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Week In Review 12-15-2017

Doug Jones' win Tuesday over Roy Moore gave us a brief moment of hope. Finally it seemed that our country's moral compass was readjusted a bit. Alabama showed that when you vote your conscience, not your party, change can happen. But we still have a long way to go.

As we look toward 2018, candidates across the country are energized, knowing that when they get out the vote, they win. Jones fought hard for the 10,000 votes that pushed him to victory.    

Week In Review 12/9/2017

Will President Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem re-energize the peace process or heighten tensions in a region that teeters on the brink of instability at a moment's notice? The Jewish community is split on the impact this decision will have on Israel and its neighbors.

Week In Review 12/1/2017

Tax reform lasts a long time. 1986 was the last time the tax code was changed. Today's tax plan will linger on the backs of women, students, disabled and seniors for another generation as well, if not longer. * 

The extremely wealthy, which includes Donald Trump, his family and corporations, seem to be the only ones that will benefit from this draconian bill.

week in Review 11/10/2017

Refusing to remain silent and still, women are flexing their political muscle in new, energetic ways. A record number of women are running for every office across the country.

Voters elected history-making women to many offices Tuesday night, including the first transgender woman, the first female African-American lieutenant governor, Seattle's first lesbian mayor, and the first black woman mayor of Charlotte, N.C. 

Week in Review 11/3/2017

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. That watershed moment gave birth to the Jewish homeland and turned a dream into a reality for Jews everywhere.

Israel certainly didn't have an easy start and throughout the years its strength and fortitude has been tested with violence and bloodshed. Its neighbors seek Israel's destruction. World opinion is often not on Israel's side.

Week in Review 10/27/2017

Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake's announcement this week that he will not seek re-election was met with mixed signals from both sides of the aisle. It is usually harder to defeat an incumbent. Therefore an open senate or house seat is usually seen as a great opportunity. However, in this case, the now-presumed GOP nominee, Kelli Ward,is an extreme candidate with a strong anti-choice record. Her candidacy will no doubt, energize supporters that thrive on messages of hate and divisiveness. The Democrats will have a more difficult time winning this seat.

Week in Review 10/20/2017

 

This week President Trump spoke to the Family Research Council's (FRC) Values Voter Summit. The FRC has been described as the most powerful and influential political organization on the evangelical far right. The Summit's gathering was an opportunity to engage the extreme religious right's mission "to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong," according to the group's website. 

Week in Review 10/13/2017

 

First Hurricane Harvey arrived, then Hurricane Irma, and then the forest fires in Northern California. But this was still not enough proof for President Donald Trump that climate change is human-made and quickly throwing our world into crisis. On Tuesday, he rescinded the carbon emission rule that President Obama established to help stem global warming.

The emission regulations, a cornerstone of Obama's environmental policy, would have reduced emissions from U.S. power plants twenty-five percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and thirty percent below those levels by 2030.  

Week in Review 9/28/2017

 

We woke up the morning of Nov. 9, 2016 having elected Donald Trump as our nation's 45th President. There was deep shock then, and there is deep shock now. At that pivotal moment, our country changed in ways that we still struggle to understand.

Trump won because only 58 percent of eligible voters participated in the election; and he won because people thought he wouldn't win. Complacency  and apathy were the big enemy. According to the Pew Research group, the U.S. trails most developed countries in voter turnout.

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