Tales from the Trail

Meg Whitman breaks new virtual ground with Facebook ‘polling’ ads

July 28, 2010

USA-POLITICS/CALIFORNIA

In 2010 a candidate would be ill-advised to ignore the Internet, especially if he or she wants to reach younger voters who aren’t paying attention to more traditional campaigns — or, even worse, are tuning out politics entirely.

Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Obama approval at 48 pct, disapproval at 48 pct

July 27, 2010

Americans are evenly split over whether President Barack Obama is doing a good job or a bad job — and few are on the fence.

California city’s mess a golden opportunity for Jerry Brown?

July 26, 2010

Democrat Jerry Brown has taken some heat, even within his own party, for his seemingly minimalist campaign for California Jerry_Browngovernor — which so far has involved few rallies, speeches or even TV commercials — and which some say has allowed Republican Meg Whitman to make critical inroads with Latinos and other voting blocs in a race with national political implications.

Boehner says lawmakers should expect to do more reading if he becomes House Speaker

July 23, 2010

Republican John Boehner wants you to know that if his party wins control of  the House of Representatives and he becomes the chamber’s next Speaker, things will be a lot different.

Washington Extra

July 23, 2010

What do central bankers and slalom skiers have in common? Bobbing and weaving, for one thing.

Republicans turning up the heat on tax cuts

July 22, 2010

An election-year debate over tax cuts and deficits is heating up as Republicans press for extending all of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and Democrats debate what to do against the backdrop of a slow economy, huge deficits and feared shellacking in the November congressional elections.

Republicans create caucus ‘to listen’ to Tea Party

July 21, 2010

There are scores of U.S. congressional caucuses that focus on specific issues — including ones to combat hunger and cancer, advance the arts, protect the environment and promote the rights of black, Asian, Hispanic and other Americans.

Obama may want to cover his eyes, poll numbers not good

July 21, 2010

A standard public line for presidents is that they don’t make policy based on opinion polls.

Gingrich chides Obama for acting like a teenager with credit card

July 20, 2010

Extending unemployment benefits is this week’s battleground for Democrats versus Republicans. USA/NRA

Senate hopeful Alvin Greene makes debut

July 19, 2010

The political unknown who stunned South Carolina and the nation by winning the state’s Democratic Senate primary produced headlines again on Sunday.