The Edible White House Lawn

by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson During the administration of President Woodrow Wilson, First Lady Edith Wilson grazed her sheep on the White House lawn. This made eminently good sense for several reasons. If you’ve never raised sheep, let me count the ways. Sheep keep the lawn neat. Nature’s lawnmowers, they eat the grass down to a [...]

Must Read: St. Pete Times: From ‘straight talk’ to smear campaign

By Tracy Russo Thursday, July 31, 2008 The Straight Talk Express has taken a nasty turn into the gutter. Sen. John McCain has resorted to lies and distortions in what sounds like an increasingly desperate attempt to slow down Sen. Barack Obama by raising questions about his patriotism. Instead of taking the Democrat down a [...]

Veterans’ Issues Under “Friendly Fire:”

By Karen St. John If radio and You Tube ads are any indication, veterans will be hearing a great deal more of Senator John McCain’s supposed support of their issues.  It will not be stated in facts, but in hostile innuendos, obvious digs and vague claims against his political opponent, Senator Barack Obama.  And if [...]

Foreign Policy Dopplegangers

J. Marcus The GOP seem to have found a way to make themselves appealing – if their foreign policy idea isn’t exciting to anyone, they’ll just steal one that works. Yet another stalwart position taken by John McCain has bitten the dust, as it appears McCain has acquiesced to Barack Obama’s plan for Iraq and [...]

Veneman for VP? Not a Chance

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson [AP Photo] I’ll go out on a limb here, and say there’s not a chance Barack Obama will name Ann Veneman, former Secretary of Agriculture in the Bush Administration, as his vice-presidential running mate. I can’t guess why the campaign would have floated this trial balloon to Politico. It seems more [...]

Just a thought.

By Tracy Russo I’m amazed that such big lies can be crammed into 30 seconds. Update: Ack! I just noticed this was originally posted with a link to the wrong story! It’s fixed now!

Rural Election Watch: Michigan’s Seventh District

By Sean Reagan One-term Michigan Republican Tim Walberg got some bad news in this last fund-raising cycle. His opponent, Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer outraised him by some $60,000. According to FEC filings, for the period running April 1 through July 16, Walberg raised just under $370,000 while Schauer raked in nearly $430,000. [...]

I Wish I’d Written That

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson When a writer says, “I wish I’d written that,” she’s giving another writer the highest possible praise.  “That,” in this instance, is David Mixner’s “Turkey Hollow Almanac: The Power of Words,” on Huffington Post. Go take a look, and enjoy.

Cost of Food, Take Two

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Another report on the sharp increase on food commodity prices – mainly grains and grain oils – has surfaced, this one from the USDA’s Economic Research Service. This one, entitled “Global Agricultural Supply and Demand” adds several reasons to the list provided by the three Purdue University economists whose report was [...]

Rural Election Watch: Maine Senate

By Sean Reagan Maine Democrat Tom Allen continues his uphill battle to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins. Right now, the race is one of a few bright spots for the GOP in this cycle. The latest Rasmussen has Collins up seven points, a lead that climbs to ten when “leaners” are added. This is [...]