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Midterm Election Results

A President Against Himself

Ladan Rafii | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

Yes, the latest polls may indicate that the President's popularity among Americans has increased by a few percentage points, but that won't make up for all the goodwill he's lost in the corridors of Capitol Hill.

Ron Barber Loses To Martha McSally In Arizona

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) was defeated by retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) in the state's 2nd District, bringing the nation's last uncalled m...

Martha McSally Defeats Ron Barber In Arizona

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) was declared the victor in her race against Democratic Rep. Ron Barber Wednesday in the nation's last uncall...

Demography, Democrats, and a Metropolitan Vision

Steven Conn | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Forget about the rising percentage of Latinos in this country for a moment and consider this number: somewhere between 65-70 percent of all Americans live in metropolitan regions of 500,000 or more.

Mark Assini Concedes To Incumbent Louise Slaughter In New York Congressional Race

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Republican Mark Assini conceded to incumbent Louise Slaughter (D) on Wednesday in the race to represent New York's 25th District. After a final tal...

Louise Slaughter Defeats Mark Assini In Unexpectedly Close New York Congressional Race

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) was re-elected to Congress on Wednesday after Republican Mark Assini conceded the race over a week after the general electio...

Alaska Senate Race Finally Ends

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

Republican Dan Sullivan was victorious over incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in the Alaska Senate race. The Associated Press announced the decision earl...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Gun Control Groups' New Background Checks Strategy: Let Voters Decide | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fresh off the heels of a successful ballot measure to expand background checks in Washington state, the anti-gun violence coalition is e...

What Explains the Election Results? It's (Still) the Economy

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

No one should be surprised that the American people are economically insecure and anxious. Seven in 10 voters said the nation's economy is in bad shape. Voters who said the economy was important to them voted 2 to 1 for Republicans.

The Death of Polling: Can We Trust the Polls in 2016?

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

Inaccuracies and errors are part of the nature and essence of election polling, it will be off almost as much as it's on. But that said, we can do a better job reporting results and putting them into context.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, America went to the polls. Despite much breathless post-election chatter about "mandates" and "midterm waves," the really big story was not who people voted for but how many people sat this one out. With only 37 percent of eligible voters heading to the polls, turnout was the lowest it's been since 1942 -- when voters were understandably distracted. The disconnect between the governed and the government has grown to historic proportions. Why? Perhaps because of the disconnect between a "recovering" economy and people's daily lives. This might explain why initiatives increasing the minimum wage were passed by huge margins in all four states where they appeared on the ballot, even as candidates opposing a long-delayed increase at the federal level won. People want change, but they've lost hope in the ability of national leaders to bring it. Those celebrating having their ticket to Washington paid for by lost faith and disillusionment should not miss this actual mandate.

The Democrats Should Come Out Swinging

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Now the Democrats have been rebuked. The people are not happy, and understandably so. But what has made the people unhappy is mostly the result of deliberate Republican choices to sabotage our political process.

Election 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Lisa Maatz | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

The midterm election results produced some good, bad and truly ugly news for women and families. For better or for worse, women voters (and the women who stayed home) were instrumental in all three outcomes.

Cat and Mouse

Jonathan Richards | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


America's Lagging Female Political Representation

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Two key differences emerge when comparing the US and democracies that are leading in female representation. The first is that many countries have implemented gender quotas, a mechanism that is unconstitutional in the US. The second is that countries using proportional representation systems often have higher female representation.

8 Hotly Debated Issues... From the Election That Never Was

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's clearer than ever: If Democrats don't offer bold solutions to some fundamental economic issues (we'll offer eight of them, but there are more) then the implications for their party -- and for the country -- are profound, and dire.

Voters to Politicians: Start Working Together

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We the people of the United States need to hold all of our leaders' feet to the fire. The challenges facing our nation, both nationally and internationally, are enormous and cannot be solved by either party acting alone.

What Now?

Nick Desai | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Nick Desai

It will be very interesting to see what the next 24 months bring from President Obama, the GOP, the Democrats and the ever-changing global economy. Who will win and what will happen, no one knows. But what is necessary is as easy to say, as it is hard to achieve.

Sour Grapes Never Tasted So Sweet: Why Losing the Senate Last Night Was a Good Thing For Democrats

Chris Manthey | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Manthey

Republicans have some of their own problems, chiefly among them that they start believing their primary-winning bullshit. Worse, they think that a majority believes it too.

Obama, Please Don't Do It -- No Bad Deals With Republicans on Corporate Tax Cuts and Free Trade

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If Obama doesn't want his legacy to be a conservative Republican successor as president in 2016, he should vigorously resist this path of pro-corporate "bipartisan" consensus.

Elise Foley

Obama Pledges Immigration Executive Order By End Of Year | Elise Foley | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama showed no signs of backing down from executive action on immigration reform on Wednesday, despite a Republican wa...

Brad Ashford Defeats Republican Rep. Lee Terry In Nebraska

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Democratic Nebraska state Sen. Brad Ashford defeated Republican Rep. Lee Terry in the state's 2nd District, according to the Associated Press. The ...

Lee Terry Loses Re-Election To Democrat Brad Ashford

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) was defeated by Democratic state Sen. Brad Ashford in the state's 2nd District, according to the Associated Press. The Om...

Dannel Malloy Election Results: Tom Foley Concedes Race To Incumbent Governor

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) defeated Republican businessman Tom Foley in one of the nation's most closely watched gubernatorial contests. F...

Tom Foley Concedes Connecticut Gubernatorial Race To Dannel Malloy

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

Republican businessman Tom Foley conceded to Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) in one of the nation's most competitive gubernatorial contests on Wedn...