While Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric on China grows more incendiary, a column in China Daily may shed some light on how China's government views Trump's rise in the GOP race. "What is at stake?" asks China Daily columnist Mike Bastin. "Is it Trump's often nonsensical and barmy rhetorical rants? Or, is it yet again the phony, money-centric system of democracy that defines the United States? The answer is the latter." The column describes Trump as a symbol of the inequality in America. "The presidential race, and Trump's presence in particular, also highlights the gross unfairness of wealth distribution across the U.S. ... Trump relies on one thing and one thing only: financial fortune (most of which was inherited from his late father). Not that Trump is the only one. All the presidential front-runners rely on huge amounts of money without which any hopes of power would be a pipe dream." read more
Speaking at a San Francisco political forum Friday, John Kasich was asked whether people are born gay and replied, "Do I think that people are, you know, born gay? Probably." When asked about the GOP platform not supporting marriage equality, Kasich said, "The Republican Party is my vehicle, not my master." He also acknowledge recently celebrating the marriage of two gay people: "I believe in traditional marriage ... I just went to a gay wedding. My wife and I went to the wedding. It was great, it was fine."
The Independent Voter Project found in a 2013 report that taxpayers across the nation spent approximately $400 million to administer party elections during the last presidential election. The group states, "The operating costs of primary elections is incurred by the state. Expenses include the ballots, publications, supplies, rental of voting locations, state and county board meetings and staff labor. Some of these costs, such as party-specific ballots, only benefit the private organizations that use them, not the population that pays for them." read more