Tales from the Trail

Here’s one Supreme Court ruling Republicans approved of

June 29, 2015

Republicans have been throwing jabs at the Supreme Court for upholding Obamacare and legalizing gay marriage since Friday.

Is a surgeon just what the doctor ordered for the Republican Party?

June 29, 2015

Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

What does a group of Clinton supporters in deep-red Alaska look like?

June 26, 2015

REUTERS/Emily Flitter

ANCHORAGE – Here is what a early Hillary Clinton campaign volunteer meeting looks like in Alaska:

Supreme Court on the hot seat after this week’s rulings

June 26, 2015

ReutersInfuriated by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that kept President Barack Obama’s healthcare program intact, conservative activists and Republican presidential candidates vowed to make the role of the high court a central issue in the 2016 presidential election.

GOP candidates jab at SCOTUS after gay marriage ruling

June 26, 2015

GayMarriage.jpgRepublican candidates are expressing their anger over today’s decision from the Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. Gay marriage will now be legal in all 50 states.

What are candidates saying about the Obamacare ruling?

June 25, 2015

Presidential hopefuls were quick to react on Twitter to the Supreme Court’s upholding of Obamacare. Not surprisingly, Republican candidates were angry and disappointed, while Democrats were celebrating.

And Jindal makes 13

June 24, 2015

A  13th Republican candidate has entered the presidential race. Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, just announced his bid for presidency via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. “I’m running for President of the United States of America,” he tweeted.

Twitter trend: Trolling the candidates

June 23, 2015

Does Hillary Clinton think she is smarter than her husband? Does Jeb Bush think his last name entitles him to the presidency? If they haven’t said so, then Twitter is willing to say it on their behalf, using the trending hash tag #RejectedPrezCampaignSlogans

The Confederate flag question, avoided

June 22, 2015

Where do Republican presidential hopefuls stand on permanently removing the Confederate flag from its place over the South Carolina State House in Columbia? The question over the flag, which many see as a symbol of racial hatred, surfaced after a white man shot dead nine black churchgoers in Charleston last week.

Week in politics: Snark, hair and the sounds of Hillary

By Arlene Getz
June 19, 2015

For campaign watchers, this was Trump week. After the real estate mogul announced on Tuesday that he was running for the White House, Facebook found that he was the top Republican candidate mentioned on the site.  The Facebook data, which is less about popularity than about references to the individual, found that Trump’s announcement saw 3.4 million people produce 6.4 million interactions focused on him.