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  • Palin, other elected officials disinvited from Iran rally

    Here’s the report from Ben Harris: NEW YORK (JTA) – Sarah Palin is being disinvited from the Jewish-sponsored Iran rally, sources told JTA. The move follows two days of controversy for organizers of Monday’s rally to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations. The controversy erupted after JTA reported that Palin, the Republican… More ▸

  • Obama talks schools, shofar in call with rabbis

    Barack Obama told a conference call of rabbis that he supports government funding for after-school and mentoring programs in faith-based schools. Speaking to 900 rabbis on a pre-Rosh Hashanah call Wednesday morning, Obama said he opposes “vouchers” for private schools, but would continue to support funding, as is currently provided in the No Child Left… More ▸

  • RJC defends poll, Dems cry foul

    The leader of the Republican Jewish Coalition says he did nothing wrong by sponsoring a poll that tested negative messages about Barack Obama, but said he won’t provide his poll questions to the media unless Democrats do the same. “I’ll be happy to release the questions when the Obama people release their polls,” said Brooks…. More ▸

  • Both parties do agree: It wasn’t a “push poll”

    Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks says there was nothing wrong with it, Jewish Democrats say it was full of distortions and half-truths. But everyone does seem to agree on one thing regarding the RJC’s controversial survey which tested negative Barack Obama messages over the weekend: It was not a “push poll.” Confirming what… More ▸

  • RJC (mis)plays the Buchanan card

    You may recall that our own Ron Kampeas was quick to call out U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler over the Florida Democrat’s rush to pounce on what proved to be flimsy reports that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin once backed Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign. The Republican Jewish Coalition also jumped in to defend Palin. Well, now it’s… More ▸

  • Jewish voter recounts “push poll”

    The Republican Jewish Coalition is denying that a recent survey was in fact a “push poll” meant to plant nasty ideas about Barack Obama in the minds of Jewish voters. But try telling that to Joelna Marcus, who is convinced the Republican machine is behind the calls. Marcus recounted the phone call she received at… More ▸

  • RJC fesses up to involvement in negative Obama poll

    The Republican Jewish Coalition has admitted it sponsored a negative poll about Barack Obama. Politico reported Tuesday evening that the RJC took responsibility for the phone poll in swing states, which asked voters their response to negative statements about Obama. Those statements included reported praise for him from a leader of the Palestinian terror group… More ▸

  • Is McCain really up 22 points among Jews in New York? (UPDATED)

    What should you do when a poll contradicts everything you thought you knew about the campaign and the Jewish vote? Some pollsters suggest you might not want to take it too seriously. A Siena (College) Research Institute survey released Monday has Barack Obama up just five points, 46-41 percent, in New York – suprising enough… More ▸

  • Campaigns go head-to-head on Wednesday morning

    Both the Barack Obama and John McCain campaigns will be courting American Jews at the very same time on Wednesday morning. At 11:15 a.m., JTA has learned that Obama will speak to rabbis around the country on a campaign conference call. Rabbi Sam Gordon, co-chair of Rabbis for Obama, said he believes this is a… More ▸