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Waterville Mayor Hopes to ‘Pull a Muskie’ in Maine

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…

by · June 13, 2010 · 0 comments ·
Vintage Politics: Civil Rights Leader Praises Lester Maddox in 1990 Comeback Bid

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.

by · June 12, 2010 · 1 comment ·
Khavari’s Idea Gains Momentum; Candidates from Maine to California Push State-Owned Banks in Mid-Term Elections

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…

by · June 11, 2010 · 14 comments ·
Sam Rohrer’s Supporters Mount Write-In Campaign in Pennsylvania Governor’s Race

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…

by · June 7, 2010 · 19 comments ·
Ten Years Ago This Week: Nader Picks Winona LaDuke as Vice-Presidential Running Mate

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 […]

by · June 5, 2010 · 0 comments ·
‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

That old adage may never be truer than in the case of the once-invincible Charlie Rangel, the colorful New York legislator who suddenly finds himself in a situation similar to the legendary congressman he ousted forty years ago. Not surprisingly, the embattled Harlem lawmaker who stepped down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee earlier this year…

by · June 3, 2010 · 3 comments ·
Flashback Friday: George H. W. Bush Gives Up the Ghost

Flashback Friday: George H. W. Bush Gives Up the Ghost

Thirty years ago this week George H. W. Bush ended his grueling two-year pursuit of the presidency at a news conference in Houston. In a carefully prepared 750-word statement on May 26, 1980, Bush said that he was abandoning his campaign for the Republican presidential […]

by · May 28, 2010 · 0 comments ·
75 Years Ago This Week: Gertrude Stein Endorses Huey Long for President

75 Years Ago This Week: Gertrude Stein Endorses Huey Long for President

Declaring that “Roosevelts come and go, but Longs go on and up forever,” Gertrude Stein, the expatriate writer and poet living in Paris where she had befriended Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway and other prominent figures in the arts and literary world, surprised the nation’s political pundits […]

by · May 21, 2010 · 0 comments ·