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Numbers, economy favor Republicans

Numbers, economy favor Republicans

Never before have so many governorships been up for grabs — and with so much at stake. The races come just ahead of once-in-a-decade congressional and legislative redistricting to reflect the U.S. population of the 2010 census, a process in which governors will play a central role. Of the 37 governorships on the ballot, more […]

Voters reject Tea Party candidate in Alabama

Voters reject Tea Party candidate in Alabama

A mainstream Republican rolled past a tea party activist Tuesday in the GOP runoff for a southeast Alabama congressional seat that Republicans hope to reclaim. Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby was drawing 60 percent in the unofficial count in the 2nd Congressional District GOP runoff Tuesday against Rick Barber, a former Marine who operates a […]

Judge who blocked drilling ban has conflict-of-interest

Judge who blocked drilling ban has conflict-of-interest

The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He’s also a new member of a secret national security court. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 appointee of […]

Obama’s Memorial Day washout

Obama’s Memorial Day washout

Normally, on this Memorial Day weekend, I would have packed up the saddlebags and tour pack of my Harley and headed to Washington for the annual Rolling Thunder ride to the wall. But my mother’s deteriorating health eliminates overnight trips for the near term so I rode over to Bedford Monday to visit the National […]

Obama snubs vets: Skips Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery

Obama snubs vets: Skips Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery

President Barack Obama would rather vacation in Chicago on this Memorial Day and insults veterans by skipping the traditional ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Vice President Joe Biden will stand in for the President at the wreath-laying ceremony while Obama will put in an appearance at Illinois’s Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The snub is not […]

Palin to Tea Party: Keep shouting

Palin to Tea Party: Keep shouting

Sarah Palin told thousands of tea party activists assembled in the dusty Nevada desert Saturday that Sen. Harry Reid will have to explain his votes when he comes back to his hometown to campaign. The wind whipped U.S. flags behind the former Alaska governor as she stood on a makeshift stage, holding a microphone and […]

Bitter partisanship not new in America

Bitter partisanship not new in America

The current partisan divide is as stark and nasty as any in recent history and on almost every issue — from health care to energy independence to reviving the economy — there’s little or no effort to find common ground. But fierce political battle is also a tradition ingrained in American history. If today’s hostile […]

CPAC’s right-wing children

The conservative movement in America is now child’s play. The kids have taken over the right wing (again) and that’s not sitting too well with the old guard. Young, fresh-faced right-wingers dominated the crowd of more than 10,000 registrants at this past weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. They pushed the old fuddy-duddies […]

Alexander Haig dead at 85

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, a four-star general who served as a top adviser to three presidents and had presidential ambitions of his own, died Saturday of complications from an infection, his family said. He was 85. Haig’s long and decorated military career launched the Washington career for which he is better known, including […]

The man who killed bipartisanship

Bipartisanship. Sounds like a great concept. At one time, it actually existed in the halls of power in Washington. Bipartisanship helped President Ronald Reagan get his tax cuts through a reluctant, Democratic-controlled Congress in 1981. In those days, the Republican Party — in the minority in Congress just like it is today — was led […]