Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Politify lets you fill in your personal information and see which candidate’s economic policies most benefit you and your city. When I tried some national medians, Mitt came out on top. But when I put in my age and income, Obama won by a landslide. The site is a nonpartisan project based on data from the Census Bureau and IRS.
Check it out!

Politify lets you fill in your personal information and see which candidate’s economic policies most benefit you and your city. When I tried some national medians, Mitt came out on top. But when I put in my age and income, Obama won by a landslide. The site is a nonpartisan project based on data from the Census Bureau and IRS.

Check it out!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Expect the warm-and-fuzzy soft sell tonight from Mrs. Romney; look for Christie to jab at the Democrats. The bomb-lobbing New Jersey governor won’t bite the head off a bat, especially if Isaac turns out to be a killer storm, but he and Ann Romney should be colorful, must-see TV. Their speeches will have to set a tone for this soggy-start love-in. Political editor Ken Bazinet on Ann Romney and Chris Christie’s highly anticipated, primetime convention speeches. Ken’s commentating on our GOP Convention blog, where you can see updates from the convention and direct your questions/comments to our political team. 
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Who really wins at a national convention?

What goes on in the back rooms, well out of sight of the television audience, matters most to the success of a campaign. That’s where top campaign operatives and interest groups such as the National Rifle Association, labor and the Chamber of Commerce outline their endgame strategies and glad-hand the fat cats who write big checks to the campaigns, super PACS and political parties …
The message to big donors is different. They’re warned of doom and potential failure if they don’t pony up more cash and urge their friends to do the same. The campaigns warn that their candidates will be outspent and outgunned if they don’t get a fresh set of checks ASAP and that they won’t be able to do the bidding of the special interests if they lose the elections.

Read more. Photo by johncatral on Flickr.

Who really wins at a national convention?

What goes on in the back rooms, well out of sight of the television audience, matters most to the success of a campaign. That’s where top campaign operatives and interest groups such as the National Rifle Association, labor and the Chamber of Commerce outline their endgame strategies and glad-hand the fat cats who write big checks to the campaigns, super PACS and political parties …

The message to big donors is different. They’re warned of doom and potential failure if they don’t pony up more cash and urge their friends to do the same. The campaigns warn that their candidates will be outspent and outgunned if they don’t get a fresh set of checks ASAP and that they won’t be able to do the bidding of the special interests if they lose the elections.

Read more. Photo by johncatral on Flickr.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 Saturday, July 14, 2012
Why do we know so little about Mitt Romney’s personal finances?

Financial disclosures filed by Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney reveal an investment portfolio that’s sophisticated, well-diversified, and complex to the point of opaqueness, as you might expect with a multimillionaire who made his fortune working at an investment firm.
In fact, an analysis of Romney’s personal finances … is virtually impossible given how much isn’t known about his fortune. For one thing, Romney has numerous investments that don’t disclose their holdings. For another, federal disclosure requirements use vast income ranges as wealth increases, making any substantive assessment meaningless.
This much is clear: With a portfolio worth somewhere between $83 million and $264 million Romney has a finger in virtually every pie. 

Read more. Photo by Austen Hufford on Flickr.

Why do we know so little about Mitt Romney’s personal finances?

Financial disclosures filed by Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney reveal an investment portfolio that’s sophisticated, well-diversified, and complex to the point of opaqueness, as you might expect with a multimillionaire who made his fortune working at an investment firm.

In fact, an analysis of Romney’s personal finances … is virtually impossible given how much isn’t known about his fortune. For one thing, Romney has numerous investments that don’t disclose their holdings. For another, federal disclosure requirements use vast income ranges as wealth increases, making any substantive assessment meaningless.

This much is clear: With a portfolio worth somewhere between $83 million and $264 million Romney has a finger in virtually every pie. 

Read more. Photo by Austen Hufford on Flickr.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
When it comes to his personal finances, President Obama doesn’t have much to grin about.

The portfolio of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is just what you’d expect from a multimillionaire with a blue-chip business pedigree and the ability to buy top-drawer advice: sophisticated, complex and well-diversified among many types of investments.
But it’s a different story for President Obama and Vice-President Biden. A review of the financial disclosures they filed in May uncovered what many of us see in our own financial lives — neglect, inertia, poor diversification and spotty investment choices. In short, the First Families could use a money makeover.

We analyzed their disclosures and called several financial planners for help. The result? "An Inside Look at the Personal Finances of the Obamas and the Bidens."

When it comes to his personal finances, President Obama doesn’t have much to grin about.

The portfolio of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is just what you’d expect from a multimillionaire with a blue-chip business pedigree and the ability to buy top-drawer advice: sophisticated, complex and well-diversified among many types of investments.

But it’s a different story for President Obama and Vice-President Biden. A review of the financial disclosures they filed in May uncovered what many of us see in our own financial lives — neglect, inertia, poor diversification and spotty investment choices. In short, the First Families could use a money makeover.

We analyzed their disclosures and called several financial planners for help. The result? "An Inside Look at the Personal Finances of the Obamas and the Bidens."

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Sure, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act — but that might not matter if Mitt Romney wins the White House.

"If Obama is reelected, he’ll veto any attempt to kill or weaken the law and his regulators will move ahead with implementing it. But if Republican Mitt Romney wins the Oval Office, all bets are off. Even if Senate Democrats are able to bottle up any "repeal and replace" legislation, Romney could scuttle the law. It gives broad authority to the regulatory agencies, and Romney could simply have the agencies delay rules or refuse to enforce those already on the books … "

Read more.

Sure, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act — but that might not matter if Mitt Romney wins the White House.

"If Obama is reelected, he’ll veto any attempt to kill or weaken the law and his regulators will move ahead with implementing it. But if Republican Mitt Romney wins the Oval Office, all bets are off. Even if Senate Democrats are able to bottle up any "repeal and replace" legislation, Romney could scuttle the law. It gives broad authority to the regulatory agencies, and Romney could simply have the agencies delay rules or refuse to enforce those already on the books … "

Read more.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The 1992 race between George H.W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton is a good example of how the actual numbers don’t matter that much. The economy was perking along by Election Day, and had actually turned in a positive direction earlier in the year. But perceptions never caught up with reality, and Clinton, with a lot of help from third-party candidate Ross Perot, sent Bush into early retirement.

David Morris, “For Obama and Romney, a Closer Presidential Race”

For incumbent presidents, it doesn’t much matter how the economy’s actually doing — just how voters perceive it. Read more. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wonder why you’ve seen so many ads like this one? 

"President Obama wants to to turn venture capitalism into the bane of Mitt Romney’s existence, transforming Romney’s tenure as head of Bain Capital into a negative as voters try to decide between the two main presidential candidates …

Obama’s handlers have already invested more than $25 million in late-spring TV ads in just a handful of states. This is an unusually expensive investment this early in the game, especially for an incumbent.”

Read more

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
House Republicans know they have to tone down the diatribes and stop hiding behind their uncompromising agenda if they’re to accomplish their goal of ousting President Obama. Ken Bazinet on the GOP’s Etch A Sketch moment. Read more