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Whether in 2014 or 2016, Candidates Cannot Afford to Ignore Immigration

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 09.16.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Polling shows that Latino voters vote on issues, not on personalities. Polling also shows that Latinos are paying close attention to the immigration issue, and that they consider immigration reform -- and executive action by the president on immigration -- to be extremely important and urgently needed.

Nine-Term Dem's Primary Loss Upends Massachusetts House Race

AP | By STEVE LeBLANC | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — For months, state and national Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts' 6th Congressiona...

Instead of 'Legitimate Rape' Remarks, This Time Right-Wing Economic Policies Are Sinking GOP Chances

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Unless Republicans repudiate Reaganite supply side (i.e., trickle down) economics -- which stands at the very heart of contemporary, Tea Party conservatism and is the only thing unifying the increasingly disparate social conservative, libertarian, and Chamber of Commerce wings -- they own this debacle.

Ask Women to Run for Office to Lead and Change Our Communities

Erin Vilardi | Posted 09.05.2014 | Women
Erin Vilardi

We need more headlights, not headlines. But the brightest lights are not going to choose politics unless we make it an appealing, even noble, calling. W

Change Coming Soon for Political Consultants

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Whether it is fair or unfair, campaign managers and other staffers are always going to be heavily judged on their wins and losses. Yet just as profitless sales are not rewarded in business, neither should winning campaigns in a way that either sacrifices a candidate's good name or that leaves them little flexibility to govern benefit consultants.

IRS Can End 'Dark Money' in Federal Elections

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

New regulations must establish a clearly defined, restrictive limit on how much campaign activity a group can engage in and still be eligible for 501(c)(4) tax status.

Voters Are Likely To 'Keep The Bums In' Despite Low Congressional Approval

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in,...

Obama Promotes Economic Gains As Elections Near

AP | By JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "rev...

Obama Will Try Not To Make Things Worse For Vulnerable Democrats In The Midterms

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hampered by low approval ratings and an unfriendly electoral map, President Barack Obama enters the fall campaign as a liability t...

Campaign Cash Is Buying Tons Of Ads

AP | By PHILIP ELLIOTT and CATHERINE LUCEY | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's airwaves are already jammed with political ads, most of them negative, in one of the Senate races nationwide that wil...

Five Ways You Can Help Pass GENDA

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Together we can shape this election season to produce the best possible outcome to position us for success in the 2015 legislative session in New York.

From Labor Day to Election Day, 'These People' Are Ready for Action

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

This Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer. Most won't think about the 1.6 million hardworking public service workers of AFSCME who are on duty 24/7. But evidence of what we do for our communities will be everywhere.

Rick Perry's Indictment Could Make Him Tea Party Poster Child

Kevin Price | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Many see Perry's 2012 presidential campaign as laughable. Many more believed he could never be taken seriously again after his poor performance (particularly in debates). However, there is nothing more persuasive in moving voters than empathy.

No One Likes a Frontrunner

Bill Schneider | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

"No one likes a frontrunner, especially Democrats," a grassroots activist at Netroots Nation told Politico. That's certainly true. Remember John Glenn in 1984? Howard Dean in 2004? Hillary Clinton in 2008?

Vote Now! Win Cash Prizes!

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It seems somehow un-American to offer citizens the possibility of cash prizes in return for voting. And some observers have argued that uninformed voters will cast their ballots simply for the chance to win some money. My response is "So what?"

Bill Maher Wants to Meddle in Colorado Politics

Jen Caltrider | Posted 08.20.2014 | Denver
Jen Caltrider

Bill Maher of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher wants to "outright meddle" in politics. I, personally, hope he comes to Colorado to do his meddling.

Why We Still Need the Voting Rights Act

Nina Turner | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Nina Turner

The right to vote is an important guarantee by itself, but it is what those votes add up to that matters even more. These votes shape the government under which we live.

African Authoritarianism 2.0

Freedom House | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Freedom House

Authoritarian leaders now prefer to quietly manipulate their countries' legal frameworks, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in office. This rule by law has supplanted rule of law in many African countries, with troubling consequences for democracy.

Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

John Bonifaz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
John Bonifaz

If Massachusetts legislators want to double the contribution limits in state politics, they should, in the light of day, create a stand-alone bill to do that and try to pass it. But, they should not bury it in a disclosure bill and call it reform.

Michelle Obama Tells Democrats To Be 'Hungry' For Midterm Victories

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

First Lady Michelle Obama is joining get out the vote efforts ahead of the midterm elections, telling Democrats it's time to be as "passionate" and "h...

GOP Leader Questions Candidate About Hate Group That Advocates Death Squads

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

Michael Peroutka's neo-Confederate friend and supporter Michael Hill has advocated a program of assassination against journalists and elected officials. Voters have a right to know what Peroutka and other GOP leaders have to say about that.

Kate Sheppard

Group Tries To Make Climate Change A Winning Wedge Issue | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many nonprofits and issue groups from across the political spectrum score elected officials on their voting records, evaluating whether ...

Addicted Republicans Wage War on Latino Voters

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Republicans really can't help themselves -- when they see an opportunity to irritate the Latino electorate, they go for it with gusto.

These Charts Show Good News For Clinton, Bad News For Christie

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most well-known and well-liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates, according to a recent Ga...

Campaign To 'Draft Manchin' For 2016 Presidential Race Drawing Attention

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

Is Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) contemplating a run for president? Politico seems to think maybe. Its morning Huddle email newsletter on Wednesday p...