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Democratic Primaries

Primary Debates, Not a Coronation

Nancy Altman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

To recapture our democracy, we need open, contested primaries and at least one candidate who isn't afraid to fight back against the moneyed interests.

Clinton v. Warren: A Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party in NYC This Week

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

She may want to talk about giving us a 'fighting chance' and the 'fair shot' we deserve. But Truman-esque and Warren-esque don't work for Clinton because, for better or worse, we know her, specifically Democratic party goers know her, far too well.

Here's Why Governor Abercrombie Was 'Blasted' Out Of Office

Civil Beat | Denby Fawcett | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

Now that the dust has settled, it might be helpful to turn to the Hawaiian pidgin English dictionary to get a better grip on why Hawaii Gov. Neil Aber...

Long-Serving Congressman May Not Make It On The Primary Ballot

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who would become Congress' longest-serving member if he is reelected this year, may not even qualify for the Democratic p...

GOP Governor: Biden 'Is Dead Meat' In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, predicted grim prospects Wednesday for potential Democratic presidential candidates in 2016. Branstad told ...

2016 Showdown: Hillary vs. Biden

Ben Arnon | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Ben Arnon

Once campaigning begins in full force in early 2014, President Obama will find himself in a very awkward position.

Democrats' 27-State Strategy And The Tennessee Abomination

Larry Womack | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Larry Womack

Instead of fighting these perceptions tooth and nail, Democrats have opted to cede the south to people like Bob Corker. It's the new, unspoken "27 -state strategy," and though it will probably work out well for Obama in November, it is otherwise a miserable failure thus far.

Cole Stangler

Anti-War Progressive Loses Out In Close Primary | Cole Stangler | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

After a vote-counting process that stretched a few weeks beyond the June 5 primary, anti-war Democrat Norman Solomon finally conceded the race for Cal...

Why America Doesn't Deserve Democracy

Ben Zolno | Posted 08.08.2012 | San Francisco
Ben Zolno

All the venti mochas at your local quad-corner Starbuckses combined aren't enough to pry open your eyes, get you out of bed, and vote this year. Go back to sleep and dream of a dreamy tomorrow.

DeFazio Defeats 24-Year-Old Challenger

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) on Tuesday coasted to an easy win, predictably crushing his 24-year-old opponent Matthew Robinson, the son of DeFazio's on...

Lucia Graves

Pot Advocates Celebrate Big Victory In Oregon | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Pro-pot groups have reason to celebrate: Ellen Rosenblum, a retired appellate court judge who's been vocal in her support for Oregon's medical marijua...

Lucia Graves

Top Democrat Faces Father, Son Election Challengers | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Rep. Peter DeFazio, a top Democrat on powerful transportation and natural resources congressional subcommittees, faces challenges from two members of ...

Lucia Graves

PAYBACK: Progressive Groups Target Turncoat State House Democrats For Defeat | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Liberal advocacy groups are aggressively targeting Democratic state lawmakers who've sided with Republicans to block action on President...

Oregon Progressives Aim To Unseat Controversial Dem

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

Progressives in Oregon's 48th district campaigned door-to-door over the weekend in an effort to unseat controversial Democrat and five-term incumbent ...

Bigoted White Democrats Are Bigger Danger to President Obama Than Romney

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A racial outburst in New York City, a Democratic Party bastion, points to a danger that could damage Obama's presidential drive in 2008. That's the absolute refusal of some otherwise rock-solid white Democrats to back him.

Why Occupy Can't -- and Shouldn't -- Become the Progressive Tea Party

Max Berger | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Max Berger

If Occupy tried to start a left Tea Party, we would be following in the footsteps of several progressive movement efforts that came up short.

Michigan Primary: Anybody's Vote, Anybody's Guess

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Olga Bonfiglio

Many Michigan Democrats are planning to vote for Santorum Tuesday because they believe a match up between him and Obama would deliver a sure win to the Dems in November. Others refuse to play this game...

Progressive Prescription for a GOP White House -- Challenge President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Trying to get a Democrat to launch a primary challenge against Obama is not simply progressive parlor rhetoric about what Obama should or should not be doing. This is a prescription for a GOP White House.

Knock Off the 'Run Hillary Run' Chatter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This has become a virtual ritual. Just about every month, or more like after each new fresh crisis that President Obama has to ward off, the chant begins: "Run Hillary Run."

GOP Would Love Nader's Fantasy of a Party Challenge to Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Ralph Nader is as predictable as the sun rising in the Sahara in July. He wasted no time in jumping all over President Obama following the debt ceiling deal.

Forget Obama, Draft Hillary

Sandy Goodman | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Bernie Sanders says President Obama is so weak in his dealings with Republicans that he should be forced to face opposition in next year's Democratic primaries. He didn't name another candidate, but I'd like to suggest one: Hillary Clinton.

Witches' Brew: Media's Deliberate Misuse of Polling Data Changes Elections

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Will the media's reporting of polls that exclude the young voter, but never acknowledging it, reduce those voters' enthusiasm for voting?

Hold Your Noses and Vote the Bottom of the Ticket to Send A Real Message This Primary Season

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

If people cast their ballots only for local measures, that would send a whopping-loud message to the folks in state and national races that you've tuned them out, but that you still believe in the political process.

Sowing the Seeds of Race, Reaping the Whirlwind of Racism

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The Obama Administration seems to have no overall strategy in dealing with racial issues at a time when accusations of racism flow from both sides of the political aisle.

Will The Youth Vote Trump Tea Party In Midterm Elections?

Bakari Kitwana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bakari Kitwana

One of the most important unasked questions this midterm election year is this: "Will the youth vote be a factor in 2010?" Given the actual impact of ...