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  • True blue Hollywood: movie stars and moguls on election night 2012

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 6, 2012 | 10:14 pm

    Comedian Elon Gold’s election night fantasy would have been “going to Clooney’s for a dinner party, where me, Brad [Pitt], Matt [Damon], Ben [Affleck] and 50 supermodels -- one per state -- watch the election unfold.” But instead, he stayed home with his four children “trying to...

  • Obama’s second term: More of the same, at least until Iran flares

    November 6, 2012 | 9:28 pm

    The day after the election looks a lot like the day before for President Obama, particularly in areas that have attracted the attention of Jewish voters: Tussling with Republicans domestically on the economy and health care, and dancing gingerly with Israel around the issue of a...

  • What do (suburban) women want?

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 18, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    If you watched any of the debates on CNN, you saw two worms at the bottom of your screen. Well, they looked to me like worms, or maybe caterpillars, scrunching and stretching throughout the 90 minutes. Actually they were real-time graphs — with one color for men, another for women...

  • The impact of the moderate Republican

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 17, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    On Oct. 28, 1980, a beleaguered President Jimmy Carter stood on a debate stage with his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan.  Carter’s one chance to save his presidency depended on his ability to portray Reagan’s views as extreme. The best levers appeared to...

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  • Boston-area towns back pro-Palestinian resolutions

    November 4, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    Voters in three Boston-area districts backed a nonbinding resolution supporting Palestinian rights in Israel.

    The ballot question passed with 56.6 percent in favor in Tuesday’s election. Tallies were incomplete in two additional state legislative districts within Boston where the...

  • Rabbis on anti-gay marriage Prop 8: Yes, no, maybe

    By Tom Tugend

    October 10, 2008 | 12:16 am

    "Prop. 8 is presently the most crucial battle of the culture war here." -- Penny Harrington, legislative director, Concerned Women for America in California

    The arguments and epithets surrounding state Prop. 8 are rising in volume and intensity as the Nov. 4 election draws near, so...

  • VIDEO: The Daily Show—Jewish voters in Florida assess debate

    September 30, 2008 | 3:39 pm


    Comedy (?) from The Daily Show. Post-debate analysis reveals John McCain is going to die soon, and Michelle Obama has a big butt. Are these Florida swing voters hilariously out of touch, or simply telling it like it is?  Wyatt Cenac reports.

     

  • The End of Bush’s ‘Jewish Moment’

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Republicans once had high hopes that George W. Bush would draw American Jews away from their historic affinity with Democrats into embracing the conservative party. They believed that Jews would be drawn to Bush's intense support for the State of Israel. Orthodox Jews, already more...

  • Spirit Up, Tally Down on Super Sunday

    By Marc Ballon

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leon Weinstin has spent much of his life fighting on behalf of the Jewish people.

    In his late 20s, he participated in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis and somehow managed to escape a near-certain death. Later, he immigrated to the United States, opened a successful...

  • Opportunities Exist in Hamas Victory

    By Bushra M. Jawabri

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Palestinian people spoke their mind and many around the world were shocked. Now, after we have all had a chance to take a deep breath, it is time to evaluate the new reality.

    While the reasons for the rise to power of Hamas are complicated, one thing is clear: The Palestinians...

  • U.S. Must Refocus Democracy Building

    By Julia Fromholz

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The past few weeks have seen massive voter turnouts at two free, fair and largely peaceful elections. Yet neither election led to an inspiring outcome. Only muted hopefulness greeted Haiti's election, while the results of the Palestinian elections were outright alarming.

    These two...

  • Schwarzenegger Is Losing Jewish Vote

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In November 2003, California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Arnold Schwarzenegger. White voters backed the recall by a large margin, but Jewish voters swam against the tide, with 69 percent voting against the recall. On the second part of the ballot, where...

  • Battling Board Backs Bond

    By Howard Blume

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    What a difference a day makes.

    In 24 little hours, the L.A. school board journeyed last week from chaos to harmony; from nothing to a November ballot measure; from no new taxes to a bond measure that will ask voters to raise their property taxes for schools "one last time."

    If...

  • Blocs Play Key Role in Villaraigosa’s Win

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    With his election as mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa now has the chance to deliver on the coalition approach he offered to the voters in the recent campaign. If he succeeds, Los Angeles government may start to find solutions to problems that have previously seemed intractable. If he...

  • When Jews Lose

    By Joel Kotkin

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The narrow defeat of mayoral candidate Robert Hertzberg marked a signal defeat not only for Los Angeles but for the future of Jewish influence in Los Angeles. For the second time in four years, Los Angeles voters turned down a smart, moderate Jewish candidate -- last time it was...

  • A Four-Part Fight

    By Jill Stewart

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is picking a fight with longtime powers in Sacramento instead of trying to be everybody's pal, raising a question of whether he can bring voters along with him who are torn by their desire for good government but angry over mounting partisanship.

    Voters,...

  • Mayoral Magic

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    At your next dinner party, here's a surefire way to bring the sparkling conversation to a dead stop. In the midst of all the banter about the Oscars and Westside real estate prices and Michael Jackson, chime in with, "So, what do you think of the mayoral race?"

    Go ahead. Ask it....

  • 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...

  • The Arnold Factor

    By Jill Stewart

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With the candidates for Los Angeles mayor increasingly invoking the name of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the campaign trail, a buzz is

    breaking out over whether Schwarzenegger will endorse any of the challengers to Mayor James Hahn. Such a move could hurt more than help him, but...

  • Idea of Dumb Bush Voters Lacks Reality

    By Cathy Young

    December 3, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    As the furor over the election dies down, with unseemly whining from sore losers and unseemly gloating from sore winners, certain stereotypes of Bush voters continue to command currency among disgruntled liberals. One of them is that Bush supporters, and conservatives in general,...

  • A Question of Morality

    By H. David Nahai

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We have been bombarded with the phrase "moral values" ever since it was announced that 22 percent of voters cited it as the single

    most important consideration in the 2004 election. Not Iraq, not terrorism, not the economy.

    Moral values. It is also reported that 23 percent of...

  • Prediction Misses

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Once again, despite predictions to the contrary, Jewish voters stuck with the Democrats. By a 3-1 margin, Jews backed Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) against President Bush.

    Some Republicans took comfort in a slight uptick of Jewish support for Bush from about one-fifth in 2000 to about...

  • L.A. Jewish GOP Parties, Dems Despair

    By Marc Ballon

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Stress and disappointment gave way to jubilation at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) of Los Angeles' election night party as President George W. Bush piled up the electoral votes and turned the map of the United States Republican red.

    The mood was far more somber at the...

  • Mixed News for GOP Jews

    By James D. Besser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Republican hopes for a big Jewish surge in this year's presidential contest were dashed on Tuesday when President George W. Bush, in his successful bid for a second term, claimed only about 24 percent of the Jewish vote nationally, according to exit polls published by major news...

  • ELECTION 2004

    By James D. Besser

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In some ways, it's political business as usual in the Jewish community as a critical national election approaches.

    The Democrats will win the lion's share of Jewish votes Nov. 2, but the Republicans are poised to make important gains. When the votes are counted, both sides will work...

  • Fate of Sharon, Gaza May Hang on Vote

    By Leslie Susser

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With opposition mounting among settlers and in his own Likud Party, Ariel Sharon's political future and the fate of his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank may be decided in the Knesset next week.

    The Israeli prime minister hopes to win a decisive majority in...

  • GOP Shifts, Pursues Immigrant Votes

    By Jill Stewart

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

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  • Candidates Blow Campaign Smoke

    By James D. Besser

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's crunch time in the presidential campaigns. With less than two weeks to go and most polls pointing to a photo finish, both President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are pulling out all the stops -- as long as those stops are in a tiny handful of swing states.

    The spin machines are in...

  • Look Beyond Israel

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As election day gets closer, I'm beginning to wonder how many of us will vote on a single issue-our perception of how President Bush and Sen. John Kerry will stand up for Israel.

    I'm using the word perception because each man has taken just about the same position. But perception is...

  • Groundwork Laid to Evacuate Gaza

    By Gil Sedan

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Despite political hurdles, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is forging ahead with his Gaza disengagement plan, giving various government agencies the green light to prepare for the evacuation of settlers -- using both carrots and sticks.

    Even as Israeli police begin laying the...

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