In light of the shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado this past Friday I felt it worthwhile to repost this article. From Columbine to the Red Lake shootings to Virginia Tech to Gabrielle Giffords to this most recent massacre, gun reform is repeatedly halted at the precipice of action. Gun rights activists, the National Rifle Association and many in the Republican Party hold up their hands saying, “Now isn’t the time for knee-jerk reactions”. Democrats stumble through the densely packed minefield of the topic, trepidatious of even whispering the words “gun control”. Mayor Bloomberg appears to be the only political voice encouraging responsible, gun safety policy in this area.
Given Donald Verrilli Jr.’s poor showing in two consecutive, landmark cases is it time for Obama to let him go?
For the second time in two months Donald Verrilli Jr. delivered a dismal performance in front of the Supreme Court. One would think after ineffective defense of the Affordable Care Act the President would reconsider allowing him back onto the front lines. Are some things simply too important to leave up to second chances?
Jesse Kelly, the Republican nominee in Arizona’s 8th congressional district best known for holding fundraisers with M16 automatic rifles, told an elderly gentleman at a campaign stop yesterday that health care is a “privilege” that people must “earn”, not a right.
Kelly, who is running to fill Gabby Gifford’s vacated seat — made the remarks while meeting with voters at the La Cholla Country Club on April 23rd.
Once more Mitt Romney regained his “front-runner” status with his wins in Arizona and Michigan last night. The pressure was assuredly on him to take the top spot in his home state of Michigan but in the end his slim victory only highlighted his tenuous hold on the party’s leadership position.
While the inevitability of Mitt’s nomination is continually questioned, especially given the fluidity of the GOP’s voters and their difficulty resigning themselves to the former Massachusetts governor.
This year’s Superbowl ads plucked at sensitive political tensions more so than previous championship seasons. From an anti-union ad to the auto industry’s America is Recovering, Clint Eastwood, perceived politically-motivated halftime ad, national politics took advantage of one of the election year’s most captive television audiences. Another highly emotional issue regained the spotlight as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino were featured in their own ad promoting gun control reforms.
Last Tuesday night people throughout the country went to the polls to weigh in on numerous local initiatives and representation. Giving voters their last chance to directly express their views before next year’s presidential elections, many of the contests could very well be viewed as referendums on Democrats, President Obama and those elected in the 2010 Republican resurgent wave.