Archive for February, 2010

Can centrists and independents come together on systemic policy issues?

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

JP Avlon says “Photo-op centrism is not enough” and I agree. Here’s a “round” roundup of what’s on the minds of independent pundits and voters from Florida to Massachusetts to New York. John P. Avlon, senior political columnist for The Daily Beast and author of the new book “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking […]

February 28th, 2010 | Permalink| 10 Comments »

UPDATE: CNN’s Broken Government Features Independent Panel

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

UPDATE: CNN’s Don Lemon with Independent Panel TONIGHT: Omar Ali, Joe Gandelman and Nicole Kurokawa on Broken Government 7:20pm — Ok, just heard from Don Lemon, independent panel pushed to 10pm because of Chili earthquake. (Thanks, Don) donlemoncnn @NancyHanks independents at 10p. got moved because of chili breaking news this weekend. CNN’s Don Lemon with […]

February 28th, 2010 | Permalink| No Comments »

The Health Care Debate…Presented In Bobsled Terms

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Comedy, Olympics, Video

If you like your health care debates boiled down to their essential elements, you’ll love the following video…which sums up what has happened in the past year in pretty succinct fashion. And away we go!!! Tweet

February 25th, 2010 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Obama Sums Up Health Care Debate

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Health Care, Obama, Republicans, Video

If you can watch the following 20 minutes, it’s hard to argue that the President’s proposals are anywhere close to radical. In fact, some of the more “radical” parts started out as Republican ideas. Don’t believe me? Take a look… Personally, I think the notion that we start over on this legislation is just a […]

February 25th, 2010 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Health Care Summit Live

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Health Care, Republicans, Video

An important conversation is happening right now. Please watch. Tweet

February 25th, 2010 | Permalink| 22 Comments »

A Few Months After

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in Terrorism

Recently, discussion on centered around a perceived bias on the part of the Drudge Report in not featuring the recent domestic terrorism attack on an IRS building in Texas. Concern was also expressed that police in Austin “refused to call it terrorism.” The administration must be listening. Obviously bowing to the pressure from the […]

February 24th, 2010 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Independents Want Structural Political Reform

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

If you haven’t yet read Jackie Salit’s “Independents See Through Washington’s Magic Show”, here’s a link to Chicago online SWNewsHerald Keeping up with CNN’s Broken Government series, here’s a transcript on TMV of Don Lemon’s panel last Sunday featuring Dr. Omar Ali, Joe Gandelman and Nicole Kurokawa Attorney Harry Kresky advocates for nonpartisan elections in […]

February 24th, 2010 | Permalink| 31 Comments »

CPAC and Unnecessary Turmoil

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in Conservatism

The Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, certainly had its moments. In what appears to be an impromptu statement, Ryan Sorba, head of the Young Americans for Freedom’s California chapter, stood up to condemn CPAC’s invitation to GOProud, a group that supports gay Republicans: Mr. Sorba was booed by some in the conservative audience. He has […]

February 22nd, 2010 | Permalink| 28 Comments »

And Now a Word from the Women

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

Yours truly had a post on called “Political Independence is the New Feminism” — please check it out! Jackie Salit, President of, a national association of independent voters and the manager of the NYC Independence Party’s campaign for Mike Bloomberg in which he became the first independent mayor of New York City, has […]

February 21st, 2010 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Reid Vows To Use Reconciliation For Health Care Reform? Good.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Health Care, Legislation, Reid, Republicans

He’s saying it will pass in the next 60 days… “I’ve had many conversations this week with the president, his chief of staff, and Speaker Pelosi,” Reid said during an appearance Friday evening on “Face to Face with Jon Ralston” in Nevada. “And we’re really trying to move forward on this.” The majority leader said […]

February 20th, 2010 | Permalink| 24 Comments »