John Peeler: Jones won by turning out the voters: the Alabama Department of State reports turnout at 40.46 percent of registered voters, remarkably high for a special election. Most observers were expecting more like 25 percent.
John Peeler: One of the dwindling advantages of being old is that you remember a lot. I remember how behaviors that now qualify as sexual harassment were taken for granted in many workplaces.
John Peeler: Even though Trump is operating in a country with a far deeper democratic political culture, he seems to aspire to Putin’s domination through manipulation and intimidation.
John Peeler: No matter whether he is removed from office by impeachment or serves out his term, he has already put in place a fundamental change of course for this country, a shift that will take years, at best, to undo.
John Peeler: Trump is unique in American political history in that, having reached the pinnacle of power with minority support, he has also made no serious effort to expand his base.
oing back at least to Professor Woodrow Wilson’s classic study, Congressional Government (1885) people trying to make sense of the U.S. Congress have focused on the role of interest groups (or “special interests” in today’s political discourse) in shaping public policy in ways that often run counter to the “public interest.” Interest groups (like the […]
John Peeler: Of the potential candidates out there, Warren is best positioned to mobilize Democrats and progressives across the lingering divides of 2016.
John Peeler: That a politician would lie about sexual misconduct is not that shocking. What’s shocking is that he’s likely to be elected anyway by an Alabama electorate with a large contingent of religious conservatives.
John Peeler: It is blatantly clear at this point that Trump has no clue about how to get legislation passed in Congress. Nor has he the patience to learn.
John Peeler: Catalonia has been a bone in the throat of Spanish nationalists for a long time: the region first declared its independence on the eve of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.
John Peeler: If the concentration of wealth and income continues as it is, or gets even worse, I see no way we can preserve our democracy, for democracy is premised on the equality of every citizen.
John Peeler: the Puerto Rican government never had the tax base it would have needed to catch up to mainland standards of infrastructure
John Peeler: Just as Trump’s supporters chant “Build the Wall” for its symbolic value, those of us who want to get a grip on gun violence will not stop advocating for outlawing weapons whose only purpose is to kill people.