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Turner Rides Voter Angst To Victory

Republican win culminates raucous campaign that centered on Obama, Israel and gay marriage, but few district issues.

09/14/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

As he left P.S. 255 on Avenue S in Midwood, Brooklyn, Tuesday morning, Albert Tebele said he voted against Democrat David Weprin because of the candidate’s vote in the state Assembly to allow gay marriage in New York.

“Gay marriage will ruin the social fiber of the city,” said Tebele, 57, an Orthodox Jew who manufactures women’s clothing. “New York is an example to the rest of the country. It sends a message to our children that homosexuality is permissible and right when the Bible says it’s wrong.”

Republican Bob Turner, left and Democrat David Weprin. getty images

Obama's Jewish Voice Speaks

Once again Republicans are predicting a sea change in Jewish voting and are working to make support for Israel a partisan wedge issue in the 2012 election campaign. Their 2008 fear-and-smear campaign, with some virtually accusing Barack Obama of being a Moslem Manchurian candidate, failed dismally.

Cantor Advises Weiner to ‘Come Clean’ in Twitter Flap

06/03/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, called on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to "come clean" about a controversy over a lewd photo.

Cantor made his comments in a television interview on Thursday, as Weiner endured a fourth day on the receiving end of questions about a photo of a man in his underwear that was sent from his Twitter account. The photo was sent to a 21-year-old female college student who is a Twitter follower of Weiner's.

Appellate Judge Lifts Hold On Nassau District Lines Change

Plan still faces court challenge.

05/30/2011

An appellate judge has lifted the order preventing the Nassau County Legislature from adopting new district lines.

Judge Joseph Covello late Thursday allowed the legislators to continue using the new lines as it plans this year's elections, despite concerns by county Democrats in a lawsuit that the lines were drawn to favor the GOP majority. But the battle isn't over yet.

Jewish woman gets top Democratic National Committee job

How's this for killing several birds with one stone, politically speaking?

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has been picked as the new head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She's Jewish, she's from Florida and she's an ace fundraiser, big pluses for the party going into a difficult election year when Florida will again be important to the Democrats' – and President Obama's – hopes.

Democrat makes another (really stupid) Nazi comparison

Honestly, what is it that these guys in politics don't understand about the inappropriateness, not to mention the danger, of using Nazi analogies in everyday political dialog?

Today it was Rep. Steven Cohen (D-Tenn.), who should have known better, but then, being Jewish doesn't make you smart, I guess.

Speaking on ABC, Speaking on the House floor, Cohen was attacking the GOP effort to reverse last year's Democratic health care reform package.

Political incitement on the airwaves: Not a balanced equation

I didn't blog today because I was busy writing a story about political incitement, the nation's toxic political mood and the appalling shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in Tucson on Saturday. (Yes, I've finally learned how to spell “Tucson.” Keep those cards and letters coming.)

And I was busy getting frustrated by all the people who were telling me that it's important to note that it's not just right wingers who are hurling rhetorical grenades.

Well, they're right – but they're also playing cute games with the facts

Second Cuomo Administration Takes Shape

Aides reached out to N.Y. Board of Rabbis regarding Sabbath inauguration; inner circle said to understand social service needs.

12/21/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

With Andrew Cuomo set to take office as New York’s 56th governor on Jan. 1, a Saturday, his aides contacted the New York Board of Rabbis last week to assess whether the Sabbath inauguration would cause any offense.

Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo

Memo to Holocaust Museum leaders: it's time to speak out against Nazi comparisons

I almost didn't read yesterday's JTA story headlined "Fox News Chief: NPR Bosses are Nazis” or the subsequent, predictable apology, so fed up am I with the cynical, casual use of the Holocaust as just another political “gotcha.”

This stuff goes on every day, and generally the only voice we hear in opposition is that far-left-wing, George-Soros-enabling Abe Foxman of the ADL (just kidding, but you can see how my email has been running).

Must All Art Be Propaganda?: Syrians Speak

In 1941, George Orwell wrote what may stand as the pithiest piece of writing about art and propoganda to date.  His essay "The Frontiers of Art and Propaganda" argued that, by the 1930s, it was impossible to be an English writer and not write about politics, however you chose to cloak it.  The aesthetic concerns of an earlier age--"art for art's sake," as he called it--were only possible when the climate was not choked with insecurity and political upheaval.  

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