How crucial is New Hampshire win? It depends on whom you ask

ROCHESTER, N.H. — In the waning hours before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary voting begins, Democratic presidential candidates took varied approaches to the expectations game Monday as they look to advance deeper into what could be an extended nominating fight. Bernie Sanders showed the same confidence he displayed ahead of last week’s Iowa caucuses, which ended […]

Letter to the Editor: Democrats should take their ball and go home

George Roof, citizen of Magnolia, was certainly entitled to attack what I wrote about President Trump in my recent political column (although he thinks I take my lead from “Saul Alinsky,” when, in truth, I barely know who that is and have no idea what he espouses). But when he described my credentials this way […]

Letter to the Editor: The party of losers

When our president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, was running as a Republican in 2016, he claimed that at one point there would be so much winning we would ask him to please stop. Now almost 3 years into his administration unemployment is down, new jobs are up, illegal cross-border crossings are down, […]

Commentary: Messages are getting lost through delivery

If you cover the finest filet mignon with vomit, most people won’t eat it. But I think that is what is happening with our political discourse. Great ideas, opinions and thoughts that could move us toward solutions to difficult and complex problems are covered by sarcasm, vulgarity, name calling and anger. When we communicate within […]

New Castle GOP chairman to resign over Facebook posts

DOVER — Two local Republican Party officials are under fire for offensive comments made on social media recently, with at least one planning to resign as a result. As reported by a left-leaning Delaware political blog earlier this week, New Castle County Republican Party Chairman Chris Rowe used a word derogatory to gay people, while […]

Trump impeachment vote underscores a harshly partisan era

WASHINGTON — This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton. Twenty-one years ago this Thursday, a Republican-led House approved two impeachment articles against Democrat Clinton. While that battle was bitterly partisan, it was blurrier […]

White House says it won’t participate in impeachment hearing

WASHINGTON — The White House declared Sunday it would not participate in the first impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee as Democrats prepared to approve their report Tuesday making the case for President Donald Trump’s removal from office. The Democratic majority on the House Intelligence Committee says its report will speak for itself in […]

Trump emissary ties president closer to Ukraine pressure

WASHINGTON — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and announce that he was opening the Burisma investigation,” a […]

Lawyer: Whistleblower willing to take written GOP questions

WASHINGTON — A lawyer for the whistleblower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine said Sunday his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans. The surprise offer, made to Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, would allow Republicans to ask questions of the […]

Cummings remembered as ‘great leader,’ advocate for poor

BALTIMORE — He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America — but Elijah Cummings was principally the strong voice and political advocate for Baltimore, where he was revered as his hometown’s champion. The Democratic congressman lived at the doorstep of some of the city’s worst rioting, including violent 2015 protests following […]