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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 26, 2010 / 15 Menachem-Av, 5770

Election 2010's big prize: The states

By David Broder



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In this high-stakes election of 2010, much attention naturally focuses on Republican efforts to come back in Congress and the Democrats' drive to retain their large majorities in the House and Senate.

But for those gauging the long-term health of the two parties, nothing is more important than the fight for control of the 37 governorships and the legislatures on the ballot this November.

Democrats start with the advantage, holding 26 of the 50 governorships at this moment, but they must defend 19, compared with the Republicans' 18. Big changes are certain, because more than a dozen of the governors are term-limited.

Republicans are poised to make gains in the area of their greatest weakness, the Northeast. The GOP has already scored one breakthrough, in New Jersey, in the 2009 off-year voting. Democrats are defending open seats in Maine and Pennsylvania, and in both states the normal cycles of alternating ascendancy favor the Republicans.

In addition, the incumbent Democratic governors of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maryland all face credible opponents in their bids to extend their terms. Only in New York, where state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is poised to succeed retiring interim Gov. David Paterson, did the Republicans fail to come up with a strong contender.

By contrast, the Democrats' best chances for gains can be found in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont, where Republican seats are open.

The South continues to look Republican. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is favored over former Houston mayor Bill White, and the GOP has the inside track to retain open seats in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Virginia flipped to the Republicans in 2009, and they are favored to take over open Democratic governorships in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Perhaps only in Georgia, where former governor Roy Barnes is attempting a comeback, do Democrats have the better-known candidate.

The top race in the West is in California, where current Attorney General and former governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. is challenging former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman for the job being vacated by maverick Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Whitman is well on her way to breaking all individual spending records, but Brown seems determined to regain his old job.

Elsewhere in the West, Democrats look extremely vulnerable in Wyoming, and open seats in New Mexico and Oregon could also provide a challenge. Colorado might have also been on the list of Democratic worries, but a plagiarism scandal has befallen Republican Scott McInnis and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper now has the edge.

Democrats also have hopes in Arizona against Gov. Jan Brewer of immigration fame; in Alaska, where Sarah Palin's successor, Sean Parnell, is seeking a full term; and in open seats in Hawaii and Nevada.

The Midwest is the main battleground and the best chance for a Republican breakthrough. In Kansas, where the Democratic governorship formerly held by Kathleen Sebelius, now secretary of health and human services, is open, retiring Republican Sen. Sam Brownback is the overwhelming favorite.

Open Democratic seats in Michigan and Wisconsin are also tempting targets for the GOP, and they are offering credible candidates in both.

In the Iowa contest, Democratic Gov. Chet Culver must contend with longtime former Republican governor Terry Branstad, and in Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland is matched against former House Budget Committee chairman John Kasich.

The final Republican opportunity is in Illinois, where interim Gov. Pat Quinn is still reeling from the fallout of the Rod Blagojevich scandal as he faces state Sen. Bill Brady.

The only tempting Democratic target is the open Republican governorship in Minnesota.

Governors historically play a significant role in their parties' presidential politics, and those elected in 2010 will also have a voice in most states in the redistricting process that will follow the current census.

Governing the states will be tough in these uncertain economic times, but the competition is fierce.

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