Tales from the Trail

Billionaire environmentalist calls for Democratic debate on climate change

September 25, 2015

Hedge fund manager and environmentalist Tom Steyer, a major Democratic donor, is calling for an additional Democratic debate focused on climate change and clean energy before Iowa holds its caucuses on February 1.

from The Great Debate:

Bernie Sanders spoke at Jerry Falwell’s college – here’s the reaction he got

By Alan Chin
September 18, 2015


Bernie Sanders found a little support even in a bastion of conservatism. ALAN CHIN

from The Great Debate:

Meet the angriest man running for president – no it’s not Trump

By Dan Hill
September 16, 2015



What better time to gauge the emotional profile of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an avowed Socialist, than during his Labor Day speech to the AFL-CIO in New Hampshire? After all, the independent junior senator from Vermont, who’s running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, has a website home page that focuses on economics and the working class. Creating jobs, raising wages, “taking on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class” is what Sanders says his campaign is all about.

Loves labor most: Clinton picks up endorsement, Sanders grabs volunteers

September 14, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions in Washington

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

from The Great Debate:

Why the selfie is a threat to democracy

By Richard L. Hasen
August 18, 2015

Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri

Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

And the leader of the poll pack ….

July 27, 2015

When it comes to the polls, Donald Trump is the man of the moment. The outspoken presidential aspirant moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released on Sunday.  A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found a similar surge for Trump, with the businessman surging into the lead for his party’s nomination. The survey found that he had  almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service.  Significantly, support for Trump fell sharply on the one night that voters were surveyed by the Washington Post-ABC following those comments.

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

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.

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.