As the first state to choose a Republican and a Democratic presidential candidate, Iowa is a special in each presidential election cycle. Hopefuls flock to the state, giving Iowans personalized, up-close attention that other states do not receive. But it wasn't just the Presidential hopefuls who flocked to the state in late January. Iowa attracts all types of political tourists in the buildup to caucus night.
As we watch the Republican primary unfold, it's easy to forget for most of the candidates, there are two campaigns. There's only one official campaign, of course, but with one notable exception, every single one of the GOP candidates has a multi-million dollar super PAC supporting them.
Public clamor for a veto and against Florida Governor Rick Scott's signing, today, of a new "water policy" bill lands in the governor's bubble like a muted, padded sound. Scott doesn't see and he doesn't hear, except through the filter of political ambition.
It's time for the Republican candidates to end their campaigns of hate. The bigoted rhetoric and policy positions we're hearing from these candidates go against core American values. They don't merit discussion at the kitchen table, and they certainly don't merit discussion at a debate for those aspiring to the nation's highest office.
By the time the 2016 election is over, America's Super Rich will have given the largest amount of the biggest contributions and the most secret money ever provided in our history to support candidates for President and Congress.
By demonizing immigrants as potential criminals and terrorists, the Republican presidential candidates are souring the American people on immigration reform, making it even less likely that Republicans would support comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
On Friday afternoon, Marco Rubio's town hall event in Henniker, New Hampshire was my first chance to see him in person.
The American primary system for the nomination of presidential and congressional candidates, a system never mentioned in the constitution, has allowed populist anger to be exploited into a veto on foreign policy. Primaries, as they have evolved with the assistance of social media, have become an exercise that grants extraordinary electoral power to the dissatisfied and to the extremes.
A woman in the White House won't solve all these problems, you say, and you're right. But I guarantee you women's concerns will move up on the national agenda from day one of a Hillary Clinton Administration.
As the president noted in his State of the Union, the fact that the tone of politics hasn't changed is one of his lasting regrets. But "it takes two to tango" and from the performance of Trump and company, the other side doesn't appear ready to end the state of our dis-union.
Walking away from your dream, your passion and your calling is tough. Really tough. I know. I walked away from mine in U.S. Congress after some bad, life-changing decisions.
The story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal about the American missile that allegedly ended up in Cuba, lost in Air France's baggage, speaks poorly of the Department of Defense. Not everything that comes out wrong from the Pentagon is a product of espionage or ill-will. Negligence does exist.
Ultimately, paying people more than poverty wages doesn't just help workers. It strengthens the foundation of our economy and paves the way for growth. But don't expect the Republicans running for President to change their positions and rhetoric.
Time for Jeb to Move On Bob Dole ran for president each time the job was open - in 1996, 1988, and 1980, and for vice president in 1976, forty years ...
If there is a President Rubio or Cruz, then the right of same-sex couples to marry and the new right of equal dignity might not survive. Comments by presidential candidates about issues like same-sex marriage should be taken very seriously and not summarily dismissed.