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    Sunday Morning Talk Show Roundup

Sunday Morning Talk Show Roundup

President Obama was on ‘Face the Nation’ with Bob Schieffer. Here is a synopsis of that conversation and a sampling of other discussions on the Sunday morning talk show roundup. The first thing they discussed was that negotiations with Iran regarding their nuclear program have been rumored to be connected with the fight against ISIS. He said that although ISIS was a common enemy, they were not associated. Schieffer asked

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    Immigration Reform Could be Reason for Loss in 2016

Immigration Reform Could be Reason for Loss in 2016

It is highly likely that immigration reform will become the key issue facing the 114th Congress next year. Action taken by the Republican controlled government will likely decide the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and more. Not enacting comprehensive immigration reform could very well be the reason for a Republican loss in 2016. The estimate is that when the election takes place in two years 28 million Latinos will

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    Voting is a Right Although Voters are Often Wrong

Voting is a Right Although Voters are Often Wrong

The 2014 midterms offered proof that the majority of American voters are uninformed, choose not to be, simply voting along party lines. All to infrequently does the most qualified candidate win. All too frequently winners of elections succeed because of television advertisements which attack the opposing candidate with misleading statements. They often sink low enough to make disparaging remarks which condemn them personally. Unless voters remove themselves from the ‘boob

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    Bill Maher: Real Time and Really Arrogant

Bill Maher: Real Time and Really Arrogant

This will be a commentary which I feel compelled to write. I have strong opinions about everything. I am seldom wrong, but when I am I admit it and often reverse my position. Friday, October 31st, ‘Bill Maher, Real Time’ broadcasted several allegations about which I have previously written. The host, Maher, chastised Democratic candidates for not supporting their party’s leader President Obama for his successes in multiple areas, including

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    Democrats Will Lose Control of Congress

Democrats Will Lose Control of Congress

The strategy of many Democratic candidates in 2014 is to distance themselves from President Obama. His approval rating is typical of a ‘lame duck’ president. The strategy is not working. Here’s a simple history lesson why Democrats will lose control of both houses of Congress. Independent voters will decide many of the outcomes and detest two things; negative ads and apparent weakness by candidates. 2014 has served up a feast

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    Independents May Find 2014 Belongs to Them

Independents May Find 2014 Belongs to Them

 In a perfect world there would be no political parties. There would be no red or blue states. Candidates would be elected because of merit, not because of party affiliation. Lobbies would not exist because votes would be difficult to buy from individuals. Of course this could never happen, no one person could raise enough money to compete against the ‘never-empty’ pockets of Democrats and Republicans. However, this year the

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    Hillary Clinton’s Love-Hate Relationship with Progressives

Hillary Clinton’s Love-Hate Relationship with Progressives

She will return to Iowa next Wednesday to campaign for Bruce Braley’s Senate bid. Democrats have little doubt that she will make a run for the presidency in 2016. However, many progressives have a love-hate relationship with Hillary Clinton. Republican Joni Ernst is leading in the polls, and most importantly has a larger lead with independent voters. Before the campaigns began, Democrats were confident that Braley would hold the seat

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    Republicans are Confused About Their Opponents

Republicans are Confused About Their Opponents

Last night’s debate in Kansas between Republican Senator Pat Roberts, and his opponent Greg Orman is a perfect example of Conservative strategy for winning the 2014 midterm elections. The evening’s debate was educational on a single level; Republicans are confused about who their opponent actually is. Pat Roberts is struggling to retain his Senate seat. His record is less than good, and he appears to be out of touch with

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    Negative Political Ads Lower Voter Turnout.

Negative Political Ads Lower Voter Turnout.

Both political parties and their candidates have the voting public in complete control. Their political ads contain attacks on their opponents and seldom give information about what the candidate intends to do if he or she is elected. They use emotional ‘hot buttons’ to obtain votes. And, because intelligent voters are tired of ugly campaigns, these negative political ads will lower voter turnout. Many years ago I made two promises

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    Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes: Politics Kentucky Style

Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes: Politics Kentucky Style

 The voters of the state of Kentucky are ‘fed-up.’ Super PACS are once again the focus, as outside and untraceable interests are spending truckloads of money on the Senate campaign. The battle for the seat is the tale of Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes: politics Kentucky style. The television networks have been saturated with 57,100 campaign ads which amounts to more than 500 hours; and the ads are not pretty

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