May 5, 2011 |
Rep. Mike Pence announced Thursday that he will run for governor of Indiana, fulfilling Republican expectations that he would make the state race in 2012. Pence, a darling of his the conservative wing of his party of the "tea party" movement, will try to succeed Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is barred by state law from seeking a third consecutive term. Daniels is weighing whether to run for the GOP presidential nomination, a race that Pence decided to skip so he could run for governor.
February 12, 2011 |
For more than half a century, biographers have treated Franklin Delano Roosevelt with Rushmore-like reverence, celebrating the nation's 32nd president as a colossus who eased the agony of the Great Depression and saved democracy from Nazi Germany. Which never sat right with historian Burton Folsom Jr. Growing up in Nebraska, Folsom remembers, his dad, a savings and loan executive, griped about high taxes and Roosevelt's voracious ambition. FDR was dead, but his legacy ? deficit spending, an activist federal government, an expansive social safety net ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2010 |
California Democrats closed their annual convention in Los Angeles on Sunday in a dour frame of mind, with the country's economic troubles -- and resulting voter antagonism -- presenting some unusually sharp challenges ahead of November's midterm elections. Republicans nationwide have been energized in their opposition to President Obama and are being fueled by the momentum of the "tea party" movement. "We have to match that enthusiasm," Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told reporters this weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2010 |
A loosely organized protest planned this week over a proposed new mosque in Temecula whose organizers urged demonstrators to bring their dogs was sharply denounced by a Southern California Islamic organization Tuesday. Organizers of the rally, to be held outside the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley during prayers Friday, appear to be associated with a southwest Riverside County political group affiliated with the "tea party" movement. In anonymous e-mails and website postings, organizers encouraged protesters to bring their dogs — considered an insult to Muslims.
August 1, 2011 |
People may disagree about the value of the pending debt-ceiling compromise, but the one thing that seems to unite just about everyone, regardless of their political leanings, is that the recent negotiations were a low point in the political process, according to a poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the Washington Post. While the Washington political world seemed sharply divided in the partisan deadlock of democracy, the rest of the country found unity in seeing the misery.
June 27, 2011 |
Arguing that President Obama’s leadership is imperiling the nation, Michele Bachmann declared Monday that she would run for the GOP nomination to challenge him. “My name is Michele Bachmann. I stand here in the midst of many friends and many family members to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States,” she said, standing in front of the historic Snowden House, a charming Victorian brick home in the town where she was born. “I do so because I am so profoundly grateful for the blessings that I have received both from God and from this great country and not because of the position of this office, but because I am determined that every American deserves these blessings and that together, once again, we can secure that promise of the future for America," she said.
November 2, 2010 |
Christine O’Donnell, the Senate candidate who questioned whether separation of church and state was explicitly in the Constitution, said on Tuesday that she prays that her supporters will turn out and snatch victory from what polls say is a likely defeat. “I’m feeling very excited,” O’Donnell said after voting and dropping off a box of doughnuts, one of America’s favorite comfort foods. “It’s neck and neck and I’m praying that everybody turns out.” O’Donnell, who upset the GOP establishment to win the Senate nomination, and her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, voted Tuesday morning in Wilmington, Del. They are fighting for the seat held for more than 30 years by Vice President Joe Biden.
February 28, 2011 |
Herman Cain won a presidential straw poll at a "tea-party" event in Phoenix over the weekend which brings up an obvious follow-up question: Who in blazes is Herman Cain? Other than one of the few Republicans to actually have declared outright his interest in his party's presidential nomination, Cain, 65, is the former chief executive officer of Godfather's Pizza, and he worked as a conservative radio host in Atlanta for years. The "Hermanator" has become a tea-party favorite through his advocacy of, among other things, the so-called Fair Tax, which would eliminate the federal tax code in favor of a national consumption tax on retail sales.
October 3, 2011 |
Those who think that the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement is just a traffic annoyance with nowhere to go should remember that the same was said at one time about protest movements around the world throughout history, including the tea party movement in the United States. In the nation's capital, progressives on Monday kicked off their “Take Back the American Dream” conference at which the almost month-old Occupy Wall Street movement was one of the topics of discussion. Over the weekend, demonstrations of one sort or another were held in at least half a dozen cities, including New York, where 700 were arrested.
September 14, 2012 |
The California Democratic Party opposes Proposition 31 , a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot to change the way budgeting is done at the state level while reframing the relationship between Sacramento and local governments. The California Republican Party supports it. No surprise. Democrats run California and have a vested interest in retaining the status quo. In the game of politics, they're winning here. They have mastered the rules. They will resist efforts to change them.