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29 Apr 2015

Are Women Making The Senate More Effective?

The U.S. Senate worked together to pass landmark Human Trafficking and Rape Protection legislation in a collaborative manner – something that stunned many and left the country wondering what it would take to make this a more common occurrence. Author and contributor Anita Finlay believes that this progress is because having more women in office is paving the way for effective communication. “They are able...

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Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy – Fact Not Spin
10 Apr 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy – Fact Not Spin

Hillary Clinton plans to announce her candidacy on Twitter this weekend as she journey’s to Iowa for her initial campaign blitz. Big media (left and right) are still struggling to control her narrative, manipulating the way we see our first and, so far, only viable female candidate for the Presidency of the United States. I join Midpoint’s Ed Berliner and conservative strategist Adam Goodman to...

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26 Jan 2015

Governor Jerry Brown Beyond Left and Right Hype

Depending upon whom you ask, California Governor Jerry Brown has either saved the Golden State from sure ruin or deserves an “F” rating as a “tax and spend” liberal who has chased away businesses, raised taxes egregiously and masked massive unfunded pension liability behind a new budget surplus in the billions.  Who is right? Having lived in the state for 25 years, my evidence is...

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The Terror in the Torture Report
11 Dec 2014

The Terror in the Torture Report

It was several years after 9/11 before I had occasion to once again board a plane. Arriving at airport security, the sight of everyone in line, by rote, yanking off their belts and shoes shocked me enough that tears rolled down my face. That horrible day in September forever changed us. Suddenly we were no different than any other country vulnerable to terrorism. Remembering 9/11...

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29 Oct 2014

To Politicians, Your Silence Equals a Yes Vote

The midterm elections are upon us and famously have lower turnouts, but it’s more important than ever to vote.  Midterms may not be as sexy.  But they matter.  If you get even one person into office who’s better than the suit currently there, you’ve made a difference…so share my PSA: To politicians, your silence equals “yes.” Make your voice heard. Share and vote!


01 Oct 2014

The Sting of Cross-Pollinating Entertainment, Politics & News – Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle 9/30/14

In my recent post venting about The Good Wife‘s poor decision to have Presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett appear as herself on the show, Jerry Doyle and I discuss the cheapening of news, politics and entertainment by using each one as if it is nothing more than an advertisement for the other. We really have taken a shocking turn if the phrase “political theatre” can be...

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Nick Anderson, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, 
Houston Chronicle
08 Jul 2014

Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision May Be a Disaster for Republicans

Last week’s firestorm set off by the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision has brought into sharp focus the problem Republicans have in their outreach to women.  Rather than Utah Senator Mike Lee et al taking a victory lap over Hobby Lobby’s exemption from covering 4 types of contraception that it (wrongly) classifies as abortifacients in its health care plan, what should trouble Conservatives is the...

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Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Reveal the New Sexy in Politics, 6/17/2014
18 Jun 2014

Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Reveal the New Sexy in Politics, 6/17/2014

Yes, centrism, independence and reasonable voters are sexy! In response to my latest piece, The Sexy New Center in Politics, Millenials and the Oncoming Populist Wave, Jerry and I unpack the bad rap independent voters have gotten, the growing populist clout and surprising makeup of 51% of our population. Reason and civility are good.  Vitriol and talking heads? …You be the judge. Check out the...

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GOP Strategist Frank Luntz Accuses President Obama of “Ruining the Electorate”
07 Jan 2014

GOP Strategist Frank Luntz Accuses President Obama of “Ruining the Electorate”

Mega-successful political focus group and messaging guru Frank Luntz once helped Newt Gingrich craft the successful “Contract With America.”  Today, he feels lost, lamenting to The Atlantic’s Molly Ball that the American people now scare him:  “They were contentious and argumentative. They didn’t listen to each other as they once had. They weren’t interested in hearing other points of view. They were divided one against...

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President and Media Flirt with Truth in Advertising Seven Years Too Late
05 Dec 2013

President and Media Flirt with Truth in Advertising Seven Years Too Late

Soon to begin the 6th year of his presidency, President Obama has just entered the 5th year of selling the Affordable Care Act, having been forced to apologize for its disastrous rollout.  Launching into yet another promotion tour, Mr. Obama claimed to have learned “the hard way” that wildly overpromising while under-delivering was a bad idea. I can’t decide if it is more shocking that...

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