Tales from the Trail

Jeb Bush and Stephen Colbert play it nice on ‘Late Show’ debut

September 9, 2015

Stephen Colbert, the former  self-declared “conservative narcissistic conservative pundit” , now “just a narcissist,” debuted on Tuesday night on CBS’ Late Show, where he will try to fill the rather big shoes of his predecessor, David Letterman.

Inside John Kasich’s no-name strategy

By Erin McPike
September 9, 2015

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — John Kasich has a strategy, and he’s sticking to it: At this point in the campaign he’s flatly refusing to contrast himself with other candidates.

from The Great Debate:

What would a Rush Limbaugh campaign for president look like? Ask Donald Trump.

By Bill Schneider
September 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media during the National Federation of Republican Assemblies at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies in Nashville, Tennessee, August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Harrison McClary

Joking with John Kasich

By Erin McPike
September 8, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire – It would be hard to call John Kasich a robot, or stiff on the stump, or uncomfortable in his own skin. No robot gets right in someone’s face to tell a joke.

Tracking candidates’ guns

September 8, 2015

Did you know that South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has one of the largest gun collections, which includes an AR-15 rifle, of all the Republican presidential candidates? Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s love of guns may seem obvious given the title of his book ‘God, Guns, Grits and Gravy’, but a survey by British newspaper the Telegraph provides a closer look at his private arsenal.

It’s 17 to 5, but Democratic race is more competitive than Republican

September 8, 2015

Republicans have three times the official nominees, but thanks to Donald Trump’s solidifying lead, the Democrats’ competition to become the party’s nominee for the 2016 presidential race is, for now, more competitive.

Scripting an unscripted Clinton for TV spurt

September 8, 2015

One of Hillary Clinton’s most momentous moments as secretary of state was the 2009 meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, where she presented him with a red “reset button” to symbolize improved relations. Now, she’s looking to reset her presidential campaign — and her team can only hope that this time, the recharge will last.

Picnicking for Hillary. And Bernie.

September 8, 2015

The Annual Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic celebration in Cedar Rapids was a tad warm on Monday. The venue was something of a concrete box, which even the banners of local unions -Ironworkers local 89, AFSCME local 231, many others – couldn’t quite disguise.

Walker looking for his mojo on New Hampshire Harley ride

By Erin McPike
September 7, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his wife Tonette look over Jim Woodley's Harley motorcycle before a campaign stop at One Mile West restaurant in Sunapee

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (C) and his wife Tonette (R) look over Jim Woodley’s Harley motorcycle before a campaign stop at One Mile West restaurant in Sunapee, New Hampshire, August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A week in politics: Taking off the gloves

September 4, 2015

It was a week of hostilities in the GOP presidential arena. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump traded virtual punches on camera, with both campaigns releasing aggressive video ads. Bush even resorted to his language skills to discredit the real estate magnate. Trump later fired back telling Bush, who is bilingual, he should stop speaking Spanish.