Who Dat? – O

It’s St. Patrick’s Day!  For all the O’Briens and O’Connors and O’Donnells out celebrating today, we figured it’s the perfect time to offer up a display of “unknown” campaign buttons starting with the letter “O.” As our fellow political junkies know, for some time now we’ve been showing photos of unknown buttons, arranged alphabetically by …

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Who Dat? – N

Have no idea who’s going to win in tomorrow’s Oscars?  Wouldn’t it be easier if you tried to figure out who these “unknown” campaign buttons are first? As our fellow political junkies know, for some time now we’ve been showing photos of unknown buttons, arranged alphabetically by candidate names, for you to help identify.  We …

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Don’t Expect Mitt To Be A ‘Never Trump’ Savior

NOTE:  This article first ran in USA Today Jan. 10, 2018 ———————————— The news that Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is retiring after 42 years, combined with the likelihood that Mitt Romney is going to run for, and presumably win, his seat, was wildly cheered by the “Never Trump” contingent of the Republican Party.  We’ll see …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2017

Whatever you think of 2017, it’s hard to make the case that it was one of the most uplifting of years.  And, frankly, that couldn’t have been much of a surprise, given the presidential campaign we had witnessed in 2016. The decline in civility and dignity has not dissipated.  And, we suspect, it’s not going …

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The Pathway For Virginia Lieutenant Governors

Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia in Tuesday’s election, has been the commonwealth’s lt. gov. the past four years.  With Virginia governors limited to one consecutive term, the LG is often seen as the heir apparent from the moment of the election.  Sometimes, but not always, that person has gone on to …

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Election 2017: Virginia Results Could Portend Strategies For 2018

Today is Election Day, with two governorships and a bunch of mayoral battles on the ballot around the country. But much of the nation’s attention will be on Virginia, where Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is term limited and where the race has been seen as, for the most part, a referendum on President Trump. Here’s …

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The Election That Won’t Go Away

And you thought the 2016 election was over? Day in and day out, President Trump, whenever there are questions about his campaign and Russia and the issue of “collusion,” has a very predictable response: Hillary. SHE was colluding with the Russians, SHE should be the focus of Robert Mueller’s investigations, SHE should be in prison. …

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NYC Mayors Who Failed To Survive Their Primaries

Despite press accounts detailing legions of disappointed and angry voters, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is hardly in any danger of losing today’s (Sept. 12) Democratic primary for a second term.  In fact, he’s likely to defeat a field of challengers, led by Sal Albanese (2013 primary effort: 0.9% of the vote), in a …

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Scott Brown Is Latest Ex-Pol Headed For New Zealand

Scott Brown, who electrified the Republican Party when he won the late Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) Senate seat in a 2010 special election, was nominated by President Trump on Thursday to be the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand. Brown’s Senate career didn’t last particularly long; he was defeated for re-election in 2012 by Elizabeth Warren.  Then …

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This Week’s Cabinet Confirmation Hearings

Here’s the schedule for the first week of Senate committee confirmation hearings for members of the Trump Cabinet (subject to change): TUESDAY, JAN. 10: Jeff Sessions, Attorney General — 9:30am, Judiciary John Kelly, Homeland Security — 3:30pm, Homeland Security/Governmental Affairs WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11: Rex Tillerson, State — 9:00am, Foreign Relations Mike Pompeo, CIA Director — …

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