During a presidential year with substantially higher turnout, Hagan more than likely would have been re-elected. When she won her first Senate term in 2008, Hagan outperformed Barack Obama in North Carolina by over 100,000 ballots, leading the statewide ticket with 2.25 million votes.
Even though it's easier to believe we're the victims of our circumstances, it's empowering to take ownership of how the world around us impacts our well-being. Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, I believe that you always have a choice, and there are always things within your control that you can focus on.
Remember when politicians wanted more than anything to do what was right for the good of all people beyond their own personal power agendas, and Supreme Court justices were able to think fairly beyond partisan biases? Hmmm ... yeah, right, neither do I.
Humor brings light instead of darkness to political advertising. Does it give us better politicians than the ones who hide behind attack ads?
By changing the lenses through which the electorate views Americans for Prosperity, Democrats can successfully turn the Koch's own attack ads back against them.
Conservatives may overstate the impact, but few today would challenge the claim that the movie industry, or "Hollywood" in archaic shorthand, is staunchly, at times proudly, liberal in politics. This has been true for so long that most Americans -- even right-wingers obsessed with this -- have no idea how and why it happened.
Even if only a small number were to withdraw their names and financial contributions, insisting on disclosure will have been worth the effort. Regardless, we deserve to know who they are.
The regime of campaign finance limits has been a failure. The only part of the effort that remains -- contribution limits -- is now responsible for increasing, rather than limiting, the power of money in elections.
It's not often that our Montana elections make national news two days running, first in a New York Times editorial, then in a PBS Frontline feature. ...
Former Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps spoke Thursday about whether the media are strengthening our democracy -- or destroying it. His assessment -- after serving for more than a decade overseeing the industry -- is disturbing.
Washington watchdogs are appalled by the sea of money washing over the 2012 election. The rest of the nation is appalled by how that money is used -- mostly on tit-for-tat attack ads that pollute the airwaves and undermine any respect for the democratic process.
In Colorado, voters will have an opportunity to weigh in on the money and power debate. We can vote in support of Amendment 65, which tells our congressional delegation that we're fed up with money controlling the debate.
The Romney that poked his head out of the ground last week was not the Romney that Republican activists presumed that they nominated. We saw glimpses once again of the Romney that once was -- and that Romney's primary opponents long warned against.
Even in the face of a weak economy and the huge money edge the Republicans have, voters have heard the case for Romney-Ryan economics and values, and they are rejecting it.
both parties' candidates think I'm too dumb to see through all this. They are also pinning their real hopes on the fact that they can keep me, and others like me, from voting for the other guy and in so doing assure their victory.
It was this middle ground that would be the crucial difference between becoming the leader of the free world and being the leader of the guest lecture circuit. You only have to look back to Clinton or Reagan and witness them debating policies to win undecideds as proof.