Trump legal problems abound as first test of 2024 presidential campaign nears in Iowa
Trump’s lawyers will argue before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. that he is immune from prosecution for actions he’s accused of taking while in office.
Abortion-rights victories cement 2024 playbook while opponents scramble for new strategy
Anti-abortion leaders woke up Wednesday to the sobering reality that abortion rights remain the nation’s predominant political issue. Decisive wins in swing and red states in two national election cycles since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year have given momentum to reproductive rights groups, who aggressively campaigned and fundraised in key states across the […]
U.S. Senate GOP colleagues fight Tuberville hold as top military nominees trickle through
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are pushing back on Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s blockade of hundreds of U.S. military promotions as the upper chamber fills the remaining vacancies on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Senators on Thursday approved Adm. Lisa Franchetti in a 95-1 vote to be the first woman to lead the U.S. Navy. Gen. David […]
Voter registration update: Republicans enjoy a strong year ahead of Election 2023
Off-years, or odd-numbered years, tend to be favorable for the party out of the White House, and 2023 looks to be no exception. Since my last voter registration update in October 2022, Pennsylvania Republicans saw impressive gains all across the Commonwealth. Back then, the statewide Democratic margin was 549,288, a lead that’s since been whittled […]
Americans are worried about democracy. You wouldn’t know it from the GOP debate.
There’s a growing feeling, among both experts and ordinary Americans, that our democracy isn’t functioning well — and even that it’s under threat. “American democracy is cracking,” the Washington Post reported August 18. “I’m terrified,” one democracy expert told the paper. “I think we are in bad shape, and I don’t know a way out.” […]
USDA’s climate grants for farms and forests run into Republican buzzsaw
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is spending more than $3 billion to cultivate more American farmers and forest landowners as partners to mitigate climate change — even while some Republicans on Capitol Hill try to stop the program entirely. The administration launched a new farm program, Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities, this year. It is […]
Ohio’s Issue 1 goes down to defeat
The Republican-led effort to make amending Ohio’s constitution more difficult has failed. As of 11:45 p.m., unofficial results for the Aug. 8 special election show voters rejected Issue 1 57% to 43%. The Associated Press called the race at 9 p.m. While precincts were still reporting late into the night and absentee ballots will continue […]
Republicans can’t seem to fathom why they lost | Dick Polman
Bad candidates, no ideas, and the Trump factor added up losses up and down the ballot.
Wise words from George W. Bush that Republicans will ignore | Dick Polman
The problem is, Republicans tore down the House of Bush in 2016 when Trump terminated Jeb with extreme prejudice. Old-school “establishment” conservatism was push out of the party, replaced by populist demagoguery and Putin groupie worship. It has only metastasized since.
The partisan divide over climate change is as deep as ever, poll finds | The Numbers Racket
A February study by the Pew Research Center found that a growing number of Americans share concerns over climate change. Over the last four years, the percentage of Americans who think climate change should be a top priority rose from 38 percent to 52 percent, the study found. However, it also concluded that a large […]
Like it or not, the two party system is never going away | Opinion
The two-party system will survive, regardless of political turbulence -- For that, thank the way the U.S. elects its leaders.