Tales from the Trail

Will spelling count in Alaska write-in ballot count?

November 11, 2010

vote3They’re counting write-in ballots in Alaska to decide the winner of the last undecided U.S. Senate race of the 2010 elections.

Pelosi takes on Chamber of Commerce over campaign spending

October 22, 2010

The phrase “Buy American”  may be taking on a new connotation in the rough-and-tumble battle over corporate financing and the midterm congressional elections.

McCain hails Palin power in the mid-term elections

October 19, 2010

Arizona Senator John McCain says his former running mate former Alasaka governor Sarah Palin is a “visionary” for the United States.

Fundraising and the American dream of immigrants

October 19, 2010

immigrantsThe trials and triumphs of immigrants to the United States were an unexpected theme of a pricey fundraiser in Rockville, Maryland, where President Barack Obama helped raise $400,000 for Democratic Senate candidates on Monday night.

NY state a brothel in need of a madame – governor candidate

By Basil Katz
October 19, 2010

davisAt their first debate on Monday, candidates for New York governor made the usual use of metaphor and cliche about the state’s economic woes.

O’Donnell: Not a witch but maybe a nut job?

October 17, 2010

USA-POLITICS/MCCAINLike father, like daughter?

Meghan McCain, the outspoken daughter of Senator John McCain, showed her father’s outspoken tendencies as she described Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware as a “nut job”.

Boxer votes early, like a good Californian

October 12, 2010

POLITICS-USA/Election day may be nearly a month off, but U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer wasn’t confused, or cheating, when she went to the polls on Tuesday to vote (presumably for herself).  The three-term Democrat was just following what has become something of a time-honored practice for many Californians: early voting.

Washington Extra – The finer things in life

September 22, 2010

lamarIf I come back in my next life as an American, I am thinking that a career in the Senate might be a better way to go than in the administration or the military. Whatever you think of their political views, the senators who have visited our offices for the Washington Summit this week have not just been charming and interesting to talk to, they also seem to have time for the finer things in life. Take Senator Lamar Alexander, who not only has the time to watch Tennessee football pretty regularly, but also likes to play classical piano and has a date on center stage with the Jackson Symphony at the end of next month. “I try to keep a balanced life,” he said.

O’Donnell slams Republican “cannibalism”

September 15, 2010

Fresh off an upset victory in Delaware, Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell slammed the Republican establishment for “cannibalism” during the primary election but predicted she could win in the general election even without their support.

Gay marriage ruling has California, and Democrat Jerry Brown’s Twitter feed, buzzing

August 12, 2010

Democrat Jerry Brown has long been an outspoken critic of California’s ban on same-sex marriages,  even refusing to Jerry_Browndefend the voter approved law known as Proposition 8  in court in his role as California’s attorney general  – a move that won the hearts of gay and civil rights activists even as it raised eyebrows among legal scholars .