John A. Tures

John A. Tures

John A. Tures is an professor of political science at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. I am a political mythbuster of sorts. I write political columns for LaGrange Daily News and Southern Political Report. Occasionally, I get something published in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, or magazines like Miller-McCune Magazine or Like The Dew (a journal of the South and politics).
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BA, Trinity University; MA, Marquette University; Ph.D, Florida State University


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  • Michele Bachmann Joins Minnesota’s Deception on Term Limits
    Rep. Bachmann cited “term limits” as a reason for not running for reelection. My research showed that she did not sign the U.S. Term Limits pledge in 2010 or 2012. Additional research showed she opposed term limits in 2011.
  • Southeast Atlanta Neighborhood No. 9 on Most Dangerous List
    Southeast Atlanta was named one of the ten most dangerous neighborhoods in America. But the region does have hope for the future, thanks to a fortunate location, coming attractions, and a recovery plan.
  • How Harsh Anti-Illegal Immigration Laws Are Losing
    Foes of immigration reform are having a hard year. Their presidential champion Romney lost. Such state laws are losing in the courts. And now immigration reform is picking up victories in Congress.
  • France Actually Wins a War (in Mali)!
    Shocking perpetual critics of French fighting prowess, President Hollande helped their former colony Mali smash Islamists affiliated with al-Qaeda. Now, can they convince Mali to make peace with Tuareg separatists?
  • Did Republicans Just Fumble the Benghazi Scandal?
    Republicans are accused of altering quotes about Benghazi that they ironically claim were altered by the White House. Whether it was a mistake or a deliberate attempt to manipulate the text, it looks bad for the GOP.
  • Why Didn’t Obama’s Approval Ratings Fall? Blame Birthers
    For years, conservatives latched onto nearly anything that would discredit Obama or lead to his ouster, from birth certificate issues to conspiracy theories. Maybe that’s why polls showed the public isn’t caring so much about real scandals.
  • Are Professor Salaries the Reason College is so Expensive?
    The high cost of a college education is garnering a lot of attention. But faculty salaries don’t account for that increase. Faculty salaries only increased by the rate of inflation last year and that was the first time in several years that they did so.
  • How Obama is like Reagan, but Not in a Good Way
    Obama is a lot like Ronald Reagan with his aloof, hands-off management style, focusing on being a legislator-in-chief. And it’s going to haunt him over Benghazi, the IRS, and AP scandals the way it hurt Reagan in the Iran-Contra scandal.
  • The IRS-Tea Party Scandal Could Learn from Ralph Nader
    The Tea Party had been on the ropes after poor performances in several 2010 and 2012 elections. But the IRS investigations will give the group new life. Believe it or not, GM’s harassment of Ralph Nader had the same effect in the 1960s.
  • Sure Wish 9-11 was Investigated as Well as Benghazi
    It is heartening to see the tragedy of 9/11/12 in Benghazi gets fully investigated. It’s just too bad that the disaster of 9/11/01 wasn’t investigated as aggressively as the Libya deaths are being probed.
  • Five Myths of the United States-Mexican War
    Few wars are as obscure as the one that started on May 13, 1846. That’s when President Polk responded to the Mexican invasion of Texas with a declaration of war. Here are five myths about the start and conclusion of the war, and three in between.
  • How the GOP 2016 Primary Looks like “The Game of Thrones”
    The HBO television show “Game of Thrones” features a wild series of internal battles for power by numerous claimants to the throne while an outside threat grows stronger, unchecked. Wait, are we talking about a fantasy novel or the GOP?
  • Republicans Are Throwing Away a Senate Seat in Massachusetts
    Gabriel Gomez demonstrated he could win John Kerry’s Massachusetts Senate seat away from Ed Markey. But Republicans aren’t helping him, and the Tea Party is throwing him under their Express bus because he once donated to Obama.
  • Master Muslim Extremist Terrorists? Yeah Right
    The narrative from pundits after the Boston Marathon bombing was how scary and powerful our Muslim extremist enemies were. But in reality, we had two pathetic brothers more obsessed with girls and technology.
  • Did Rand Paul Win the South Carolina Special Election?
    Mark Sanford was set to lose the South Carolina special election until Rand Paul stepped in with a timely endorsement, leading to a Republican win. It will help Paul’s presidential campaign in the Palmetto State in 2016.
  • How the GOP Lost Its Mind, and Its Soul, for Mark Sanford
    The GOP lost their mind when they picked Mark Sanford for the South Carolina special election, costing them the social conservative argument. But now they sold their soul with a push poll that will cost them female voters in future elections.
  • Is Martial Law Coming to Town Near You?
    Rep. Ron Paul has been ripped for criticizing martial law, but does he have a point? Such a policy didn’t just happen in Boston last month, but is being applied in tiny Valley Springs, California after a recent crime.
  • Gabriel Gomez Could Really Win the Massachusetts Senate Race
    Back in February of 2013, I predicted Gabriel Gomez would win the nomination for Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate race. Here are three reasons why he’ll beat longtime Democratic Rep. Ed Markey in June.
  • Pro-Gun Native American Billboard is a Good History Lesson
    The Pro-Gun Billboard, which calls attention to the government disarmament of Native Americans, could shed light on the Wounded Knee Massacre land site sale that is about to occur, as well as a nearly forgotten piece of history.
  • Removing Rebels from Stone Mountain is the Real Lost Cause has circulated a petition to try and remove the Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson carving from Stone Mountain. A better idea would be to let visitors know how Lee and Jackson really felt about slavery.
  • Will Having a Birther Movement Hurt Ted Cruz in 2016?
    Birthers went all out to stop Obama from becoming president, or impeach him once in office. Their obsession with the origin of birth for a candidate will haunt them in 2016, hurting their favorite conservative, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
  • Were Voters Glad, or Mad, when Gun Background Checks Failed?
    Initially, news reports showed the public cared little for the results of the Senate vote on expanded background checks. But that masked significant ire residents had for some of their Senators who voted against the bill.
  • Paging Paul Thurmond for South Carolina’s First District
    Paul Thurmond might be a better option than Curtis Bostic to retake South Carolina’s first congressional district, should Mark Sanford blow the special election against Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.
  • College Students Skype with Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson
    Usually the end of a Spring semester and busy Congressional sessions don’t make for a good time for a Senator to meet with college students, but technology made it possible for them to interview Georgia’s Johnny Isakson.
  • Is Jeb Bush Right About the GOP Governors Doing Well?
    In preparing a presidential run, Jeb Bush is going all around the USA, praising the many governors for fiscal restraint. Will they be around in two years?
  • Three Reasons Why Economics Won’t Be the 2014 Election Issue
    It is falsely assumed that all elections are about the economy. Some are, of course, but the 2014 contest is unlikely to be one of them. Instead, pay attention to guns, abortion and health care as more decisive issues.
  • The Tea Party Hides Once Again when the Budget is Cut
    When the FAA announced furloughs of air traffic controllers to save money, the Tea Party blamed President Obama for budget cuts. Economist Milton Friedman was right about Republicans and Keynesianism.
  • Congress Wants the Abrams, but the Army Says 'No Tanks'
    There’s a reason that there’s a huge bloated Pentagon budget, and it really doesn’t involve the Pentagon. It’s about Congress and the private sector pushing for products the government doesn’t want or need.
  • Obama Labeled Soft on Terrorism Again, Despite the Evidence
    It’s hard to believe that just a short time ago, the GOP was blasting Obama for using drone strikes against American citizens involved in terrorism abroad. The new mantra after Boston is that Obama is soft on terrorism (again).
  • Why Politicians Make Bad Comedians
    A Tennessee state senator’s latest attempt at political humor, which poked fun at the Boston Marathon bombings and gun control, is just the latest evidence of why politicians from both political parties are bad at telling jokes.
  • How Mark Sanford Could Actually Help the Republican Party
    Mark Sanford appears to be the worst thing that ever happened to the Republican Party. But there’s still a way he can help the GOP. And it doesn’t involve quitting. His loss could be the Republicans’ gain.
  • Dubya Had Difficult Times
    As George W. Bush’s presidential library is opened, it’s time to think about how to evaluate his place in history, his challenges, and not just his successes and failures, as well as other presidents he compares to.
  • Unfairly Targeting Muslims and Political Conservatives in Boston
    After the Boston Marathon Bombings, unwarranted suspicion fell upon Islamic people and political conservatives. Those who have bombed in the name of Islam and political conservatism are losers who don’t even know the cause.
  • Three Strategies for Handling Unelectable Nominees
    Increasingly, both political parties seem to find themselves with choices outside of the mainstream, destined to lose. But parties aren’t helpless. This article weighs the pros and cons of three strategies to deal with an unelectable nominee.
  • Unlocking the Mystery of Women and Elections in America
    Researchers have noted that women win office as often as men when they run. So why aren’t there more women in politics in America? A panel of female lawmakers and judges in Alabama answered that question.
  • Democrats Have Their Own Mark Sanford in 2013
    As bad as Mark Sanford has been for the GOP brand in South Carolina, there is a worse Democrat candidate. Former New York City Rep. Anthony Weiner, best known for “sexting,” is running for mayor.
  • Now that Baucus Has Retired, Will Democrats Lose the Senate?
    Sen. Baucus, a Democrat first elected in 1978, has called it quits. Could Republicans, who won the state in the presidential race by a dozen percentage points, take a Senate seat away from the Democratic Party column?
  • Georgia Republicans are 'Akin' to Lose a Senate Seat
    The tea party has helped provide more extreme nominees and eliminated electable moderates, in 2010 and 2012. That nightmare scenario seems likely to play itself out again in 2014 in Georgia.
  • Do Conspiracy Theorists Help Boston Terrorists?
    Conspiracy theories have become a way of life after tragedies like 9/11 and shootings at Aurora and Sandy Hook. Now, these conspiracy theorists could well be adopted as the legal defense given by the surviving Boston bomber.
  • Capitalist Obama vs. Communist GOP Representatives
    The GOP has always told us that government is the problem. But they sure aren’t acting like it as they’ve blocked Obama’s attempts to close little-used post offices, end Saturday service, and privatize the TVA. They feel government is the solution.
  • Can a Family Scion Retake 'FSU District' for Florida Dems?
    In 2014, Democrats are going to have to either hold some seat or win some new ones in red and purple states. And they are relying upon family names to do the trick. The latest case is a former Senator’s daughter in Florida.
  • Conspiracy Theorists, Elvis Impersonators and Ricin Letters
    After each terror attack or spree shooting, we’re told the government was behind it, leading more people to plan using violence to kill, to keep the government from killing them. These new attacks provide fodder for future conspiracy theories.
  • Five Candidates Who are Actually Worse Than Mark Sanford
    Sexting, hitting on underage interns, corruption, racism and killing your opponent….there are actually worse things that South Carolina Congressional candidate Mark Sanford could being doing to hurt his party. But it is a pretty short list.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz for President in 2016?
    Years ago, the notion of Republicans picking someone with such a short tenure in office like Sen. Ted Cruz was unthinkable. But, having noted recent Democratic Party successes with nominees, the GOP may rethink that idea.
  • U.S. and China Could Use World War II Lessons for North Korea
    The Korean War dragged on to a bloody stalemate because the superpowers fought each other. But this time, the superpowers may be ready to cooperate in the spirit of the Potsdam Conference at the end of WWII, which divided Germany.
  • The Reason Scott Brown Passed on Massachusetts Special Election
    Ex-Sen. Scott Brown stunned the GOP when he passed on running for Sen. John Kerry’s open Senate seat. But maybe he hasn’t given up his Senate ambitions. He’s just thinking about running in New Hampshire, a more conservative state.
  • How Misinformation Could Help the Boston Bomb Suspect
    When terrorism strikes the United States, whether in Boston, New York City, Atlanta or Oklahoma City, there’s a rush to tell the audience who is responsible, often getting the wrong person and hampering the investigation.
  • A First-Hand Account of the Horror at the Boston Marathon Bombing
    The explosions at the Boston Marathon were terrible to watch. But it’s tougher when one of your students is in the thick of it. The graduate student describes some of the nearby chaos and security presence.
  • Actually, Americans are Overtaxed
    A slew of studies come out around April 15 every year to remind us how we have a much lower tax burden than other countries have, but is that really the case. It depends on whether you are a corporation or a personal income taxpayer.
  • “The Democrat Went Down to Georgia…”
    With all the focus on how many Senate seats the Republicans might take from Democrats in 2016, the Democrats could swipe one in the GOP’s backyard, if early polls are any indication. And that could take place in Georgia.
  • Another Hispanic Republican to Make History?
    After 2010, Republicans appealed to harsh anti-illegal immigration laws instead of the Hispanic Republicans who were so successful in 2010, and paid for it in 2012. But Abel Maldonado may give the GOP a chance in 2014 in California.
  • For 2016, Democrats Value Experience; The GOP Likes Novelty
    In 2016, Democratic front-runners are candidates who have run before for office, while six of the top seven Republicans have never sought the presidency before. That’s a complete difference from how both parties used to pick nominees.
  • How Would Female Presidential Candidates Fare in 2016?
    Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand are among the top vote getters among Democratic Party primary candidates in 2016. For Republicans, there are none in the top seven, despite prior interest in women candidates.
  • What Actually Scares the NRA More Than Gun Control?
    We’ve all misread the National Rifle Association because we assumed they were the ultraconservatives in the gun debate. But they’ve been forced to back away from even background checks by a more conservative gun group.
  • The Pope Who Made Catholicism Cool Again
    Pope Francis I has created some buzz not by where he’s from, or whether he’s caved on issues, but how he’s refocused the mission of the Catholic Church, which seems to have invigorated his flock.
  • Honoring One Sub Disaster by Finding the Truth About Another
    50 years ago, we lost the USS Thresher, which imploded with all hands aboard. We know why and made many changes. But we’ve never fully investigated a similar disaster five years later: the loss of the USS Scorpion.
  • Republicans Avoid Another 'Akin Candidate' in Louisiana
    It took a while, but the GOP finally got their opponent for Democratic Sen. Landrieu. And unlike prior failed opponents with state experience, Republicans found an opponent with national experience who is less likely to make verbal blunders.
  • Will Obama 'Make the Opposite Mistake' in North Korea?
    The Obama administration doesn’t want to make the mistake of the first Korean War, which involved ignoring the North Korean threat until it was too late. Yet an Obama team overreaction could be the spark for a second Korean War.
  • 5 Reasons Why Repealing the 17th Amendment is a Bad Idea
    Repealing the 17th. Amendment would increase corruption, the influence of money in the system, the power of gerrymandering and state political machines, as well as leave too many vacancies and take away the right of people to choose their own senator.
  • A Personal Story Remembering Great Britain’s “Iron Lady”
    Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was known as the Iron Lady, and for a good reason. I got to see first-hand how tough she could be toward a college student who tried to give her a “gotcha” question on Northern Ireland.
  • No Matter What Happens, the GOP Lost S.C. Special Election
    There are four reasons the South Carolina special election is a GOP disaster. Colbert Busch could win. Sanford may have to spend heavily to win. Sanford’s unpopularity would hurt the party. And Curtis Bostic is no option for 2014.
  • Should Cell Phones Be Allowed in Classes?
    Cell phones have become more than just a classroom debate. They’ve become a political issue. I look at how teachers and students feel about cell phone bans, as well as possible solutions others might consider employing.
  • Did State Dept. Support of Keystone Pipeline Cut Gas Prices?
    In mid-February, I wrote about gas prices increasing as a result of pressure on Obama not to block the Keystone pipeline. Now that the pipeline has been approved, gas prices have fallen, even as the travel season is in full swing.
  • Will Establishing State Religions Lead to Gun Bans?
    Several North Carolina legislators hope to pass a law saying the Establishment Clause doesn’t apply to the state. The move could have future consequences, perhaps for the right to bear arms, in addition to other rights we enjoy.
  • How African Peacekeepers Can Help Us Beat Al-Qaeda
    Almost 20 years ago, Al-Qaeda-backed forces killed Americans, as seen in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” Now African peacekeepers are battling an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, and could do the same in Mali.
  • A Proposal to Return More Corruption to the Senate
    Several ambitious Tennessee lawmakers hope to remove the right of voters to pick their party nominees, giving the Tennessee legislature that power of selection, 100 years after the 17th Amendment was passed to end such corruption.
  • When Owning a Gun Doesn’t Always Provide Protection
    The deaths of several law enforcement officers in Colorado and Texas show that even when armed 24/7 and alert, you can still be gunned down. Possession of a gun doesn’t always provide protection.
  • More About Assassinations Than What the Victim Stood For
    There’s an increased popularity in how Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy were assassination. Now the author, Bill O’Reilly, is starting a new project on how Jesus was killed. These error-prone endeavors focus more on the killers than the leaders.
  • Atlanta's Toco Hills: Brazilian Luck or an Acronym?
    Is Atlanta’s Toco Hills neighborhood based upon a Brazilian term for good luck? Or does it mean “top of the country”? I engage in a little mythbusting to get to the bottom of the mystery.
  • India is Paying the Price for Sex Assaults and Bondage Ads
    Researchers found a series of ads with women tied up and gagged in the trunk of Ford vehicles are actually not so out of the ordinary. And they may be fueling a series of gang rapes and killings that are making tourists wary of India.
  • Of Baboons and Buffoons in South Carolina’s Special Election
    As Mark Sanford attempts to complete in political comeback in a pro-GOP district, it is worth asking whether he might repeat his cheating behavior and flight from South Carolina. Research into baboons may provide some insight.
  • Four Reasons Why North Korea Isn’t Bluffing This Time
    Many assume North Korea isn’t serious in its threats. But things are different this time. Not only are the sanctions tougher, but China’s on board, the domestic situation is even more dire, and the DPRK called for closing Kaesong.
  • Is Obama Really Trying to Let Criminals Get Guns?
    Critics of Obama have begun to hammer his administration for not prosecuting enough criminals who try to get guns. Are they right? A closer look at the evidence is needed.
  • Did In-Fighting Among Conservatives Doom Georgia Gun Bill?
    The inability of Georgia’s gun lobbies, as well as the House and Senate, to agree upon a compromise bill, doomed pro-gun bills in a pro-gun state. Could this have been avoided?
  • Might 'The Big Bang'-Style Computer Nerds Save the GOP?
    The GOP believes it lost the 2012 election because it didn’t have enough technology. But deeper analysis shows that Team Romney may have used too much of it. Obama staffers noted it was more than social media that won the day.
  • After Ashley Judd: Kentucky Democrats Have Other Options
    The decision of Actress Ashley Judd to take a pass on the 2014 election may actually strengthen Kentucky Democrats in their bid to oust Sen. Mitch McConnell. Plenty of other democrats could challenge the Senate Minority Leader.
  • Will Mia Love, the Sarah Palin of 2012, Win in 2014?
    Utah Mayor Mia Love, who was crowned as the next big thing in Republican diversity, came up short in 2012. Will this female African-American Mormon win in her second try for Congress against Jim Matheson?
  • Excited About Colbert’s Sister, Ignoring the Military Vote
    The attention in South Carolina’s first district election is on Colbert’s sister and Sanford’s scandal. It ignores the narrow election schedule that hurts military members serving abroad and elsewhere in the U.S.
  • Will Top Republicans Pass on Challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu?
    Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana used to be known for narrowly winning elections. But with each contest, she’s grown stronger and more secure. As a result, Republicans are more wary of challenging her in 2014.
  • Could Democrats Benefit from Sen. Johnson’s Retirement?
    Normally, Sen. Tim Johnson’s retirement would cause problems for his party in South Dakota. But Democrats have a pair of good candidates, which could go for two open seats, as Republicans are headed for a bruising primary.
  • Is Congress Retaliating Against Political Scientists?
    For years, political scientists have given Congress low grades. Could Congress be retaliating against those low evaluations by taking away the right of political scientists to apply for National Science Foundation grants?
  • The European Union, Cyprus and NCAA March Madness
    The European Union is so mad at Greece for its economic instability that led to the crisis that it is giving a harsher punishment to Cyprus. That’s because not all European countries are created equal.
  • Iranian Hardliners Have Always Been Divided
    Iran is facing an internal struggle, but it isn’t involving reformers and their opponents. The real battle isn’t between hardliners and moderates, but between religious clerics and populist political conservatives supporting Ahmadinejad.
  • The GOP Needs to Explain Why Immigration Reform is Good
    Sen. Rand Paul’s support of immigration reform sounds more like an apology, as well as a hunt for votes, which could turn off the GOP base. Republicans must say how immigration reform helps benefits and reduces government power.
  • The Wrong Way, and Right Way, to Politically Tackle Obesity
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to eliminate sugary drinks in New York City got a lot of press, and a legal setback. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s plan to stop obesity through food stamps may be a better plan.
  • A Southern Mansion That Avoided Being 'Gone With the Wind'
    At the end of the Civil War, a mansion in LaGrange, Georgia, that housed key Confederates was spared by a Yankee officer named LaGrange at the insistence of the town’s women. It is used for meetings by the local women’s club today.
  • Is CPAC to Today What Hippies Were to the 1960s and 1970s?
    By supporting ultraconservative candidates and snubbing electable ones which have prevailed in Democratic Party territory, the young conservative today is following the path set by political hippies in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Did Senate Democrats Avoid an Assault Weapons Trap?
    Democrats nixed the Feinstein Amendment banning assault weapons, which had passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee, from the bipartisan gun bill. But the amendment could still hurt them in 2014 if it is brought up for a painful floor vote.
  • Why Political Families are a Good Thing for Democracy
    We normally associate political families with monarchies and communist countries. But in a democracy, a political family can keep politicians honest. Folks are reluctant to mess it up for younger family members.
  • North Korean Propaganda Film Resembles 'Obama 2016'
    North Korea has created a propaganda film presenting America as some sad dystopia. Despite the fake translation, the original slams the U.S. It reminds one of last year’s hit conservative movie titled “Obama 2016.” Both also stretch the truth somewhat.
  • If the Media is an Addict, Jeb Bush is the Dealer
    Jeb Bush wrote a book on immigration, went on all the talk shows, said he was open to running for president, then called the media “addicts” for being obsessed with the 2016 elections. What does that make Jeb?
  • A Conservative Group Accidentally Targets Conservatives
    With their new website, “,” the conservative Club for Growth is going on a hunt for “RINOs.” However, they’re targeting a number of conservative lawmakers, not moderates.
  • Did the Church Pick a 'Catholic Gorbachev?'
    The Conclave of the Catholic Church chose the first Jesuit and first non-European pontiff in quite some time. But his views aren’t radically different. He’s like the way Gorbachev was, a little different, but still a communist.
  • How a Retiring Democrat Senator May Save a GOP Governor
    Mich. Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, is retiring in 2014. That may save embattled Gov. Rick Snyder, as it could induce some of his challengers to run for the open seat left by Levin in the Senate.
  • Three Options for GOP Governors on Obamacare’s Exchanges
    GOP Governors can cave on Obamacare’s Medicaid Exchanges, oppose them, or use them as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Democrats. Gov. McDonnell tried the third option, with positive results.
  • Investigating the Conservatives’ New Hero: Calvin Coolidge
    Not content with just Ronald Reagan, conservatives have sought to glorify Calvin Coolidge as a model of what a president should be. After reading the record, they may rethink that notion.
  • A Civil War Strategy the Republicans Shouldn’t Try
    On the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a new one is brewing in Virginia. It pits Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling of the GOP. Democrats could win the Virginia Governor race.
  • Does Georgia’s Gun Bill Help the Mentally Ill Get a Gun?
    Georgia’s HB 512 would limit the denial of gun licenses for the mentally handicapped to only involuntary hospitalizations, and put the burden of proof on authorities to show the mentally ill should not get a gun.
  • VAWA’s Renewal Came Just Too Late for One Woman
    Congress and the President finally put aside their differences and renewed the Violence Against Women Act. But it sadly came too late for one woman (and her son) from Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Is an “A” from the NRA Now a Scarlet Letter for Democrats?
    When Illinois State Sen. Robin Kelly won a special election, Democrats credited Bloomberg’s PAC and an A from the NRA for Kelly’s opponent, Rep. Halvorson. But was that the real reason Kelly won so handily.
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