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Élection 2014

Silver Linings for Women in 2014

Lisa Maatz | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

Women and girls worked hard in 2014 to advance equality, and we should be encouraged that in many ways our efforts paid off. In each bit of 2014 news that we found depressing, maddening, truly appalling, or all three, we've found a silver lining that can inspire and fuel our efforts for 2015.

See Your Vote Count With Official Illinois Election Totals

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.02.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois State Board of Elections on Nov. 30 certified the results of the Nov. 4 election. Reviewing the official results revealed a few close calls that could have had big effects but for a handful of votes.

Was There a Villain in the 2014 Election?

Charles Redfern | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Elections -- always rough and wearisome -- are now tawdry cartoons churned by gaudy ad agencies hired by lackluster political parties. And so it will remain unless the listless elephant arises.

Election 2014: Seven Wins for Women

Barbara Lee | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Women were major players in Senate races from New Hampshire to Georgia to Iowa and Kentucky. They were key contenders for governor's seats in at least nine states. They brought their unique perspectives to the political and policy debates from state legislatures to the U.S. Senate.

Dem Congressman Wins Nation's Most Expensive House Race

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has won the race to represent California's 7th District. The AP called the race Wednesday, over two weeks after Election Day....

How Much Did the Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Pay for Your Vote?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.14.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 2014 Illinois governor's race broke all previous records for campaign spending in a statewide race. Both candidates poured millions of dollars into convincing Illinoisans to vote for them.

Ex-Aide To Gabrielle Giffords Faces Recount In House Race

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

By Brad Poole TUCSON, Ariz., Nov 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Ron Barber, an Arizona Democrat who was an aide to Gabrielle Giff...

Bizarro Election 2014: When Homophobes Backed Gay-Equality Supporters and Vice Versa

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

In the bizarro election of 2014, where the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage backed pro-gay Democratic candidates to show the GOP that they will help defeat any Republican candidate who veers from the evangelical right's agenda, pro-gay hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer helped the anti-gay GOP take control of the U.S. Senate.

A series of questions for Illinois' elected officials

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Do Illinois lawmakers have a clue what it means to balance the state budget? Bill Bergman of Truth in Accounting has a few questions for Illinois' le...

Black Democrats Bemoan Decision To Run From Obama

AP | By BILL BARROW | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Some black political leaders think Democratic candidates who distanced themselves from President Barack Obama sapped enthusiasm among...

The Illinois Treasurer's Race Could Become the Closest in State History

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For pre-1998 elections, the only way to compare closeness in statewide elections -- state constitutional offices and U.S. Senate -- is to sift through paper records.

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

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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.

The Election Is Over; It's Time for the President to Act

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.10.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The simple truth is that for many Latino voters, immigration is not just a political issue; it's a personal one that often affects our very own family members.

Illinois Treasurer's Race Is Still Too Close to Call

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As of Sunday night, unofficial counts in the Illinois state treasurer's race had Republican Tom Cross leading Democrat Mike Frerichs by 646 votes. You read that correctly.

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...

Big Review Set By Democrats After Election Losses

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are planning an extensive review of what went wrong in the 2014 and 2010 elections, hoping to find ways to translate suc...

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?

How The Ground Game Pushed GOP To Victory In 2014

AP | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — In the suburbs south of Denver, a tight-knit group of Republicans hatched plans this spring to counter the "Bannock Street P...

The Agony of Victory May Soon Face Republicans

Fred Lundgren | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Clint Eastwood said, "Winning an election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. OK, now you're the mayor. The bad news is, now you're the mayor."

Election 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Lisa Maatz | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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.

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?

Igor Bobic

Senator Wants To Make Election Day A National Holiday

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Frustrated with the historic number of voters who chose not to participate in this year's midterm elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)...

Some Words of Wisdom for Illinois' New Goveror-elect

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' new governor elect, Republican Bruce Rauner, has a lot of work ahead of him to fix the state's economy and get Illinoisans on board with state government again. Though voters chose him to lead the state for the next four years, he won't be able to do it alone.

Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really?

Illinois Voters Don't Have Much National Influence, Report Says

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.06.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With such a close governor's race in Illinois, residents of this state know their votes count more than ever this year. But what about when it comes to Illinoisans' national influence?