Tales from the Trail

Union leader sees opportunity in Romney’s dismissal of the “47 percent”

September 18, 2012

Democrats have reacted gleefully to the release of Mitt Romney’s secretly videotaped dismissal of 47 percent of American voters – whom he identified as supporters of President Barack Obama – as victims who do not pay their share or “care for their lives.”

Not expecting a call from the president? Try the second line

September 9, 2012

A warning to those who are sometimes slow to pick up the phone: you may miss a call from the president.

Obama and Romney wrangle over welfare policy

By Eric Johnson
August 13, 2012

The Obama administration’s July change to a 1996 bipartisan welfare-to-work law has devolved into a mudslinging contest on the campaign trail.

Non-retired Baby Boomers anxious about more than jobs

August 8, 2012

The Baby Boomers have come a long way from Flower Power. Retirement savings, Social Security and Medicare are weighing heavily on their minds this election season, even if they are still in the workforce.

Air Obama: President’s re-election campaign goes Dream Team

August 7, 2012

President Barack Obama’s campaign fundraising “Win a date with a celebrity” lottery has gone Dream Team.

A battleground is a battleground is a battleground – or is it?

August 3, 2012

It isn’t really surprising that there are widely varying theories for the best way to win the battleground states – those considered neither firmly Democratic nor Republican – in the Nov. 6 election. After all, if they were easy to win, they wouldn’t be battlegrounds.

What does Obama want for his birthday? Florida would be nice

By Margaret Chadbourn
August 2, 2012

President Barack Obama, whose birthday is Saturday, has at least one big idea for a birthday present – and it comes with 29 electoral votes.

Scott Brown’s latest channels poet Langston Hughes

July 23, 2012

Scott Brown, locked in a tight race to hold onto his Senate seat from Massachusetts, has become the second Republican in the current election cycle to channel Langston Hughes, the African American social activist poet with Communist sympathies who is also regarded as a literary hero by many in the gay community.

Republicans shoot for “Super Saturday”

July 6, 2012

 

Hoping to echo the Democratic Party’s successful use of volunteer armies to engage – and turn out – voters, Republicans are mounting their first “Super Saturday” volunteer day of the 2012 campaign this weekend. On July 7, the party says it will dispatch an army of volunteers to knock on doors and make telephone calls to voters in swing states across the country.

2012 Election? In hot summer, it’s leaving Americans cold

July 5, 2012

A long spell of brutally hot weather is not the only thing making Americans cranky this summer.