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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

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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

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

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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

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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 May 18, 2005 / 9 Iyar, 5765

Dem remake?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Democrats don't want to have another presidential candidate like John Kerry, and who can blame them? So, the AP reports, they're thinking of revamping their nominating process.

Kerry got the nomination because he was standing nearby when Howard Dean imploded. The nominating process was so front-loaded neither John Edwards nor Wesley Clark had a real chance to catch him.

Two plans presented at a meeting last weekend in Chicago would continue to allow Iowa and New Hampshire to have the first delegate selection contests. A third, presented by Michigan Democrats, would rotate the honor of going first.

All three propose a series of regional primaries following a couple of opening single state contests. This shows Democrats have learned as little about how to fix the nominating process as they have about how to appeal to a majority of the electorate.

The good thing about Iowa and New Hampshire is that they, essentially, are the only delegate selection contests where "retail" politics is practiced.

Presidential candidates actually go out among real people at town hall meetings, coffee shops and such, and respond to questions real people ask.

The big state primaries and the multi-state primaries are contests more between the candidates' advertising agencies than between the candidates themselves.

The bad thing about Iowa and New Hampshire is that it would be hard to find two other states as demographically unrepresentative of the country. Both are lily white with rural, aging populations in a country that is mostly urban and multi-ethnic. Giving grossly disproportionate weight to Iowa and New Hampshire throws a curve into the process at the start.

Retail campaigning is good. We should have more of it. We need also to diminish the weight of Iowa and New Hampshire. That means more single state primaries, not fewer.

Let Iowa lead off with it's first in the nation caucuses, followed eight days later with the New Hampshire primary, as per usual. But have South Carolina hold its primary on the Saturday after the New Hampshire primary, with a primary in Arizona or Colorado the following Tuesday. Let there be Iowa-type caucuses in Louisiana, say, or Missouri the next Saturday, and a primary in Oregon or Wisconsin the following Tuesday.

We could have single state delegate selection contests every Tuesday and Saturday for the first couple of months of the nominating season. This would maximize retail campaigning, give dark horses a chance to emerge, and hold the interest of voters.

The next step in democratizing the nominating process is to have fewer primaries. The more primaries, the less each of them mean, and the more expensive it is for candidates to compete in them. Big state contests are decided by which candidate has the biggest war chest, not the best ideas.

The big states, except for California, should drop their primaries. California's primary should be moved back to its historic time in June, providing a punctuation mark to the delegate selection process. If a winner hasn't emerged by California, one almost certainly shall afterwards. The big states should select their delegates the old fashioned way, by county, district and state party conventions.

Primary voters and especially Iowa-type caucus goers are more extreme than the party rank and file. (The Iowa caucus was essentially invented by Gary Hart in 1972 to give George McGovern a boost.)

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Party regulars care more about winning than about ideology, so they're more apt to vote for the candidate they think has the best chance in November. If district and state conventions were scheduled for May and June, party regulars could use the results of the early primaries to guide their choices.

These would be sensible reforms. But because Democrats are Democrats, there's little chance they'll adopt them.

Some Democrats think dumping the donkey for a new symbol might help. The New York Daily News reports three ad agencies have been commissioned to come up with a new emblem.

Might I suggest the chicken, to reflect Democratic foreign policy? Or the ostrich, to indicate the Democrats' refusal to recognize the world has changed since the 1960s? Or perhaps the vulture, to commemorate the Democrats' lust for bad news from Iraq?

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