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  • Measure ‘R’ contains curious ‘reform’

    By Jill Stewart

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On November's ballot, tucked among the local measures affecting only Los Angeles, is curious Measure R, a plan by the Los Angeles City Council to provide each of the 15 council members an extra $570,000 in pay, by my own estimate roughly $1.25 million in subsidized health care per...
  • Jewish Voters to Play Key Primary Role

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In Democratic districts on Los Angeles' Westside and in the Valley, next week's primary will not only determine the Democratic winner but also the person who will almost certainly win in the fall's general election. And Jewish voters, who are overwhelmingly Democratic, will play a...

  • Israeli Candidates Battle Voter Apathy

    By Dina Kraft

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shimon Peres joins a young couple having lunch at a seaside restaurant and asks them who they are voting for in Israel's upcoming election. They smile nervously, glance up at the swarm of photographers and TV cameras that surround the former prime minister and admit the truth: They...

  • Last Call

    By Rob Eshman

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    By the time I got to the Beverly Hilton in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the party was winding down. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    had already given his speech to 1,000 cheering Republicans. His friend, Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat and mayoral candidate, had swung by from the Dem's...

  • Has the State Got a Proposition for You!

    By Idan Ivri

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The wind grows colder, the days shorter and a 165-page, gray book of propositions arrives in everybody's mailbox. Welcome to the election season -- for Californians.

    In national politics, California has been mostly ignored by both presidential candidates as a foregone conclusion....

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Words can elevate and words can destroy. There was a time when the Jewish community too glibly and carelessly disregarded words of accusation of sexual abuse against clergy. That was clearly wrong, and Gary Rosenblatt of The Jewish Week helped to correct that. The...

  • Voters Say Election Will Change Little

    By Matthew E. Gutman

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Go vote," the ex-general commanded, looking straight into the cameras.

    Voter apathy apparently was uppermost on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's mind when he lumbered into a Jerusalem polling booth Tuesday at 8 a.m. sharp.

    Brushing aside a barrage of questions from...

  • Judges Facing Judgment Day

    By Mike Levy

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It is a simple enough question: yes or no? Voters on Nov. 5 will answer the question many times, and the independence of California's judicial system depends on the answer.

    Justices for the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal are appointed for 12-year terms by the governor....

  • Opportunities Ahead—Maybe

    By James D. Besser

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Talk to Jewish Republicans these days and you hear a palpable sense of coming out of the wilderness.

    After an agonizing eight years -- with Bill Clinton in the White House and Jews snapping back to their traditional allegiance to the Democrats -- things may be changing, they believe....

  • Meanwhile, Back in Florida…

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    While the nation watched and waited as the battle over the presidency continued to unfold, two old friends met in Florida last week to try to bring a resolution to the dispute over the ballots in West Palm Beach. Rabbi Steven Jacobs of Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills and his longtime...

  • Jewish Surprises on Election Day

    By James D

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Last week just didn't go at all like the pundits and prognosticators predicted.

    The presidential election proved to be the unwanted gift that keeps on giving - with recounts, lawsuits, accusations and frantic efforts by Florida to fend off charges that it is the newest tropical banana...

  • Voter Revolt

    By Joyce Moed

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Alan David never gave his ballots a second thought after voting in dozens of presidential elections during the decades he lived in New York.

    Then, after moving here two years ago, he voted in Palm Beach County for the first time last week."I looked at the ballot and said, 'What the...

  • Butterfly Ballot Blues

    By David Evanier

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Politicos and machers who had given heart and soul (and a lot of cash, in some cases) to their respective candidates saw conspiracy, fraud or betrayal in the ballot crisis in Florida this week. Feeling ran strong, but no one was willing to predict whether Bush or Gore would turn out...

  • Sunshine Vote

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In the end, the selection of the next president of the United States came down in many ways to voters in heavily Jewish South Florida.

    And in a major twist, the votes that might have mattered most were the ones elderly Jews may have inadvertently cast for Pat Buchanan, the Reform...

  • Swing States of Mind

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Finally good news has come for Al Gore.

    The Arab American Political Action Committee this month endorsed George W. Bush. Last week, 20 other Michigan-based Arab organizations followed suit, including the Arab-American and Chaldean Leadership Council.

    "Gore should take out billboards...

  • Barak’s Battles

    By Eric Silver

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Barak is going to have a hard time persuading the Israeli voters to endorse any deal with Syria that entails a withdrawal from most or all of the Golan Heights. The public is drifting away from the prime minister. So far.

    On Monday night, more than 100,000 demonstrators gathered...

  • Coastal Voters Could Pick New House Speaker

    By Eric Roth

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The independent voters in Venice, Torrance and San Pedro may determine the next Speaker of the United States House of Representatives on November 6, 2000.

    Freshman Congressman Steven Kuykendall, narrowly elected as a pro-choice Republican in 1998, plans to be re-elected in the 36th...

  • Israel’s Mystery Man

    By Eric Silver

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The most talked-about, perhaps the most feared, figure in Israeli politics this holiday season is neither a statesman nor a rabble-rouser. He is Yitzhak Kedouri, a frail, mystical Iraqi-born rabbi, barely able to speak or to walk unaided, whose widely distributed kabbalistic amulets...
  • A Moment

    By Larry Derfner

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A key element in Labor Party leader Ehud Barak's strategy tobecome prime minister is to win support from Orthodox andultra-Orthodox (haredi) voters, who backed Binyamin Netanyahuoverwhelmingly in the last election. Now Barak is faced with adilemma: The price of wooing Orthodox votes...