The Tell by Ron Kampeas

How and where the Democrats and Republicans are trying to woo Jewish swing voters

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — One thing we know about elections is that Jewish voters can make a difference. Take Florida: The Sunshine State’s Jewish voters helped deliver its critical electoral votes to Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Problematic ballots in heavily Jewish Broward County may...
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The fallout from Eliot Engel’s likely defeat and a look at other primaries

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jamaal Bowman, the middle school principal who challenged longtime Rep. Eliot Engel in New York’s 16th District, has declared victory based on his 2-1 lead among voters who headed to the polls for this week’s primary. Mail-in votes are still being counted, so Engel, the...
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The political center battles to keep its place in a time of turmoil

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It would seem that most of us agree, left and right, that Black lives matter and that policing reform is long overdue. But there are fissures and fractures under the surface, arguments over the solutions and the candidates most capable of leading us to a...
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3 Jewish takeaways as unrest from pandemic and George Floyd killing strikes America

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s five months to Election Day and America is in the midst of at least two national crises. The unrest reverberating throughout the land from the coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd killing is plunging Donald Trump’s polling numbers. The president trails the presumptive Democratic nominee,...
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How the George Floyd protests have echoed through the Jewish community

By GABE FRIEDMAN

Ron is on vacation, so his colleagues are attempting to fill in this week.  (JTA) –This week’s big story, of course, is the sweeping national protests against police brutality and racism.

We’ve covered the responses from Jewish leaders and groups, and there have been many: Some 130...
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The Jewish combat veteran and rabbi’s husband trying to win a Senate seat in Tennessee

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — James Mackler, a Jewish veteran who flew Black Hawk helicopters in combat in Iraq, wears his faith on his sleeve in his bid as a Democrat to win the open Senate seat in Tennessee. Mackler, 47, an attorney who still serves in the National...
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Inside 3 New York-area congressional races where AOC wannabes want to replace Jewish veterans

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — During the last congressional elections, in 2018, the overarching story was the rise and eventual success of “the resistance,” the Democrats spurred to run for Congress simply because they loathed everything that President Donald Trump stood for. They included some inspired by the Women’s...
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The Trump scandals, season finale

 By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Here’s my completely beside-the-point thought on the latest political developments: Are we living through a weighty HBO political drama? Or a raunchy satirical take on Showtime?

That guy from Season 1 of “The Trump Years” — the one with the striking martial...
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A quick history of Joe Biden’s Middle East policy

BY RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Joe Biden’s vision is expanding, literally: The page on his website labeled “Joe’s Vision” has about doubled in the last week or so, to 35 categories. 

The most recent is “Joe Biden’s Agenda for the Jewish Community.” We’ve discussed here how central one of Biden’s...
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Trump’s Jewish campaign

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Last week we scanned Joe Biden’s Jewish campaign for trends and themes. Now it’s Donald Trump’s turn.

Our reviews are impressionistic, not comprehensive — left out of last week’s accounting were prominent Jewish Biden supporters including former ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, former Obama Jewish...
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