elections

What A GOP Senate Would Mean For The Jewish Agenda

An issue-by-issue look at how communal priorities might play out.

10/28/2014
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Washington (JTA) — Should Republicans win the Senate and maintain control of the House of Representatives on Nov. 4 — as many observers expect them to do — the political gridlock that has characterized much of President Obama’s term is poised to intensify.

Did Religion Play Role In Cantor’s Defeat?

Cultural factors seen influencing Tea Party voters in suburbs outside of Richmond.

06/11/2014
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Rep. Eric Cantor’s loss a Tea Party-backed challenger Tuesday night in a shocking Republican primary upset was caused, in part, by his Jewish identity, says a political observer.

Cantor's religion made it harder to connect to the Christian, far-right voters in his new district. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Brooklyn Primary Tests Voting Power Of Russians, Orthodox

Safety net for needy seen as key issue in new Council district spanning from Coney Island to Flatbush.

09/04/2013
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A redrawing of City Council districts last year is pitting two candidates with émigré roots against each other in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Ari Kagan, left, Igor Oberman and Chaim Deutsch

Israeli Knesset Approves New Elections

Law dissolves 18th Knesset, sets polling date for Jan. 22.

10/16/2012

Legislation to dissolve the Israeli Knesset and go to national elections was approved unanimously.

Israeli lawmakers voted unanimously early Tuesday morning on the bill's final reading to dissolve the 18th Knesset and hold elections for a new government on Jan. 22.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces upcoming elections. Getty Images

Will Obama Get The Jewish Vote?

AJC survey shows declining support, but much depends on which Republican runs against the president.

09/27/2011
Staff Writer

The thrill is way gone, to bastardize an old blues lyric, but American Jews are still likely to vote for President Barack Obama in 2012.

That’s the upshot of the just-released American Jewish Committee Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion. The new poll put Obama’s approval rating in the Jewish community at 45 percent, down from 51 percent in last year’s AJC poll, and more than 30 percentage points below the 78 percent of the Jewish vote that Obama garnered in his 2008 race against Sen. John McCain.

Obama: Drops below 50 percent approval but beats GOP hopefuls. Getty Images

Rep. McMahon In ‘Jewish Money’ Flap

Aide who shared McMahon’s list of opponent’s donors fired; worry over Obama Israel backlash cited.

08/04/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

A list of Jews who donated to a local Republican congressional challenger that was compiled by Democrat Rep. Michael McMahon’s campaign — and led to the firing of an aide last week — is tied to Democrats’ growing fears of a backlash in November against President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, a campaign source told The Jewish Week.

Rep. Michael McMahon.

Down To The Wire For Candidates

09/08/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
Long-shot Democrat mayoral candidate Tony Avella is hoping to cash in on some bad publicity for frontrunner William Thompson in the run-up to next Tuesday’s primary. Thompson, the city comptroller, has taken some hits for his management of the city pension system since a New York Times article found the performance of four of the five funds dropped under his tenure.

Wake Me Up When The Election Is Over

09/01/2009
Assistant Managing Editor
Have you heard about the chasidic guy who’s running for City Council in Williamsburg? Of course you have. He’s gotten a fair amount of press, including the front page of this paper. What about the Council candidate who said some nasty things about Israel at his son’s bris and now wants to represent, of all places, part of Borough Park? Yeah, we did that one, too.

Comptroller Race A Council Clash

04/08/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
Four City Council members are passing up the chance to run an easy race for re-election this year — a right they recently gained through term-limit changes — to run for city comptroller, arguably one of the toughest city jobs in this struggling economic climate. Democrats Melinda Katz, John Liu, David Weprin, all of Queens, and Brooklyn’s David Yassky, will face off in September’s primary, with the winner almost assured victory in November. There is not yet a  Republican candidate.  Incumbent William Thompson is running for mayor.

Silver Survives, Felder Loses

09/10/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
After enduring a scathing campaign against him in the press and on the streets of the Lower East Side, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver easily survived a primary challenge, his first in over 20 years, by two political novices on Tuesday, while another veteran legislator, state Sen. Martin Connor, lost the Democratic Senate nomination in Brooklyn to a challenger backed by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. The victor of that primary, Daniel Squadron, is a former Schumer staffer and transportation advocate who was also backed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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