February 19, 2016

JAC met with good friend Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in Chicago this week. (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Linda Rae Sher, Sen. Klobuchar)

JAC met with Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) and candidate for U.S. Senate in Chicago. (l to r: Hollis Wein, Marcia Balonick, Rep. Duckworth, Linda Rae Sher)

JAC members joined Rep. Eliot Engel in supporting Brad Schneider for U.S. Congress. (l to r: Jennifer Flink,
Lisa Rubenstein, Keith Berk, Janna Berk, Rep. Engel,
Brad Schneider, Steve Sheffey, Timna Sheffey, Hollis Wein)

JAC members turned out to welcome Hillary to Chicago. (l to r: Hollis Wein, Jacki Parmacek, Deanna Drucker, Marcia Balonick, Jackie Waldstein, Janna Berk, Susan Berk)   

Have you been out working on JAC issues? Send us photos of you and your friends at candidate events, out campaigning, or advocating for JAC issues and will will post them!

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
February 26
2 events!
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Gov. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
U.S. Senate Candidate for NH
February 29
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Reception with
Rep. Steve Israel (NY-3)
Brad Schneider
Candidate for IL-10
March 7
Highland Park, IL
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Reception with
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)
March 17
Boca Raton, FL
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Reception with
Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
U.S. Senate Candidate for FL
March 20
West Palm Beach, FL
Details to follow

  For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or info@jacpac.org
Meet the Members
Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Repesentative Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

As a former journalist, Rep. Bustos knows how to listen to and understand both sides of complex issues. She has used that unique experience in Washington, DC to work with her GOP colleagues. JAC has supported Bustos since her first run for Congress in 2012. She is an effective legislator who consistently advocates for JAC's core issues.  Bustos has visited Israel, which further underscored her commitment to Israel's defense and security.   

Bustos, who supports Planned Parenthood funding, can be counted on to always defend women's reproductive rights. "I believe a woman's reproductive health is critically important and support access to family planning and reproductive freedom."

JAC will throw it's support behind Bustos' reelection effort and we hope we can count on your to do the same. (For more information on Bustos, click here)

If you are in the Chicago area on Monday, Feb. 22, join us for coffee with Bustos.  Call the JAC office at 433-5999 for more information. 

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Israel & the Middle East
Obama's 10-Year Aid Package to Israel 
"Without getting into numbers, I can assure you it will be the largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in US history. The president has pledged to support Israel's security needs and it's in our interest that we do so," said a US official.
Rivlin: Support for Israel Must Not Become Election Issue 
Support for Israel has never been and must not become a political party issue. It is bipartisan, President Reuven Rivlin told the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Thursday.  

Netanyahu: Time for Arab States to Publicize Ties with Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said it was time for some Arab states with which Israel has covert ties to publicly acknowledge those relationships.

US Envoy Skewers World-Body for Anti-Israel Bias 
The US ambassador to the United Nations accused the world body of harboring a bias against Israel, while speaking in Tel Aviv, and vowed the U.S. will continue to pursue a two-state solution.  
Anti-Semitism & BDS
Students Make Anti-BDS Gain at U of Illinois 
Students at University of Illinois at Chicago have reframed the divestment debate on their campus. The students, who oppose the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, have negotiated a student government divestment resolution that now targets countries in addition to Israel.   
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Oxford Student Leader Resigns Over Israel Apartheid Week 
Alex Chalmers, co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has resigned from office after the OULC decided this week to endorse Israel Apartheid Week. In his resignation statement he wrote about his concerns, alleging that there were growing anti-Semitic tendencies in the OULC.
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Can Jewish Communities Unite Against BDS?   
The proliferation of BDS is aided by the complacency of Jews and their supporters, alongside a widespread uncertainty about whether they should have a stake in an Israel they may not always agree with. In a packed session at the annual Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem on Monday, panelist Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser railed against the "sophisticated" new methods used by those bent on the demise of Zionism, saying that since the Iron Dome has neutralized their rocket fire, they've turned to the world arena to push BDS.
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Reproductive Rights
CO Planned Parenthood Clinic Reopens After Deadly Attack 
The Planned Parenthood clinic attacked in November by a gunman professing anti-abortion views reopened this week with a packed schedule of patients and no end to the pressures on it, including protester outside

Whole Woman's Health v Hellerstedt - What is at stake? 
On March 2nd, the United States Supreme Court will hear a case regarding a deceptive Texas law designed to shut down more than 75 percent of all women's health clinics that provide abortion services in the state. Here's a breakdown of what's at stake.

The 'Do It Dudes' vs TRAP Laws 
These guys ask "how hard could it be to get an abortion?"
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Pope Suggests Contraception Can Be Condoned in Zika Crisis  
Pope Francis has suggested women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception, saying "avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil" in light of the global epidemic.  
Separation of Religion & State
Cruz Surrogate Says 'Separation of Church & State Is a Myth"
For Americans worried about the possibility of a presidency that conflicts with their own faith, or lack thereof, the Ted Cruz campaign has news for you: that whole "separation of church and state" thing is just a myth, so they might as well sit back and enjoy the Godly ride.
Catholic Hospital Ban Linked to Dangerous Miscarriages
Five women suffered prolonged miscarriages, severe infections and emotional trauma at Mercy Health Partners when staff neglected patients' health to uphold religious directives against inducing delivery, report reveals.
Beyond the Core
Last Week Tonight's John Oliver on Voting 
Every American deserves an equal vote. But in some cases, access to voting is becoming less and less equal.
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A Wall for Gun Violence Victims Would Stretch 2.5 miles 
We, as a nation, should not need such a visceral reminder to support and enact safe and reasonable gun laws. Many bills have been introduced in Congress that would make our streets and schools safer. Unfortunately, the House leadership is refusing to bring any of this commonsense legislation up for a vote.  
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Legally Blind 'Patriots' May Carry Guns in This State 
Are you, or is someone you know, a legally blind patriot who really wants to exercise their Second Amendment rights? Well, move on down to Georgia and you can do just that. Really.
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Members of Congress Call to Investigate Shell re Climate Change
U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33) and two other members of Congress have asked U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch to broaden an investigation of Exxon Mobil to include Shell Oil to determine whether the companies lied to the public about the impact of climate change on their industry.
Election 2016
The U.S. Has a Primary Problem
Our system for choosing presidential nominees makes little sense. When it was all said and done and the final results were tallied, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders fought to a tie in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. 
Republicans Risk 5 Key Seats with Supreme Court Stance
The Senate is in play this November, and the same vulnerable Republicans whose defeats might cost the G.O.P. control of the chamber are at once among the likeliest to back President Obama's nominee. They are also the likeliest to suffer if the fight has political costs to the party.

Is the 'Evangelical Voter' a Myth? Depends on Your Definition
Are evangelicals really politically different from other Americans? How can we sort out what part of religion shapes politics? How do we compare people while taking into account other factors?
How Justice Scalia's Death Impacts 6 Cases Important to Jews 
Officials at Jewish organizations outlined six cases with implications for the Jewish community that may turn out differently absent Scalia's fifth conservative vote.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Passionate Farewell to Antonin Scalia 
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has written an impassioned tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia, her longtime ideological opposite and close friend who died over the weekend.

Where the Senate Stands on Nominating a New Justice
Should the Senate vote on a nominee from President Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, or should the next president decide? We're asking each senator his or her position.  
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Republicans Are Waging War on Facts, Precedent & Constitution 
What Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, and McConnell are saying is absolutely at odds with the constitutionally defined duties of presidents and senators.  
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Former UN Chief Boutros-Ghali, Key to Camp David, Dies at 93
Israel's government saw Boutros Boutros-Ghali as an ally in reaching the 1978 Camp David Accords. He was key in backing Sadat's determination to forge the peace deal, even in the face of the hostility of other Arab nations.
In a First: Egyptian Textbook Teaches About Peace with Israel
The peace deal is described in a matter-of-fact way, without bias or any attempt to present Israel in a negative light, the report said.
Want Viagra in Kentucky? Get a Note from Your Wife.
A Kentucky state legislator has introduced a bill that would require men who want to use erectile dysfunction drugs like Cialis, Viagra or Levitra to get a note from their wife first. Then they'd have to make two visits to a doctor and promise to only take the pills before sex with a spouse. "I want to protect these men from themselves," said Marzian, a retired nurse.

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Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Research Director

Dana Gordon, Membership & Outreach

Hollis Wein, Communications Director 


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Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.