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Gary Johnson: 'The Next Ron Paul' or a Whole Lot More?

(28) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 10:48 AM

Only a year or so remains until the 2012 New Hampshire primary, and for those of us who live in the Granite State, campaign season is already beginning and potential candidates are already jockeying for position.

At this point, it does not seem likely that President Obama will face a...

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Libertarians Nominate Ex-Republican Barr

(5) Comments | Posted May 26, 2008 | 11:52 AM

The last time a Republican or Democratic Presidential Nominating Convention began with serious uncertainty was 1964, when Arizona's Barry Goldwater emerged with the Republican nod, famously proclaiming that "extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice" and that "moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue." The excitement of...

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An Open Letter to Barack Obama About Marijuana

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2008 | 1:46 AM

Dear Senator Obama,

I was one of many voters who applauded Senator Chris Dodd last fall for advocating that marijuana be decriminalized. Accordingly, I was one of many voters who was disappointed to see you raise your hand in the Oct. 30 MSNBC debate, indicating that you did not...

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Fox News' Snub of Paul Could Trigger New Hampshire 'Blowback'

(23) Comments | Posted January 6, 2008 | 10:43 PM

Ron Paul is sort of like a porcupine; a porcupine looks cuddly and cute, but if you try to step on one you're liable to wind up with a few holes in your foot.

Rudy Giuliani was the first to step. It happened in the May 15 Fox debate,...

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NH: Liz Kucinich Talks Drug Reform With 22-Year-Old MD Patient

(113) Comments | Posted December 21, 2007 | 9:44 AM

Clayton Holton was scheduled to receive a visit from Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich Tuesday morning at his residence, the Riverside Rest Home in Dover, NH. At 22, Clayton is the youngest person ever admitted into a retirement home in New Hampshire, and Kucinich wanted to hear his story.

Unfortunately,...

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Push-Polls: What is Common Sense?

(8) Comments | Posted December 20, 2007 | 12:33 PM

After news broke that a group called Common Sense Issues was behind those stupid pro-Huckabee push polls, I got a sharply-worded email about it.

"Please stop your telephone push-poll--it's probably illegal--you are not doing your organization any favors," the email read.

This confusion arose because I run an...

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ABC Exiles Ron Paul Interview to Web

(280) Comments | Posted December 11, 2007 | 1:22 AM

The following piece was produced by HuffPost's OffTheBus.

Congressman Ron Paul and 20/20 host John Stossel have more than a few things in common. Specifically, they both think a lot of libertarian thoughts, and unlike a lot of libertarians, they've both learned to communicate these thoughts so effectively...

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Former Google Employee Engineers NH Ground Campaign For Ron Paul

(170) Comments | Posted December 5, 2007 | 3:13 AM

The following piece was produced by HuffPost's OffTheBus.

Following a day of campaigning in New Hampshire, Ron Paul addressed supporters in Manchester at Murphy's Taproom on Saturday night. He may have met a few undecided voters, but the bulk of the crowd was composed of Paul supporters...

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Kucinich 'Admires' Paul, Says Drug Problem Requires 'Compassion and Wisdom'

(108) Comments | Posted November 25, 2007 | 5:32 PM

The following piece was produced by HuffPost's OffTheBus.

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich was scheduled for a full day of campaigning Wednesday, Nov. 21, but he set aside some time in the morning to conduct one-on-one interviews with New Hampshire press at his Manchester office....

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NH Cop To McCain: Drug War Blows

(93) Comments | Posted November 20, 2007 | 1:46 PM

The following piece was produced by HuffPost's OffTheBus. A related post can be found on Send the Right Message.

John McCain does a lot of town hall meetings, and he's usually quite pleased to get questions from law enforcement officers, firefighters, and military personnel. Sunday evening at Franklin...

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Has Obama Got The Killer Ad?

(4) Comments | Posted November 17, 2007 | 9:54 AM

The following piece was produced by HuffPost's OffTheBus.

Sometimes it's nice to forget issues for a minute and just talk about something else, like the craft of political advertising. Like it or not, effective use of advertising has an awful lot to do with who wins the presidency....

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Rudy Defends Oxycontin Work, Cites Wife As Pot Expert

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2007 | 7:04 AM

The following piece was produced by HuffPost's OffTheBus.

I've been doing some filming and a lot of writing, but I hadn't asked a question at a Town Hall since I went to see John McCain in Wolfeboro August 10. With Rudy Giuliani appearing at St....

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Marijuana Decrim Stance Could Boost Dodd

(3) Comments | Posted November 7, 2007 | 1:15 PM

The following piece was produced by the Huffington Post's OffTheBus.

Senator Chris Dodd is not usually characterized as a maverick politician, but his outspoken support for decriminalizing marijuana has recently distinguished him from the other Democratic presidential hopefuls. Dodd's position prompted a question from Tim Russert at the MSNBC...

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Paul Says Citizens Will Rise to End Drug War

(62) Comments | Posted November 5, 2007 | 7:50 AM

The following piece was produced by the Huffington Post's OffTheBus.

There is something important to remember about conventional wisdom: it's almost never the same thing as real wisdom. Conventional wisdom in politics says you can't be against the War on Drugs and win election to...

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Paul 'Steps Up' In New Hampshire

(32) Comments | Posted October 29, 2007 | 7:19 AM

The following piece was produced by the Huffington Post's OffTheBus.

Six months ago, a lot of New Hampshire folks were saying they liked Ron Paul but didn't really think he had a chance to win. With Thursday's release of the St. Anselm's Poll showing Paul on the rise at...

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Richardson - Yes To Medical Grass Nationwide

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2007 | 8:18 AM

The following piece is part of an ongoing series of OffTheBus reports by citizen policy experts critiquing different aspects of Campaign 08.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has been getting a lot of respect from critics of Marijuana Prohibition, and it's easy to see why.

First, Richardson made news...

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