Religion, Politics, and the Great Pumpkin

Renowned philosopher Linus van Pelt once said, “There are three things I’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” While the young man searched for the ever-elusive Great Pumpkin, he was met with skepticism, snickers, and outright mocking. But, what Linus said in a cartoon in 1966 may be a […]

The Real News on Fake News

Fake – n. A thing that is not genuine; a forgery or sham. News – n. Newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events. Fake News – n._______________________________________________________________________ After spending 13 years as a news anchor, producer, and reporter, when recently asked to weigh in on the topic of “fake news,” I […]

Democrats’ “Old” Problem

As a Republican, you don’t have to remind me that my party is considered one of old, white dudes. To a point, there are benefits of service and seniority. Maybe not necessarily in electing a 70-year-old with no government experience President, but institutional knowledge and tenured people who understand government can be an asset. You […]

All the Grown Ups Are Being Run Off

There have been some stunning breaks in the Senate Republican conference in the last couple of weeks, but none have been more bold and zealous than the announced retirements of Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. Flake has a lifetime score of 93 from the American Conservative Union and an […]

Sellouts

There was a time when conservatives, and conservative pundits, didn’t have flexibility in their views. Whether it be the religious right, who took a no-compromise attitude toward life or prayer in schools or conservative pundits like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh who lambasted any “big government” politician. In the age of Trump, that all seemed […]

Sexual Harassment Isn’t Partisan

In response to the scandal involving Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein and his despicable acts with women, you wouldn’t believe this would become a political issue, would you? Yeah, right. Muckrakers on the right tried to impugn Democratic lawmakers who received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign dollars from Weinstein over the years. Apparently, their […]

The GOP’s Tax Plan Pickle

I’ve been in a few offices of Congressional Republicans that have devoted a screen to a running ticker of the national debt. You can find similar charts all over the internet of small government advocacy organizations. GOP Leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said reforming (i.e. cutting) taxes […]