September 26, 2012 |
Voters in Virginia are the latest to get a taste of an increasingly popular type of political attack: the anonymous text message. "Tim Kaine calls for radical new tax on all Americans," reads a text message attacking the Democratic candidate in the hotly contested Virginia Senate race. Aside from being false -- Politifact recently debunked a similar claim by Kaine's Republican opponent, George Allen -- the message came from an email address that used portions of Kaine's name, giving the appearance that the message might have come from Kaine himself.
September 25, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Mitt Romney said Tuesday that teachers unions should not be allowed to contribute to political campaigns, because their financial backing tips the negotiation process away from the interests of students. “We simply can't have a setting where the teachers unions are able to contribute tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of politicians and then those politicians, when elected, stand across from them at the bargaining table, supposedly to represent the interest of the kids.
September 20, 2012 |
Two weeks ago, when I was at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., my wife called with a request. Three high school students from Italy were visiting, and they were fascinated by the presidential campaign; could I pick up some buttons or bumper stickers? So I wandered across the convention center to the Obama-Biden Campaign Store and picked up an assortment of buttons. The bill came to $19.50. When the cashier asked for my name and address, I figured I was going on somebody's mailing list.
September 18, 2012 |
If it were legal, I'd suggest political campaigns stop handing out position papers and instead hand out free movie tickets to see "The Campaign. " The movie, which I saw last weekend instead of the latest "Resident Evil" film (as if), stars Zach Galifianakis as the marshmallow-spined schlub plucked from obscurity to run as a Republican against the Democratic incumbent, played by Will Ferrell, a John Edwards empty suit with a full head of hair. This is not a Swiftian heir to films like "Bulworth," "The Candidate," "Election" or event the kinder, gentler "Swing Vote.
September 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — The National Assn. of Realtors, a political heavyweight with a million-plus members, has embarked on two initiatives to ensure that when key votes are taken at all levels of government, the Realtors' point of view will be heard loud and clear. As part of a broader consumer outreach strategy, the Realtors group for the first time will engage consumers directly through emails and browser ads that introduce the association as their ally in homeownership. The group also has launched a novel political-campaign school to help elect members to office on the local, state and national levels.
June 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said last week that the Republican message could fit on a bumper sticker. On Tuesday, he brought that classic political dig into the 21 st century. “You can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare,” Obama told a group of donors at a fundraiser in Maryland. Obama has been struggling to get his own economic message across, making some Democrats increasingly nervous . Aides said he'll make a new attempt on Thursday in a speech aimed at framing the differences between his economic policy and that of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
May 2, 2012 |
A political campaign is about the worst time to have a discussion about economic realities. The party that is out will speak of nothing but looming disaster while the party that is in will be singing nothing but “Happy Days Are Here Again.” And, since our current political system is in a permanent campaign mode, economics never escapes the warp of politics. The truth is, it is easy for politicians to pick and choose among the facts to support whatever best serves their campaigns because economic news can be good and bad at the same time.
April 26, 2012 |
No matter how you feel about Meg Whitman, head of Hewlett-Packard, former head of eBay, you'd have to concede that one of her biggest contributions to the California economy was as candidate for California governor. She lavished about $160 million on her failed campaign, and we'd have to guess that most or all of that was spent within the state. It might be hard to get the engine of California's economy revving again, but we do get a good, if short-term, cough out of political campaigns, and the most recent proof of this is the spending on Proposition 29, the initiative that would impose an extra dollar-per-pack tax on cigarettes and use most of the proceeds on medical research for cancer and cardiovascular and lung diseases.
April 19, 2012
Once upon a time there was something called "educational television," which harnessed the technological marvel of a new medium to provide children and adults with edifying programming uncorrupted by advertising. Today, public radio and television continue to devote more attention to educational programs than commercial broadcasters do, but they also seek to entertain viewers of all ages with features - such as British sitcoms, quiz shows, animal adventures and rock 'n' roll retrospectives - that duplicate those on commercial stations.
April 17, 2012 |
Mitt Romney was probably surprised to learn Tuesday that his native state's most famous rock guitarist, Ted Nugent , had officially joined his campaign as a spokesman. Oh wait -- he didn't. But you wouldn't know that from the news release put out Tuesday by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, who railed, "Mitt Romney surrogate Ted Nugent made offensive comments about President Obama and November's elections this weekend that are despicable, deplorable and completely beyond the pale.