August 10, 2018
JAC members met with Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1) in Chicago to discuss the issues. (l to r: Sydney Box, Barbara Koch, Taylor Shuman, Monti Redman, Diana DeGette, Gail Eisenberg, Kristine Schanbacher, Susan Insoft, Lisa Imber, Howard Swibel, and Marcia Balonick)
JACII LA hosted an event supporting Mike Levin, candidate for CA-49 at the home of Denise & Bob Barta, to discuss the upcoming election and how to get involved and #DoSomething. (l to r: Ronnie, Bob Barta, Denise Barta, Mike Levin, and Rachel Levy)
JACII Chicago held a brunch supporting Lauren Baer, candidate for FL-18. Lauren was able to Skype in to answer questions, discuss issues and more.
Former JAC President Gail Yamner hosted an event for Mikie Sherrill, candidate for NJ-11, in Clifton, NJ this week. (l to r: Mikie Sherrill, Gail Yamner)

 (l to r: Sydney Box, Taylor Shuman, and Naomi White)
 
by Sydney Box, Taylor Shuman, and Taylor Shuman   
Summer 2018 JAC Interns   
 
This summer as interns at JACPAC, we were inspired to Do Something.
 
From the 2018 Power of Women Luncheon, to meeting with candidates, to creating photobooks, helping to compile the EZ Read, and working on the Voter Guide (and many coffee-runs in between), we not only learned about the importance of grassroots politics, but many valuable lessons about ourselves.
 
Lessons from this summer are truly invaluable; something we will carry with us through our young adult lives; whether it be applying to college or law school, we have found a community of passionate women to help guide us.
 
There is something very special about spending every day with women who share the same interests. We relied on each other for advice, laughs, and help no matter our age difference.
 
Naomi and Rena were indispensable resources with the weekly newsletter. Taylor spent her summer focused on the Voter Guide. Sydney, a seasoned veteran at JAC, worked on candidate research. Sarah, another seasoned veteran, worked on a variety of things, including candidate research, the EZ Read, and more. Together, we all prepared for the 2018 midterm elections, where we will "do something" in our own way, whether it be at Highland Park High School, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan, and beyond.
 
We are so thankful for the opportunity to learn, grow, and share our passion for change with our local community.
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Do you know a high school or college student who would like to intern at JAC during the school year or next summer? Call the JAC office at 847.433.5999 about opportunities. 

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Brett Kavanuagh's
SCOTUS Nomination 
  
If he is confirmed to the Supreme Court, all of our issues will be in jeopardy based on his history of extremist views. 
  
202.224.3121 
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Issues that will be in danger if he is confirmed include: 
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Access to contraception
  • Immigration
  • Marriage Equality
  • Separation of Religion and State
  • Environmental regulations
  • and more
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ISRAEL
Israel and Hamas Trade Blows Again. Was That a Negotiating Tactic?         

The sharp blows between Israel and Gaza left many wondering if these were the final shots ushering in a new, if fragile, cease-fire, or the opening shots of the next war. Analysts on both sides said Israel and Hamas were trying to improve their negotiating positions for a longer lasting truce by letting their guns talk.   
Trump and His Foreign Policy Team Are on Separate Pages. What Does It Mean for Israel and Iran?
  
President Donald Trump says he's ready to meet Iran's leadership without preconditions. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems to have preconditions. The disconnect of recent weeks was sharpened Monday when the White House announced the reimposition of sanctions on Iran, the first to be reintroduced since Trump announced in May that he was pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.           
Russian Social Media Accounts Sought to Influence U.S.-Israel Ties    
  
Fake Russian social media accounts have sought to influence relations between the United States and Israel, Israeli television reported. Researchers from Clemson University found that of nearly three million posts flagged as being from fake accounts out of so-called Russian troll farms, tens of thousands of them had to do with Israel and the broader region. 
ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
Global Neo-Nazism Is Increasing. Why Is the State Department Anti-Semitism Envoy Position Still Vacant?
 
As a former Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS) for the State Department, I remain concerned that for the past 18 months, this post has been vacant. The absence of a Special Envoy makes the media's role of spotlighting outbreaks of hatred and anti-Semitism even more vital.  
Subpoena for Chat App Could Expose Identities of Charlottesville White Supremacists
 
White supremacists who participated in the infamous Unite the Right rally may soon be unmasked by a subpoena for messages on the chat app Discord. In a federal lawsuit, counter-protesters contend that messages on the secure app show that organizers of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville "conspired to commit acts of violence, intimidation and harassment."    
Charlottesville: One Year Later
 
Infighting, lawsuits and a social-media crackdown are hampering white nationalist and other right-wing groups, the groups' leaders and people who track extremist groups say. Some white-supremacist groups have been blocked by financial companies that refuse to process credit-card transactions and mainstream social-media platforms like Twitter and Facebook that remove their posts, making it difficult to spread their message, find new recruits and raise funds. Many far-right groups and individuals have moved to lesser-known social-media and video-hosting platforms, with much less exposure to the general public.     
Continued Reading

 
CHOICE
Congress Needs to Step up and Defund ICE's Barbaric Abuses Against Pregnant Women

Among the recent news about our nation's immigration policies, one practice has barely received attention-the handling of pregnant immigrants. Given the inhumane treatment of families fleeing violence and life-threatening circumstances at our borders, it should come as little surprise that pregnant migrants are also experiencing abhorrent treatment by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): detainment in conditions that pose dangerous health risks.  
Telemedicine Could Help Fill the Gaps in America's Abortion Care
 
The first US telemedicine abortion program began a decade ago, in Iowa. Between 2008 and 2015, four Planned Parenthood clinics in the state performed 8,765 abortions via telemedicine, all following the same basic protocol: A patient would come into the clinic for an intake appointment, including an ultrasound, and a doctor would review her images and medical history-remotely. After talking to the patient via videoconference, the doctor would enter a password to unlock a drawer in front of the patient.
The Glaring Exception in the Coming Battle over Reproductive Rights
 
The empowered anti-abortion movement is reluctant to take on in-vitro fertilization. An emboldened anti-abortion campaign could lead to consequences for women's health care and reproductive rights that range far beyond abortion restrictions. Contraceptive devices, such as IUDs or even the pill, could cease to be covered by insurance. But there is one procedure, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), that is curiously absent from this debate, though it results in the destruction of embryos. 
Continued Reading

 
SEPARATION
Poll Suggests Religious Freedom Push Is Having an Effect 

Standing beneath the cast aluminum statue of Lady Justice in the Department of Justice's Great Hall, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a bold statement last week: "Many Americans have felt that their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack." He spoke of Catholic nuns being forced to buy contraceptives. (Actually, the Affordable Care Act required the nuns to cover the costs of contraceptives in their employees' health plans.) He cited judicial nominees questioned about their faith.    
U.S. Judge Rules Against Trump Policy Restricting Transgender Troops 

A U.S. court ruled the Trump administration could not enforce an updated policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, becoming the second court in the country to rule against the government since it unveiled the policy in March. President Donald Trump announced on March 23 that he would endorse a plan by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to restrict the military service of transgender people who experience a condition called gender dysphoria. The policy replaced an outright ban on transgender service members that Trump announced last year on Twitter, citing concern over military focus and medical costs.   
BEYOND THE CORE
Is the NRA Going Broke?

Long heralded as one of the most powerful and deepest-pocketed interest groups in the country, the National Rifle Association is now saying it could be forced out of business. In court filings and public statements, the NRA says that a campaign by Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and the state's Department of Financial Services has cost it "tens of millions of dollars" and left it scrambling to find basic banking services and essential corporate liability coverage. But they are certainly not broke. The gun group did accrue debt and run a deficit in 2016, the last year for which its tax forms are available. But it also finished that year with a reported $36 million in net assets.  
A New Congress Could Restore the Promise of the Voting Rights Act

As we mark the anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its landmark guarantees have since dimmed. To be sure, the revolutionary law expanded the right to vote to millions of people historically excluded from our participatory democracy. It dismantled some of the systems that kept minority voters from casting a ballot, like abolishing literacy tests. Over the past half century, it's been credited for everything from the election loss of Jim Clark - the Selma, Alabama sheriff who ordered his troopers to charge civil rights marchers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge - to bringing turnout levels of black voters close to that of white voters. There can be no question that it has played a key role in protecting the ability of all voters to cast a ballot that counts on Election Day. 
An Exhilarating Attempt to Stop Partisan Gerrymandering

Those who believe - as we do - that partisan gerrymandering has become so extreme that it violates constitutional principles and threatens our democracy were disappointed when the Supreme Court dodged the issue last term. Its refusal in June, on technical grounds, to consider two egregious cases of partisan gerrymandering seemed to dash a good chance for reform. Lawmakers in statehouses who control the process, after all, have little incentive to fix a system they have rigged to benefit themselves.
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COURT WATCH
Brett Kavanaugh Once Predicted 'One Race' in the Eyes of Government. Would He End Affirmative Action?
  
Even as Kavanaugh has taken steps to open up an elite, historically white and male network, civil rights advocates cite legal opinions, interviews and writings that suggest he would weaken broad legal protections for minorities. Interest groups on both sides say Kavanaugh could be the vote conservatives have been looking for to speed the demise of affirmative action in college admissions.      
The Senate Needs to Find out What Kavanaugh Thinks About Guns    
  
Does the constitutional right to armed self-defense extend outside the home? The Supreme Court didn't address that issue when it a decade ago issued a landmark ruling affirming an individual's right to keep firearms in the home for personal protection. Now, that question is on the front burner with a ruling by a federal appeals court that - if allowed to stand - would have alarming implications for public safety. The decision underscores why gun-control advocates are concerned that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation could mean a dramatic - and they believe dangerous - tilt against efforts to regulate gun safety.
What a Justice Kavanaugh Could Mean for the Mueller Investigation and Trump     
  
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh shares one important view with President Trump: Both are deeply suspicious of any attempt to limit the president's power over executive branch officials. That view could have important consequences for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election, which includes allegations of collusion and possible obstruction of justice.
How Would Brett Kavanagh Rule in Supreme Court Religion Cases?      
  
If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, there is every reason to think that the Court will become more accommodating to conservative religious interests and concerns. But it won't necessarily become as accommodating as those on the religious right would like.
POLITICAL BYTE
The Gender Gap Among Midterm Voters Looks Huge - Maybe Even Record-Breaking
  
The gender gap - the fact that women tend to vote Democratic at a higher rate than men do - has been a persistent feature of American politics, and it's only getting wider. According to 2016 exit polls, women voted for Hillary Clinton by 13 percentage points, and men voted for President Trump by 11 points. That 24-point gap in the national popular vote was the biggest in the history of the presidential exit poll.      
Winners and Losers from Tuesday's Elections   
  
Tuesday was a night of extremes. In primaries and special elections in five states - Ohio, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington - socialist-leaning Democrats challenged their party's establishment, with mixed results, while President Trump boosted GOP challengers far on the right, with mixed results. And, of course, the big story is in Ohio. Republican Troy Balderson held a narrow lead in a special congressional election that, on paper, Republicans should have won by miles.  
Young Voters Don't like Being Called Millennials, or Too Much Trump-Bashing
  
By Election Day 2020 Millennials and Generation Z will make up 40 percent of eligible voters. Trump-bashing may also be counterproductive, according to John Cipriani of Global Strategy Group. "They know they don't like Donald Trump. Hitting them over the head with it might actually be demotivating." The battle with voting-age youth isn't issue-based but rather about changing the culture around voting entirely, the group found. However active these young people may be, they don't necessarily believe voting is the best way to effect change.    
FYI
Gal Gadot to Star as Jewish Actor-Inventor Hedy Lamarr in New American Tv Show
 
Gal Gadot is in talks to star as Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr in a TV series for American cable channel Showtime. The Showtime series about Lamarr will be a limited series and written by Sarah Treem - who also works with Israeli Hagai Levi ("In Treatment") on another hit Showtime show, "The Affair."  
JAC II
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
"The best thing we can do is get rid of dirty maps and dirty money."    

Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
 

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
with award-winning actress & mental health advocate
Glenn Close
Tuesday, August 14
Detroit area
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Meet & Greet
Kara Eastman (NE-2) 
Wednesday, August 15
2:00 pm
Chicago
Call JAC Office for Details
847.433.5999
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Reception in support of
Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11)
Sunday, August 26
Highland Park, IL
Call JAC office for details.
847.433.5999  
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JAC GOTV
Join JAC in Las Vegas as we Get Out the Vote for
Rep. Jacky Rosen (Senate Candidate)
Susie Lee (Congressional Candidate NV-3)
and Steven Horsford (Congressional Candidate NV-4) 
October 4-7
Details to come. Call the JAC office for more information.
847.433.5999 
  
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