Wednesday, August 10, 2011
It is widely assumed that Texas Governor Rick Perry will soon announce plans to seek the Republican nomination for president. The governor's announcement may come this weekend, a week after his large prayer rally in Houston — which drew almost 30,000 attendants — where he prayed for divine intervention to the assist President Obama's judgement.
Friday, August 05, 2011
Monday, August 01, 2011
The American political system has rarely been successful at fostering a third party. In recent history, voters in the ballot booths have mainly conformed to one of two parties: Democrat or Republican. But by 2012, the U.S. may see a centrist third political party, thanks to an Internet-based movement called Americans Elect, which is helmed by Democrats, Republicans and independents who are frustrated with the current two-party system.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The Pew Foundation released a report this week looking at the how the recession has affected the wealth gap between different ethnic groups. The results, based on the 2009 U.S. Census, showed the gap is the largest its been in 25 years. Hispanics were the group hit hardest, with a 66 percent drop in personal wealth, and African-Americans saw a 53 percent decline since 2005. This means financial gains in these groups have been set back decades. What will these findings mean for minority voters in 2012?
Thursday, June 23, 2011
By Anna Sale
President Barack Obama was met with standing ovations and jeers at a Manhattan fundraiser geared toward LGBT supporters. He emphasized his belief in equality for gay couples, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage.
Monday, June 13, 2011
The first GOP debate from New Hampshire took place on Monday, June 13th. It's a Free Country contributors and readers, WNYC fans, and political junkies from around the country discussed the debate in real time.
Monday, June 13, 2011
After months of spring games and fan meet-and-greets, today is Opening Day in New Hampshire. Seven Republican contenders are facing off tonight in the first primary debate in this first primary state.
And in case you’ve been distracted by contests that are actually consequential at this point, like the Sox and the Yankees for example, here’s a guide to the curveballs CNN’s John King is likely to throw out.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced over the weekend that he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for president, telling the Indianapolis Star, “I love my country, but I love my family more.” A popular governor with significant experience in the private sector who is known as an intellectual heavyweight on fiscal reform issues, Daniels was considered a favorite of many conservative pundits. Among a relatively weak field of potential Republican candidates, Daniels stood out as someone who could both appeal to the party’s conservative base, and the political center in a general election.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Here you have [Romney] in many quarters described as the front runner, even though some polls are all over the map, and yet at the same time his comments in that speech last week in Michigan were just derided by a lot of the people you would think were natural supporters. The Wall Street Journal ripped him both the day that he delivered the speech and the day afterward, and so then you get something like what he said and something like what Newt Gingrich said on Meet the Press...and you could take a video of both of those appearances...and you almost have a 30 second spot in the presidential race right there.
— Glen Johnson, politics editor at Boston.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
By Karol Markowicz : IAFC Blogger
-Karol Markowicz, on the clamor for NJ Gov. Chris Christie to enter the 2012 race.
Monday, May 09, 2011
This morning, a spokesperson for Newt Gingrich announced that the former House Speaker would launch his 2012 presidential bid on Wednesday via Facebook and Twitter. Gingrich will be the first Republican hopeful polling in double digits to formally enter the race.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
I think what's interesting is Obama being able to talk about a transformative moment, about what makes America America, about us coming together. That is exactly the kind of theme that he's been trying to build his reelection campaign around.
— Anna Sale, political reporter for It's a Free Country, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Supreme Court ruling Citizens United removed financial limitations on how much corporations could give to political campaigns. But a lesser known part of that decision also nullified another law which restricted a corporation’s ability to advocate for certain political candidates and party platforms in the workplace. In essence, your boss can now tell you who he or she is voting for, and why.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
By Anna Sale
Two days after President Obama launched his reelection campaign, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod came to New York to fire up the base by touting what the president has done for them. More, he came to tell them how much worse it can be.
Speaking in New York City at the 20th anniversary convention of the National Action Network, the Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights organization, Axelrod pointed to the 2010 midterms as a cautionary tale.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
The slogans “Yes We Can” and “Change We Can Believe In” transformed then-Senator Barack Obama’s underdog bid for presidency into a frenzied, anti-incumbency movement that launched him to the Oval Office. Fast forward to today, and President Barack Obama has officially begun his re-election bid, though the word “change” is probably the last one he wants to hear.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
Recently, I blogged at InsiderIowa.com about trouble in the Colorado Republican Party. I wrote that although the Tea Party mobilized Republicans at the base for the 2010 election and managed to create momentum sufficient to give the GOP a big victory, not all is well in elephant land. Colorado could be a lesson, and a warning for Iowa’s first in the nation test for 2012.
Saying he's "tired of the nuts who have no grasp of what the state party's role is," Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams won't run for re-election. He warned that if the Tea Party continues to high-jack the larger Republican agenda and veers more sharply to the right, the GOP stands a good chance of losing Colorado's "large unaffiliated voter base."
Monday, February 14, 2011
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
Word that the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) was closing up shop drew chants akin to “Ding, dong, the witch is dead” from liberals across America. The DLC – a self-styled centrist, pro-business group – has been a bogeyman to the Left, from its successful efforts encouraging Democratic officials to embrace big lobbyists to its high-profile fights with Howard Dean and other progressive leaders. Liberals felt more than a little schadenfreude that this major combatant in intra-party strife was laying down its swords and laying off its staff. However, beyond some playful and pointed posts, liberals aren't really celebrating.
Not that it was a bad week for the Left. The Republicans were revealing their internal divisions – and their old-fashioned bigotry – as prominent partisans boycotted CPAC, the major conservative conference, over the inclusion of the gay group GOProud. The House Leader John Boehner lost a vote on extending the Patriot Act in a turn that showed insurgent Tea Partiers aren’t ready to play nice with their caucus. Liberal hero Keith Olbermann will be back and bolder than ever on Current TV. The purchase of the Huffington Post by AOL showed mainstream affirmation of the value – at least financially – of a liberal-leaning community. And there was of course a largely-peaceful democratic uprising that toppled a dictator.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The results of the 2011 CPAC Straw Poll are in. Rep. Ron Paul, unsurprisingly, wins:
- Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent
- Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent
- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent
- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent
- Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent
- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent
- South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent
- U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent
- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent
- Others: 5 percent
- Undecided: 1 percent
Friday, February 11, 2011
The 2011 Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) got off to a bang on Thursday with Donald Trump and newly-elected Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) providing immediate fireworks.
The Donald spoke to a riled up crowd, supporting a recent rumor that he is considering a presidential run on the Republican ticket, and outlined the contours of his potential platform. But more than anything, Trump got a lot of buzz for taking a shot at Sen. Paul's father, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, stating flatly that, "Ron Paul cannot get elected folks, I'm sorry." Given the number of Paul-ites and libertarians in the crowd, the statement produced some groans, boos, and jeers. The remainder of his speech looked to shore up his gun and pro-life bona fides and bemoaned American trade policy (Donald wants our money back from everyone, everywhere). Few consider Trump a legit contender for the Republican nomination, but by dipping his toes in the presidential pool, he should be good for "billions" of laughs.