FROM Jonah Lowenfeld
Berman-Sherman Race Gets Nastier In one of the nation's hottest congressional races, Howard Berman and Brad Sherman are stepping up their attacks on each other. Because of California's new election laws, the two Democrats are running for re-election in November's election for the same Congressional district in the San Fernando Valley. As the race has gone on, it's become nastier and nastier. Last week, at their first debate since Sherman came in 10 points ahead of Berman in the June primary, an audience of about 400 people cheered and booed both candidates. One person told the Daily News he'd come to learn their differences not to see a "boxing match." Jonah Lowenfeld is covering the race for the Jewish Journal .
Tomorrow's Election Will Make History in California California voters will make history tomorrow with the first so-called "Top Two" primary election in state history. As a result, there won't necessarily be both a Republican and a Democrat in the November runoff. In many cases, two candidates from the same party will be running against each other. Recent WWLA discussions of election issues/candidates: Judgeships Carmen Trutanich and race for the District Attorney The other candidates in the DA's race June 5 election as a ' jungle primary ' Prop 28: Term limits Prop 29: Cigarette tax and cancer research
Political Musical Chairs in California In the elections of 2008 and 2010, California voters created the first citizen's reapportionment commission in state history. Friday it finished its work and on August 15, it will take a final vote on district boundaries for Congress , the Assembly and Senate and the State Board of Equalization . One stunning consequence is that powerful Congressional Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman will now be in the same district; and there likely will be a challenge by two African Americans who now live in the district just won by former LA Councilwoman Janice Hahn.
Proposed Santa Monica Circumcision Ban Dropped Circumcision goes back to Abraham in the Book of Genesis, and it's a requirement of Jewish law. In the US, between 30- and 50 percent of male infants are circumcised. But in San Francisco, 12,000 voters signed up to get a circumcision ban on the November ballot. In Santa Monica, a similar effort has been dropped. Jonah Lowenfeld writes for the Jewish Journal .
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?