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Midterm Election

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Dave Helfert | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Dave Helfert

We'll never know if Democrats could have emerged from the November 4th election with a few new Senate seats because once again they blew it. They weren't out-organized or outmanned. They were outthought, out-chutzpahed and, ultimately, out-foxed.

Facing Down Corporate Election Greed

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In Richmond, California, a slate of progressive candidates faced off against a challenge from pro-business candidates backed to the tune of more than $3 million by the energy giant Chevron. For years, Chevron has treated Richmond like a company town and its large refinery there has been a constant source of health and safety concerns.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Not Even Republicans Think Last Week's Election Gave Them A Mandate | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

Republicans' overwhelming midterm victory last Tuesday is seen less as a mandate for their policies than as a rejection of Democrats' tenure in office...

Election 2014: Getting To No – And Staying There

Rolling Stone | Jeb Lund | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

Tuesday, America held the most important election of our lifetimes. I know, because we've had 18 of them that I could vote in; all were the most impor...

Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress just won a smashing electoral success by essentially doing nothing but mercilessly block Obama's agenda. That, to put it another way, is a winning formula for them with their base voters.

The Best Someecards Of The Week

The Huffington Post | Christine Dalton | Posted 11.07.2014 | Comedy

So, there was an election this week. Republicans? We're sure you're pretttty happy with yourselves. Democrats? We're just sending you a hug. Or, y...

Obama To Host Congressional Leaders As Post-Election Battles Boil

Reuters | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

(Repeats for additional subscribers) By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Republican victors of Tuesday's U.S...

RepubliCons Unchained

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

I live in Oregon and we just legalized recreational use of marijuana. I may need to smoke some, but for medicinal reasons, to create a new mental space to make sense out of how the country voted Tuesday. Welcome to our society of colossal contradictions.

Rebecca Klein

Teachers Unions Say Midterm Losses Don't Reflect On Them | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

When the smoke cleared Wednesday after the 2014 midterms, education reformers quickly claimed victory and pointed to teachers unions as the election's...

Mimi Walters Wins California House Race

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

California state Sen. Mimi Walters (R) has won the race to represent California's 45th Congressional District. Walters, who has served in the state...

Ryan Grim

Voters Driven By Anger At Economy Reward Republicans At Polls | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With midterm election returns beginning to come in, Republicans are expanding their majority in the House of Representatives and picking...

The Phantasmagoric World of Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes it seemed that only two issues mattered in the midterm election campaigns just ended -- two issues on the lips of politicians nationwide, at the top of the news 24/7, and constantly trending on social media: ISIS and Ebola. Think of them as the two horsemen of the present American apocalypse.

Sam Stein

This Election IS About Obamacare For These Uninsured People | Sam Stein | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The last few years of Tarika Collins’ life have been a series of horrendous medical complications. Four separate car accidents in 201...

My Final Midterm Election Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We've got six states in the Too Close To Call category, but fear not! After providing a rundown of the races, I am adding a section below where I make my own picks for each of them (since it is Election Eve, after all, and thus time to put up or shut up).

Zach Carter

How Obamacare Could Save Alison Lundergan Grimes | Zach Carter | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most polls show Alison Lundergan Grimes trailing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's closely watched Senate race. But a...

The Biggest Issue In Maryland's Governor's Race? High Water

Mike Tidwell | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Mike Tidwell

You want policies that will yield more renewable energy and more energy efficiency for Maryland. Decisions made in this decade will make all the difference in whether we have livable communities for ourselves, our children and future generations.

Democrats Who Abandoned Obama Will Lose

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The polls for Tuesday look grim for weak-kneed and squeamish Democrats who have not stood up for Obama--or the substantial achievements of his party--over the last six years.

The Power of Your Vote

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The Koch's tidal wave of money can corrupt our democracy, but we must not abet it with our silence. We must go the polls and elect leaders who will protect the air we breathe and build a more sustainable future for our children.

Mark Blumenthal

Polling Forecast: The Senate Is Leaning Republican | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

On Tuesday, Americans will head to the polls to determine 36 seats in the U.S. Senate. Although those contests will likely draw as many as 49 million ...

Why Every Vote Counts

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

You might be one of the 18 people who decide not to vote, and that decision could make the difference between electing a pro-LGBT senator or one who doesn't support our issues. Every vote counts on the floor of the Senate, and losing that one vote could mean the difference between passing laws that further equal rights and being left high and dry as second-class citizens.

Senate Still Up For Grabs

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The past week was a busy one out on the various campaign trails, as many candidates participated in televised debates. There were no monumental gaffes or screwups (so far) in these debates -- at least, not ones that gained national attention.

Friday Talking Points -- Is There Anybody Out There?

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You know what might help in this crisis-to-end-all-crises? Having a Surgeon General in office. President Obama nominated someone for the job last November, but his confirmation has been blocked ever since.

Obama Poll Watch -- September, 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama announced a new American war this month, but it didn't resonate in his polling much, if at all. Overall, his poll numbers dropped, but the net result was rather flat.

Right or Wrong, 'Likely Voter' Polls Show Importance of Turnout

Greg Speed | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

"The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day." This well-worn campaign cliché is taking on new meaning in this midterm election. Polls this year are differing sharply based on various assumptions of who will actually turn out.

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Briefly Interrupts 3-Month Vacation to 'Work'

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress followed up their recent five-week vacation with almost two whole weeks of actually doing their jobs, so to reward themselves they're now going to take off on another vacation. Until mid-November.