Wednesday, August 14, 1996

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  • Women of the GOP

    THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE PRESENTED AN ALL-STAR LINE-UP OF GOP women. IT WAS A CLEAR ATTEMPT TO NARROW THE GENDER GAP THAT’S PLAGUING Bob Dole’s presidential candidacy. THE "WOMEN Of THE NIGHT" PRESENTED A NOT-SO-POTENT MIXTURE OF A KINDER, GENTLER FACE OF THE PARTY, WITH TOUGH-TALKING ATTACKS ON BILL CLINTON.

  • TOBACCO POLITICS AT THE GOP National CONVENTION

    The tobacco industry is out in force at the Republican National Convention, wining and dining delegations and rubbing elbows with high ranking friends in the GOP. So far this election year, tobacco company Phillip Morris has given more than two million dollars in campaign contributions, mostly to Republicans. Anti-tobacco activists have also made a strong showing.

  • The GOP and the Christian Right

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY has BEEN TRYING TO PORTRAY A MORE MODERATE IMAGE OF ITSELF THIS YEAR. THE TIGHTLY CONTROLLED PRIME TIME TV SPECTACLE -ESSENTIALLY AN INFOMERCIAL FOR THE PARTY–IS DESIGNED TO WIPE OUT THE MEMORY OF THE 1992 HOUSTON CONVENTION WHERE A PARADE OF CHRISTIAN RIGHT LEADERS, FROM PAT ROBERTSON to PAT BUCHANAN and MARILYN QUAYLE DOMINATED WITH HOT RIGHT WING RHETORIC DECLARING AN ALL OUT WAR FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA. EVEN THOUGH PAT BUCHANAN’S NOT SPEAKING THIS YEAR, IT has BEEN ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THIS WEEK THAT THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT IS STILL IN CONTROL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

  • ORGANIZED LABOR

    ORGANIZED LABOR HAS been fiercely ATTACKed BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THIS ELECTION YEAR, IN PART BECAUSE THE AFL-CIO ENDORSED BILL CLINTON AND IS SPENDING TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO GET HIM RE-ELECTED. THIS WEEK IN SAN DIEGO, THE AFL-CIO’S PRESENCE IS MOSTLY FELT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CONVENTION.

  • ALTERNATIVE TAKES ON THE GOP National CONVENTION

    ALTERNATIVE TAKES ON THe CONVENTION.

  • African-Americans IN THE GOP.

    Those watching the TV coverage of the GOP Convention this week have probably noticed that the convention floor is flooded with red, white and blue — red blazers, blue suits and white people -a sea of flag-waving white folk. Only 3 percent of the delegates at the convention are African Americans, and according to a new report, this represents a significant decline from 1992.