Tales from the Trail

Sanders gun stance shifts, but is it enough?

January 10, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has copped criticism for his positions on gun control, now appears to be open to changing a 2005 law that shields weapons manufacturers from liability – a bill he voted for.

From Trump, shaming protesters has become part of his routine

January 10, 2016

An audience member holds up signs as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Claremont, New Hampshire January 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX216SW

An audience member holds up signs as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Claremont, New Hampshire January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Clinton campaign selling complicated Wall Street reform proposal

November 17, 2015
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (R) participate in the second official 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa, November 14, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young - RTS73OS

Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (R) participate in the second official 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

from The Great Debate:

The real secret to Bernie Sanders’ success

By Alexander Heffner
November 12, 2015

Democrati presidential candidates U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (L) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton debate duringthe first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTS4CQD

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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

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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

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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.