Tea Party: GOP schism festers

31 March 2011 |permalink | email article

Is the movement, obsessed with government spending cuts, becoming in some ways reminiscent of the No Nothing movement in American politics during the 1840s to 1850?

A newly release CNN poll finds the number of Americans who hold… read full story

California: new budget breakdown

30 March 2011 |permalink | email article

DAYS of intense bipartisan negotiating in the Capitol talks between Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican lawmakers have broken down again over the California budget impasse and a special election over taxes. Over the weekend, the number of Republican senators… read full story

Obama on Libya

29 March 2011 |permalink | email article

For my two-cents plain President Obama struck the right tone in his nuanced address to the nation Monday night. He made a strong case for why America needed to intervene in this fight – at the same time suggesting… read full story

Where’s Joe Biden?

28 March 2011 |permalink | email article

On Sunday’s opinion programs I thought the most stunning comment came on the NBC’s Chris Matthews Show when Howard Fineman, now a senior Huffington Post editor and reporter, opined that Joe Biden’s invisibility is “probably a good sign that… read full story

Can Congress push Obama off his stride?

25 March 2011 |permalink | email article

House Speaker John Boehner, joined in spirit by all Republicans and many faint of heart Democrats, wrote a letter to President Obama Wednesday stating that many are troubled that U.S. military resources were committed to war without clearly defining… read full story

Obama: nation build in America or Libya?

24 March 2011 |permalink | email article

David Kirkpatrick, the Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times raised this question on Monday: “Is the battle for Libya the clash of a brutal dictator against Democratic opposition, or is it fundamentally a tribal civil war? Thomas… read full story

Brown popular, path to election muddy

23 March 2011 |permalink | email article

New Field Poll suggests that Gov. Jerry Brown’s job performance is cheered by 48 percent of registered California voters ; 28 percent disapprove of his results so far. But nearly a third, 21 percent have no opinion, including 40… read full story

Cal GOP: running in place

22 March 2011 |permalink | email article

A new poll out of California finds little hope Latinos, the nation’s fastest growing electoral graphic, will be attracted any time soon to the Republican Party, Politico reported. Many respondents said they regard the GOP as too conservative and… read full story

Special election: June 7 deadline slips

21 March 2011 |permalink | email article

California’s budget mess is in Day 71 with no apparent resolution in sight. Sure, lawmakers voted to erase $14 billion of the state’s $26.6 billion deficit by slashing funds for Medi-Cal patients and cutting universities but the hard part… read full story

Trump: legend in his own mind?

18 March 2011 |permalink | email article

At first it may seem like a joke. I mean, real estate mogul Donald Trump sitting down in living rooms in Iowa and New Hampshire and talking about running for president against Barack Obama in 2012. Twice before “the… read full story

Palin 2012: little sign she’s serious

17 March 2011 |permalink | email article

Sarah Palin’s all-time favorability high was 88 percent when John McCain tapped her to serve as his running mate in 2008. Since then, it’s dipped to 58 percent but other factors paint an even bleaker picture, a new Washington… read full story

Budget battle: GOP losing altitude

16 March 2011 |permalink | email article

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that just 43 percent approve the way President Obama is handling the economy, although more Americans say they trust Obama (46 percent) o the issue than Republicans in Congress. The big take… read full story

Politics and social media

15 March 2011 |permalink | email article

Democratic consultant Joe Trippi has always been ahead of the political game, notable as the mastermind behind Howard Dean’s Web-centric 2004 bid for president. Speaking at a South by Southwest Interactive conference Sunday in Austin he suggested, Politico reported,… read full story

Gingrich: life or death battle against O44?

14 March 2011 |permalink | email article

As the Republican presidential race slouches toward the starting gate Newt Gingrich is in a confessional mood. In a prevent defense he told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he was driven into serial adultery by working too hard and… read full story

GOP budget cuts: tsunami warning funds

13 March 2011 |permalink | email article

How out of touch is the Republican-controlled House of Representatives? A plan, approved last month by the GOP, would slash funding for the agency that warned the West Coast about the devastating tsunami in Japan last week. It’s a… read full story

Brown’s June election in jeopardy

11 March 2011 |permalink | email article

With Thursday’s deadline for budget action delayed by Gov. Jerry Brown’s kabuki dance with Republicans, the question now arises as to whether it will be too late for lawmakers to put his tax extension proposal on the ballot for… read full story

Wisconsin GOP win: a pyrrhic victory?

10 March 2011 |permalink | email article

The bitter political standoff in Wisconsin over Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bid to sharply curtail collective bargaining for public-sector workers ended Wednesday night, as his GOP counterparts in the State Senate successfully maneuvered to adopt a bill doing just… read full story

Senate to pass Brown cuts, GOP closer

09 March 2011 |permalink | email article

While the governor said Monday he does not have the Republican votes necessary to ask voters to extend temporary tax increases on vehicles, income and sales – a central part of his budget proposal – Senate President Pro Tem… read full story

Tea Party: government anger and trust

08 March 2011 |permalink | email article

THE one thing we know about the Tea Party is that it is synonymous with anger. Anger defined it, fueled it, became its face and its heart. But anger, as the perceptive New York Times columnist Charles W. Blow… read full story

Brown’s budget plan in trouble?

07 March 2011 |permalink | email article

Is California edging closer to fiscally falling into the Pacific Ocean?

It’s Day 57 of Gov. Jerry Brown’s countdown to a special election in June. Lawmakers may approve a state budget deal in floor votes expected this week. But… read full story

Bachmann: Obama’s “gangster government”

06 March 2011 |permalink | email article

Appearing on “Meet the Press, Rep. Michele Bachman, the chair of the House Tea Party Caucus, repeated her previous rhetoric that President Obama is running “a gangster government,” and, yeah, he probably doesn’t like America very much either.

Confronted… read full story

Huckabee: Obama still Anti-American

04 March 2011 |permalink | email article

Mike Huckabee may be leading in some early polls for the Republican presidential nomination but the former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister has a problem in telling the truth. He now knows that President Obama wasn’t born in Kenya… read full story

Ousting Obama: where’s the beef?

03 March 2011 |permalink | email article

The Daily Show kicked off their presidential election coverage Monday night with the first installment of a clever title dubbed Indecision 2012. Problem is there are no Republican candidates officially running yet.

That revelation sent Jon Stewart into orbit, read full story

Brown needs four GOP votes next week

02 March 2011 |permalink | email article

The California governor wants a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to put his tax-extension proposal on the June ballot. What he needs now is two Republicans in each house to vote “yes” along with Democrats.

With the target… read full story

Americans back collective bargaining rights

01 March 2011 |permalink | email article

A just released New York Times/CBS News poll indicates that on the issue of collective bargaining by public employee unions a majority of Americans oppose weakening such rights, and are against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers… read full story

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