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Congressional Elections

Michael McAuliff

Raging GOP Candidate's Past Includes Dog Killing And Mysterious Stolen Gun | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) has made a name for himself throwing extraordinary tantrums during legislative sessions. B...

Kathleen Rice Has Voter Momentum in New York's Fourth Congressional District Election

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 09.08.2014 | New York
Chris Komisarjevsky

The push is on now during the remaining 60 days of the race to represent New York State's Fourth Congressional District in our nation's Capital. Representative Carolyn McCarthy wasted no time in endorsing Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Voters Are Likely To 'Keep The Bums In' Despite Low Congressional Approval

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in,...

Declaring War on Cultural War

Robert Hall | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Hall

The upcoming 2014 congressional elections and the 2016 Presidential/congressional elections are a time of opportunity. The majority in this country are tired of cultural warfare. The vocal minority may be ruling but they have failed at governing. Sometimes war is necessary but it is always destructive and never sustainable.

Why Bob Barr Matters

Richard Feldman | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Richard Feldman

On Tuesday, July 22nd Georgia holds a run-off election to the May primary. National attention is focused on the Senate race between Cong. Jack Kingst...

Sam Stein

The Thought Of Scott Brown Being Elected Makes Harry Reid Laugh Out Loud | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Want to make Harry Reid laugh? Ask him what he thinks about Scott Brown's chances of returning to the Senate. The Senate majority lea...

5 Reasons I'm Supporting Marianne Williamson for Congress

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

"We don't need a new third party in America -- we need a new FIRST party." -- Swami Beyondananda There's that classic bumper sticker I saw again rece...

8 Reasons The Bluest State In The Country Might Elect A Republican To Congress

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU -- As was widely expected, Charles Djou is once again running for Congress. But why bother? The 2014 election will mark the fourth time in...

Election-Year Politics Shaping Already Limited Congressional Agenda

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to work Monday with election-year politics certain to shape an already limited agenda. Republicans intend to foc...

The Democrats Can't Defend The Country From The Retrograde GOP

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

There is another story about how all this gridlock came to be, fronted by the question: "Why didn't the Democrats landslide the cruelest, most ignorant, big-business-indentured Republican Party in its history during the 2010 and 2012 Congressional elections?

Can Republicans Recover in Bush-Obama America?

David Dent | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Dent

Earlier this week, Congressman Walter Jones Jr slipped away from the consumption of the Washington budget drama for his "friendship" calls. Jones always tries to save a piece of each week to take a pulse of the mood of his district in Eastern North Carolina.

No One Is Safe: Out-Of-State Groups Dominate Key Races

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

Carpetbagging super PACs and nonprofit groups are dominating this year’s special congressional elections in a potential foreshadowing of the 2014 mi...

Top Ten Signs of the Breakdown of Winner-Take-All Elections

Rob Richie | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

We can ditch the winner-take-all voting laws that have impaired our electoral process for far too long. With simple changes to federal and state statutes, the US can be on its way to better and fairer elections.

Horrifying Truth About Elections Exposed

Upworthy | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

There's only one kind of election that matters in the United States, and you don't get a vote. ...

Clashing Mandates and the Role of Voting Structures

Rob Richie | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

Obama won the presidency relatively decisively, yet a majority of House members are Republicans who represent a district where Obama in fact lost to Romney.

Will Congressmen Now Have to Stand In Line for This?

Alexia Parks | Posted 01.20.2013 | Denver
Alexia Parks

There's more good news for women this month: Some of the men's bathrooms in Congress are being converted to women's bathrooms.

How Was 91 Percent of Congress Re-Elected Despite a 10 Percent Approval Rating?

Todd Phillips | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Todd Phillips

As is typically the case, the race for the presidency dominated the news headlines throughout the election cycle. But in our system of government, the presidency is not where the real power lies -- the real power lies with Congress.

What 2012 Tells Us About Future Elections

Sayu Bhojwani | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Sayu Bhojwani

The role of minority voters, the presence of immigrant candidates on the ballot, and candidates' attempts to address policy concerns of minority communities are trends that are not unique to 2012 campaigns. In an increasingly diverse country, they are the new normal in American politics.

Congressional Inequality Champions Win Big

Sarah Anderson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

Members of Congress who received good marks in an Institute for Policy Studies report card on inequality fared well in the election.

What This Campaign Has Taught Me

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I wanted to capture my feelings in the last moments of the campaign. And I want to do it now because I don't know how I'll feel tomorrow when the race is over. In these last hours of campaigning, I'm feeling particularly vulnerable, like I have something to say.

A Guide to Tomorrow Night's Congressional Elections - and the Future

Rob Richie | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

We've identified at least 20 races where our partisanship-based projection model diverges from the conventional wisdom, and are therefore worth watching -- or not watching -- on Tuesday and in the next several Congressional cycles.

A Worthwhile Independent for Congress

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

I want to ignore the big election for a minute and focus on one congressional race in Colorado. This is a race that's more important than most people realize, because it examples one of the few genuine attempts to get America beyond its present partisan gridlock.

Bachmann's Twin in Congress

Randi Reitan | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Randi Reitan

Michele Bachmann, Queen of the Extreme, brings in the big bucks with her far right, religiously fundamentalist agenda. And Erik Paulsen votes with Bachmann 93% of the time.

Winner Take All and the Great Southern Partisan Reversal, 1990-2010

Rob Richie | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

African Americans have always been heavily concentrated in Southern states. Given their general preference for the Democratic Party, that makes the South's dramatic change in its partisan representation since 1990 all the more noteworthy.

2012 COUNTDOWN: It's All About What's Next -- Armageddon In Congress

Howard Fineman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

This election is unlike any other in recent memory. Despite a lot of huffing and puffing, it is not about grand ideological conflict in America. It is more prosaic, but in its own way more urgent.