Jewish politics

Jews Still Like Obama, But Approval Dips

08/30/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Nearly two-thirds of Jews still approve of President Obama's performance, but his approval numbers have dipped.

A Gallup Poll released last Friday of religious groups in the United States found that Muslims gave Obama the highest job approval rating, while Mormons gave him the lowest. Jews and those affiliated with other non-Christian religions gave Obama above-average ratings, as did those with no religious affiliation.

Pew poll: Bad news for Jewish Democrats? It's complicated.

Jewish Democrats don't seem to be hitting any panic buttons in the wake of last week's Pew Center poll suggesting a significant shift of Jewish voters to the GOP side of the aisle just three months before critical midterm elections – the same poll that shows that only 34 percent of Americans now believe President Obama is a Christian.<

Weekend Reads: Lautenberg Loves Lady Gaga, a Tea Party Game and More

Some political odds and ends for your weekend reading pleasure:

Thanks to the Washington Post's Al Kamen, we now know that Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is a big Lady Gaga fan.

Obama's Jewish problem: it may not be what you think

 If you go by the comments, letters to the editor and emails that come my way via the Jewish Week, you'd think President Obama is a sure bet to lose in 2012 a Jewish vote he won so overwhelmingly in 2008.

But wait: most of the angry anti-Obama comments I hear come from the same folks who were calling him a Muslim fifth columnist and an anti-Semite in 2008; their criticisms may be angrier than ever, but they don't suggest any real change in his overall Jewish support.

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.

In Colorado Primary, Two Jewish Democrats Square Off on Special Interests

07/13/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Andrew Romanoff and Michael Bennet, each vying for the Democratic nomination for Colorado's junior spot in the U.S. Senate, seem to be running identical campaigns with identical biographies: Jewish scions of East Coast public service families, Yale educated, drawn to the Centennial State as ambitious young politicos.

They say they stand for the same thing: Government reformers running in an anti-incumbent year pledging to bash the big bucks bad guys.

The Jewish Week Interviews Congressional Candidate Reshma Saujani

Adam Dickter interviews congressional candidate Reshma Saujani, who is challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney of the East Side in September's Democratic primary.

J Street announces fundraising totals, 2010 recipients

J Street announced yesterday that its political action committee has raised $650,000 so far this year and that it's doling out dough for some 61 candidates, including 10 Jewish incumbents.

That puts the dovish pro-Israel group ahead of its fundraising totals for 2008, the last major election year; J Street officials say they're on track to raise over $1 million by the end of 2010.

Eric Cantor for ...what?

Politico has a piece today on the rising star of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the lone Jewish Republican in Congress whose ambitions, the newspaper reports, are making some GOP leaders nervous.

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