Frank James http://wesa.fm en Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-congresswoman-goes-all-obamacare <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2oB7Tyes4c</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:27:00 +0000 Frank James 28071 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place' http://wesa.fm/post/green-gop-group-caught-between-rock-and-hard-place On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being green in the Republican Party. Just ask <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/116465826066559765877/about">Rob Sisson</a>, president of <a href="http://conservamerica.org/">ConservAmerica</a>.<p>ConservAmerica is a membership organization created in 1995 to keep the environmental spirit of GOP President Theodore Roosevelt alive in his party. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Frank James 28019 at http://wesa.fm Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place' Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? http://wesa.fm/post/are-democrats-trying-energize-base-race-card Few mixtures in American life are more emotionally combustible than the one formed by the combination of politics and race.<p>That helps explain why Democrats, in general, and President Obama, in particular, have tended to steer clear of overtly raising race as an issue to explain some of the opposition to Obama's presidency and agenda.<p>There seems to be a shift in recent days, however.<p>Top Democratic party officials have either directly or indirectly blamed race for some of the hostility to Obama, his policies, or both.<p>Rep. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Frank James 27828 at http://wesa.fm Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? Hillary Clinton's Presidential Chess Board http://wesa.fm/post/hillary-clintons-presidential-chess-board If the jockeying before the 2016 presidential race is a game of political chess, the most powerful queen on the board would obviously be Hillary Clinton.<p>So much of what will happen in 2016 hinges on Clinton's decision on whether to run, which she has said she'll announce by the end of this year.<p>If the former secretary of state and New York senator enters the race, she reduces the space on the board for any competitors within her own party. That would be particularly true for the Democratic women mentioned as possibilities for national office.<p>Vice President Joe Biden or Maryland Gov. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Frank James 27749 at http://wesa.fm Hillary Clinton's Presidential Chess Board John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction http://wesa.fm/post/john-boehner-foe-targets-electile-dysfunction <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A8kq85Umco</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Frank James 27565 at http://wesa.fm 5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate http://wesa.fm/post/5-takeways-equal-pay-debate This was the week that included Equal Pay Day, the point on the 2014 calendar to which the average female worker must work to match the average man's 2013 pay.<p>To mark the occasion, President Obama held a White House event Tuesday to sign executive orders aimed at providing more transparency about what federal contractors pay their workers. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:32:00 +0000 Frank James 27449 at http://wesa.fm 5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue http://wesa.fm/post/politics-equal-pay-its-more-womens-issue The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are making a central theme of the 2014 midterm election campaign, is often framed as a women's issue. But Democrats are expecting it will also have crossover appeal to men.<p>For many men, it's a matter of self-interest: Two-income families are part of a long-term trend, as many families find two paychecks essential to cover the bills in an era of rising prices and stagnant, if not falling, wages.<p><a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/famee.nr0.htm">U.S. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Frank James 27218 at http://wesa.fm The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue You Could Be A 'New Republican' If You Agree With This Ad http://wesa.fm/post/you-could-be-new-republican-if-you-agree-ad <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3ShchXHhOY</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Frank James 27061 at http://wesa.fm You Could Be A 'New Republican' If You Agree With This Ad NPR Poll: GOP's Older Voter Advantage Slips From 4 Years Ago http://wesa.fm/post/npr-poll-gops-older-voter-advantage-slips-4-years-ago The new <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2014/april/DCor_RR_graphs.pdf">NPR poll</a> had good news for Republicans and Democrats. As NPR correspondent Mara Liasson <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/03/298401923/npr-poll-obamacare-more-popular-than-president">reported</a> for <em>Morning Edition</em>, likely voters were nearly split evenly between support and opposition to the Affordable Care Act, with 51 percent against and 47 percent for.<p>That could be interpreted by partisans on both sides as helpful to their cause. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:23:00 +0000 Frank James 26976 at http://wesa.fm NPR Poll: GOP's Older Voter Advantage Slips From 4 Years Ago Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros http://wesa.fm/post/campaign-finance-ruling-winners-political-pros The Supreme Court's <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-536_e1pf.pdf">McCutcheon decision</a> has been described both as a victory for the First Amendment and as another damaging blow to campaign finance laws.<p>One thing seems certain: The decision, which overturned limits on the aggregate amounts individual donors can give to candidates and campaigns, will mean more money sloshing around political campaigns.<p>In practical terms, that means more business for the political consultants who orchestrate most serious federal political campaigns.<p>"Campaigns have been on the sh Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:36:00 +0000 Frank James 26929 at http://wesa.fm Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge http://wesa.fm/post/chicago-mayor-could-face-tough-re-election-challenge Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served at President Obama's side during his first White House term, find himself facing a challenge from another politician who was once close to Obama?<p>Maybe, if the woman who is president of the Cook County Board, <a href="http://www.tonipreckwinkle.org/">Toni Preckwinkle</a>, decides to run to against the mayor next year.<p>It's still a big "if." Preckwinkle, who was an <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/21/080721fa_fact_lizza?currentPage=all">early political mentor</a> of Obama's, hasn't said she'll run against Obama's former White Ho Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Frank James 26852 at http://wesa.fm Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day http://wesa.fm/post/when-politics-really-hardball-baseballs-opening-day Opening day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season started without the world's most famous southpaw, President Obama, throwing out the first pitch at Washington Nationals Park.<p>The Nationals were in New York City, where they began their season against the New York Mets with a 9-7 win.<p>But political, if not pitching, firepower was still represented on the mound. The 6-foot 5-inch Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York threw out the first pitch. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Frank James 26796 at http://wesa.fm When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide http://wesa.fm/post/pope-and-president-common-ground-clear-divide President Obama's Vatican meeting with Pope Francis wasn't without a dose of irony.<p>The U.S. president, once the world leader whose vow of "hope" and "change" excited millions, seemed eclipsed Thursday in that department by the pope.<p>The pope certainly is polling better than Obama among Americans. A recent <a href="http://polls.saintleo.edu/popes-approval-rating-at-85-percent-among-u-s-catholics/">St. Leo University poll</a> placed the pope's approval rating at 85 percent among Catholics and 65 percent among all Americans. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Frank James 26619 at http://wesa.fm The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide For Senate Candidates, It's Gaffe Season http://wesa.fm/post/senate-candidates-its-gaffe-season <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH51LNpqZ94</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHOE8XhTF2o</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:46:00 +0000 Frank James 26553 at http://wesa.fm For Senate Candidates, It's Gaffe Season The Political Winner From The Proposed NSA Changes? Rand Paul http://wesa.fm/post/political-winner-proposed-nsa-changes-rand-paul It's too early to gauge the political impact of President Obama's plans <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/25/294171358/white-house-to-propose-halting-bulk-collection-of-phone-data">to tame the NSA's data-gathering effort</a>. The full details of the proposal haven't been made public yet.<p>But it's not too soon to say that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appears to be a winner. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Frank James 26475 at http://wesa.fm The Political Winner From The Proposed NSA Changes? Rand Paul Why The Democrats' Koch Brothers Fixation? http://wesa.fm/post/why-democrats-koch-brothers-fixation Another day, another wave of Democratic attacks on the Koch brothers and their Republican allies.<p>Sen. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:09:00 +0000 Frank James 26414 at http://wesa.fm Why The Democrats' Koch Brothers Fixation? With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map http://wesa.fm/post/wind-its-back-gop-expands-2014-senate-map Republicans seem to have all the momentum lately when it comes to the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.<p>GOP chances were already looking brighter because of the drag on Democrats from the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's low approval ratings. Then came two developments that suddenly expanded the playing field: Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown recently announced his intent to run against New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner jumped in against Colorado Democratic Sen. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Frank James 26220 at http://wesa.fm With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map Obama's Foreign Policy: More Second-Term Misses Than Hits http://wesa.fm/post/obamas-foreign-policy-more-2nd-term-misses-hits Second-term presidents who find their ability to shape domestic affairs limited by congressional constraints often view foreign policy as the arena in which they can post some successes.<p>Ronald Reagan had his second-term breakthrough with Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union's general secretary. Bill Clinton had the U.S. lead its NATO allies into taking military action against the Serbian government of Slobodan Milosevic. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:47:00 +0000 Frank James 26089 at http://wesa.fm Obama's Foreign Policy: More Second-Term Misses Than Hits Will Democrats Change Their Health Law Message After Florida Loss? http://wesa.fm/post/will-democrats-change-their-health-law-message-after-florida-loss Congressional Democrats' messaging on the Affordable Care Act obviously didn't work as they had hoped in the Florida special election for a vacant House seat, since Republican David Jolly won the Tuesday vote.<p>But does that mean Democrats should abandon the "fix it, don't nix" it message delivered by Democrat Alex Sink, who narrowly lost a race that Republicans sought to nationalize and turn into a referendum on the health law?<p>Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., certainly isn't saying so.<p>"I think that our candidate Alex Sink — she's so excellent, so superb — and she said it just right. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:32:00 +0000 Frank James 25832 at http://wesa.fm Will Democrats Change Their Health Law Message After Florida Loss? Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate http://wesa.fm/post/feinsteins-cia-outrage-splits-senate The Senate was a chamber divided in reaction to Democrat Sen. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Frank James 25705 at http://wesa.fm Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics http://wesa.fm/post/gas-exports-debate-makes-better-domestic-politics-geopolitics Russia's intervention in Ukraine has sparked another debate over the Obama administration's energy policy.<p>Russia is a major provider of natural gas to Western Europe. That's caused some U.S. policymakers — largely but not exclusively congressional Republicans — to call on the Obama administration to clear the way for increased exports of U.S. natural gas to Europe. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Frank James 25631 at http://wesa.fm Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics CPAC's Conservative-Libertarian Split Could Be Hard To Bridge http://wesa.fm/post/cpacs-conservative-libertarian-split-could-be-hard-bridge If any two issues illustrate how difficult it could be for the part of the Republican Party represented by the social and national security conservatives to bridge their differences with libertarians, same-sex marriage and National Security Agency intelligence are good candidates<p>Discussions at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference got testy Friday, when libertarians defended positions out of synch with the more traditional stances that have defined the Republican Party for decades.<p>At a panel on privacy, for instance, centering on Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's d Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Frank James 25515 at http://wesa.fm CPAC's Conservative-Libertarian Split Could Be Hard To Bridge CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves http://wesa.fm/post/cpac-2014-reading-tea-party-leaves The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual gathering of conservatives which is part pep rally, part trade show, part revival meeting and part political cattle call, rolls into Washington this week.<p>As the 2014 version gets underway, one of the major questions hanging over the event is this: how much juice does the Tea Party still have?<p>Recent months haven't seen the kind of hard-right insurgent victories that rocked the conservative establishment two years ago. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Frank James 25431 at http://wesa.fm CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief http://wesa.fm/post/bill-clinton-party-builder-chief President Obama may be the standard bearer of the Democratic Party, but his unpopularity in some parts of the country means there are certain places on the campaign trail where it's best for him to stay away.<p>Enter former President Clinton, who can go where Obama fears to tread.<p>The ex-president recently made his first campaign foray of the 2014 election cycle in an unlikely state — Kentucky, where Obama won just 38 percent in 2012 (but where Clinton won twice in the 1990s). Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:59:00 +0000 Frank James 25406 at http://wesa.fm Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief Ukraine Is The Latest Overseas Crisis To Blur DC's Partisan Lines http://wesa.fm/post/ukraine-latest-overseas-crisis-scramble-dc-partisanship To the list of political issues with which we began this mid-term election year, which had the Affordable Care Act and the economy at the top, we can now add Russia's involvement in Ukraine.<p>But while the domestic issues divide along fairly clear blue and red lines, the political question of what the U.S. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Frank James 25268 at http://wesa.fm Ukraine Is The Latest Overseas Crisis To Blur DC's Partisan Lines