent’ in favor of moving embassy to Jerusalem

    January 19, 2016 | 10:38 am

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he’s “100 percent” on board with the remaining field of candidates in support of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if elected president in the fall of 2016.

    In an interview with The Brody File, published...

  • Ben Carson cancels Israel trip

    December 17, 2015 | 9:49 am

    Ben Carson became the second Republican presidential candidate to cancel a scheduled trip to Israel which was set for the end of December.

    On Thursday, the Carson campaign announced it has decided to cancel a week-long planned foreign policy trip to Israel and several countries...

  • The Forward’s CEO salary survey: Good statistics, questionable economics

    By Jared Sichel

    December 15, 2015 | 10:38 pm

    Are the salaries of Jewish nonprofit CEOs too high, too low or just right? Is there gender discrimination when it comes to the salaries of female CEOs of Jewish nonprofits?

    Each year, The Forward newspaper surveys the salaries and gender composition of the CEOs of some of the...

  • Republican candidates talk tough on ‘radical Islam’ after California attack

    December 3, 2015 | 11:26 am

    Republican presidential candidates said on Thursday a mass shooting in California was a sign that Americans are at risk from homegrown radicals, creating a campaign talking point out of the country's deadliest massacre in three years before a motive had been firmly established.

    ...
  • Trump questions Israel’s commitment to peace

    December 3, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday questioned Israel’s commitment to take the necessary steps in pursuing a lasting peace with the Palestinians.

    In an interview with the Associated Press, published mere hours before he[‘s expected to take the stage at...

  • Why Jews still back Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    December 10, 2014 | 6:46 pm

    This entire week, people kept sending me emails with this screaming subject line: “OBAMA MULLING SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL.VERIFICATION ON GOOGLE.” 

    Neither turned out to be true: Obama is not mulling sanctions, and Google doesn’t verify the fact (or any fact, for that matter). In...

  • Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

    June 11, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional district, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews.

    Since 2009, Rep. Cantor (R-Va.) has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After the 2010 GOP takeover of the House, he became the majority...

  • Rand Paul’s Jewish outreach finds receptive if wary audience

    May 13, 2014 | 4:17 pm

    Can Rand Paul woo his party’s Jews?

    The Kentucky senator and likely candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is stepping up his Jewish outreach. In recent weeks, Paul chatted with rabbis on a conference call and proposed legislation to cut funding to the...

  • The West Bank is under military occupation, and that’s a fact

    April 9, 2014 | 9:59 am

    According to press reports, the crowd at a recent Republican Jewish Coalition conference “noticeably gasped” when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie referred to the West Bank as “occupied territories.” Christie promptly apologized to the event’s host, mega-donor Sheldon Adelson,...

  • In Vegas, GOP Jews focus on Israel, while contenders focus on Adelson

    March 31, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    The GOP Jewish faithful descended in force on Sin City, turning out in record numbers and striking a feisty, combative tone at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference.

    According to organizers, some 400 people attended the gathering, where they were feted with poker...

  • N.J.’s Christie apologizes to Adelson over ‘occupied territories’ reference

    March 30, 2014 | 7:23 pm

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reportedly apologized to casino magnate Sheldon Adelson for referring to the “occupied territories” in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    Christie met with Adelson, a major GOP donor, privately on Saturday afternoon in Adelson’s Las Vegas...

  • Adelson to host Jeb Bush at Jewish Republicans event

    March 25, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Sheldon Adelson will host a dinner featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on the eve of a conference of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    Adelson, the casino magnate seen as a kingmaker in the Republican Party because of his willingness to spend tens of millions of dollars in an...

  • Jewish Republicans caught in party shutdown crossfire

    October 8, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    The first lawmaker to speak at a closed-door Capitol Hill confab convened by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s women’s affiliate was, naturally enough, a woman. So was the second.

    Against the background of the current federal budget battle, that’s about all that united Sen. Kelly...

  • Sheldon Adelson offered to sway Congress members on Syria vote

    September 11, 2013 | 6:46 am

    Billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson said he was willing to assist President Obama in making the case to Congress for a Syria strike.

    “I would be willing to help out the administration, because I believe it’s the right thing to do,” Adelson, a leading backer of Republicans,...

  • Republican Jewish Coalition endorses Obama’s Syria call

    September 4, 2013 | 9:48 am

    We hear a lot of rhetoric about putting country above politics, but the Republican Jewish Coalition comes through this week with a robust endorsement of President Obama’s call for congressional backing for a Syria strike.

    The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) issued an...

  • In meeting with Rand Paul, Republican Jews hear ‘pleasant surprises’

    June 20, 2013 | 9:57 am

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul had a reconciliatory meeting with the Republican Jewish Coalition in his latest bid to forge ties with the pro-Israel community.

    “There were some pleasant surprises,” Matthew Brooks, the Republican Jewish Coalition’s director, told the Washington Post’s...

  • Gov. Walker doesn’t represent Jewish values

    June 5, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Governor Scott Walker is a right-wing conservative. He stands staunchly against a woman’s right to choose and has limited women’s access to affordable and essential health services. As governor, he has unnecessarily cut billions of dollars from his state’s schools. And, perhaps...

  • Was Frank Lautenberg sufficiently pro-Israel?

    June 4, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post berates AIPAC for what she calls its “fawning” remembrance of Frank Lautenberg, the longtime New Jersey senator who died yesterday:

    As for Lautenberg, AIPAC’s fawning can be chalked up to the gradual lowering of the bar for Democrats in an...

  • GOP self-analysis cites RJC as worthy of emulation

    March 19, 2013 | 7:47 am

    A report commissioned by the Republican National Committee on how to reverse the party's fortunes cited the Republican Jewish Coalition as a group worth emulating.

    "One outside group that has been particularly successful at engaging its community and increasing its Republican...

  • The Hagel dialectic: Defenders and detractors tussle over Israel record

    December 19, 2012 | 9:18 am

    The expected nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary has sparked an outcry from segments of the pro-Israel community.

    Media reports in recent days have said that Hagel, a Republican who represented Nebraska from 1997-2009 in the U.S. Senate, is...

  • American Jews: 65-68% Democratic, 26-29% Republican

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 25, 2012 | 9:23 am

    We've just updated our U.S. Jewish Party Identification tracker – one of our regular J Meter features. The tracker is updated with the two polls conducted on Election Day by J Street and the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    With this new data we present what we believe is a...

  • On the morning after, Jewish Republicans advise the party

    November 12, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Think immigration through -- again. Forget about gay marriage. And for heaven’s sake, when it comes to rape, shut up!

    The Republican Party as a whole is having the morning-afters, reconsidering how it might have done better in an election that saw the party fail to win the White...

  • The upside - and downside - of ‘low threshold’ voter support for Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 12, 2012 | 6:55 am

    As I promised last week, the discussion of the Jewish 2012 vote will continue this week, and as I also promised, this post will be about the Jewish voter and Israel. As I showed in my previous post, different questions lead to different, even contradictory, assessments of the way...

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