A kinder, gentler Newt?

September 6, 2006 - Having just spent the Labor Day weekend with family in deeply conservative Paulding County, Georgia -- just west of Cobb County and Atlanta -- I wasn't surprised to read of this exchange inv

Racial honesty disorder

August 18, 2006 - It happens every few years: a rash of politicians decide to let their guard down, get a little too relaxed, and start saying what they really think about race. Call it racial honesty disorder, or RHD.

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.