from Nicholas Wapshott:

Enlightening the puzzled Republicans

By Nicholas Wapshott
October 31, 2013

Moderate Republicans cannot fathom what has happened to their party.

Once a happy band of no-nonsense, pro-business conservatives, cautious in everything from money to marriage -- including their wary response to the onward march of 1960s liberal social values -- they were prepared, within reason, to trim their policies to match the voters’ mood. After all, to achieve anything in government you first have to win elections.

from The Great Debate:

Monetizing the marginalized

By Chadwick Matlin
February 28, 2012

Five years ago, Ron Paul’s popularity was still surprising. Sometime in 2007, the former physician, longtime crank in Congress, and thoroughly fringe Republican had somehow turned his shtick into success -- at least monetarily. Paul raised more than $31 million in the 2008 Republican primary even though he never actually won a contest where actual delegates were at stake. For a longshot like Paul, it wasn’t the chance of his success that drove people to donate; on the contrary, all but the deluded knew he would fail.

from The Great Debate:

How Ron Paul may have won — and lost — Maine

By Amy Fried and Michael Socolow
February 16, 2012

Washington County, Maine, is the easternmost point in the continental United States. This region of rocky shores and pinetree forests is populated by proudly independent -- and defiant -- citizens.

from Tales from the Trail:

Gingrich offers “dream team” to supporters

February 15, 2012

For a $100 donation, this free poster of Newt Gingrich and his conservative "Dream Team" can be yours.

from Tales from the Trail:

Not all smooth sailing for Romney in Maine

February 11, 2012

Republican Mitt Romney found it was not all smooth sailing in Maine on Friday night when he was heckled repeatedly at a town hall meeting in Portland at a marine storage and repair facility.

from Tales from the Trail:

Maybe it’s better not to get that big endorsement

February 9, 2012

One staple of the U.S. political scene is the quest for endorsements, and Republican front-runner Mitt Romney seems to be leading in the race for support from the GOP establishment.

from Tales from the Trail:

Ron Paul is all action

January 26, 2012

Republican some-time folk hero Ron Paul has been mostly missing in action in Florida, a winner-take-all primary state that votes next Tuesday. Currently pulling down only about 10 percent support in the Sunshine State, the Texas Congressman has opted to seek out more fruitful pastures in his quest to assemble delegates for the 2012 convention. Paul’s yard sign elves remain busy, though, and Paulite insurgents have shown up at a number of other events, sometimes jostling with supporters of, for example, Rick Santorum.

from Jack and Suzy Welch:

Ron Paul and the pink slip that could decide the election

By Jack and Suzy Welch
January 26, 2012

Have you ever woken up in the morning knowing you have to let someone go and just felt sick to your stomach? It’s the worst part of work, isn’t it? Even when it’s absolutely necessary -- the money isn’t there or the employee hasn’t been contributing for ages -- the emotional pain and mess of sending someone home is every good leader’s bête noire.

from Tales from the Trail:

Presidential candidates take on Castro in Florida

January 24, 2012

Republican White House contenders took the race to win their party's nomination to Florida this week, where they tried to outdo each other on topics important to Floridians--including what to do about Cuba, the small, Communist, Spanish-speaking island that has long frustrated U.S. foreign policy.

from Breakingviews:

Ron Paul’s staying power threatens to alter debate

January 11, 2012

By Daniel Indiviglio and Martin Hutchinson

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.