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Amanda Terkel

Majority Of State GOP Platforms Still Anti-Gay

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals grows in the GOP, the official stance of the Republican P...

How Deregulation Has Failed Mississippi

Laura Merriman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

In the gun debate, the "criminals will get guns and gun deaths will occur no matter what" argument is one that I hear often. There is extensive social science data demonstrating that policy interventions -- namely, regulation -- make for a healthier, safer society.

Forget Debates: It’s Party Platters, Not Platforms

Marie Woolf | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Marie Woolf

2012-10-23-Mariewoolf.jpg Forget debates, PAC ads and voter guides: just sample the two party platters. We need only look to what the candidates' wives are serving up.

Romney, Marx and the GOP Brand

Bennet Kelley | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

What do you call using millions in unregulated campaign funds to sell the American people dog food by telling them it's something else? That is precisely what happened in Denver, as Gov. Romney rebranded his entire platform.

Which Party Is Truly a "Friend" of the Self-Employed?

Kristie Arslan | Posted 11.19.2012 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

In fact, the Republican and Democrat party platforms are suspiciously interchangeable when it comes to promises to America's small businesses. Don't believe me?

Republican Platform Envisions America Without Human Rights

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

Invoking American Exceptionalism, the Republican platform envisions America without human rights and detaches the nation from the entire world.

Amanda Terkel

Massachusetts GOP Weighs Embracing Anti-Gay, Anti-Abortion National Party Platform

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts is one of the bluest states in the nation, where even Republican politicians often find themselves staking out relatively ...

Finding God in the Party Platforms

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

What matters is whether the platform shows an intention to honor God's call for action that we care for each other as neighbors and work to heal the sick, feed the hungry and protect those in need. The Democratic platform fully embraces those values, but they are hard to find in the Republican platform.

Conservatives Seek to Celebrate the Constitution by Undermining It

Doug Kendall | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As long as conservatives believe they can win elections by changing the ground rules, the battle over voting rights will continue. And as long as conservatives are weaponizing the Constitution for political purposes, progressives must aggressively tell our own story about the Constitution.

God Is Missing From The Republican Platform

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Republicans have made much about the word "God" in the Democratic platform. Like the Pharisees, they stand ostentatiously in the front of the synagogue, congratulating themselves on their righteousness. But I have looked, and I cannot find God in the GOP platform.

John Kerry's Master Blast

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

What is striking about Kerry's stewardship in the past two years is the comradeship he has forged with foreign dignitaries and with Republican committee members to create a small, effective bastion of bipartisan cooperation on matters essential to the nation's national security.

Two Party Platforms, Two Foreign Policies

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The haste with which Democratic leaders rushed Wednesday to reinsert mentions of God and Jerusalem in their already published platform suggests that these party manifestos may actually matter to American voters and policymakers.

The GOP Platform's 12 Faultiest Claims

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.05.2012 | Business

Last week, the Republican Party released its 2012 platform, a document that proposes sweeping reforms designed to limit the size and role of governmen...

The Gulf: Can We Bring Empathy Back Into Politics?

Farai Chideya | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Farai Chideya

America is too big to wrap your brain around, at least all at once. So, apparently, is the GOP.

Republicans Think Women Are Great

Lloyd Garver | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

If they are so special to the point that, as Ann Romney said, "women hold the country together," why can't they be trusted to make their own decisions about their bodies?

Amanda Terkel

The Surprisingly Progressive History Of GOP Platforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Republican Party's 2012 platform is one of the most conservative in modern history, with policy positions that even GOP preside...

Republican Platform: Reversing Robin Hood

Harlan Green | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Harlan Green

It is unbelievable, but true: the Republican platform no longer even tries to hide what they want to do -- make the poor and middle classes even poorer by shrinking the social safety net.

What Kind of People Will We Be?

Mike Lux | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

We saw the Republicans attacking Democrats hard on the business thing with their "we built this" message. This week, we Democrats have our turn, and how we both attack Republicans' weakness and address our own will be critically important to framing the fall debate.

The GOP Platform and the Meritocracy

Ryan Wells | Posted 10.31.2012 | College
Ryan Wells

In the U.S., we tend to consider ability and aptitude as the primary indicators of merit. These factors, however, are so wrapped up with one's socioeconomic status and family background, that in some ways those are the factors actually being measured.

Stranger Than Fiction: Can You Identify The GOP's Real Economic Proposals?

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.31.2012 | Business

If someone told you that the Republican Party supports making the federal income tax unconstitutional, you may not believe him. But the Republican Par...

Zach Carter

GOP Platform Marks Internet About-Face

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Republican Party pleasantly surprised open Internet advocates on Tuesday by including support for "Internet freedom" in its officia...

The Republican Platform and Gay Rights

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 10.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

For the LGBT community, the Republican Party is home to many unsuspecting allies and reasonable minds open to legitimate discourse on the most controversial and hotly contested social policy issues of the day.

The Hard Truth About Romney's Republican Party

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Behind the multi-million dollar stage in Tampa, beneath the glittery "reintroduction" of Mitt Romney as a pragmatic business guy, lies this "hard truth." And with record numbers in poverty, Mitt's promise is to savage vital programs for the vulnerable.

The Republican Convention Sets Its Course Far Right

Mike Lux | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

The core problems that are crushing the American middle class are not going away. The Republicans only answer is the kind of winner-take-all Bain-onomics that will finish that middle class off.

Before the Elephant Forgot...

Michael Brune | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

When the Republicans adopt their 2012 platform in Tampa, you're more likely to find that it includes billions in subsidies for finger painting than bold solutions to the climate crisis.