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2014 Elections

Mary Landrieu Abandoned

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

Americans Don't Support the Republican Agenda

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The best thing Republicans had going for them in this election was the fact that they weren't in the same party as President Obama. But it would be a huge mistake for them to act as though this was an endorsement of their policies -- a mistake they seem likely to make. A mistake that seems destined to be part of the 2016 Republican autopsy.

Booted by Voters? Still in Hot Demand: 5 Places Former Pols Go After Leaving Congress

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Luckily for those who won't be returning to Congress -- the tally is 75 -- their power and influence is more sought after than ever, and many "fail up." For them, the days of being lobbied are over. Now some will make the classic switch, joining the ranks of the lobbyists of K Street.

Congress' Never-Ending Political Money Chase Explored

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. There's n...

Notes for Next Time: From Turnoff to Turnout

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The voting turnout in this year's congressional and gubernatorial elections was the lowest since 1942. Much of the story was in young people, poor people, black and Hispanic citizens who tend to support Democrats voting in far lower numbers than in 2008 or 2012. The Democrats just weren't offering them very much. But the other part of the Election Day story was older voters and the white working class, especially men, deserting the Democrats in droves -- again, because Democrats didn't seem to be offering much. Republicans, at least, were promising lower taxes. Turnout on average dropped from 2012 by a staggering 42 percent. But as Sam Wang reported in a post-election piece for the American Prospect, the drop-off was evidently worse for Democrats. The two parts of this story seem to create an impossible conundrum for Democrats.

'Compromise' -- And Other Fables

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Obama shouldn't "poison the well"? Really?

Conservatives Already Struggling With The 'We Can Govern' Thing

New York | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

In the wake of the midterm elections, Republicans said they would prove they could govern. This did not, in contrast to the flickering hopes of bipart...

Conservatives Already Struggling With The 'We Can Govern' Thing

New York | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

In the wake of the midterm elections, Republicans said they would prove they could govern. This did not, in contrast to the flickering hopes of bipart...

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...

Ron Barber, Ex-Aide To Gabrielle Giffords, Trailing In Vote Count For U.S. House Seat

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

By Brad Poole TUCSON, Ariz., Nov 11 (Reuters) - An incumbent U.S. Representative from Arizona and former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, ...

Fight for Big Ideas: Expand Social Security

Nancy Altman | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Democrats have historically been the party of Social Security and the champion of the middle class -- so what happened?

Dems Did It to Themselves

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Hey, Candidates: How'd that whole "Abandoning Obama" thing work out for you?

Reflections on the 2014 Midterm Elections

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 11.07.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Rather than stand and fight, the Democratic National Committee decided to run away and decouple their reelection campaign from the very visible, 24/7 presence of President Obama. This was their "playbook" for holding or increasing Democratic Party seats in the House and Senate. How did that work out?

Sam Stein

Were Democrats Wrong To Sideline Obama? Even Top Republicans Are Split

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following their major losses in Tuesday's elections, Democrats' self-therapy sessions have largely boiled down to grappling with a singl...

The Big Loser in the 2014 Election Was Discrimination

John A. Tures | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

Throughout the night, pundits spent their time talking about Republican wins and Democratic defeats, though the latter was still able to salvage some wins. But the biggest thing many in the media seemed to miss was the biggest loser: discrimination.

Full Speed Ahead For Hillary

The New York Times | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

In the coming weeks, Hillary Rodham Clinton will stop delivering paid speeches....

GOP Victories Blunt Hopes Of Medicaid Expansion

Politico | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

The 2014 gubernatorial elections were supposed to sweep in Democrats who would lead the charge for Medicaid expansion in the states. At least that’s...

The Long Marijuana-Rights Movement

Joshua Clark Davis | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Joshua Clark Davis

What may seem like a surprisingly fast turn toward legalization has actually been a long, slow movement against pot's prohibition -- one that began in the early 1960s, peaked in the late '70s, and then failed to secure a single major victory again until the late '90s.

Nick Wing

Unhappy With The Election Results? Just Look At The People Your Neighbors Voted Into Office

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

As the dust settles and we take a closer look at Tuesday night's election results, we can't help but wonder what some voters were thinking. As with ev...

Win or Lose, Big Money Still Matters in Politics

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

While big donors like Tom Steyer and the Democratic Party insiders running Democratic-leaning outside spending groups might not be celebrating over it now, big money -- even losing big money -- matters in Washington.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Gary Hart | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Gary Hart

Regardless of one's party, serious citizens concerned for our country's future should be thinking seriously about where our politics are headed, not just left or right but forward or backward.

Election Brings New GOP Power To State Capitols

AP | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — State capitols across the country will be more Republican than at any point since the Roaring '20s when victorious legislato...

Jennifer Bendery

Tipsy Lawmakers And Neon Weed Banners: Election Night In D.C.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- They knew they were about to get clobbered, but there they sat in front of the TV cameras, all smiles, exuding optimism that something -...

The Wool Over Our Eyes

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

No one likes having the wool pulled over their eyes. Now imagine wealthy CEOs hiring millions of knitters to blanket your entire city with a massive wool sweater, soaked in gasoline. That's what dark money is.

Elise Foley

Advocates: Democrats Should Have Done More To Get Latinos To Polls

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats didn't do enough to get Latinos out to vote, to their own peril in states like Colorado, pollsters and immigration reform advo...