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2014 Election

Missed Opportunities: Assessing Latino Turnout in 2014

Latino Decisions | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Latino Decisions

Rather than blame Latino voters -- Why was your turnout so low? Don't you care who wins?-- we should think about how well the candidates for office in 2014, did or did not make their case to Latino voters.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Spent a Lot of Money on TV Advertising During the 2014 Campaign

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.30.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

More than a quarter of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's $65 million campaign fund went straight to TV advertising during the general election, according to Illinois State Board of Elections information.

Natalie Jackson

Polls Lean In, Too: Weighing House Effects In The 2014 Election | Natalie Jackson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

When it comes to predicting elections, pollsters are often judged on whether their results seem to consistently favor one party over another. The indu...

Sam Stein

Donors To Michael Grimm, The Convicted Former Congressman, Regret Nothing | Sam Stein | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There are sound investments. There are risky investments. And then there are investments in individuals facing public disgrace and possi...

Progressives Are the Future of the Democratic Party

Sam Wohns | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Sam Wohns

We can't tell the story of the 2014 election as simply a victory by Republicans over Democrats. In fact, I think we can understand a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of the Democratic Party by looking at which Democrats won and which lost.

Meet The Incoming Freshmen Of Congress

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there's one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elect...

Republicans Ready To Push Back On Obama Agenda

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

(Adds McConnell remarks from CNN interview) By Patricia Zengerle and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON/HONOLULU, Jan 4 (Reuters) ...

Senator-Elect Cory Gardner Welcomes Baby Girl

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

Senator-elect Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) announced Monday that his wife has given birth to a daughter, Caitlyn Quinn Gardner. Welcoming to the world th...

Learning From 2014 and Turning to 2016: Democrats Still Need a Compelling Economic Message

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The greatest mystery of the 2014 mid-term election is the question of why all of our leading analysts knew how important it is for Democrats to have a compelling economic message aimed at middle class voters, and yet we managed to get to the end of the election cycle without coalescing around an effective narrative.

Paul Blumenthal

Here's Where Campaign Finance Reform May Move Ahead As Congress Dithers | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly five years after the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United altered the landscape for money in politics, Congress has done not...

The Missing Piece in the Recent Election

Frank A. Weil | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Take a look at the numbers below. Do they mean anything to you? Would you like more information surrounding the numbers? We'll come back to the n...

New Polling Confirms Climate Denier Will Have Hard Road to Win White House in 2016

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Researchers found that more than two-thirds of likely 2016 voters support the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to limit climate change pollution from power plants. That includes 87 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans.

Meet the Two House Members-Elect Who Took Down Dirty Deniers

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

I'm looking forward to welcoming these new members of Congress to Washington in the new year. We'll be watching and urging them to live up to our high hopes that they will govern as they ran -- by Running Clean.

Bill Cassidy Vows To Use His New Senate Seat To Fight Obama Policies

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

Republican Bill Cassidy says he will use his new Louisiana Senate seat to continue fighting President Barack Obama's policies. But the ...

GOP Matches Truman-Era High With 246 House Seats

AP | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will hold at least 246 seats in the House come January, matching the post-World War II high of the Truman administrati...

Mary Landrieu Loses To Bill Cassidy In Louisiana Senate Runoff Election

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu lost to Republican congressman Bill Cassidy in the Louisiana Senate runoff election on Saturday, completing the GOP's do...

What Democrats Stand For: Four Messages for 2016

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It shouldn't be difficult for Democrats to remember what they stand for. These four messages support populist values. They also serve to differentiate the likely Democratic presidential candidate from any Republican.

Electoral Laws Should Strengthen, Not Restrict, Voter Participation

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 02.05.2015 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Is it merely a coincidence that states are passing voter identification laws that disproportionately impact Latino voter turnout, at precisely the moment at which the Latino vote is growing more influential?

Paul Blumenthal

These Super PACs Spent Big As Elections Neared, But Kept Donors Secret Until Now | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in his Los Angeles County district saw very little spending from outside group...

Paul Blumenthal

Top Senate Democratic PAC Spent A Lot Of Money Trying To Elect Greg Orman | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Independent candidate Greg Orman tried as hard as he could to deflect any suggestion that he was a Democratic Party stalking horse in hi...

A Foreseeable Train Wreck in Arizona's Elections

Jon Sherman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Jon Sherman

Punishing voters for understandable errors undermines the most basic right in our democracy, while the solution poses no risk to electoral integrity. Numerous states already preserve votes on out-of-precinct provisional ballots, and that should be the rule in Arizona as well.

Steve Beshear, Eric Schmidt To Aid Democrats' Election Autopsy

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are turning to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and others to lead a task force to ad...

Southern Democrats Are Trying To Make A Comeback

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 11.27.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class i...

Tensions Flare Between Senate Democrats, White House

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that...

An Intervention for the Democratic Party

Steve Rosenthal | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Steve Rosenthal

We can wait for the Democratic Party and candidates to change -- but we've been waiting for decades and it hasn't happened yet -- or we can take it into our own hands.