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The Politics Of Higher Food Prices

9:09 pm Apr. 30, 2008

The jump in gasoline prices may only be rivaled as a political issue this election year by the increase in food prices. Not everyone has a car, but everyone does have to eat.  And the price of putting food on the table has gone up, with experts saying those prices …

A Good Superdelegate Day for Obama

8:51 pm Apr. 30, 2008

While it’s been a fairly crummy last five days or so for the Barack Obama campaign, if they can just blot out the memory of Rev. Jeremiah Wright doing impressions of JFK and LBJ for a minute, Obama staffers will be able to realize that they keep moving closer and …

Democrats Ratchet Up the Schedule

8:39 pm Apr. 30, 2008

One of the great things about running the US House during an election year is that the party in power can pretty much dictate what issues are going to be dealt with on the floor, leaving the minority party to throw verbal grenades about what the voters supposedly want.   …

Superdelegate Scoreboard, Vol 18

2:15 pm Apr. 29, 2008

With six days to go before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, there is a bit of uncertainty edging into the Democratic race again, as Hillary Clinton shows more strength in Indiana and may be closing the race in the Tar Heel State. But again, we will remind you that …

Obama Files For Divorce With Rev. Wright

2:07 pm Apr. 29, 2008

It was a major shift in tone for Barack Obama on Tuesday, as he decided on a very public break with his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  Obama said Wright’s speech in Washington, D.C. on Monday was filled with a “bunch of rants.” Just a day earlier, Obama had again …

Same Ole Gridlock On High Gas Prices

12:38 pm Apr. 29, 2008

With US economic troubles clearly the top issue for voters so far this election year, it was really no surprise that President Bush decided to use a White House news conference on Tuesday to bash Democrats on energy policy issues. Mr. Bush accused Democrats of blocking plans that would have …

Superdelegate Scoreboard, Vol 17

8:51 pm Apr. 28, 2008

We will talk a little bit about polls in this blog entry, but let’s remind ourselves that the only numbers which really mean anything right now are the total number of delegates held by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama secured yet another superdelegate on Monday, getting the support of …

A Surprise Endorsement For Clinton

8:28 pm Apr. 28, 2008

One week before voters go to the polls in North Carolina and Indiana, the outgoing Governor of the Tar Heel State is giving Hillary Clinton a surprise endorsement today in Raleigh. Most people had written off North Carolina as a state that Clinton was not going to win.  But now …

Barack Obama Raps Rev. Wright

8:05 pm Apr. 28, 2008

The fallout from Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s long weekend media blitz finally got under the skin of Barack Obama late on Monday, as he held a hastily scheduled news conference on the tarmac in Wilmington, North Carolina. “I think certainly what the last three days indicates is that we’re not coordinating …

Obama v Clinton and Obama v McCain

8:30 pm Apr. 27, 2008

While Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spent the weekend bickering over the need for more debates, Obama turned most of his personal attention on the presumptive GOP nominee, again sparring with John McCain in what is quickly becoming an acrimonious battle as well. Clinton launched the first salvo on Saturday, …