UNT expert says politicians who fight through embarrassing scandals could extend their careers

Disgraced Congressman Joe Barton of Ennis has not announced plans to end his run for re-election following the release of a nude photo of himself that he sent to a woman.

UNT Political Science Professor Phillip Paolino said because the so-called scandal didn’t involve illegal activity, he doubts it will affect Barton’s decision to run.

“If this incident were to have any effect, I actually think it would be more likely to affect him in terms of attracting a Republican challenger in the primary,” he said.

Which is exactly what has happened. According to the Dallas Morning News, retired U.S. Navy pilot and...

Chasing the elusive Hillary Clinton

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Two days after Hillary Clinton announced she was running for president in 2016, the television news media made headlines of its own. Millions of Americans watched how reporters literally fell over themselves to chase Clinton's vehicle as it approached a school in Iowa for a campaign event. Journalists were criticized and ridiculed, but the episode served as a vivid reminder of how difficult it would be for them to get access to this particular candidate.

For someone who has been at the center of four presidential campaigns, Clinton keeps a safe distance from the national political media. Her last press conference was in...

A new poll finds that liberal Democrats are turning away from Israel

Mon, May 9, 2016 - 12:30pm

By Zack Beauchamp

On May 5, the Pew Research Center released a big poll of 2,000 Americans that asked their opinions on a range of foreign policy topics. The research didn't get a lot of attention — there was Donald Trump to cover, after all. But buried in the report was a striking finding about the way Americans see the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Most Americans, Pew found, sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians — a ...

King, Stucky set for forum Wednesday

Tue, Apr 19, 2016 - 8:00am

A candidate forum for Texas House District 64 Republican hopefuls Read King and Lynn Stucky is slated for Wednesday at El Guapo’s restaurant, 419 S. Elm St.

The event, hosted by the Denton Republican Women’s Club, kicks off with a Tex-Mex buffet at 11:30 a.m. followed by the debate at noon.

“The group is open to both men and women and any interested Republicans are invited to attend,” according to the club’s event posting on Facebook.

King, a Denton insurance agent, and Stucky, a Sanger veterinarian, will face off in a May 24 runoff.

The winner will contend with Democratic candidate Connor Flanagan, a...

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Don't Expect Texas Primary to End the Nasty Political Ads

Tue, Mar 1, 2016 - 5:00am

Today's Texas primary is the peak of the political campaign season, but experts say we can expect the mudslinging to continue all the way to November, and it will get worse.

"It's going to be a race to the bottom," University of North Texas marketing professor David Strutton tells News Radio 1200 WOAI.  "And it's going to be butt-ugly.  America is going to be disgusted."He says, unlike past political campaigns, the successful candidates in 2016 are focusing more on social media as a way to get out their message.   It started with President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, which targeted voters over...