Frank James http://kbia.org en Hillary Clinton's Presidential Chess Board http://kbia.org/post/hillary-clintons-presidential-chess-board If the jockeying before the 2016 presidential race is a game of political chess, the most powerful queen on the board would obviously be Hillary Clinton.<p>So much of what will happen in 2016 hinges on Clinton's decision on whether to run, which she has said she'll announce by the end of this year.<p>If the former secretary of state and New York senator enters the race, she reduces the space on the board for any competitors within her own party. That would be particularly true for the Democratic women mentioned as possibilities for national office.<p>Vice President Joe Biden or Maryland Gov. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Frank James 51508 at http://kbia.org Hillary Clinton's Presidential Chess Board John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction http://kbia.org/post/john-boehner-foe-targets-electile-dysfunction <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A8kq85Umco</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Frank James 51310 at http://kbia.org 5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate http://kbia.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 51198 at http://kbia.org 5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate Obama And Al Sharpton: An Odd Couple Who Make Political Sense http://kbia.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 51144 at http://kbia.org Obama And Al Sharpton: An Odd Couple Who Make Political Sense Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist http://kbia.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 50974 at http://kbia.org Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue http://kbia.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 50965 at http://kbia.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://kbia.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 50809 at http://kbia.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://kbia.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 20:12:00 +0000 Frank James 50740 at http://kbia.org NPR Poll: GOP's Older Voter Advantage Slips From 4 Years Ago Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros http://kbia.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 50678 at http://kbia.org Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge http://kbia.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 50590 at http://kbia.org Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day http://kbia.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 50538 at http://kbia.org When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide http://kbia.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 50369 at http://kbia.org The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide The Political Winner From The Proposed NSA Changes? Rand Paul http://kbia.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 50226 at http://kbia.org The Political Winner From The Proposed NSA Changes? Rand Paul Why The Democrats' Koch Brothers Fixation? http://kbia.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 50164 at http://kbia.org Why The Democrats' Koch Brothers Fixation? With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map http://kbia.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 49978 at http://kbia.org With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map