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    BAYHAM: Clash Of The Centrists In New Hampshire

BAYHAM: Clash Of The Centrists In New Hampshire

On Tuesday morning, and in a few isolated pockets where everyone shows up to vote at midnight, residents of New Hampshire will trudge through the snow that is blanketing the

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    BAYHAM: Rick Santorum Has Folded The Sweater-Vest

BAYHAM: Rick Santorum Has Folded The Sweater-Vest

Note of disclosure: The writer of this column had served as Rick Santorum’s state political director in his 2012 presidential race. Former Pennsylvania US Senator and 2012 Iowa caucus winner

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    BAYHAM: The Grassroots Strike Back In Iowa

BAYHAM: The Grassroots Strike Back In Iowa

DES MOINES – On Monday night, the rubber finally hit the road as the first ballots of the presidential cycle were cast and the party Establishment on both sides of the

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    BAYHAM: For Trump and Hillary, It’s Win Iowa Or Bust

BAYHAM: For Trump and Hillary, It’s Win Iowa Or Bust

After the most unusual preliminary period in the history of either party, as a reality television show star has spent almost a half year as the GOP’s frontrunner while someone

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    BAYHAM: Ninety Hours Out From Iowa

BAYHAM: Ninety Hours Out From Iowa

Some random thoughts on the Republican nomination battle less than four days out from the first ballots being cast across the Hawkeyes State. It’s Time for Rick & Huck to

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    BAYHAM: The Conservative Case Against Donald Trump

BAYHAM: The Conservative Case Against Donald Trump

One of the big concerns amongst Republican voters is the future of the federal judiciary, which has assumed a proverbial veto over laws that were legally passed by the branch

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BAYHAM: An Undecided Conservative Decides

  BAYHAM: An Undecided Conservative Decides

As someone involved in politics who writes about the subject on a weekly basis, I have many strong opinions about many

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BAYHAM: The Republican South Carolina Debate

  BAYHAM: The Republican South Carolina Debate

Messaging sharpened and elbows were thrown in North Charleston as the Republican candidates for president entered the homestretch of the

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BAYHAM: A Very Early Look At 2019

  BAYHAM: A Very Early Look At 2019

When John Bel Edwards takes the oath of office as Louisiana’s governor today, he will do so aware of the unpleasant

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BAYHAM: Festivus ’15 Airing of Grievances

  BAYHAM: Festivus ’15 Airing of Grievances

Gather round the aluminum pole folks for it’s that special time of year where we celebrate the greatest made up

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BAYHAM: In New Orleans, History Is Actually Fighting City Hall

  BAYHAM: In New Orleans, History Is Actually Fighting City Hall

A year ago I visited the Finnish capital city of Helsinki and saw what I thought was an odd site:

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BAYHAM: The Last GOP Debate Of 2015

  BAYHAM: The Last GOP Debate Of 2015

The Venetian Casino in Las Vegas hosted the Republican presidential debate of 2015 and for some of the participants at

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BAYHAM: The Trump Movement

  BAYHAM: The Trump Movement

With his astronomical national polling, ability to survive controversial statements (Teflon is simply too weak of a word to describe

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BAYHAM: How It Went Down: Explaining the Vitter Defeat

  BAYHAM: How It Went Down: Explaining the Vitter Defeat

After years of political humiliation and marginalization, the Democrats managed to finally get back on the board in Louisiana winning

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BAYHAM: The Choice For Louisiana

  BAYHAM: The Choice For Louisiana

If you got your information on the Louisiana gubernatorial runoff exclusively from John Bel Edwards’s paid media you would know

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BAYHAM: The Jindal Crash

  BAYHAM: The Jindal Crash

Many people were expecting Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal to drop out of the presidential race long ago. I was not

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BAYHAM: The Pharisee And The Republican

  BAYHAM: The Pharisee And The Republican

Shortly after the gubernatorial primary, Democrat John Bel Edwards ran an advertisement on television complaining about the negative attacks he

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BAYHAM: The Fall Of Jay Dardenne

  BAYHAM: The Fall Of Jay Dardenne

The most important political act I had ever witnessed was the passage of legislative term limits back in 1995.  

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BAYHAM: The Jeb Bush Campaign’s Decline Interrupts A Dynasty

  BAYHAM: The Jeb Bush Campaign’s Decline Interrupts A Dynasty

Remember back in 1999 when all of those politicians- state legislators, congressmen and party leaders made pilgrimages to Austin to

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