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Molly Ivins: Ring the Bell for a Texas Democrat

Between an unabashedly clueless Kinky Friedman and Rick “The Coiffure” Perry, the Texas governor’s race is screaming for a dark-horse candidate.

Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


Al Franken

‘Daily Show’: Senator Al Franken?

Al Franken dropped in on Wednesday’s “Daily Show,” where Jon Stewart asked the comedian and radio host whether he would indeed run against Sen. Norm Coleman in the 2008 election.  Although Franken said he was still making up his mind, he added: “I’ve moved to Minnesota, I’ve been there since January 1st.  You don’t move to Minnesota January 1st unless you’re serious.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


Campaign 2006: The Issues, the Stakes, the Prospects

The choices are stark, the consequences are momentous, writes a public policy professor at UC Berkeley, who argues that the November elections will be the most significant in a generation.

Posted on Sep 24, 2006 READ MORE


California's Governor
sciam.com

GOP Governors Campaign on Progressive Issues

Not surprisingly, Republican governors have been veering to the left in a bid to capture votes.  From California to Maryland, issues like the minimum wage, the environment and healthcare have gotten a boost in recent months.

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

Left, Right & Center

Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: Campaign Kickoff and Labor Day Blues.

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Colbert Campaigns for Tom DeLay

The Hammer has his hands full defending himself in court, but he?s still on the ballot in Texas, so Stephen Colbert was kind enough to make a campaign ad for him.  The prayer Tom DeLay says he made before having his mug shot taken, that ?people see Christ through me,? serves as the inspiration for the ad.

Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


Daily Kos: Why Lieberman Website Crashed

Aides to Sen. Joe Lieberman accused Ned Lamont’s campaign Tuesday morning—with no evidence—of attacking and bringing down Lieberman’s website. But Markos (of Daily Kos) seems to have found the real culprit: Lieberman’s $15-a-month web hosting company went down, along with all its clients. (Thanks to reader “publius” for the link.)
Check out Lieberman’s unfounded accusations
What an oddly petty conclusion to a race that has hinged on the most consequential of all topics.

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain

The Arizona senator has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of a public financing bill that he and Sen. Russ Feingold (along with two House reps) had long championed. People close to the situation say McCain dropped his support because he is likely to run for president and may end up not abiding by public financing rules.
We’ve known for some time that McCain has been doing all sorts of unseemly things in an attempt to lock up the nomination.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


Daily Kos: Lieberman Campaign Comes Unhinged Over Ad

Markos gets a huge laugh out of Sen. Lieberman’s response to challenger Ned Lamont’s latest campaign ad. (The ad Kos links to—which The Hotline called potentially “legendary”—is a must-see.)

Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


Supreme Court Rejects Vermont’s Campaign Finance Law

This is a complicated issue. We’ll let the Washington Post take it: “The Supreme Court struck down Vermont’s strict limits on campaign contributions and spending yesterday, in a splintered ruling that left intact the constitutional basis of current campaign finance laws but may make it difficult to put new curbs on money in politics.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Katherine Harris spoof video

The Rejected Katherine Harris Campaign Video

Check out the wickedly satirical video that’s leading the pack in this month’s Huffington Post “Contagious Festival.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
AP / Guillermo Arias

Tom Hayden: Mexico’s Presidential Front-Runner May Roil U.S. Conservatives

Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is waging a progressive populist campaign for his country’s presidency, has some plans sure to incense U.S. conservatives in border states: redrafting the free-trade aspects of NAFTA that force Mexicans to emigrate northward; turning every Mexican consulate in the U.S. into a legal aid center to defend immigrant rights; and vocal opposition to the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Corporate Donations Shift Left

Companies in the insurance, pharmaceuticals and tobacco industries are boosting their share of contributions to Democrats this year, an indication that the traditionally Republican-friendly donors suspect Dems may soon end up holding the reins of power.

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


The Clean Money Campaign Needs Your Help

A law working its way through the California Legislature would provide for full public funding of credible candidates in statewide races. This is the real-deal way to eliminate the ruinous influence of huge campaign contributions in elections. It’s already working in a few states, and a victory in California could start a nationwide revolution. Check it out. Sign a petition. Join the cause.

Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Reform the System Or Lose the Democracy

Kenny Lay paid heaps in campaign contributions to use our president as his “errand boy,” and democracy faltered.

Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


Petition Circulating Against U.S. Aggression in Iran

As the White House’s campaign against Iran heats up, the Campaign for Peace and Democracy is gathering signatures in support of its statement “IRAN: Neither U.S. Aggression nor Theocratic Repression.”

Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


Laura Bush: Don’t Campaign on Gay Marriage Amendment

The First Lady welcomes the debate over the issue, but says it should not “be used as a campaign tool, obviously.”
Guess it wasn’t “obvious” to her husband when he was campaigning for reelection in 2004.

Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


Conservatives Kill Proposal to Scan All Shipping Containers

If you need more proof that right-wing lawmakers care a helluva lot more about their ties to industry than about safeguarding the country, read this post.

Posted on Apr 27, 2006 READ MORE


Ned Lamont
From the YaleDailyNews.com

Ned Lamont, Insurgent

The political neophyte at the center of the country’s most-watched Senate primary race says it’s the mainstream media that trivialize campaigns, while the blogs dig into issues. Read the exclusive Truthdig interview.

Posted on Apr 26, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Top Spys Story on Prewar Intel Is Finally Told

A jaded media ignores CBS’ well-documented revelation that the CIA clearly informed Bush that Saddam Hussein had no WMD program.

Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


Gore at a DNC fundraiser
AP / John Marshall Mantel

Gore Revs Up Global Warming Campaign

The former vice president is going high profile with his climate-change film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Speculation is rife that he is using the issue as a stalking horse for the White House in 2008.
Check out an early review of the movie.

Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: The Daily Drip of Special Favors for Special Interests

“While the top Bushies lunge about test-driving new wars…Congress just keeps right on cranking out those corporate goodies.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


Immigration Becoming Big 2008 Issue

Pretenders to the White House are all staking out positions on what they expect to be a hot topic come next election.
Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper for the skinny on the underlying issue.

Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


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From Bernie.org

Bernie Sanders’ Independent Revolution

In this March 2006 Truthdig Interview Bernie Sanders discusses his quest to become the junior senator from Vermont. Sanders, the U.S. House’s sole Independent and only socialist, defeated his opponent Richard Tarrant in a landslide victory and is now Senator-elect.

Posted on Mar 22, 2006 READ MORE


DeLay Wins Texas GOP Primary

The scandal-laden former House majority leader beat three challengers to win the nod.
Guess it’s pretty hard to remove an 11-term congressman from power in Texas. Even when he’s under criminal indictment for money laundering.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


Congressional Probe of NSA Spying Is in Doubt

An all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed an investigation into Bush’s spying program and may eventually kill it.
The White House may have botched Cheney’s response to the hunting incident, but the administration sure hasn’t lost its touch when it comes to leaning on moderate Republicans (and even Democrats) to rally around the president. Call your senators—especially Olympia Snowe of Maine—and urge them not to cave in to political pressure.

Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


Phaseout of Teflon Is Rare Win Against Chemical Companies

With manufacturers like DuPont pouring millions into campaign coffers, it is any wonder that consumer health often finishes second to corporate profits?

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


Pay to Play With Jack

Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in a plea deal,  is about to blow the whistle on a dozen congressmen— launching what should be the biggest scandal in decades. 

Posted on Jan 10, 2006 READ MORE


High School Teacher Beheaded in Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban insurgents targeting educated community leaders | more

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


Bush, Delay Dump Abramoff Donations

Attempt to distance themselves as scandal rocks Washington | more

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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