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What the Texas GOP Platform says about the party

Published on June 30th, 2014

Every two years the Texas GOP engages in a bizarre and amusing spectacle. The party’s grassroots pushes though a platform influenced primarily by conspiracy theories and religious fundamentalism. Instead of issuing an immediate press release with [&hellip... Read More


Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst, who is running for the US Senate on May 9. 2014 in Urbandale, IA.
(Photo by Dan Balz/The Washington Post)

Why the GOP needs a big win in 2014

Published on June 19th, 2014

The 2014 election is critical for Republicans in ways that few pundits are addressing. As the party steadily retreats into a regional strategy, focusing more intensely on aging, rural whites who make up a steadily declining [&hellip... Read More



Australia’s Booker T. Washington: Senator Neville Bonner

Published on May 13th, 2014

The late Senator Neville Bonner (1922-99) was Australia’s first federal Aboriginal Parliamentarian, serving in Australia’s federal Senate from 1971 to 1983.  I decided to dust off Bonner’s story in a recent Australian magazine because his life [&hellip... Read More



Mapping the White Neo-Confederate Renaissance

Published on April 25th, 2014

Americans are famously indifferent to history, but history refuses to return the favor. There are legacies from our past that refuse to release their grip no matter how stubbornly determined we are to ignore them. The [&hellip... Read More



Note to Republicans: Channel Jack Kemp

Published on April 7th, 2014

The New York Times: But there was another side to Kemp, a self-described “bleeding-heart conservative” who preached the gospel of upward mobility, economic opportunity, cultural diversity and racial justice. This Kemp personified the big-tent Republicanism that [&hellip... Read More

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