December 30, 2011 |
Kelly Clarkson on Thursday was hit with a tsunami of abusive tweets after she endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas for the Republican presidential nomination. "I love Ron Paul," she wrote on WhoSay. "I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination . . . he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't. " Some Clarkson fans tweeted that Paul has been accused of holding racist and homophobic views. (He has denied the allegations.)
December 29, 2011 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - He could easily win the Iowa precinct caucuses Tuesday, which kick off the voting for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Yet Ron Paul is largely getting a free pass from his rivals and their supporters, the only top-tier candidate who is escaping the high-profile attack ads flooding the state's airwaves. Why? Because none of his competitors sees the Texas congressman as a serious long-term rival for the nomination. One, Mitt Romney, sees a Paul win in Iowa as the next best thing to a Romney win, something that would deny an Iowa launching pad for a more serious long-term challenger such as Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry.
December 29, 2011
Some deserve a second chance Times are tough, but for those with nonviolent misdemeanors in their past, the tough times just won't release their grip. Pennsylvania legislators should seize the opportunity to provide such constituents with the chance they need to move toward self sufficiency by passing Senate Bill 1220 ("Pa. bill would let more get clean slate," Tuesday). This bipartisan initiative contains well-conceived checks and balances that will help ensure it applies to deserving ex-offenders.
December 27, 2011 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa caucus campaign that has cycled through several Republican presidential front-runners entered its final week Monday as unpredictable as the day that conservatives began competing to emerge as Mitt Romney's chief rival. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, released a new television commercial for the state in which he cited a "moral imperative for America to stop spending more money than we take in. " "It's killing jobs," he said. Texas Gov. Rick Perry countered with an ad that said four of his rivals combined - none of them Romney - have served 63 years in Congress, "leaving us with debt, earmarks, and bailouts.
December 18, 2011 |
HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. - People in Newt Gingrich's hometown got a thrill Dec. 10 when the long-ago little kid, who hunted turtles and played cowboys and Indians at the local rock cavern, mentioned his Pennsylvania roots in a presidential debate. Mayor Brad Miller said that if Gingrich wins the Republican nomination, Hummelstown will invite him to speak at the town's 250th anniversary celebrations in July. "I mean, we'll invite him win, lose, or draw," the mayor corrected himself.
December 4, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - As campaign stops for Republican presidential candidates go, the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in downtown Los Angeles seemed like a strange choice. There was reggae music booming from big speakers, lapel pins shaped like marijuana leaves, and a speech by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the liberal former mayor of San Francisco who is famous for granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Yet there Gary Johnson stood last month, drawing cheers from a crowd of drug decriminalization activists.
November 26, 2011
By Lane Filler More and more, the search for a Republican presidential candidate resembles that of ladies looking for love in a singles bar on a Saturday night. You walk in buoyed by the excitement of the hunt, hoping this time you'll find the one. The first guy you spy is Mitt Romney, sitting at the bar and nursing his Shirley Temple like always. He tosses you a wave and you return it. Solid guy, Mitt. A little wormy, maybe, but respectful and polite. You wouldn't have to pretend your mom just got hit by a runaway snowmobile to make a quick exit from a dinner with him. Out of the corner of your eye, you see Ron Paul - and duck.
November 20, 2011 |
VINTON, Iowa - Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is emerging as a significant factor in the Republican presidential race, especially in Iowa. The GOP establishment has long dismissed the libertarian-leaning candidate, but he is turning heads beyond his hard-core followers - and rising in some polls - just weeks before the state holds the leadoff presidential caucuses Jan. 3 and four years since his failed 2008 bid. Paul's sharp criticism of government spending...
October 28, 2011 |
Joshua Farrell, 59, a retired social worker who spends his days in Occupy Philadelphia's encampment outside City Hall, has a nasty black eye. Years ago, under Mayor Frank Rizzo's billy-club-in-the-cummerbund rule, say, it would have been reasonable to assume the shiner was a gift from the city's then brutal police. But times have changed, radically. Occupy Philadelphia, now in its 23d day on Dilworth Plaza, remains one of the most peaceful demonstrations of its kind in the country.