Lee Jackson

359 Flips | 1 Magazine | 5 Following | 20 Followers | @LeeJacksonME | Lee's got moxie!

The 2016 Republican field might be the most diverse ever — for either party

The addition of Carly Fiorina (not a white man) and Ben Carson (not a white man) to a Republican 2016 field that already includes Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul means that the 2016 Republican field will likely be the most diverse from either party since at least 1992. Given how the country has …

Digital Distinction in a Crowded Louisiana House Race

<b>To subscribe to the monthly C&E email newsletter and event announcements click here.</b><p>Frankly many Republican firms made a lot of money in 2012 and …

A massive shift in campaigning is happening right now -- Are you adapting?

<b>To subscribe to the monthly C&E email newsletter and event announcements click here.</b><p>Trickle-down economics can sometimes be the perfect metaphor for …

Should Maine’s roughly 368,000 independents be allowed to vote in primaries? — The Point — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Both parties poll below 40 percent in new Gallup survey

Slightly more than a third of Americans have a favorable opinion of each political party, according to a new poll.<p>In a Gallup poll released Monday, 37 percent of Americans view the Republican Party favorably and 39 percent view the Democratic Party favorably. This is the first time since 1992, when …

What SNL Can Teach Us About Campaign Law and Presidential Non-Announcements

Hillary Clinton's e-mail woes came to <i>Saturday Night Live</i>'s cold open on March 7, as Kate McKinnon portrayed the former secretary of state defending …

Newly-released video of Boston Marathon bombing - CNN Video

Videos were shown for the first time in the Boston Marathon bombing trial, which shows the exact moment the second bomb detonated. CNN's Deb Feyerick has more.

How the CIA planned to hijack Apple's developer tools

That your government will spy on you should, sadly (by now) come as no surprise. But, some of the ways they go about it still trigger disbelief. <i>The Intercept</i> claims to have received documents outlining methods the CIA has considered to access data on Apple products. The usual talk of decrypting and …

Apps

Yik Yak Quietly Dropped From Google Play Charts In October

If the rise of anonymous apps has proven anything, it’s that humans can be ugly creatures when the social pressures that keep our baser natures in check are removed, and we’re allowed to share our darker sentiments and thoughts – sometimes, for nothing more than the cheap thrill of knowing they’ve …

Venezuelans are passing around this letter Fidel Castro allegedly sent to their president about Obama

And then the propaganda war started in full force.<p>On Tuesday, Venezuelan media published a letter that Fidel Castro sent to Maduro, congratulating him for his response to Obama's sanctions.<p>It was posted on Granma, the official Cuban Communist Party newspaper, and it says:<p>My Dear Nicolas …

CIA tried to hack into iPhone, iPad for years, say leaked documents

The Central Intelligence Agency has spent years trying to find a back door into Apple's mobile devices, according to documents provided to The Intercept by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.<p>The CIA has focused its efforts on cracking the security keys used to encrypt …

Surveillance

How the Senate managed to muck up an anti-human trafficking bill

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Dysfunction and confusion struck the Senate again on Tuesday as Democrats threatened to derail a popular bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking. Top Democrats pointed fingers at Republicans, claiming they added abortion restriction to the legislation without their …

Will Trey Gowdy blow it?

The GOP’s Benghazi man has Clinton’s emails, and maybe more. Now, for the hard part: staying cool.<p>The stakes have suddenly gotten very, very high for Rep. Trey Gowdy.<p>The South Carolina Republican, chairman of the House Benghazi select committee and a former federal prosecutor, has now hooked …

Did 47 Republican senators break the law in plain sight?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Forty-seven Senate Republicans may have broken the law this week. But no one's losing any sleep over it.<p>Pundits and legal scholars are raising questions over whether Sen. Tom Cotton and the 46 Senate Republicans violated the Logan Act when they penned a letter to Iran's leaders …

Hillary defends Barack

“Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians — or harmful to the commander-in-chief,” Clinton says.<p>Before taking questions about her State Department emails in a press conference, Hillary Clinton came to Barack Obama’s defense against Republican critics of talks with …

Debbie Wasserman Schultz denies claim, despite messages

MIAMI — Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Friday denied claims that her staff offered a deal to reverse her opposition to medical marijuana in order to silence a Florida donor’s criticisms — attributing the controversy to a misunderstanding.<p>But text messages and emails …

Senate bid could be solution for Wasserman Schultz

Running for Senate might be an elegant solution for a politician with no other way to advance her career.<p>Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose term has two years to run, is deeply at odds with White House staffers, they say, and has rarely even spoken to President …

The Republican Party is strong in states you wouldn’t expect

Messengers heralding the GOP as a party of the “Solid South” haven’t examined the data.<p>Today, the party identification of the majority of Southern …

Behind the curtain, troubles persist in HealthCare.gov

Behind the scenes, HealthCare.gov is still a mess.<p>The “back end” of the Obamacare website still isn’t properly wired to the health insurance companies. It’s slow going for health plans to make sure the 11.4 million people who have signed up end up in the right plan. Subsidy payments aren’t …

Education at heart of Chicago mayor's race

Local and national unions have made Rahm Emanuel a top target.<p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel touts his education reform agenda as one of his greatest achievements as he campaigns for reelection.<p>It may also be his greatest vulnerability.<p>Emanuel is facing an unexpectedly tough challenge in his bid for a …

Like father, like daughter? Maine GOP chairman’s daughter, 19, running for No. 2 post

If nothing changes prior to the Maine Republican State Committee’s election of officers on Saturday, Chairman Rick Bennett will be joined at the top …

RNC Announces Political Director for 2016 Cycle

WASHINGTON – Today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced Chris Carr will serve as the RNC’s Political Director for the 2016 election cycle. Carr is …

Republicans' Latest Obamacare Replacement Is Their Best Yet - College Republican National Committee

Republicans love talking about repealing Obamacare. It’s been one of, if not the most politically lucrative strategies of the last six years. …

Obama Will Be “The Most Polarizing President...

GOP Bill Would Require Photo ID to Use Food Stamps

Several GOP lawmakers have proposed a new bill that would require photo identification to use food stamps.<p>Arguing that taxpayers lose $858 million a year on food stamp fraud, they say the bill will ensure that food stamp benefits actually belong to the person who is using them by requiring …

Millinocket leaders outline conditions needed to support national park plan — Penobscot — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Rockland area Democrats tap Beebe

Second Maine virtual school opening in fall — State — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

The GOP’s 2016 Edge

Hint: A party rarely wins a third presidential term.<p>The 2016 presidential election is going to resemble Thomas Hobbes’ famous description of the natural state of human life in two ways: It will be nasty and brutish.<p>What it will not be is short.<p>The campaign shifted into full swing on December 16, …