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  • A public thanks for NJDC

    Less than three weeks after overcoming an anti-Semitic advertisement from his opponent to win his Democratic primary election in Memphis, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) requested the floor Monday at a National Jewish Democratic Council event in Denver to thank the organization for its assistance. “Ira and NJDC were very helpful,” said Cohen, referring to NJDC… More ▸

  • Ellison on blacks and Jews, Al Franken and the platform

    We just spoke with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress – we’ll post the video later this evening soon. Ellison talked about how he worked with Jewish supporters in his Minneapolis district to get elected in 2006, and how that could translate into a nationwide model for Sen. Barack Obama… More ▸

  • Beware the bubbies, Fla. Dems warn

    Ask any general: Tales from the frontlines have a way of upsetting the best laid plans. Strategists at a National Jewish Democratic Council session at the Democratic Party’s Denver convention appeared to be in agreement on why Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, appears to be losing support among Jewish voters. Obama was… More ▸

  • Jews and Arabs rule the rules

    Jews and Arabs can work out a few rules for getting along, at least when it comes to the Democratic convention. Sunita Leeds, a member of the National Jewish Democratic Council’s executive committee, co-chaired the party’s Rules Committee with Mary Rose Oakar, the former Ohio congresswoman who is now president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee…. More ▸

  • Carter doesn’t speak, gets ovation

    For Jimmy Carter, it was Katrina, not the Middle East. Democrats were determined not to allow the former president to spoil their Denver party with talk of evenhanded policies in the Middle East. No mention, please, of “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” the book whose title set off a firestorm in the pro-Israel community. So they… More ▸

  • Is it really all about McCain in the Jewish community?

    A panel of pollsters and pundits at Monday’s National Jewish Democratic Council “Jewish Vote Seminar” agreed that Barack Obama is underperforming among Jewish voters compared to recent historical standards – just 61-62 percent in recent polls of Jewish voters, in contrast to the 75 percent and above that Democrats have won among Jews in the… More ▸

  • AIPAC: We like Biden

    Thumbs up for Biden from an AIPAC spokesman: Sen Biden is a strong supporter of the US-Israel relationship and he has longstanding ties to AIPAC and the pro-Israel community. Throughout his career in the Senate, Joe Biden has been to Israel numerous times and has gotten to know many of Israel’s most important leaders. Now,… More ▸

  • Political Tidbits: Kicking off convention, debating Biden

    The Jerusalem Post reflects on Jewish Colorado and the wisdom of holding the Democratic convention in Denver. The New York Sun says Jews at the convention are kvelling over the Biden pick. Here’s why they should be, according to the National Jewish Democratic Council. And the Republican Jewish Coalition plays the Iran card in making… More ▸

  • For Wasserman Schultz, it’s back to Biden (UPDATE)

    For Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Joe Biden’s clinch of the vice-presidential spot on Barack Obama’s ticket is like the – what – prodigal mentor? “He’s like mishpoche!” the Florida congresswoman enthused to JTA, contemplating the Delaware senator’s clinching of the vice presidential spot on the Democratic ticket, alongside Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) Back in 1987, Wasserman… More ▸

  • Dems keep the faith

    For the party trying to change the impression that it hasn’t got enough religion, Democrats got maybe a little too much on Sunday. Hundreds of party faithful got dollops of, well, faith in the cavernous Wells Fargo Theater in what organizers repeatedly reassured whomever would listen was the first time a major party convention was… More ▸