Time Capsules

Flashback Friday: The ‘Happy Warrior’ Endorses Wendell Willkie

Alfred E. Smith, the former governor of New York and Democratic nominee for president in 1928, declared his support for Republican Wendell L. Willkie for the presidency seventy years ago today…

Campaign Documentaries Bring the Process to Life

OK, I’ll admit it. One of my favorite things in the world is to discover a new campaign documentary. With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to share a handful of my personal favorites. I’ll give you my top three picks, plus a few others worth checking out…

Flashback Friday: Sandy D’Alemberte Abandons Independent Candidacy

State Rep. Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte abandoned the idea of running for governor of Florida forty years ago this week. Regarded as one of the most liberal members of the Florida legislature, the 37-year-old Miami lawyer had seriously considered bolting his party in 1970 to run for governor as an independent.

Flashback Friday: ‘Mouth of Massachusetts’ Shakes Up Gubernatorial Campaign

Described by columnist George F. Will as the most interesting candidate in the country, Boston University President John R. Silber was drawing a lot of attention twenty years ago this summer…

What Ever Happened to…South Dakota’s Larry Pressler?

Citing the experience of 42-year-old Teddy Roosevelt and suggesting that the burdens of the presidency were so great that the nation might be better served by electing a person in their prime rather than someone in the twilight of his career…

Waterville Mayor Hopes to ‘Pull a Muskie’ in Maine

Lost in the flurry of news coverage surrounding the come-from-behind victories by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle in Nevada and South Carolina’s GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley in Tuesday’s primaries, was the stunning, tea party-fueled nomination of Waterville Mayor Paul LePage…

Vintage Politics: Civil Rights Leader Praises Lester Maddox in 1990 Comeback Bid

Civil rights leader Hosea L. Williams all but endorsed Lester G. Maddox’s ill-fated bid to return to the Georgia governor’s mansion twenty years ago this week.

Khavari’s Idea Gains Momentum; Candidates from Maine to California Push State-Owned Banks in Mid-Term Elections

In announcing his candidacy last June, Iranian-born economist Farid A. Khavari, a Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, became the first candidate for public office to seriously promote the idea of a state-owned bank since the Great Depression…

Sam Rohrer’s Supporters Mount Write-In Campaign in Pennsylvania Governor’s Race

Symbolizing the growing gap between conservative activists embodied in the tea party movement and mainstream Republicans nationally, comes word of a fledgling write-in effort being mounted on behalf of Sam Rohrer…

Ten Years Ago This Week: Nader Picks Winona LaDuke as Vice-Presidential Running Mate

Ralph Nader, running on the Green Party ticket, announced ten years ago this week that Native American activist Winona LaDuke would again be his vice-presidential running mate. During the 1996 campaign, LaDuke, who is best known for her activism on American Indians’ economic and environmental issues, proposed a constitutional amendment to provide protection for certain [...]