Tales from the Trail

For a Koch brother, money can’t always buy influence

November 3, 2015

Powerful mega donor Charles Koch, who along with his brother David has given heavily to conservative political candidates, said their effort so far to influence the U.S. political theater has largely failed.

from The Great Debate:

Modern politics: Public is more partisan, parties are more powerless

November 3, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose before the start of  the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Senator Ted Cruz pose before the GOP debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Clinton charity won’t refile erroneous tax forms after all

November 2, 2015

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s flagship health program says it will not refile erroneous tax returns for 2012 and 2013 after all, POLITICO reported on Monday, despite telling Reuters earlier this year it was “working diligently” to get them amended.

Saving face: Carly Fiorina tells women of ‘The View’ to ‘man up’

November 2, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is fending off another insult about her face – this time from members of her own sex.

Jeb Can Fix It Twitter storm and Republicans gone hunting

November 2, 2015

Republican Jeb Bush has gone on damage control following an underwhelming performance in the last GOP debate and several doubt-casting headlines about his viability as a presidential candidate. To combat concerns, the Bush camp announced the launch of the “Jeb Can Fix It” tour to steer Bush’s return to the joyful campaign he previously sought to run.

Bernie’s first ad: tribute or reproach?

November 2, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released his first campaign ad, a one-minute spot to begin airing Tuesday in the early voting states of New Hampshire and Iowa.     Sanders’ ad bears the title “Real Change,”  a possible nod–or reproach–to the “Change we can believe in” slogan Barack Obama used in his 2008 primary fight against the same candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Senator Bernie Sanders goes trick or treating with his grandchildren, Sunnee (L) and Grayson on Halloween in Lebanon, New Hampshire, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Pool

Jeb Bush knows he needs to do better

November 1, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knows he needs to improve after a rough debate performance last week, he told reporters in Iowa on Saturday, but he said he remains confident he can win the White House.

Clinton in emails: Can I get the smiley faces?

October 30, 2015

If the thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails that are being released to the public don’t give out much about her inner thoughts, they have at least provided a peek into a few humorous moments when her aides had to explain technology or slang to the former secretary of state.

A week in politics: Complaints. criticism, and, perhaps, a clearer picture

October 30, 2015

After the debate, the recriminations. The Republican candidates not only objected to the media and the debate moderators in Wednesday night’s event, but will continue to complain this weekend, with a Sunday meeting scheduled in Washington to discuss plans for wresting more control of the debates from the Republican National Committee.

What Sanders wants to do about pot

October 29, 2015

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has announced he will push to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, citing an FBI report that the U.S. makes a marijuana arrest every minute.