Frank James http://ktep.org en John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction http://ktep.org/post/john-boehner-foe-targets-electile-dysfunction <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A8kq85Umco</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Frank James 38668 at http://ktep.org If Aide-Kissing Congressman Doesn't Quit, Voters Will Decide Fate http://ktep.org/post/if-aide-kissing-congressman-doesnt-quit-voters-will-decide-fate As of this writing, Rep. Vance McAllister is still a Republican congressman representing his northeastern Louisiana district.<p>And that's part of the problem, according to the Louisiana Republican Party establishment. Gov. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:11:00 +0000 Frank James 38517 at http://ktep.org If Aide-Kissing Congressman Doesn't Quit, Voters Will Decide Fate 5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate http://ktep.org/post/5-takeways-pay-equity-debate This was the week that included Equal Pay Day, the point on the 2014 calendar to which the average female worker must work to match the average man's 2013 pay.<p>To mark the occasion, President Obama held a White House event Tuesday to sign executive orders aimed at providing more transparency about what federal contractors pay their workers. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Frank James 38511 at http://ktep.org 5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate Obama And Al Sharpton: An Odd Couple Who Make Political Sense http://ktep.org/post/obama-and-al-sharpton-odd-couple-who-make-political-sense President Obama and Rev. Al Sharpton might at first seem like one of the odder couples in U.S. politics.<p>The president is by nature a super-cautious politician, measured in his rhetoric. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:38:00 +0000 Frank James 38445 at http://ktep.org Obama And Al Sharpton: An Odd Couple Who Make Political Sense Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist http://ktep.org/post/holder-plays-asparagus-card-against-gop-antagonist <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTOCih4ZAAE</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Frank James 38262 at http://ktep.org Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue http://ktep.org/post/politics-equal-pay-its-more-womens-issue The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are making a central theme of the 2014 midterm election campaign, is often framed as a women's issue. But Democrats are expecting it will also have crossover appeal to men.<p>For many men, it's a matter of self-interest: Two-income families are part of a long-term trend, as many families find two paychecks essential to cover the bills in an era of rising prices and stagnant, if not falling, wages.<p><a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/famee.nr0.htm">U.S. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Frank James 38261 at http://ktep.org The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue You Could Be A 'New Republican' If You Agree With This Ad http://ktep.org/post/you-could-be-new-republican-if-you-agree-ad <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3ShchXHhOY</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Frank James 38061 at http://ktep.org You Could Be A 'New Republican' If You Agree With This Ad NPR Poll: GOP's Older Voter Advantage Slips From 4 Years Ago http://ktep.org/post/npr-poll-gops-older-voter-advantage-slips-4-years-ago The new <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2014/april/DCor_RR_graphs.pdf">NPR poll</a> had good news for Republicans and Democrats. As NPR correspondent Mara Liasson <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/03/298401923/npr-poll-obamacare-more-popular-than-president">reported</a> for <em>Morning Edition</em>, likely voters were nearly split evenly between support and opposition to the Affordable Care Act, with 51 percent against and 47 percent for.<p>That could be interpreted by partisans on both sides as helpful to their cause. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:23:00 +0000 Frank James 37963 at http://ktep.org NPR Poll: GOP's Older Voter Advantage Slips From 4 Years Ago Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros http://ktep.org/post/campaign-finance-ruling-winners-political-pros The Supreme Court's <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-536_e1pf.pdf">McCutcheon decision</a> has been described both as a victory for the First Amendment and as another damaging blow to campaign finance laws.<p>One thing seems certain: The decision, which overturned limits on the aggregate amounts individual donors can give to candidates and campaigns, will mean more money sloshing around political campaigns.<p>In practical terms, that means more business for the political consultants who orchestrate most serious federal political campaigns.<p>"Campaigns have been on the sh Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:36:00 +0000 Frank James 37901 at http://ktep.org Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge http://ktep.org/post/chicago-mayor-could-face-tough-re-election-challenge Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served at President Obama's side during his first White House term, find himself facing a challenge from another politician who was once close to Obama?<p>Maybe, if the woman who is president of the Cook County Board, <a href="http://www.tonipreckwinkle.org/">Toni Preckwinkle</a>, decides to run to against the mayor next year.<p>It's still a big "if." Preckwinkle, who was an <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/21/080721fa_fact_lizza?currentPage=all">early political mentor</a> of Obama's, hasn't said she'll run against Obama's former White Ho Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Frank James 37820 at http://ktep.org Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day http://ktep.org/post/when-politics-really-hardball-baseballs-opening-day Opening day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season started without the world's most famous southpaw, President Obama, throwing out the first pitch at Washington Nationals Park.<p>The Nationals were in New York City, where they began their season against the New York Mets with a 9-7 win.<p>But political, if not pitching, firepower was still represented on the mound. The 6-foot 5-inch Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York threw out the first pitch. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Frank James 37758 at http://ktep.org When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day In Politics, Hog Castration Cuts Through The Ad Clutter http://ktep.org/post/politics-hog-castration-cuts-through-ad-clutter <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Y24MFOfFU</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:17:00 +0000 Frank James 37602 at http://ktep.org In Politics, Hog Castration Cuts Through The Ad Clutter The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide http://ktep.org/post/pope-and-president-common-ground-clear-divide President Obama's Vatican meeting with Pope Francis wasn't without a dose of irony.<p>The U.S. president, once the world leader whose vow of "hope" and "change" excited millions, seemed eclipsed Thursday in that department by the pope.<p>The pope certainly is polling better than Obama among Americans. A recent <a href="http://polls.saintleo.edu/popes-approval-rating-at-85-percent-among-u-s-catholics/">St. Leo University poll</a> placed the pope's approval rating at 85 percent among Catholics and 65 percent among all Americans. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Frank James 37531 at http://ktep.org The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide For Senate Candidates, It's Gaffe Season http://ktep.org/post/senate-candidates-its-gaffe-season <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH51LNpqZ94</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHOE8XhTF2o</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:14:00 +0000 Frank James 37457 at http://ktep.org For Senate Candidates, It's Gaffe Season The Political Winner From The Proposed NSA Changes? Rand Paul http://ktep.org/post/political-winner-proposed-nsa-changes-rand-paul It's too early to gauge the political impact of President Obama's plans <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/25/294171358/white-house-to-propose-halting-bulk-collection-of-phone-data">to tame the NSA's data-gathering effort</a>. The full details of the proposal haven't been made public yet.<p>But it's not too soon to say that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appears to be a winner. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Frank James 37375 at http://ktep.org The Political Winner From The Proposed NSA Changes? Rand Paul Why The Democrats' Koch Brothers Fixation? http://ktep.org/post/why-democrats-koch-brothers-fixation Another day, another wave of Democratic attacks on the Koch brothers and their Republican allies.<p>Sen. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Frank James 37309 at http://ktep.org Why The Democrats' Koch Brothers Fixation? Health Law's 4th Birthday Divides Democrats, Unites GOP On Message http://ktep.org/post/health-laws-4th-birthday-divides-democrats-unites-gop-message With the fourth anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act this weekend, if you were a Democrat boasting about the health law, you were more than likely a party official or lawmaker with a seat so safe you could publicly celebrate the occasion.<p>Like Rep. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:16:00 +0000 Frank James 37158 at http://ktep.org Health Law's 4th Birthday Divides Democrats, Unites GOP On Message With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map http://ktep.org/post/wind-its-back-gop-expands-2014-senate-map Republicans seem to have all the momentum lately when it comes to the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.<p>GOP chances were already looking brighter because of the drag on Democrats from the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's low approval ratings. Then came two developments that suddenly expanded the playing field: Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown recently announced his intent to run against New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner jumped in against Colorado Democratic Sen. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Frank James 37087 at http://ktep.org With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map Obama's Foreign Policy: More Second-Term Misses Than Hits http://ktep.org/post/obamas-foreign-policy-more-second-term-misses-hits Second-term presidents who find their ability to shape domestic affairs limited by congressional constraints often view foreign policy as the arena in which they can post some successes.<p>Ronald Reagan had his second-term breakthrough with Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union's general secretary. Bill Clinton had the U.S. lead its NATO allies into taking military action against the Serbian government of Slobodan Milosevic. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:47:00 +0000 Frank James 36935 at http://ktep.org Obama's Foreign Policy: More Second-Term Misses Than Hits GOP's Health Law Alternative Could Be Messy As Obamacare http://ktep.org/post/gops-health-law-alternative-could-be-messy-obamacare Ever since Republicans began using the words "repeal and replace" back in 2010 to describe their intentions for the Affordable Care Act, they've faced a question: What, exactly, would they replace it with?<p>While there's currently no clear Republican alternative for the health care law, President Obama's signature domestic achievement, the House Republican leadership is signaling there will be one this year.<p>The signal came in the form of <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-republican-leaders-craft-their-vision-for-an-alternative-to-health-care-law/2014/03/16/b98db274-ab7e Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:22:00 +0000 Frank James 36863 at http://ktep.org GOP's Health Law Alternative Could Be Messy As Obamacare Breakthrough On Jobless Benefits May Lead To Blind Alley http://ktep.org/post/breakthrough-jobless-benefits-may-lead-blind-alley The <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/senate-unemployment-benefits-deal-104644.html?hp=t1">bipartisan agreement</a> in the Senate over a five-month extension of federal unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless may seem like a breakthrough.<p>But for <a href="http://www.networklobby.org/people/marge-clark-bvm">Sister Marge Clark</a>, senior lobbyist for NETWORK — a national Catholic social justice lobby that welcomes the news, the fact that the agreement is seen as a progress shows just how far the political situation in Washington has deteriorated.<p>"Some of the politics Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:49:00 +0000 Frank James 36699 at http://ktep.org Breakthrough On Jobless Benefits May Lead To Blind Alley Will Democrats Change Their Health Law Message After Florida Loss? http://ktep.org/post/will-democrats-change-their-health-law-message-after-florida Congressional Democrats' messaging on the Affordable Care Act obviously didn't work as they had hoped in the Florida special election for a vacant House seat, since Republican David Jolly won the Tuesday vote.<p>But does that mean Democrats should abandon the "fix it, don't nix" it message delivered by Democrat Alex Sink, who narrowly lost a race that Republicans sought to nationalize and turn into a referendum on the health law?<p>Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., certainly isn't saying so.<p>"I think that our candidate Alex Sink — she's so excellent, so superb — and she said it just right. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Frank James 36621 at http://ktep.org Will Democrats Change Their Health Law Message After Florida Loss? Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate http://ktep.org/post/feinsteins-cia-outrage-splits-senate The Senate was a chamber divided in reaction to Democrat Sen. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Frank James 36463 at http://ktep.org Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics http://ktep.org/post/gas-exports-debate-makes-better-domestic-politics-geopolitics Russia's intervention in Ukraine has sparked another debate over the Obama administration's energy policy.<p>Russia is a major provider of natural gas to Western Europe. That's caused some U.S. policymakers — largely but not exclusively congressional Republicans — to call on the Obama administration to clear the way for increased exports of U.S. natural gas to Europe. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Frank James 36381 at http://ktep.org Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics CPAC's Conservative-Libertarian Split Could Be Hard To Bridge http://ktep.org/post/cpacs-conservative-libertarian-split-could-be-hard-bridge If any two issues illustrate how difficult it could be for the part of the Republican Party represented by the social and national security conservatives to bridge their differences with libertarians, same-sex marriage and National Security Agency intelligence are good candidates<p>Discussions at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference got testy Friday, when libertarians defended positions out of synch with the more traditional stances that have defined the Republican Party for decades.<p>At a panel on privacy, for instance, centering on Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's d Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Frank James 36219 at http://ktep.org CPAC's Conservative-Libertarian Split Could Be Hard To Bridge 3 Lessons From Obama's Failed Justice Department Nomination http://ktep.org/post/3-lessons-obamas-failed-justice-dept-nomination Now that the smoke has cleared from Debo Adegbile's failed nomination Wednesday to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, there are some lessons to draw from that Democratic debacle.<p>Why was it a disaster? Seven Democrats defected from their party to vote against Obama's nominee. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:24:00 +0000 Frank James 36144 at http://ktep.org 3 Lessons From Obama's Failed Justice Department Nomination CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves http://ktep.org/post/cpac-2014-reading-tea-party-leaves The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual gathering of conservatives which is part pep rally, part trade show, part revival meeting and part political cattle call, rolls into Washington this week.<p>As the 2014 version gets underway, one of the major questions hanging over the event is this: how much juice does the Tea Party still have?<p>Recent months haven't seen the kind of hard-right insurgent victories that rocked the conservative establishment two years ago. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Frank James 36102 at http://ktep.org CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief http://ktep.org/post/bill-clinton-party-builder-chief President Obama may be the standard bearer of the Democratic Party, but his unpopularity in some parts of the country means there are certain places on the campaign trail where it's best for him to stay away.<p>Enter former President Clinton, who can go where Obama fears to tread.<p>The ex-president recently made his first campaign foray of the 2014 election cycle in an unlikely state — Kentucky, where Obama won just 38 percent in 2012 (but where Clinton won twice in the 1990s). Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:59:00 +0000 Frank James 36069 at http://ktep.org Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief Ukraine Is The Latest Overseas Crisis To Blur DC's Partisan Lines http://ktep.org/post/ukraine-latest-overseas-crisis-blur-dcs-partisan-lines To the list of political issues with which we began this mid-term election year, which had the Affordable Care Act and the economy at the top, we can now add Russia's involvement in Ukraine.<p>But while the domestic issues divide along fairly clear blue and red lines, the political question of what the U.S. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Frank James 35899 at http://ktep.org Ukraine Is The Latest Overseas Crisis To Blur DC's Partisan Lines Hillary Clinton's Political Acumen And Other Tidbits From New Docs http://ktep.org/post/hillary-clintons-political-acumen-and-other-tidbits-new-docs Did we learn anything new about Hillary Clinton from the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/28/283938972/thousands-of-documents-from-clinton-years-to-be-made-public">documents released Friday</a> by the Clinton Presidential Library? Was there anything that could matter if she decides to run for president?<p>The answer so far appears to be no. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Frank James 35761 at http://ktep.org Hillary Clinton's Political Acumen And Other Tidbits From New Docs