Election 2012

Why Don't Young Jews Rock The Vote?

It’s too true that we can only appreciate something once we’ve lost it. I’m talking about voting and I’m talking about my generation.

As young Americans (cue the David Bowie song – thought: maybe I don’t belong in my generation?) I was expecting extreme campaigning and political activism on campus. I go to a school that at one point earned the moniker Berkeley East. Sadly, in 2012, voter registration is just too laborious of a process for students to care.

Voting should be thrilling, but something's keeping young Jews from caring. Getty Images

Looking At The Election From A Broader Perspective

10/26/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

With the presidential election here in America under two weeks away, the incessant campaign pitches in all of our print and electronic media are virtually impossible to ignore.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center

Political ads on television:

Politics and Money: High Stakes Jewish Engagement

Follow the money! One of the keys to studying a political campaign is to identify the “flow” of financial support for a candidate. Then, why is it that so much Jewish money remains on the sidelines for the 2012 Presidential Election? In 2008 candidates in both parties were receiving significantly more Jewish financial attention at this stage in the campaign, so what accounts for this different storyline?

Romney Takes 6 States On Super Tuesday

03/07/2012
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Leading Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney took six of 10 states in Super Tuesday primaries, including a narrow victory in coveted Ohio.

Also in Ohio, Republicans selected a Jewish veteran to run for the U.S. Senate and longtime Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a consistent critic of Israel, lost in a Democratic primary.

Obama to Jewish Donors: Israel and the U.S. Need ‘Fresh Eyes’

06/21/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama told Jewish donors to his reelection campaign that Israel and the United States must assess the new Middle East with "fresh eyes."

The friendless Anthony Weiner: A double standard, or is he just disliked?

As more Democrats call on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to step down in the wake of his admission of lewd Twitter behavior – and the fact that he lied about it for so long – I keep wondering if there's a double standard at work here.

After all, other members of Congress have been caught in worse sex scandals without putting their jobs in jeopardy or getting pounded on by members of their own party.

Democrats Launch Major Pro-Obama Pushback Among Jews

06/07/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama is a stalwart friend of Israel.

That’s the message some top Democratic Jewish figures are promoting to push back against the notion that Obama is out of step with the pro-Israel and Jewish communities.

Wisc. Dems want Feingold to run for Kohl's seat

Politico is reporting that former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who lost his bid for a fourth term in last year's election, may be the top choice of Wisconsin Democrats to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl next year.

But the progressive pol is also party activists' top choice to run against the state's embattled Republican governor, Scott Walker, according to a second straw poll.

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