Tales from the Trail

Joking with John Kasich

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

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.

Trump to bilingual Bush: ‘We should be speaking English.’

September 4, 2015

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump wants people living in the United States to speak English. That’s no small undertaking. Nor is it a trivial number of people employing another language in their houses; the U.S. Census Bureau found in 2010 that 55 million of the 319 million in the U.S. don’t speak English at home. Some 34 million speak Spanish.

What Snowden thinks of Clinton’s private emails

September 3, 2015

Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government’s mass surveillance programs, has weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in her home for her work as secretary of state.
He is not impressed, he said in an interview with Al Jazeera, due to be broadcast in full on Friday, suggesting a double standard is at play.

Will Colbert win Bush’s raffle, or will Bush win Colbert’s?

September 3, 2015

It’s long become a staple in presidential campaigning to capitalize on, well, pretty much anything the candidate is doing. So it only made sense when Republican candidate Jeb Bush seized the opportunity to fundraise off his historic appearance next week on the very first episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” But did his team forget to tell Stephen Colbert?