Rand Paul Hoping For Kentucky Version Of LBJ Law

Rand Paul has a dilemma.  The first-term Republican senator from Kentucky is a clear favorite for re-election next year.  But he also wants to run for president as well.  The rub?  State law prohibits him from seeking more than one post at the same time. (Marco Rubio of Florida is in the same predicament: the …

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Is Rahm In Trouble?

It’s hard to imagine that Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago with a $15 million war chest, is in trouble in his April 7 runoff with Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the Cook County commissioner who got enough of the vote in the initial Feb. 24 election to keep Emanuel from winning a second term outright.  Reports …

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Rahm Hoping To End Chicago Race Today

He has a solid campaign organization, tons of money, and even the president of the United States in his corner. But if reports are to be believed, Rahm Emanuel is running scared in his bid (on Tuesday, Feb. 24) for a second term as mayor of Chicago.  Not that anyone thinks he will finish anywhere …

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Whither V.P. Biden; Welcome Gov. Brown

One of the more entertaining aspects of following politics is watching how journalists cover Sarah Palin. To a person, they swear up and down that they’ll never write about her again. Then she’ll say something – as she did last month, when she told a reporter that she’s “seriously thinking” about running for president – …

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Who Dat? – H

You can’t figure out what Seattle coach Pete Carroll was thinking when he called for that ill-fated pass play during the Super Bowl? How do you think we feel when we can’t figure out who all these local campaign buttons refer to?? As you know, every so often we come across campaign buttons for candidates …

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The King For President Campaign That Never Was

The fascinating debate over historical accuracy in the movie “Selma” and the respective roles the real President Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played continue.  One thing not in question:  LBJ believed in solving things through politics, while King hoped to influence politics and policy through action. And while King and Johnson were …

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Slim Pickens For GOP In 2016 Senate Races

The Senate campaign news of the week was the retirement announcement by Barbara Boxer, the 74-year old California Democrat who said she would not seek a fifth term next year.  Usually, when a Senate incumbent steps down, it’s good news for the opposite party.  But there hasn’t been good news for the Republicans in the …

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With Paul Ryan Saying No, FDR Remains The Last To Do It

How’s that for a cryptic headline? Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who was his party’s nominee for vice president in 2012, announced this week — to little fanfare — that after great deliberation, he would not seek the presidency in 2016.  The decision was not a surprise: he had just assumed the chairmanship of …

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What Howard Baker Left Us

What makes a successful politician? We often don’t fully know the answer to that until they are gone from the scene, and even then the answer is not clear. Harry Truman, for example, left office in 1953 with abysmal polling numbers (22% approval according to Gallup), but in the decades since his departure his stock …

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The Population Bowl: Florida Gets By New York

In the scheme of things, it may be more about bragging rights than anything else. As the Miami Herald told it, Florida Gov. Rick Scott couldn’t contain himself.  “Today’s news of Florida officially becoming the third most populous state is exciting,” he said on Tuesday.  “I look forward to more people and more job creators …

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