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New DNC Pick Puts J Street In Spotlight

Wasserman Schultz appointment hints of major 2012 campaign themes.
04/11/2011 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

Only hours after she was appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was labeled “the girl from J Street” by several right-of-center blogs and blasted by the Republican Jewish Coalition for her connection to the pro-Israel, pro-peace process group — even though she had rejected its endorsement and its money.

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New DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. getty images

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.

School’s suit over Kohl’s contest is tossed

03/06/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A lawsuit filed by a Florida school against two Jewish day schools in the state over a national online contest sponsored by Kohl's was dismissed.

A judge in Broward County, Fla., dismissed the suit on March 3, saying that the owners of the Abi's Place school for disabled children could not prove that it had an official deal with the Hebrew Academy Community School and Rohr Bais Chaya Academy to help Abi's win votes.

Florida Jewish School Sued Over Kohl’s Cares Contest

12/08/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A school in Florida that nearly won Kohl's national online contest has sued two Florida Jewish Day schools that did win, saying they reneged on their promise to help.

Abi's Place in Coral Springs filed a lawsuit against Hebrew Academy Community School and Bais Chaya Inc. in Broward County, where all the schools are located, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Grayson, freshman Jewish House member, loses

Rep. Alan Grayson was one of the new members of the Jewish delegation in the House – and he was one of the first defeated on this Bloody Tuesday for the Democrats.

Grayson, an outspoken liberal Democrat who sometimes suffered from foot-in-mouth disease, lost to Republican Daniel Webster in Florida's 8th district.

Grayson blamed low Democratic turnout, but his controversial statements – including a Holocaust allusion in the health care debate that got him in trouble with the ADL – were undoubtedly a big part of Tuesday's results.

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