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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

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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 Sept. 6, 2010 / 27 Elul, 5770

The stark choice in Pennsylvania

By David Broder



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | PHILADELPHIA ---When Pennsylvanians go to the polls on Nov. 2, they will have to do more than choose a new governor to succeed term-limited Democrat Edward Rendell; they have to break one of two historical precedents.

If they choose Democrat Dan Onorato, the 49-year-old elected executive of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), they will end a 64-year period in which the governorship has alternated between the parties every eight years.

On the other hand, if Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett, the early favorite, wins, he will have succeeded where every other attorney general who tried for the top job failed.

Because the history of this office is weighty in terms of national politics, with figures including Rendell, Tom Ridge, Dick Thornburgh, Milton Shapp, Bob Casey and Bill Scranton all playing prominent roles in their parties, the outcome may be more important than the highly publicized fight for Arlen Specter's Senate seat. But because both candidates come out of the west and neither is well known in the Philadelphia media market, where 40 percent of the voters live and elections are usually decided, both spent last weekend shaking hands and rubbing shoulders at neighborhood events in this city -- classic retail campaigning in a race that only this week has moved into TV advertising.

Onorato, who was something of a surprise winner of the four-way Democratic primary and is now in his first statewide race, concentrated on African American street festivals in South and West Philly. While Democrats have a statewide registration edge of 1.2 million voters, Onorato, a lawyer-accountant from a big Italian family who talks a managerial brand of politics, is heavily dependent on others to gin up the turnout he needs in southeast Pennsylvania.

Rendell, whose popularity has slumped elsewhere in the state, retains his following in the Philadelphia suburbs and will boost Onorato there. Onorato was happy to see Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter show up at one of the street festivals. "People are angry," Nutter told this reporter, "but they've got to understand it's still an important choice."

The long recession has blighted Democratic chances here, as elsewhere, but Pennsylvania has fared somewhat better than other industrial states -- and Pittsburgh better than the rest of the state. That's allowed Onorato to brag that he has not voted for a property tax increase in all his years on the Pittsburgh City Council and as county executive. He said Rendell has been his role model.

And that provides Corbett with his opening. A career prosecutor who served as U.S. attorney before winning twice as attorney general, Corbett, 61, is silver-haired and portly and looks more like a governor than the buzz-cut, balding Onorato. His claim to fame is that his investigations of corrupt legislators have so far sent several of them to jail.

In this race, he has modeled himself on Chris Christie, the freshman governor of New Jersey, promising, as Christie did, to oppose new taxes and to shrink state government. Corbett's lineage is in the great tradition of Pennsylvania moderates. He was recruited to help run George H.W. Bush's first presidential campaign by Elsie Hillman, the grand dowager of the GOP who, with her wealthy husband, sponsored two generations of Republicans, from Hugh Scott and John Heinz down to Specter and Ridge.

Faced with a Tea Party challenger in the primary, Corbett moved right, signed Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge, joined a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Obama health-care bill and signed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Arizona immigration law, creating issues in the moderate suburbs. In a gaffe certain to be exploited by the Democrats, he also said to an interviewer that employers had told him workers were turning down job offers in favor of drawing unemployment compensation. "The jobs are there," he said, "but if we keep extending unemployment, people are just going to sit there." He later apologized for the remarks.

Corbett interrupted his handshaking Sunday at the Reading Terminal, a collection of farmers markets and restaurants, to visit with his only daughter, a Philadelphia prosecutor, and her husband, an anti-narcotics cop. Then it was on to a German American festival and the annual Philadelphia Republican organization summer picnic -- where prospects for a good November soared so high the band even stole the Democratic anthem, "Happy Days Are Here Again."

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