Eric Zimmermann

Chinese Dissidents Of The Day

Last year, during the Beijing Olympics, we profiled nine Chinese citizens who had been incarcerated for their political beliefs. Today, the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, seems like a good time to remember their stories. Click on each name for more details. Liu Jie Ironically, her likely transgression was writing a public letter that urged the 17th CCP Congress to abolish the type of labor camps in which she's currently detained. Liu Shaokun After China's devastating earthquake in May, Liu, a teacher, posted online photographs of collapsed schools in the city of Deyang.

'Silence is Suicide!'
February 23, 2009

Sacramento, California A 12-foot inflatable ATM machine sat outside the Sacramento Hyatt this past weekend, emblazoned with the words “California Taxpayers--Already Taxed To The Max!” The display was one of many illustrations of the anger of delegates here at the California Republican Convention, which met just days after a handful of Republicans in the state legislature broke party ranks to vote for a budget that included $12 billion in new taxes.

Election Day Roundup, Ii
November 04, 2008

For convenience's sake, we're going to roundup our blog coverage throughout the day so that nothing slips through the cracks. Check out our last roundup here. Here's round 2: THE PLANK: Jonathan Cohn thinks Ohio's Clinton country is going for Obama. He also found the living link between FDR and Obama. Dave Jamieson unearths the miscellaneous shenanigans taking place at polling places around the country.   Michael Schaffer on Philly's ridiculously colorful polling places. Seyward Darby on the first shots of the election day wars.

Ground Wars
October 23, 2008

Mark Feest is doing all he can to get John McCain elected. Unfortunately, the McCain campaign hasn’t always made that easy. Feest is the chairman of the GOP committee in Churchill County, a rural region of some 26,000 people in northwestern Nevada. Feest complains that the campaign doesn’t seem to understand the nature of rural areas. “Early on, his campaign was sending materials to Las Vegas, hoping we would pick it up,” Feest laughs. “That’s an eight hour drive!” Feest isn’t alone.

Two Takes On Gay Marriage Jurisprudence
October 10, 2008

The Connecticut Supreme Court struck down a state ban on gay marriage today, making Connecticut the third state--along with Massachussetts and California--to legalize gay marriage.  Now's a good time, then, to revisit the exchange between Jeffrey Rosen and Richard Just on the efficacy of state rulings on gay marriage. After the California Supreme Court's decision this spring, Rosen feared the political backlash might help elect Republicans, ensuring a more conservative judiciary and ultimately hampering civil rights. Just found that argument less than convincing. 

Alaska Republican Sen. President: 'it's Just Surreal'
September 02, 2008

Among the numerous Sarah Palin mini-scandals that have trickled into public view in the last few days, one of the more disturbing is Palin's appearance last January on the Bob and Mark Show, where she sat back and listened to the DJs describe Republican State Senate President (and cancer survivor) Lyda Green, whom Palin had bumped heads with in the legislature, as "a cancer. She is nothing but a very jealous woman.

Finding The Right Words For Abortion
August 14, 2008

Last week I wrote about pro-life Democrats’ efforts to add abortion reduction language to the party’s platform. On Saturday, the platform committee released a draft:   The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. The Democratic Party also strongly supports affordable family planning services and comprehensive age-approproiate sex education which empowers people to make informed choices and live healthy lives.

Life Support?
August 08, 2008

On an oppressively hot Saturday morning last month, a handful of pro-life activists gathered outside of a Starbucks in suburban Virginia to strategize about how to influence the Democratic Party’s national platform. The meeting quickly turned into a support group of sorts, as the members justified the seeming contradiction inherent in pro-life Democrats.

Meet Mccain's Tepid Supporters
July 03, 2008

WASHINGTON -- Danielle Wibeto might be John McCain's worst nightmare. A 23-year old pro-life Christian, Wibeto travels around the country promoting a children's book--Justice Loves Babies, which she wrote with her twin sister, Darlene--about a child trying to save his unborn sister from being aborted.  The Wibeto sisters, from a small, conservative town in central California and staunchly pro-life, are the kind of voters that McCain needs near unanimous support from if he has any chance of defeating Barack Obama. Will she vote for McCain?