In 2012, what will determine who Jews support and the intensity of that support? The key policy fights will be about the economy and job creation.
Assuming that Jewish political distinctiveness derives from certain intrinsic features of Jewish experience, scholars have offered three types of “Judaic” explanations: a “values” theory; a historical approach; and the “social marginality” thesis.
On January 21, 2010, the United States Supreme Court handed down one of the most lawless decisions in its history: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In one fell swoop, the court overturned nearly 100 years of settled laws that had limited the ways that corporations could influence our democracy.
Rob Eshman The race to replace Los Angeles’ termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa isn’t until March 2013, but already candidates are raising cash, taking meetings, and locking up supporters. I’ve run into City Controller Wendy Gruel at so many pro-Israel banquets, I figure she’s either seriously running for mayor, or she’s making aliyah. Turns out she’s
Aaron Strauss In their guide “How to Mobilize Young Voters,” Rock the Vote (a nonprofit that engages and builds the political power of young people) states, “Young adults are more likely than older adults to identify as independent, a commonsense [sic] situation for a group of voters new to politics.” Young Jews, though, seem to
Betsy R. Sheerr It is, of course, a fool’s errand to predict in November 2011 how President Barack Obama will fare with the Jewish vote in November 2012. With every election in recent memory, there have been dire predictions of the Jewish vote swinging more Republican, yet there has been minimal movement in that direction.
Gary L. Greenberg On November 9, 2011, Ohio voters rendered a split decision for the right and left. By an overwhelming majority (61 to 39 percent), they voted “no” on State Issue 2, thereby rejecting the public sector collective bargaining reform (“SB 5”) enacted by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed by the Republican governor.
Jonathan D. Sarna “The Jews… are numerous enough to defeat our ticket,” the editor of the Chicago Tribune warned in a private letter to an Illinois Congressman. The year was 1868 and Republicans worried that Jews would punish Ulysses S. Grant at the ballot box. Six years earlier, Grant had issued his infamous General Orders
Ami Fields-Meyer Last spring, a local congressman came to speak at my high school. It was a routine visit: He was to deliver a few brief remarks, answer a handful of questions, and in the process court a soon-to-vote portion of his constituency. That morning, as students were still shuffling into the gym, I spotted