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2014 Election

Learning From 2014 and Turning to 2016: Democrats Still Need a Compelling Economic Message

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The greatest mystery of the 2014 mid-term election is the question of why all of our leading analysts knew how important it is for Democrats to have a compelling economic message aimed at middle class voters, and yet we managed to get to the end of the election cycle without coalescing around an effective narrative.

Paul Blumenthal

Here's Where Campaign Finance Reform May Move Ahead As Congress Dithers | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly five years after the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United altered the landscape for money in politics, Congress has done not...

The Missing Piece in the Recent Election

Frank A. Weil | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Take a look at the numbers below. Do they mean anything to you? Would you like more information surrounding the numbers? We'll come back to the n...

New Polling Confirms Climate Denier Will Have Hard Road to Win White House in 2016

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.18.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Researchers found that more than two-thirds of likely 2016 voters support the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to limit climate change pollution from power plants. That includes 87 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans.

Meet the Two House Members-Elect Who Took Down Dirty Deniers

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

I'm looking forward to welcoming these new members of Congress to Washington in the new year. We'll be watching and urging them to live up to our high hopes that they will govern as they ran -- by Running Clean.

Bill Cassidy Vows To Use His New Senate Seat To Fight Obama Policies

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics

Republican Bill Cassidy says he will use his new Louisiana Senate seat to continue fighting President Barack Obama's policies. But the ...

GOP Matches Truman-Era High With 246 House Seats

AP | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will hold at least 246 seats in the House come January, matching the post-World War II high of the Truman administrati...

Mary Landrieu Loses To Bill Cassidy In Louisiana Senate Runoff Election

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu lost to Republican congressman Bill Cassidy in the Louisiana Senate runoff election on Saturday, completing the GOP's do...

What Democrats Stand For: Four Messages for 2016

Bob Burnett | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It shouldn't be difficult for Democrats to remember what they stand for. These four messages support populist values. They also serve to differentiate the likely Democratic presidential candidate from any Republican.

Electoral Laws Should Strengthen, Not Restrict, Voter Participation

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 12.06.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Is it merely a coincidence that states are passing voter identification laws that disproportionately impact Latino voter turnout, at precisely the moment at which the Latino vote is growing more influential?

Paul Blumenthal

These Super PACs Spent Big As Elections Neared, But Kept Donors Secret Until Now | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in his Los Angeles County district saw very little spending from outside group...

Paul Blumenthal

Top Senate Democratic PAC Spent A Lot Of Money Trying To Elect Greg Orman | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Independent candidate Greg Orman tried as hard as he could to deflect any suggestion that he was a Democratic Party stalking horse in hi...

A Foreseeable Train Wreck in Arizona's Elections

Jon Sherman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Jon Sherman

Punishing voters for understandable errors undermines the most basic right in our democracy, while the solution poses no risk to electoral integrity. Numerous states already preserve votes on out-of-precinct provisional ballots, and that should be the rule in Arizona as well.

Steve Beshear, Eric Schmidt To Aid Democrats' Election Autopsy

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are turning to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and others to lead a task force to ad...

Southern Democrats Are Trying To Make A Comeback

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 11.27.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class i...

Tensions Flare Between Senate Democrats, White House

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that...

An Intervention for the Democratic Party

Steve Rosenthal | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Steve Rosenthal

We can wait for the Democratic Party and candidates to change -- but we've been waiting for decades and it hasn't happened yet -- or we can take it into our own hands.

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Keeps Preaching 'We Can Actually Do Something' About Corruption | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout emerged as a political star among progressives when she challenged New York Gov...

Samantha Lachman

Dem Governors Struggle To Overcome Opposition As Obama Embraces Executive Powers | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The six Democratic governors who face GOP-controlled state legislatures may be slightly jealous of President Barack Obama's ability to d...

5 Lessons From the Midterm Elections

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Democratic partisans spread the blame around: President Obama, party leaders, lethargic blue voters, and a hostile media. Nonetheless, there are five elementary lessons to be learned from the debacle.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Used Twitter, Too, To Coordinate With Outside Groups | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican Party committees and outside groups shared polling data over Twitter during the 2014 elections, according to a CNN report on ...

How Democrats Fell Into The Ultimate Death Spiral

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

The 2014 midterm election was such a drubbing for Democrats, so embarrassing in its lopsidedness, that there doesn't appear to be much more to say abo...

As in 2010, Dems Lost in 2014 Without an Economic Message Worth Fighting For

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The 2014 election was just as disastrous as 2010. Many observers now agree that Democrats again lost big because they failed to offer a clear economic message to economically insecure voters -- and they once again failed to attack Republicans for sabotaging action to create jobs.

Rep. Jim Costa Re-Elected In California

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) has defeated Republican Johnny Tacherra in the race to represent California's 16th Congressional District. Costa served f...

Ex-Congressman Loses House Race

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

Former Rep. Doug Ose has lost his bid to represent California's 7th District. Ose challenged freshman Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) with the backing of...