September 4, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In their 2012 platform, Democrats left out a passage from their 2008 party document affirming that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel - a charged issue that gave Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney an opening to push his argument that he would be a stronger supporter of the Jewish state than President Obama. The topic of Jerusalem is a flashpoint in Israeli-Palestinian relations: while the city is the country's legal capital, it is also where Palestinians want to locate the capital of an independent state.
September 3, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Teachers unions have been the Democratic Party's foot soldiers for more than half a century, providing not only generous financial backing but an army of volunteers in return for support of their entrenched power in the nation's public schools. But this relationship is fraying, and the deterioration was evident Monday as Democrats gathered here for their national convention. A handful of teachers and parents, carrying large inflated pencils, picketed a screening of "Won't Back Down," a movie to be released this month starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as mothers, one a teacher, who try to take over a failing inner-city school.
September 2, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As the Democratic National Convention prepares to open, Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the gathering, is in a frenzy. He is surveying preparations at the Time Warner Cable Arena, doing a string of media interviews with reporters from around the nation, and hosting gatherings like Saturday's private dinner at the hip Osso restaurant, where young Democratic activists clamored for photographs with the Los Angeles mayor and top...
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - One of the president's early supporters, former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, emerged on the prime-time stage at the Republican convention - giving voice to those disillusioned by the promise of the Obama White House. Almost every convention has one, a party-switcher who becomes a star in their new political home. Davis left the Democratic Party after a failed run for Alabama governor in 2010. Next week, the Democrats will put former Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida on stage, as a Republican now supporting Obama.
August 12, 2012 |
He called himself the Moses of his people. He pleaded guilty to three felonies for accepting a bribe, evading taxes and using campaign contributions for personal expenses. He served more than four years in federal prison and in a halfway house. And now he's back. Democrat Ernie Newton, one of the most colorful characters and quickest quipsters at the state Capitol, is seeking redemption in a run for his old state Senate seat in Connecticut's largest and poorest city. He shocked some Bridgeport residents in May when he won the Democratic Party's convention endorsement in the race — part of the long road back for the convicted felon who resigned his seat in disgrace and pleaded guilty in 2005.
August 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - When the Democratic Party imposed strict curbs on its 2012 convention fundraising - barring money from typical givers like corporations and lobbyists in hopes of diminishing the influence of special interests - it carved out a key exception: labor unions. Unions have been one of the most reliable givers to Democratic convention fundraising. But with less than a month to go before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., many unions that have been steadfast donors are now declining to fork over their cash.
July 31, 2012 |
Democrats might have selected the keynote speaker at their convention to rally Latino voters, but the pick also illuminated the fact that as far as young Latino politicians go, the party doesn't have a very deep bench. The Democratic National Convention Committee selected San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, 37 -- whose twin brother, Joaquin, will almost certainly be elected to Congress from Texas in November -- as its keynote speaker in Charlotte, N.C. Though San Antonio has a population of 1.3 million, Castro is still a local officeholder.
July 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Democrat running for the open Senate seat in Maine has finally gotten some attention from her party's leadership in Washington after complaining that they have been snubbing her in favor of the leader in the race, independent candidate Angus King. She didn't get a lot of attention, mind you. State Sen. Cynthia Dill had a brief phone conversation Thursday with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chairman of the Democratic Senate campaign committee. No endorsement from the national party.
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June 25, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — Another Republican politician has bolted the GOP, protesting that the party is too rigid. In fact, both major parties — all partisan politics — have become too strident and stifling, he says. So Bruce McPherson, 68 — former California secretary of state and centrist legislator and current candidate for the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors — has re-registered as an independent, or "no party preference. " In doing that, McPherson is fitting into the pattern of millions of Californians who have snubbed the parties and become nonpartisans.
June 19, 2012 |
Is it time to start talking about the inevitable demise of the Democratic Party? Since the 1990s there's been a thriving cottage industry of doomsaying about the Republican Party. The gold standard of the genre is undoubtedly 2002's "The Emerging Democratic Majority" by Ruy Teixeira and John Judis, which argued that the Democrats were destined to become a majority party because demographic and cultural trends were on their side. The increasing cultural liberalism of professionals, the dramatic growth of Latinos and the increasingly liberal attitudes of (single)