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The Movement Still Matters 0

A lot has changed since I grew up in Louisiana. I was born in 1959, on the eve of one of the most turbulent decades in American history. Yes, a lot has changed. But it’s not as different as you might think. We, the children of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, boycotted for civil rights, […]

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Posted on: 11-12-2014
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The sexist attack on Valerie Jarrett 0

After the past week’s political upheavals in Washington and around the country, we are reminded that certain things remain constant in politics. Unfortunately, one of those things is the sexism leveled at any woman who rises to power in the White House — under presidents of either party. No sooner was the hunt on for […]

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Posted on: 11-11-2014
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Republicans on Trial 0

There’s no sugarcoating it. Democrats got crushed on Election Day 2014. President Obama, in a press conference on Wednesday, summarized the 2014 election well: “Obviously, Republicans had a good night, and deserve credit for running good campaigns.” He added that the message of the election was that Americans want their elected officials to “work as […]

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Posted on: 11-6-2014
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Donna Brazile’s ‘Willies’ Awards for Best and Worst Political Ads 0

We should give out awards for the best and worst political ads of the 2014 political season. I suggest that we name the prize you get for the worst ad after the Willie Horton ad, call the awards “the Willies.” The Willie Horton ad was a devastating video used against Democratic Gov. Michael Dukakis in […]

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Posted on: 11-3-2014
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Supersize My Gridlock, Please? 0

Bill Moyers, President Lyndon Johnson’s White House press secretary, and host of an interview show on PBS, tweeted from his handle, @BillMoyersHQ: “If the GOP takes the Senate, climate change deniers will control key committees.” Other veteran journalists, like Moyers, are doing their due diligence looking at how a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate would behave. Let […]

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Posted on: 10-30-2014
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We Need Mr. & Ms. Smith to Go to Washington 0

It’s been years since I managed a political campaign, but I get outside of Washington, D.C., nearly every week. With early voting commencing in more than half of the country, and millions of ballots being cast absentee or in person, there is only one thing known for certain: This mid-term election remains fluid. But no […]

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Posted on: 10-23-2014
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Cool Heads, Not Fevered Pitches 0

October brings with it a yearly epidemic that, depending on its severity, kills between 3,000 to 50,000 Americans. It’s called the flu. Americans don’t panic; they get their flu shots, wash their hands thoroughly and frequently, and the flu season passes. Neither are Americans panicked over Ebola (and they shouldn’t be). Polls show the majority […]

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Posted on: 10-16-2014
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Democrats who run from Obama take a risk 0

Democratic candidates who run from President Obama in red states where he is unpopular are making a big mistake. Their holding Obama at arm’s length deprives voters of a clear choice at the ballot box. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is a great candidate for the U.S. Senate and is running a solid […]

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Posted on: 10-15-2014
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Supreme Court should act on gay marriage 0

What is going on inside the heads of those nine Supreme Court justices? This week’s legal drama around same-sex marriage makes me worry that they’re all thinking more about politics than doing right by the Constitution. Don’t get me wrong. By deciding on Monday to turn down all pending same-sex marriage cases, the Supreme Court […]

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Posted on: 10-10-2014
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Hype & Fear vs. Hope & Change 0

When we were kids, there were all kinds of scary shows and movies to give us chills and thrills, prompting us to look for goblins and boogeymen under the bed and in the closet. (Anyone remember Alfred Hitchcock?) Halloween was a time to put on the masks of the monsters, a way of “un-scaring” ourselves, […]

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Posted on: 10-9-2014
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