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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, January

5 "Truths" about Women Voters: (That Are Flat-Out False)
Except for phonetically, I never did figure out what "W Is for Women" was supposed to mean. But since this year is purportedly all about women voters, it's time we figured it out: Can a Woman for Rudy ever find happiness as an Obama Mama? And is every...
Campaign Alert: Get Up to Speed-Now-On These New Rules
It's a new day in Washington for federal candidates, lobbyists and political committees. The law governing federal campaigns changed on Sept. 14, 2007 with the signing of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA). The new law, which...
Candidates, Here's Your New Year's Resolution: Be Somebody Else; from Hannibal to Nixon, There's a Perfect Role Model for Each of the Contenders
The problem with New Year's resolutions is that they're always too small. I know: the self-help experts tell us to focus on "achievable" goals, those little lifestyle tweaks like, "Don't buy cookie dough logs unless you actually intend to bake them."...
Can Florida Save the Front Runners?
January shapes up as a tough month for the two frontrunners, Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani. It will probably start with defeats for both in Iowa. For Giuliani, it will likely be a humiliating battering. He's on course to finish third or lower....
Does Your Theme Song Hit the Right Note?
Q: We need a theme song for our candidate's announcement and then for the campaign itself. I'd appreciate your take on what works and anything we should avoid. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A: Most campaign songs are upbeat and have patriotic themes...
Getting Girls to Think Politics
She can't vote yet, but Natasha Dupree, 17, already thinks politics--thanks, in part, to Running Start. Last year, the team behind Women Under Forty Political Action Campaign (WUFPAC), a bipartisan group that works to get young women elected to federal...
GOP Retirement Woes
Being in the congressional minority has never been the proverbial barrel of monkeys. Prospects of reversing the GOP's 2006 fall before at least 2010 seem dim, and a slew of retirements is making a bad situation worse for Republicans. Even though...
GOP: The Next Generation; Can These Online Pioneers Drag Their Party into the Future?
The Republican YouTube debate pleased few people more than David All. A 28-year-old former Senate Republican aide, All and a handful of other tech-savvy conservatives created SavetheDebate.com to urge Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani to drop their objections...
He's Absurdly Likeable. A Favorite of the Faithful. but Does Mike Huckabee Have a Prayer?
Pick an issue--any issue--being debated in the United States of America as we approach the 2008 elections, and Mike Huckabee can find a way to tell you that it won't matter until we collectively slim down. Education? "Kids can't learn," he told Charlie...
Jumping the Pond: Why the '08 Hopefuls Are Courting Expats like Never Before
ON A CRISP AUTUMN MORNING, HUNDREDS OF people lined up for hours to meet former President Bill Clinton at a book signing. Some folks wore "Hillary for President" T-shirts. Others debated his wife's platform while Clinton worked the room. Just your...
Louisiana
WHAT A MONTH! Bobby Jindal will be sworn in Jan. 14 as the state's first non-white governor since Reconstruction. And then all eyes will be on the special election to fill Jindal's old seat in the 1st Congressional District. However, unlike the governor's...
Notice Anything New?
Let's face it: change stinks. I mean, there you are, snug in your comfort zone, everything nice and predictable as you begin the monthly ritual of perusing your favorite magazine, when ... Whoa! What's going on here? What happened to my magazine??...
She Was on Message for Arnold and Now Spins for Fred. but Karen Hanretty Is at Her Ballsy Best When She Speaks for Herself
Politics: Let's get you to share some hard-earned wisdom. You've been the California Republican Party's communications director, Arnold Schwarzenegger's press secretary, and now you're deputy communications director for Fred Thompson. Is there a mistake...
Should Spouses Be on the Front Lines?
Q: What do you think about candidates who use their spouses as surrogates to say things they themselves aren't willing to take the heat for saying? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A: The problem is not with the spouse; it's with using someone else to...
Texting, One, Two, Three
This year's campaign speeches may be asking for your text messages as often as they ask for your vote. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Several companies are offering services that allow event-goers to send text messages to a screen that displays the short...
The BlackBerry Edge: Hot New Phones Loaded with Even Hotter Software Are Getting Put through Their Paces This Primary Season
When residents of Evesham, N.J., voted in May, Republican poll watchers checked off voters using pen and paper. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Their Democratic rivals brandished BlackBerries powered by software from a company called First Tuesday in...
The Winners & Losers of 2007
After each election cycle, Campaigns & Elections presents the win-loss records of political consultants across the nation. The main list ran in our December 2007 issue. Here are some additions to the list. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Explanation...
What Still Haunts Me
One of the mildly entertaining but substantively useless sideshows in Washington is the daily briefing for reporters at the White House. I had a lead role in that production when Bill Clinton was president. I was the "human pinata" sent to the podium...
Who Will Build the New Bridges?
As we begin the new year, I've been thinking a lot about the broader meaning of the election and what challenges may await the candidate who wins in November. I'm struck at how much damage exists on so many fronts and how much repair work must be done...
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