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  • Jewish Senate, Jewish House projections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 6, 2012 | 7:04 am

    Sorry all, the elections are  almost upon us, and our election coverage will become more ‎intense in the coming weeks. Today, what we have for you is an update on our Senate ‎Jewish Projection and our House Jewish Projection.‎

    The Senate first.‎

    The Nevada race remains very...

  • The Israel Factor: Obama vs. Romney, January 2007

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 26, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    One of the nicest things about having done The Israel Factor for six years is the ability to find ancient data that still has relevancy today.

    A couple of days ago, sorting through old surveys of the Factor, I found this survey, from January of 2007. It includes a comparison...

  • The Wright flap and the black candidate

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Barack Obama's presidential candidacy is providing a crash course on race in America.

    Black candidates tread a different road than white candidates, especially when they are the first black candidates to seriously contend for an executive office, such as mayor, senator, governor and...

  • The Shoah, Beit T’Shuvah, Clinton, Raphe and Szyk

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Shoah

    How incredibly written was The Jewish Journal editorial ("Genocide 2.0," May 2).
  • Clinton wins N.Y. Jews, faces fight in California, nationally

    By Ben Harris

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    JewishJournal.com VideoJew Jay Firestone covers the election from a local perspective
    Hillary Rodham Clinton scored a major victory with Jewish Democrats in New York and New Jersey in Super Tuesday voting, Barack Obama won a majority of Jewish support in Connecticut and...
  • John McCain has the ‘right stuff’

    By Lloyd Greif

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    As the son of Holocaust survivors, I select my political candidates based on two criteria -- what's best for the country and what's best for Jews everywhere, particularly Israel. In both respects, John McCain is unquestionably the best candidate running for President.

    Why do we feel...

  • In economy-focused State of the Union speech, Bush offers no new Mideast ideas

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Just weeks after his first presidential visit to Israel, President Bush made clear his priority for his final year in office: the economy, stupid.

    If the president has a Middle East breakthrough up his sleeve, he was not ready to reveal it Monday in the State of the Union address...

  • 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...

  • Candidate profile: John Edwards

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In 2004, John Edwards lost the Democratic presidential nomination because he was considered a foreign policy lightweight. He won the vice presidential slot because his social policies had depth.

    Four years later, Edwards' social and domestic positions remain pretty much the same --...
  • Candidate profle: John McCain

    By Beth Young

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    John McCain's reputation as a maverick holds true in the Jewish world, where his list of allies spans the political spectrum.

    His long-term support for Israel and human rights issues along with his willingness to cross party lines has won him allies among conservative Republicans,...
  • Candidate profile: Mitt Romney

    By Beth Young

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Mitt Romney's pitch to Jewish voters breaks down into three components: His tough line on Iran; his record as a Republican governor who worked well with Democrats; and his belonging to an oft-misunderstood religious minority.

    Romney boasts a master's degree in business from Harvard...
  • Candidate profile: Barack Obama

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Ask about Barack Obama's natural constituencies and you might hear that he's the first black with a viable shot at the White House, or about his Kenyan father and his childhood in Indonesia, or the youthfulness of his followers, or the millions of Oprah junkies swooning over his...
  • Candidate profile: Mike Huckabee

    By Ben Harris

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Mike Huckabee was a barely known former governor of Arkansas when he attended an October house party on his behalf at the home of Jason Bedrick, New Hampshire's first Orthodox Jewish state representative.

    Which is probably why no major media outlets picked up on the Republican...
  • Candidate profile: Hillary Clinton

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Seven years of hard work cultivating the Jewish leadership in New York and nationally paid off for U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)

    Now she's hoping to capitalize on that support as she engages in a tough battle for the Democratic nomination.

    In an American Jewish...
  • Why I back John Edwards

    By Marc Stanley

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    American Jews have always been at the forefront of the fight for social justice, whether in the labor movement or the civil rights movement. We understand the enormous challenges facing this country and our world. We know that what America needs, and what the world needs, is a leader...
  • Why we back Hillary Clinton

    By Susie Stern

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In February 2002, after 9/11 and during the worst of the second intifada, very few visitors were coming to Israel. One who did was Hillary Clinton.

    Visiting Magen David Adom, she met an Israeli soldier in his early 20s named Natan, an Ethiopian Jew who had jumped on a terrorist...
  • Do we have clean hands?

    By Dan Shallman

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Last Sunday, to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Senator Barack Obama delivered a courageous sermon at King's Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Notably, after recalling our country's dismal treatment of African-Americans throughout much of our history, Obama...
  • Mitt’s the one

    By Mark Paredes

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Like many voters, I am thrilled that viable candidates this year include a Mormon, a biracial man, and a woman.

    Full disclosure: I'm a Mormon. Who's biracial. And loves women.

    Needless to say, it's been an interesting campaign season for me thus far. While sifting through the...

  • Why Jews support Obama

    By Mel Levine

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    You wouldn't know it from the flood of hysterical emails we have all seen, or from a fair amount of the commentary, but there is a groundswell of Jewish American support for Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign. That should hardly be surprising, for it is a reflection of the...
  • Where are the other Jewish anti-war voices?

    By Leonard Fein

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On March 12, by action of its Executive Committee, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) became the first national Jewish organization to take more than a tongue-clucking position on the Iraq war.

    It did what the United States Senate has been unable to do: It voted overwhelmingly to...

  • Nancy Pelosi’s links to Israel are strong and personal

    By Jennifer Jacobson

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Before a packed meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) three years ago, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) connected her political support for the Jewish state with her personal life.

    "My daughter is Catholic. My son-in-law is Jewish," she said. "Last week...

  • Dems win won’t hurt Israel but could impact Iran

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The tone of the U.S.-Israel relationship remains the same whoever controls Congress, but Democratic pledges to stringently oversee the Iraq war could affect how the United States confronts Iran. Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in Nov. 7...