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    BAYHAM: #NotTrump, But Not #NeverTrump Either

BAYHAM: #NotTrump, But Not #NeverTrump Either

When the polls close on Election Day in November, I will have cast ballots in three elections for president in 2016. The first was in the Louisiana presidential primary back

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    BAYHAM: How The Establishment Enabled The Donald’s Nomination

BAYHAM: How The Establishment Enabled The Donald’s Nomination

Donald Trump’s path to the Republican presidential nomination was paved largely thanks to the exclusionary rules and the poor political judgment of those who loathe (or claim to loathe) the

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    BAYHAM: How Trump Set The Stage For His Presidential Run

BAYHAM: How Trump Set The Stage For His Presidential Run

The presumed nomination of Donald J. Trump in July at the Republican National Convention will be the most uncharacteristic moment in the history of the modern Republican Party. For the

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    BAYHAM: Trump Triumphant

BAYHAM: Trump Triumphant

On Tuesday night one-time Democratic voter registrant and one time Reform Party voter registrant and presidential contender Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate developer, casino owner, and reality television show

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    BAYHAM: The Trump Train Rolls Through Amtrak-Land

BAYHAM: The Trump Train Rolls Through Amtrak-Land

Media swarmed the Republican National Committee meeting in Hollywood, Florida last week, hoping that the assembled state chairs and national committee members would give them a rule change or something

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    BAYHAM: Defending the Man Who Defended New Orleans

BAYHAM: Defending the Man Who Defended New Orleans

The most important figure in American history between George Washington and Abraham Lincoln is Andrew Jackson. Jackson was a consequential man on the battlefield and later in the White House.

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BAYHAM: Battleground Indiana

  BAYHAM: Battleground Indiana

Real estate developer Donald Trump won a victory that he would rightfully call TREMENDOUS in his home state of New

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BAYHAM: New Media Icon Matt Drudge Goes Stale

  BAYHAM: New Media Icon Matt Drudge Goes Stale

Matt Drudge is a new media pioneer who has remained one of the most important figures in the web-based news

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BAYHAM: The Colorado-Wisconsin Game Changers

  BAYHAM: The Colorado-Wisconsin Game Changers

Four years ago, Wisconsin was the Waterloo for the conservative insurgency against the Republican political establishment. Former Pennsylvania US Senator

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BAYHAM: Ted Cruz’ Last, Best Hope

  BAYHAM: Ted Cruz’ Last, Best Hope

Texas US Senator Ted Cruz didn’t have a great night on Tuesday, failing to win a single contest. However, Cruz

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BAYHAM: It’s Time For Marco To End It

  BAYHAM: It’s Time For Marco To End It

Four years ago I was invited to sit in on a Rick Santorum campaign conference call that included staffers from

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BAYHAM: Resquiem In Pace, Nancy Reagan

  BAYHAM: Resquiem In Pace, Nancy Reagan

I had the privilege of encountering former First Lady Nancy Reagan at the 2000 Republican National Convention. She was passing

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BAYHAM: Choose Cruz

  BAYHAM: Choose Cruz

While attending the Republican National Convention in San Diego  in 1996 I had heard some chatter about Justice Antonin Scalia

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BAYHAM: The State of the Republican Nomination Fight Going into Super Tuesday

  BAYHAM: The State of the Republican Nomination Fight Going into Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday can either reset the fight for the GOP’s presidential nod or give Republican frontrunner Donald Trump additional momentum

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BAYHAM: Bye, Jeb

  BAYHAM: Bye, Jeb

There were three stages of Jeb Bush’s presidential bid. There was the Jeb! Phase where his surrogates masterfully puffed up

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BAYHAM: Bienvenue En Louisiane, Mr. Trump

  BAYHAM: Bienvenue En Louisiane, Mr. Trump

Billionaire real estate developer and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump will hold one of his trademark mega rallies at the

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BAYHAM: New Hampshire Votes Thumbs-Down On Political Dynasties

  BAYHAM: New Hampshire Votes Thumbs-Down On Political Dynasties

Tuesday night was not a good evening if you were a member of a political family seeking the White House.

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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

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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

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