6 Political Truths About 50+ Americans

Americans are more divided along ideological lines - and animosity between Democrats and Republicans is deeper and more extensive - than at any time in the past 20 years, a new report from the Pew Research Center shows. As part of a yearlong study of political polarization in the United States, Pew conducted the largest political survey in its history, polling more than 10,000 adults from Jan. 23 to March 16. It’s a mother lode of age-segmented data on the political attitudes …

Oldest-Ever Congressman Ousted After 17 Terms

Republican Ralph Hall of Texas, who at 91 is the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, has lost his bid to follow 17 terms in office with another one, which he had promised would be his last. He was narrowly defeated in a GOP runoff election May 27 by former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, 48, who made Hall’s age an issue in the campaign. Hall, first elected to the House in 1981, was the only World War II veteran on …

Older Voters Split in Terms of Party ID

While a new Gallup Poll finds that voters 65 and older have moved from “a reliably Democratic to a reliably Republican group” over the past two decades, voters in the next-oldest age bracket – 50 to 64 – haven’t followed suit and still show an outright preference for the Democratic Party. In analyzing its own survey results from 2013, 2003 and 1993, Gallup concludes that the shifts in party preferences are attributable in part to attitudinal changes that come into …

Oldest Member of Congress Faces Runoff Election

Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), the oldest member of Congress, faces a primary runoff after failing to lock up his party’s nomination March 4. Hall, a World War II Navy pilot who came to Congress in 1981 and will turn 91 in May, has said this will be his last race to represent Texas’ 4th Congressional District. But former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, who is 48, said he wasn’t going to wait to run because Hall had made that claim in the …

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sarah Palin

Since she burst onto the national scene as a vice presidential candidate in 2008, former Alaska governor, political commentator, bestselling author, social media maven and reality show host Sarah Palin has remained in the spotlight. Here are some facts that you might not know about the outspoken conservative politician-turned-media personality.   Though one of Alaska’s most famous residents, Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, on the same day in 1964 that the Beatles gave their first live U.S. concert in …

In Iowa, it’s handshake-to-handshake combat

Everything that’s wonderful about the Iowa caucuses is on parade in the frenzied days before the Jan. 3 showdown. It’s handshake-to-handshake combat, retail politicking at its finest. You can find Michele Bachmann praying on a Sunday morning with the congregation of the Harvest Baptist Church in Fort Dodge and then by day’s end admiring the beer-can Christmas tree at the Thirsty Dog Lounge in Manly. Or Newt Gingrich autographing a box of Corn Pops for a supporter at a rally …