Noelle Nikpour

Noelle Nikpour

Noelle Nikpour: Here's a plan to fix college athletics

April 13, 2014

The runner-up in college basketball's men's national championship game this week wasn't a team of college students. 

  • Noelle Nikpour: A man who knows the truth about money

    March 30, 2014

    What would you do if you had a billion dollars to spare? If you were Pete Peterson, you would give lot of it away trying to save your country.

  • Noelle Nikpour: Could nation really go for Rand Paul?

    March 16, 2014

    Americans have elected as president six men named James, four named William, four Johns, but also a Millard, a Ulysses and, of course, a Barack. So are we ready for a Rand?

  • Noelle Nikpour: Energy tax increase simply an idea worth dumping

    March 3, 2014

    As a Republican strategist, it's unlikely I'll be invited to offer advice to embattled Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor as he contemplates an uphill run for a third term this year in my home state of Arkansas.

  • Noelle Nikpour: GOP better change playbook to beat Hillary

    February 16, 2014

    In modern presidential elections, step one is raise a lot of money, and step two is to use that money to define your opponent. That strategy alone won't be sufficient for Republicans if Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' nominee.

  • Noelle Nikpour: GOP, and Super teams, believe in achievement

    February 2, 2014

    Fans will disagree passionately about who they want to win when the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, but everyone will agree about this: The players earned their right to be there. 

  • Noelle Nikpour: Moderates attempting to make a comeback

    January 19, 2014

    In the remote, limestone shores of Hellshire Hills, far from the tourist town of Kingston, Jamaica, lives the Jamaican iguana.

  • What Congress can learn from Founding Fathers

    January 5, 2014

    The creation of the Constitution featured fierce debates about the role of government and the distribution of power.

  • Noelle Nikpour: Courage, conviction can win elections

    December 22, 2013

    Tom Cotton was an unknown less than two years ago as his race for the House of Representatives began, but he caught the eye of some important political backers, including the Club for Growth, and won the election. Now he's running for the Senate – and leading in a recent poll – in one of the most watched races in the country. He may represent the future of the Republican Party.

  • Which party will score a touchdown?

    December 8, 2013

    Last week's Alabama-Auburn game was one of the greatest college football games I've ever seen. I wonder if leading Republicans and Democrats were watching, too, because they could have learned a lot from it.

  • Noelle Nikpour: When making a living can almost kill you

    November 11, 2013

    What if the game you live for threatens to take your life? That's a question some NFL coaches would probably ask themselves right now, if they weren't spending so much time preparing for Sunday.

  • Noelle Nikpour: When will truly "hot" candidate emerge?

    October 27, 2013

    At the end of the movie, "Patton," the American general tells of Roman conquerers returning from foreign lands to a hero's welcome while, at the same time, "A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting."

  • Noelle Nikpour: Football-loving Condi has earned respect

    October 13, 2013

    Condoleezza Rice was President George W. Bush's national security advisor and secretary of state. She was one of the architects of American foreign policy during the War on Terror's formative years. She looked into Vladimir Putin's cold blue eyes and didn't blink. Libya's Moammar Gadhafi had a creepy crush on her. She was mentioned as a potential candidate for president.

  • "Bankrupt City" a valuable lesson for all

    September 29, 2013

    Detroit was once known as the "Motor City." Thanks to foreign competition, overly generous pension promises, and bad business and government decisions, it's now known as "Bankrupt City." And how it survives its current financial mess may serve as a test case for the country.

  • Noelle Nikpour: GOP needs to embrace — literally — moderates

    September 15, 2013

    Chris Christie may be the country's most popular Republican. Many Republican Party primary voters, however, don't share that enthusiasm for him. Bridging that gap represents both a problem and an opportunity for the GOP.

  • Olympic boycott idea should be tossed

    September 1, 2013

    There's talk from the left and a little from the right of the United States boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This talk should be ignored. 

  • Noelle Nikpour: Baseball's brand takes a real beating

    August 18, 2013

    Alex Rodriguez has hit 303 home runs as a New York Yankee and 648 overall. On August 9, he played his first home game this season for a team that, as of the day before, had a record of 57-56 and was 11 games behind the hated Boston Red Sox. Despite all that, a lot of fans booed him.

  • Noelle Nikpour: Republicans count on dislike of Obamacare

    August 4, 2013

    These days, the next campaign season begins the day after the previous one ends, which means it's long past time to think about 2014 – specifically the U.S. Senate, where Republicans must win six seats to gain a majority in both houses and finally start putting the brakes on Obamacare.

  • Noelle Nikpour: GOP making big strides where it counts

    July 21, 2013

    You might have heard political pundits say the Republican brand is in trouble. The party has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. The Senate is controlled by Democrats, and even though Republicans retained control of the majority of House seats after the 2012 elections, GOP candidates received 1.4 million fewer votes nationwide than did Democrats.

  • Noelle Nikpour: Plenty of heroes among Floridians

    July 7, 2013

    On the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, barely more than half of the critics gave "Man of Steel" a positive rating. Where it matters, however, the latest Superman movie is a huge hit: It has sold more than $500 million worldwide at the box office in less than three weeks. 

  • Noelle Nikpour: Tebow's real problem was his brand, not his faith

    June 24, 2013

    After former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow spent months waiting for an NFL team to contact him for a chance to play back-up quarterback, some were wondering if his Christian faith was scaring off potential coaches.

  • Hillary guilty of overreach for power

    June 9, 2013

    Recently, "The Atlantic" had a great article on how the Clinton presidential scandals were a bigger deal than the Obama scandals and it started me thinking about Hillary Rodham-Clinton's connection to both. She is at the heart of most all of Bill Clinton's scandals and is now a major focus of both Benghazi and the IRS scandals.

  • For some people, winning IS everything

    May 26, 2013

    In my last column, we discussed the journey that LeBron James' brand has taken — from high school phenom to hometown savior to villain to redeemed hero. Tiger Woods is somewhere in the middle of his own journey.

  • Noelle Nikpour: LeBron's story makes him beloved

    May 12, 2013

    How did LeBron James go from beloved to hated to beloved again? Because story matters.

  • Noelle Nikpour: Americans will forgive if it's sincere

    April 28, 2013

    When you're one of America's sweethearts, it's a bad idea to get arrested for disorderly conduct during your husband's drunk driving arrest and then play the "Do you know my name?" card. It's bad for the brand. 

  • Loss-share agreements abuse public

    April 14, 2013

    In November 2011, I wrote a column about FDIC loss-share agreements and how banks who exploit them were reaping windfalls while prolonging the foreclosure crisis, depressing property values and harming American families.

  • Apple shows importance of branding

    March 31, 2013


  • Obama must work with Paul Ryan

    March 17, 2013

    It's an odd-numbered year, which means this is when something might get done in Washington before next year's elections shut everything down. 

  • Meat cleaver needed on spending

    March 3, 2013

    Between the time I write this and the time you read it, the government may have actually cut spending because of the sequester, at least for a day or two. Or perhaps President Obama and Congress crafted some deal that, as usual, simply kicked the can down the road, as he likes to say.

  • Noelle Nikpour: Karl Rove is a loser in many ways

    February 17, 2013

    There have been times in years past when I have thought – and even said out loud – that I might someday want to run for office. You know, just toying with the idea. Maybe I never will. 

  • Noelle Nikpour: If Congress wants salary, pass budget

    February 3, 2013

    For millions of Americans who either own their own businesses or work on commission, life is a very simple proposition: Do your job, or don't get paid. 

  • Noelle Nikpour: Numbers show GOP must change

    January 20, 2013

    Of all the results from this past November's elections, two numbers stand out: three, and 71. Three is the number of counties nationwide where, according to Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report, if President Obama had won a smaller percentage of the youth and minority vote, he would have lost the entire election.

  • Michigan law shows unions must change or die

    January 6, 2013

    Amid the hubbub over the fiscal cliff these past few weeks, an important event happened Dec. 11 that many Americans probably missed: The union movement was struck a critical blow in the state it calls home.

  • Nikpour: Santa has important gifts to give

    December 23, 2012

    "'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house" – the White House, that is, and the House of Representatives.

  • We all avoid "cliffs;" pols must, too

    December 9, 2012

    Where do we go from here? With the elections over, Christmas near, holiday parties looming, and our economy hanging on by a thread, where do we go?

  • Twinkies survive a lot, but not union

    November 25, 2012

    There's an old wives' tale that Hostess Twinkies could survive a nuclear war. They couldn't, of course, and neither could they survive a vote to kill the company by the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.

  • Republicans must change brand . . .

    November 11, 2012

    A lot of you who voted for Mitt Romney are probably still in terrible shock. But it's no shocker for some, due to the problem the Republican Party has of its own branding!

  • Obama, Romney display solid morals

    October 28, 2012

    Although different in beliefs, policies, and overall general outlooks, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have both given us great examples of what we need to look for, expect and demand of future politicians.

  • Afghanistan policy: Obama needs to listen to his generals

    October 25, 2009

    President Obama is hearing from widely different viewpoints as he reconsiders his policy on Afghanistan. The U.S. and NATO commander there, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, wants as many as 40,000 additional troops. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden wants to shift our focus elsewhere. In other words, lose.

  • Oliver Stone ignores brutal facts about Venezuelan dictator

    October 7, 2009

    Oliver Stone has made a documentary about Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. I'm sure it will be a fair and balanced piece of work.

  • Voters aren't buying Obama's proposals

    August 26, 2009

    When it comes to health care reform, President Barack Obama has looked a lot like Brett Favre, the on-again, off-again NFL quarterback who can't make up his mind if he still wants to play. We now know for certain that Obama said as late as 2003 — back when nobody had ever heard of him — that he favored the kind of single-payer, government-run health care system most Americans oppose.

  • Memo to secessionists: See ya!

    May 12, 2009

    It was 1976, and the Republican National Convention had just voted for four more years -- of Gerald Ford.