This April Fool's Day is a good time to check any unfamiliar names on Democratic primary ballots to make sure that Trojan horse candidates don't sneak votes away from candidates who support real Democratic values.
In Thompson's second run for mayor, the aftertaste of second place isn't as sweet as the first time. Back in 2008, he was the triumphant underdog, this time however, he's close to becoming persona non-grata.
I would love to see a woman mayor. I would love to see a lesbian mayor. That said, I think a candidate's agenda and history -- voting record, actions taken, plans for future governance -- trump identity politics.
Is it worrisome that our federal government is paralyzed in partisan deadlock? Have we so little expectation of officeholders that we view politics as simply a sideshow; and if we vote at all, do we pull the lever based on nothing more than name recognition?
Anthony Weiner has every right to run for mayor of New York City. But, given these latest embarrassing revelations, why does he want to expose (pardon the pun) himself and his family to such painful humiliation?
For Arab Americans, the big election news of the past week didn't come out of just Wisconsin or Egypt. Congressman Bill Pascrell's stunning victory over Congressman Steve Rothman in northern New Jersey's 9th District showed Arab Americans coming of age.