Tales from the Trail

Are we an electorate or are we an audience?

July 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a news conference near the U.S.-Mexico border outside of Laredo, Texas July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Meet the mystery mind selling Jeb Bush

July 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks during a town hall meeting campaign stop at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, Massachusetts July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Graham gets mad. But is this the way to get even?

July 22, 2015

  Graham attacks his cell phone

Take that, Trump. Lindsey Graham in his cell phone video. REUTERS/Screengrab


It took 12 phones and two hours of filming a 1-minute video for Republican candidate Lindsey Graham to hit back at White House rival Donald Trump leaking Graham’s private cell number at a rally.

Christie’s musical flip flop

July 22, 2015
New Jersey Governor Christie gives news conference in Trenton

Christie (L) at a news conference; Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen at a benefit concert for Sandy victims in New York on Dec. 12, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (L) and Lucas Jackson

from The Great Debate:

What the latest presidential polls tell us – hint, it’s not who’s going to win

By Bill Schneider
July 21, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

‘I never met a pantsuit I didn’t love’

July 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton has held her first Facebook q and a.  It seemed to go well.

Of more than 2,000 questions, the former Secretary of State answered nearly a dozen queries with a promise to defend the Dodd-Frank Act regulating financial reform, a critique on interest rates on student loans and a mention of her love for an Arkansas street.

Clinton talks tax

July 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton has a plan to foster longterm growth by overhauling capital gains taxes and taxing some short-term investments at higher rates.  Details of the plan have yet to be finalized, but her proposal would raise the maximum tax rate on capital gains made on assets held at least a year but no more than perhaps two or three years, currently 23.8 percent, to at least the 28 percent proposed by President Barack Obama.

Sanders hit by #BernieSoBlack meme

July 20, 2015
 Sanders at a rally in Texas. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Sanders at a rally in Texas. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ visit on Saturday to Netroots Nation, a political convention for American progressives, didn’t go quite as planned.

A week in politics: Following the money

By Arlene Getz
July 17, 2015

Whatever you wanted to know about the candidates’ finances, this was the week for it. White House hopefuls filed thousands of pages with the Federal Election Commission detailing the money behind their campaigns–and providing some interesting tidbits into strategy, spending and personal income.