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Implicit Consent: Congress and You

Sam Colt | Posted 09.17.2012 | College
Sam Colt

You might think that with such low approval ratings, Americans would be stalking the ballot box, waiting to vote out their dysfunctional leaders, right?

7 Pivotal Moments In Incumbent Campaigns

Samuel L. Popkin | Posted 08.01.2012 | Books
Samuel L. Popkin

While a challenger's presidential campaign can quickly adjust and adapt to shifting seas like a speedboat, an incumbent's campaign behaves more like a battleship, maneuvering slowly and making very large waves.

Lugar's Defeat Good for Politics, Bad for Incumbents

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Too often, moderate incumbents like Lugar lose perspective of why they were elected, how to do their jobs and the plight of their constituents.

Incumbents Running Unopposed Should Not Be Rewarded With Full Terms

Steven Kurlander | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

If there were contested general elections in every political race, there would be no talk of mandatory term limits because the voters would have a greater ability to vote out of office those who did not deserve to be there.

Gene Demby

Can This Woman Defeat Congress' Most Powerful Black Lawmaker?

HuffingtonPost.com | Gene Demby | Posted 03.08.2012 | Black Voices

Not long after Joyce Johnson posted an invitation to a campaign event on her Facebook page, several of the invitees received the following all-caps em...

Voters Turn Their Backs On Both Democrats, Republicans As Election Nears

The Washington Post | Chris Cillizza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an Associated Press poll released last week, 38 percent of respondents approved of the job Democrats in Congress are doing, while 60 percent disapp...

One Year Ago, No Different Than Today: A Political Observation

B.D. Gallof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B.D. Gallof

We change now for change's sake, hoping that somehow it is not insanity for us to repeat ourselves but that one of these new leaders will provide anything besides rhetoric and/or going through the motions.

ReThink Interview: Jeff Reichert & Bill Mundell of Gerrymandering

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Republican, democrat or independent, Americans love a good political sex scandal, especially when it doesn't involve a member of their preferred party...

Will Risk-Averse Voters Help Endangered Incumbents?

Brian Schaffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Schaffner

While many things are working against Democratic incumbents this year, the public's tendency to be risk averse may make the difference in allowing some incumbents to win campaigns that they might otherwise have lost.

Incumbents Lincoln, Murray Embrace Earmarks; Did It Backfire For Murkowski?

AP | ANDREW DeMILLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Ignoring Republican complaints about wasteful federal spending, Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln is reminding voters – ...

Bob Bennett, Utah Republican, May Not Be Conservative Enough For GOP

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS and LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Sen. Bob Bennett – darling of the National Rifle Association and grandson of a Mormon Church president –...

Stuart Rothenberg: Anti-Incumbent Narrative Is Just Hype

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

My heart sank when I saw my friend Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post write about this cycle's elections and whether they really deserved the "anti...

Covert Operations Are Now Targeting Our Minds

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

The sad truth is that the banksters who have gotten away with the massive theft of our economy are still getting away with it and profiting while so many of us continue to sink.

Vulnerable Senate Incumbents: The 8 Most At-Risk Senators (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Binckes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The news that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) will face a primary challenger from her own party underscores the anti-incumbent wave sweeping the country...

The Cancer of Incumbency

Tommy Sowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tommy Sowers

A cancer of incumbency infects our nation. It has all but killed the citizen legislation our Founders envisioned. At the root of this disease sits our current Congress, the longest serving in history.

It's Time for a Progressive Revolution

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Only 8% of Americans want their representative in Congress re-elected. Normally, you need a boat load of cash to run against a member of Congress. Right now, all you might need is to just not be an incumbent.

How Important Are These Off-Year Races?

New York Times | ADAM NAGOURNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At the very least, the results in the governors' races, if not predictive, are quite likely to drive the political narrative, bolstering or diminishin...