October 4, 2019
Jewish Community Voter Guide 
The 2019 Jewish Community Voter Guide is now available.

The JAC Education Foundation's nonpartisan Congressional Voter Guide is now available for download and in print version. This edition tracks the votes of all members of the House and Senate from January - July of 2019 on key votes important to the Jewish community.

If you would like printed copies for your synagogue or organization, please contact the JAC Education Foundation office at 847.433.5999.
Donald Trump is
waging a war on our country with words, not just deeds.

His constant overuse of certain words has become cemented into voters' minds. These phrases, for example, "crooked Hillary," "fake news," and "invasion" to describe undocumented immigrants, and calling the Ukraine investigation a "sham," have helped shape the political debate and bolster his supporters.

If someone repeats a phrase, even a false one, often enough, a person can be trained to think it's true and a popular opinion. Repeating words can also be used as a stall tactic allowing an individual, like Trump, to continue speaking when there is nothing new to say, to deflect reporters questions, and to distract from the issues at hand.

Trump has used his power to silence those who use their words to contradict and criticize his policies. The Agriculture Department recently decided to relocate an entire staff of career economists from Washington to the Kansas City area after they published reports on the financial harms of Trump's trade policies. The Interior Department moved a climate scientist to an accounting role after he stressed the dangers of climate change to Alaska's Native communities.

His administration has also set out to rewrite the language contained in government documents and websites dealing with family planning. He wants the UN to drop mention of reproductive health from official documents.

We cannot allow Trump to use his words to lead us astray from our task at hand - taking back the Senate and keeping the House.

We need to continue to work to elect JAC candidates who have respect for the rule of law, treat people with dignity, and are answerable to voters - not foreign governments.

DONATE to JAC candidates. They need YOUR support to win.

The Financial Brand, Washington Post
Former JAC President Gail Yamner (r) delivered JAC support to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) in New Jersey.
JAC attended a lunch in honor of Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2). From l to r:  Marcia Balonick, Rep. Kelly, Dr. Ramsey Ellis, Smita Shaw, and Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
JAC members joined an event with Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28) in Chicago. (l to r: Linda Rae Sher, Rep. Schiff, Marcia Balonick, Hollis Wein)
JAC members joined an event with Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5) in Chicago. (l to r: Tamar Newberger and Rep. Mike Quigley)
Israel's Netanyahu Begins Coalition Hunt Amid Deadlock      
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began the daunting task of trying to cobble together a coalition government amid political deadlock that emerged from this month's repeat elections, which had no clear winner. He now has up to six weeks to attempt to resolve the political impasse, but his odds appear slim.
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Hate Fliers Circulated in Montana Town on Rosh Hashanah

Fliers bearing white nationalist language and hate speech were circulated to businesses in Whitefish, Montana. The fliers were circulated on the first day of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. 
'No Surprise': Congressional Republicans Go After Medication Abortion 
U.S. House Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH) recently introduced a bill that falsely characterizes medication abortion as dangerous and in need of more regulation. Reproductive health experts say the bill is yet another example of pushback to a method of abortion that is threatening the anti-choice movement. Latta's push to stigmatize and create more regulations for medication abortion care comes as lawmakers in four states have enacted counseling requirements that spread misinformation about medication abortion, which constituted nearly 40 percent of abortions in the United States in 2017.
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White Evangelicals Love Trump and Aren't Confused About Why. No One Should Be.

Liberals have a tendency to wring their hands at the strong support President Donald Trump - he of the three wives and multiple affairs, and a tendency to engage in exceedingly un-Christian-like behavior at the slightest provocation - continues to receive from the white evangelical community. White evangelical support for Donald Trump is still at 73 percent, and 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for him in 2016. But focusing on the disconnect between Trump's personal actions and the moral aspects of their faith misses the issue that keeps their support firm: racism.   
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Mass Shootings Have Hit 158 House Districts so Far This Year

More than a third of all House lawmakers represent districts where a mass shooting has occurred this year, highlighting the bipartisan pressure on Congress to take action on gun legislation after a wave of killings in Texas and Ohio during August. An analysis found that about two-thirds of those shootings have taken place in districts represented by Democrats, many of whom represent cities hard-hit by the scourge of gun violence, while a third occurred in Republican-held districts, from the suburbs to rural communities.
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How President Pence Would Blow up 2020
If the Senate were to remove President Donald Trump from office -- which could happen only on a bipartisan vote -- the 2016 election results wouldn't be overturned. Democrats wouldn't control the White House. America's reward for convicting Trump would be President Michael Richard Pence. Suddenly, the political calculations for Democratic candidates, and Democratic voters, would change. And it could completely flip the current hierarchy of the field. 
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How Rod Serling Fought Injustice - and Nazis - on 'the Twilight Zone'     
Rod Serling wanted to fight Nazis; he missed his chance, but later got another. Stationed in the Pacific, he did not get to fight them and their anti-Semitic doctrine. But in 1961, while Adolf Eichmann faced trial in Jerusalem, Serling had his chance at justice. And, as the heavy-browed, stentorian narrator, he was the face of it as well.
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Introducing JACII, a JAC group for young professionals, advocates, and those young at heart who are looking to get involved. Groups have started in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Events will feature elected officials and speakers in lively settings. JACII is by and for young people. Now is the perfect time to get involved.

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at info@jacpac.org. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

The Last Word
" "This is the time when we each have to decide what we need to do to save our democracy,"
-- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)


Thursday, October 10
Michigan Membership Meeting
Senators Debbie Stabenow & Gary Peters (D-MI)
11:00 am
Franklin, MI

Thursday, October 17
Senate Candidate Mark Kelly (D-AZ) &
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ)
Chicago, IL
Thursday, October 24
Virtual Talking Points
Ben Winkler
Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Details to be announced 

April 21-23, 2020
JAC's 2020 Annual Meeting
Celebrating 40 years of JAC
Washington, DC

Want to host a JAC event? Contact the office and we will help organize it.
info@jacpac.org or 847.433.5999
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.
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