Gwen's Take

Five Things to Watch in Charlotte

Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

Charlotte, N.C. — We dodged a hurricane, survived the gripping humidity and thrived for a week in the belly of the beast — a national political convention that one first time attendee Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc), said reminded him of a trade show.

So let's rinse and the repeat, this time in the Tar Heel State, where Democrats are already descending to renominate Barack Obama. The incumbent gets the privilege of the last word when it comes to scheduling events like these. So expect much of what you see here to be reactive.

Five Things to Watch For in Tampa

Posted: August 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Tampa | Florida politics has always been its own special fun. Long before the election year ground to a shocking legal halt in the wake of the disputed 2000 election, it was the home of "Walkin’ Lawton" Chiles -- the guy who ran for governor by walking across the state; Terri Schiavo, whose life support drama turned into a national flashpoint; and Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban boy whose residency dispute singlehandedly revived the Cold War.

So Hurricane Isaac should be a piece of cake.

Breaking Through Four Years Later: Artur Davis (R)

Posted: August 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

When I set out to write a book several years ago about a generation of up and coming black political leaders, I had no idea how much would change in the course of a single presidential election cycle.

Who We Are and How We Vote -- Connecting the Dots

Posted: August 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Paul Taylor, the executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, has long experience explaining why things happen. When we chatted on the PBS NewsHour this week, the subject was the widening chasm of economic segregation.

Bill Raspberry, 1935-2012

Posted: July 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I wasn’t exactly wet behind the ears when I arrived at The Washington Post in 1984, but it was close.

There was a wall of glass offices on the north side of the newsroom. When I was not laboring away in a suburban news bureau miles away, I could look across a sea of desks and cubicles and spy the likes of Bob Woodward, Ben Bradlee, David Broder-- and Bill Raspberry.

William Raspberry (Family photo / Washington Post)

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