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PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES II
Monday, 11 February 2008

The ideas sound wonderful, but without the political machinery to make them happen, are they any more than make-believe?

Barack Obama speakingJohn McCain speakingHillary Clinton speaking

Americans like a good fight, and the presidential primaries have certainly provided that. By now, voters have narrowed the field to 3-4 likely choices for America's 45th President:

US Presidential Seal The candidate of experience rests her case on eight years as the President's wife. During that period, she squandered an historic opportunity to transform national health care while her husband fooled around in the hallway. By the way, he'll be back.

US Presidential Seal The candidate of change remains charmingly ambiguous on most issues while lacking a track record to suggest what he really has in mind. That m...

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES TO NOWHERE?
Friday, 08 February 2008
Missing in Iowa: a dose of Midwestern common sense?

In Meredith Wilson's 1957 Broadway hit, The Music Man, Professor Harold Hill arrives in Iowa to sell the citizens of River City a boys' band. Fifty years later, a handful of US Senators and other politicians descended on the state to sell them a Presidential election. Wilson's story had a happy ending. Bags packed and skipping town, Hill falls in love with Marian Paroo, the town librarian, and sticks around to make good on his word. The politicos were out of Iowa faster than a marching band, stymied only by the country's creaky air traffic control system which grounded them at Des Moines International for a few extra hours. (See, “Infrastructure Story,&rdq...

Feature Story
Q&A: OR State Senator Avel Gordly
Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Concerned about growing partisanship in the legislature, Oregon lawmakers created a public commission to turn the mirror on themselves. Senator Avel Gordly, one of four legislators to serve on the commission, talks to PT about her experience, the commission's findings and the importance of relationships between policy-makers.

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Wyoming State Senate President John Schiffer has seen one party-line vote in 12 years and no one calls him by name on the senate floor. Odd? Not in Wyoming, where legislators are coached from the begi...
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If you're looking for a member of Congress with the academic credentials and practical experience to weigh in on the Hill's current political dynamic, Oklahoma's Tom Cole is a good bet. PT sat down wi...
The Framers never wanted them. Today, few can imagine a world without them. The plight of the two-party system in the United States. February 1, 2006"The parties are more internally unified and polar...
Founding Fathers signing a document JULY 2008

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