Politics

Last of the small spenders?

Politics | Tom Coburn's commitment to old-fashioned fiscal conservatism is a hard sell against his pork-barrel challenger-even in conservative Oklahoma
by John Dawson
Posted 10/16/04, 12:00 am

OKLAHOMA CITY -- While skipping down stairs in Oklahoma's state capitol building, 56-year-old Tom Coburn, an obstetrician by profession, explains his reasons for reentering politics by quoting nearly perfectly from an 18th-century Scottish historian: "If you read what's been attributed to Alexander Tytler, the world's republics always die the same. When the voters figure out they can vote for the people who can give them spoils from the public treasury, they go over to loose fiscal policy."

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How the West will be won

Politics | In a tight presidential race, get-out-the-vote strategies are key to holding GOP territory, and margins could turn on minority voters and local races.
by Bob Jones
Posted 10/16/04, 12:00 am

DENVER - Republicans have a problem in Colorado, and her name is Maria Martinez. She's middle-class, Catholic, a mother of four. She describes herself as pro-life and thinks her taxes are too high. So why is she spending a sunny autumn afternoon at a Democratic campaign rally?

She has nothing against Pete Coors, the Republican beer baron running for Colorado's open seat in the U.S. Senate. But the mere mention of Mr. Coors's opponent makes her positively giddy.

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Party crashers

Politics | Minor party candidates pose major headache in close states
by Bob Jones
Posted 10/02/04, 12:00 am

Ralph Nader had big plans for his presidential campaign: an endorsement by the Green Party, a line on all 50 state ballots, a podium in the nationally televised debates. But with voters closely divided between the two major parties, minor candidates like Mr. Nader have had to settle for a lot less than they hoped for. The Greens gave Mr. Nader the cold shoulder. The Democrats hit him with a slew of lawsuits. And the Commission on Presidential Debates? They might give him a couple of tickets to the first match-up on Sept. 30-but they'll only get him into the hall, not onto the stage.

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