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2014 Midterm Election

Reflections on the 2014 Midterm Elections

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 11.07.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Rather than stand and fight, the Democratic National Committee decided to run away and decouple their reelection campaign from the very visible, 24/7 presence of President Obama. This was their "playbook" for holding or increasing Democratic Party seats in the House and Senate. How did that work out?

Mimi Walters Wins California House Race

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

California state Sen. Mimi Walters (R) has won the race to represent California's 45th Congressional District. Walters, who has served in the state...

Tim Huelskamp Wins Midterm Election Against Jim Sherow

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) defeated his Democratic opponent, Jim Sherow, in the race to represent Kansas' 1st congressional district. Sherow, a hi...

Why Every Vote Counts

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 12.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

You might be one of the 18 people who decide not to vote, and that decision could make the difference between electing a pro-LGBT senator or one who doesn't support our issues. Every vote counts on the floor of the Senate, and losing that one vote could mean the difference between passing laws that further equal rights and being left high and dry as second-class citizens.

The 2014 Midterms Just Might Be More Important Than the 2016 Presidential Election

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

The historic participation of blacks and other minorities helped elect the first black president of the United States. But while we greatly exercised our right to vote in 2008, many failed to do the same two years later during the 2010 midterms. What we got were a slew of politicians who are more concerned with their own self-aggrandizement than with serving people.

Dozing Through 'The Great Moving Right Show'

David Coates | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The greatest danger currently facing all of us in America, and particularly progressives, is one of drift. As an economy, the United States is drifting along a low-growth path that is acclimatizing all of us to levels of unemployment which only a decade ago would have been treated as an outrage. As a society, the United States is drifting towards levels of income and wealth inequality so large that, if left unchallenged, will soon become irreversible. And as a political system, the United States is drifting towards a Republican sweep of both the House and the Senate in November unless the democratic left acts now to reverse what is in truth a carefully orchestrated and heavily funded great moving right show. Those of us of a progressive predisposition are drifting towards a political defeat of historic proportions -- one underpinned by an economic and social settlement of a highly conservative kind -- and we are doing so with what would appear to be only the slightest sense of alarm.

Eugene Mulero

GOP May Gain 8 House Seats In Midterm Elections, Top Lawmaker Predicts

HuffingtonPost.com | Eugene Mulero | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans may gain "six to eight" House seats in this year's elections to retain control of the chamber, the head of the GOP campaign ...

Obamacare and the 2014 Midterms

Nathaniel P. Morris | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Nathaniel P. Morris

For the average voter, sorting through this mess can be an impossible task. Still, in the next year, the majority of the law goes into effect and, with the 2014 midterm elections on the horizon, this partisan cherry picking will soon kick into overdrive.

A Modest Early Voting Rise in 2012

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Without a catalyst of a large state adopting early voting, I expect the early voting rate will again rise modestly in 2016. The trend should continue upward since once a state adopts early voting, the percentage of voters voting early tends to increase from election to election.

The Problem With Charm Offensives: If They Are Needed, They Have Already Failed

David Coates | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Please, Mr. President: no grand bargains with the defeated. No toleration of their scorched-earth policies. Stop inviting Republicans to dinner. Start eating them for lunch. Democratic charm-offensives focused on Republican lawmakers can come at too high a price.

The Republican Party and Multicultural Voters: 3 Steps Towards Relevance

Saul Gitlin | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Saul Gitlin

So, beyond merely acknowledging such statistics and their corresponding political implications, what concrete actions should the GOP take now to begin to foster relevance with key multicultural constituencies?