Tales from the Trail

Did Walker miss his moment?

By Arlene Getz
July 13, 2015

Scott Walker’s decision to be a late arrival to the party has squandered momentum from earlier in the year. Could it be that by waiting so long to declare, the Wisconsin governor has gone from being a prime contender to another candidate for whom Iowa is a make-or-break event?

A week in politics; a surge for Sanders

July 10, 2015


Sometimes, it takes an outsider. Hillary Clinton may still be the candidate to beat for the Democratic nomination, but this was a particularly good week for rival Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton’s union problem

July 10, 2015


Hillary Clinton’s meeting with AFL-CIO leaders later this month will underscore just how much ground she has to make up with unions that are flatly angry at the presidential candidate over her recent policy stances (or lack thereof).

Ted Cruz is “proud to stand with Donald Trump”

July 10, 2015

Two of the Republican Party’s most controversial figures have struck up an unlikely alliance as they both vie for the 2016 Republican Party nomination.

Democrats rename the GOP the ‘Retrumplican Party’

July 10, 2015


The national Democratic Party has found a new nickname for the GOP: “The Retrumplican Party” — after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump: ‘I’ll win the Latino vote’

July 8, 2015


Republican presidential aspirant Donald Trump has described people who cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. as “rapists,” “drug runners” and “criminals.”

from The Great Debate:

How socialist Bernie Sanders offers Democrats a shot at the white working class

By Alan Chin
July 8, 2015

Almost everywhere that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont campaigns in his quest for the Democratic nomination for president, crowds overflow to standing room and in some cases out the doors.

from The Great Debate:

Initiative before Congress aims to slash student debt

By Heather C. McGhee
July 7, 2015

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators participating in a street-theater production wear signs around their neck representing their student debt during a protest against the rising national student debt in Union Square, in New York

Demonstrators wear signs around their neck representing their student debt during a protest against the rising national student debt in Union Square, in New York, April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

from The Great Debate:

Focusing on 2016, GOP governors overlook their own states

By Bill Schneider
July 7, 2015

Wisconsin Governor and potential Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Scott Walker greets supporters at a rally for Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) in Cedar Rapids

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Christie thinks media should say ‘I’m sorry’ for Bridgegate coverage

July 6, 2015


Chris Christie wants an apology from the “liberal media” that convicted him of “heinous acts” in their coverage of  the George Washington Bridge scandal, also known as “Bridgegate.”