Older Voters Split in Terms of Party ID

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhile 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 Fighting for Political Life

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRep. 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

Posted on 02/11/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

PoliticsSince 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 Washington, …

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

Posted on 12/27/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayEverything 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 …

The Takeaway: Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Social Security Debate?

Posted on 09/13/2011 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIs Rick Perry a ‘Scary Guy?’ There was more talk of vaccinating young girls than of saving Social Security at last night’s ‘CNN/Tea Party Express‘ debate, as the GOP candidates—led by an especially vocal Michele Bachmann—leapt on Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the state’s mandating girls get the HPV vaccine. Social Security got its due time, though, when Perry (his rhetoric slightly toned down from last week) called it “a broken system” that politicians were afraid to discuss honestly with the American people, …

GOP Riff Over Social Security Heating Up

Posted on 09/12/2011 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayWe’re used to seeing Social Security disagreements between Republicans and Democrats, but the issue is now becoming a major source of contention within the GOP. At a debate Wednesday night, Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” This didn’t sit well with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who said that kind of rhetoric is bad for the party.