Donald Trump is sucking up every molecule of Oxygen this side of Jupiter in the GOP primary by speaking his mind. Love him or hate him, he is unabashedly saying what he thinks.
What if everything Donald Trump was doing or saying in his "serious" bid for the presidency was just a ruse? What if's just a brilliant, cunning scheme, as a closeted Democrat, to ensure the election of Hillary Clinton in 2016?
When Fox News announced that they would be limiting the number of candidates invited to their debate to only the top ten in polling, it was inevitable that there would be a struggle to get on the main stage. But there will also be a "consolation prize" debate earlier in the day, which will feature those who didn't make the cut.
Let's face it. The Republicans will have quite a time trying to sift through their thicket of candidates. So many angles and issues and characters to consider. Do I like the clean-cut union-busting Wisconsin governor or the clean-cut anti-choice former Senator from Pennsylvania?
There is something unnerving about the rush of Republican presidential candidates to go on record as standing firmly against women's reproductive rights. They do not have the vaguest notion of what it is like to be pregnant as a result of abuse, incest, assault or a multitude of other wrongs, or simply what it is like to be a woman denied control of her own body.
A bevy of Republican candidates get shut out of national primetime by Fox, but not Trump.
For Trump, August 6 in Cleveland is just one more installment of a reality TV show that has been a ratings phenom all summer long. So how should the others approach Trump?
Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.
While it may be accurate to say that a majority of the American public has "moved on" with regard to marriage equality, that's not true among the base of the GOP. And, more critically, the majority of Americans in general hasn't "moved on" when it comes to "religious liberty" vs. "gay rights," not by a long shot.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry's quest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination hasn't been the most impressive campaign thus far. He's found himself near the bottom of the very large pack seeking the Republican nomination for the past several months and he hasn't found a signature issue or message to differentiate himself from the other candidates in the race. Until now.
As in any competition, Donald Trump's sudden success has required time for competitors to study and solve.
This economic development program, called the Certified Capital Company, was legislated in seven states and D.C. The program allocated insurance tax credits, billions of credits, to venture and economic development funds that invested in early-stage businesses in those states.
Republicans who don't believe in climate change were in holy hell last week, as Pope Francis made an earth shattering statement on the issue.
It appears to this writer with a lot of time on his hands and with a lot chimeras in his head that it would be neat to figure out -- if they had to pick a one-word logo -- what names the candidates would pick to run under, or run from.
You can count on it like clockwork in the run-up to a presidential election. A GOP presidential candidate will make a much-publicized declaration that the GOP will shift gears and go all out to court black voters.
If after 150 years we're finally going to consign the Confederate flag to the dustbin of history and to the exhibit cases of museums, we have to make sure we bury the entirety of what that flag stands for as well. It is too late to bring the traitors of 1861 to justice, but surely we can stop treating them as perverse heroes, and we can start calling the Confederacy what it really was.