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Congressional Elections

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.

Facing FBI Scrutiny, Candidate With Suspected Ties to David Rivera Amends Campaign Finance Report

Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

A little-known former Democratic congressional candidate with suspected ties to Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) amended his campaign finance report to show...

Mark Blumenthal

Could Paul Ryan Endanger The GOP's House Majority?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Medicare proposals advocated by presumptive Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan are at the heart of the Democratic camp...

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Loss Came Despite Big Advantage

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Cliff Stearns, the Florida Republican who led the GOP charge against Planned Parenthood, conceded victory in his primary race Wedne...

The Courage That Comes From Being Different

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Keith Ellison is facing a primary next Tuesday. I hope that you will support his campaign. Because the mere existence of Congressman Keith Ellison represents a very important principle: E Pluribus Unum.

Running on Health Care

Ken Allen | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Ken Allen

It has become common knowledge that, although most Americans approve of most of the elements of the ACA, they fear "Obamacare" as a broad policy because they don't know what the elements are and they have been spooked by claims of the opponents of the ACA.

What the Candidates Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It is critical to remember that we do not operate in a vacuum; we are in an international competition for manufacturing market share. Other countries engage in competitive efforts to attract manufacturing, whether it consists of our own, or their own, companies.

Have His Back

Shelia Jackson Lee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Black Voices
Shelia Jackson Lee

It's time we take a stand to have President Obama's back. There is too much at stake in this Election to only vote for President Obama and skip Congress. President Obama will need Democrats to regain control of the House in order to move his agenda forward.