Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Aetna's transparency problem

So far this month, the American Action Network (AAN) has poured more than $10 million into ad buys in six congressional districts — part of a last-minute October spending dump explicitly aimed at preserving the Republican majority in the House this election season. AAN is a non-profit, organized under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. What this means is the group doesn’t have to reveal its donors, or their hidden agendas, and voters have no idea where the $10 million being spent to influence their votes is coming from. It’s clear, though, that at least some of it is coming from publicly traded companies whose leaders want shareholders and customers kept in the dark about their political spending.

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Coal gets short end of stick in energy debate

Presidential debates are known to be little more than televised political theater, and that’s in part why we watch them. However, perhaps at no point would it have been more important for both candidates to skip the theatrics than during this debate cycle - at a time when rising energy prices are leaving a dent in Americans’ wallets already strained by an economy that has been lagging for months.

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Protection from sexual violence is a human right

With the debate season closed and the presidential election near, some commentators have noted the silence from the candidates on issues such as poverty and the war in Afghanistan. Yet, it has gone largely unnoticed that, in the 2012 presidential debates, the word ‘rape’ was never used. Not once. In the only vice presidential debate of 2012, the word ‘rape’ was mentioned, yet only within the context of reproductive rights.

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How Nevada's Asian American vote can swing election

The Nevadan Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) vote is, and will be, the margin of victory in this year's presidential election and the critical vote to re-elect President Obama and move this country forward.

AAPIs of the Silver State are a microcosm of the colors and energy of this country. Even as AAPIs grew the fastest out of all ethnicities -- growing 46 percent from 2000 to 2010 nationally -- Nevada's AAPI community grew at an astounding rate of 116 percent and now comprises 9 percent of the state. Despite our community's impressive growth, however, only 55 percent of AAPIs are registered to vote nationally and one-third of AAPI voters remain undecided.

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Romney's cruelest cut: Medicaid

Missing from Governor Romney’s campaign promises for cuts is needed moral reflection on the future of Medicaid. He plans steep reductions to Medicaid’s with no weighing of the consequences for human life.  Of all the cuts that Romney proposes, what he would do to Medicaid is the cruelest and it would hit Americans hard.

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Fighting terrorism the right way

The extraordinary disconnect of Governor Romney’s opening position in the final presidential debate almost went unnoticed as he tried to distance himself from some of his previous foreign policy statements.

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Candidates remain vague on how best to fight terrorism

Before the debate, I urged the candidates to have a substantive discussion about how best to fight terrorism, one in which they addressed the need to align U.S. policies with American ideals and to restore the country’s standing in the world.
 
Well…they didn’t.

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Mitt's makeover is now complete - But will it work?

With the third and final presidential debate now in the history books, the extreme makeover of Mitt Romney is now complete. In the first two debates, we learned that the former governor of Massachusetts was against reducing the share of the tax burden for the wealthiest Americans, for increasing Pell grants, for means-testing Social Security benefits so wealthier seniors would receive less, for the auto bailout (I’m glad you followed my advice, President Obama), and for affirmative action in the hiring of women in his cabinet. In the last debate, we learned that Romney is now for increasing foreign aid, for expanding the rights of women and enhancing economic development in the Middle East, against any military option in the case of Iran or Syria, and for – generally – world peace. 

In his breathtakingly swift shift to the center over the last three weeks, it is safe to say that the October surprise in the race for the White House in 2012 is the resurfacing of Massachusetts Mitt.

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Log Cabin Republicans' endorsement of Romney hurts cause for equality

In September 2004, the Log Cabin Republicans – a national organization representing gay and lesbian Republicans – voted to withhold their endorsement of then President George W. Bush, which marked the first time in the organization’s history that it did not endorse the Republican nominee for President. According to then-Executive Director Patrick Guerriero, “Certain moments in history require that a belief in fairness and equality not be sacrificed in the name of partisan politics; this is one of those moments.”
 
That moment in history stands in stark contrast to yesterday when Log Cabin endorsed Governor Romney’s candidacy for the presidency. What this means is that the organization has officially thrown its support behind a candidate who is even more staunchly opposed to LGBT equality than President Bush was in 2004.

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Keeping the American Dream alive

One has not truly arrived in politics until Saturday Night Live makes you the butt of a skit. Undecided voter, welcome to center stage.

These undecided voters’ apparent inability to choose between the “stark choices” and “clear differences” the competing presidential campaigns claim to offer is the source of frustration for many. The truth is these voters are disenchanted and, frankly, uninterested, in policy wonkiness.

They simply want one thing: a president who makes them feel better about tomorrow. The winning candidate is the one who best instills confidence that the American Dream will remain intact. It is not jobs or the economy, it is trust.

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