Joel B. Pollak

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large and in-house counsel at Breitbart News. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he also has a degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Cape Town. He ran for Congress in 2010 in his hometown of Skokie, IL and worked as a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, as well as speechwriter to the Leader of the Opposition in the South African Parliament. He enjoys improv comedy, rock 'n' roll, and the literature of liberal apostates and iconoclasts. His wife Julia is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Pardee Rand Graduate School and his daughter Maya is unbelievably cute.


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Waxman Race: Anti-Cellphone Candidate Robo-calls Cell Phones

Republican Kevin Mottus is one of eighteen candidates, and three Republicans, listed on the ballot for the June 3 primary to replace retiring Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman in California's 33rd congressional district. Mottus's focus throughout the campaign has been on the dangers, he says, of cell phone signals and wireless radiation. He wants Congress to mandate "wired headsets" for cell phones "to prevent brain tumors," for example. Jun 2, 2014 11:13 AM PT

Candidates for Waxman's Seat, in 100 Characters

Early in the primary race, Breitbart California issued a challenge to each of the 18 contenders for the 33rd congressional district seat currently held by retiring Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman: summarize your candidacy in 100 tweetable characters or less. The experiment was largely a failure, but a few candidates actually responded. Here are the responses, linked to the candidates' Twitter accounts (if they have them). Jun 2, 2014 10:55 AM PT

LA Weekly Cover: Republican as Klansman

L.A. Weekly, the ubiquitous guide to popular culture and urban style in Los Angeles, features a Republican wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit as part of the illustration to its cover story this week on the GOP's candidates for governor in the June 3 primary. The cover art depicts an elephant in a tug-of war between a portly, cigar-smoking team on one side, and a crew of conservative caricatures on the other, including the KKK figure. Jun 2, 2014 4:46 AM PT

Bipartisan Consensus Emerging for New Dams?

A Sunday feature in the Sacramento Bee suggests--indirectly--that a bipartisan consensus may be emerging in the California State Assembly on the need for additional dams to increase the state's water storage and fight future droughts. Currently, California is suffering one of the worst droughts in its history--though hundreds of thousands of acre-feet are being released from reservoirs to boost stream flows and protect fish populations. Jun 1, 2014 5:06 PM PT

Poll: Kashkari Catches Donnelly, Brown Ahead

A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released on Sunday morning shows that Republican moderate Neel Kashkari has finally caught up to his GOP rival, Tim Donnelly, though incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown remains far ahead of both. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes in the primary election. Jun 1, 2014 6:25 AM PT

Another Left-Wing Mag Heaps Praise on Jerry Brown

In the wake of Tim Dickinson's article in Rolling Stone last year pronouncing Gov. Jerry Brown's "miracle" in California comes John Nichols's paean in The Nation, entitled: "How Jerry Brown Got Californians to Raise Their Taxes and Save Their State." While offering left-wing a warning that Brown is no "iconic liberal," or is he the most "progressive" governor--Nichols says that Brown is the best answer to conservative calls for reform. Jun 1, 2014 4:58 AM PT

Eureka!: Top Graduates Choosing San Fran over New York

Gov. Jerry Brown raised eyebrows recently when he dismissed concerns about California's tough economic environment, which has chased companies like Toyota away: "[S]mart people figure out how to make it," he said. An increasing number of elite graduates from across the country seem to agree, with New York quickly losing its place to the Bay Area as the prime post-graduation destination for graduates from elite colleges. Jun 1, 2014 4:40 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Michael Bloomberg Still Doesn't Get It

It was refreshing to see former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speak out for academic freedom--and for conservatives in particular--in his commencement address to Harvard Unversity on Thursday. Calling liberal political correctness "a modern-day form of McCarthyism," Bloomberg added: "There was more disagreement among the old Soviet politburo." May 30, 2014 6:04 PM PT

Hate Mail from the Wendy Greuel Campaign

Earlier this week, Breitbart News published an article handicapping the field for "Hollywood's congressional primary," offering odds on the frontrunners in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). We included former Los Angeles Controller (and former DreamWorks employee) Wendy Greuel among the top five among 18 candidates, with 10-to-1 odds of finishing in the top two and qualifying for the November runoff. That wasn't good enough for Greuel's campaign manager, Michael Trujillo. May 30, 2014 5:19 AM PT

Hate Mail from the Wendy Greuel Campaign

Earlier this week, Breitbart News published an article handicapping the field for "Hollywood's congressional primary," offering odds on the frontrunners in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). We included former Los Angeles Controller (and former DreamWorks employee) Wendy Greuel among the top five among 18 candidates, with 10-to-1 odds of finishing in the top two and qualifying for the November runoff. That wasn't good enough for Greuel's campaign manager, Michael Trujillo. May 30, 2014 5:19 AM PT

Panic for GOP Establishment as Kashkari is Distant 3rd in New Poll

Neel Kashkari swings an axe in his ubiquitous television commercial. But he hasn't found an axe big enough to cut into Tim Donnelly's lead among Republican voters. A new Hoover Institution "Golden State" poll shows that Kashkari is only pulling 5% of the vote, barely above the 4% margin of error, a distant third behind popular Democrat incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown at 36%, and Tea Party favorite Assemblyman Tim Donnelly with 12%. May 29, 2014 5:08 AM PT

Sacramento to Cab Drivers: Speak English

Sacramento is known as a Democratic Party stronghold, both locally and in state politics. Yet the River City has adopted adopted a rather conservative measure" requiring all taxi drivers in the city to speak English on the job. May 28, 2014 2:34 PM PT

The Waxman Race: Handicapping Hollywood's Congressional Primary

Voters in California's 33rd congressional district head will decide Tuesday which of an enormous field of 18 contenders will succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) after 40 years in the House. Poll data is scarce, but all signs point to a close race, with a handful of candidates bunched near the top and the rest hoping for a lucky break. Turnout is expected to be low, making it harder to predict what happens when Hollywood goes to vote. (Carr, left; Williamson, center; Lieu, right) May 28, 2014 5:48 AM PT

The Waxman Race: Handicapping Hollywood's Congressional Primary

Voters in California's 33rd congressional district head will decide Tuesday which of an enormous field of 18 contenders will succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) after 40 years in the House. Poll data is scarce, but all signs point to a close race, with a handful of candidates bunched near the top and the rest hoping for a lucky break. Turnout is expected to be low, making it harder to predict what happens when Hollywood goes to vote. (Carr, left; Williamson, center; Lieu, right) May 28, 2014 5:48 AM PT

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