Grimm News For The GOP: Staten Island Congressman Close To Indictment

You remember Rep. Michael Grimm?  He’s the Staten Island Republican who made national headlines the night of the State of the Union address, when a TV reporter asked him on camera about an ongoing corruption investigation that was said to include the congressman.  Grimm walked away but later, with the cameras still rolling, he came …

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Who Dat? – D

There was a button we used in a recent ScuttleButton puzzle that listed two candidates — “Re-elect Joe & Art/Vote Republican” — candidates whose identity we don’t know.  In fact, we often come across buttons whose origins have escaped us.  Thus, every now and then we post some of these unknown items, in the hope …

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Today’s GOP Primary For Trey Radel’s Florida House Seat Turns Nasty

The 19th Congressional District in southwest Florida is solidly Republican and has been since it was created in 1972.  Vacant since Rep. Trey Radel (R) resigned in January following his arrest for buying cocaine from an undercover cop, the winner of today’s GOP primary will likely be the district’s next House member.  But it’s been …

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Basil Paterson & The Rise Of Black Politics In New York

In nearly every obituary for Basil Paterson, the longtime Harlem political powerbroker who died at age 87 last week — and usually in the first sentence — it said he was the father of former Gov. David Paterson.  While that is true, it doesn’t begin to describe the role he played in establishing and nurturing …

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Politics And The 2014 Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Fame

An exciting week for music, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame got some new inductees:  Brian Epstein, Andrew Loog Oldham, Kiss, Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and The E Street Band. Everyone knows their influence on music.  But we shouldn’t forget the influence on politics that …

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Weighing The Pluses And Minuses Of A Jeb Bush Candidacy

It was late at night, the end of the 2004 Republican national convention, the last one ever for President George W. Bush.  People were filing out of Madison Square Garden when a group of delegates began chanting:  “We want Jeb!  We want Jeb!” There were still two months to go before the contest against Democratic …

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Who Will Be The Champion? PJ March Madness’ Final Round Begins!

And then there were two. The votes have been tallied, and our Political Junkie March Madness tournament has been whittled down to a Battle of the Pauls. Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Paul Ryan are the two candidates left in our grand challenge to predict who the Republican Party’s 2016 nominee will be. Now it’s …

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Here Comes the PJ March Madness Final Four!

A week ago, there were 32. Now we’re already down to our Final Four in the Political Junkie March Madness tournament! We are already halfway through our Semifinal round, and it’s time for you cast your votes to determine the competitors in next week’s final face-off! Take a look at our Semifinals bracket below, and …

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The Mayor Of Chicago … For President?

Let’s make it clear from the outset:  not many people have gone directly from Mayor to President.  I think the actual number is zero. Not that there haven’t been those who tried.  Think Democrats Sam Yorty of Los Angeles and John Lindsay of New York in 1972.  And there was Larry Agran, the mayor of …

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