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Swiftboating Phil

By R. Neal
December 15, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal As hard as it is to work up much sympathy for the guy, Democratic Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen appears to be the victim of a coordinated swiftboat-style political attack campaign. The problem is that Bredesen keeps shooting himself in the foot whenever he tries to deflect the incoming fire.

Florida's Harris: I'll keep Duke's money

December 2, 2005 - The Associated Press reports today that several House Republicans are returning money they received from disgraced colleague Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. It's not hard to figure out why Cunningham was able to be so generous:

Who will be number 1000?

By R. Neal
December 1, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal Governors around the U.S. are scrambling to avoid the dubious distinction of having their state host the 1000th execution since the Supreme Court lifted the death penalty ban in 1976.

Hot Southern races for 2006

November 18, 2005 - The SouthNow blog of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life at UNC-Chapel Hill (whew) has been doing an excellent week of coverage on hot Southern political races to watch for 2006.

Thinking ahead: a question...

By R. Neal
November 17, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal Apropos of the previous post, and not to stray too far off into the land of political wonkery, but I think we should eliminate state presidential primaries and let the parties nominate their candidate at their respective conventions. Or, at least have all the state primaries on the same day. What do you think?