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  • JTA VIDEO: Condo vote hard to crack

    You follow their bylines, now fall in love all over again – this time with their pretty faces… Ron Kampeas and Eric Fingerhut file their first video report from Denver, after attending a panel discussion Monday on the Jewish vote sponsored by the National Jewish Democratic Council. 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Political Tidbits: “It’s still iffy, which is freaking me out”

    “It’s still iffy, which is freaking me out”: That, according to the New York Times, was what one Boca Raton precinct coordinator had to say about the attitude of some “lifelong Jewish Democrats” toward Barack Obama. The coordinator was attending a Hillary Clinton appearance for Obama in South Florida. More details on the rally in… More ▸

  • Cardin will be key Jewish surrogate for Obama

    Sen. Ben Cardin’s (D-Md.) appearances before Jewish audiences in South Florida last week were the first of many he’ll be making this fall on behalf of Barack Obama. In an interview last week, Cardin said he went to the presumptive Democratic nominee a few weeks ago and “offered my help” in persuading Jewish voters –… More ▸

  • McCain launches Jewish effort in Florida

    McCain opens Jewish shop in Florida, with who else but … Joe Lieberman: JOHN MCCAIN ANNOUNCES FLORIDA JEWISH STEERING COMMITTEE For Immediate Release Contact: Press Office Monday, July 21, 2008 TALLAHASSEE, FL U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign today announced the McCain 2008 Florida Jewish Steering Committee. John McCain values the support of the Jewish… More ▸

  • Florida: Point/counterpoint on Obama’s record on Israel

    Competing Op-Eds in the Palm Beach Post offer divergent views of Barack Obama’s record on Israel and Jewish-related issues. Jewish congressman Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) defends Obama’s stance on Israel and slams email smears against the presumed Democratic nominee. He writes: Rather than deal in facts, including Sen. Obama’s strong record on Israel, these e-mails… More ▸

  • Does a Wexler balance out a Bonior?

    The Republican Jewish Coalition is jumping on the Obama campaign’s announcement that it will be represented by U.S. Rep. David Bonior – not a favorite of pro-Israel activists – at the DNC meeting in D.C. on Saturday. (John Edwards caught some Jewish flak for tapping Bonior as campaign manager; their response was to stress that… More ▸

  • Obama goes to shul in Florida

    On Thursday, the New York Times had a big story previewing Barack Obama’s efforts in Florida to win over Jewish voters. Let’s just say, elderly Jews in Florida haven’t looked this bad since they accidently voted for Pat Buchanan in 2000: Because of a dispute over moving the date of the state’s primary, Mr. Obama… More ▸