March 11, 2016

JAC members met with Rep. Steve Israel (NY-2) in Highland Park. (l to r: Julie Dann Schneider, Rep. Israel, Wendy Abrams, Jim Abrams)

With Israeli Consul General Roey Gilad at an event at the University of Chicago Institute for Politics. (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Hollis Wein, Consul General Gilad, Linda Rae Sher, Nitza Gilad)

Talking to Political Advisor Joe Trippi at the University of Chicago Institute for Politics. (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Linda Rae Sher, Joe Trippi, Hollis Wein) 

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!

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
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  For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]

JAC's 6th Annual
Power of Women Luncheon
Monday, June 6th
Lincolnwood, IL
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  For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]
Meet the Candidate
  Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Senate Candidate

Rep. Patrick Murphy is running for Sen. Marco Rubio's Senate seat. This race offers the Democrats one of their best pick-up chances for the 2016 election season. JAC has always supported Murphy because of his work in Congress on issues of vital interest to the Jewish Community. We are working hard to help elect him to the U.S. Senate, where his fresh approach and strong desire to reach across the aisle to work with all Members is desperately needed.

Murphy's has earned a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and he can be counted on to fight the extremist attempts to ban and limit women's reproductive choices. As a powerful advocate for women, he believes that "efforts to curtail this right amount to an unacceptable intrusion by the government into the private lives of its citizens."

He also believes that Israel is the greatest ally of the U.S. in the Middle East, being vitally important to the safety and stability of the region.

His family has been in the construction industry for five generations. Murphy used that experience in 2010 when he spent six months working in the Gulf of Mexico to help with cleanup efforts following the BP oil spill. Having grown-up in the Florida Keys, he understands the need for responsible environmental policy.

If you will be in the West Palm Beach, FL area on March 20,  join JAC at reception in honor of Patrick. For further information, please contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected].

7 of Hillary Clinton's Biggest Accomplishments

  1. Negotiated a ceasefire between Israel & Hamas
  2. Fought for children and families for 40 years and counting
  3. Helped provide millions of children with health care
  4. Helped get 9/11 first responders the health care they needed
  5. Told the world that "Women's rights are human rights."
  6. Stood up for LGBT rights at home and abroad
  7. Helped expand health care and family leave for military families.
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Israel & the Middle East
A Rash of Bloody Attacks Greets Biden in Israel
Less than a mile from where Vice President Biden spoke at a center for peace, a Palestinian attacker went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday that left an American tourist dead and 10 wounded. 
Biden Criticizes Palestinians for Not Condemning Attack 
Vice President Joe Biden criticized Palestinian leaders for a 'failure to condemn' a stabbing spree that killed an American student and war veteran the day before. The day before, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' political party had posted a statement online praising the attacker.

Iran Tests 2 Ballistic Missiles with Potential to Reach Israel  
Iran's military tested two ballistic missiles this week, that were reportedly designed to reach Israel. Iran has conducted a number of other ballistic missile tests this week.    
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Abbas Reportedly Turned Down New U.S. Peace Initiative
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas turned down a U.S. peace initiative presented to him during a West Bank meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, a Palestinian newspaper reported.
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You Can't Run from a Stabber in Heels
Someone has convinced young Palestinians to die for something that never existed instead of living for something that can. If the world really cares about them, that is the puzzle they should seek to solve.
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Anti-Semitism & BDS
We Must Tell the World the True Motives of BDS 
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against the State of Israel is undoubtedly spreading on US campuses, in mainstream Protestant circles, and in universities and unions in Europe. One element explaining its growth is the frustration with the stalemate that has taken hold between the Israelis and Palestinians.  
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No 'Safe Space' at Oberlin for Jewish Pro-Israel Students 
You can forget about colleges being guaranteed 'safe places' for Jewish concerns. And, in some ways, this is for the best - it means you need to strengthen your own Jewish identity and narrative.
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Here & There: Where is the U.S.-Israel Relationship Headed 
This year marks the 12th annual Israel Apartheid Week. The first Apartheid Week was held in Toronto in 2005. Today, the IAW website boasts of 155 universities worldwide hosting this event.
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Reproductive Rights
How Politicians Are Making Abortion Less Safe 
Behold how they have 'protected women." They have such sensible, compassionate reasons to make abortion after 20 weeks a felony.

Bad Medicine: Anti-Choice Laws Ignore Medical Science 
Seventy percent of the 353 state-level abortion restrictions introduced so far this year are based on political pretext, false information, or stereotypes, according to a new analysis. 
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Florida's War on Women 
Florida just passed a massive bill to shut down access to abortion clinics and take away birth control. Governor Rick Scott is primed to sign it.
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Tennessee: Should We Keep Criminalizing Pregnant Women? 
In 2014, Tennessee made national news when it became the first state in the U.S. to make it a crime to use drugs while pregnant. This controversial law is set to expire this summer, unless lawmakers extend it.
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Clinton & Sanders: Different Answers on Abortion 
Clinton and Sanders differing answers on abortion at the Fox town hall showed why it's important to ask candidates about the issue, even pro-choice candidates.  
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Separation of Religion & State
The Right to Abortion - and Religious Freedom
U.S. courts have claimed to decide women's health cases on the basis of privacy, but they've often favored on particular faith's conception of when life begins.
ID Lawmaker: Parents Have Religious Right to Deny Medical Treatment to Kids
Lawmakers in Idaho approved a bill that would allow Bible study in science classes and declined to change a law that shields faith-healing parents from prosecution when their children die from treatable illnesses.
Beyond the Core
Most Americans Disagree with Their Rep. on Climate Change 
According to new research from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, more than six in ten Americans are represented by someone in Congress who denies the reality of climate change. 
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Ohio Gov Signs Nation's 1st Anti-Renewable Energy Law
The intellectual leader of the tea party movement in the Senate is secretly holding up a bill to help the residents of Flint, Michigan, who have been poisoned by their own water supply.   
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Illinois Wants to Increase Concealed Carry Locations
Legislators have proposed including public transportation, courthouses, interstate highway rest areas, public parks and athletic facilities as areas in which permit holders are allowed to carry a concealed weapon.
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WV Becomes 8th State to Allow Concealed Carry w/o Permit
It already allowed open carry without a permit, as do 25 other states.

Over 50 Mass Shootings - Why Are We Not Talking About It? 
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MO GOP Breaks 39-Hour Fillibuster to Advance Anti-Gay Bill 
Republicans in the Missouri state senate voted 23-9 on Wednesday morning to advance a bill that would protect religious people and organizations opposed to same-sex marriage.
Political Byte
The Obama Doctrine 
The President talks through his hardest decisions about America's role in the world. 
Could Trump Nomination Put House Up for Grabs? 
The most unpredictable GOP presidential race in recent memory is sparking questions about whether the House GOP majority could be jeopardized with Trump on the ticket. 

Flint Aid Stuck in Senate Despite Media Spotlight 
The race for the White House has put Flint's water crisis in the spotlight, but it hasn't been enought to move a $250 million aid package. It has been stopped by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA).
President Obama Meets with Supreme Court Candidates 
President Obama has begun interviewing candidates for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
GOP Standing Firm on SCOTUS Blockade 
The GOP has rallied around Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's refusal to even hold hearings on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, despite criticisms of obstructionism and potential pitfalls.

What Would Justice Scalia Think? 
Justice Scalia would insist on fulfilling these plain words of the Constitution and the duties imposed by the Constitution for the president to nominate and the Senate to approve or disapprove the nominee.   
Election 2016
Tuesday's Primaries Changed Everything and Nothing 
The results of Tuesday's primary contests brought us some surprises - a Bernie win, a Rubio collapse and a Trump romp. But it didn't fundamentally alter the trajectory of this campaign.
Republicans Now Paying for Their Dysfunction 
Incredibly, Republican destructiveness  is even worse than it was four years ago - and the party is paying for it with a surge of anti-establishment populism that is tearing apart its coalitional base.  

5 Things You Need to Know from the Democratic Debate 
With just days until the all-important March 15 primaries, where more than 30 percent of delegates will be awarded, including in Florida, here are five things to know about Wednesday's debate.    
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Violence at Trump Rallies - An Ongoing Issue 
Below: A running list of violent incidents involving Donald Trump supporters, protesters, members of the media, and campaign/security staff at Trump events.    
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No, Trump Doesn't Really Have a Steak Company 
Dustin Hoffman Breaks Down Over Family History
Dustin Hoffman didn't know the names of his paternal grandparents when he appeared Tuesday on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates."
Do Israelis Really Want to Expel Arabs? Holes in the Pew Survey.
There is a worrying strain in Israeli society that believes in forcing Arabs to leave, but one in two Jewish citizens - seriously? This is off the chart compared to the past surveys on similar topics. What, exactly, were people asked?

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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.