Monthly Archives: June 2015

Rubio Has Already Alienated Latinos, The Tea Party, Big Business And The Religious Right

The senator has an uphill battle ahead of him to win over the groups he needs as he launches his presidential bid. Sen. Marco Rubio will announce his presidential bid Monday before a crowd of supporters at Miami’s Freedom Tower. Once seen as the “Republican Savior,” Rubio has tried to pitch himself as a moderate […]

“The Ron Paul of the left”: Why Bernie Sanders is the cranky socialist 2016 needs

Sanders can’t win. Not by a long shot. But he’s willing to say the things nobody else will say. America needs that Liberal Democrats might be a little surprised, pleasantly so, by the nascent Hillary Clinton campaign’s flashes of progressivism. At least in the early going, she’s deploying something of a populist lexicon that is […]

Rubio’s pollster: If the GOP doesn’t win more than 40% of the Latino vote next year, they’ll lose the election

Alternate headline: “GOP loses election.” “A Republican nominee is going to need to be somewhere in the mid-forties, or better, among Hispanic voters,” Ayres said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. The pollster noted that his candidate is “extraordinarily talented” and could be “transformational” in expanding the GOP’s appeal. That would represent a quantum leap from […]

Utah, 14 states urge Supreme Court to let citizens decide same-sex marriage question

Utah has joined 14 other states in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let states decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. “The Constitution takes no sides on same-sex marriage, and therefore leaves the issue up to the free deliberations of state citizens,” according to a friend-of-the-court brief the 15 states filed. The court this year […]

The Economic Benefits and Electoral Implications of DAPA

Six months ago, President Barack Obama announced several actions to improve America’s immigration system, including a program dubbed Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, were scheduled to begin the implementation of DAPA today. This program would provide temporary relief from deportation […]

Bobby Jindal Should Have Run In 2012, Not 2016

Imagine, if you will, that a young Republican governor of a Southern state is thinking about running for president. He’s wildly popular at home — on his way to winning re-election with 66 percent of the vote. He’s Indian-American in a party that desperately wants to reach out to nonwhite voters. He’s got rock-solid conservative […]

Taking Trump seriously: He’s as close to a protest candidate as the GOP has

In a new Bloomberg-St. Anselm poll of New Hampshire, Donald Trump is running in fifth place in the 2016 Republican presidential field. The real estate developer and reality TV personality is behind only Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio — and is ahead of Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, […]

Taking Down Flag the Right Thing to Do

Now, once and for all, it is clear that the Confederate battle flag that flies on the South Carolina State House grounds is the racist symbol many have long thought it to be. After the massacre of nine people at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, the pro-Southern-heritage argument for the flag can no longer hold. I […]

Gay Marriage Backers Win Supreme Court Victory

In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices. The decision, the culmination of decades of […]