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October 22, 2004 | By Steven Thomma INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Sen. John Kerry has not locked up the swing states that voted Democratic four years ago, a new Knight Ridder-MSNBC poll showed yesterday. In fact, the poll shows that three presidential debates, millions of dollars in campaign advertising and numerous visits from the candidates have changed few minds in those states in the last month. When compared with results from a similar poll in September, the latest poll of Democratic-leaning swing states shows Kerry unable to separate himself from President Bush on the question of who would better handle the economy, usually a strong Democratic issue.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
By Charles Lane It was exhilarating, that night in July 2004, when a young Senate candidate from Illinois stood before a national television audience, invoked his improbable Kenyan-Kansan background, and called on Americans to unite. "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America," Barack Obama said. "There's the United States of America. ... "We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states.
NEWS
January 29, 2007
IN CAROL Towarnicky's Jan. 17 column "Why the budget is a moral document," she says that President Bush used taxpayer funding to promote faith in Jesus in the guise of aiding prisoners and helping with job searches. But she's fine with Democrats passing funding for stem-cell research, even though many people think it is morally wrong. When Thomas Jefferson mentioned "separation of church and state," he meant that there would not be a national religion. What he was described was freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.
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January 26, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
DES MOINES, Iowa - New Jersey Gov. Christie told an audience of more than 1,000 Iowa conservative activists at a conference here Saturday that he shares the same political values, deriding the "conventional wisdom" that says he's too moderate for the state that will cast the first votes in the 2016 Republican presidential race in a little more than a year. "Let me ask you this, if I was too blunt, too direct, too loud, and too New Jersey for Iowa, then why do you people keep inviting me back?"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
IN WHAT could either turn out to be a romance that will rock the world of tweens or become a sappy, overdubbed, hook-laden song on Taylor Swift 's next album, the 22-year-old country/pop queen may be dating One Direction 's Harry Styles . Styles, however, does not represent a new direction in one way - like former Swift boyfriend Conor Kennedy , he's only 18. He's also exotic like a Kennedy. He's British. "I had to literally do a double-take," an onlooker told People upon seeing Styles with Swift on the set of "The X Factor" last week.
NEWS
December 21, 2008 | By Danielle Allen
In Hopewell Township, the veterans of American Legion Post 339 have put their building up for sale. The post is down from 425 paying members in the 1960s and '70s to 202 this year; about a dozen regularly attend. But it's America that has changed, not vets. Since 1970, the U.S. population has grown by about 50 percent, from roughly 200 million to 300 million. Over the same period, the number of active-duty armed forces has fallen about 50 percent, from 3 million to 1.4 million.
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June 3, 2007 | By Catherine Paduani FOR THE INQUIRER
When I lost my job, I used my severance pay to drive cross-country. I had always had either time or money, never both at once. Now I had a little money, lots of time, and a whole country to explore. While I can't recommend the middle of January for a road trip, there were some perks: showing up without reservations was never a problem, the Grand Canyon was blissfully uncrowded, and I had South Dakota's Badlands all to myself. I drove more than 7,000 miles, from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, Arkansas to Oklahoma, Texas to New Mexico and Arizona, Nevada to California to Montana, through Wyoming and South Dakota, before heading home.
NEWS
November 23, 2012
By Jonathan Gurwitz Sore losers threatening to leave the United States. Extremists trafficking in loose talk about secession. A description of the aftermath of the 2012 election? Yes, but also of the situation in 2004. The liberal establishment has been exasperated to discover that some Americans who are dismayed at the prospect of living four more years under an administration they detest could consider secession. In response to petitions that appeared on the White House website from citizens in all 50 states asserting the right of states to secede, Obama supporters started their own petition to "strip the citizenship of everyone who signed a petition to secede and exile them.
NEWS
February 6, 2008 | By Dick Polman
I pore over the tallies of Tsunami Tuesday, and all I can hear, in my imagination, is Bill Murray, delivering one of his droll pronouncements: "This is one . . . nutty . . . campaign. " There's no other way to say it. This day was supposed to clarify the two races, not confuse us further. But last night, there was no closure, only the hint of battles to come. Alleged front-runners did not close the sale. Various challengers and upstarts found ample reasons to soldier on. Take the Republican race, for starters.
NEWS
May 10, 2012 | John Baer
IT'S PRETTY CLEAR that President Obama's re-election effort, a/k/a the endless campaign, is intent on burying Mitt Romney even before Republicans officially offer him up as their nominee. A $25 million, nine-state (including Pennsylvania) TV-ad blitz, after a weekend of campaign kickoff rallies in Ohio and Virginia, suggests an all-out effort to define the race in ways that seek to end it early. It is, after all, six months to Election Day. And you're spending $25 million?
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January 26, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
DES MOINES, Iowa - New Jersey Gov. Christie told an audience of more than 1,000 Iowa conservative activists at a conference here Saturday that he shares the same political values, deriding the "conventional wisdom" that says he's too moderate for the state that will cast the first votes in the 2016 Republican presidential race in a little more than a year. "Let me ask you this, if I was too blunt, too direct, too loud, and too New Jersey for Iowa, then why do you people keep inviting me back?"
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August 6, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Fourth in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates . Steve Lonegan, conservative firebrand, had just finished tearing into the government assistance going to the city of Camden, its people, and its businesses when he explained that he, too, once received federal aid. After losing his eyesight to disease as a young man, Lonegan got disability payments from Social Security, he said as he sat in a pizza parlor by Camden's City...
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February 15, 2013 | By John Timpane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like much in the news, President Obama's State of the Union address was two events in one: The speech and the Twitter reaction to it. What Twitter showed the world Tuesday was that men and women - and people of different politics - may have heard completely different speeches. According to Twitter, from the president's entrance at 9:10 p.m. to the conclusion of the Republican and tea party responses at 10:44, 1.36 million State of the Union-themed tweets went out, almost double the number (766,681)
NEWS
November 23, 2012
By Jonathan Gurwitz Sore losers threatening to leave the United States. Extremists trafficking in loose talk about secession. A description of the aftermath of the 2012 election? Yes, but also of the situation in 2004. The liberal establishment has been exasperated to discover that some Americans who are dismayed at the prospect of living four more years under an administration they detest could consider secession. In response to petitions that appeared on the White House website from citizens in all 50 states asserting the right of states to secede, Obama supporters started their own petition to "strip the citizenship of everyone who signed a petition to secede and exile them.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
IN WHAT could either turn out to be a romance that will rock the world of tweens or become a sappy, overdubbed, hook-laden song on Taylor Swift 's next album, the 22-year-old country/pop queen may be dating One Direction 's Harry Styles . Styles, however, does not represent a new direction in one way - like former Swift boyfriend Conor Kennedy , he's only 18. He's also exotic like a Kennedy. He's British. "I had to literally do a double-take," an onlooker told People upon seeing Styles with Swift on the set of "The X Factor" last week.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
By Charles Lane It was exhilarating, that night in July 2004, when a young Senate candidate from Illinois stood before a national television audience, invoked his improbable Kenyan-Kansan background, and called on Americans to unite. "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America," Barack Obama said. "There's the United States of America. ... "We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states.
NEWS
October 30, 2012
By John Kennedy A number of commentators have argued not only that Pennsylvania is a battleground state, but that Mitt Romney stands a significant chance of carrying it next week. They are half-right. The reality is that Pennsylvania is no longer the swing state it once was, and it hasn't been for several elections. In the deadlocked presidential election of 2000, this state was at the center of the political universe, along with Florida and Michigan. But that equilibrium has shifted.
NEWS
September 14, 2012
FORGET SOCCER MOMS and NASCAR dads. In November, the presidency could go to the candidate who attracts the most craft-beer drinkers. Don't laugh, because it appears President Obama's re-election campaign has already taken note of an astounding phenomenon in 2008 election results - with the hope of a suds-soaked repeat in 2012. It's a stunning and previously unnoticed voting trend that almost certainly explains the presence last week of a craft brewer among the Democratic National Convention speakers, as well as the recent release of the Obama White House home-brew recipes.
NEWS
May 10, 2012 | John Baer
IT'S PRETTY CLEAR that President Obama's re-election effort, a/k/a the endless campaign, is intent on burying Mitt Romney even before Republicans officially offer him up as their nominee. A $25 million, nine-state (including Pennsylvania) TV-ad blitz, after a weekend of campaign kickoff rallies in Ohio and Virginia, suggests an all-out effort to define the race in ways that seek to end it early. It is, after all, six months to Election Day. And you're spending $25 million?
NEWS
September 14, 2011
PENNSYLVANIA'S blue-state streak of delivering its electoral votes to Democratic presidential candidates could end next year under a plan pushed by top state Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is seeking co-sponsors for a bill to award electoral votes by congressional district. Currently, the state (like 48 others) has a winner-take-all system: The popular-vote winner gets all the state's electoral votes. Pileggi, in a memo to colleagues, writes that his change "will more accurately reflect the preference of Pennsylvania voters.
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