Shift in power could prompt positive changes

Editorial For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican […]

Rumsfeld first of many political surprises to come

By Freedom Newspapers As the evening wore on, it became increasingly apparent that while corruption and incompetence were factors, the pickup of two dozen House seats by the Democrats was largely about the war in Iraq. President Bush tacitly acknowledged this Wednesday by announcing that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would step down, to be replaced […]

Rumsfeld steps down

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday congratulated Democrats on their takeover of the House and strong gains in the Senate and announced he had selected a new defense secretary to oversee the increasingly violent conflict in Iraq. Bush, reaching into the administration of his father, said that former CIA Director Robert Gates […]

Victory missing from ballots this year

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist It is almost surreal to watch the 2006 campaign wind down to its conclusion. The one overriding issue is the war in Iraq. Polls reflect deep public unhappiness with the course of the war, and Democrats will most likely reap the benefit of this frustration. And yet neither party offers […]

Liberty, not party label, what matters

By Freedom Newspapers While much of the obsession with today’s elections across the country is focused on whether the Democratic Party will regain control of Congress, a bigger issue looms. Yes, if Democrats should once again garner a majority in the House and/or Senate, the balance of power will shift somewhat. And there are a […]

Democrats not guaranteed total sweep of Congress

Editorial With the midterm elections less than a week away, many races look a little tighter than they did to most of the pundits a few weeks ago, when forecasts of potential upsets by Democrats in the House and Senate were as common as campaign promises. Tom DeLay’s old seat in Texas now looks winnable […]

For elecion, reality promotes Republicans

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist I can understand why Democrats are jazzed about November’s election. The polls combined with the fawning media (“Oh, please, Sen. Obama, let us kiss the hem of your garment!”) are giving them goose bumps such as they have not experienced since “An Inconvenient Truth” debuted in theaters. What I don’t […]

Q&A: Professor sees interesting election for parties

Timothy Krebs is an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. Krebs, who earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from Loyola University Chicago, has been at UNM since 1992. His research interests include urban political campaigns and elections and local political institutions. Q: Why should New Mexico residents care about this election? […]

Congressional turnover may not be bad thing

Editorial It is difficult to make a case that a midterm congressional election is a referendum on an overriding national issue or even on a president. The president is not on the ballot. Although national issues play a role, each congressional election is conducted separately, and many districts are effectively gerrymandered to ensure that one […]

Shame not enough to change D.C. culture

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist “We should not subject young men and women to this kind of activity, this kind of vulnerability.” So said Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood, who is recommending that the congressional page program be suspended at least temporarily. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you cannot trust members of the United States Congress with […]

Republicans’ strategy may lose effectiveness

By Freedom Newspapers When voters troop to the polls in November the two major questions analysts will want answered are whether Democrats will be able to take over one or both houses of Congress, and to what extent disillusionment with the war in Iraq will be a factor. The first question will be easy to […]

Election year proves hard to predict

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Every election year we are treated to some grandiose theory that will predict the outcome. One instructs us that the party in power in the White House always loses seats in non-presidential election years. Another predicts that the president’s party loses badly in the sixth year of an incumbency. Those […]

Dems playing politics with Iraq exit

Mona Charen: syndicated columnist It was not so long ago — only four years — that a significant number of Democrats in the U.S. Congress evaluated the available evidence and voted to authorize war with Iraq. Eighty-one Democrats in the House, including a fair number of liberals like Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and […]

4/19 Letters to the editor

Legality, not race, main immigration issue Why is it that someone can come into our country illegally and demand that they be made citizens? First off, I am in no way a racist. I have nothing against Mexicans or any other race of people. But I do have a problem with the illegals coming over […]

Letters to the editor: Fireballs vocalist Tharp wilkl be missed

Today I say goodbye to a personal friend and somewhat of a musical legend: Chuck Tharp, of the original Fireballs. Chuck was a damn fine person in so many ways. We who knew him were aware that he was often haunted by his memories from Vietnam, yet liberated by being able to use his moderate […]

Politician should act before he’s praised

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Barack Obama is not Jesus. Forgive me for pointing out what ought to be obvious. But I feel the need after reading the umpty-millionth profile (this one appearing last week on the front page of USA Today) in which seemingly every exhalation of his name was accompanied by angels singing […]

Democrats pandering to sense of grievance

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton used Rev. Al Sharpton’s Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration to, as Professor Shelby Steele explains, “whistle for the black vote by pandering to the black sense of grievance.” In response to a question from the audience: “I need you to tell us what distinguishes Democrats […]

Leaving Iraq would translate to defeat

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist True to their heritage in foreign policy, 40 out of 45 Democratic senators voted this month to demand a timetable for withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. As in every conflict since Vietnam, Democrats are hoping not to succeed but to skedaddle. Imagine if the Democrats held a majority in […]

Lewis Libby indictment not top prize

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Democrats were saved from utter devastation by the indictment of Lewis Libby. At least they could console themselves that one high-ranking White House official was in danger of being jailed for a very long time (and their glee when contemplating the maximum possible sentence was undisguised). Yet the let-down was […]

Congress works through aid measures for Katrina victims

By Mary Dalrymple: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Thursday worked to help solve the practical problems facing those caught in Hurricane Katrina’s path who need quick access to cash, housing and medical care. The House and Senate passed nearly identical bills to let victims tap retirement accounts without penalty and help working poor […]