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50 State Strategy

Purple-to-Blue: Fighting for State Legislatures

Arshad Hasan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Arshad Hasan

I also spend every day fighting to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, and most importantly telling them that their vote matters. Yet these same Virginia Republicans have pursued legislation that directly undermines our voting process.

Karl Rove: Replicate Howard Dean Strategy

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

After challenging Fox News' call of the election for President Barack Obama, Karl Rove is back to strategizing how the Republican Party can win future...

Herding Donkeys: A Review

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cliff Schecter

Everyone who is upset with the current state of the Democratic Party simply must read Ari Berman's book on how Democrats came to rebuild The Party of Jefferson and obtain electoral dominance in 2006 and 2008.

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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Chris Weigant

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for the Republican ticket this year was without any doubt the boldest political tactic of the year.

The Times' Adam Nagourney Sows Seeds of Conflict Inside Democratic Ranks Where None Exist

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

It's interesting that at a time when the Republican Party is facing its most bitter internal battles, Nagourney chooses to ignore that story and jumps head first into "analyzing" non-existent antagonisms among Democrats.

Sam Stein

Dean Prepares To Step Down As DNC Chair

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After four years at the helm of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean is preparing to relinquish his chairmanship. Dean, who has been servi...

Retired Social Worker Connects for Barack on the Phone

Andrew Sprung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Sprung

In July 2008, Roz Blau, was looking for the next major connection in her life. Recently retired after a 27-year career as a social worker, she had mov...

McCain's Wayward Home State: Spate of New Polls Say Arizona's a Toss Up

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dawn Teo

PHOENIX -- Although John McCain was ahead in his home state by 14 points at the end of September, a spate of new polls reveals a substantial shift, pu...

Happy Birthday James Carville. Now Retire.

Pete Cenedella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pete Cenedella

This is a birthday card to James Carville, on a day when polls show most Americans rejecting the negative campaigns and the spin-mongering that he has...

Orange County's Steve Young on Obama's "50 State Strategy"

Cristina Chang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cristina Chang

Can the "50 state strategy" help the down-ticket candidates? I sat down with a proud liberal trying to unseat a conservative incumbent in California.

Exclusive Interview: An M.I.T. And A Yale Professors' Cure For The Electoral College

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I had the chance recently to interview two professors in the field of statistics (from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology),...

The New South and Obama: An Interview with Josh Segall, Alabama Democratic Candidate for Congress

Nathaniel Bach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nathaniel Bach

Obama's fifty-state strategy is not about his winning these states in this election. It's about "trickle up" politics and grassroots efforts on a national scale, all of which will help sow the seeds of future Democratic majorities.

Obama: Operation Blue Mountains

Daniel Nichanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Nichanian

The ground continues to shift to Obama in deep red territory. Montana, Nebraska and the Dakotas battleground states? Believe it. Obama is on air and on the ground, and for now he is running unopposed.

Dems' Southern Campaign: Howard Dean Goes To Dixie

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is embarking on a voter registration bus tour he hopes will help push Dixie to t...

Republicans No Longer Have Lock On Idaho

WS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bill Sali is defying the political odds by making Idaho's first-district congressional race competitive. That isn't good for Mr. Sali: He is the incum...

Take A Look: Democratic and Republican Party Headquarters Nationwide (SLIDESHOW)

Amanda Michel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amanda Michel

Starting last week OffTheBus's Special Ops members set out on their first assignment assignment to check out what was going on at local and state party headquarters across the country. In this slide show you'll see what a handful of what our team of citizen-reporters found (and didn't find) when they hit the ground.

The Story of the Race So Far -- the Surprising Weakness of John McCain

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

McCain is a weak and bumbling candidate, ill-suited for a presidential race, and is still struggling to bring his party together. His polling numbers have slipped from the low 40s to 38, 36 -- and now 33.

Life Is A Picnic For Democrats In Alaska

Amanda Coyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amanda Coyne

When the FBI arrived in 2006 brandishing warrants, the official Democratic Party line was: "It's a sad day for Alaska." But many of us could barely contain our glee. We'd been screaming about corruption forever.

Obama Should Go North To Alaska

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Alaska is going to be very close this year. This stems from Republican office-holders apparently trying to take the "first in political corruption" award away from Louisiana.

Nico Pitney

Dems Not Backing Obama? Rahm Will Deal With It

HuffingtonPost.com | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the man who guided (and pressured and arm-twisted) Democrats to historic congressional gains in 2006, what is Rep. Rahm Emanuel doing now about par...