As the 2016 presidential campaign kicks off, the economy is growing and Americans are getting back to work. However, for far too many people plotting a course from the working class to the middle class requires navigating dangerous waters filled with financial icebergs.
Anyone who aspires to our nation's highest office should have spoken up strongly against Trump's remarks immediately, without hesitation. It shouldn't be a surprise, though, that the major Republican presidential candidates did not. They didn't want to ruffle the feathers of their party's anti-immigrant base.
What July will bring is anyone's guess, in other words. Obama wound up down for the month when the monthly averages were calculated, but they could very easily go right back up again in July.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made his long anticipated announcement that he will seek the Presidency, and he did so at Livingston High School where he was president of his graduating class. Typical of Governor Christie, the event was long on biography and personality and short on specifics.
Louisianaians are known for their political loyalty. Hell, we elected Edwin Edwards four times, despite three indictments, and then let him run for congress once he got out of federal pen. Bobby Jindal will know no such love from us.
Mr. Christie's team was clearly operating in a manner that was abusive, vindictive, and downright nasty. These are the people Mr. Christie chose as his senior team, these are the people Mr. Christie directed, and these are people Mr. Christie had known for years.
As governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie deliberately and repeatedly broke his promise to firefighters, nurses and teachers that he’d strengthen their hard-earned retirement funds, and instead, rewarded Wall Street and big corporations while his state’s public servants suffered. What kind of president will he be? You decide.
Currently, the Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour or roughly $15,000 annually, far below the $23,500 government's poverty threshold for a family of four. Some candidates have already made their positions on the minimum wage clear, but there are many that still have not.
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As Hillary Clinton is at the beginning of her second campaign for president, her husband Bill -- "42" in White House parlance -- appropriately has been laying low, presumably to let her gain the traction she needs to be her own candidate.
Four GOP candidates said they were shocked to find white supremacists among their contributors. But we shouldn't have been. The Southern strategy is not only venal and immoral, it is divisive and un-American - and it will again cost Republicans the presidency in 2016.
Unmarried women, people of color and millennials -- voters of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) -- are the new American majority of voting-eligible citizens and will make up a majority of voters for the first time in 2016. More than a year out, they already are showing strong enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton over her Republican challengers.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the latest Republican to announce he is running for president. He joins an already overcrowded field of candidates seeking their party's nomination. But Christie stands out because an overwhelming majority of his own state's registered voters disapproves of his performance in office.
I am hearing the word 'fight' used a lot as candidates prepare for the 2016 primary and general elections. The usual phrase is, "I will fight for YOU!" It makes me wonder, "Has our government become a fight club?"
BC fired Donald Trump today. Last week Trump's Miss Universe pageant was dropped by Univision. Both networks are reacting to racist remarks by the Republican Primary contender, who is currently running second in the New Hampshire polls, ahead of Marco Rubio and only slightly trailing "Jeb!" Bush.
As the 2016 American presidential campaign gets rolling, it will be interesting to see how the candidates outline their strategies for population aging.