Fit to vote? Take this elections and politics quiz

What if you had to pass a knowledge quiz in order to have the right to vote? Some say it’s not a bad idea because there are a lot of people who have no idea about how our government or politics really work. Would you pass the test? Here are 10 questions to see if you’re a knowledgeable and qualified voter.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, October 27, 2012

What if you had to pass a knowledge quiz in order to have the right to vote? Some say it’s not a bad idea because there are a lot of people who have no idea about how our government or politics really work. Would you pass the test? Here are 10 questions to see if you’re a knowledgeable and qualified voter.

1. True or false: The only thing more boring than last Monday night’s debate is Continue reading “Fit to vote? Take this elections and politics quiz”

Seven things to watch for during the RNC

By Chris Ingram

The 40th Republican National Convention is now just days away from kicking off in Tampa.

Tampa at dusk.

Here is what to look for during the convention week: Continue reading “Seven things to watch for during the RNC”

Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?

It’s easy to see why conservatives are frustrated. Maybe that’s why they threw tea bags at the White House instead of discussing a platform on taxation. But this kind of erratic, pundit-driven development simply doesn’t work. Over the next five weeks, Congress stands poised to tackle climate change, health care, and a Supreme Court nomination. The minority won’t technically win any of these fights, so they really only have one viable option: go back to the drafting table and start working. (Either that or start a betting ring on who’ll go crazy next.)

Actually, what the party needs are fewer spotlights and more desk lamps

By Kelsey Stapler

There are some who believe those in high office should be held to a higher standard. Given recent events, however, Republican voters might just settle for officials to stay within the margins of polite society. Conservatives’ resignation (or worse, denial) in the face of political falling stars threatens to become the GOP’s next biggest problem.

Of course, politicians are human. They screw up, have affairs, quit their jobs early, and fly to Argentina just like the rest of us. But the bizarre antics of Ensign, Sanford, Palin, and others are also vintage examples of image trumping intelligence. Continue reading “Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?”