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Can Any Candidate Compete with Trump’s Pwning of a Desperate News Media?
18 Aug 2015

Can Any Candidate Compete with Trump’s Pwning of a Desperate News Media?

There is speculation that billionaire Donald Trump is running a campaign for reasons other than attaining the Presidency; that he would never let his empire deteriorate while constrained by the demands of the Oval Office. Whatever his motives, Trump’s shocking frontrunner status means a desperate media will chase him for all the outrageous or grotesque sound bites he can spew. At the moment, the press...

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Fighting Planned Parenthood May Backfire on Congress
09 Aug 2015

Fighting Planned Parenthood May Backfire on Congress

Planned Parenthood is once again the center of national debate, and this time, Congress is threatening to use the issue of abortion as a reason to shut down the Federal government. While the notion of slashing Planned Parenthood funding may be a vehicle to rally social Conservatives, if Republicans leverage this controversial issue to once again pull a shutdown, it will likely backfire. One in...

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New York Times Uses VP Biden to Distract from False Hillary Story
08 Aug 2015

New York Times Uses VP Biden to Distract from False Hillary Story

In a nifty sleight of hand, powerful New York Times‘ columnist, Maureen Dowd penned a column last weekend insisting that VP Joe Biden’s son pushed his father to make a third and final run for the Presidency, opposing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Times’ political reporter Amy Chozick then quoted Dowd as a “news source” on this juicy scoop. What is lost here is...

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05 Aug 2015

Why Is Governor Scott Walker Averse to Transparency?

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker takes the stage this Thursday at the first Republican presidential debate, he should be asked how he feels about the need for campaign finance reform, given that the Conservative dominated Wisconsin high court just voted along party lines to quash an investigation into Scott Walker’s campaign finance behavior in 2012, setting up a test case where dark money can go...

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Can We Teach Legislators to Grow a Spine?
19 Jul 2015

Can We Teach Legislators to Grow a Spine?

South Carolina State Representative Jenny Horne made a tearful plea from the floor of the House and begged her colleagues to “do something meaningful” and take down the Confederate flag. My co-host, media strategist Shawna Vercher pointed out that “Ms. Horne, as a Republican descendant of Jefferson Davis, has shifted the tone of a national conversation and obliterated the idea that this controversial issue was...

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Why Is Hillary Taking on the NRA?
16 Jul 2015

Why Is Hillary Taking on the NRA?

Hillary Clinton has taken a bold stance against the gun lobby. Per the Washington Post, she has publicly vowed to take on the NRA. For a top-tier Democratic Presidential candidate to voluntarily tackle this subject is surprising.  Most have avoided talking about guns for decades out of a fear of backlash from donors and the public, but perhaps Clinton is outfoxing the media by grabbing...

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The Lure of Comic-Con
14 Jul 2015

The Lure of Comic-Con

Out of my element at Comic-Con 2015, where 250,000 movie fans, comic devotees and techno geeks gather, I had an expectation of being trampled in a sea of humanity.  Instead, I found enthusiastic, welcoming people whose entry badges were like a symbol of solidarity. It’s like we were all part of some giant, secret club. Women and men of every age entertained their favorite fantasies,...

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Women are Fundraising Their Way to the Big Political Table
09 Jul 2015

Women are Fundraising Their Way to the Big Political Table

Hillary Clinton’s first quarter fundraising total of $45 million revealed that women comprised more than 60% of her donor base.  Regardless of Party, this kind of financial participation is essential if women want to be treated as more than one issue voters or a political football during election season. Women have typically been out-raised  by men by a ratio of 4 to 1. Is it...

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Why the George Takei “Blackface” Dust-up Costs More Than We Think
08 Jul 2015

Why the George Takei “Blackface” Dust-up Costs More Than We Think

Actor and activist George Takei got into hot water for his reaction to Justice Clarence Thomas’ remarks following the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling. Mr. Takei’s calling Justice Thomas a “Clown in black face” was disrespectful and over the top. But was his rage understandable? Here are Justice Thomas’ comments: “[H]uman dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity...

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Donald Trump: Candidate or Clown?
07 Jul 2015

Donald Trump: Candidate or Clown?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump feigned shock this weekend over the outrage his incendiary remarks about Mexican immigrants have generated. He stated: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” “And some, I imagine, are good people.” The result: NBC,...

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