Tales from the Trail

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.

Up close and personal with the Trump hair

By Arlene Getz
June 18, 2015

Donald Trump invites an audience member to check whether his hair is genuine. Watch the video to see what she found.

Walker leads among Republican conservatives

June 18, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the clear favorite of conservative voters as he readies an expected bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Facing uphill battle in Iowa, Bush turns to immigration

June 18, 2015

Former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush shares a laugh with women outside a shop before speaking at a campaign event in Pella, Iowa June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

from The Great Debate:

Why a younger Hillary Clinton may never have had a chance

By Chloe Angyal
June 18, 2015

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Des Moines

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young