Frank James http://ktep.org en The GOP Now Likes Community Organizing (If It Wins Elections) http://ktep.org/post/gop-now-likes-community-organizing-if-it-wins-elections Both parties are sounding confident right now about their midterm election prospects, but only one can be right. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Frank James 44864 at http://ktep.org The GOP Now Likes Community Organizing (If It Wins Elections) Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road http://ktep.org/post/temporary-fix-highway-money-well-traveled-road If <a href="http://grammarist.com/usage/kick-the-can-down-the-road/">kicking the can down the road</a> were a competitive sport, the championship trophy would never leave Washington.<p>When the need to make a difficult choice collides with an unyielding deadline, the tendency in a city where partisan gridlock is the norm is to put the tough decisions off for another day.<p>That has happened once again with the short-term highway spending bill that Congress and <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/sap/113/saphr5021r_20140714.pdf">President Obama</a> have lined Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Frank James 44768 at http://ktep.org Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road Georgia Senate GOP Runoff Shows Little Southern Hospitality http://ktep.org/post/georgia-senate-gop-runoff-shows-little-southern-hospitality <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJiec27DUMY</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:55:00 +0000 Frank James 44688 at http://ktep.org Georgia Senate GOP Runoff Shows Little Southern Hospitality Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery http://ktep.org/post/florida-ruling-primer-redistricting-chicanery If you have some time over the weekend or need a break from the endless LeBron James coverage, you could peruse <a href="http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/images/Romo_v_Detzner_Final_Judgment_7-10-14.pdf">the highly readable opinion</a> by a Florida judge who invalidated some of the redistricting efforts by the state's Republican Legislature.<p>Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis found compelling evidence of chicanery in how the lines of two Florida congressional districts were redrawn — the 5th District, represented by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, and the 10th District, held by Rep. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Frank James 44522 at http://ktep.org Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress http://ktep.org/post/texas-obama-sets-stage-answer-do-nothing-congress Six years into his administration, President Obama has apparently not given up on the "hope" that was a major theme of his first run for president.<p>What else but undying optimism could explain the president's hope for the Texas congressional delegation expressed in his visit to their state this week?<p>Speaking of his conversation with Republican Texas Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:17:00 +0000 Frank James 44454 at http://ktep.org In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress Should President Obama Visit The Texas Border? http://ktep.org/post/should-president-obama-visit-texas-border Much of President Obama's presidency currently falls into the category of damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.<p>That certainly is true on the question of whether he should visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his two-day visit to Texas.<p>Some have even taken <a href="http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/07/07/cuellar-obama-immigration-border-katrina/">to asking</a> if this isn't Obama's "Katrina moment," an allusion to President George W. Bush's 2005 failure to immediately visit the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast once the storm had passed. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Frank James 44348 at http://ktep.org Should President Obama Visit The Texas Border? A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool http://ktep.org/post/senator-turns-his-bible-political-tool <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpGPymn9fsI</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Frank James 44274 at http://ktep.org A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues http://ktep.org/post/mississippi-gops-not-so-civil-war-continues It's been 13 days since Sen. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:23:00 +0000 Frank James 44198 at http://ktep.org In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling http://ktep.org/post/red-state-democrats-tread-lightly-hobby-lobby-ruling For the typical Democrat running in 2014, frequent condemnation of the Supreme Court's recent <em>Hobby Lobby</em> decision is a no-brainer as a rallying cry to raise money and energize voters — especially women.<p>Monday's ruling allows family-owned and other closely held companies <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926331/companies-can-refuse-to-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says">to opt out of the federal health law's contraception mandate</a> if they have religious objections.<p>But some Democrats have to be more constrained than others in their objection to the Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Frank James 43988 at http://ktep.org Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress http://ktep.org/post/another-day-another-reason-voters-loathe-congress Congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Frank James 43843 at http://ktep.org Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament http://ktep.org/post/obamas-no-win-immigration-predicament President Obama's tough predicament on immigration is only getting worse.<p>He certainly didn't want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the U.S. across the Southern border, overwhelming the Homeland Security Department's ability to deal with them during a critical midterm election year.<p>Obama also presumably didn't want an immigration bill passed by the Senate a year ago to sit, forsaken, in the House. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Frank James 43773 at http://ktep.org Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament Stunt Or Not, GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Will Fuel Both Sides http://ktep.org/post/stunt-or-not-gop-lawsuit-against-obama-will-fuel-both-sides There might not be much legislation traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue for President Obama to sign, but there's plenty of back and forth over the president's use of executive power to act when Congress doesn't.<p>Week's end found Obama dismissing a lawsuit threatened by Speaker John Boehner, who alleges the president is violating the Constitution by exercising this often controversial power.<p>"You know, the suit is a stunt," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obama-calls-boehner-lawsuit-threat-stunt/story?id=24320161">Obama told</a> ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an interview. "... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Frank James 43649 at http://ktep.org Stunt Or Not, GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Will Fuel Both Sides Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels http://ktep.org/post/pews-latest-look-voters-finds-many-who-defy-party-labels Following up on its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/06/12/321417426/pew-poll-more-americans-are-political-purists">recent report</a> on the ever-widening ideological gulf between Americans, the Pew Research Center <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/">unveiled its latest sorting</a> of voters into categories based, in part, on the relative strength or weakness of their partisan attachments.<p>Not only that, Pew also has an <a href="http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/">online quiz</a> of 23 questions th Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:03:00 +0000 Frank James 43531 at http://ktep.org Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground http://ktep.org/post/new-house-leadership-puts-export-bank-shakier-ground The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 to boost U.S. exports during the Great Depression, needs its charter to be reauthorized by September's end if it is to continue providing loans to U.S. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Frank James 43362 at http://ktep.org New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican? http://ktep.org/post/will-mississippis-black-democrats-save-republican It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.<p>Then again, maybe they won't. A big unknown on the morning of the election is just how many African-American Democrats might actually visit polling places across party lines to vote for Sen. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Frank James 43309 at http://ktep.org Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican? Hillary Clinton, The Inevitable? Sure Seems Like It http://ktep.org/post/hillary-clinton-inevitable-sure-seems-it The jockeying for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is already shaping up to be nothing like the 2008 contest. Indeed, it doesn't even resemble a contest. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Frank James 43184 at http://ktep.org Hillary Clinton, The Inevitable? Sure Seems Like It House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member http://ktep.org/post/house-republicans-top-leadership-gets-red-state-member House Republicans, whose voter strength can be disproportionately found in the red states of the South and Mountain West, have once again elected a majority leader from a state that voted twice for President Obama. But the race for majority whip was won by a red-state representative who made the case for regional diversity in Republican leadership.<p>Hailing from California, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy replaces Virginia Rep. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Frank James 43047 at http://ktep.org House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters http://ktep.org/post/iraqs-meltdown-troubles-us-political-waters Iraq has a long history of roiling American politics. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Frank James 42965 at http://ktep.org Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions http://ktep.org/post/suspects-capture-doesnt-arrest-benghazi-suspicions Does the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks, alter the political polarity of the episode?<p>If so, the change wasn't immediately apparent.<p>While Republicans said Tuesday they welcomed the news, they also made clear that their suspicions toward President Obama on all things Benghazi were far from assuaged.<p>Indeed, what appeared to happen was that Khatallah's apprehension added to — rather than subtracted from — the GOP points of contention with the Obama administration.<p>Khatallah's capture rekindled a dispute over the handling of terrorist su Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Frank James 42888 at http://ktep.org Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions 4 Takeaways From Hillary Clinton's 'Fresh Air' Interview http://ktep.org/post/4-takeaways-hillary-clintons-fresh-air-interview So when exactly did Hillary Clinton change her mind on same-sex marriage? That question was left unanswered in the former secretary of state's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/12/321313477/hillary-clinton-the-fresh-air-interview">lively exchange</a> with <em>Fresh Air </em>host Terry Gross.<p>The same-sex marriage portion of the interview made for compelling listening because of how much Clinton bridled at Terry's suggestion that she privately supported it long before she publicly endorsed it, and how much Terry kept asking the question. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Frank James 42653 at http://ktep.org 4 Takeaways From Hillary Clinton's 'Fresh Air' Interview Pew Poll: More Americans Are Political Purists http://ktep.org/post/pew-poll-more-americans-are-political-purists Maybe there's something in humans that pushes them apart the way plate tectonics moves continents. Whatever the reason, the ideological divide between conservatives and progressives in the U.S. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:03:00 +0000 Frank James 42589 at http://ktep.org Pew Poll: More Americans Are Political Purists Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not. http://ktep.org/post/cantors-loss-va-immigration-issues-death-knell-or-not As the smoke clears from the wreckage of the Republican establishment's monumental loss in the Virginia congressional primary, it appears that hopes of immigration overhaul have been snuffed out.<p>Economic professor <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/06/11/320841955/meet-david-brat-the-giant-killer-who-knocked-off-eric-cantor">Dave Brat</a>, who beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday, made immigration policy a major part of his argument against Cantor.<p>In a <em>Richmond Times-Dispatch</em> <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/their-opinion/columnists-b Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:58:00 +0000 Frank James 42502 at http://ktep.org Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not. Meet David Brat, The Giant-Killer Who Knocked Off Eric Cantor http://ktep.org/post/meet-david-brat-giant-killer-who-knocked-eric-cantor Who is <a href="http://davebratforcongress.com/about-dave/">David Brat</a>, the slayer of a goliath of congressional politics, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor?<p>The man who <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/06/11/320871655/eric-cantors-collapse-what-happened">rocked the political world Tuesday</a> is a 52-year-old, passionate, self-described "free-market, Milton Friedman economist" and a <a href="http://faculty.rmc.edu/dbrat/">professor</a> at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Frank James 42437 at http://ktep.org Meet David Brat, The Giant-Killer Who Knocked Off Eric Cantor Hillary Clinton Refines Her Benghazi Response http://ktep.org/post/hillary-clinton-refines-her-benghazi-response As Hillary Clinton contemplates a 2016 presidential run, it's clear she'll need to answer Benghazi questions in a way that neutralizes conservative attacks and avoids politicizing the issue.<p>In her interview with NPR <em>Morning Edition</em> co-host Renee Montagne, the former secretary of state unveiled a Benghazi answer that might be a road test of a message to parry GOP accusations.<p>Speaking of the four Americans killed in the 2012 attack, Clinton said:<p><blockquote><p>"I regret their loss ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:39:00 +0000 Frank James 42428 at http://ktep.org Hillary Clinton Refines Her Benghazi Response Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era http://ktep.org/post/clinton-position-cuba-signals-new-political-era One of the few revelations in <em>Hard Choices, </em>former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new book about her time in the Obama administration, is that she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba.<p>"Since 1960, the United States had maintained an embargo against the island in hopes of squeezing Castro from power, but it only succeeded in giving him a foil to blame for Cuba's economic woes," Clinton writes. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Frank James 42407 at http://ktep.org Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World http://ktep.org/post/hillary-clinton-i-helped-restore-us-leadership-world To hear Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and once and maybe future Democratic presidential candidate tell it, her new book, <em>Hard Choices,</em> isn't the kickoff to a 2016 campaign.<p>She still hasn't made up her mind about another run for the presidency, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/10/320386798/clinton-sought-tougher-deal-but-wont-second-guess-bergdahl-swap">she told Renee Montagne</a>, co-host of NPR's <em>Morning Edition</em>. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:53:00 +0000 Frank James 42369 at http://ktep.org Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World State Senator's Resignation Roils Virginia Politics http://ktep.org/post/state-senators-resignation-roils-virginia-politics A single legislator in Virginia's statehouse normally doesn't rate much attention beyond, say, his or her district or Richmond, the state capital.<p>But then again, the resignation of a single Democratic state senator doesn't normally shift control of Virginia's Senate from Democrats to Republicans — a move that possibly stops dead in its tracks Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plans to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.<p>There's more than a simple resignation at work in the case of state <a href="http://apps.lis.virginia.gov/sfb1/Senate/senatorwebprofile.aspx?id=362">Sen. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:58:00 +0000 Frank James 42353 at http://ktep.org State Senator's Resignation Roils Virginia Politics Explaining The Bergdahl Swap Hasn't Been Obama's Finest Hour http://ktep.org/post/explaining-bergdahl-swap-hasnt-been-obamas-finest-hour While White House officials are keeping a brave face, President Obama and his top aides obviously have a political firestorm on their hands, owing not only to the particular details of the prisoner exchange involving Sgt. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:26:00 +0000 Frank James 42146 at http://ktep.org Explaining The Bergdahl Swap Hasn't Been Obama's Finest Hour Is Clinton Distancing Herself From Obama? Maybe Not http://ktep.org/post/clinton-distancing-herself-obama-maybe-not Is Hillary Clinton distancing herself from the Obama administration in preparation for a 2016 presidential run?<p>Some observers suspect that's exactly what's happening via pieces <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/03/hillary-clinton-was-skeptical-of-taliban-bergdahl-swap.html">like one in The Daily Beast</a> based on ex-Obama administration officials telling a journalist that the former secretary of state wanted to drive a tougher bargain in the prisoner exchange that freed <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/125938957/bowe-bergdahl">Army Sgt. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Frank James 42055 at http://ktep.org Is Clinton Distancing Herself From Obama? Maybe Not Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl http://ktep.org/post/move-over-benghazi-here-comes-bergdahl Just when it seemed like the outrage on the political right over Benghazi had subsided to the point where only the announcement of House hearings put it back in the headlines, the exchange of captive U.S. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Frank James 41987 at http://ktep.org Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl