Frank James

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The GOP Now Likes Community Organizing (If It Wins Elections)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Both parties are sounding confident right now about their midterm election prospects, but only one can be right. As it stands now, Republicans clearly have more reason for optimism.

On their side, Republicans have history and a current political environment in which the Republican base looks to be more excited ...


Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If kicking the can down the road were a competitive sport, the championship trophy would never leave Washington.

When the need to make a difficult choice collides with an unyielding deadline, the tendency in a city where partisan gridlock is the norm is to put the tough decisions off ...


Georgia Senate GOP Runoff Shows Little Southern Hospitality

Monday, July 14, 2014

And the winner of the debate between Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue, both vying in a runoff to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Georgia, was — Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn.

During any nomination fight, party officials typically worry that a tough intraparty contest will wind ...


Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery

Friday, July 11, 2014

If you have some time over the weekend or need a break from the endless LeBron James coverage, you could peruse the highly readable opinion by a Florida judge who invalidated some of the redistricting efforts by the state's Republican Legislature.

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis found compelling ...


In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Six years into his administration, President Obama has apparently not given up on the "hope" that was a major theme of his first run for president.

What else but undying optimism could explain the president's hope for the Texas congressional delegation expressed in his visit to their state this week?



Should President Obama Visit The Texas Border?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Much of President Obama's presidency currently falls into the category of damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.

That certainly is true on the question of whether he should visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his two-day visit to Texas.

Some have even taken to asking if this isn't ...


A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Here are two rules of American politics: Never let an opponent's attacks go unanswered, and if you're running in the South and have a good reason to be pictured holding a Bible, go for it.

The first is a long-standing rule. The second is hard to argue with.

That explains ...


In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues

Monday, July 07, 2014

It's been 13 days since Sen. Thad Cochran, by most accounts, won Mississippi's Republican primary over Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel, with African-American Democrats largely providing the 6,800-vote margin of victory out of some 375,000 votes cast.

But as of Monday, McDaniel still hadn't conceded, and your guess is as ...


Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling

Thursday, July 03, 2014

For the typical Democrat running in 2014, frequent condemnation of the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision is a no-brainer as a rallying cry to raise money and energize voters — especially women.

Monday's ruling allows family-owned and other closely held companies to opt out of the federal health ...


Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom. Why would members pull a stunt likely to make them even more unpopular than they already are?

While you ponder that question, here's what they did: As first reported by National Journal, the House Ethics Committee made it harder for journalists and ...


Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament

Monday, June 30, 2014

President Obama's tough predicament on immigration is only getting worse.

He certainly didn't want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the U.S. across the Southern border, overwhelming the Homeland Security Department's ability to deal with them during a critical midterm election year.

Obama also presumably ...


Stunt Or Not, GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Will Fuel Both Sides

Saturday, June 28, 2014

There might not be much legislation traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue for President Obama to sign, but there's plenty of back and forth over the president's use of executive power to act when Congress doesn't.

Week's end found Obama dismissing a lawsuit threatened by Speaker John Boehner, who alleges the president ...


Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Following up on its recent report on the ever-widening ideological gulf between Americans, the Pew Research Center unveiled its latest sorting of voters into categories based, in part, on the relative strength or weakness of their partisan attachments.

Not only that, Pew also has an online quiz ...


New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 to boost U.S. exports during the Great Depression, needs its charter to be reauthorized by September's end if it is to continue providing loans to U.S. exporters and overseas companies.

The bank has the support of House Majority Leader Eric ...


Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.

Then again, maybe they won't. A big unknown on the morning ...


Hillary Clinton, The Inevitable? Sure Seems Like It

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The jockeying for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is already shaping up to be nothing like the 2008 contest. Indeed, it doesn't even resemble a contest. It's not going too far out on a limb to say that, unlike six years ago, the nomination is Hillary Clinton's for the taking, ...


House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member

Thursday, June 19, 2014

House Republicans, whose voter strength can be disproportionately found in the red states of the South and Mountain West, have once again elected a majority leader from a state that voted twice for President Obama. But the race for majority whip was won by a red-state representative who made the ...


Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Iraq has a long history of roiling American politics. And that doesn't appear about to change anytime soon.

With the Shiite-led Iraqi government losing control of large parts of its country to the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS, the question of who lost Iraq is starting to reverberate through ...


Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Does the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks, alter the political polarity of the episode?

If so, the change wasn't immediately apparent.

While Republicans said Tuesday they welcomed the news, they also made clear that their suspicions toward President Obama on all ...


4 Takeaways From Hillary Clinton's 'Fresh Air' Interview

Friday, June 13, 2014

So when exactly did Hillary Clinton change her mind on same-sex marriage? That question was left unanswered in the former secretary of state's lively exchange with Fresh Air host Terry Gross.

The same-sex marriage portion of the interview made for compelling listening because of how much Clinton bridled at ...