george w bush

Do ballot initiatives impact elections?

August 9, 2006 - One of the bits of conventional wisdom from Election 2004 is that President Bush benefited in many states from conservative ballot initiatives -- especially those opposing gay marriage -- which whipped up passion and turnout among the conservative base.

The GOP's faith-based base

May 9, 2006 - With Bush's approval ratings reaching historic lows -- what one GOP spokesperson, with admirable understatement, calls "a challenging political environment" -- the question arises: who is holding on to support our beleagured president and his party?

May Day: The Great Boycott Debate

May 1, 2006 - Usually, May Day -- celebrated world-wide as International Workers Day -- is ignored by most Americans. But this year promises to be different, thanks entirely to the growing movement for immigrant rights.

The real Enron story

April 24, 2006 - I know that scandals are a dime a dozen now, but why is the Enron trial getting so little play? Ken Lay and Peter Skilling, who matchlessly meshed political power and greed, are charged with causing untold hardship to millions of people -- consumers, investors, and the political process.

North Carolinians not happy with Bush war policy

April 6, 2006 - Bush is coming to North Carolina to pump up support for the war effort. But the polls show that residents of North Carolina -- which bills itself "the most military friendly state in the country" -- are increasingly disillusioned with his foreign policy.