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Dirty Tricks

Think This Year's Campaigns Are Dirty? Check Out the Race That Changed Politics Forever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

After writing books about the 1950 contest for the U.S. Senate between Richard Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas and, especially, Upton Sinclair's race for governor of California in 1934, not much could happen this year that would truly shock or offend me.

Christie's Bridge Problem Shows Foolishness, But Voters Won't Remember

Brian Jencunas | Posted 03.11.2014 | College
Brian Jencunas

Luckily for Christie, few voters are paying attention to politics this far away from a national election, so the bridge-closing won't hurt his all-but-certain 2016 political campaign.

GOP Swift Boaters Ramp Up Against President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The swift boaters are kicking their campaign of political dirt, mud and garbage slinging against Obama into high gear. Here's a checklist of their latest antics.

Romney's Michigan Backers Flood State Party List With Emails

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

NOVI, Mich. -- Mitt Romney's top Michigan backers have flooded the zone in the last 48 hours with emails to state Republicans, praising the former Mas...

The Top 5 Dirtiest Divorce Tricks

Georgialee Lang | Posted 01.05.2012 | Divorce
Georgialee Lang

Divorce lawyers are well aware of the grab bag of dirty tricks spouses inflict on each other. Here are my top five dirtiest tricks.

WATCH: The Dirtiest Move In Soccer?

Posted 09.05.2011 | Sports

You don't need Spanish lessons to figure out that this dirty move is against the rules. Dare we say that Chile's Gary Medel wasn't exactly making a...

Green News Report: February 15, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S SPECIAL RADIO REPORT: A...

George W. Bush and Thanksgiving

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, and gratitude. I'm grateful that the "Bush Years" came to an end in January 2009, and a president took over wh...

As the Dust Settles

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

So it's over. No good crying over spilt milk. Except that we never seem to learn. It happened in 1994, and although President Clinton pulled himself ...

Final Dispatch on Upton Sinclair's Wild 1934 Campaign -- and Why it Was One of Most Influential Ever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

The lesson of Upton Sinclair's 1934 gubernatorial run is that sticking to principles and running hard from the left -- if backed by the grassroots -- can get results from a president, even if the candidate in question loses.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Irving Thalberg's Final 'Attack Ad' Sparks Riots

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

As Election Day neared, Hollywood's crusade against Upton Sinclair, the Democratic nominee for governor, hit a new low.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Dirtiest Race Ever Reaches Its Peak

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce today virtually ordered all member businesses to close up shop on Election Day and get out the vote for Merriam against Upton Sinclair in the California gubernatorial race.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: When FDR Sold Out Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

An official at one movie studio posted this sign next to a time clock: "If You Expect to Punch This a Week from Now Don't Vote for Sinclair."

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Kate Hepburn, FDR, Against Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

So far at this part in the '34 California gubernatorial race, Katharine Hepburn had refused to comment on the district attorney's investigation of political intimidation in Hollywood. But that didn't stop her father from speaking for her.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Upton Sinclair Fights Back Against Hollywood Scare Tactics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Sinclair finally wrote an angry letter protesting unprecedented tactics by Irving Thalberg, Louis B. Mayer and others.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Hearst Rips Upton Sinclair, As Heywood Broun Warns of 'Fascism'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

William Randolph Hearst was back at San Simeon after an absence of five months and ready at last to select a candidate in the California governor's race. His papers had been crucifying Upton Sinclair for the past month.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: H.L. Mencken Mocks Upton Sinclair, Riots in Movie Theaters

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Upton Sinclair had been swallowing magic potions since the turn of the century, Henry Mencken declared during the California gubernatorial race of 1934, and now he was at it again.

When A Famous Author Ran for Office -- And Politics Changed Forever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Upton Sinclair succeeded where greater writers failed -- he nearly got elected to high office, and, even in losing, had a profound effect on an American president and the future of politics in America.

White Candidate's Political Identity Theft in Tuesday's DC Primary

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Heading into the Washington, D.C. primary Tuesday, a little-known white candidate for an at-large council seat, Michael D. Brown, has essentially stolen the political identity of another, far better-known black politician.

Rape Investigation of Wikileaks Founder Assange Reopened

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

Sweden's on-again, off-again investigation of an alleged rape by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange apparently is on again.

South Carolina Sleaze: A Redundancy

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Citizens in South Carolina are disenfranchised by the unrelentingly dirty politics that seem to be as much a part of the state's fabric as textile plants.

Elephant Joke

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

Remember the old "Elephant Jokes"? "How do you know if there's been an elephant in your refrigerator?" "Look for footprints in the Jell-o." They were ...

When 'Mad Men' Types -- and Hollywood-- First Played a Key Role in Politics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

When pundits labeled last year's presidential campaign "divisive" and "dirty," I had to laugh. The champion of all dirty races in this century, in fact, was the 1934 contest between Upton Sinclair and Frank Merriam.

Jason Linkins

National Republican Congressional Committee Caught Misleading With Ellipses Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The good people over at the National Republican Campaign Committee have a favorite punctuation mark, called the ellipsis. And they enjoy using it, ma...

New Right Wing "Dirty Tricks" Campaign Tactic Being Tested in Washington State

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Because of a benign-sounding charter amendment offered by right wing zealots, candidates are not known by their political affiliations. That removes the shorthand that busy people use to vote.